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ECS P55H-A Review


Closer Look:

Standard CMOS Setup:

Just about every user knows that the BIOS is where you can change important settings to make your computer run properly. The P55H-A's BIOS is no different. Like many boards, it uses American Megatrends BIOS, so some of the options may look very familiar. The first page you'll be brought to will allow you to select from ten different categories. The first of which is "Standard CMOS Setup." Under this category you'll be able to change date and time, and view HDD information. You'll also be able to enable or disable "IDE BusMaster".


















Advanced Setup and Advanced Chipset Setup:

The next two categories are "Advanced Setup" and "Advanced Chipset Setup". Under Advanced Setup you'll be able to adjust the more "Advanced" settings. These include adjusting the boot priority, adjusting the HDD boot priority, and enabling or disabling power savings utilities. You'll also be able to turn on and off Turbo Mode, as well as the eJiffy. The Advanced Chipset Setup probably shouldn't be its own category. Only because there is only one setting you can adjust. This of course is the Memory Remap Feature, and you'll be able to turn it on or off.



Integrated Peripherals and Power Management:

Under the "Integrated Peripherals" category you'll be able to adjust the SATA configuration, as well as other OnBoard settings. You'll also be able to Enable/Disable USB Functions, and Legacy USB support. Despite what it may sound like the Power management category mostly deals with starting up your system. These settings consist of "PWRON after PWR-Fail", and a multitude of "Resume-On" settings.



PCI/PnP and M.I.B. II:

The "PCI/PnP" Setup will allow you to set what graphics controller will display first. The "PC Health Status" category will allow you to see information on your hardware. This includes things such as Temperature and Fan speeds. The "M.I.B. II" category, not to be confused with Men In Black 2 the movie, is where all of the overclocking will take place. However, we'll take a look at this a little later on.




Supervisor Password and User Password:

The remaining two categories are "Supervisor Password", and "User Password". These both allow you to do exactly what you'd think. This of course is to set a BIOS password. Although, I've personally never seen the point of having a BIOS password.



Now let's take a detailed look at the overclocking features!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  9. Testing: Apophysis, Win RAR
  10. Testing: SpecView 10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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