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By: Carl Nelson [03.31.05]
Manufactured by: DFI 

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What you're about to witness is probably the most feature-rich CMOS from a company that is not Abit:

First up, the "overclocking page" - this one takes up two screens in the CMOS.

The HT link can be set in 1 MHz increments, up to 456 MHz. You also have control over the CPU multiplier, HT ratio, and even the PCI-E frequency.

Voltage settings are handled on the second page. This is where it gets fun. Remember that heatsink we showed you, over the mosfets residing near the dimm slots? Turns out, that thing can get hot. REALLY hot. That is, only when you enable the jumper that allows you to crank the dimm voltage up to 4.0V.

Yes, 4 volts baby.

You're probably wondering who the hell makes ram that is capable of that - after all, most companies allow for no more than 3.3 volts before voiding the warranty. Well leave it up to OCZ to offer something called "Voltage Extreme" which is capable of PC4000 speeds at 2-2-2-8 timings. Of course, you'll need to crank the voltage up to 3.3 to get that, but that's just the beginning. OCZ allows you to roam up to 3.5V while maintaining warranty coverage. And if there's any ram on the market that can handle more than 3.5V, it would be this... We're waiting to receive some - paired up with this board, it should be fun to see what kind of performance we can get :)

As you would expect by now, nothing less than a ridiculous amount of memory settings are made available:

And the Health Page is also well done:

You are able to set the high and low threshholds for the CPU fan, chipset fan, and one auxilliary fan. There is also a shutdown temperature, although I would have liked a CPU temperature warning setting before resorting to shutting down.

CMOS Reloaded has been Reloaded once more:

Nothing has changed since the last version however, but as always, I really love this option.

One more bonus you get with in the DFI CMOS - Memtest86 is included right in the Bios, allowing you to boot into it any time, without the need for a CDROM or Floppy. This is more of a 'nice perk' than a killer feature, but it shows how innovative the designers at DFI are, and that they are willing to put forth extra effort to separate themselves from the rest.

Now let's get to the benchmarking!

Next Page: (Benchmark Config; Memory Bandwidth Test)