Monday, December 25, 2006

Pre-Overclocking BIOS Reference Point

One must have a reference point before setting out on a mission in order (1) to know how one is going to accomplish his/her objective, and (2) to be able to measure one's progress in achieving his/her objective.

Here are the initial BIOS settings for Nighthawk before I start my overclocking mission:

V02.58 American Megatrends, Inc.


Legacy Diskette A: 1.44M, 3.5in.

IDE Configuration
SATA Configuration: Enhanced
Configure SATA as: RAID
Hard Disk Write Protect: Disabled
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec): 35

System Information
Version: 0804
Build Date: 10/20/06
Type: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 CPU 6700@ 2.66 GHz
Speed: 2666 MHz
Count: 2
System Memory
Available: 2880 MB


JumperFree Configuration
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
AI Tuning: Auto
DRAM Frequency: Auto
LAN Cable Status
Post Check LAN Cable: Disabled

USB Configuration
Module Version: 2.24.0-11.4
USB Devices Enabled: None
Legacy USB Support: Enabled
Port 64/60 Emulation: Disabled
USB 2.0 Controller Mode: HiSpeed
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off: Enabled
USB WIFI/USB 9, 10: Enabled

CPU Configuration
Configure advanced CPU setting
Module Version: 3C0E
Manufacturer: Intel
Brand String: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 CPU 6700@ 2.66 GHz
Frequency: 2.66 GHz
FSB Speed: 1066 MHz
Cache L1: 32 KB
Cache L2: 4096 KB
Ratio Status: Unlocked (Max:10, Min:06)
Ratio Actual Value: 10
Modify Ratio Support: Disabled
Vanderpool Technology: Enabled
CPU TM function: Enabled
Execute Disable Bit: Enabled
PECI: Disabled
Intel(R) SpeedStep(tm) Tech.: Automatic

North Bridge Configuration
Memory Remap Feature: Disabled
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD: Enabled
Static Read Control: Auto
Initiate Graphic Adapter: PEG/PCI
PEG Port Configuration
PEG Forece X1: Disabled
PEG Link Mode: Auto
South Bridge Configuration
PCIEX16_2/PCIEX1_1 Force: Auto

Onboard Devices Configuration
Configure Win627EHT Super IO Chipset
HD Audio Controller: Enabled
Front Panel Support Type: HD Audio
Onboard 1394 Controller: Enabled
Onboard PCIE GbE LAN_1: Enabled
LAN Option ROM: Disabled
Onboard PCI LAN_2: Disabled
JMicron SATA/PATA Controller: Enabled
JMicron Controller Mode: AHCI
Serial Port1 Address: 3F8/IRQ4

Plug and Play OS: No
PCI Latency Timer: 64
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA: Yes
Palette Snooping: Disabled
IRQ3 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ4 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ5 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ7 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ9 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ10 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ11 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ14 assigned to PCI Device
IRQ15 assigned to PCI Device


Suspend Mode: Auto
Repost Video on S3 Resume: Disabled
ACPI 2.0 Support: Disabled
ACPI API Support: Enabled

APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss: Power off
Power On By RTC Alarm: Disabled
Power On By External Modems: Disabled
Power On By PCI Devices: Disabled
Power On By PCIE Devices: Disabled
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard: Ctrl-Esc
Power On By PS/2 Mouse: Enabled

Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature: 44.5C/112F
MB Temperature: 28C/82F
CPU Fan Speed (RPM): 1795 RPM
CPU Q-Fan Control: Disabled
Chassis Fan1 Speed: N/A
Chassis Fan2 Speed: N/A
Chassis Fan3 Speed: N/A
Chassis Q-Fan Control: Disabled
Power Fan Speed (RPM): N/A
VCORE Voltage: 1.288V
3.3V Voltage: 3.232V
5V Voltage: 4.966V
12V Voltage: 12.038V

Boot Settings

Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device: [IDE: PLEXTOR DVDR P]
2nd Boot Device: [IDE: Memorex 16X-DD]
3rd Boot Device: [RAID: Maxtor 7H500F]
4th Boot Device: [1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
5th Boot Device: [ATAPI CD-ROM]

Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive: RAID: Maxtor 7H500F
2nd Drive: RAID: Maxtor 7H500F

Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot: Disabled
Full Screen Logo: Enabled
AddOn ROM Display Mode: Force BIOS
Bootup Num-Lock: On
PS/2 Mouse Support: Auto
Wait for 'F1' If Error: Enabled
Hit 'DEL' Message Displayed: Enabled
Interrupt 19 Capture: Disabled

Supervisor Password: Not Installed
User Password: Not Installed

The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard has 2 features I really like. The first one is the ability to store/load 2 O.C. Profiles. I saved the current profile to "Profile 1." The other feature I like is the ability to backup/load the BIOS to/from a USB thumb drive. I backed up the current BIOS and settings as A0804-00.ROM, just in case.

The next step is to record baseline readings of temperature, voltage, fan speed, and, of course, system performance. But all that work is for tomorrow.

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