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BIOS Functionality

Like other mainboard makers, ASRock migrated to UEFI BIOS, with a pretty convenient-looking interface. The first section we see is the “Main” that reports basic information about the system.

You can right away check out the major peculiarity of the ASRock UEFI BIOS – the System Browser. It is designed as a pretty precise schematic layout of the board. By rolling the mouse pointer over any of the mainboard components you can get information about it. For example, when we highlighted one of the memory modules, we learned not only about its nominal settings, but also were able to access the detailed information about it recorded in the module’s X.M.P. profile.

If we are curious about SATA ports or backpanel outs and connectors, we can enlarge the image by clicking on it. After that we can obtain information about any of the ports simply by moving the mouse pointer over it.

Most of the overclocking and fine-tuning options are gathered in “OC Tweaker” section. At the bottom of the page there is an option that allows you to save up to three complete settings profiles and assign each of them a descriptive name.

“CPU EZ OC Settings” parameter allows you to select one of the previously configured overclocking modes.

As usual, some parameters have been relocated into individual sections to unload the main page a little bit. In particular, all the settings for memory timings configuring have been singled out onto a separate page.

All parameters related to voltage adjustment are in a separate section. The voltages can be set above or below the nominal value, you may set them as specific values or just add a certain value to the nominal setting. We were particularly pleased with the demonstration of how the counteraction of the voltage drop under heavy load works, because digital voltage regulator allows not only enabling or disabling this technology, but also select the desired intensity of this counteraction.

We are already very well familiar with the functionality of the “Advanced” section and the names of the parameters in it are pretty self-explanatory, too. I would only like to point out a very convenient tool for updating the BIOS called “Instant Flash”. This utility will analyze the contents of a connected USB flash drive, list all compatible BIOS versions and wait for you to choose the one you like.

The “CPU Configuration” sub-section contains basic information about the processor and offers to configure some processor technologies.

All parameters related to power-saving are singled out on a separate page called “CPU Power Management Configuration”.

We uncovered one very interesting option in the “South Bridge Configuration” sub-section called “Good Night LED” that allows you to turn off the onboard LEDs. I have to say that the LEDs are not too bright and don’t get annoying to begin with, but it is still very nice to feel that the manufacturer cares even about the little things like that.

“H/W Monitor” section allows monitoring temperatures, voltages and fan rotation speeds. The rotation speeds of five fans may be configured to depend on the CPU temperature or set to a certain specific value. Only the “Power FAN” speed can be monitored but cannot be adjusted in any way.

The “Boot” section allows choosing the startup system parameters.

“Security” section will offer to create administrator and user passwords.

The last section called “Exit” allows to apply all changes, reverse them or reset all settings to defaults.

Overall, the new UEFI BIOS from ASRock looks very solid and convenient to work with. It offers everything necessary for system overclocking and fine-tuning.

 
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