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ECS 945G-M3: BIOS & Overclocking

As you'd expect from an entry-level board, the 945G-M3's BIOS is pretty basic. There are not a lot of options to help maximize overclocking, but that's okay since ECS doesn't claim that this is a board geared towards enthusiasts.

ECS 945G-M3: The BIOS
Simple and Basic

For the most part, the Phoenix AwardBIOS used for this board is rather basic and only includes the typical menus and settings. The only real excitement in the BIOS can be found on the Frequency/Voltage Control menu.

As you can see from the picture, even this page is pretty limited. There actually aren't any voltage control options, but you can change the CPU clock from 200 to 510MHz in 1MHz increments. Anyone for some quick and dirty overclocking?

ECS 945G-M3: Overclocking
Put the Pedal to the Metal

With a very limited BIOS, we didn't have many ways to approach overclocking. We held the memory at 400MHz and started bumping up the CPU clock in the BIOS via the front side bus. When it was all said and done, we couldn't get any higher than 223MHz with our test system. Obviously, that's not overly impressive, but for a board that really isn't designed for overclocking, it's not too bad.


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