Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

09-29-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The M59SLI-S5 has two BIOS's. GIGABYTE's Dual BIOS is an outstanding feature, as it prevents system failure from a failed BIOS flash. The GA-M59SLI-S5 uses the ubiquitous Award Phoenix BIOS with a few modifications for overclocking. The Advanced BIOS Features section of the BIOS has the memory timings and memory speed settings. DDR2 400-800 are supported.


Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review BIOS chips

BIOS chips

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review Battery

Battery


The FSB of the CPU can be set from 100MHz to 300MHz in the Motherboard Intelligent Tweak section of the BIOS. The CPU Multiplier can be set from 5X to 13X (the maximum multiple that the 5000+ CPU supports). The PCI Express bus can be set from 100MHz to 145 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Note, NVIDIA's LinkBoost automatically overclocks the PCI Express bus frequency to 125 MHz when a supported NVIDIA video card is installed on the nForce 590 SLI chipset.

Voltage options are varied for this board. The CPU Voltage (Vcore) can be set from 0.8V to 1.55V in 0.025V increments. Memory Voltage (Vmem) can be set from 1.8V to 2.5V in 0.1V increments. You can raise the Voltage on the HyperTransport bus for the CPU, the HyperTransport Link, the MCP and the Northbridge by up to +0.3V in 0.1V increments.


EasyTune 5


Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review

With the included EasyTune5 I was able to overclock the 2.6GHz CPU to 2.86GHz, a 10% overclock. The HyperTransport Link was able to overclock to 280MHz, an ok overclock, but not outstanding when compared to some of the other motherboards on the nForce4 chipset. I think one of the problems with overclocking this board may be a limitation of the 5000+ CPU we use.


BIOS Screenshots


Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review