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H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup Review

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The BIOS used in the ECS motherboards is an extremely user friendly version of American Megatrends Inc, or AMI BIOS. The AMI BIOS can make simple changes such as setting a first boot device or changing the system date and time. But it can also make more complicated changes, such as altering a processors clock speed or setting specific timings for your memory. The changes made in the BIOS affect the overall system performance and stability.


Standard CMOS Setup:

The first screen you will see when entering the BIOS is the main menu screen. Here you will find a list of menus that when selected will bring you to a new screen and give you a host of options to choose from. The first one of these is Standard CMOS Setup, which is is where you will adjust the date and time and get drive information.














Advanced Setup:

The Advanced Setup page lets you change some of the more advanced options of the system such as disable EIST. You can also change your boot devices and for those that are using the eJIFFY utility, this is the area of the BIOS that will need to be accessed to enable eJIFFY before use.



Advanced Chipset Setup & Integrated Peripherals:

The Advanced Chipset Setup page where you can enable or disable the HDMI audio and make adjustments to the overlapped PCI memory. The Integrated Peripheral screen is where you can set parameters to peripherals connected to the system. Here you have access to the IDE and SATA controllers, as well as Audio, LAN, and Legacy USB features.


Power Management:

The Power Management page is where changes to the power management operations are made. Here you can change the ACPI Suspend Type and choose which device can resume your system operations.



PCI/PnP Setup / PC Health Status:

The PCI/PnP page is where you can make changes to the to devices that are installed on the PCI bus. The PC Health Status is where you can monitor system voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds. Here you can also set a shut-down temperature in case the CPU or System gets too hot, as well change settings to the SMART Fan Controller.



M.I.B. III (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III)/ Frequency Voltage Control:

The M.I.B. III is the BIOS page where all the overclocking options for the ECS H57H-MUS is handled and the Frequency Voltage Control panel is the menu used for both the H55H-I and H55H-CM boards. Both menus have the same basic layout and really just have a few options that separate them. In each menu you will be able to make adjustments to the overclock the CPU and memory. The biggest difference I found between the overclocking options between the boards was that the H55H-CM does not include the ability to manually change the voltage level of any part of the system. However, the other two ECS board did have voltage control which will increase the overclocking abilities.



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