Motherboards for Dummies guide (newbheads)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by napalmnthemorning, May 27, 2004.

  1. napalmnthemorning

    napalmnthemorning Moderator

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    I'm wondering if I need to update my BIOS. I'm lost when it comes to motherboards. I appreciate any insights or links. I realize flahing the BIOS is quite dangerous if you don't have the right flash. Any feedback is appreciated.

    Mainboard SiSoftware Sandra
    System
    Manufacturer : ECS
    Model : P4S5A/DX+
    Version : 1.0
    System Chassis
    Manufacturer : ECS
    Type : Desktop
    Can be locked : No
    Version : 1.0
    Asset Tag : 0123ABC
    Mainboard
    Manufacturer : ECS
    MP Support : No
    Model : P4S5A/DX+
    Version : 1.0
    Memory Controller
    Error Detection Method : ECC
    Error Correction Capability : 1-bit
    Supported/Current Memory Interleave : 1-way / 1-way
    Number of Memory Slots : 4
    Maximum Installable Memory : 512MB
    Maximum Module Size : 128MB
    Supported STD/FPM/(B)EDO Speeds : 70ns, 60ns
    Supported Memory Types : STD, FPM, EDO, Parity, ECC, SIMM
    Supported Memory Voltages : +3.3V
    Physical/BIOS Memory Banks
    ROW-0 (RASL-6 RASL-11) : 512MB DIMM SDRAM double-bank
    ROW-1 (RASL-6 RASL-11) : 512MB DIMM SDRAM double-bank
    ROW-2 : Empty
    ROW-3 : Empty
    Chipset 1
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS645DX CPU to PCI Bridge
    Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI USB i2c/SMBus
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz data rate)
    Maximum FSB Speed / Max Memory Speed : 4x 133MHz / 2x 166MHz
    Width : 64-bit
    IO Queue Depth : 8 request(s)
    Priority Master Queue Depth : 7 request(s)
    Chipset 1 Hub Interface
    Type : MUTOL
    Width : 16-bit
    Full Duplex : No
    Multiplier : 1/1x
    Logical/Chipset 1 Memory Banks
    Bank 0 : 512MB DDR-SDRAM 2.5-3-3-6CL 2CMD
    Bank 1 : 512MB DDR-SDRAM 2.5-3-3-6CL 2CMD
    Width : 64-bit
    Refresh Rate : 7.80µs
    Power Save Mode : No
    Fixed Hole Present : No
    Environment Monitor 1
    Model : ITE IT8705/12 ISA
    Mainboard Specific Support : No
    Temperature Sensor(s)
    Board Temperature : 25.0°C / 77.0°F
    CPU Temperature : 32.0°C / 89.6°F
    Power / Aux Temperature : 33.0°C / 91.4°F td
    Cooling Device(s)
    Auto Fan Speed Control : No
    Chassis Fan Speed : 2860rpm
    Voltage Sensor(s)
    CPU Voltage : 1.46V
    Aux Voltage : 2.58V
    +3.3V Voltage : 3.22V
    +5V Voltage : 4.89V
    +12V Voltage : 11.79V
    -5V Voltage : -5.76V
    Standby Voltage : 4.97V
    Battery Voltage : 3.28V
    AGP Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.00
    Speed : 4x
    Fast-Writes Enabled : No
    Side Band Enabled : Yes
    Aperture Size : 64MB
    PCI Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.20
    Number of Bridges : 1
    PCI Bus 0 : PCI (33MHz)
    Multiplier : 1/3x
    LPC Hub Controller 1
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS PCI to ISA Bridge (LPC Bridge)
    ACPI Power Management Enabled : Yes
    Speed : 7MHz
    USB Controller 1
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS5597/8 Universal Serial Bus Controller
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Channels : 2
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No
    USB Controller 2
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS5597/8 Universal Serial Bus Controller
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Channels : 2
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No
    USB Controller 3
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS5597/8 Universal Serial Bus Controller
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Channels : 2
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No
    USB Controller 4
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS7002 USB 2.0 Enhanced Controller
    Version : 2.00
    Specification : 1.00
    Interface : EHCI
    Channels : 6
    Companion Controllers : 3
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps) High (480Mbps)
    Addressing Support : 32-bit
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No
    System SMBus Controller 1
    Model : SiS 5595 Internal SMBus
    Slave Device Enabled : No
    Expansion Slot(s)
    PCI1 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length Available (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) Virtual PCI to PCI Bridge)
    PCI2 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length Available (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS PCI to ISA Bridge (LPC Bridge))
    PCI3 (3h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length Available (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS5597/8 Universal Serial Bus Controller)
    PCI4 (4h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length Used (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS900 10/100 Ethernet Adapter)
    PCI5 (5h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length Available
    ISA1 (6h) : ISA 16-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length
    ISA2 (7h) : ISA 16-bit +3.3V Shared PME Full-Length
    Port Connector
    USB - Def : SSA SCSI - Mini Centronics / DB-25 pin male
    Performance Tips
    Warning 2533 : Disabled host controllers are present. Check BIOS settings.
    Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Tip 2511 : Some memory slots are free so the memory can be easily upgraded.
    Tip 2546 : Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

    SiSoftware Sandra
    Benchmark Results
    Integer iSSE2 : 11071it/s
    Float iSSE2 : 13917it/s

    Performance Test Status
    Run ID : ************** May 26, 2004 at 11:48:01 PM
    NUMA Support : No
    SMP Test : No
    Total Test Threads : 1
    SMT Test : No
    Dynamic MP/MT Load Balance : No
    Processor Affinity : No
    Rendered Image Size : 640x480
    Processor
    Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
    Speed : 1.79GHz
    Performance Rating : PR1972 (estimated)
    Type : Standard
    L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous ATC (8-way sectored, 64 byte line size)
    Chipset 1
    Model : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS645DX CPU to PCI Bridge
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz data rate)
    Features
    MMX Technology : Yes
    SSE Technology : Yes
    SSE2 Technology : Yes
    SSE3 Technology : No
    HTT - Hyper-Threading Technology : No
    Performance Tips
    Notice 5008 : To change benchmarks, click Options.
    Notice 5004 : Synthetic benchmark. May not tally with 'real-life' performance.
    Notice 5006 : Only compare the results with ones obtained using the same version!
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

    So what does this all mean?
     
  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    It means you have too much time on your hands.

    "If it ain't broke don't fix it."

    The ONLY REASON to flash a bios is if something is not working (USB bad, stability issue, unsupported CPU speed, etc.) and the release notes for the bios say the bios fixes your specific problem. Bios flashes will not improve speed.
     
  3. napalmnthemorning

    napalmnthemorning Moderator

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    Thanks LeeJend. Good to know.
     
  4. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Yes ... the different "F" no, Bios updates on Manufacturers sites detail what fixes they repair during the first one to two year of mobo existence.

    If you havent had those problems, you should not need to bother.
     
  5. w00kiec00kie

    w00kiec00kie OSNN Addict

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    Somehow, your voltages seem low all across 3.3 / 5 / 12v lines.
    Also the core voltage seems a lil low, as I believe the lowest P4 voltage is like 1.5~1.525v.

    -_-;

    but then again, if you dont experience any problems...

    :D :cool: