ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review :: ECS 945G-M3 BIOS

05-07-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Tulatin

With a relatively standard layout, and good access to all manner of necessary features, ECS has done a good job with the BIOS here. Unlike our usual test motherboard - a Gigabyte 8I955X Royal, there is no need for special key combinations to unlock certain overclocking features - though at times we wish there was. Accessing the much begotten memory timings is simple, as they are found under Advanced Chipset Options, while CPU overclocking can be done in a snap via the Frequency and Voltage control panel.

What leaves us wondering though, is why in the hell they call it Frequency AND Voltage control panel. There's no exacting voltage controls, no precise ones, hell, not even vague ones - they're just not there at all, meaning that memory that requires a fair amount of voltage just to wake up in the morning will be throwing up all sorts of wonderful errors when you try and set your system up on it. While none of the in house memory managed to do this, we're sure more than a few users will come home to untold frustrations as their new motherboards won't play nice with their generic DDR2. Perhaps the other minor qualm we have here is the sheer optimism the FSB options provide - unless Intel has some secret chip in the works that'll run on a 2066MHz FSB, we can't really ever see this motherboard reaching up so high - even if you had a processor that could hit 400Mhz (1600MHz FSB), you'd probably melt the Northbridge heatsink first. So, the moral here is don't do anything stupid with the numbers, and there won't be any problems.


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ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
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ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review


ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review


ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review


ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review