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The BIOS on this board is provided by American Megatrends and is the latest version available for download at ECS's website. The BIOS is dated 6/12/2007. OverclockersClub.com is an enthusiast community, so I will focus on the items in the BIOS relevant to the enthusiast community.
The first item of note was the message across the screen upon first booting up the system. One of the features of this board is the support for the latest processors, including the Quads, as well as the 1333 FSB Core2Duos. The message is a warning that a 1333 FSB processor is installed and it may not operate properly. This warning was given with both the E6700 and E6750 that we installed. This warning ended up meaning nothing as the board booted at the correct frequency and clock multiplier for the E6700 (266x10), as well as the E6750 processor we used (333x8).
The main BIOS page shows links to the sub-menus, so you can adjust the parameters of the board to your tastes.The Standard Setup page allows you to adjust the date and time, check hard drive specs, and ensure that all of your drives are present and properly configured.
Under the Advanced Setup menu, you can set or disable the thermal options you want to use (whether you want to throttle your processor back if it gets to hot). You can set or disable several of the power saving options and features of your CPU, as well as define the boot order of your drives.
Advanced Chipset Setup is the location that contains the system memory options. Only two possible configurations are available for setting the memory frequency: 667 FSB and 800 FSB. The four biggies are all that are available when it comes to memory timings. This will obviously limit the more adventurous of the enthusiast community. If the board is only used for stock speeds, it's a moot point. But who does that?
The Integrated Peripherals page allows configuration of all of the onboard devices. The Power Management tab allows for your power management scheme. PCI/PNP allows for choosing your type of video card (PCI or PCI-E). The Health and Staus tab allows for monitoring of the parameters that the board is capable of measuring.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Frequency and Voltages tab. This enables us to enable or disable overclocking and to set the frequency and voltages needed for our CPUs to perform. The Frequency setting is adjustable up to 500 FSB and no higher. The voltage options are really not enthusiast friendly. They seem designed more to prevent a non enthusiast from seriously overvolting the CPU and system memory. CPU voltage is limited to 1.5 volts and memory a woeful 2.0 volts. This may be a serious handicap when it comes to overclocking the memory and CPU.