DFI X58 T3eH8 Ultra Motherboard

BIOS Features

BIOS Features

Heading straight to the business end of the BIOS we arrive at the Genie section. This, as all DFI users will already know, is where you will find the overclocking features of the BIOS.

Frontpage Genie
Rather than have all the options on one page, the Genie BIOS has evolved into a structured separate BIOS where each section has it's own page dedicated to the specific options available.  So if you are looking to alter CPU options, CPU feature will open a page. Memory Timings? Again, you have your own page. This structure keeps the main Genie page uncluttered and allows for easy navigation. 

CPU Feature DRAM Timing
 The CPU feature is a little misleading as it takes you to a section not normally associated with overclocking. However DFI have broken away from the norm and pandered to overclockers needs as any overclocker worth his salt will disable most of the settings found here to allow the highest clocks possible without being restricted.
Control setting

The memory section is as complex as anyone could wish for with a huge range of options available each with its own sub menu. The menu can be opened or the options scrolled through by the use of +/- keys. Another option available which is not normally found in the overclocking sections is the Memory LowGap feature. This feature is best regarded as a throwback to the old AGP aperture setting/memory remap feature found on lesser boards. While not directly affecting overclocking it is nice that all memory features are found in one place.

QPI Stegnth Max Voltages
As expected the DFI motherboard offers huge variance in the possible voltages allowed. Above left are the highest values possible which, should you set them as is, had better have a fire extinguisher handy as these will surely destroy your hardware if you don't keep your ambitions under control.

BCLK QPI Frequency
Base Clock and QPI frequencies are key to achieving a high overclock and a balance of the two is necessary to eek the most from your CPU. Again DFI give the end user every possible frequency available for you to try out.

Boot up clock DRAM Frequency
A neat little feature that the DFI has is the ability to set two different base clocks. Most extreme benchers will have no doubt come across occasions where a CPU will not boot at a given frequency but appears to bench fine once in Windows by the use of programs such as SetFSB. This feature allows you to set a bootup clock, preventing boot up problems which will then automatically set your desired 'real' baseclock once POST is complete. Base Clock/Memory dividers as well as Uncore frequency are two sections I would like to see improved as this is done by multiplication. I would much prefer to see the actual frequency here rather than having to work out the values myself.

Uncore ferequency CMOS save
Once you have your settings all dialled in you can save these settings thanks to the CMOS reloaded feature. As the title suggests, previous settings can also be loaded saving both time and stress when a failed overclock presents itself.

With a wealth of options at our disposal, it's time we find out how the motherboard performs.
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Most Recent Comments

29-01-2009, 09:45:57

It's nice to know some things never change.

Amazing layout? Check.

Bulletproof? Check.

Incomprehensible BIOS options? Must be a DFI

Some great clocks coming out of that. Agree that the current high-end X58s are way too steep. Although the high-end 775 stuff was eye-watering too.

Thanks for the review.Quote

29-01-2009, 09:46:49

Just spotted a typo:

while at first appearance appears very thick is that that daunting once you realise it is a multi language manual.

Probably wanna replace one of the "thats" with "not". Made for an awesome read though- day I can afford kit like this is the day I win the lottery lol.Quote

29-01-2009, 10:03:02

Originally Posted by name='Kerotan'
Just spotted a typo:

Probably wanna replace one of the "thats" with "not". Made for an awesome read though- day I can afford kit like this is the day I win the lottery lol.
Sounds like he was overcome by the 'Chinglish' manual.Quote

29-01-2009, 10:48:48

its an amazing mobo, it looks pretty good, it has a lot of good points but i still dont know its price, also the asus / msi board results were as good as the DFI mobo, and sometimes even better and i expected more from it afterall DFI is pretty famous, but still its a great mobo Quote

29-01-2009, 14:42:09

Although the results showed the boards to be fairly even (they are afterall all based on the same chipset and run at the same settings), when scoring the boards there are many more points to consider.

The DFI board is not a board to run at stock settings, it isn't designed to do that, anyone who buys this board for that is only after e-peen glory and not using the board for what it was intended for - overclocking. In this area it excels. Therefore DFI have completed what they set out to do. The price they charge reflects the niche market they are aiming for. After all Lamborghinis arn't exactly in the same marketplace or have the same customer in mind as Diatsu.

If you want a board that covers all bases then the Gigabyte board, for me at least, is the better board.

For hassle free 'it just works', reliability then look no further than the Asus P6T.

The MSI, while not a bad board by any stretch of the imagination, offers nothing over the others for the price they are asking.Quote

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