GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

04-09-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review Dual BIOS

Dual BIOS


The GIGABYTE board uses a Phoenix Award BIOS, the most popular BIOS among motherboard manufacturers today. GIGABYTE, of course, uses their own proprietary BIOS settings including MIB2, CIA2 and more. One thing I like about NVIDIA motherboards is the fact that they have Dual BIOS chips on the board. If one fails, there's a backup that can kick in. It also allows you to update the BIOS without fear of a bad BIOS flash. Crash during a flash? The second BIOS will kick in to save your ass.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review In operation

In operation


CIA2 is GIGABYTE's CPU overclocking program. CIA stands for CPU Intelligent Accelerator technology. This program detects when the CPU is under load, for example when a 3D game or when encoding audio or video, and increase the CPU speed. During operation, CIA2 overclocked the CPU about 100MHz faster. The other technology GIGABYTE includes is MIB2 or Memory Intelligent Booster technology.


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review Overclocked

Overclocked


The FSB of the CPU can be set in the BIOS from 100-600MHz in 1MHz increments. PCI Express clocks can be set from 90-150MHz. CPU voltage range can range from 0.8375V-1.75V. You can set the Memory and PCIe voltage up to 0.7V above default. Memory speed is tied to the CPU FSB and multipliers. During operation I was able to overclock the CPU to 4067MHz, a overclock of 267MHz, not bad at all.


BIOS shots


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE GA-G1975X Turbo Motherboard Review