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I thought it would be good to have a place to compare BIOS settings for this great little board. Unfortunately alot of the features are under documented and some are documented incorrectly. In any case, here's a place to share settings and findings for the TP67XE.

Latest official BIOSes as of 01/28/11:

- TP67XE (F103): http://91.121.148.119/downloads/BIOS/P67AF103.BST (Add Internal PLL Override option)
- TP67XE (F118): http://91.121.148.119/downloads/BIOS/P67AF118.BST (Fix comodo issue)

Latest BETA (use at your own risk) BIOSes as of 03/08/11:

- TP67XE (F121): http://91.121.148.119/downloads/BIOS/P67AF121.BST (UEFI, Profiles)
- TP67XE (F126): http://namegt.com/attachment/cfile5.uf@177A1C544D40BF8B18A975.BST (Memory Compatibility)
- TP67XE (F308): http://namegt.com/attachment/cfile21.uf@1236AC3C4D76C8FE2A867B.BST (Memory compatiibility, Ability to lower CPU PLL and BCLK, UEFI, no profiles tho) courtesy of master overclocker NameGT at XS applaud.gif

EDIT: F308 is the BIOS to get, as of 03/09/11

TEMPLATE:

*** Based on BIOS 1/3 (P67AF103.BST) available here: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/bios.php?S_ID=510#

CPU Configuration
Hyper-Threading:
Active Processor Cores:
Limit CPUID Maximum:
Execute Disable Bit:
Hardware Prefetcher:
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch:
Intel Virtualization Technology:
Power Technology:

O.N.E.
==========Manual CPU System=============
Fixed CPU Ratio:
CPU Ratio:
CPU Base Clock(1/100 MHz):
CPU Core Current Max (Amp):
Power Limit 1 Value (Watt):
Power Limit 2 Switch:
Power Limit 2 Value (Watt):
Internal PLL Voltage Override:
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:
Turbo Mode:
1 Core Ratio Limit:
2 Core Ratio Limit:
3 Core Ratio Limit:
4 Core Ratio Limit:
CPU C1E:

==========Manual Memory System=============
DRAM Multiplier:
DRAM Timing Control:
DRAM Command Rate:
CAS Latency (tCL):
Row Precharge Time (tRP):
RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD):
RAS Active Time (tRAS):
Write Recovery Time (tWR):
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC):
Write to Read Delay (tWTR):
Active to Active Delay (tRRD):
Read CAS Precharge (tRTP):
Four Active Window (tFAW):

==========Manual PWM Phase System=============
CPU Request Vcore:
CPU Vcore Mode:
CPU Vcore Offset:
CPU Vcore Fixed:
Phase Control:
PWM Work Frequency:
PWM I-OUT Override:
PWM Thermal report Override:
CPU VCore LoadLine:

==========Manual Voltage System=============
CPU PLL:
DRAM Voltage:
Vcc SA:
PCH Voltage:
Vcc IO:
Edited by ugotd8 - 3/9/11 at 6:30pm
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New 5Ghz overcock video on youtube NameGT channel: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoJ2-hVKB8"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoJ2-hVKB8[/ame]

Updated 03/09/11: Is the TP67XE a good board ? LOL, the best! Check out what it can do when a master OCer gets ahold of one: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=267812 5m42s SuperPI 32M ?!?!? eek.gif
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I'll start it off.

I7-2600K (L042B208)
Mushkin 2x2GB Blackline (998679)

4.8Ghz - 1.404Vcore on load
Linx max mem 25 passes, Vantage & Lightwave, but NOT prime95 stable.

CPU Configuration
Hyper-Threading: Enabled
Active Processor Cores: All
Limit CPUID Maximum: Disabled
Execute Disable Bit: Enabled
Hardware Prefetcher: Enabled
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch: Enabled
Intel Virtualization Technology: Disabled
Power Technology: Energy Efficient

O.N.E.
==========Manual CPU System=============
Fixed CPU Ratio: Disabled
CPU Ratio: 34
CPU Base Clock(1/100 MHz): 10000
CPU Core Current Max (Amp): 150
Power Limit 1 Value (Watt): 150
Power Limit 2 Switch: Enabled
Power Limit 2 Value (Watt): 150
Internal PLL Voltage Override: Enabled
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Enabled
Turbo Mode: Enabled
1 Core Ratio Limit: 48
2 Core Ratio Limit: 48
3 Core Ratio Limit: 48
4 Core Ratio Limit: 48
CPU C1E: Disabled

