ECS A785GM-AD3 Black Series Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

01-31-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ECS uses a modified version of the American Megatrends AMIBIOS for their A785GM-AD3 motherboard. The menu is split up into Standard CMOS Setup, Advanced Setup, Advanced Chipset Setup, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, PCI PnP Setup, PC Health Status, and Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II.

The Standard CMOS Setup includes the Date and Time settings, as well as the IDE detection area. IDE BusMaster is also enabled in this location. The Advanced Setup Menu is where the various CPU features including AMD C&Q, C1E, and Boot Device Priority are set. Here is also where you enable the ECS eJiffy OS.

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The Advanced Chipset Setup menu is where you enable and set the settings for the integrated graphics chip. Here you also set UMA memory and which display adapter to use first (Integrated, PCIE or PCI). Integrated Peripherals is where the IDE controller is enabled and SATA is enabled. One thing to note is I was able to install Windows 7 in SATA RAID 0 mode, while Windows Vista had problems on the A785GM-M board I reviewed a while ago. Here is also where the onboard audio and LAN are enabled.

The overclocking is done in the Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II. Here you can set the memory configuration, the BCLK frequency on the CPU, the CPU, and DIMM Voltage, the NB Voltage, the SB Voltage, your current CPU, the NB Clock, the current CPU frequency, and more. The MIB II has limited voltage options compared to some motherboards on the market but is more than sufficient for this board. Using the Phenom II x4 810 CPU I was able to overclock it over to 3.2GHz from 2.6GHz on the default clock.


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