Legit Motherboard Reviews
ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ Motherboard Review
|Date:||Fri, Mar 14, 2008 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Jason Petermann -|
Bundle And BIOS
The bundle that comes with the ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi is actually pretty ho-hum. Nothing really stands out. The bundle includes your typical install guide, support CD and backplate, as well as floppy, IDE, and four SATA cables. You also get an HDMI_SPDIF cable, as well as the 802.11g wireless module and the antenna and bracket that are necessary for its use. The whole WiFi think is a very nice addition to this board, so where it may lack in a few other items you might have wanted, the WiFi more than makes up for it. Let's take a look at what the BIOS has for us.
As you can see, the BIOS that is included with the ASRock 4Core1600P35 - WiFi is a customized AMI BIOS.
The Advanced page is where a tweaker will find most of his time is spent while in the BIOS. Although, as you will see, there will not need to be too much time spent even on this page.
The CPU configuration page is where we have our front side bus adjustments, as well as all the other CPU specific switches like Virtualization Technology, Thermal Throttling and a few other things that most will not mess with. Overclock mode has to be turned from Auto to Manual in order to make any adjustments on the CPU Configuration page.
The fsb is able to be adjusted all the way to 800fsb (yeah right). Of course, we were not even able to use half of that in our overclocking.
PCIE frequency is also set here. It is adjustable all the way to 150.
Underneath the Chipset Settings on the advanced page is where we find all of our DDR options.
DDR2 Frequency can be set at either 667 or 800DDR2.
Max voltage that is available for the CPU is 1.6v, which should be more than enough for most overclocking.
Vdimm is adjustable to 2.2v, which is not extreme, but also not too bad for most.
Instead of using actual voltage numbers for the Northbridge, ASRock decided to go with five different presets. As you can see, they are labeled Auto, Low, Middle, High and Highest.
We see the same for the Southbridge...
...and the VTT voltage.
The IDE Configuration place is also on the ADvanced tab in the BIOS. This page gives you all the options that help you to set your drives up.
The Hardware Health Event Monitor (Fancy name for Health monitor) is not real deep. We get the basics and that is it. Not that you would need much more for this board anyways.
One last uninteresting page is the Boot Settings page. Not too exciting, but hey, I took the pic so here it is.
Next Page - Test Setup
Page 1 - Introduction and Specs
Page 2 - Board Layout
Page 3 - Bundle And BIOS
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Testing Results
Page 6 - Overclocking Results
Page 7 - Final Thoughts And Conclusion