ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review :: Setup and BIOS

10-25-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

One thing about motherboards that isn't usually an issue is setup and stability. The ECS board seemed to have some issues shutting down. I tried changing the memory, the hard drives, the video card, and isolated the problem to either a power supply issue or a motherboard problem. As another board from another manufacturer shared this problem, I'm convinced the fault lies not with ECS, but with the PSU.


ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review

Otherwise, setup went without incident on the KN1-SLI motherboard. One extremely nice touch on ECS boards is the funky blue LEDs below the PCI and PCI Express x1 slots. When a card is inserted into the slot, the light is solid. If no card is inserted into the slot the light blinks on and off. It's really nice, especially if you have a windowed case. I was unable to overclock the CPU much; due to the 4000+ we use not being a good overclocker being pushed to its limits as it is.


ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review BIOS Chip

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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review

ECS uses the standard Phoenix Award Workstation BIOS with few modifications on the KN1-SLI Extreme motherboard. From the Advanced Chipset area of the BIOS, you can change the FSB of the CPU from 200-400MHz in 1MHz increments. You can also change the CPU voltage up to +375milliVolts. Changing the CPU multiplier is done at the Hammer Fid Control setting with settings from the Power Management screen. Memory settings are set in the DRAM Configuration screen. Memory voltage can be adjusted from 2.55V to 3.11V in 0.08 increments. Overclocking options are adequate and will depend more on your CPU and memory ability as well as cooling to determine the board's maximum potential.