DFI X48 UT-T3RS Motherboard

BIOS Options

BIOS Options
 
DFI have long been an overclockers favourite so it should come as no surprise that the X48 UT-T3RS BIOS is yet another complex and well thought out BIOS from AWARD. Before beginning the overclocking I wanted to make sure I had the latest official BIOS (X48BD725) available from DFI. The flashing procedure was pretty straight forward but could be made a lot easier. I actually used the tried and tested method of using a floppy but if you configure a USB stick correctly you can flash by that means. Or if you are feeling brave you could always use the Windows flashing method. I would have thought by now that DFI would have adopted a similar format from ASUS whereby you just put the BIOS on a USB stick and use a utility in the BIOS itself to flash but sadly the DFI doesn't have that option. Not a big problem but something that could be improved upon nonetheless.
 
The boot up screen is similar to that of the packaging being golden in appearance and actually quite pleasing to the eye. The usual .del key gets you into the BIOS itself and from the main screen we see the familiar layout of most Award BIOS. DFI have opted not to make the overclocking section (which we are all most interested in) the first section, deciding instead to go against the norm and put the section in its usual place, after PC Health status.
 
 
DFI X48-T3RS Boot up DFI X48-T3RS Genie
 
 
The Genie BIOS section though is where we want to be and navigating to that area by the use of the arrow keys we become initially disappointed as the Genie BIOS area is, from the outlook at least, basic by DFI standards. Fear not though because most headers in here each have their own subsection depending on what components you wish to tweak. Starting with the CPU features, all the favourites are there as well as the option to disable specific cores should you wish.
 
 
DFI X48-T3RS Enter the Genie DFI X48-T3RS CPU Features
 
 
Now this is more like the DFI's of old. The DRAM timing section is mind blowing. Every feature any tweaker could want is in there as well as some settings that even the most knowledgeable clocker would struggle to explain. The sheer amount of settings available can become a little daunting as there are simply so many options available one could become lost in there! Each setting has to be scrolled through which is a little disappointing as I find it much easier to input the timings directly but at least this does give an idea of the possible settings. Along with the usual main timings there are a multitude of subsection timings as well as further subsections such as phase adjustments, and clock fine delay options.
 
 
DFI X48-T3RS DRAM timing DFI X48-T3RS Clock fine delay settings
 
DFI X48-T3RS read phase delay adjustments DFI X48-T3RS BIOS
 
 
Above right we see the bulk of the voltage settings (all set to there maximum available for your pleasure). Excessive is one word, obscene is another and I would tend to lean towards the latter when describing the amount of voltage available to pump through your precious components. If I had to choose one board with which to destroy a CPU or DDR then this would be it as the ridiculous amount of power available is matched only by the multitude of options available with which to torture your components. I would prefer to have seen an inbuilt calculator instead of the percentage based CPU VID special add as, if like me, you were not the best mathematician, it can be a pain working out the percentage increase you wish to add and could inadvertently fry your CPU. Still, having that option in the first place is a bonus in itself and can work two-fold. One, by fine tuning the voltage required and two, by means of adding additional voltage should you feel 1.6v is not enough.
 
  
DFI X48-T3RS FSB DFI X48-T3RS CPU Clock Skew
 
 
One of the few settings that can be input directly is the CPU clock (FSB) with a range of 200-999. I doubt there is any CPU in the foreseeable future capable of reaching a 999 FSB but like everything else in this BIOS, the option is there. Rounding off the settings available in the Genie BIOS are settings such as the CPU Clock Skew and GTL reference settings. A nice addition to the options available is a boot up clock allowing you to set a CPU clockspeed to POST before the mainboard then sets the true clockspeed allowing you to get past the non-boot scenario of a failed overclock. We've all been there, an FSB can be set in windows for those suicide runs but getting the board to boot at those settings can be troublesome. This setting eradicates that problem. You can even set the number of times the board will try and apply those ambitious settings before reverting to a last good boot scenario once more proving the DFI is the ultimate in tweakability.
 
 
DFI X48-T3RS CMOS reloaded DFI X48-T3RS PC Health
 
 
Once you have found those golden settings you can back them up in the  'CMOS reloaded' with a customisable title as a gentle reminder of what settings you used. Ideal for those who always forget to right those settings down and a very neat way of reloading those settings after a CMOS clear. The DFI board is also presents itself very well in the PC health section. All too often we see some boards fall down in this department where they give you a multitude of options to tweak but then you cannot see what effect this has on temperatures, which given the silly amount of voltage the DFI offers it would be prudent to keep a close eye on this area.
 
So a very thorough BIOS and, dare I say, over the top? While a BIOS that is fully featured is a most welcome sight at OC3D we also like a BIOS to be easy to follow and easy to use. The DFI BIOS is neither and takes some time to reach the same standards other boards manage with just a few settings. I have no doubt that if you are looking for that nanosecond quicker PI time then this is the BIOS for you but for the average user, this BIOS is quite scary. Having said, that most options can be left to their own devices in AUTO configuration, so it should not be seen as a negative. I found myself fiddling with settings just to see what effect they had which for the most part had little or no effect and sometimes resulted in a non boot scenario while other settings had a massive effect on stability. It's just a shame the manual does not go into any great depth each setting is used for and for an explanation then a time consuming search is required along with a little guesswork. I don't class myself a novice overclocker but even I was daunted by the sheer magnitude of the options available.
 
