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Shuttle AK37GTR Motherboard Review

By: Tio Chaharbaghi | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 8, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Shuttle




The Shuttle AK37GTR uses the very common Phoenix/Award BIOS. This is the main screen you will see when you hit DEL to enter your BIOS. From here you can navigate into sub menus where you will find the options you are looking for. Also, if you want to load any default settings, save any settings or create a BIOS password it is done from here.



This is the first sub menu you can go into in the Award BIOS on the Shuttle AK37 GTR; Standard CMOS features. Through this menu, you control very basic options. For one, you can auto-detect and see what drives are on what IDE ports. Also, you can control the time and how it gives you your normal time and date information. Usually this sub menu, Standard CMOS features, is the same on all motherboards on the market. So really you can't differentiate this motherboard to others from just this menu. Let's move on.



The second sub menu in the BIOS of the AK37GTR is the Advanced BIOS Features. There are tons of things to mess around with in here. The option that kept coming up for me was the boot order. If I needed to install an OS, I would be regularly here changing the boot order. All in all, you have all the options you would expect in this sub menu.



The Advanced Chipset Features tab on the AK37GTR is extremely organized. You are greeted with three more sub menus that you can choose from depending on what you are looking for. The three sub menus are used to control your DRAM settings, AGP & P2P Bridge Control as well as your CPU & Bus Control. These are definitely advanced controls that should only be needed for troubleshooting and extreme tweaking.



Continuing to the next tab, we come to the "Integrated Peripherals" tab. This basically controls everything that is physically built into the board like onboard LAN, onboard audio etc. Once again, Shuttle has done a good job organizing these sub menus.



The next sub menu is the Power Management tab. Here you control mostly anything related to ACPI. You can control whether you want to enable Suspend Mode, enable or disable HDD Mode etc. This is useful if you would like to keep your computer under low stress and save a bit of energy.



Now we come to the PNP/PCI Configurations tab. I have never personally used this tab with any of the motherboards I have used in my short lifetime, but it can be useful if you are having some sort of conflicts. You have IRQ settings as well as INT Pin Assignments. Nothing really interesting here, so we'll move on.



As I assume, the anticipation for this board's overclocking options are raising in your minds. Well yes, we are almost there, one more stop. This is the PC Health tab. This is where I spend a lot of my time shivering and hoping my AMD CPU won't go up in smoke!


On a serious note, you have all the information that you need in regards to temperatures, RPM's as well as voltage meters.



Nothing to see...WAIT! This is what you all have been waiting for, or I presume. The famous Frequency/Voltage Control tab is right in front of your eyes, coming at you at a resolution of 400x300 pixels!


Here is where you will be pushing your luck on that AMD CPU of yours. Luckily, The Shuttle AK37GTR has some amazing features. For starters, you have full multiplier control (if you unlock your CPU), you have FSB in 1MHz increments to 200MHz as well as divider controls once you hit those high FSB speeds.


The lower portion is where all the voltage controls happen. You have a full range of voltage options, from CPU VCore options up to 2.4v all the way to chipset voltage control. This motherboard definitely has all the voltage and frequency controls you need. Look for a future article comparing its overclocking abilities to other motherboards.


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