Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review :: BIOSTAR BIOS

01-19-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Biostar uses a modified version of the Phoenix Award Workstation BIOS for the TForce 550 board. The standard BIOS selections are on the main screen. I'm sure that you don't need me to go over the Integrated Peripherals, Main and other sections as they are common to most motherboards. The Biostar board has a proprietary Overclocking Navigator Engine that handles the overclocking on the board.

There are three main settings for the ONE. Normal is the default setting meaning that the clock speed is set to the default speed for memory and CPU. Automatic Overclock uses the ONE engine to overclock the system by V6, V8 or V12. Manual Overclocking gives a wide variety of choices and settings available.

Voltage options abound in the ONE menu, allowing for overclocking of the various components by overvolting with ease. The CPU Vid can be set from 0.800V to 2.310V. Memory Voltage can be set from 1.950V to 2.100V. Chipset Voltage can be set from 1.550V to 1.700V. HyperTransport Voltage can be set from 1.250V-1.400V.

FSB frequency can be set from 200-450MHz in 1 MHz increments. In practice, I was able to overclock the FSB to 275MHz by changing the CPU voltage and lowering the multiplier. The multiplier can be changed from x4-x13 allowing full control of the system.


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review Battery

Battery


Memory settings are fully configurable. CAS Latency, TRCD, TRp, TWR, can be set from 3-6 clocks. TRAS can be set from 5-18 clocks. TRRD can be set from 2-5 clocks. Commands per clock can be set from 1 clock or 2 per clock. TRC can be set from 13-26 clocks. Tref can be set from 7.8 or 3.8us.


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review T Overclock utility

T Overclock utility


I was able to overclock the 5000+ CPU to a straight 220MHz FSB with the same x13 multiplier without changing the multiplier or the Voltage on the CPU. The 5000+ doesn't overclock much past that on even the best overclocking friendly board so the Biostar board is a good overclocker.


BIOS Screenshots


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review


Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review
Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review