G45T-M2 Software, BIOS, And Accessories
The G45T-M2 installation CD doesn’t include applications beyond the driver pack, so we can jump straight to its BIOS settings.
|BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)|
|FSB Frequency||Stock to 500 MHz (1 MHz)|
|Clock Multiplier Adjustment||No|
|DRAM Ratios||Up to DDR2-800|
|PCIe Clock||Not Adjustable|
|CPU Vcore||Not Adjustable|
|CPU FSB Voltage||Not Adjustable|
|Northbridge (MCH)||Not Adjustable|
|Southbridge (ICH)||Not Adjustable|
|DRAM Voltage||+0.05 V, +0.10 V, +0.15 V|
|tCAS:3-7; tRCD: 3-10; tRP: 3-10; tRAS: 9-24|
Unlike motherboards that are specifically targeted at overclockers, the ECS G45T-M2 does not support overclocked memory speeds such as DDR2-1066 or DDR2-1200. Its menus are also far more basic.
G45T-M2 Frequency and Voltage controls are limited to CPU FSB clock and DRAM over-voltage. Unfortunately, the FSB clock control didn’t function at all with our Core 2 Duo E8600, and altering our DDR2-800 memory timings caused severe instability. The G45T-M2 is the only motherboard in today’s comparison that was forced to use DDR2-800 memory speed at loose CAS 5 timings.
|Documentation&Software||Motherboard ManualMotherboard Driver CD|
|Hardware||1x DVI to HDMI Cable Adapter4x SATA Data Cable1x 4-pin to SATA power adapter1x I/O Panel Shield|
ECS devoted a big chunk of the G45T-M2’s expense in the chipset, cutting costs in places like software and accessories. Still, we’re glad to see that this DVI-supporting motherboard includes an HDMI adapter.