ECS P45T-A Reviewajmatson - August 5, 2008
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The BIOS is the heart of any system. Here is where you control the settings for the onboard devices, and where you can overclock the system to get the most out of your components. We are going to take a look at the BIOS in this section, so you get a better understanding of what it has to offer, and where you'll find the tools at.
Main & Standard CMOS:
The main screen is what you are presented with when you first enter the BIOS. This is the gateway to the sections that allow you to tweak your system. 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 C1E, Virtualization, and the all important boot sequence. You can also enable memory remapping in the last section.
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 devices. The Power Management section allows you to set up the 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 the temperatures and fan speeds of your system for health reasons.
Motherboard Intelligent BIOS (M.I.B.):
The Motherboard Intelligent BIOS section is where you have control for overclocking your system; the BIOS of the P45T-A is quite limited in this regard. Here you have the ability to adjust the frequency of the CPU and the CPU voltage in preset intervals. You can also adjust the memory from 667MHz to 800MHz, and the voltage in preset values. You have no control over the timings other than setting the BIOS to read the SPD of the DIMMs, and that's it. No other options are available for fine tuning your system.
Now that everything is set up in the BIOS, let's get the drivers installed so we can start testing our system.