abit AW9D-MAX Core Duo motherboard
Posted on: 21.11.2006 01:00:00

As you would probably guess those of you that have had experience of abit boards will be familiar with the layout, for those of you that donít, the bios is pretty simple an unlike most, the main difference is the uGuru utility, this is abitís overclocking utility that I have grown to like a lot and is one of the most windows friendly when running in background. Let us take a deeper look inside the uGuru utility and see what options are to be had.

As you can see from the above photo this pretty much covers, most of the tweaking options available, one thing that stood out though was the DDR voltage as at last we were able to go above 2.3 all the way to 2.65, this is a great option that I yearned to see in previous 775 boards from abit.

The first EQ page is the menu, you may notice from the picture above that there is a LED effect control option, this is to control the LED lights we saw on the underside of the board in physical layout. There are a total of 8 options if you included the above all on and the off option, a nice touch, even though it has nothing to do with the performance, it is still something case modders will like.

The first sub menu we have is the temperature monitoring page, here you can setup the system to shut down the system or beep should you want it to not exceed a certain heat. This can be done with any of the temp monitors shown above.

The next page is voltage monitoring, you have basically the same options as with the temp screen and can set up the system to beep or shutdown if they exceed your preset settings. A nice feature. One thing at first annoyed me was the lack of a default setting here, although I was not that bothered after more exploration of the bios. (more a bit further on)

Although I have only two pictured here, the fan control is superb, you have total control of how the motherboards 8 fan headers respond to various temps from the sensors, this makes a ideal setup to allow total silence when browsing the web, then fans spin up when they are needed. One major improvement here is the ability to drop the fans down to 8v, this can be reduced further in windows via the uGuru software to 6v.

Here is the Add on screen or peripherals as some may call it, here you set up sata modes onboard sound, USB ect.

Then we have the advanced settings screen, this is were well the picture shows, what is available under this section of the menu.

Under the CPU menu we have fall control of the CPU features, which of course will aid in getting some extra omphh out of your CPU, I am glad to see the extra features added here.

The next screen is the memory timings page, abit have gone one extra here and added the rams refresh Cycle time option.

Under the route function we have the usual options to choose from, this is very well setup and easy to use, there is even a store feature to set up 3 different bios setups.

As you can see there is the option to setup 5 different bios setups, a great option if you asked me, and one that I will take full use of.

Next Page - Install and Testing

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