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“Chipset Voltage Control” page allows adjusting a few chipset voltages.

“PC Health Status” sub-section reports current voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. You can select one of the preset modes – Normal or Silent – for the processor and two case fans. You may also adjust the settings manually to your liking. I have to stress that these two case fan connectors allow adjusting the fan speed even if you are using three-pin fans. Unfortunately, the rotation speed of the fans connected to three-pin connectors cannot be adjusted in any way. Besides, Gigabyte mainboards lost their ability to adjust the rotation speed of a three-pin processor fan during the transition to AMI BIOS code.

The last sub-section in the “M.I.T.” section is called “Miscellaneous Settings” and it turned out to be empty at this time. So, now let’s continue to the next section called “System”.

This section is in fact similar to the “Standard CMOS Features” section. It will tell you the basic system info, show the list of connected drives on the “ATA Port Information” page, will allow changing the date, time and interface language.

The closest analogue to the current “BIOS Features” section would be “Advanced BIOS Features” available on previous-generation Gigabyte mainboards. Here we set the order of boot-up devices, control the startup image, configure other parameters and technologies, such as virtualization technology, and set access passwords.

“Peripherals” section contains parameters related to external devices and additional onboard controllers.

“Power Management” section contains a common set of parameters dealing with the mainboard power supply and startup.

The BIOS settings profiles can be saved, loaded or replaced with defaults in the “Save & Exit” section. Here you can also apply additional modifications to the BIOS settings profiles.

Unfortunately, all the changes here are more on the negative side. First of all, you can now save and load only four settings profiles instead of eight. The board is no longer capable of saving the settings profile after the last successful POST. Moreover, we can no longer provide profiles with descriptive names, which will remind us of their contents. There is no way to tell if the current profile slot has already been taken or not, which is particularly bad because no warning message will pop up if you are trying to overwrite an existing profile. You also can’t save any profiles on external media.

Some of the functional keys still work the same way. Just as before, F9 will bring up the system information.

The built-in Q-Flash utility for BIOS updating can be launched by pressing F8 key. It has become more convenient to work with and now shows you the current BIOS version and the new one you are trying to flash. Although it is still unable to work with NTFS drives and the current BIOS version is now saved only in the root of the drive instead of the location identified by the user.

Overall, 3D BIOS looks OK and seems to have everything necessary for work, although there still are a few drawbacks. Among the obvious inconveniences, we could mention the multi-page internal structure, although on the other hand, it fits all settings into a single screen and eliminates the need for scrolling. Some parameters could use a list of supported values instead of the need to use “+” and “-“ keys to navigate among them. It really helps that you can enter some of the values using your keyboard. However, the most disappointing “modification” is the loss of flexibility when working with BIOS settings profiles, which used to be implemented in a very convenient manner, and now has become absolutely primitive.

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