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Soltek SL-75FRN-L Motherboard

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BIOS

Ahh the BIOS?probably my LEAST favorite section to type while performing a motherboard review. The board uses the Award BIOS software which is my favorite of the bunch and which most motherboard manufacturers seem to be using these days. You have the option of entering the following sections upon entering the bios (with description):

  • Standard CMOS Features ? Date, Time, Primary and Secondary master/slave devices, Floppy Drive information, and Halt On settings.
  • Advanced BIOS Features ? Boot Device Order, yeah that?s basically all there is that?s worth mentioning in this section.
  • Advanced Chipset Features ? System Performance presets, FSB, Ram Timing Settings, and AGP Enhancements.
  • Integrated Peripherals ? Audio, IEEE1394, IDE, and USB Settings.
  • Power Management ? Button Settings.
  • PnP/PCI Configurations ? IRQ Settings.
  • SmartDoc Anti-Burn Shield ? CPU Shutdown Temp and Temperature as well as voltage monitoring.
  • Voltage Control ? CPU Vcore, AGP Voltage, and DIMM Voltage.


    This is the page that you are greeted with upon entering the BIOS. As you can see it utilizes the Award BIOS software which I find to be quite pleasing and easy to use.


    On this page you can see all the settings you have as far as AGP, RAM, and CPU go. Under the system performance option you have four presets which are Optimal, Aggressive, Turbo, and Expert. When you have this option set to Expert it enables you to manually set your RAM and CPU settings. I don?t recommend using the Expert setting unless you are sure you know what you are doing. If you don?t know what you are doing what I suggest you do is select the highest preset that you can successfully boot into windows with.


    This is the page where you can configure the ABS II Settings. ABS stands for AntiBurn Shield. All you basically do is set a temperature at which the computer shuts down. If the CPU reaches the temp that you set, the computer will turn off to eliminate any risk of damage to the CPU. If you have an awesome heatsink like the SLK-800 or 900 you can set the shutdown temp to 75C because you can almost be damn sure that your CPU will NEVER reach that temp.


    Here you can see that the CPU Core Voltage can be set up to 1.85V which isn?t as high as some other boards can be set to but it?s high enough for some hardcore overclocking.


    This is the AGP Voltage settings. They can be cranked to the standard 1.8V, however, this is enough to fry most cards out there. When I?m overclocking my video card I like to run it just a tad above the default of 1.5V at 1.6V.


    These are your DIMM Voltage settings. Once again it goes up to the standard 2.8V as seen on most other boards. When I?m running aggressive timings I usually set my DIMM Voltage to 2.6V just to give it a little more juice. ;-)


    Ahh the long awaited (for some of you) FSB settings. This board can be cranked all the way to 200 which is pretty damn good. This gives you a pretty large range of settings for overclocking and enables you to crank the speed up quite a bit.

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