Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

01-19-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

GIGABYTE uses a licensed modified version of the Phoenix Award BIOS. Their main menu is split into the MB Intelligent Tweaker (MIT), Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management, and PC Health Status. The Standard CMOS settings allow you to view your detected SATA and IDE drives, date and time, and system boot errors.


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Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 Motherboard Review Clear CMOS switch

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The Advanced BIOS Features is where you enable or disable the major CPU features of the AM3 CPUs including C1E, Virtualization, and K8 Cool n Quiet etc. Here is also where you set your Boot device priority and the Initial Display adapter. Integrated Peripherals is where you set your SATA controllers settings, including the onboard ESATA, the GSATA RAID Controller and the Onchip SATA Controller.

The MIT is where the tweaking of the system clocks and voltages is done. The Advanced Clock Calibration is where you can set the EC Firm3ware you can change the core speed when using a Black Edition CPU from +12% to -12%. You have a wide array of choices on tweaking the motherboard in the MIT menu. I was able to overclock the Phenom II 810 to 3.04GHz without issue as to stability. Overclocking the CPU faster caused stability issues. Here’s a chart of the settings available:

Setting Range
Setting Range
EC Firmware Selection Normal, Hybrid
Advanced Clock Calibration Disabled, Auto, All Cores
Value (Core 0, 1, 2,3) -12%-+12%
CPU Core Control Auto, Manual
CPU Core 2 Enabled, Disabled
CPU Core 3 Enabled, Disabled
CPU Clock Ratio Dependent on CPU
CPU Northbridge Frequency Dependent on CPU
CPU Host Clock Control Auto, Manual
CPU Frequency 200-500MHz
PCIE Clock 100-200
HT Link Width Auto, 8-bit, 16-bit
HT Link Frequency Auto, x1-x10
Set Memory Clock Auto, Manual
Memory Clock X4, X5.33, X6.66, X8.00
DCTs Mode Ganged, Unganged
DDR3 Timing Items Auto, Manual
CAS# latency Auto 4T-12T
RAS to CAS R/W Delay Auto, 5T-12T
Row Precharge Time Auto, 5T-12T
Minimum RAS Active Time Auto, 15T-30T
1T/2T Command Timing Auto, 1T, 2T
TWTR Command Delay Auto, 4T-7T
TRFC0 for DIMM1 Auto, 90ns, 110ns, 160ns, 300ns, 350ns
TRFC2 for DIMM2 Auto, 90ns, 110ns, 160ns, 300ns, 350ns
TRFC1 for DIMM3 Auto, 90ns, 110ns, 160ns, 300ns, 350ns
TRFC3 for DIMM4 Auto, 90ns, 110ns, 160ns, 300ns, 350ns
Write Recovery Time Auto, 5T-8T, 10T, 12T
Precharge Time Auto, 4T-7T
Row Cycle Time Auto, 11T-42T
RAS to RAS Delay Auto, 4T-7T
CHA ProcOdt 240ohms, 120ohms, 60ohms
CHA DQS drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHA Data drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHA MEMCLK drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHA Add/Cmd drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
CHA CS/ODT drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
CHA CKE drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
CHB ProcOdt 240ohms, 120ohms, 60ohms
CHB DQS drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHB Data drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHB MEMCLK drive strength Auto, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x
CHB Add/Cmd drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
CHB CS/ODT drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
CHB CKE drive strength Auto, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2.0x
SATA3 Chip voltage Normal, +0.1v-+0.3v
CPU PLL Voltage Control Normal, 2.220v-3.100v
DRAM Voltage control Normal, 1.275v-2.445v
DDR VTGT Voltage control Normal, 0.720v-1.050v
NB Voltage control Normal, 0.900v-1.400v
SB/HT Voltage Control Normal, 0.900v-1.500v
NB/PCIe/PLL Voltage control Normal, 1.450v-2.100v
CPU NB VID Control Dependent on CPU
CPU Voltage control Dependent on CPU
Normal CPU Vcore Current CPU Voltage

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