ECS P55H-A Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

11-07-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ECS uses a modified version of the American Megatrends AMIBIOS for the BIOS on this board. The Main Menu is split into Standard CMOS Setup, Advanced Setup, Advanced Chipset Setup, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, PCI/PnP Setup, and M.I.B II. The Standard CMOS Setup has the Date, Time, SATA devices detected and IDE BusMaster settings.

The Advanced Setup has the CPU features including XD Bit, VT, EIST, TurboMode, the Boot Device Order, Hard Disk Drives detected, Boot Other Device and eJiffy functions. Turbo Boost allows the CPU to be run at higher clock frequencies when conditions are right with temperature and number of cores. This is useful when single threaded operations are being executed. The maximum TurboMode available is 3.2GHz on a Core i5 750 and 3.6GHz on a Core i7 870.

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Integrated Peripherals is where the SATA Configuration is set whether IDE, RAID or AHCI. Onboard audio can be enabled or disabled here as well as the LAN and USB functionality. Power Management is where the ACPI Suspend type and resume by various methods is enabled. PCI/PnP is where the Init Display First is set whether PCI or PCI-E.

Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II (M.I.B. II) is where the tweaking and overclocking of the system is done. The ECS board has a limited CPU Multiplier of 20, where most boards on this chipset can go to 21x multiplier. The DRAM frequency can be set at four different speeds. Changing the memory timings requires you to set the Config DRAM Timing by SPD option to manual. You can also set DOC and PCIE frequencies in the same manner. Voltage options are limited to +0.xxV.


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