ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

03-03-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

ASRock uses a slightly modified version of the AMIBIOS found on many motherboards on the market today. The main menu is split into Main, Smart, Advanced, Hardware Monitor, Boot, Security, and Exit. The Main menu has the System Time and Date, the BIOS version, processor information, cache size, memory installed and the DIMM sockets the memory are installed into.

The Smart Settings menu is rather interesting. Here you can load BIOS Defaults, load Performance Setup Default, load Setup AHCI Default, load Performance Setup RAID Default or load Power Saving Setup Default. There is also an EZ Overclocking setting which allows you to overclock the CPU to 3.6GHz, 3.70GHz, 3.80GHz, 3.90GHz or even 4.00GHz via a drop down menu.

The Advanced CPU menu is where you can set the CPU settings and the CPU Ratio. Note that the Core i7 920 we use for testing is ratio locked so can't go above or below 20x. Under the Chipset Features menu is where the overclocking of the system is done. Note that you can configure many settings in the BIOS I've taken the liberty of compiling the main settings in this little chart:


Setting Range
Base Clock 133-300MHz in 1MHz increments
PCIe Frequency 100-200MHz in 1MHz increments
CPU Voltage 0.84375v-1.6v in 0.00625v increments
DRAM Voltage 1.53v-2.451v
DRAM CTRL Ref Voltage -0.06741v- +0.08v
DRAM DATA Ref Voltage -0.06741v- +0.08v
IOH Voltage 1.1v-1.49v
VTT Offset Voltage +0mV-300mV
ICH Voltage 1.12v-1.56v in 0.02v increments
IOH CSI Voltage 1.12v-1.56v in 0.02v increments
IOH/ICH PCIe Voltage 1.52v-1.9v in 0.02v increments
CPU PLL Voltage 1.82v-2.50v in 0.02 increments

Using the Optimized OC Tool in the BIOS I was able to overclock the 2.67GHz Core i7 920 to 3.6GHz without problem. Overclocking it further was a bit hit and miss, but not a bad result from hitting a preset in the BIOS to overclock the CPU. Clocking the CPU higher on air always carries a risk and I didn't want to burn out the CPU for testing. Temperatures were around 40C when overclocked according to the H/W Monitor, an amazing temperature.


BIOS Screenshots


ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review
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