Motherboards - Published on Saturday, 08 December 2007 17:08 Written by Jonas Bergqvist
DFI's probably best known for its advanced and thought-through BIOS in the LanParty-series, featuring numerous settings to help enthusiasts and overclockers around the globe. Here, the DFI 680i LT is no exception.
DFI uses a Phoenix BIOS with the UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R, just like the LanParty series. A lot of the layout and the most basic settings looks just the same here as on earlier models, which might be helpful for new users as well as older ones. For those of you not all too familiar with the DFI BIOS, the manual contains detailed instructions on almost every feature. Help can also be found in the BIOS as some of the settings there do have a small description to the right when highlighted. Sorry to say, this information does tend to be very rudimentary but in some cases it might be helpful.
The most basic settings are pretty standard. Under Advanced BIOS Features we find the ordinary boot sequence settings, full screen logo, Delay for HDD, CPU L1-L2-L2 cache settings and Quick POST (Power On Self Test). The only thing one does change here is the boot sequence and perhaps the full screen logo.
Advanced Chipset Features contains three settings. DFI recommends these not to be changed, but left at their default values.
Integrated Peripherals contains all of the USB, IDE and RAID settings. The LAN and audio settings can also be found here. Settings include turning of one or both LAN ports, choosing between USB 1.1 or 2.0 and of course, configuring the harddrives in RAID, etc.
PC Health Status is just what it sounds like, fan speed and temperature monitoring mostly. Settings include turning off the computer if the CPU reach a specific temperature, fan speed at a specific temperature, etc. The CPU temperature can also be calibrated if it's malfunctioning and displaying an incorrect temperature. A rather unique function as well as a welcome one, as most motherboards measures the temperature in seemingly strange ways.
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