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“ACPI Configuration” sub-section deal with powering on and power supply in general.

The “USB Configuration” sub-section is obviously the place where you configure USB interface.

We have already mentioned previously ASRock’s very convenient BIOS updating tool called “Instant Flash”. The unique thing about it is the absence of any type of file manager, though the updating process is still very quick and easy. Upon boot-up the utility will automatically analyze the contents of the connected drives. The system supports devices formatted as FAT, FAT16 or FAT32.

After that you get a list of compatible BIOS versions and at that point all you have to do is select the one you need.

The actual reflashing process doesn’t take long and the new BIOS version is in place after a system reboot.

Everything is very simple and quick. The only thing missing is the ability to save the current BIOS version and the support for drives formatted for NTFS file system.

It seems nothing beats the nice and easy “Instant Flash” BIOS updating tool, but the new “Internet Flash” tool makes this process even easier. The user doesn’t have to do anything at all, just press a few keys and done!

First the connection is established and then you will be prompted to download the latest BIOS version, if there is one available.

If you click “yes” the file starts downloading, and once it is complete the updating process runs exactly the same way as in the previous case. I doubt anyone will ever be able to come up with something better than “Internet Flash”.

 “H/W Monitor” section allows monitoring temperatures, voltages and fan rotation speeds. The rotation speeds of the processor fan, four-pin system fan and chipset fan may be set in dependence on the temperature or locked at a certain fixed value. The rotation speed of the remaining two system fans can only be lowered. Only the “Power FAN” speed can be monitored but cannot be adjusted in any way.

The new feature called “Dehumidifier Function” will prevent boot-up failures caused by excessive humidity inside the system case. This problem may be typical of countries with hot and humid weather. The humidity can be easily lowered from 70% to 40% in a very simple way: by powering the system on from time to time. This function allows setting the frequency of system power-ups, the length of the on-time and the rotation speed of the CPU cooler fan.

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. We should definitely give ASRock due credit for a number of new functions that they have recently introduced. Our absolute favorite is the exceptionally quick and easy BIOS updating via Internet. It is really great that the BIOS of different mainboard models remains the same in terms of functionality and supported value ranges for all parameters.

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