Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 APU Mainboard Reviewajmatson - February 23, 2011
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The BIOS on the Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 mainboard is not as advanced as some of the higher end boards but then again it does not need to be. It offers just what is necessary to control the board and its features without having too many frills which can become very confusing at times I must say myself. The BIOS on the E350 board is broken down into sections to make it easier to find what you need and make the adjustments that are necessary to get your system up to full working shape. The Main section is brief and has information for you such as the current BIOS version, system date and system time information that you can adjust. The Advanced tab is a bit more in depth with options to configure the CPU settings, IDE settings, ACPI settings for suspend states, USB settings and more. There is also a subsection that will display a bit more information on the processor which in this case is an AMD Engineering Sample Fusion APU. You can also monitor your system's health including temperatures, fan speeds and voltages to make sure you are within stable limits and turn on or off features you may not need.
The latter sections include the chipset section which allows you to make adjustments to certain hardware such as the memory clock speed, turn on the PCI Express speed power policy, and even adjust the integrated graphics processor's shared memory size. The Boot section gives you control over how and in what order your system boots and runs the attached drives. Finally, the Security tab allows you to set both an Administrator password for altering the BIOS options as well as a User password which will allow the user to start the system but not enter and change the BIOS. This is perfect for locking your system down at the hardware level to only authorized users.
Now that we have seen what the BIOS has to offer we can get down to business with the testing.