Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Reviewajmatson - June 18, 2009
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Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker:
Now we get to the overclocking section of the BIOS. This section is called the M.I.T., or Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker. This section is where all of the voltage changes, clock speeds, and latencies get set to push your system to the limits. The top part of the M.I.T. is where you set the CPU specs, such as the clock speed, CPU multiplier, and the Northbridge frequency. The CPU multiplier can be set in x0.5 increments, and the HT link can be changed in x1 increments. There is also a selection for ACC, or Advanced Clock Calibration. ACC allows you to simply overclock the CPU, either one core or all cores, to a percentage which is 12% of the stock clock speeds. Near the bottom is where you change the voltages for the components such as the CPU, Northbridge, and memory to achieve stability and greater performance.
The memory portion of the BIOS for the MA790FXT-UD5P has many features as well. The memory speed can be changed using preset straps based on the CPU speed. The options are x4, x5.33, x6.66, and x8. At the default CPU speed of 200MHz, the x6.66 setting will yield a memory speed of 1333MHz, which is native for most Phenom II processors using DDR3 memory. The DRAM Configuration sub-menu is where you can set the latencies and memory settings to achieve tighter timings and stable overclocks. You can choose to run the memory Ganged or Unganged with the CPU, as well as change just about every option possible allowing for maximum memory bandwidth.
Now that we have the BIOS configured, we can move on to the testing.