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Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review

Former staff writer    -   March 3, 2004


Closer Look (Cont.) The BIOS
The ZNF3-150 uses the Phoenix AwardBIOS, and has some very nice looking Overclocking settings. From the looks of things, I’m going to enjoy this board, however there is one thing that worries me... In the package with the motherboard was a letter from Chaintech that states, “We are aware of some problems related to the current BIOS and Overclocking, and are working to resolve this issue.” Doesn’t sound good, but they also don’t go into detail on what exactly the problems are. I’m sure we’ll find out later in the testing.

As you can see, from the main BIOS screen, there are 8 sections that can be entered. They are:

  • Standard BIOS Features
  • Advanced BIOS Features
  • Advanced Chipset Features
  • Integrated Peripherals
  • Power Management Setup
  • PnP/PCI Configurations
  • PC Health Status
  • Frequency/Voltage Control

In addition to those sections, you asl have the options to:

  • Load Fail-Safe Defaults
  • Load Optimized Defaults
  • Set Supervisor Password
  • Set User Password
  • Save & Exit Setup
  • Exit Without Saving

Standard BIOS Features
This is where you get to set all of the IDE information, as well as the BIOS time and date. Selecting an IDE device, will allow you to either auto detect it, or manually specify information for it.

Advanced BIOS Features
This is the section that contains a lot more of the BIOS features. You can adjust the boot order, Num Lock status, enable/disable the CPU cache, allow for virus warning, and adjust several other options, including the Hard Disk Boot Priority.

 

Advanced Chipset Features
Here we have the ability to adjust most of the AGP settings, as well as the LDT settings. LDT stands for Lightning Data Transport, which is actually the “code name” for the HyperTransport technology, which is the AMD replacement of the PCI bus. More information on LDT and the HyperTransport technology (HTT) can be found in our AMD64 processor explanation. The Flash BIOS protection option, is a nice little addition, as it prevents the BIOS from being flashed or changed wile this is enabled.




  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Closer Look (Continued)
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  7. Testing
  8. Testing (Continued)
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  11. Testing (Continued)
  12. Testing (Continued)
  13. Overclocking
  14. Software
  15. Conclusion
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