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Zotac IONITX-P-E Integrated Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS is where all of the hardware tweaks happen, Even though this is a mini board, don't count it out when it comes to tweaks. I am going to go through the sections of the BIOS and point out some key areas that will allow you to tweak and overclock giving you every bit of power you can harness from the Zotac IONITX-P-E Motherboard.












When you first boot into the BIOS you are presented with the "Main " section. In this section you have the options to adjust the system time and date as well as the ability to view information for the system including the BIOS version and build date, Processor count and speed and the amount of system memory present.



In the Advanced system you have control over advanced options such as drive configurations, power suspend states, CPU options like virtualization and Speed step technology and more. There are also options for SATA type such as AHCI mode or NVIDIA Raid and USB modes for legacy control.





PCIPnP, Boot, and Security:

Three smaller sections are the PnP, Boot and Security tabs. In these sections options such as IRQ assignments, boot selections and priorities and password options are available to optimize and protect your system.





The last section is the Chipset tab. This where you have options to tweak and overclock the system. You can adjust system speeds, voltages and timings for the processor, memory and ION GPU. You have the ability to run the system in a Linked or Unlinked mode for finer control and adjust the memory allocated for the ION processor. There are also fan controls to adjust the fan speeds based on temperatures.








Now that we have looked at the board and BIOS it is time to get to the good stuff, the testing.

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