Soyo SY-P4I865PE Plus Dragon 2 V1.0 Review :: BIOS

06-30-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The Soyo motherboard comes with a updated American Megatrends Incorporated BIOS. The AMI BIOS is a fairly common BIOS that has the normal set of features that you can expect and need. One particularly nice feature is the auto-detection of SATA hard disk drives in the BIOS. Changing CPU speeds is a simple matter of enabling CPU overclock in the CPU menu. You can also have the memory speed either match the CPU FSB (CPU+0) or automatically set in which case it matches the SPD rating on the DIMM.

Overclocking with this motherboard was particularly unexciting. The board would not post at all at 210 MHz FSB. After resetting CMOS and starting at 200, I tried every frequency from 209 down to 201. At 201 MHz FSB the board POSTed but didn't load Windows all the way. Going back to default, the computer posted correctly. The default frequency of the CPU on a 3.20 GHz Pentium 4C was 3.192 GHz instead of the 3.2 GHz expected.