BIOS Features (cont’d)

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The memory timings page has listings has the options divided up between the most commonly adjusted timings and others for really hardcore tweaking.

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Here you can see the benefits of the two columns; we have just adjusted the memory timings to the speeds we’ll be using in our testing.

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In the CPU configuration menu you can enable the various power savings features and virtualization features of the Core 2 processors.  You also have the ability to disable one of the processing cores if you’d like.

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In the system voltages menu is where you find the ability to pump some extra juice into your CPU, memory and chipset.

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The CPU core can go up to 1.6v — while this is an okay voltage limit, the other 680i motherboards were able to go higher.

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The FSB voltages can go up to 1.4v.

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The memory voltages are limited to 2.1v which is MUCH lower than we saw on the 680i SLI and 680i LT SLI motherboards.

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The nForce north bridge can have its voltage pumped up to 1.5v as well.

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The system monitor in the BIOS is fairly straight forward with basic voltage and fan speed monitoring buy only a single temperature sensor on the CPU. 

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Inside the fan control menu you can adjust settings for only the processor fan. 

Overall, the BIOS on the 650i Ultra is pretty good for a motherboard at these price levels though I can’t help but feel that NVIDIA left some features out ONLY because it’s a low priced board.  For example, it really costs NOTHING more to implement the higher voltage settings and the BIOS profiles feature (something that I really liked) but NVIDIA no doubt dropped them to help encourage users to ‘jump up’ to the higher priced 680i LT SLI or 680i SLI motherboards.

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