Abit NF7-M Motherboard
The bios on this board is really quite user friendly but then again it?s extremely powerful to the users who like it that way! This is what you are met with in the opening bios screen; it gives you information on various things (like the chipset).
The SoftMenu III setup is like all others, there isn?t really anything unique to mention here. Just like always you can change your CPU multiplier settings, AGP frequency, CPU FSB/DRAM ratio, and CPU interface. You can also change your agp, core, dram, and chipset voltages. You don?t see the chipset voltages in most other motherboards which really limit what you can do with the front side bus! The last setting you?ll see in this menu is the CPU Overheat Shutdown temp. The max you can take the FSB/DRAM ratio is up to 6/6 and the CPU Overheat temp goes up to 110.
The standard CMOS features of this board are, well standard. You can get information on your primary and secondary master and slave devices. You can set or disable your A and B drives. You can change your video mode and make your computer halt on certain errors.
In the advanced bios setup screen you have the usual settings to mess with. They would be your virus warning; quick post on self test, or post; first, second, and third boot devices; boot other device; swap floppy; boot up floppy seek; boot up numlock status; security option; APIC mode; OS select for DRAM; report fdd for os; and initial ide delay.
This board isn?t the most powerful, but it?s truly necessary. Most users are going to view this screen as a mundane selection of functions that shouldn?t be set. Take your time though and go through this bios screen to make sure everything is alright.
The internal workings of the Advanced Chipset Features are very important to a system that drags or a system that takes off. It has all of your memory timings; there are about four preset modes and then a pure custom expert mode. These modes will change your row-active delay, ras-to-cas delay, row-precharge delay, and cas latency time. Usually a rule of thumb, the lower you go on something that says ?delay? the faster, theoretically, it should be. Mess around with these settings using extreme caution. You don?t want to damage that new 512mb dual channel ddr kit mommy just bought for you. A good rule is to just select the lowest setting and boot your system, if it works move up one and so on. When you feel you know what you?re doing enough go to the expert settings and change everything manually. Just because you can select the setting doesn?t mean you can run it!!! If you change anything boot up! This screen also has some other powerful features dealing with the agp! You can select the fsb spread spectrum, agp spread spectrum, agp aperture size, agp mode (4x/8x), and you can enable or disable agp fast write capability.
Integrated Peripherals, one of the most monotonous screens to trudge through and setup how you want! That?s because nobody knows what half of the things are! Let me summarize this section and let the pictures speak for themselves because I?m not too knowledgeable on this section. Pretty much you have a ton of settings dealing with ide channels and things along those lines.
Power Management setup, easy to mess something up in here. The most notable features in this menu would have to be the settings for either your system to power back up after power loss. I suggest you don?t do this, in case your power decides to surge on and off multiple times per minute. That?s a surefire way to ruin a good system real quick.
PCI/PnP Configurations are mostly looked over in most boards. This is another section some people are shady on. IN here you can choose to allocate an irq to the video and usb if you wish. There is a PCI latency timer in here also!!
The PC Health Status board is a very powerful screen to use. In here you can monitor all the temperatures of pretty much everything. You can also monitor the rpm speed of all of your fans hooked into the board. Yes, there are only three fan connectors on this board.
I?m particularly fond of this screen, ya wanna know why? It?s different, that?s why and it tells people what they need to know. I think it?s a great feature, sure it?s something small and miniscule but it?s necessary!
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