XFX nForce 630i Socket 775 mATX Motherboard


The XFX nForce 630i mATX motherboard uses a Phoenix Award BIOS, similarly to it's bigger brother the XFX nForce 650i. However, that is where the similarities end. I'm not going to bother going through all the marigmarole of what are considered pretty standard BIOS features. The BIOS that you see below is the 'shipping version' for this motherboard, and a quick look on XFX's website revealed that it is the only available version.
Phoenix BIOS Advanced BIOS
Advanced Chipset Integrated Peripherals
Two features/settings that are sadly missing from this Phoenix Award BIOS is the ability to lock the PCI Express Frequency and/or the PCI Clock Synchronisation. Considering that this board comes with the provision to overclock your processor, the lack of these two settings will certainly reduce the possibility of getting a reasonable boost in performance out of our system.
Most enthusiast mainboards allow you to 'lock' the PCI-E frequency to prevent it from increasing as you increase the reference clock frequency. By not having a lockable PCI Clock, we run the risk of PC 'lock-ups' and/or data corruption in extreme cases.
Power Management PnP/PCI configuration
PC Health Status
The Frequency/Voltage Control section of the BIOS features some welcome settings, but nothing in the league of what we've come to expect from performance orintated motherboards. The XFX nForce 630i is able to run in Linked or Unlinked mode which is pretty handy if you're running less than stellar RAM. The Memory Timing section allows for very good tweaking of your RAM's timings and sub-timings.
Frequency and voltage control FSB and Memory Config
 Memory Timings Linked and Unlinked
Voltage control on the XFX nForce 630i is a little lean to say the least. Allowing a maximum of: 1.575V on the CPU; 0.15V increase on DRAM voltage; 0.35V increase on the chipset, and a 0.3V increase on the CPU/FSB voltage. Although in the XFX nForce 630i's defence, it really isn't marketed as a performance motherboard - and some performance increase is better than none.
Frequency voltage controls CPU Voltage control
Chipset Voltage Control CPU/FSB Voltage Control
A BIOS revision may be able to provide support for the few points I have highlighted here today. But all things considered the XFX nForce 630i's BIOS provides a reasonable amount of tweaking for such a low-end motherboard.
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Most Recent Comments

27-02-2008, 09:08:22

any chance of seeing how it performs rendering 1080p HD video (ie percentage of cpu power used) as im in a process of looking for htpc (to go with my 40" 1080p sammy yummy!) mobo and would love to know hows the hd playback on this one.Quote

27-02-2008, 09:23:46

I can do that for you mate Quote

27-02-2008, 10:27:06

Does the IGPU do 1080p?Quote

28-02-2008, 17:03:57

"During the overclocking phase of this review it is interesting to note that the chipset heatsink was frightfully hot to the touch, and more than likely detrimental to the overall performance of the motherboard. "

when nVidia went from having separate nb & sb on 6xxx IGP to an all in one on 7xxx I'm sure that it became cheaper for them to produce (& hence probably more profitable for them) but it definitely resulted in increased chipset temps.

I've got abit's I-N73HD based on the same chipset here to play with once I acquire a spare CPU.Quote

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