XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard
The XFX nForce 630i mATX motherboard uses a Phoenix Award BIOS, similarly to it's bigger brother the XFX nForce 650i
. However, that is where the similarities end. I'm not going to bother going through all the marigmarole of what are considered pretty standard BIOS features. The BIOS that you see below is the 'shipping version' for this motherboard, and a quick look on XFX's website revealed that it is the only available version.
Two features/settings that are sadly missing from this Phoenix Award BIOS is the ability to lock the PCI Express Frequency and/or the PCI Clock Synchronisation. Considering that this board comes with the provision to overclock your processor, the lack of these two settings will certainly reduce the possibility of getting a reasonable boost in performance out of our system.
Most enthusiast mainboards allow you to 'lock' the PCI-E frequency to prevent it from increasing as you increase the reference clock frequency. By not having a lockable PCI Clock, we run the risk of PC 'lock-ups' and/or data corruption in extreme cases.
The Frequency/Voltage Control section of the BIOS features some welcome settings, but nothing in the league of what we've come to expect from performance orintated motherboards. The XFX nForce 630i is able to run in Linked or Unlinked mode which is pretty handy if you're running less than stellar RAM. The Memory Timing section allows for very good tweaking of your RAM's timings and sub-timings.
Voltage control on the XFX nForce 630i is a little lean to say the least. Allowing a maximum of: 1.575V on the CPU; 0.15V increase on DRAM voltage; 0.35V increase on the chipset, and a 0.3V increase on the CPU/FSB voltage. Although in the XFX nForce 630i's defence, it really isn't marketed as a performance motherboard - and some performance increase is better than none.
A BIOS revision may be able to provide support for the few points I have highlighted here today. But all things considered the XFX nForce 630i's BIOS provides a reasonable amount of tweaking for such a low-end motherboard.
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