XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review :: XFX nForce 630i and nForce 7150 BIOS and Overclocking

02-29-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

XFX uses the standard Phoenix Award BIOS that is found on many motherboards from virtually all manufacturers. The Main Menu has Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Advanced Chipset Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, PnP/PCI Configurations, PC Health Status, and Frequency/Voltage Controls as submenus.

Standard CMOS is where the Date, Time, IDE HDD autodetect, FDD detect, Halt On error setting and memory detection is found. If you have an IDE HDD or SATA drive set to IDE in the BIOS you can set the various settings for Cylinder, Capacity, and Heads etc. in this submenu. The Halt On submenu has the following options: All Errors, No Errors, All but Keyboard, All but Diskette, All but Disk/Key. Advanced BIOS Features is where the various features of the motherboard are listed. The CPU Feature Submenu is where you can enable or disable the Intel CPU features including Execute Disable Bit, Mult-Processing and SpeedStep technologies. This menu is also where the Boot Priority is set for the board’s devices and where you can enable the Quick POST (Power On Self Test).


XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review Battery

Battery

XFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review BIOS Chip

BIOS Chip


Advanced Chipset Features is where you can change the Spread Spectrum Controls, enable the onboard GPU, Set the Frame Buffer size of the 7150 integrated graphics and make the System BIOS Cacheable or not. The onboard GPU FB size can be set to 64MB, 128MB, 256MB or 512MB. The more memory set for FB size, the higher the performance in games will be, assuming you have enough memory on the system to run.

The Integrated Peripherals Submenu is where the Hard Disks, USB support, HD Audio and LAN support is enabled or disabled. The MCP Storage Configuration submenu is where you enable or disable RAID or IDE for the SATA HDDs. USB Mouse and Keyboard support can be enabled allowing those devices to be used in a DOS environment (err who uses DOS today?).

CPU Frequency/Voltage Control is where the overclocking on the board can be done. The Submenus are FSB and Memory Configuration. Here the motherboard has the settings for changing the FSB and Memory configuration. After setting the board to unlock the settings here are the BIOS settings for Overclocking. I wasn’t able to get a stable overclock of over 3 GHz on this board.


  • FSB Settings: 100MHz to 625MHz (or 400MHz to 2500MHz quad-pumped)
  • DDR2 Settings: 400MHz to 1400MHz
  • PCIe Settings: 100MHz to 200MHz
  • Memory Voltage Settings: 1.80V to 2.00V (in 0.05V steps)
  • Multiplier Selection: Yes (unlocked CPUs only)