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“Advanced Clock Control” sub-section contains not only the chipset fine tuning options, but also duplicates the parameter changing the base clock frequency. Here we can also see the options for adjustment of the PCI Express bus frequency and control of the “C.I.A.2” automatic CPU overclocking function.

As for the extended options for memory configuration, we can’t really figure out what the informational “Profile DDR Voltage” and “Profile QPI Voltage” parameters stand for. Their values don’t change even if you change the corresponding voltage settings; however, both these settings are available in the main section window as well as in the “Advanced DRAM Features” sub-section. What for?

“Advanced Voltage Control” sub-section also contains a few duplicated settings. However, most importantly, it contains everything we might need for successful overclocking:

Next we are going to skip the features of the following familiar sections, because they haven’t changed: “Standard CMOS Features”, “Advanced BIOS Features”, “Integrated Peripherals” and “Power Management Setup”.  As we have already mentioned, you can check out our Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme mainboard review for more details on these sections.

Now let’s take a closer look at the “PC Health Status” section that seems to have barely changed. The list of controlled voltages is incomplete. WE know the rotation speed of only four fans out of five that can be connected to this board. The distinguishing feature of Gigabyte mainboards is their ability to adjust the rotation speed of fans with three-pin connectors.

Now we just need to check out the boards’ ability to save BIOS settings profiles. They used to be pretty good at it, and now they also allow saving profiles on external media, such as an external hard drive, floppy or USB drive.

The most evident advantage is that you won’t need to reenter all the carefully picked settings after a BIOS update; you can load them from a file at any time. Moreover, you can exchange settings profiles. If the BISO versions are different, you will receive a warning that you can ignore. However, you won’t be able to load the settings profile created for a different mainboard model.

So, despite a few drawbacks we have just pointed out, we are happy to conclude that Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme mainboards feature all fine tuning options that you need to maximally optimize the system performance or overclock. Now let’s see how good the boards will prove in some practical experiments.

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