Page 1:Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
Page 2:ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Page 3:X58 SuperComputer BIOS, Software And Accessories
Page 4:Asus P6T
Page 5:P6T BIOS, Software And Accessories
Page 6:Biostar TPower X58
Page 7:TPower X58 BIOS, Software And Accessories
Page 8:DFI LANParty DK X58-T3eH6
Page 9:X58-T3eH6 BIOS, Software And Accessories
Page 10:EVGA X58 3X SLI
Page 11:Foxconn Renaissance
Page 12:Renaissance BIOS, Software, And Accessories
Page 13:MSI X58 Platinum SLI
Page 14:X58 Platinum SLI BIOS, Software, And Accessories
Page 15:Test Settings
Page 16:Benchmark Results: 3D Games
Page 17:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 19:Benchmark Results: Synthetic
Page 20:Power, Heat, And Overclocking
TPower X58 BIOS, Software And Accessories
Biostar’s claim to overclocking fame is supported by the TPower X58’s wide range of voltage settings in small increments.
BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
CPU Reference Clock
100 to 800 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment
DDR3-800 to DDR3-2133* (266 MHz)
100 to 150 MHz (1 MHz)
Stock to +1.260v (0.0020v)
CPU VTT (CPU Uncore) Voltage
1.20v to 1.900v (0.020v)
IOH (Northbridge) Core
1.10v to 1.72v (0.010v)
ICH (Southbridge) Core
1.50v to 2.10v (0.010v)
1.50v to 2.76v (0.020v)
tCAS: 3-18; tRCD: 3-15; tRP: 3-15; tRAS: 9-30
A legacy AMI interface may seem unfamiliar to recent enthusiasts, but the required overclock settings are still easily found. The most significant controls are located in sub-menus of Biostar’s “O.N.E.” main menu.
Adjusting memory timings is an all-or-nothing task, since individual settings do not have independent auto-detect options. For most users, that means altering the four main timings will require a lengthy process of figuring out what the other timings do, and what settings will work.
Advanced clock control and voltage levels are also found in submenus. TPower X58 BIOS has all the voltage controls that most overclockers need, but advanced users might be disappointed.
The TPower X58 flash ROM has enough space to store up to ten configurations as custom profiles, and Biostar even makes it possible to give those profiles distinct names. These are stored in a non-volatile area to allow restoration of settings after the volatile area has been cleared.
The Biostar Green Power Utility appears to be nothing more than a monitor.
Biostar’s T-Power 2 overclocking utility allows fine tuning of clock speed and voltage levels from within windows, but isn’t very responsive to voltage change attempts. Built-in OC Tweaker profiles set the base clock to 135, 139, 141, and 143 MHz.
Other T-Power 2 menus include an e-mail scratchpad for technical support, system monitoring, and a BIOS update utility.
Documentation & Software
Motherboard Driver DVD
6 x Serial ATA Cable
1 x 80-conductor Ultra-ATA Cable
1 x NVIDIA SLI Bridge
1 x SLIBridge Retention Bracket
6 x 4-pin to 2-drive SATA Power Adapter
1 x I/O Panel Shield
The TPower X58 includes enough SATA cables for a complete configuration, though there aren’t many additional accessories to make it stand apart from less expensive products. The SLI bridge retention bracket is something we haven’t seen in a while, but the installation kit provides only a single SLI and no CrossFire bridges.
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- Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
- ASRock X58 SuperComputer
- X58 SuperComputer BIOS, Software And Accessories
- Asus P6T
- P6T BIOS, Software And Accessories
- Biostar TPower X58
- TPower X58 BIOS, Software And Accessories
- DFI LANParty DK X58-T3eH6
- X58-T3eH6 BIOS, Software And Accessories
- EVGA X58 3X SLI
- Foxconn Renaissance
- Renaissance BIOS, Software, And Accessories
- MSI X58 Platinum SLI
- X58 Platinum SLI BIOS, Software, And Accessories
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3D Games
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- Power, Heat, And Overclocking