Author: Frank Stroupe
- A Closer Look
- The BIOS
- Operation / Initial Testing
- Testing - Benchmarks
As with all ASRock motherboards, the A330ION uses the American Megatrends BIOS, a tabbed BIOS for easy navigation. I was a little surprised, though I guess I shouldn’t have been, but this BIOS looked no different from any other ASRock Intel board’s BIOS. I guess I was expecting something a little different since the Atom isn’t your average processor.
The Main menu has date/time, BIOS version, and CPU information. It also displays the memory found by the system.
Again, the OC Tweaker menu looks just like any other one. ASRock has given you the capability of overclocking the Atom 330. I’m sorry, with the stock cooling, the Atom is idling in the low 40s in this nearly cold room…I won’t be doing any overclocking today.
The Advanced menu contains several submenus that have most of the remainder of the board’s settings.
Not much on the CPU Configuration submenu, I’m accustomed to 8-12 different settings. Same with the Chipset Settings submenu.
The Hardware Monitor shows temps, fan speeds, and voltages. It also contains some settings for the CPU_fan and chassis fan connectors.
The Boot menu contains submenus for Boot settings, and HDD/ODD priorities. The Boot Configuration submenu is where you disable the splash screen if you don’t care for them.