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We can adjust the voltages in the main section screen. It is very convenient that you can see the current as well as desired values right here at the bottom of the same window. Both mainboards allow setting memory voltage below 1.5 V, which means they support low-voltage DDR3 DIMMs, but as for the CPU core voltage, you can only increase it. The multipliers and frequencies can be adjusted in separate sub-sections and unfortunately, it isn’t implemented that conveniently. For example, we have to go to “Integrated Clock Chip Configuration” page to change the base clock speed:

It won’t look like the screenshot above right away, though. At first, you need to enable frequency adjustment by changing the “ICC Enable” parameter. Now you go to “ICC Overclocking” page, but at this point you are still far from the destination, and it is very unclear, which of the six sub-sections is the one we need.

We check each of them one after another trying to find the right ones that will allow us to change the base clock frequency.

It is simply awesome that we don’t have to change the base clock when using a CPU with an unlocked clock frequency multiplier, because you won’t need to do all this. It is much quicker and easier to change the processor clock multiplier: you just need to make one extra move instead of half a dozen. Go to the “Performance Tuning” sub-section and select “CPU Configuration” page (do not confuse it with the one in the “Advanced” section, though), and you can change the processor clock frequency multiplier.

If you go to the “Chipset Configuration” page in the same “Performance Tuning” sub-section, you will get access to memory frequency and timings settings. The boards only allow adjusting basic memory timings. And don’t forget that the Command Rate parameter can only be changed in the main page of “M.I.B” section.

Luckily, the tricky functionality of the “M.I.B.” section ends here and we continue to “Boot” section, which is perfectly fine.

We don’t have any comments about the “Security” section, too.

The interesting thing about “Save & Exit” section is that it allows us to save only one BIOS settings profile and load it quickly, when needed.

I doubt anyone would argue that the BIOS of Elitegroup mainboards is quite usable, although not the easiest to work with. And it is not only because you may need to go over quite a few sections and open quite a few pages in order to change all the desired parameters. Even the color scheme of the interface is very difficult to work with. Which one of you could tell on the spot which of the screenshots shows exiting without saving and which has setting saving selected? I personally couldn’t do it right away: I have to focus every time and look carefully to figure out which option is selected.

 

Moreover, after completing the tests of both mainboards, when we were taking screenshots, we suddenly discovered that the mouse is supported in the BIOS. On the very last screenshot in the lower right corner you can see the cursor if you look really closely. The only reason why you can see it at all is because I left it against a slightly lighter background, and even though it is barely noticeable, you can still see it. The problem is that the slightly lighter background is in the lower right corner of the screen behind all the hints and info messages, where there is nothing adjustable. And in the left part of the screen where all adjustable settings are located, the background is very dark. It is much harder to find a black cursor against dark background than a black cat in a dark room, because the cat can at least make some noise. The mouse support in the BIOS is actually mostly formal, but we would rather have none altogether, because the current implementation of a black cursor against dark background is more of a mockery rather than a useful feature.

 
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