Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

04-27-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review

The board uses the Phoenix Award BIOS that should be a familiar site to anyone who tinkers around in their BIOS as this is the one most commonly used in the desktop PC motherboard. For overclocking the board has all the right features built into the BIOS, but the real drawback is they do not work very well if you are trying to use the SATA controllers. I had to remove the memory as well as reset the BIOS after every attempt was made to overclock the CPU or just change the systems basic running functions from normal to turbo. If you want to use your own LAN or sound card you can disable both these and the IEEE1394 controllers within the BIOS.


Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review

When the system is ran in turbo mode it advances the memory's timing and CAS latency rates to their fastest values, which resulted in a no-boot situation many times in a row when I tried to utilize this function. Overclocking was not much better using PATA drives either and I feel that even though this boards has all the necessary features to support overclocking the results were slim to none. I tried unsuccessfully to overclock my 3.2GHz P4 in a number of different variations and all my tries met with failure. This got to be troublesome and boring after about three hours so I gave up and just went on to the standard testing of the board.


Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review