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Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Ultra Motherboard

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BIOS


This is the screen you are greeted with upon entering the bios.

The board uses Award Software BIOS. The BIOS is very easy and straightforward to use. You have the option of entering the following categories (with description):
  • Standard CMOS Features - Date, Time, IDE Devices, Floppy.
  • Advanced BIOS Features - Boot Order, AGP.
  • Integrated Peripherals - Disable onboard devices, IRQ Settings.
  • Power Management Setup - Button function and power settings.
  • PnP/PCI Configurations - IRQ Settings.
  • PC Health Status - Hardware, Voltage, and Temp monitoring, CPU shutdown temp, fan failure detection.
  • Frequency/Voltage Control - CPU Frequency and Hardware voltage settings.

    Now like most motherboards - The bios isn't perfect. There were a few things I found wrong with it that annoyed me to no end. One was the fact that you can only set the CPU Frequency to a maximum of 165MHz. When I saw this I was immediately disappointed. Another thing that I was not pleased about was the fact that you can only adjust the CPU Core Voltage by a percentage of the original. You have the option of +5%, +7.5%, and +10%. I later noticed that there were no settings to adjust ram timings or APG settings like fastwrite. However, upon e-mailing Gary from Gigabyte tech support I found out that by pressing Ctrl+F1 while in the main bios screen brings up the advanced settings.


    The maximum is 165MHz. Very disappointing for overclockers.


    These are the voltage settings that are available to you. CPU Core is only adjustable by a percentage of the original as you can see and AGP as well as DIMM are the standard 0.1V increments. If you look at the top greyed out setting you will see that it says Spread Spectrum Modulated, this was new to me and upon experimenting I found that it protects the CPU Freq. and Voltages from being adjusted.


    This is the advanced page that comes up when you hit Ctrl+F1. You can see that you now have the option to enter the Advanced Chipset Features where you can adjust RAM timings and AGP settings.


    RAM timing and AGP adjustment options.


    This is the Q-Flash utility for upgrading and changing the CMOS settings for the Dual BIOS feature of the motherboard. You hit F8 when on the main screen of the bios to enter this utility. If you enlarge the picture by clicking on it you can see the options that are available to you here.



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