Abit IX38 Quad GT Reviewccokeman -
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The Abit IX38 Quad GT uses a Phoenix/Award BIOS. The revision number on the BIOS shipped on this board was revision 11. The version I will show below is revision 12.bo6. This is still a beta, but some of the bugs have been fixed, while others have not.
uGuru Utility: Let's start off with the uGuru section of the BIOS. This is where all of the system specific parameters can be set to maximize the performance of your combination of parts. The OC Guru subsection is where you can find the CPU speed and multiplier, memory ratio, voltages and more. The hardware monitoring setup and monitoring is accomplished by making changes under the subsection of the uGuru tab labeled Abit EQ.
OC Guru: The clockspeeds that the BIOS enables you to set ranges from 133 to 750MHz. That is enough to keep even the most extreme overclockers busy. The mulitplier is locked to a range of 6 to 9 on my Q6600. 9 is the stock multiplier. Memory ratios, or dividers, are available from 1:1 (400:400) to 1:2 (400:800), allowing the enthusist a fair number of options to run with.
The PCI clock can be adjusted from 100 to 200 so that the optimal PCI-E speed can be set to optimize graphics performance and bandwidth.
Under the voltage control section there are enough voltage settings to please everyone. Some of the highlights are CPU core voltage up to 1.6 volts. Is that all, you ask? But wait, there's more. By using the CPU voltage offset, the CPU voltage can be increased to 2.2 volts. If you need more than this, then you're just looking to burn something up.
Each voltage has a fair amount of room to offer the enthusiast the ability to use the voltages to gain the maximum performance from the hardware that is installed. Memory voltage up to 3.0 volts is pretty good. Abit has continued this from its IP35 Pro.
Last, but not least, in this section is the ABbit EQ option. Here is where the monitoring of fan speeds and critical temperatures can be monitored.