BIOS and Overclocking …
Get fast to the right UEFI settings …
BIOS and Overclocking
UEFI BIOS Update
ASRock E3V5 WS overclocking
ASRock E3V5 WS memory settings
ASRock E3V5 WS voltage settings
Overclock even easier
BIOS and overclocking …
Let us continue with the BIOS / UEFI Setup options and the UEFI overclocking. By pressing F2 or Del during PC boot, you get access to the UEFI Setup.
The ASRock E3V5 WS UEFI BIOS has a graphical interface that allows intuitive operation with the mouse or can still be conventionally operated with a keyboard.
A great feature for beginners is the ASRock EZ Mode (Easy Mode), providing a clear start page with the most important information and still not seems overloaded. The ASRock EZ Mode page offers basic information such as time, date, CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, fan speeds and important details about the hardware.
In Advanced Mode at the first screen you can see the UEFI version, a language selection, the Easy Mode button and the My Favorite menu item, the installed DDR4 memory and the CPU used – in our case at first the Intel Core i5-6600K CPU.
Of course, this C232 motherboard also has the UEFI Setup Style selection and offers the Active Page on Entry selection, where you can select which UEFI page you want to see when you enter the UEFI Setup. You could just add all necessary points to the My Favorite overview and start directly to this My Favorite overview page. At the ASRock Fatality E3V5 WS you find the Active Page on Entry option and the Full HD UEFI selection now in Advanced.
UEFI BIOS Update …
Before we begin with the UEFI settings, we first update the UEFI BIOS to the latest version. To flash UEFI update ASRock offers some possibilities, e.g. the very simple Instant Flash or the ASRock Internet Flash with a direct connection to the Internet.
By the so-called ASRock Instant Flash option in the tool screen or via F6 during PC start you get into the ASRock Instant Flash utility. Or you can, as shown in the next image, start Instant Flash over the previously mentioned EZ Mode page.
Now you can easily flash a previously downloaded ASRock BIOS without a boot CD or similar by simply starting the ASRock Instant Flash utility. Just select the BIOS Flash ROM from the desired drive, like an USB stick and even without a boot medium it is flashed and available after a restart. The board is supplied with the BIOS P1.00. At testing date, the UEFI BIOS version P1.10 was available as latest download, which we updated of course immediately.
In addition, there is also the OMG – Online Management Guard, with which you can define the times and days for the Internet access. This is for example useful for parents who like to specify a fixed Internet time for their children and want to block access with a password secure in UEFI BIOS, or for companies that allow Internet access for their employees only during lunch or after regular working hours.
ASRock E3V5 WS overclocking …
A look at the options under CPU configuration can however not augur well, because in the E3V5 WS UEFI setup, there are unfortunately almost no Intel LGA1151 overclocking settings. There are no settings for the BCLK and no settings to increase the CPU multi. So you cannot overclock the C232 combo motherboard over the base clock – short BCLK, nor by the multi. So we could even not increase the CPU frequency of our Intel Skylake “K” CPU with unlocked multiplier over the CPU multiplier. Only the Turbo activation is available.
ASRock E3V5 WS memory settings …
Higher clock rates are with the default BCLK frequency of 100 MHz not possible and a manual BCLK boost (see Intel OC guide) is unfortunately on the C232 chipset (yet?) not supported. But fortunately you can adjust at least all DDR4 timings manually, obtaining so a little more performance from your memory modules.
ASRock E3V5 WS voltage settings …
Additionally the motherboard has voltage settings for GT -0.100 to +0.300 volts offset, PCH +1.0 Voltage (Chipset) 0.900 to 1.250 volts, VCCPLL Voltage 1.100 to 1.300 volts, VCCSA Voltage (System Agent Voltage) 0.950 to 1.350 volts, Short Duration Power Limit, Long Duration Power Limit and Long Duration Maintained.
Overclock even easier …
Usually, at this point would be the OC settings to Load Optimized CPU, but because the Intel C232 currently unfortunately no settings for BCLK nor unlocked multi, we can left this part.
BIOS Undervolting …
A tip if the USB keyboard and/or USB mouse does not work in Windows 7, because no driver has been installed: ASRock provides in the USB Configuration a PS/2 Simulator selection, which can be activated easily, and afterwards you can use the keyboard and mouse in Windows. Or start the Windows 7 USB Patcher to directly integrate the corresponding Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible host controller – short xHCI drivers in the Windows 7 ISO file.
Fan control …
The UEFI setup of the passively cooled E3V5 WS motherboard has an extensive, temperature-controlled fan controller for the 4-pin CPU Fan 1, 4-pin Chassis Fan 1 and 4-pin Chassis Fan 2.
Since the announcement of X99 motherboards, ASRock has even implemented a graphical interface in the UEFI setup for controlling the fans. You can find the FAN-Tastic Tuning menu also in the H/W monitor and thus can make all the settings very clearly. Simply select the respective fan connector on the left and select the mode on the right side – e.g. Performance.
Regarding the Chassis Fan connectors you can select which source you want to use for temperature measurement – monitor CPU sensor or monitor motherboard sensor. Then just click Apply or exit the menu and save the values.
You can usually get along without an expensive Fan Controller, because the fans are controlled with this fan control based on the CPU or the motherboard temperature.
Energy consumption …
The PC power consumption will vary depending on hardware and PC load. The power consumption of the test PC with 4x 4GB DDR4 RAM, hard drive and Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W PSU was without overclocking depending on load at the following consumption:
– With MSI Radeon R9 280 graphics card and Intel Core i5-6600K LGA1151 CPU the entire Intel C232 PC Power Consumption was 44.3W idle and 253.3 Watt at full load.
– With MSI Radeon R9 280 graphics card and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 LGA1151 CPU the entire Intel C232 PC Power Consumption was 46.2W idle and 256.4 Watt at full load.
An ASRock Z170 Extreme6 motherboard with an Intel Core i5-6600K LGA1151 CPU and 4x 4GB DDR4 memory had the following power consumption:
– With MSI Radeon R9 280 graphics card the entire power consumption was 50.5W idle and full load 259.1W.
– With integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU 530 the total consumption was 36.0W idle and 70.7 Watt at full load.
An ASRock X99 Extreme6 motherboard with an Intel Core i7-5930K LGA2011-3 CPU had the following power consumption:
– With MSI Radeon R9 280 between 60.5W idle and 290.4W load.
An ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard with an Intel Core i5-4670K CPU had the following power consumption:
– With MSI Radeon R9 280 between 53.1W idle and 270.7W load.
– With Sapphire HD6870 graphics card the entire power consumption was 55.8W idle and 219.5W full load.
– With integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU the total consumption was 33.5W idle and 94.5 Watt full load.
An ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer motherboard with an AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU had the following PC energy consumption:
– With Sapphire HD6870 between 56.3W idle and 233.5 Watt full load.
– With internal AMD Radeon R7 GPU between 30.2W idle and 118.8 Watt full load.
An ASRock FM2A85X-ITX motherboard with an AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU had the following power consumption:
– With Sapphire HD6870 graphics card from 52.9W to 221.0 Watt.
– With internal AMD Radeon HD7660D GPU 29.4W idle and 120.4 Watt full load.
ASRock E3V5 WS Result and general impression …