ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

06-24-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Tulatin

For those who have owned Abit products in the past, fear not the addition of the uGuru menu - it essentially just replaces the standard overclocking tab, while leaving the rest of the bios unmodified. Within this tab we'll find the standard FSB, Ratio and voltage adjustments, along with an addition which borders on staggering. On this motherboard, the need for modifications to boost Northbridge voltages are gone, and coupled with the built in VTT control (something which would require a modification which required cutting physical traces -eek), this motherboard absolutely shines at overclocking. Considering that such options were available, we had the chance to take a relatively touchy 3.73EE and push it all the way up to 4.53GHz.

While some of the readers out there may be laughing at this overclock - let's see you do that on your stock coolers, and then we'll talk. Along with the plethora of overclocking options, we're also given the option to force the motherboard to ignore slow spinning fans along with the (long awaited) option to shut the motherboard's incessant wailing up when it feels the chip is too hot. The ability to disable these features is godsend to those who choose to indulge in more extreme forms of cooling, as some processors may feel that the biting cold (nearing -40 Celsius) is causing them to overheat. The one questionable thing to the bios is the fact that the ability to adjust the DRAM timings is not in this menu, but rather located out and about in the bios - in the same location it always has been, under the advanced features tab. As to the type of bios employed here, it's the standard Phoenix Award Bios - the same one which many have gotten used to due to its incredible ease of use. However, considering that this is a gaming/overclocking motherboard, a dual bios feature would have come in handy, in the case that you manage to cook the current bios during a botched clocking attempt.


ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review