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eVGA X58 3X SLI Review


Closer look:

The eVGA X58 3X SLI motherboard uses a BIOS from Phoenix Award. The latest BIOS revision currently available and used for this review is SZ1N. Flashing the latest BIOS can alleviate many problems, especially with newer, less mature products. The BIOS is where the installed hardware is set up at the lowest level. The processor, system memory, attached drives as well as on board components can be configured. Let's dig into this BIOS to see just what eVGA has made available for the enthusiast.
















Main menu:

This is the usual welcome screen that ships with Phoenix BIOS. It gives access to a bunch of useful menus and the option to load default settings, set a password and exit with or without saving.


Standard CMOS Features:

This option lets you set the time and date. You can also see the amount of installed system memory.


Advanced Bios Features:

This is the place to change the order of boot devices.


Integrated Peripherals:

This section lets you enable and disable various on board devices, including the serial port, PATA and SATA ports, LAN, FireWire and USB. SATA ports of both the ICH10R and JMicron controllers can be set to run in IDE, AHCI or RAID mode.




Power Management Setup:

As the title suggests, here is where you can adjust settings related to power management.


PnP/PCI Configuration:

This menu has various low level settings that are better kept at Auto, except the "Init Display First" that can be set to PCI-Express instead.


PC Health Status:

In this section, you can view temperatures and voltages of a whole lot of stuff. Processor, memory, VTT and IOH all have their voltage and temperatures listed. The three main power supply rails are also listed, 3.3, 5 and 12V. At the bottom, fan speeds are displayed and, back at the top, the SmartFan menu gives you some control over them.



Now that I've covered the boring part, let's see what going on in the "Frequency/Voltage Control" sub-menu.

  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, WinRar
  10. Testing: Specview10, 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: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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