EVGA E761 X58 SLI Classified Motherboard ReviewThu, Jun 25, 2009 - 12:00 AM
There is nothing special here, just your normal BIOs. The left-hand side is standard for most boards with only the Frequency/Voltage Control sub-menu being chock full of awesome.
Here you can adjust the date and time while viewing SATA device information.
Here you can adjust the boot order and specify which particular device to boot from.
Here you can adjust the onboard RAID, USB, Ethernet, and PATA controllers.
Here you can adjust the processor sleep-stages and the various ways to power-on the system.
Here you can adjust the PCI and PCIe settings; I’d highly suggest leaving this alone as I made the board angry playing with the IRQ settings.
Want to know your processor temp? How about your northbridge temp? How about your voltage regulator temp? It’s all here! This is what a BIOS PC Health screen should look like.
This is where the magic happens. You’ve got a memory, voltage, and CPU sub-menu with your most often adjusted settings here in the main menu.
Here you can adjust the memory timings, frequency, and interleave settings, along with selecting SPD profiles.
The voltage controls for this board are a little less than insane. Just to give you an idea, the values on the left are the maximum values while the values on the right are the default values. I doubt anyone could ever warrant using the maximum voltages available though, like 3.39vDIMM. Surely that should toast the processor quicker than you could hit the power switch.
Last, but surely not least, are the CPU specific settings. Don’t forget when overclocking to set the QPI frequency to the minimum value. I stupidly forgot to set it to the minimum multiplier and hit a base clock wall at 172MHz.