DFI 855GME-MGF and Pentium-M Dothan Desktop Performance
DFI 855GME-MGF BIOS
The BIOS of the DFI 855GME-MGF motherboard in many respects, is a straight forward Award implementation. All of the standard setup features are there in addition to overclocker freindly options as well.
The BIOS gives you the ability to tweak front side bus speeds in addition to providing memory divisor settings of 1:1, 4:3, 5:4, and 5:3 to allow you to keep your memory bus speeds at a reasonable level. You can also adjust memory latency timings, although frankly between the two PC3200 modules we tried, a pair of Corsair 3200XL Pros and a pair of Kingston PC3500 HyperX, we couldn't modify timings much without causing memory errors and a non-bootable configuration. The good news is, the board seemed to be happy and fully stable at a 2-3-3-6 setting with either set of memory sticks. Another major shortcoming of the 855GME-MGF's BIOS, was that although the board does have the ability to adjust CPU core voltage, the maximum voltage allowed is actually the Pentium M's stock voltage of 1.34V. We're hopeful that DFI will allow higher voltage settings in future revisions of the BIOS, which by all rights should allow even higher overclocked speeds than we achieved during testing. Speaking of which, let's fire things up next.