Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboardccokeman -
The BIOS on this board is quite a bit more complicated than the Abit AW9D-MAX. Just looking at the amount of options and settings will let you know that this board can be tweaked for ultimate performance. As you can see in the first picture, I have neither a Nvidia video card nor SLI-EPP memory installed. The areas of the BIOS I will concentrate on are those that interest the enthusiast crowd, because in reality, that's who this board is designed for. (Especially the UGURU section)
This board has an upper limit of 750 FSB for the CPU and 700 FSB for the memory. This point is probably out of reach for all but the most extreme overclockers, it doesn't mean you can't try though.
For your basic CPU settings, you can run at your processor speed, linked; meaning the cpu and memory speed are linked together and will rise equally when adjusted and then unlinked; meaning the CPU and memory speeds can be adjusted independently of each other. The CPU strap setting has 1333 available to assist in reaching a higher clock speed.
The voltage options on this board run to the high side of the spectrum. 1.925 volts is available for the cpu, great googly moogly! That just might be the death zone! 3.00 volts is available for the memory. This is indeed pretty high up in the killer voltage realm. Not to say that it will, but just be careful in choosing your voltage settings. The voltages for the the southbridge, northbridge, hypertransport and CPU vtt are down at the usable end of the spectrum.
The adjustments available for the system memory are an improvement from the last MAX series board that I have worked with. One glitch I ran into was setting the USB mouse and keyboard support to BIOS from the default of OS.This caused a no boot into windows condition that i could only resolve by setting this adjustment back to OS.
This brings us to the Abit EQ section of the BIOS. Here we are able to set up the on-board LED light show and set up the monitoring software.The three main options are temperature, voltage and fan speed.
Now that we have seen the complete package, looked at the BIOS, and gotten a general feel for this board, I think its time we move on to the next phase; installation.