GIGABYTE hasn't changed its BIOS for quite some time. Award Modular version 6 is used as normal and all of the overclocking options are located under the Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T) Menu with some other tweaking under the Advanced Chipset Features menu.
Under the M.I.T Menu you can adjust FSB, PCIe and various other bus frequencies along with a quite a few voltage options to help you manage overclocking. One of the best features is that you can overclock the IGP's video core from its default of 700MHz up to 1400MHz.
Under the Advanced Chipset Features menu you can adjust the memory usage for the IGP as well as a few other tweaks.
AMD overclocking is not as refined as Intel when it comes to overclocking. Even Core i7 has a better turn out than AMD. Unfortunately we didn't get past 220MHz; even with all the tweaks and lowering the bus and dividers we still hit a wall at 220MHz. However, we only get a bit of time to tweak and with more time you may get more out of it, but it's nice to be able to get higher speeds straight off the bat, so it's a buyers option here.
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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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Box and What's Inside]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Memory Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - SYSmark 2007 Preview]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 10 [Power Usage and Heat Tests]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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