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BIOS Options

We talked about the impressive capabilities of Gigabyte’s new UEFI DualBIOS in our review of the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H mainboard. Any BIOS page or section can be used as the start BIOS screen while the list of shortcuts you can see on the right or after a right button click provides a way to quickly access frequently used sections and options. The display resolution and background are customizable. The six Home section pages let you compile frequently used options as is convenient for you. The BIOS of the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 has the same interface except that the blue color scheme of Gigabyte's regular products is replaced with the green color of the G1-Killer series.

It is important that you can easily switch back to the classic BIOS interface and even use it as the default one. Of course, doing this deprives you of the customization opportunities, but some users just don't need them. The classic interface contains all BIOS options and is static, so you are not distracted by anything that's moving or changing in the screen. And since we already told you about the new UEFI DualBIOS in our previous review, we want to remind you about Gigabyte's classic BIOS now.

When you press the F2 key to switch to the classic mode, you conveniently find yourself in the M.I.T. section (Mainboard Intelligent Tweaker) which contains all of the fine-tuning and overclocking parameters available. The start screen only shows a list of subsections and some basic system info.

Next goes the informational M.I.T. Current Status subsection where you can check out your current system parameters.

The Advanced Frequency Settings subsection is about clock rates and frequency multipliers. You can check out the results of your changes right here whereas the new options, CPU Upgrade and Performance Upgrade, will help you overclock your CPU and whole computer automatically.

CPU-related technologies, power-saving modes and frequency multiplier settings belong to the Advanced CPU Core Settings. This subsection contains the new K OC option for energy-efficient (i.e. without volt-modding) overclocking of K-indexed CPUs which come with an unlocked frequency multiplier.

The Advanced Memory Settings subsection is where you can specify your memory subsystem parameters. The new option called Memory Overclocking Profiles is designed for automatic memory overclocking. With one mouse click you can switch between memory profiles that vary in frequency, timings and voltage.

The numerous memory timings can be set up on individual pages.

The Advanced Voltage Settings are distributed among several BIOS pages. The Advanced Power Settings page is about the new digital power system. Now you can choose an operation mode for the CPU voltage regulator, flexibly counteract the CPU voltage drop at high loads, and specify some other options.

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