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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:45 PM

It was only two months ago that we reported on Foxconn's release of two new motherboards based on Intel's P35 (Bearlake) chipset - OCC News Post. Foxconn released these boards in early June in time to showcase them at Computex 2007. Foxconn offered these boards as part of their Core3 series of motherboards that stress greater reliability, usability and connectivity.

Foxconn is will be offering a new tweaked and tuned board in this series targeted directly at the enthusiast market. Also based on Intel's P35 chipset, the new board will be called the MARS board, named after the Roman god of war. New to this board is Foxconn's Gladiator BIOS. While it is still too early for a full release of the specifications and features of the board, Foxconn has provided a sneak peak at one area of the Gladiator BIOS - the extensive voltage control options.

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As you can see from the screen shot above, the main BIOS menu looks fairly standard except for the "Gladiator BIOS" option. Choosing this option brings up the voltage control options as shown below.

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The CPU voltage can be set from 0.825V up to 1.600V in steps of 0.0125V. Now, if you're thinking 1.6V is not all that impressive, look again. There's a feature called CPU Voltage Multiplier. This is where it gets interesting. The Target CPU Voltage shown above is the product of the CPU Voltage Multiplier and the CPU Voltage Setting. Since the multiplier can range from 1.000 to 1.296, the actual, or target, CPU voltage can be set from 0.825V to 2.0726V in very small increments.

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The table above gives an explanation of the items on the voltage settings screen as well as showing you the possible settings for the northbridge, CPU VTT and southbridge voltages.

So, looking at the screen below, choosing a multiplier of 1.036 and a CPU Voltage Setting of 1.4500V gives you a Target CPU Voltage of 1.5022V (I'll let you do the math).

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You can also set the DRAM voltages from 1.665V to 3.365V in small increments as shown below.

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If you noticed all the settings in red, those are Foxconn's way of letting you know that you are choosing settings outside of the default ranges that could result in damage to your components.

Here you can see a table with the complete range of CPU Voltage options shown in the column running down the left side, which increased by the CPU Voltage Multiplier (running horizontally) gives you a large number of possible Target CPU Voltage settings.

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That's all Foxconn is showing us at this time, but we hope to have more details soon prior to MARS' release in late August or early September.

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