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ECS Elitegroup P55H-AK Review


Closer Look: BIOS (Continued)

We continue now with the M.I.B.X (MB Intelligent BIOS X) that containes all the CPU and memory information and adjustments. The top of the first screen shows you what your processor and memory is set to. Below this is the ECS O.C. Profile option that allows for quick CPU and memory overclocks (we will cover this more in the overclocking section). B.O.M.P. Technology just gives you the option of enabling/disabling this feature that checks your BIOS entries to make sure you didn't do anything really crazy. The Performance Level on most other motherboards is associated with the RAM timings but not here. It is stricktly for access to the CPU Ratio (CPU Multiplier) as we will see in a couple pictures down. The rest are all options for manipulating the memory and CPU frequencies and voltages. We will go over some of the options in more detail below.













This first shot is the bottom half of the preceding screen with the voltage adjustments. It contains the CPU vcore, the VTT voltage, the DRAM voltage and the PCH voltage. The only voltage adjustment that is missing, compared to other boards, is the PLL voltage adjustment. After overclocking with this board, I can say I never really missed it and was able to take this board on air and water to (or above) other P55 based motherboards. The second screen just shows the options for the ECS O.C. Profile. As said above, this will be discussed further in the overclocking section.



These are just pictures of the Performance Level option. You can see on the left picture that before the Enhanced option was set you do not see the CPU Ratio, unlike the right picture.



The DRAM Frequency option gives you the available memory multipliers available to you. This in conjunction with your Bclk setting will give you your DRAM frequency. Next is the DRAM Timing option that allows for fine adjustments of your memory timings when set to manual. The QPI Ratio option is below this and allows for changes to the QPI speed.



Next up is the CPU Frequency option, also known as the CPU Bclk (base clock frquency), When enabled, it gives you the option of setting the value of the Bclk that gives you control of the CPU frequency, QPI frequency and memory frequency. This is all determined by the Bclk value times the associated multipliers.



Then we have the PCIE Overclock Function option. When enabled, you can manually manipulate the frequency. Next is the Active Processor Cores option that just allows you to use all cores of your processor or turn some off if so desired.



The Load Default Settings option does just that. If you have anything go haywire you can bring the BIOS back to where you started very quickly. The next option is the Load Profile Settings. This gives you the option to save two different profiles that can be easily retreived when needed.



These next two are for setting BIOS passwords if you so desire.



The last options are to "Save and Exit" and "Exit Without Saving" so any changes in the BIOS can be saved or not.



That's about it for the BIOS.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers and Programs
  4. Closer Look: BIOS
  5. Closer Look: BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  14. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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