Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 i925XE Motherboard


Tying it all Together

Foxconn included much of what we would expect to find in an enthusiast motherboard's BIOS, while adding several useful features of their own.  The collection of custom options resided within the BIOS Feature menu.  Located here was a series of custom options prefixed with "Super", Foxconn's catch phrase for their unique feature set.  The first item was SuperBoot, which, when enabled, collects hardware information upon first boot and records it for future reference.  This in turn results in a faster POST of the board in subsequent boots.  Another feature was SuperBIOS-Protect which aims to protect the BIOS from potential viral infections which would render the board useless.  SuperRecovery can be configured with a shadow partition to protect hard drive data in case of corruption or infections.  Rounding out the custom feature set was SuperSpeed which gives easy access to the board's overclocking settings.


The SuperSpeed menu offers a wide range of overclocking and performance options for fine-tuning system performance to your liking.  For memory configuration, the divider settings are limited to either 1:1 or 3:4, although, after working with the board a bit, this seemed adequate.  The PCI Express clock was also adjustable, allowing values to be keyed in from 100 up to 200MHz.   The CPU voltage was adjustable in 0.0125v increments, topping out at 0.1875v.   The CPU clock settings ranged for 200 to 265MHz in steps of 1MHz and could be keyed in directly.


The DRAM timings could be set to AUTO and configured manually.  The CAS latency was adjustable from CAS 3, 4 and 5, while the RAS to CAS and Precharge settings ranged from 5, 4, 3 and 2. 


Completing the BIOS menus was a thorough PC Health Status window that displayed current system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.  The menu could also be configured to sound a signal when temperatures are running too high, while a shut down temperature could be set if temperatures climbed beyond a specified threshold.  A smart fan controller feature allowed the BIOS to throttle system fans based on running temperatures, helping to keep fan noise to a minimum.

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