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CMOS Reloaded

The manufacturer has every right to be proud of the exclusive CMOS Reloaded technology, so I guess it requires a separate section in our review. The technology is new; it first appeared in the latest generation of the LANPARTY mainboards. Let's find out what the advantages of this technology are.

To cut the long story short, the technology allows the user to save several configurations of the BIOS Setup settings (including the processor and memory related ones) and switch between them real fast and easy. It works like this: you navigate through the BIOS Setup menus to a page called CMOS Reloaded where you can save the current BIOS Setup settings in one of the four available profiles, assign names to these profiles or restore the settings from a saved profile. The profiles are saved in the flash memory, so you won’t lose them after clearing up the CMOS memory.

If CMOS Reloaded offered nothing above this, it won’t be anything new. Other manufacturers, like AOpen, have been enabling the BIOS Setup of their mainboards with an option of saving user-defined settings. DFI made a step farther, though, and came up with tools for flexible control over the saved settings so that you didn’t have to enter the BIOS Setup to change the current profile.

You can select a profile when starting up your PC. Just press and hold a numeric key (1, 2, 3 or 4) to load the corresponding settings profile. Of course, it would be even better if we were able to switch between the configurations from Windows, but this is not yet possible and will hardly appear in the near future as different configurations may have the controllers integrated onboard enabled or disabled.

Besides that, DFI added a couple of handy startup options. First, you can press and hold down the INS key on the system startup to reset the CPU and memory settings to the default ones until the next system reload. This feature helps greatly when you are overclocking your processor: if the system doesn’t start up after the next parameters adjustment, you can load it up without clearing all the BIOS settings. Second, LANPARTY PRO875B can clear the contents of the CMOS memory without the Clear CMOS jumper. Just press and hold the Pause key on the startup, and you will get your CMOS cleared.

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