Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 - Page 6

..:: 945P7AA-8EKRS2 System BIOS ::..

For the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 BIOS, Foxconn has opted to go with their usual setup. When you enter the BIOS, you’ll come across all of those usual options such as Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Advanced Chipset Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, PnP/PCI Configurations, PC Health Status, and all of the Default Settings, etc. This is an identical layout to several of the BIOS’ seen on Foxconn’s i9xx products.

The first menu that we’ll be diving into is labeled as “BIOS Features”. This menu houses four of the features / technologies that Foxconn has implemented into their 945P7AA-8EKRS2. When the user enters into this menu, they find a simple listing of these four technologies, along with the settings available for each. We’re already quite familiar with these, but we’ll give them a quick go-over anyway.

First off, we have SuperBoot. All this feature does is store boot data in the CMOS so that when the system is booted up again later, the boot process takes less time and yields a faster start up. This isn’t much of a special feature as this is common on nearly all motherboards. Next up, we have the SuperBIOS-Protect option, which prevents a virus from corrupting the system BIOS, again a standard feature on modern motherboards. SuperRecovery is meant for data protection should something happen with the HDD.

Now, we have SuperSpeed, the most useful of these items. SuperSpeed actually features a submenu that allows for control over such items as the CPU multiplier, memory frequency, FSB, and voltage adjustments. Starting off from the top, Foxconn has allowed for adjustment of the Multiplier, Memory Frequency, CPU Clock (FSB), PCI-E & PCI Clocks. Foxconn allows for a memory frequency of 400, 533, or 667MHz. The CPU clock can be set anywhere between 200MHz and 265MHz.

The last three options all deal with the CPU, DDR, and Core voltages. To start things off, we have the VCore adjustments, which can add up to a maximum of 0.1875V to the standard VCore. There are several steppings below this level that follow in line with the typical +0.125V additive voltage. As far as the memory voltage adjustments go, Foxconn allows for a maximum of +0.10V on the VDIMM. This is decent, but overclockers will b disappointed. Finally, the system voltage can also be adjusted up to a maximum of +0.10V.

The Advanced Chipset Features submenu houses all of the memory timing options. While Foxconn allows for the standard memory timings to be manually adjusted, there are no other tweaking options available that would make the 945P7AA-8EKRS2 a standout. Foxconn offers the standard CAS, RAS to CAS, RAS to Precharge, and Precharge timing selections. Some of the more other settings that can be adjusted within this window are whether or not to enabled caching of the System and Video BIOS’, as well as the Memory Hole and PCI Express Root Function.

The Integrated Peripherals window is also broken up into an immense listing of certain specific aspects of the motherboard and the peripherals that are built-in. Within this menu, the user has the ability to configure the IRQ settings of several of the integrated peripherals, along with enabling or disabling the ones that they wish to use or not to use for that matter. Within this menu, we can enable or disable several items such as the ITE IDE RAID, USB 2.0, HD Audio, Integrated LAN, Serial Ports, Parallel Port, and much more. If you know that you’re going to be utilizing any of the given features offered by the 945P7AA-8EKRS2, this is the portion of the BIOS where you’ll need to look to make sure each of them has been enabled.

The next menu that we will be discussing is that of the PC Health Status menu. The menu houses all of the various displays for system temperatures, RPM readings, and voltage readings. Foxconn also adds an option to select a shutdown temperature for the system, as well as a warning temperature where the system will begin to produce intermittent beeps. These are options you’ll definitely want to enable no matter what you’re running. Foxconn also offers a smart fan control option which controls the CPU fan based on the operating temperature.

The Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 ships with a typical BIOS in that it doesn’t offer much more, or much less than the average mid-range product on the market. We’ve seen this BIOS in its variations many times before, and if you’re looking for some added ompf with timings and voltages, look at the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 instead. Overall, this BIOS isn’t anything to write home about for an enthusiast, but it will suit the average user’s needs well.