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BIOS Setup

The main window of Foxconn BlackOps mainboard BIOS looks quite common. However, they claim that a well-known overclocker Peter “Shamino” Tan was a consultant during the development, so all the “delicacies” are hidden inside.

The first section has pretty traditional functionality, so we won’t dwell on it. We would only like to point out the last option in Advanced BIOS Features section that we haven’t seen before:

By default Debug Code Control parameter is set to LPC, i.e. we will be monitoring the POST procedure using integrated POST-codes indicator on the mainboard PCB. If you have a favorite PCI card with POST-code indicator on it, you can change the setting to PCI and work with an external indicator.

After that let’s pass a few other sections with standard functions and stop at PC Health Status:

Look how beautiful it is! Foxconn BlackOps mainboard is one of the few contemporary solutions that allow adjusting the rotation speed of all fans that can be connected to it right from the BIOS! We don’ need any programs or utilities, not to mention any additional resistors or controllers to be involved. BY default, the rotation speed is adjusted automatically in Smart Fan mode, but you can also set it manually at any rate from 0 to 99%. There is one small thing to keep in mind, though: the processor fan has to have a four-pin connector, otherwise the rotation speed adjustment will not work.

Besides system and processor temperatures, the board reports the temperature of the chipset North Bridge. Besides 3.3V, 5V and 12V, the board also monitors processor Vcore, Vmem and North Bridge voltage. Overall, PC Health Status section scores the highest for its rich functionality. We only wish they allowed using processor fans with three-pin connectors, too.

The functionality of the Quantum BIOS section with all the overclocking-related settings also makes the nicest impression:

At first most of the settings are inactive, because overclocking is not permitted. You may change Over Clock Phase Select from default O.C. Disabled to Instant Overclocking. In this case the board will try finding the most optimal frequency and voltage settings for successful system overclocking. The increment is 5%, and the maximum overclocking is 75%.

However, you can only get full access to all the parameters if you set Manual O.C. Note that in this case the system disables Spread Spectrum (suppressing harmful EMI) and enables Over Clock Recovery (system recovery after a failed boot-up resulting from over-overclocking). Many manufacturers forget about it and you have to enable and disable these options manually.

 
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