At BIOS level there's a lot going on, unfortunately we could not get much more out of the system other then default specs. We where able to push our 2.8 GHz Athlon FX 62 dual-core processor towards 3 GHz stable, but that was really it.
In the BIOS you can configure a whole lot though, some examples:
- DRAM Cas Latency, trcd, tras can all be set within the DRAM configuration page.
- LDT Bus Freq. commonly known as HT multiplier can be set to 5x,4x,2x,1x
- CPU CLK can be set from 200 to 440MHz
- DRAM Clk can be set to run in ASync mode.
- PCIe clk can be set to 100 or fixed at anything between 100 to 200MHz.
- CPU Vcore voltage can be upped to 1.550v
- VDIMM can be set up to 2.15v NB chipset voltage can be set to either 1.25v or 1.30v
- CPU Vcore 7 Shift allows CPU Vcore voltage to be increased further with this option.
This is a run of the mill mainboard, it was not designed to do what we Guru's like to do; massive tweaks. None the less, the mainboard provides at BIOS level all the tools needed for decent tweak should your hardware support it. Again, a lot of features can be found here at this amazingly low priced mainboard.
Hardware and Software Used
Now we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.
Jetway M2A692-GDGNVIDIA NFORCE 590 SLI Intel Edition mainboard (reference)
NVIDIA NFORCE 590 SLI AMD edition mainboard (Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H)
NVIDIA NFORCE 680i SLI Intel eVGA mainboard
NVIDIA NFORCE 680i LT SLI Intel eVGA mainboard
AMD64 Athlon FX-62
Core 2 Duo E6600 clocked at 2.4 GHz
GeForce 7950 GX2 1024MB (SLi)
2048 MB (2x1024MB) DDR2 CAS5 1142 MHz Dominator Corsair
Power Supply Unit
Enermax Galaxy 1000W
2x Dell 2405FPW - up-to 1920x1200
OS related Software
Windows XP Professional SP2
DirectX 9.0c End User Runtime April 2007 update
NVIDIA ForceWare 91.33
NVIDIA nForce 680 platform driver 9.37
Software benchmark suite
Ghost Recon: AW
Serious Sam 2