Bios

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

Both the MSI and Tyan K8 motherboards use the American Megatrends bios and are nearly identical when it comes to most of the options that are available – which makes sense with all the similarities we have seen on the boards themselves. So, we’ll just show you the bios from one of the boards and then tell you what is different about them.

This first screen shows the processors installed, the date and revision of the bios we are using.

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The hardware health monitors show all the voltages, temperatures and fan speeds on the motherboard that are being watched. You can see the processors are running at a 45 degrees and the fans are only spinning at 3500 RPM or so, which keeps them nice and quiet.

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This bios screen allows users to enable and disable the on board peripherals. Of course, the MSI board doesn’t have LSI SCSI so the MSI bios doesn’t have that option.

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Here are all the memory tweaking options you get! 🙂

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Sorry about the blurriness on this one, but this screen has the ECC (error checking and correction) configuration options, something that is limited mainly the server class motherboards that need high security.

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Interestingly, as there is no longer a real “south bridge,” we have a South Bridge Chipset configuration menu.

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There are few more HyperTransport settings here in the PCI-X setup menu of the bios.

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Those are the bios options that the two motherboards had in common. However, the MSI K8D Master had a couple more interesting bios options here. This first one shows the ability to set the speed of the HyperTransport connections between the processors and the PCI-X bus.

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And to go along with that, we see here an option to change the width of the HyperTransport connection on the fly, which is very interesting as well. Options are there ranging from 2 bits to 16 bits wide buses.

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