Sapphire Pure PC-AM2RX780 Reviewajmatson - October 5, 2008
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The BIOS, which is one of the most underrated and misunderstood parts of a computer, is actually more important than most other parts of your system. With a strong BIOS you can get the most out of your computer just as with a weak BIOS your components can suffer, such as memory timings and speeds. Most of the BIOSes available these days are broken down in a menu type system with different sections controlling different parts of the BIOS. We are going to take a look at the BIOS of the Sapphire PC-AM2RX780 by the menus so you can get a better idea of what is available for you and your tweaking adventure.
Main Screen, Standard CMOS Features & Advanced BIOS Features:
The Main Screen is what you are presented with when you first enter the BIOS program. This is where you choose the sub menu to go into based on your needs. This is also where you can load defaults and save your changes. The Standard CMOS section allows you to change the date/time and make changes to the drive selections. In the Advanced BIOS features section you can turn on and off features such as CPU Virtualization, Cool & Quiet, boot order and more.
Advanced Chipset Features:
The Advanced Chipset Features section is where you have control over the memory settings such as the timings and latency, HyperTransport features and PCI Express configurations including the HyperThreading frequency.
The Integrated Peripherals section is where you have control over the onboard devices such as the SATA ports, IDE ports, and other peripherals like you mouse and keyboard. For the SATA ports you can set them in IDE mode, RAID mode or ACHI mode for hot swap abilities. Here you also can change the LAN settings and USB settings.
Power Management, Miscellaneous Control, PC Health & Thermal Throttling:
These small sub sections give you the ability to monitor and control safety settings in case of disaster or problems. You can also set the power settings of the computer to help do your part at keeping the earth greener.
Now let's flip over and look at the section where the overclocking tweaks take place.