Setup and Overclocking
Right from the
get-go we want to point out that this board is not for Overclockers.
Tyan was rumored to be including FSB settings in the BIOS but there
was no trace of that ability in the board we tested. The jumper
banks that you set up the CPU Clock and Multipliers with are
straight forward but only give you the ability to run at a 66, 100,
or 133 MHz. FSB. We tested a P3-533B processor on this board and had
to stick with the default speed throughout our tests.
this board was excellent as you may have guessed. Once we got it set
up we experienced no lock-ups whatsoever in our battery of tests.
Obviously, we can't comment on the stability with an overclocked
processor but if Tyan
gives us this ability with a BIOS revision, we'll be sure to post an
We did however,
have a slight problem with resource management on this board. We
experienced a few lock-ups attributed to IRQ conflicts in Windows
98SE. Once we moved a couple of cards around in the various PCI
slots, we booted clean without incident. Frankly, we don't know
whether to blame this on the Trinity 400 or Microsoft's wonderful
OS. However, we haven't experienced this type of problem with the
current round of boards from other folks. In the end, this was a
minor hiccup which was quickly rectified.