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BIOS Functionality

We have already discussed the new UEFI BIOS from ASRock in detail in our earlier reviews of LGA 2011 mainboards. We found the BIOS interface to be very convenient to work with and the functionality sufficient. Overall, the BIOS of LGA 1155 mainboards remained the same, but there appeared a few additional new features worth pointing out. The first section e see on accessing the BIOS is called “Main”, which reports the basic information about our 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 itself. By rolling the mouse pointer over any of the mainboard components you can get information about it.

The new function here would be ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) that allows denying Internet access at preset times and days of the week.

Most of the overclocking and fine-tuning options are gathered in “OC Tweaker” section. The top part offers you options for automatic overclocking of the CPU and the graphics core integrated into it, or allows setting the parameters manually. 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. The voltages may be set above and below the nominal value. They may be set at specific values, or adjusted by adding an offset to the default setting. The digital voltage regulator circuitry allows selecting the intensity of counteraction against processor Vcore drop under heavy load.

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.

We are already very well familiar with the functionality of the sub-sections in the “Advanced” section: their names speak for themselves.

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

“North Bridge Configuration” sub-section allows adjusting the settings for the PCI Express bus and the graphics core integrated into the processor.

You can configure additional controllers and functions in the “South Bridge Configuration” sub-section. For example, “Good Night LED” parameter will let you turn off the LED lights at night.

“Storage Configuration” sub-section contains parameters responsible for connected drives and their functionality.

“Intel Rapid Start Technology” sub-section offers everything you need to configure this technology typical of the new chipsets.

“Intel Smart Connect Technology” sub-section allows turning on or off another unique technology implemented in the new chipsets.

“Super IO Configuration” sub-section is where you configure your floppy drive, COM-port and infra-red port.

 
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