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NVSU – Working With It - Getting Information and Summary

Information Page

NVSU – Information Page
NVSU – Information Page

This page is self explanatory. This screen capture was with my own setup, an ABIT NF7-S v2.0 motherboard and AMD AthlonXP Barton 2800+@2.2GHz. As you can see this page contains information on just about anything about your hardware and drivers. The information displayed is like what you would get with utility program WCPUID or CPUZ.

The “Processor Information“ displays all details of the CPU as, Brand, Name as well as Family, Model and stepping numbers. This might be handy for some would be Opteron buyers, as it has been rumored that earlier steppings of Opterons have disappointing SSE2/SSE performance. Later stepping Opterons is said to have corrected this glitch. This can let you see if you have the earlier stepping Opteron and then exchange for a latter stepping Opteron. Clicking on the “More” button will let you see even more detailed information as you can see below.

NVSU – More Processor Information Window
NVSU – More Processor Information Window

This window displays information like “feature flag and additional information about the CPU”. This display is only available on uniprocessor systems.

“Memory Information” displays vendor and part number for each memory module you install. Clicking on the “More…” button will open a window to show you detailed information about your memory module as shown below.

NVSU – More Memory Information window
NVSU – More Memory Information window

With this is you get detailed information that is taken directly from your memory’s SPD. The details are provided in HEX and translated format. For nForce2 motherboards, only information for 3 DIMM slots will appear. For nForce2 motherboards with 4 memory slots, you will have to have support enabled in your motherboard’s BIOS to display information on all 4 slots. For Nforce3 motherboards all information for the 4 memory slots will be displayed.

“Motherboard Information” information will display details with regards to your motherboard including, vendor name, model number and PCB version.

“nForce Information” will display details on the nForce chipset itself, including MCP and SPP/IGP version as well as stepping version.

“Calculated System Performance” will display details of your calculated CPU speed, CPU FSB, AGP and memory speed. These are displayed in DDR format. It also displays your current clock multiplier setting.

“Version Information” displays your current nForce and graphics driver versions. Addition details on OS and DirectX versions are also shown.

Summary

NVSU is really a powerful suit of tools that will suit the casual tinker happy overclocker. There is more than enough to settings to configure within NVSU for a decent overclocking experience. Without a doubt, overclocking and being able to tweak voltages of your CPU, memory, and AGP, and also change fan speeds on the fly is probably one of the best features of NVSU. Some of these features are available with minimal BIOS support which means as soon you install, you can tweak away.

Even though there isn’t a way to change memory divider with NVSU (due to hardware limitations). That shouldn’t be a deterrent if you have high performance memory modules. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem with forward planning for people with not so high performance memory modules, as you can plan ahead by allowing headroom for the memory when overclocking. Profiles are another feature of convenience of NVSU that will save a lot of end-users time.

Changing advanced BIOS setting within a windows session is also major advantage with NVSU. With all that, there is also a hardware information page where you can view various bits of information. Hardware monitoring is also present with NVSU and will cater for the enthusiasts who want to keep tabs of temperature or settings.

I was extremely impressed with NVSU but, there are a few minor points which I hope NVIDIA will be able to sort out for a future release. One is that the labels on graphs or some sliders could have had numerical values. This is of course my own personal preference but, having values as opposed to percentage labels would be less confusing. Also the graphical view also reported my temperature higher than what is shown with the hardware utility that came with my motherboard - Hardware Doctor or even, Motherboard Monitor. I think in future releases maybe, the ability to minimize NVSU to the system tray whilst displaying selected temperature just like Motherboard Monitor would be nice.

However readers should note that it was just the pre-release generic version 0.92 of the NVSU I was previewing. NVSU customized by OEM motherboard manufacturers may (or may not) provide a better solution as they can tinker the NVSU to suit them.

So there you have it, a preview of NVSU; a collection of powerful tools for your overclocking goodness and it will be available with Forceware very shortly and which, a lot of you out there with nForce2 or nForce3 motherboards will be happy with.

Before I end, as a precaution, please be sure to have backup copy of your bios with flash utilities on a bootable floppy just in case. Remember that NVIDIA nor nV News is NOT responsible for any damage you cause after reading this article and/or using NVSU.

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Last Updated on October 28, 2003


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