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BIOS Functionality

We took our first look at Gigabyte’s new 3D BIOS in our Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 review and discussed all its features and functions in detail back then. Later on, we checked it out again in our Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 review. Although our overall impressions were positive, there were still a few flaws we could see. The 3D Mode was exciting but we couldn't find a practical use for its limited capabilities. This being the mode that was enabled by default when we entered the BIOS, we had to constantly switch to the Advanced Mode, which was somewhat inconvenient. But our biggest gripe was about the reduced functionality of those mainboards in terms of managing profiles with settings.

Well, we didn't grieve too much about those downsides because it was just the very first version of 3D BIOS right after Gigabyte had transitioned to AMI UEFI BIOS, so we had no doubt that its functionality scope was going to be expanded and improved further. Indeed, the G1.Sniper 3 offers a new revision of Gigabyte's 3D BIOS which differs from the previous one not only in setup options but even in its looks.

We used to see an almost photographic copy of the specific product in the 3D BIOS but now we've got just a stylized picture of a generic mainboard. Perhaps not as pretty as before, the picture surely takes less memory and also makes it easier to select the key areas for setting up. The bottom row of icons used to provide access to “Advanced Mode” sections but now they evoke extra features of the 3D Mode. Among other changes, we used to note that it would be easier to adjust voltages in the 3D Mode because all the key voltages were in the same page and you didn't have to switch between multiple pages of the Advanced Mode. However, we lacked the option of just adding some value to the default voltage. Now this option is present.

Well, it is present but doesn’t work correctly, so we still have to use the Advanced Mode which we will describe in more detail now.

When you switch to the “Advanced” mode, you get into the “M.I.T.” (MB Intelligent Tweaker) section, which contains all parameters related to overclocking and performance optimizations. The section main screen only lists all sub-sections and reports the basic system data.

Then we see a purely informational “M.I.T. Current Status” sub-section telling you the current operational parameters of the system.

The “Advanced Frequency Settings” sub-section allows you to adjust frequencies and multipliers and there are special informational parameters that will keep you posted about the changes you are making.

The settings dealing with processor technologies, detailed adjustment of the CPU clock frequency multiplier and power-saving modes are singled out onto a separate page called “Advanced CPU Core Features”.

“Advanced Memory Settings” sub-section allows you to fine-tune the memory sub-system.

Parameters controlling numerous memory timings are all on separate pages. You can set the timings simultaneously for all four channels or individually for each one of them.

“Advanced Voltage Settings” sub-section allows you to work with different voltages that are all grouped into three separate pages.

There are a few new parameters in the “3D Power Control” page, which appeared due to the introduction of “3D Power” technology. Now you can set the operational mode for the processor voltage regulator, adjust the level of Vdroop counteraction under heavy load and change a lot of other options right in the BIOS.

 

 
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