Moving back to the main ‘Performance’ menu we selected ‘Memory Configuration’ and saw pretty much the same menu as the original Bad Axe. Intel also officially announced support of Enhanced Memory Profiles and will introduce EPP support in an upcoming BIOS release. When Intel supports EPP they will add those setting changes here in the configuration menu.
Then we saw the voltage options. Anyone that owns or has read reviews of the Intel D975XBX motherboard knows that it only goes up to 2.2 Volts in 0.1V steps. The new Intel D975XBX2 motherboard goes from 1.80 to 2.80 in 0.04V steps, which is something we are all happy about. Intel claims that Bad Axe 2 will allow for better memory overclocking than the previous generation due to a number of changes that have been made. The memory dividers remain the same and give users an 800MHz, 667Mhz, 533MHz, and 400MHz option.
After looking at the ‘Processor Overrides’ and ‘Memory Configuration’ sections that leaves the ‘Bus Overrides’ the last section to talk about. Here the PCI and PCI Express Bus can be locked down or overclocked per the end users liking. Intel said that while PCI Express Bus freequncy doesn’t play a big roll now it will in the future when GPU’s need more bandwidth.