BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

05-02-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Elric Phares

BIOSTAR uses a slightly modified version of the American Megatrends AMIBIOS for their TA890GXB HD motherboard. The top menu is split into Main, Advanced, PCIPnP, Boot, Chipset and T-Series. The Main screen has the BIOS Version, the build date, the memory size, time, date and IDE Configuration screen where you set the IDE devices.

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The Advanced Menu is where the CPU Configuration, the SuperIO Configuration, the Smart Fan Configuration, the Hardware Health Configuration, the ACPI Configuration and the USB Configuration are set. CPU Configuration is where you set the various CPU Features. SuperIO is where the onboard Parallel Port, CIR, Keyboard and Mouse Power On settings are.

Every motherboard manufacturer is going “Green” with their boards to save the environment by enhancing energy efficiency. BIOSTAR has developed the Green Power Utility (G.P.U.) to disable extra power phases when the CPU is on light load. Obviously, the CPU doesn’t need the same power to chat or surf the Net compared to heavy 3D Gaming.

The Boot menu is where the Boot Device Priority is set. The Chipset menu is where the Northbridge, Southbridge and Onboard Peripherals Configuration are set. Northbridge configuration is where the Internal Graphics is configured. The PCI Express menu is where the Gen 2 is enabled and Power to the Graphics card is set. The SB Configuration is where the Azalia (HD Audio) is set, the USB Configuration and the SATA Configuration is set.

Overclocking and Tweaking is done in the T-Series menu. Here you can enable BIO-unlocKING, the OverClock Navigator, and Manual Overclock System is set. Automatic Overclock setting has three choices V6, V8, and V12 in order of overclocking goodness. Setting the overclock to Manual Overclock allows you the most freedom within the BIOS to overclock the system. I have compiled a list of the settings in this chart:

Setting Range
CPU/HT reference clock 200-600
CPU Configuration Configure 1-7
Core FID X8 1600MHz-x15 3000MHz (dependent on CPU)
Core Divider Divided by 1/Divided by 4/ Divided by 8/ Divided by 16
NB FID 800-2000MHz
NB Divider Divided by 1/ Divided by 2
Link Speed Auto/200/400/600/800/1000/1200/1400/1600/1800/2000MHz
Link Width 8 Bit/16 Bit
ATI/SB Reference Clock 100-500
GFX EngineCLock 150-1500
Memclock Value DDR3-800/DDR3-1066/DDR3-1333/DDR3-1600
CAS Latency 4-12CLK
2T Command 1T/2T
TRCD 5-12CLK
TRP 5-12CLK
TRTP 4-7CLK
TRAS 15-30CLK
TRC 11-42 CLK
TWR 5-8/10/12CLK
TRRD 4-7CLK
TWTR 4-7CLK
TRFC0/TRFC1/TRFC2/TRFC3 90ns/110ns/160ns/300ns/350ns
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