Abit IP35 Dark Raider Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman - July 11, 2007
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If the BIOS images shown below look a little familiar to you, then they should if you have followed along on our reviews of Abit's foray into the P35 chipset motherboard market. The BIOS not only appears the same, but actually is. Sweet and simple, without a lot of options to confuse the novice. There are enough tweaking options to allow you to get the most of your hardware if you want to, of course. The areas of the BIOS that I will concentrate on are the Abit SoftMenu and Advanced Chipset features section,the areas most important to us overclockers.
The main BIOS page shows all of the available options and their sub-sections. The areas we will concentrate on are the Abit SoftMenu page where you can make adjustments to the CPU clock speed, memory divider, and voltages. You can choose to run with the auto setting, or manually set your options.
The adjustment range for the CPU clock speed goes from 200 to 600 FSB. A lofty goal to shoot for. The memory ratio can be adjusted along preset ratios ranging from 1:1 to 1:2, giving a fair amount of flexibility. Not quite what is available on the nVidia chipset boards, but sufficient. PCI-E frequency is adjustable up to 200 to help you maximize throughput on your PCI-E devices, including your video card.
Abit must have been thinking about the overclocker when designing this series of motherboards. 1.94 volts for the CPU and 3.00 volts for the memory. All other voltages are adjustable to give your components the voltage they need to perform.
Last, but not least, is the Advanced Chipset features page. All of your memory's primary and secondary timings are listed here for tweaking to maximize your memory performance.