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BIOS Setup

While we still can find a few exterior differences between Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme mainboards, such as different chipset cooling system and different model names, the BIOSes of both boards are completely identical. Only by pressing F9 an info window will pop up telling you the mainboard model name. Everything else in the BIOS Setup, such as sections and their contents are exactly the same:

Moreover, many BIOS Setup sections boast the same looks and functionality as the same sections in the BIOS of other contemporary Gigabyte mainboards. Namely, in our Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard review we have already discussed in great detail almost all the functions. So, today we are going to dwell only on the parts that are different and that of utmost importance. We would like to start with the first and most interesting section called “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)”, which contains almost all the settings that matter to overclocking fans and computer enthusiasts.

To show all the settings available in the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section we had to put together an image out of three screenshots. But even in this case we don’t see all the available options, because there is the whole bunch of parameters that are hidden in additional sub-sections. The section is nevertheless very convenient to work with and has a lot of info, although we could point out a few changes for the better as well as for the worse.

As for the negative change, I have to mention the absence of any sort of parameters grouping. All settings used to be arranged into groups referring to the CPU, chipset, memory and voltages. These groups were also provided with small highlighted sub-titles for additional convenience. No there is no structuring of any kind and different parameters just follow one another. It is not a dramatic drawback, but I think it has definitely affected the ease of perception and use.

As for the positive changes, I certainly have to mention that there appeared a section called “Advanced CPU Features”. The extended options dealing with processor technologies used to be part of the “Advanced BIOS Features” section, while it would definitely be much more convenient to move them over into the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section where all other important system configuration options are. It was practically the only request we had related to this section and it is very satisfying to see that our wish has been granted. Now you can adjust all important system parameters without leaving the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section.

However, this is where you can notice that some of the parameters get duplicated. The first one is “CPU Clock Ratio” that allows changing the processor clock frequency multiplier, and the informational “CPU Frequency” parameter. We have already seen these exact options in the main window of the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section. So why have they been duplicated? We observe the same parameter duplication in a few other sub-sections. It is not a very serious drawback and some users may even disagree with me; however, I believe that duplications like that make things a bit more complex. All duplicated parameters are interconnected, i.e. no matter where you make the change, the parameter will get a new value everywhere.

In the “UnCore & QPI Features” section we again see two options that we have just come across in the main section window:

 
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