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Foxconn Mars mobo to feature a new Gladiator BIOS

Foxconn Mars mobo to feature a new Gladiator BIOS

The Foxconn Mars Gladiator BIOS: Super Overclockable, claims Foxconn.

An overclockable motherboard is inevitably only as good as its BIOS, that's for sure. You can have all the physical features in the world, but if nothing works right its just a good looking brick.

Foxconn's upcoming Mars motherboard, which is based on the P35 chipset and due this September, will include the new Gladiator BIOS that is supposedly "the most advanced and overclocking-friendly BIOS ever developed by Foxconn".

Cynically, that's actually not a huge stretch considering Foxconn has never been a first port of call for enthusiasts, but knowing that Foxconn has recently employed some ex-DFI engineers, things get a little more interesting.

Not happy with just plenty of CPU voltage potential, how about a CPU voltage multiplier as well? This offers a maximum limit of a clinically insane 2.0736V. The memory voltage can also be set to a massive 3.356V as well: the largest over-voltage we've ever seen warranted is 2.45V so you're clearly into "is that a burning smell?" territory unless you're using liquid nitrogen.

The other voltage options also get liberal voltage adjustments in small increments, but there isn't a kitchen sink thrown in just yet, like we've seen previously on recent DFI LANParty boards for example. I suppose Foxconn might want to make it comprehensive without the need for a PhD in electrical engineering to decipher what all the options do.

Here's what will be on offer:
  • CPU Voltage Multiplier: 1.000V(Default) / 1.036 / 1.078 / 1.116 / 1.161 / 1.203 / 1.251 / 1.296
  • CPU Voltage Setting: 0.825V ~ 1.600V,stepping is 0.0125V
  • Target CPU Voltage: CPU target voltage,it is CPU Voltage Multiplier product CPU Voltage Setting
  • Current CPU Voltage: CPU currentl Voltage
  • Default CPU Voltage: CPU default voltage
  • DRAM Voltage Setting: 1.800V(Default) / 1.665V ~ 3.365V
  • NB Voltage Setting: 1.250V(Default) / 1.156V ~ 2.395V
  • CPU VTT Voltage Setting: 1.200V(Default) / 1.200V ~ 1.725V,step is 0.075V
  • SB Voltage Setting: 1.500V(Default) / 1.388V ~ 1.650V


Do you fancy owning one of Foxconn's enthusiast-orientated P35 boards in the future, or are you waiting to see what X38 offers? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Firehed 3rd August 2007, 15:37 Quote
That looks like a fantastic way to cook your RAM!
E.E.L. Ambiense 3rd August 2007, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
That looks like a fantastic way to cook your RAM!

:) I love the smell of circuits burning in the mornin'!

I like the stepping listed. Not bad. Guess we'll see how it performs.
DXR_13KE 3rd August 2007, 19:52 Quote
Gladiator? why not Spartan? that would be a blast..... :D
zoom314 4th August 2007, 06:30 Quote
Yum fresh cooked memory, Now what was that I was saying? I forget. ;)
Gravemind123 4th August 2007, 06:44 Quote
Wow...is there even any DDR2 out there that can handle running at 3.6v for more then a few seconds without dying?

Looks like a sweet overclocking BIOS though!
Tyinsar 5th August 2007, 22:07 Quote
Just remember kids, electronics don't work on this invisible thing they call "electricity" - "electronics" actually work on smoke That's right, If you let the smoke out they don't work anymore.

:D
:)
:p

I'm still hoping for a decent overclockable M-ATX board for my e4400.
DLoney 5th August 2007, 22:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
I'm still hoping for a decent overclockable M-ATX board for my e4400.
ya. same situation here. why hasn’t anyone capitalized on the M-ATX market yet?!
Yemerich 3rd June 2009, 14:26 Quote
Gladiator? why not greek? because that helm is greek, not roman and much less of a gladiator.
Xtrafresh 3rd June 2009, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
I'm still hoping for a decent overclockable M-ATX board for my e4400.
Sir, i submit to you:
The DFI LanParty JR P45-T2RS

See siggy for what it is doing for me, it's an awesome piece of hardware!
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