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BIOS Functionality

We first saw the new 3D BIOS during our Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 review and discussed all its features and functions in detail back then, including the 3D Mode. This is the mode that is displayed by default when you enter the BIOS.

However, the functionality of the 3D Mode is limited and doesn’t have much of the practical value. The initial curiosity gave way to slight frustration, when an extra key stroke or mouse click is necessary every time on entering the BIOS in order to switch to “Advanced Mode”. Therefore, it would make much more sense to allow the users to choose their preferred mode that will become the default to avoid unnecessary extra actions.

However, once you switch to “Advanced Mode”, you immediately get into the “M.I.T.” (Mainboard Intelligent Tweaker) section that contains all overclocking and system fine-tuning options, which is very convenient. The startup screen only lists all the sub-sections in it and displays basic system information.

The next sub-section serves informational purposes and is called “M.I.T. Current Status”. It reports the current system settings.

“Advanced Frequency Settings” sub-section allows you to control frequencies and multipliers, and with the help of a few informational parameters you will always know what your changes translate into in terms of values.

The settings related to processor technologies are all singled out onto a separate page called “Advanced CPU Core Features”.

“Advanced Memory Settings” page allows to configure the memory sub-system.

Numerous memory timings are all on individual pages. The timings may be set simultaneously for all four memory channels or for each one separately.

“Advanced Voltage Settings” sub-section allows adjusting the voltages. All parameters in it are split into foru pages.

“3D Power Control” page contains new parameters originating from “3D Power” technology. Now you can choose the operation mode for the processor voltage regulator circuitry right in the BIOS, can adjust the intensity of the counteraction to the CPU Vcore drop under load and change a number of other settings.

Different processor voltage can be adjusted in “CPU Core Voltage Control” page. Processor core voltage may be set to a specific value or increased by adding a specific value to the nominal setting.

Processor core voltage may be not only increased, but also set below the nominal value if necessary. For example, it may come in handy if you have to have your CPU working at frequencies lower than nominal or if you are using low-voltage memory modules.

 
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