UEFI BIOS Functionality
Like many other manufacturers, Biostar started using UEFI BIOS for their mainboards, too. However, this transition should have happened really seamlessly, because everything looks exactly the same as before:
You can check out the interface and functionality of the BIOS sections from the photos above, but we are going to dwell on the “O.N.E.” section that contains all major fine-tuning and overclocking related parameters.
The most remarkable feature is the option that allows you to set the startup page on entering the BIOS. Long time ago it was only the BIOS of Abit mainboards that allowed getting down to fine-tuning and overclocking immediately on entering the BIOS, because the corresponding BIOS section was the first on in the menu. Since then a few other manufacturers started using the same great feature in their products. But today this is no longer an issue, as the user can select a startup BIOS section at any time.
Speaking of the “O.N.E.” section, we should point out that overall it is very conveniently organized and has most of the necessary parameters present. We really liked the detailed info on memory timings written in the memory SPD and very convenient work with the voltages. The CPU receives nominal voltage by default. However, you can set the Auto mode, select a fixed voltage or add a certain increment to the nominal Vcore value. The nominal values for all other voltages are also provided in this section.
However, things are not totally impeccable here and there are indeed a few drawbacks that need to be mentioned. They couldn’t fit all the parameters into one section, so the processor technologies management tools remained in the “CPU Configuration” sub-section of the “Advanced” section. It is somewhat inconvenient to use F4 key to save the BIOS settings instead of the commonly used F10. However, these are minor inconveniences, while the most frustrating thing was the disappearance of a few functions. We were most upset to discover that the board no longer allows saving and loading BIOS settings profiles. Also, there are no more hints displayed at startup. When we needed to reboot from a flash drive, we had to keep hitting all keys from F8 to F12 and one of them worked and launched the boot-up menu. But why not let us know about it in advance? Where did the built-in BIOS reflashing tool go? Or it is still there and we just have to guess what key will launch it for us? You can select an XMP profile for the memory but in this case you will have to reboot and lose all the configuration changes otherwise, you won’t be able to get rid of a popping up “Invalid Input Range” error. You can only adjust the rotation speed of a single processor fan, but once you attempt to calibrate it, you get “Fail to control your CPU fan” error message. All in all, looks like the transition to the new UEFI BIOS brought a little joy and a lot of problems to the table and it needs quite a bit of work before it becomes fully operational.