The BIOS
EPoX has put all the options you would want into the BIOS and all of this can be found in various screens in the BIOS.
 
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For memory adjustments, you can set many different memory options under the DRAM Configuration menu (above). There’s a lot there – more than what most of us will use.
 
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Also hidden under Advanced Chipset Features (above), you will find the settings for the Hyper Transport and the PCI-E bus setting for the two full-length slots. Adjusting the HyperTransport will help you achieve higher overclocking by lowering the HT link frequency (200, 400, 600, 800, and 1GHz HT link frequencies are available). If you’re using two video cards in SLI, then you will want to change the PCI-E bus setting to “x8 x8 x2 x2”.

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The EP-9U1697 GLI has a feature called “SmartFan” that controls your CPU fan and throttles it according to your CPU temperature. You can either have it controlled according to duty cycle, temperature, or have it disabled. All of this can be monitored and controlled using the bundled ThunderProbe software (more on this in the next section).

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Power BIOS is where most of the interesting overclocking (or underclocking if you prefer) options reside. The CPU can be adjusted from 5x up to 25x, the CPU clock can be set anywhere between 100MHz to 400MHz, and CPU voltages of – 0.200V to +0.150V can be applied. Notice that the CPU multiplier does not have 1/2 multipliers.

The memory multiplier settings are: 100MHz, 133MHz, 166MHz, and 200MHz, with voltages +0.0V, +0.1V, +0.2V, and +0.3V.
 
There’s a special option called “Realtime Turbo” which is essentially a static overclock setting probably intended for novices. You can specify values from 0 to 15 which will result in the CPU bus overclocked by that amount (“15” setting gives a 215MHz overclock).
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