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“Advanced Memory Settings” sub-section allows to fine-tune the memory subsystem parameters.

“DRAM Timing Selectable” parameter sets memory timings automatically. If you change it to “Expert”, then you can set all necessary parameters manually for each memory channel independently. If you set it to “Quick”, then you can change the settings for both channels at the same time. As you may remember, this is the feature that Foxconn A7DA 3.0 mainboard was missing. We also wish that Asus mainboards had the same convenient presentation of the current memory timings.

The “Advanced Voltage Settings” sub-section allows controlling the voltages. Everything looks just like before: you can disable automatic voltage increase by replacing “Auto” with “Normal”, the critically high values will be highlighted with color. However, it is here that we find one of the few true innovations: now you can not just enable protection against processor core voltage drop under heavy load, but even vary its level. By setting “Load-Line Calibration” to Level1, the system will mildly interfere with Vcore drop, while the Level2 setting will activate more aggressive response.

Two lonely parameters do not look like good candidates for an individual sub-section called “Miscellaneous Settings” of the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section.

Now let’s pass a number of familiar and obvious parameters in the next few BIOS section. I would only like to remind you that Gigabyte mainboards still hide some settings from you, so you have to press Ctrl-F1 to get access to the complete list. Now we have come to the section called “PC Health Status”.

There is nothing special here, except for the unique ability of Gigabyte mainboards to control the rotation speed of four- as well as three-pin processor fans. Other mainboard makers haven’t been implementing this formerly common feature in their products for quite some time now.

We would like to wind up our discussion of Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 BIOS functionality by reminding you of a very convenient system for saving and loading settings profiles.

As well as of a built-in BIOS reflashing tool that was introduced in Gigabyte mainboards very long time ago, among the first ones out there. Today, however, it has already become inferior in convenience of use and functionality to the similar tools offered by other mainboard makers.

Overall, the BIOS functionality of Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 mainboard deserves a high score. We haven’t seen anything new, except extended “Load-Line Calibration” function and new look of the “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section. There is nothing to rave about, but this constancy promises reliable and stable operation of our board.

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