Biostar TForce 6100 Motherboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-13-2006
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BIOS

On power-up we are greeted by this Biostar POST graphic. I have to say this is one of the coolest-looking splash screens I've seen. Users can press Tab to switch to the normal text output.



Upon pressing Del to enter Setup we are greeted with the typical AwardBIOS menu screen, with the exception of a few small differences. Astute observers will notice the options for CRP, IFP and ONE features mentioned briefly earlier.



In the Advanced Chipset features the Frame Buffer size is specified, which is the amount of system memory reserved for integrated graphics use. Options are 16, 32, 64 or 128Mb, with the default being 64. With my 512Mb of system RAM, I found the 64Mb buffer setting yielded the highest performance. The setting for onboard video in the event you use a PCIe graphics card can also be found here.



PC Health contains a setting for chassis intrusion detection (if your case supports this) temperature settings for fan speed and/or shutdown, and displays current voltage and temperature readings from the onboard sensors.



ONE is more of a glorified Voltage/Frequency menu (which is standard in most AwardBIOS) in that it allows you to manually adjust these settings for overclocking. What is different is that Biostar also offers an Auto Overclock setting for those who don't want such granular control over their overclocks. For simplicity you can select either V6, V8 or V12 settings, which like their corresponding engine sizes, indicate the level of overclock you want to achieve. According to the Overclocking Guide, these settings offer a 10-15%, 15-25% or 25-30% increase in system performance.



For those who prefer manual control, CPU voltage options up to 1.8v are available. 99% of users would not want to go above that with an A64 anyway.



There's also memory voltage settings up to 2.9v which is typical for many boards. As mentioned previously, the TForce has a jumper that will bypass this BIOS setting and send 3.3v to the memory instead, although that should be used with some caution as that is a good bit of voltage to use on most types of memory modules.



CPU frequency goes all the way up to 450, although it's doubtful the system would ever function that high.



HT frequency (multiplier) selectable from 1x to 5x.



And Memclock frequencies (dividers) in the usual available settings.



The memory timings can also be set manually or automatically to SPD.



Now for some of the board features.


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