Bios Features and Test System
To state it simply, the NF4SK8AA-8EKRS's BIOS is not an overclockers paradise. However, it's not exactly void of features either. Using the Award (Phoenix) BIOS, you are given the ability to change the CPU Frequency (200-300MHz), CPU Multiplier, HT Multiplier, and basic DRAM settings. CPU vCore can be raised from +20 mV to +140 mV, and VDIMM voltage ranges from 2.5V to 2.85V. With these overclocking options, you should be able to squeeze a few extra MHz out of your CPU and RAM. How far can you overclock with these features? We'll dwell more into that later on.
Foxconn also includes some proprietary features in the NF4SK8AA-8EKRS's BIOS. The Super functions, as they are known, such as SuperBoot, SuperBIOS-Protect and SuperRecovery are designed to help your PC start up faster, protect it from viruses, and adds data protection and HDD recovery function. Those familiar with BIOS tweaking shouldn't have a problem navigating around this board's BIOS, and for those of you that are new to the blue screen of options, just refer to the user manual which has thankfully provided descriptions for each feature. However, if you are new at BIOS tweaking and overclocking, we highly recommend doing some research on BIOS features before playing around with them. You can do some serious damage if something such as the vCore is set to high.
Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS
ASUS A8N Deluxe
Athlon64 3000+ (Winchester)
2x256MB Mushkin lvl2 PC3200 (2-2-2-6)
Radeon X600 PCIe
Onboard Audio (7.1 AC97)
120GB/160GB Western Digital Caviar ATA/100 HDs