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BIOS Functionality

As opposed to many other mainboards that have transitioned to UEFI, Gigabyte implemented Hybrid EFI in this product. It is a traditional, polished-off and familiar BIOS based on Award code in which EFI technologies are used to support hard disk drives with a capacity of over 3 terabytes. To remind you, you can access the full selection of BIOS settings on Gigabyte mainboards by pressing Ctrl+F1 in the main BIOS screen.

It is handy that the first section is MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.) as it includes all the options for overclocking and fine-tuning your system. The main screen of this section contains a list of subsections and reports some basic system information.

Next goes the informational M.I.T. Current Status subsection which can tell you the current parameters of your computer.

The Advanced Frequency Settings are all about clock rates and multipliers. There are a number of informational parameters that help you keep track of the consequences of the changes you’re making.

The Advanced CPU Core Features page is where you can control CPU-related technologies.

To fine-tune your memory subsystem, go to the Advanced Memory Settings.

There are individual pages for the numerous memory timings. You can set up timings for the two memory channels simultaneously or individually.

System voltages can be adjusted in the Advanced Voltage Settings subsection. You can fix the CPU voltage at a desired level or add a certain value to it. In the latter case the mainboard will keep all the power-saving technologies implemented in Intel CPUs up and running even if you overclock your system (when idle, the system will lower not only the CPU’s frequency multiplier but also its voltage). However, this disables the option of counteracting the CPU voltage drop at high loads. The Multi-Steps Load-Line parameter becomes unavailable; you can only use it when the CPU voltage is fixed at a certain level. By the way, the voltages can be not only increased but also lowered compared to the default level, which may be a useful option in some situations, for example when clocking the CPU below the default frequency or to support low-voltage memory modules.

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