BIOS Features (cont’d)
Just to play with things, if we were able to get the QX9770 CPU to work in this motherboard (which we weren’t) that uses the 1600 MHz FSB, the memory clocks were still limited to 1400 MHz – ouch.
Memory timings galore – and well divided between the ones you should change and the ones you probably won’t.
CL of 1, huh? That would be nice…
Interestingly, our BIOS came with three of our four cores disabled…good thing I noticed before doing performance tests.
In the system voltages menu you can access all the goodies to help overclock further, or fry you new hardware.
The CPU Vcore can be upped to as high as 1.8v – notice the red font: that means something.
The FSB voltage can be increased up to 1.4V though in my overclocking testing that wasn’t very helpful.
For all you memory geeks out there, prepare to overclock: you can push that RAM up to 2.5v if you want.
The north bridge voltage is adjustable here…
As is the south bridge. No word on nForce 200 voltages or frequency changes yet.
Here are two more voltages for the HT bus between the north and south bridges as well as an extra “juice” step for the south bridge.
The NVIDIA memory stress test has been included in the 780i SLI motherboard as well.
Finally we have the hardware monitoring and dynamic fan control menus of the XFX 780i SLI motherboard. Notice the temperature listed as “MCP”: 72C?? Holy crap!!!