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FIC AN19E KT400 Motherboard Review

By: Tio Chaharbaghi | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 19, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: FIC




After pressing DEL to enter the BIOS, this is the first screen you are greeted with. From here you can go into different sectors to find what you are looking for or trying to change.



This is the Advanced BIOS tab. From here you can enable/disable things like SSED instructions (if you are running a XP processor), L2 cache etc. You can also put which drives you want to boot first. For example if you want your boot process to be CDROM, HDD then floppy.



This is the third tab in the AN19E BIOS; Advanced Chipset features. From here it splits into three sub tabs. In those tabs you have options like AGP Aperture size, CPU & PCI control etc.



The next tab is the Integrated Peripheral tab. Under this tab you control anything onboard related. Features such as onboard LAN, audio, RAID, SATA & others can be enabled/disabled here.



All your power related options are controlled under this tab, Power Management. Such options like ACPI controls, HDD power down, suspend mode & others can be found under this section.



The next tab is the PNP/PCI Configurations tab. Anything related to Plug n' Play is located here. You can also control all your IRQ settings under this tab if you are having any sort of conflicts.



"My AMD CPU runs so nice and cool, I never worry about my temperatures when it comes to my AMD processors!" - The average Joe.


Well we all know, or at least I hope we all know that AMD processors sometimes run on the hot side. And we all know that EVERY single AMD board out there should have a PC Health section! If it doesn't, well, it shouldn't even come on the market, the company should be paying people to take the boards off their hand before they lose even more money!


Well, that little rant brings me to the next BIOS tab; PC Health Status. Here you can see all your temperatures, voltages and even setup warning temperatures, shutdown temperatures etc. I didn't dare to test to see how effective the shutdown temperature feature is. But from talking to a lot of people who have had a CPU die on them, most of them say they had the shutdown temperature set, and it still didn't help. In my opinion, the only feature out of these "alarm systems" included with these boards is the CPU warning temperature feature. This will at least give you a few more seconds to jump for that power button before your AMD CPU goes poof!



The tab everyone has been waiting for! What could it be? Well, it has to be the famous Frequency/Voltage tab. This is where all your overclocking dreams will come true. FIC has included some great overclocking options with the AN19E. You have all the options you need like CPU multiplier adjustments, FSB in 1 MHz adjustments, CPU ratio etc.



Under the DRAM type option, you can select what speed you want your RAM to run at. When running your CPU at default speeds, you have options to run it up to DDR 400.



A lot of motherboards on the market have VCore support of up to 1.85v but the AN19E has support up to 2.00v! With that amount of juice, you have two solutions. Solution 1: You overclock like a king! Solution 2: You fail miserably and end up with a nicely fried AMD CPU.


Our point is, make sure you use decent cooling if you are going to take advantage of FIC's high voltage settings.



Another nice addition to the already complete overclocking options is DDR voltage adjustments. The FIC AN19E allows you to add up to 0.70v to your DDR voltage in 0.10v increments. Even though DDR RAM doesn't get that hot, please take it into account to get decent cooling before you add another 0.70v to your expensive stick of DDR RAM.


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