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ECS A890GXM-A 890GX Review


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. There is only one option found here, which lets you allocate the IRQ or interrupt request line to the PCI VGA card. 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, Northbridge, or System gets too hot, as well change settings to the SMART Fan Controller.




M.I.B. III (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III):

The last page of the BIOS is the M.I.B. III, which stands for Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III. This is where all of the overclocking options for the ECS A890GXM-A motherboard will be done. From here you can change settings such as the frequencies, multipliers, and voltages. To overclock the CPU, you can raise the CPU Frequency, change the multiplier, adjust the HT frequency, and raise the voltages. Overclocking the memory can also be done, but it is done in a different screen called the Memory configuration menu, which is the first option in the M.I.B III screen. This menu allows you to change the DRAM Frequency, set the memory timings, as well as make changes to the bank and channel interleaving. The M.I.B II also includes the option to raise the SIDEPORT voltage going to the IGP to raise the overclocking potential. The overclocking options in the AMI BIOS is well set-up and even a novice user would have no issue navigating their way around the menu.




Coming up next is the part you have all been waiting for: the benchmarking!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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