==========Manual Memory System=============
DRAM Multiplier: 16
DRAM Timing Control: Manual
DRAM Command Rate: 1T
CAS Latency (tCL): 8
Row Precharge Time (tRP): 8
RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD): 9
RAS Active Time (tRAS): 24
Write Recovery Time (tWR): 12
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC): 104
Write to Read Delay (tWTR): 6
Active to Active Delay (tRRD): 5
Read CAS Precharge (tRTP): 6
Four Active Window (tFAW): 24

==========Manual PWM Phase System=============
CPU Request Vcore:
CPU Vcore Mode:
CPU Vcore Offset:
CPU Vcore Fixed:
Phase Control:
PWM Work Frequency:
PWM I-OUT Override:
PWM Thermal report Override:
CPU VCore LoadLine:

==========Manual Voltage System=============
CPU PLL: AUTO
DRAM Voltage: 1.55
Vcc SA: AUTO
PCH Voltage: AUTO
Vcc IO: AUTO
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Good to have a place where we can talk about this board. I think Biostar users are in the minority compared to some of the bigger outfits like ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and even EVGA. I've had a few Biostar boards before and I still have my TPower I45.

I think to date that my board clocks better with all the power savings/C-State/EIST etc. enabled.

I also like to run with the "default" setting of VCore LoadLine... "enabled" which allows for vdroop. Loadline "disabled" seems like other boards LLC level 2 which applies an overvolt to the cpu under load.

I usually first test out my cpu(s) with the vcore setting set to "spec" voltage and see how high a multi the chip is stable at.

For higher overclocking I like to use the vcore setting set to "offset" and it seems that offset "+00" is the same as "spec". Then I just bump up offset +10, +20, +30 to stabilize the next higher multi (with in reason and not everyone will agree on that).

I haven't done much DRAM testing yet... using "16" 1600MHz with manual default timings and spec voltage... 1.60v which I sometimes bump to 1.625v.

PLL... spec is 1.80v but I've heard that lower sometimes helps with higher clocks and I've gone down as low as 1.70v.
Vcc SA: spec
PCH: spec
Vcc Io: spec is 1.050v but sometimes bumping up can help I've been using both spec and 1.075v but some users go even higher which might help with higher DRAM speeds.

Internal PLL voltage overide: needs to be set to "enabled" for retail D2 chips to reach higher multi(s). This apparently is chip dependent and some samples can run higher multi(s) than others when set to disabled.
Edited by PolRoger - 1/20/11 at 10:17am
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Thanks PolRoger, have you changed any of the following ?

CPU Core Current Max (Amp):
Power Limit 1 Value (Watt):
Power Limit 2 Switch:
Power Limit 2 Value (Watt):

I found that at 4.8G if I have those at default, prime95 will thottle down to 4.2Ghz since it's using more than the default 98W.
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Also, interesting discussion going on over at XS about using older non-SB certified memory with high clocks. My new corsairs get here today and I'm going to start from scratch on my OC. I like the method of running on SPEC V to find the highest multi and make sure the board is reading the VID properly. Thanks again. :-)
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Originally Posted by ugotd8;12065489 
Thanks PolRoger, have you changed any of the following ?

CPU Core Current Max (Amp):
Power Limit 1 Value (Watt):
Power Limit 2 Switch:
Power Limit 2 Value (Watt):

I found that at 4.8G if I have those at default, prime95 will thottle down to 4.2Ghz since it's using more than the default 98W.

Yes I forgot to add that... but if you leave those on default when the o.c. gets high enough you'll draw more watts then the stock BIOS settings and the board will down clock the multi. I first went with 150/150/150 which is what "windwithme" posted but I've also gone higher. I guess you just need a setting high enough so your demand doesn't go above it.
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Originally Posted by ugotd8;12065541 
Also, interesting discussion going on over at XS about using older non-SB certified memory with high clocks. My new corsairs get here today and I'm going to start from scratch on my OC. I like the method of running on SPEC V to find the highest multi and make sure the board is reading the VID properly. Thanks again. :-)

I'm using some of my Bloomfield/Nehalem sticks. I've got some Hypers as well and it seems that my non-hypers work better although I haven't really done much with memory testing. I'll be monitoring this development. Who knows maybe in the end I'll end up getting a new SB designed kit?
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bump for great board
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I'll be able to contribute as soon as my 5850 gets back from RMA'ing with newegg...Just got to them today
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