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The numerous settings referring to CPU technologies, frequency multipliers and power-saving modes can be found on a separate page called Advanced CPU Core Features. The new K OC option seems to be meant for overclocking K-series CPUs, i.e. CPUs with an unlocked frequency multiplier.

The Memory tab in the Performance section contains the same parameters as the Advanced Memory Settings page of the classic BIOS interface.

The new Memory Upgrade option help overclock system memory automatically. With a click of your mouse you can select optimal settings for your memory modules including frequency, timings and voltage.

As earlier, memory timings are managed on separate pages. They can be set up for two memory channels simultaneously or for each channel individually. You can also adjust just a few settings, leaving the others at their defaults.

Like the earlier Advanced Voltage Settings page, the Voltage tab is for controlling voltages. There are several pages in this tab.

The 3D Power Control page refers to the 3D Power technology. Now you can choose the operation mode of the digital voltage regulator right in the BIOS. The level of counteraction to the CPU voltage drop at high loads can be flexibly set up along with some other parameters.

The CPU Core Voltage Control page is for changing voltages on different CPU subunits. CPU voltage can be fixed at a certain level or adjusted in the offset mode.

Chipset and memory voltages are managed on the Chipset Voltage Control and DRAM Voltage Control pages. You can not only increase but also decrease these voltages, which can be helpful in some scenarios, for example, if you want to down-clock your CPU or to ensure support for low-voltage memory modules.

The PC Health Status page allows you to enable warnings for when the computer case is opened, temperature thresholds are reached or fans slow down or halt altogether. You can set up the speed of both CPU fans simultaneously. The first system fan is set up individually whereas the other two system fans are set up together. You can choose one of two preset regulation modes: Normal and Silent. Manual configuring is possible, too. Gigabyte's mainboards can regulate CPU fans even via 3-pin connection. In fact, all of the mainboard’s fan connectors can regulate 3-pin fans.

As opposed to the PC Health Status subsection in the classic BIOS interface, the same tab of the Performance section only contains control options without any informational ones. It’s not a problem, though. We can remind you that the start BIOS screen is by default surrounded by info windows reporting the current data about voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. We turned them off, so they are hidden from view, but they are still available as additional tabs. For example, the CPU Status tab shows CPU-related data such as frequency, multiplier, voltages, temperature and the speed of the CPU fans. In the same way, the information from the start-screen Memory Status window has moved to the Memory Status tab.


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