BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review :: TForce 590 SLI BIOS and Overclocking

12-06-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The Biostar board sports the Phoenix AwardBIOS common to many motherboards on the market today. The first screen on the Biostar BIOS is of a T made out of grass. It is a nice change from the self-promoting BIOS screens many boards seem to have. If you hit tab, you'll skip the screen and be shown the standard BIOS loading screen with memory test voltages, temperatures and fan speeds.


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review BIOS Chip

BIOS Chip

BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review Battery

Battery


The BIOS itself is well organized. The Advanced Chipset Menu has the various Spread Spectrum settings for the motherboard. The IDE Function Setup is where you configure the SATA drives and IDE drives. Here you can set up the drives to work in RAID enabled or Disabled mode. The Onboard Device Menu is where you configure the onboard Audio and LAN. The temperature of the CPU, NorthBridge and various Voltage settings are in the PC Health menu.


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review FSB OC

FSB OC


Overclocking is done through the Overclocking Navigator Engine (ONE) that allows the casual overclocker to overclock their system with ease and provides the tools necessary to overclock for the experienced overclocker. There are three pre-set overclocking options: V6 Tech Engine, V8 Tech Engine, and V12 Tech Engine. Manual overclockers get plenty of options to change the voltage and FSB speeds of the system.

Using the Biostar overclocking utility I was able to overclock the CPU by 9% without changing the multiplier or voltage. Lowering the multiplier I was able to push the FSB to 260MHz, not a big clock increase but probably close to the best that the 5000+ CPU can do. Overclocking the TForce 590 SLI board with the automated utility in the BIOS was unsuccessful, as it would reboot upon V6, V8, or V12 settings resetting to the default clock speed.

HTT speed can be set from 100-500MHz. PCI Express bus speed can be set from 100-200MHz in 1MHz increments. The Hypertransport (LTD) can be set from 1-5x. The CPU ratio can be set from 4x-13x on my 5000+. Voltage settings are varied as well. CPU Vcore can be set from Auto, 0.800V-2.000V in 0.025 increments. Memory VDIMM can be set from 1.950V-2.100V in 0.05V increments. Chipset Voltage can be set from 1.550V to 1.700V in 0.05V increments. HTT Voltage can be set from 1.250V to 1.400V in 0.05V increments.


BIOS Screenshots


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review


BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
BIOSTAR TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review