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The next Genie BIOS Setting section is FSB & Frequency Setting.

Everything here is pretty similar to what we see on other mainboards based on Nvidia nForce 680i SLI chipset that we have been reviewing since last year. FSB frequency can be changed from 400MHz to 2500MHz in quadruple QDR values, or from 100MHz to 625MHz if we translate it into more common values. You can set the memory work mode to synchronous or asynchronous and in the latter case the memory frequency may be adjusted in the 400-1400MHz interval. If you set it to synchronous mode, the memory frequency can be changed using a few dividers:

PCI Express bus frequency supports 100-131MHz interval with 1MHz increment. The frequency range is not as big as on other mainboards, but it is more than enough. The frequency of the HyperTransport bus between the chipset bridges can be changed in the range from 200MHz to 500MHz.

1x-5x multipliers serve to change the actual HyperTransport bus frequency, i.e. its speed may vary between 200MHz and 1000MHz. The CPU BSelect parameter wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the user’s manual.

As we go on with our Genie BIOS Setting discussion, we get to the CPU Feature section, where all the power-saving functions are disabled by default for some reason. However, the much rarer used Virtualization technology is enabled, just like on many other mainboards.

The last but not the least is the Memory Timing Setting section:

All parameters may be left at default values. However, you can also manually adjust some of them, leaving the rest to the mainboard. The info column displays the actual parameter values. Everything seems to be very conveniently implemented.

Now we should only check out the CMOS Reloaded section that hasn’t changed at all, so you should be pretty familiar with it if you have dealt with DFI mainboards before.

Every time the POST is passed successfully, the configuration is being saved in the CMOS. If you make any dramatic changes in the BIOS later on so that the board won’t boot or pass the POST stage, you will simply have to reset the jumper to restore previous operational settings. It is a very useful option for overclockers. Only most other manufacturers have long implemented it in a jumper-free way.

This section also allows saving four different BIOS configuration profiles with detailed descriptions, so that you could load them quickly when needed. Another great feature to have onboard, no doubt.

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