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ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard - Pure Intelligence by ABIT

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 21, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ABIT

Overclocking of the ABIT AI7


It wouldn't be an ABIT motherboard without overclocking features. For all your overclocking features, you will find them under the Softmenu section of the BIOS. After all, ABIT pioneered its overclocking features under the Softmenu name, it's only fitting they continue it to this day.


Under this menu you will find all the features for overclocking. You have CPU Ratio control (locked if your CPU is multiplier locked) FSB/AGP/PCI bus, DRAM Ratio, CPU voltage, DRAM voltage, AGP voltage and AGP/CPI Ratio settings.


First off you have to change the CPU parameters to User Defined in order to open up your options, after this its all overclocking. First we see the FSB settings are selectable from 100MHz up to 350MHz in 1MHz increments. This gives a full range of settings, especially when you are running an 800MHz FSB CPU, now you aren't limited to 255MHz like some older ABIT motherboards were in the past with older BIOS.


CPU voltages are selectable up to 2.0v on the CPU core. This is a great range, but pushing over 1.8v will require you to have yourself a good cooling system such as water or peltier.


You can change your DRAM from 2.5v default up to 2.8v. While 3.2v would be nice like we saw on the IC7 MAX3 motherboard, 2.8v is enough to give a reasonable overclock.


AGP voltage can also be adjusted, though with today's motherboards there is little need with the AGP divider lock, none the less you can adjust you AGP from 1.5v up to 1.6v in 0.005 increments.


DRAM Ratios are selectable depending on your FSB. In any case the ratios are for 266MHz and 33MHz using 400 and 533MHz FSB CPUs. When running 800MHz FSB CPU's, you get 266, 333 and 400MHz for your memory. Also here you can lock your AGP/PCI dividers to 66MHz for AGP and 33MHz for the PCI bus.


We used our unlocked 3.2GHz Pentium 4 800FSB CPU and managed a FSB of 280MHz; this was the maximum obtainable that would continue to pass our tests.


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