Foxconn A7DA-S 790GX Reviewajmatson - September 7, 2008
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Now for a look at the heart of the Foxconn A7DA-S motherboard. The BIOS, which stands for Basic Input Output System, is one of, if not the most, important part of a motherboard. This chip controls the very basics of the system and how hardware is handled upon start up. This is where you set your hardware options and the all famous overclocking for your system.
Main Screen & System Information:
When you boot into the BIOS you are presented with a menu type system to help you navigate to what options you want to control. Here you can save the options you changed as well as load optimized defaults for your system. The System Information menu is where you change the date and time as well as view and change your drive configurations.
Advanced BIOS & Integrated Peripherals:
The Advanced BIOS menu has the options for you to change boot up options such as the default boot order and drive timeout. The Integrated Peripherals menu allows you to change the options for onboard devices such as IDE, USB, and SuperIO functions and configurations. Here you can also enable or disable the onboard HD Audio controller if you have an add-on card instead.
Power Management, PC Health Status, & BIOS Security Features:
These sections control the basics of the system. You can change the power type the system uses and suspend features, monitor the temperatures and fan speeds to keep the computer healthy, and set passwords that will secure the system from non-authorized users.
Advanced Chipset Features:
The Advanced Chipset features section allows you to control chipset features such as the memory speeds and timings and the Integrated Graphics features. This sections lets you adjust the memory timings and if the memory runs ganged or unganged. For the Integrated Graphics you can enable or disable the integrated graphics as well as the Sideport Memory feature. You can also change the frame buffer that the integrated video takes from the system memory and adjust the speed of the Sideport Memory from 200MHz to 667MHz DDR3 (400Mhz to 1333MHz effective) in specific increments. Lastly, you can enable or disable the AMD 780 HD Audio function.