The ECS P45T-A uses an AMI BIOS with a familiar layout, that should be easy enough to navigate, even for the novice user.
The main BIOS screen.
The “Standard CMOS Features” submenu contains the normal date/time settings and drive settings.
The “Advanced Setup” menu contains the boot disk priority settings, CPU thermal throttling options, and other settings.
The “Advanced Chipset Setup” submenu contains the memory remapping function. An important setting if you wish to utilize 4GB and larger memory kits under a 64bit OS. For a more in depth explanation of why this setting is important under the previously mentioned circumstances, check out the Microsoft knowledge base article here.
The “Integrated Peripherals” menu is the place to enable or disable the various onboard components you wish to make use of.
A very standard power management screen.
A standard PnP/PCI menu.
The “PC Heath Status” section displays the temperatures and fan speeds of your system.
The “Motherboard Intelligent BIOS” contains all of the overclocking options for the board. If its looking like a baron waste land to you, you would be correct. The lack of settings to tweak the board is puzzling. Only two memory ratios are available 1:1(DDR2-667 ) and 3:5(DDR2-800). Compound that with he fact that the BIOS allows absolutely no control to adjust CPU ratios whatsoever, one is left to wonder why ECS even bothered to included an overclocking section in the first place. The board offers a couple of preset voltage adjusts, but then again only for the Memory and CPU voltage settings. Overall, the BIOS is very limited in its configuration ability.