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Foxconn Concerto G45 Motherboard Preview - BIOS and Overclocking

In an exclusive preview from Foxconn, we have the latest beta release of the Concerto motherboard featuring Intel G45.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 15, 2008 4:00 am

BIOS

 

Foxconn Concerto G45 Motherboard Preview

 

Foxconn has used the familiar Award 6 blue BIOS that 90% of motherboards out there use. No special key combinations are needed to access the overclocking features, they are all in plain view under the Foxconn BIOS menu.

 

Foxconn Concerto G45 Motherboard Preview

 

Buses

 

FSB Frequency: 100- 999 in 1MHz Increments

 

PCIE Frequency: 100 - 255MHz in 1MHz Increments

 

Voltages

 

CPU VREF Voltage: 1.218v to 1.848 in Various steps

 

CPU VTT Voltage: 1.2v to 2.46v in Various Steps

 

NB Voltage: 1.125v to 2.448v in Various Steps

 

DRAM Voltage: 1.5v to 2.445v in Various Steps (DDDR3)

 

DRAM Voltage: 1.8v to 3.02v in Various Steps (DDR2)

 

Overclocking

 

Due to the very early nature of the motherboard and the BIOS, overclocking was extremely poor. In fact, it was extremely unstable above the 400MHz bus clock. 425MHz caused system crashes and refused to load Vista at all; it just simply locked up after all the hardware was detected. But at this stage we aren't worried about the overclocking potential of the board, just its features as well as the performance of the G45 chipset compared to the P45.

 

Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the motherboard. Due to time constraints we weren't able to tweak the motherboard to the absolute maximum and find the highest possible FSB, as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking, or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that.

 

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