ECS GF8200A Reviewajmatson - August 19, 2008
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The BIOS of a motherboard is as important as the physical parts of the board. You can have a strong, stable board, but if you have a weak BIOS, then the board will not be able to be pushed and perform to its potential. The BIOS of the ECS GF8200A has some great options that allow you to adjust the settings to your needs. If you want to save more power, then adjust the settings in the BIOS. If you want some more raw power for those extra frames in your games, then up the speeds and voltages in the BIOS. We are going to take a look at the BIOS of the ECS GF8200A in sections, so that you get a better understanding of what it has to offer you.
Main & Standard CMOS:
The Mail screen is what you are presented with when you first enter the GF8200A's BIOS. This section allows you to enter the menu sections based on needs, and is where you save settings or load defaults. The standard CMOS section is where you set up your hard disks and internal drives for proper operation.
Advanced Setup & Advanced Chipset Setup:
These sections allow you to set up advanced features for the board, and CPU functions such as Cool'n'Quiet, Virtualization, and the all important boot sequence. In the Advanced Chipset Section, you have the ability to control the memory frequency and timings for more fine-tuned control over your DIMMs. Here is also where you enable the Hybrid SLI support, as well as the mGPU frame buffer size.
Integrated Peripherals & Power Management:
The Integrated Peripherals section is where you can set up and change the options dealing with onboard devices, like the SATA, LAN, and audio. The Power Management section allows you to set up power features like the Suspend Type.
PnP/PCI & PC Health Status:
These sections allow you to set which display initializes first for graphics, and monitor system temperatures and fan speeds.