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FSB frequency can vary in the interval from 100 to 999MHz with 1MHz increment. It is obviously too big of an interval, because contemporary systems cannot work at such high FSB speeds. However, the mainboard has such great potential, that this exaggeration doesn’t strike as something out of this world at all. By the way, you will see in CPU Feature sub-section that during overclocking C1E technology gets disabled and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep (EIST) gets disabled if you change the processor clock multiplier.

In the same CPU Feature sub-section there is a rare Cold Bug Boot Fix parameter that prevents the processor from working at extremely low temperatures.

Memory Timing Config sub-section offers the richest configuration options for memory modules. Each parameter can be adjusted individually. You can change Performance Level and Command Per Clock parameters, too.

All Voltage Control section is impressively convenient to work with. All voltages are split into groups related to the CPU, chipset and memory. Processor Vcore can be increased with the parameter called CPU Voltage Multiplier or set using CPU Voltage Setting parameter. The corresponding informational fields will immediately report the expected final value, tell you the current setting and remind of the default.

The supported voltage interval for CPU Voltage Setting parameter starts at 0.825V and goes up to 1.6V with 0.0125V increment. However, CPU Voltage Multiplier makes it over 1.5 times bigger, since the maximum multiplier is x1.525. So, you can set the processor Vcore at up to 2.44V. The dangerously high voltage settings will be highlighted red.

All other voltages can be adjusted with variable increments, but the supported range are very high:

  • CPU PLL Voltage Setting: from 1.395696V to 2.445862V;
  • CPU VTT Voltage Setting: from 1.2V to 1.725V;
  • NB Voltage Setting: from 1.156V to 2.395V;
  • SB Voltage Setting: from 1.388V to 1.95V;
  • DRAM Voltage Setting: from 1.418V to 2.873V.

The last sub-section of Quantum BIOS section is called OC Gear. It allows saving all the settings in one of the 8 available profiles. You can even erase the contents of any of the profiles, which is a very rare feature.

Unfortunately, only the color will indicate if the profile is empty or not, there is no way to assign any names or description to he profiles.

Board Information section will tell you the name of the board, BIOS version, network card addresses, CPU model name and current memory frequency.

Just like the PCB, the BIOS of Foxconn BlackOps mainboard makes the best impression. We did point out a few insignificant issues, but in fact, all we see are indisputable advantages.

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