[coreboot] [commit] r6627 - trunk/src/mainboard/asrock/e350m1

Scott Duplichan scott at notabs.org
Sun Jun 5 09:39:22 CEST 2011

Stefan Reinauer wrote:

]Also, enabling Prefetch and 33MHz fast read mode should possibly go in the
]southbridge's bootblock.c so the first cbfs scan does not run with the
]slow settings.

Hello Stefan,

You are probably right. In fact these settings are applied fairly early
even without the patch:
sb800/SBPOR.c#L67 (prefetch)
sb800/SBPOR.c#L249 (spi speed)

The patch applies the settings even earlier for boot time reduction. The
gain is small:

---e350m1 DOS AHCI SSD boot time in ms---
early prefetch   off    on     off    on 
early 33 mhz     off    off    on     on 
                 ---    ---    ---    ---
                 686    682    736    679	 

Together the changes save 7 ms. The question is, where do we draw the line
on boot time reduction? I worked in a group a while back where a manager
said, "every millisecond counts". This was due to a desire to make a
customer's board boot more quickly than a board from a competitor. Certainly
no user can notice a boot time difference of a few ms. The difference is
easy to measure though, and in some cases a few ms is enough to affect who
calls their board fastest. On the other hand, coreboot+seabios is already
several thousand ms faster than UEFI, so maybe saving 7 ms is not worth the
somewhat out of place code.


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