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BIOS Functionality

We are quite familiar with the UEFI BIOS of ASRock mainboards. Its interface is user-friendly and it offers enough settings for fine-tuning and overclocking. So it is no wonder that it hasn’t changed in the new model. There are just a few new options added. By default, the UEFI BIOS interface opens on the Main section which reports some basic system information, but you can use the Active Page on Entry option to specify any other start section to save your time.

New features can be found right on the start screen. Every time you enter the BIOS interface, you hear a characteristic sound. There are audio notifications for moving between BIOS sections or parameters and for choosing one of multiple parameter values, too. ASRock mainboards let you turn the sound off in the past, but now you can do that in an easier way via the intuitive icon in the bottom of the screen. You don't have to look for the necessary option somewhere deep in the BIOS structure. Next to it, there is an icon for changing the interface language. The UEFI Guide option, when selected, shows a cute helper that will tell you about basic BIOS capabilities, focusing on the unique features of the Tools section.

You can watch what the helper has to say in the 6-minute video we’ve recorded.

When you select any BIOS option, information about it is displayed in the Description field on the right. Moreover, you can press F1 at any time to view a list of available keyboard shortcuts.

The majority of fine-tuning and overclocking options are collected in the OC Tweaker section. The huge page is structured into several subsections with horizontal lines. The top subsection contains automatic overclocking options. Next go groups of CPU- and memory-related options. The bottom subsection is about voltages. You can increase and decrease voltages, set them at some fixed values or just add a value to the default level.

Some options can be found in separate subsections so as not to clutter the main one. For example, memory timings are set up on a separate page.

The options we can find in the Advanced section are all familiar to us and have intuitive names. They refer to peripheral devices and additional controllers. It is here that you enable and set up chipset-specific technologies such as Intel Rapid Start and Intel Smart Connect.

In the CPU Configuration section you can learn some basic facts about the CPU and manage CPU-related technologies.

The Tools section provides some features we are already familiar with from our earlier reviews of ASRock mainboards. A rather accurate picture of the mainboard can be found in the System Browser subsection. You can select any element and read information about it. The Online Management Guard option allows you to block internet access on the BIOS level at certain hours and on certain days of the week. The handy BIOS update system called Instant Flash is familiar to us as well. It can automatically analyze a connected USB drive to show you a list of compatible updates. You only have to choose the required BIOS version then. The Internet Flash option is even easier to use – you can specify the server you want to download BIOS updates from. Dehumidifier Function helps avoid problems with too much humidity inside your computer case. Lowering the humidity level from 70 to 40% is simple: the computer just has to be turned on from time to time. You just specify how often and for how much time the computer turns on and how fast the CPU fan should be. Also in the Tools section, you can save three full profiles with BIOS settings and give each profile an easy-to-remember name.

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