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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [01.16.04]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: DFI



Alright, finally to the section you've all been waiting for. This has got to be the first time in a long while that a BIOS section of a motherboard review is actually going to be read and not skipped over by the majority of readers!

First off for the overclockers in the crowd. CPU voltage is maxed out a 1.975V. DIMM and AGP voltages at 2.9V and 1.8V respectively.

As with almost every I865PE motherboard on the market now, the Infinity includes the PAT BIOS hack. Named chipset enhancement here. The Infinity also comes with three performance modes a-la Nforce2. These modes are Optimal, Aggressive and Turbo.

In order to use Turbo mode, you must also enable the Soft Patch Mode at the bottom of the Advanced Chipset Features screen. Don't be fooled though, as will be seen later on, these performance settings are nothing like the GAT settings seen in our Abit IS7 review.

DFI's "Super Patch" can be found under the Genie BIOS submenu. Basically the Super Patch allows you to choose a default percentage overclock between 5-35%. At the highest level my P4 3.0C was set to run at roughly 4GB's. I guess I like the idea of easy overclocking, however I can see a lot of support calls coming in from people who simply crank the setting up to 35% and then wonder why their computer won't boot up afterwards.

CMOS Reloaded

Okay, so let's dig into the real meat here. CMOS reloaded is one of those features that after hearing about you wonder why no one thought of it before. Basically it allows you to save up to four different BIOS settings. Anyone who's tweaked their machine for ultimate overclocking and performance will realize instantly how valuable this tool can be.

With CMOS reloaded you can easily Save, Restore or Rename BIOS configurations. As great as this feature is though, there are some possible bugs that need to be worked out.

First off on is a minor issue. In order to save the settings you just changed into CMOS reloaded you must first Save and Exit the BIOS and then re-enter it before saving. This is a definite pain in the butt and kills some of the time savings.

Secondly I was happy to see that flashing a new BIOS version didn't erase my previously saved CMOS Reloaded values. However it occurred to me that this could be a bad thing. What would happen if I loaded a configuration from an older BIOS into a newly flashed one which had gone through some major changed (the new version I downloaded had extra menus and settings). Not wanting to corrupt anything before I finished reviewing the board I was too chicken to try.

Before closing out the BIOS section I'll post the mandatory PC Health screen shot.  Enjoy!

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