Sapphire PC-AM2RS790GX Pure 790GX Motherboard Reviewajmatson - March 4, 2009
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The BIOS, which is one of the most underrated and misunderstood parts of a computer, is actually more important than most other parts of your system. With a strong BIOS you can get the most out of your computer, while a weak BIOS can cause your components to suffer, such as memory timings and speeds. Most of the BIOS's available these days are broken down in a menu type system with different sections controlling different parts of the BIOS. We are going to take a look at each menu in the BIOS of the Sapphire PC-AM2RS790GX so you can get a better idea of what is available for you and your tweaking adventure.
Main Screen, Standard CMOS Features & Advanced BIOS Features:
The Main Screen is what you are presented with when you first enter the BIOS program. This is where you choose the sub menu based on your needs. This is also where you can load defaults and save your changes. The Standard CMOS section allows you to change the date/time and make changes to the drive selections. In the Advanced BIOS features section you can turn on and off features such as CPU Virtualization and Cool & Quiet, as well as change the boot order.
Advanced Chipset Features:
The Advanced Chipset Features section is where you have control over settings such as HyperTransport features and PCI Express configurations including the HyperThreading frequency, and the integrated graphics chip.
The Integrated Peripherals section is where you have control over onboard devices such as the SATA ports, IDE ports, and other peripherals like your mouse and keyboard. For the SATA ports you can set them in IDE mode, RAID mode or ACHI mode for hot swap abilities. Here you can also change the LAN settings and USB settings.
Power Management, Miscellaneous Control, PC Health & Thermal Throttling:
These small sub sections give you the ability to monitor and control safety settings in case of disaster or problems. You can also set the power settings of the computer to help do your part in keeping the earth greener.
Now let's take a look at the section where the overclocking tweaks take place.