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BIOS Setup

DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard BIOS is based on Phoenix-Award code that is why we will not waste our time telling you about all the familiar standard features  of its first and last sections.

MicroATX mainboards rarely become of interest to computer enthusiasts. The value of these small boards and the advantage of one small board over another is in their technical specifications, type and number of interface connectors and ports. As for the BIOS functionality, no one actually things about it at first, because the board will definitely provide the standard base features and no one actually expects anything more from it anyway. However, as you can easily find out, “Genie BIOS Settings” section of the DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard BIOS provides the users with a complete list of parameters for successful overclocking and fine tuning of the system for maximum performance, being just as good in this respect as full-size solutions.

When the manufacturers combine a lot of various settings within a single section, they usually try to arrange them into groups according to certain features, to make working with thi section easy and convenient. That is why some parameters may be singled out into individual sub-sections and DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 is no exception here, either. Take, for instance, “CPU Feature” sub-section that contains parameters for configuring the CPU and processor-related technologies.

As you may have guessed from the name, the “DRAM Timing” sub-section deals with memory subsystem configuring.

The largest is the “Voltage Settings” sub-section that offers a lot of voltage-related options and parameters for configuring the work of power-saving technologies.

Look at the first parameter called “O.C. Shut Down Free”. According to the sticker on the mainboard box this is something DFI engineers are really proud of. The owners of Intel based mainboards starting with Intel P35 Express and maybe even Intel P965 Express (I might be wrong here) noticed some very strange changes. Before, when they changed some important parameters in the mainboard BIOS such as FSB frequency, memory frequency or processor clock frequency multiplier, the mainboards would restart putting the new settings into effect. Then things changed. The boards would power off and then power on again proceeding with the booting as usual, without any pauses. Overclocked systems acted similarly when powered on. The board would start for a few seconds, then power off, and then power back on again and continue booting as usual.

Very soon it turned out that this phenomenon was no bug, but a peculiarity of mainboards based on new Intel chipsets. However, most users didn’t seem satisfied with this explanation. The worst that can happen for an electrical device is when it is powered on and then disconnected from the power source, because the increasing currents may damage the device fatally. This is why electric bulbs most often fail at these particular instants. Moreover, the users were concerned that this additional powering up and down may have a negative effect on the HDD mechanics. DFI engineers managed to solve this problem. If you set “O.C. Shut Down Free” to “Enable O.C.S.D.F.”, the board won’t power off and will start or restart normally. This adds a new level of system protection for DFI mainboard owners and eliminates the cause for eternal concern.

And one more note about the “Voltage Setting” sub-section. There are a few informational parameters at the very bottom of the page that report the current voltage readings on the CPU core, memory, North Bridge chip and part of North Bridge integrated into the CPU that contains the memory controller. It is extremely convenient when you are trying to find the most optimal overclocking settings, because you don’t have to switch to “PC Health Status” section and back all the time to check the current voltage readings. As for us, we should check it out right now anyway, because we haven’t yet had a chance to.

And again, everything is marvelous! The first parameters allow adjusting the rotation speed of three fans and setting maximum allowed CPU temperature. Other numerous settings are of informational value, reporting all important voltage readings, temperatures and fan rotation speeds.

Since we have agreed right from the start that we will discuss only the functionality of the most interesting BIOS sections, the last one we have to check out now is called “CMOS Reloaded”. DFI mainboards were among the first to offer the users the option of saving their settings profiles in the BIOS. Since then many mainboard makers implemented similar features in their products that have become superior to DFI solutions in some aspects. But not in all of them.

Well, after every successful boot-up all settings are automatically saved, so you can load the last operational configuration even if you haven’t previously saved it. Some mainboard makers already have this feature in their products, too. You can save a total of four user profiles and provide each of them with a detailed description that will remind you of the nature of the settings inside it. Many mainboards also can do the same; some allow saving even more profiles, although I think four is more than enough. However, if I am not mistaken, only DFI mainboards offer “hot keys”. Other mainboards require you to enter the BIOS in order to load the desired settings profile. With a DFI board you can just press the assigned hot key to launch the profile you need.

And another little bonus. When they announced DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard, there were only three Intel Core i7 processor models available in the market: Intel Core i7-920, 940 and 965 Extreme Edition. The picture above shows that the first profiles aren’t empty. By default, the first three profiles offer settings configurations for slight overclocking of each of these three processors by raising the base frequency from 133MHz to 166MHz. A nice little bonus for “lazy” overclockers. :)

I think I don’t have to convince anyone that the BIOS of DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard offers excellent functionality and is remarkably rich for a microATX mainboard. Now I just have to tell you how easy it is to work with.

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