GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

03-31-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The GIGABYTE X58-UD7 BIOS is based upon the Phoenix AwardBIOS. The menu is split into MB Intelligent Tweaker, Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, and PC Health Status. The standard CMOS has the Date, Time, and detected HDDs. Note if the drives are in RAID mode they wonít be indicated there.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Battery

Battery

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review LED

LED

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review EasyTune 6

EasyTune 6

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Overclocked

Overclocked


The Advanced BIOS features have the Hard Disk Boot Priority, Boot device order, and password check, SMART Capability, CPUID Max and Init Display First. Integrated Peripherals is where you set the I CH SATA Control Mode, the SATA port Native mode, the USB controllers, the Azalea CODEC, the IEEE-1394, the LAN and the external SATA controllers as well as the USB 3.0 interface. The Power Management menu is where the ACPI options are set.

The Motherboard Intelligent BIOS is where the tweaking and overclocking in the BIOS is done. You can change the CPU Clock Ratio, the Turbo Boost, Multi-Threading, and the various CPU Features like the C1E, EIST, Virtualization technology and QPI Clock ratio in this menu. GIGABYTE gives a fine control over the features of the motherboard with a variety of settings and ranges Iíll list in this chart. The maximum overclock I was able to reach with the board was 3.7GHz, a 1GHz increase in clock speed over default. Hereís a chart detailing the settings:


Setting Range
BCLK100-1200MHz
PCIE Frequency 90-150MHz
CIA2 Cruise, Sports, Racing, Turbo, Full Thrust
CPU Clock Drive 700MV 800MV 900MV 1000MV
PCI Express Clock Skew 700MV 800MV 900MV 1000MV
CPU Clock Skew 0-750ps
IOH Clock Skew 0-750ps
Performance Enhance Standard, Turbo, Extreme
Extreme Memory Profile Profile1, Profile2
System memory Multiplier According to memory SPD data
Memory frequency According to BCLK and System Memory Multiplier settings
DRAM Timing Selectable Quick, Expert
Profile DDR Voltage Based on SPD data
Profile QPI Voltage CPU dependant
Channel Interleaving 1-6
Rank Interleaving 1-4
CAS Latency 6-15
TRCD 1-15
TRP 1-15
TRAS 1-31
TRC 1-63
TRRD 1-7
TWTR 1-31
TWR 1-15
TWTP 1-31
TWL 1-10
TRFC 1-255
TRTP 1-15
TFAW 1-63
CMD 1-3
B2B CAS Delay 1-31
Round Trip Latency 1-255

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GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review