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- John Smith
January 2, 2006, 12:26 am
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Re: FAQ on overclocking Asus mb - Auto vs. Standard vs. Adaptive
The best collection of BIOS options is rojakpot. But not every BIOS
variation will be documented there.
The way I understand them:
Auto - Uses info from the hardware about what the nominal conditions for
the processor are, to set up clocks and multipliers. Some processors
encode their bus clock preference with a couple logic signals,
and these can be read by the BIOS, and the signals can also drive
pins on the clockgen chip directly.
Standard - To me, this implies "Manual" operation. Generally, you should see
more options appear in the BIOS, when you select Standard or
Manual for a BIOS option. Not exposing all options is intended
to not scare newbies.
Adaptive - By virtue of the name, this implies a load-sensitive overclock.
Could be the equivalent of Cool & Quiet, but when the CPU runs
at 100% loading (no time for the Idle task), the BIOS will
be running with some level of overclock as compared to the
nominal conditions for the processor. Depending on the processor
type, there could be as few as two conditions for the processor,
like "slow" (when the computer is idle) and "fast" (when the
computer is crunching). I don't know if there is an Asus web
page available to give a better answer than that, or not. The
main benefit is cooler "idle" operation.
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