If we look closer at the OC Guru, you can see what it has to offer. Among others you can change the FSB and multiplier, where you also see the expected clock. The FSB can go as high as 750, so this isn’t where you reach the limit in overclocking the CPU. Furthermore it’s possible to alter the PCI-E slot speeds and of course change the RAM multiplier, which can be set as high as 1:2.
Last but not least in the OC Guru part, we have the voltage control .As the name states, it’s all about the voltages and there’s plenty of stuff to change.
As mentioned before, the BIOS is split into 2 categories and since we’ve already looked at the OC Guru part, it’s time to look at the Abit EQ part which is the fan control and temperature monitoring. At first it might seem confusing, but taking some time to learn it; this is without a doubt the best solution. The clever thing about Abit EQ is that you can change the fan speeds as the temperatures increase. Also it’s possible to make the computer do certain things like beep signals, automatic shutdown etc when reaching too high temperatures.
Software: Like all other motherboard, this one bundles a software package as well. Again, Abit has made a big deal about it, and called it Uguru like the BIOS. Basically you’re able to do the same stuff here as in the BIOS, namely OC Guru, Abit EQ and Fan EQ. All of this has been described in the BIOS chapter.
Other than that, there’s not much to say about the bundled software. It has the same options as the BIOS.
The test: We’ve finally reached the fun part. For the test the following hardware has been used:
- Abit IX38 Quad GT - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - 2x1GB Corsair Dominator PC2-8500 - 3DClub HD3850 OC 512MB - Antec 500W PSU - 1x320 Western Digital HDD
Benchmarks are done when using Windows Vista Home Premium as the operating system.
The motherboard has been tested with the following software: