WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard ReviewWed, Apr 19, 2006 - 12:00 AM
The WinFast NF4SK8AA come equiped with the ever popular Advance Bios. They have personalized it for their boards though, as they include a page called the BIOS feature page, which we will certainly look at, as it is the only real iontersting thing in the BIOS.
As you can see on this custom BIOS page, there are a few things that are unique. At the top of this page, we see a few “Super” settings. Here are the descriptions given from the WinFast manual:
SUPERBOOT: SuperBoot allows system-relevent information to be stored in CMOS upon the first normal startup of your PC, and the relevent parameterswill be restored to help the system start up more quickly on each subsequent startup.
SuperBIOS-Protect: SuperBIOS-Protect function protects your PC from being infected by viruses.
SuperRecovery Hotkey: SuperRecovery provides the users with an excellent data protection and HDD recovery function.
Since everyone seems to want a quicker booting OS, it was nice to see that SuperBoot did seem to make a difference in our boot times. I would not say it was drastice, but even a few seconds is nice. let’s see what else in on this page…
I was kind of shocked to see the the CPU frequency could only be set to 300. But hey, it is a budget board.
The included DRAM dividers are typical of other NF4 boards.
Once again, as a budget board there are very few included ram tweaks. Just your primary timings are available.
We see the same trend in the available vcore settings. Vcore only goes up to 1.55v, which would be disappointing to the above average overclocker, but is more than enough for the average computer user.
Vdimm also is limited to a quite “normal” level. These days we are seeing more and more boards that are being released with at least 3.2v available for ddr. Those that use high voltage ram, like Mushkin Redline or OCZ VX modules will certainly have to pass on this board.
Not too much that is exciting on these two pages. You do find the RAID configuration settings on the Integrated Peripherals page.
The PC health status page has some very nice information on it. This page also allows you to set the parameters for your fans, giving you the ability to quiet your system down to a decent level.