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BIOS Functionality

It has been a while since we checked out the BIOS of Elitegroup mainboards, namely, in our ECS P67H2-A and P67H2-A2 mainboard review. Back then it didn’t make the best impression. Even if we disregard some of the specific issues we uncovered, its overall internal organization was pretty confusing, its interface wasn’t very appealing and it obviously lacked user-friendliness. Since then the BIOS has undergone significant modifications and has changed for the best for the most part. Now when you enter the BIOS you see a simplified “EZ Mode”, where you can select the interface language, load default settings and arrange the order of boot-up devices. Besides that, you can see the brief system info at the bottom of the screen: model name, BIOS version, date and time, processor model name and system memory size.

If the EZ Mode also allowed changing date and time, it would be sufficient to load the basic settings and start working immediately, although I have to admit its functionality is pretty modest. So, in any case you will have to switch to “Advanced Mode” where you will immediately get into the “Main” section, which will let you change not only the interface language, but also the date and time.

The new BIOS looks very similar to the old one, though the background color has become a little lighter and the mouse pointer is now white and doesn’t get lost against the dark background. The BIOS sections at the top now have graphics icons, the selected parameters become more visible, because they are highlighted green. These are all the positive changes that guarantee better user experience, as we have mentioned above.

The list of sub-sections in the “Advanced” section gives us a great idea of its functionality. It is fairly strange that of all unique technologies of the Intel Z77 Express chipset we only see “Intel Rapid Start”, and “Intel Smart Connect” is missing altogether. They may have forgotten to add it, because their web-site does mention it.

Now let’s take a glance at the “PC Health Status” sub-section, which serves purely informational purposes and reports the fan rotation speeds and some voltages.

To adjust the rotation speeds of the connected fans you need to switch to “Smart Fan Function” page. The board is capable of reporting the rotation speeds of all three fans that can be connected to it, but to rotation speed of only two fans can actually be adjusted. Moreover, there is only one onboard connector that can handle the rotation speed adjustment of a three-pin system fan, this will not work for the processor fan. You can select one of the preset rotation speed modes – Normal, Quiet and Silent, or set the desired speed manually.

Another sub-section in the “Advanced” section worth checking out is called “CPU Configuration”, where we get basic information about our processor and can configure some of the processor technologies.

The next section on the list is “Chipset”. The sub-sections here allow setting the initialization order for the graphics adapters, configuring the integrated graphics core and audio system.

 

 
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