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BIOS Functionality

We had dealt with Gigabyte’s UEFI BIOS in our previous reviews, but were quite unprepared to see a huge pseudo-3D image open in full-screen mode as soon as we pressed the Del key after starting the mainboard up. The main window with setup options is surrounded from all sides with constantly updated info windows. The crawling line at the bottom of the screen shows you control tips and a list of active hotkeys.

Gigabyte’s new UEFI DualBIOS is a whole operating system with unprecedented capabilities in terms of interface customization. However, if you don’t feel like mastering the new opportunities, you can switch to the familiar classic BIOS interface by simply pressing the F2 key.

Everything’s as it used to be: the overall BIOS structure, the names of the sections and subsections and the location of specific options. There are just new options added to the old ones. Since we are familiar with the old interface of Gigabyte's UEFI DualBIOS, we want to switch to the new interface and check out its features. As for customization, the light text is hard to read on the default nebula background image, so we replace it with a dark background. Then, we lower the resolution to make better screenshots. The info windows around the main setup window get hidden then. After these two customizations, the BIOS interface looks completely different. Just compare it with the two previous illustrations.

The BIOS opens on the Performance tab of the Home section by default. It contains a lot of different parameters including clock rates, CPU and memory frequency multiplies, voltages. It is just a basic set of options, though. You can edit it as you like. Clicking the Setup button in the Select Your Own Options area below will open a menu with main BIOS sections, their subsections, lists of setup options in each subsection, and a list of currently selected options. You can remove or add parameters with the “+” and “-” keys to create your customized start screen.

In the same way the list of options on the Standard tab can be customized.

If you don't want to edit the first two tabs of the Home section, you can just create your own lists of setup options on the empty tabs from Your Name 1 to Your Name 4.

Suppose we want to collect a few CPU overclocking options in one place. So, we add the option for changing the base clock rate, then the option for setting up the clock rate of the integrated graphics core, and frequency multipliers for each of the four CPU cores. After that, we also add the entire CPU Core Voltage Control subsection for managing voltages on the CPU’s various subunits. The default name of the tab, Your Name 1, is replaced with “Overclocking”, and here it is – our custom BIOS page.

We can see Shortcuts in the right part of the screen. This is a list of the most frequently used BIOS sections and options. The list is editable after you Enable Shortcuts Editing, but we guess it already contains all the necessary options by default. The Shortcuts are displayed in the Home sections only. However, you can open this list and choose any Shortcut in every other section by simply clicking your right mouse button anywhere on the screen.

The customization opportunities provided by Gigabyte's new UEFI DualBIOS are amazing, yet we've only examined the Home section so far. In the Performance section we find ourselves on the Frequency tab whose options are very similar to those of the Advanced Frequency Settings from the classic BIOS interface. We can notice new options, CPU Upgrade and Performance Boost, for automatic overclocking of the CPU and the computer at large. Parameter values can now be specified by moving the corresponding sliders with your mouse. You can also specify them in the old-fashion way: by choosing a value from a dropdown list or entering it directly from the numpad.


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