The 4D845A's strongest features (to the tweaker
anyway) are in its BIOS. Only high end motherboards seem to offer users the same
amount of tweaks that the 4D845A has. The 4D845A probably had the most tweaks
and overclocking options of any Pentium 4 mainboard we've seen to
Along with the usual CAS
Latency adjustments, RAM speeds were FSB adjustments that should keep any enthusiast
There are the normal CAS Latency settings, RAS to CAS delay and memory speed,
however for those really "hardcore" tweakers, ACorp allows you to adjust "Buffer Strength Control".
To be totally honest,
we're not sure how to this works so we left everything at auto.
I'd wager that performance can probably be pushed higher if we knew how to tune the
settings properly. If you know what these BIOS options do, please let us know.
In regards to overclocking adjustments, ACorp allows multiplier changes, but since all
retail Intel CPU's are locked, it's redundant. I guess people with engineering samples
would probably appreciate this. FSB can be adjusted 1 MHz at a time, from 100 MHz
to 132 MHz.
It was a little disappointing to see the
max FSB so low since Northwood P4's (especially the slower ones like the
1.6A or the 1.8A) shouldn't have a hard time hitting those high FSB's we've become accustom
to with AMD processors.
Hopefully ACorp will release a BIOS that allows a higher FSB
ceiling in the future. Voltage can be adjusted from 1.10V to 1.85V. There weren't any memory
voltage controls however.