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27-08-2008, 15:39:13

w3bbo
"A premium chipset paired with DFI's overclocking prowess - an enthusiasts wet dream? We put DFI's latest motherboard, the Lanparty X48-T3RS, through its paces to satisfy your loins."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...203719426s.jpg

Read the full in-depth review HERE .

27-08-2008, 15:59:47

nepas
nice review mate as always.you sounded a bit unhappy with the fact that you dont get quick and dirty clocks with the DFI,I treat that as one of their trademarks if anything(the bios on a DFI can be a pretty scary place compared to others).Nice to see that it broke the record anyway

27-08-2008, 16:29:14

Rastalovich
Nearly bought this board ...

Today I received an Abit IX48 GT3, and have to modify a scythe ninja (trim 4 fins) in order to get past the skycraper of a nb cooler!

What is the deal with all these cokey coolers ? Why we want a wad of heatsink sticking out the back of the case ? Why we want big arse tower things ?

Just give us an oustanding board with decent cooling... most of the hardcored guys take them off anyways.

27-08-2008, 17:12:52

FarFarAway
I'm sorry Rast, that boards cooling is simply gorgeous. Unless you're watercooling you won't need to replace it.

Great review. As always, DFI's are nail-biting, scream-inducing overclocking nightmares but if you fiddle long enough they hit the spot big time

Quote:
Originally Posted by webbo
- EZ Clear switches don't ALWAYS clear CMOS.

- EZ Cear switches look basic in comparison to other boards.
Stretching the mediocre points a little I feel, I've not met an EZ Clear CMOS switch that works every time yet to be honest

27-08-2008, 17:51:16

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='nepas'
nice review mate as always.you sounded a bit unhappy with the fact that you dont get quick and dirty clocks with the DFI,I treat that as one of their trademarks if anything(the bios on a DFI can be a pretty scary place compared to others).Nice to see that it broke the record anyway
I had that X38 a couple of weeks before I sold it to you m8 and tbh that was pretty similar. I just felt that although the overclock was better than the rest the time it took to get even a half decent (3.6ghz) overclock took alot more effort than with other motherboards and taking into account the numerous (my fingers actually got sore pressing the EZ-Clear switches) BIOS resets it became a frustrating affair rather than a joyous one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Nearly bought this board ...

Today I received an Abit IX48 GT3, and have to modify a scythe ninja (trim 4 fins) in order to get past the skycraper of a nb cooler!

What is the deal with all these cokey coolers ? Why we want a wad of heatsink sticking out the back of the case ? Why we want big arse tower things ?

Just give us an oustanding board with decent cooling... most of the hardcored guys take them off anyways.
It IS an outstanding board and it has THE best cooling setup on any board I have ever used, add a thermalright Ultra extreme and you have perhaps the best aircooled solution around - certainly the best looking!

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Great review. As always, DFI's are nail-biting, scream-inducing overclocking nightmares but if you fiddle long enough they hit the spot big time

Stretching the mediocre points a little I feel, I've not met an EZ Clear CMOS switch that works every time yet to be honest
I guess it comes down to your point of view. Overclocking has never been so easy with other boards, maybe that takes some of the fun out of it or maybe it relieves the stress of endlessly rebooting, stress testing resetting BIOS etc.

Point taken over the switches, I was just peeved while writing the conclusion as I was stupidly running the chip at 3.9ghz( I'm always one to push things as far as possible lol) and had a BSOD when the conclusion was almost complete. The board then wouldn't reboot (again) without a jumper switch. Grrrrr

That said there's simply no doubting it's one hell of a clocker and providing you have the patience, as the review showed, the overclocking results can be astounding.

27-08-2008, 18:18:40

Ham
I wish more companies would adopt the digi PWM. the socket area is just so much cleaner.

Just cries out 'insulate me!'

Fantastic job as ever webbo!

27-08-2008, 20:01:50

Bungral
Wow... It's so flat and clean it reflects logos that aren't actually there

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...131911733l.jpg

28-08-2008, 03:17:09

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Wow... It's so flat and clean it reflects logos that aren't actually there

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...131911733l.jpg
Ahh damnit, looks like webbo forgot to remove the oc3d logo stuck to the lens of his camera for that shot.

28-08-2008, 04:56:53

Luigi
haha

Either that or DFI engraved it specially

28-08-2008, 09:28:47

Bungral
Ha that would be quite funny actually...

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Ahh damnit, looks like webbo forgot to remove the oc3d logo stuck to the lens of his camera for that shot.

28-08-2008, 09:32:41

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Ha that would be quite funny actually...
Even funnier if the image was reversed and upsidedown

29-08-2008, 12:05:24

w3bbo
Stops the scumbags from stealling my 1337 photography skills
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