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Old 09-09-2006, 11:44 PM   #6
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First impressions:

First off the BIOS is quite similar to the Ultra-D, but that's not to say there is no learning curve. In fact, there is quite a big one. Things are placed differently and far more in-depth. There is a LOT of tweaking potential here though, it's rather incredible. Especially when dealing with voltages. Most motherboards offer vcore increments of 0.125v, but this board allows 0.0625v, from 1.000v all the way up to 1.600v.

What's rather scary is how high the voltage can go without any sort of modding. The Vdimm goes up to 3.0v, which is a lot for DDR, let alone DDR2. The Vcore is another story... if you chose 1.6v and then the 21.25% increase, that will give you effectively 1.94v

One problem that I found to plague the Ultra-D was the fact that if you failed an overclock, you would be forced to use the BIOS reset switch to get things going again. With the ASUS P5WD2-E and M2N32-SLI, all it would take is a shutoff, wait a second, and turn back on. Sadly, I have already had to use the BIOS reset switches a few times. That's a huge pain in the ass.

So far... I am enjoying the board though. I can't find any real problems yet, but I have only used it today.

Back to some overclocking...

Oh, and check this out:
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