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EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking

11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency 100 to 1200 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment Yes
DRAM Ratios 1.0, 1.2, 1.25, 1.5, 1.60, 1.67, 2.0
PCIe Clock 90 to 150 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore 0.50 - 1.60 - 2.30 Volts (0.00625, 0.020 Volts)
CPU FSB Voltage 0.80 to 2.10 Volts (0.02 - 0.10 Volts)
Northbridge (MCH) 0.80 to 1.80 Volts (0.02 - 0.10 Volts)
Southbridge (ICH) 1.00 to 2.30 Volts (0.02 - 0.10 Volts)
DRAM Voltage 1.80 to 3.00 Volts (0.02 - 0.10 Volts)
CAS Latency Range tCAS: 3-7; tRCD: 1-15; tRP: 1-15; tRAS: 1-63

Gigabyte addresses overclocking needs with a full array of settings and values to match all but the most extreme configurations.

Gigabyte’s “Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker” menu starts off with CPU multiplier, bus frequency, boot strap, and memory ratio settings.

Scrolling down the M.I.T. menu reveals basic memory timing controls and an “Advanced Timing” sub-menu link.

The bottom of the M.I.T. menu provides critical voltage controls, but only two GTL REF registers.

Chosing “Advance Clock Control” reveals a sub-menu with skew and drive strength settings.

The “Advanced Timing Controls” sub-menu has enough settings to consume nearly two pages.

Up to eight complete BIOS configurations can be stored as user profiles, making it easy to return to a setting that works after trying one that doesn’t.

We didn’t grab a screen shot of the Security Chip menu, since it only shows “Enable” or “Disable”. The Security Chip is a DES feature with 2048-bit hardware-based encryption that can be applied to a hard drive or partition, with keys stored in the BIOS or on a USB flash drive.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. ASRock P45R2000-WiFi
  3. P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices
  4. P45R2000-WiFi BIOS And Overclocking
  5. P45R2000-WiFi Software And Accessories
  6. ASRock P45TS-R
  7. P45TS-R Onboard Devices
  8. P45TS-R BIOS And Overclocking
  9. P45TS-R Software And Accessories
  10. Asus Maximus II Formula
  11. Maximus II Formula Onboard Devices
  12. Maximus II Formula BIOS And Overclocking
  13. Maximus II Formula Software And Accessories
  14. Asus P5Q Deluxe
  15. P5Q Deluxe Onboard Devices
  16. P5Q Deluxe BIOS And Overclocking
  17. P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
  18. Biostar TSeries TP45 HP
  19. TP45 HP Onboard Devices
  20. TP45 HP BIOS And Overclocking
  21. TP45 HP Software And Accessories
  22. Biostar TPower i45
  23. TPower i45 Onboard Devices
  24. TPower i45 BIOS And Overclocking
  25. TPower i45 Software And Accessories
  26. ECS Black Series P45T-A
  27. P45T-A Onboard Devices
  28. P45T-A BIOS And Overclocking
  29. P45T-A Software And Accessories
  30. Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  31. EP45-DQ6 Onboard Devices
  32. EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking
  33. EP45-DQ6 Software And Accessories
  34. Jetway HI04
  35. HI04 Onboard Devices
  36. HI04 BIOS And Overclocking
  37. HI04 Software And Accessories
  38. MSI P45 Platinum
  39. P45 Platinum Onboard Devices
  40. P45 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  41. P45 Platinum Software And Accessories
  42. MSI P45D3 Platinum
  43. P45 D3 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  44. P45D3 Platinum Software And Accessories
  45. Test Hardware
  46. Benchmark Configuration
  47. Benchmark Results: 3D Games
  48. Benchmark Results: Applications
  49. Benchmark Results: Video Encoding And Synthetics
  50. Performance Analysis
  51. Onboard Audio Quality
  52. Power Consumption And Temperature
  53. Overclocking
  54. Conclusion
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    alex_oneill2006 , 25 August 2008 19:23
    Wait, i think i missed the conclusion... what was the conclusion.....or am i just silly !?

    Great review any who, i have been waiting for one of these. I would say go for the P5Q Deluxe!!!!!!!!11
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    iluvgillgill , 25 August 2008 20:30
    the old E6xx CPU is not good enough to explore the FSB of the new P45 chipset. i seen better review then this in term of hardware. there should be at least a dual core 45nm processor and a 45nm quad processor.

    sigh....tom's been lazy with hardware update!
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    spuddyt , 25 August 2008 23:40
    I assume it is a mistake that says the P45 platinum from MSI has an X48 chipset?
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    DangerousD , 31 August 2008 03:59
    so waht about a decent conclusion something like, are these boarfds worth the extra cash over a P35 chipset variant, everything tells me they offer little incentive over the P35, thoughts anyone?
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    Henrlk , 7 September 2008 07:44
    Hello?
    Uhm .. 45nm!?

    I agree, test with a better (new) CPU(s) 45nm Dual/Quad.
    That would be really interesting. This probably means alot to someone that owns the E6xx series CPU which i doubt someone buy if they buy a P45 board.
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    Anonymous , 3 January 2009 06:47
    Methinks Tom has a bit of biassed attitude favouring Asus tbh