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BIOS Setup

As usual, the early BIOS version that came with Intel DP55WG mainboard didn’t have any integrated reflashing tools, that is why we had to resort to BIOS updating from Windows. However, there is good news too: this board uses the same BIOS version as Intel DP55KG. it is very good, because it means that the BIOS functionality will not be limited like the functionality of the board itself. Although we did notice a number of BIOS “artifacts” – features that refer to the top mainboard model but are absent by a much simpler Intel DP55WG. For example, the early BIOS versions offered to adjust the LED lighting of the skull, which is missing on Intel DP55WG, while the current BIOS version provides parameters for the additional SATA controller, which is also missing on our board.

However, the BIOS of Intel DP55WG uses a more common and eye-friendly color scheme, unlike a harsh combination of white lettering against black background, which we saw by its elder sister. And this is also good news.

Let’s take a quick look at the contents of the most important and interesting BIOS sections of our Intel DP55WG mainboard. The “Main” section on almost all mainboards we know is performing mostly informational functions allowing to change just date and time. The same with Intel mainboards, but for some reason here we also find options for choosing the number of active processor cores and enabling or disabling Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.

In the beginning of this chapter we have already seen what “SATA Drives” sub-section of the “Configuration” section looks like. Now let’s take a glance at the “Fan Control & Real-Time Monitoring” sub-section.

The settings are not very rich, and scarce hardware monitoring options have been moved to a separate page for some reason.

Most parameters that deal with overclocking and system optimization for the desired performance level are in the “Performance” section.

Unlike many other mainboards, where you can change frequencies and voltages separately, all parameters in the BIOS of Intel boards are grouped according to their application. For example, some parameters related to the processor are on a separate “Processor Overrides” page. Here you can select static or dynamic increase of the CPU Vcore, voltage increment to be used, and the level of counterbalancing the processor core voltage drop under heavy load.

The parameters for adjustment of frequency, timings and voltages on the memory modules and memory controller integrated into the CPU are also singled out onto a separate page.

You can find a couple of other important processor-related parameters, such as “Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Tech” and “CPU C State” in the “Power” section.

Numerous options for startup fine-tuning are available in the “Boot” section.

It is quite logical that the list of available “hot keys” that we see on system boot-up is also provided in the “Boot Display Options” sub-section. Here you can also switch the POST codes display setting to discrete card. The only thing I think is missing is the option that would allow you to disable the startup logo.

Besides the anticipated standard parameters, the “Exit” section allows saving and loading one BIOS settings profile.

We have taken a quick look at the features and functionality of the most important and interesting sections of the Intel DP55WG BIOS. Since, Intel DP55KG and Intel DP55WG mainboards use the same BIOS version, they have exactly the same advantages and drawbacks. If you like, you may check out Intel DP55KG Review for a more detailed description of the features, advantages drawbacks of this BIOS version. In the end, we only notice one positive change: return to a more eye-friendly color scheme. Compared with the previous BIOS versions, we could also point out the use of new BIOS structure that makes it easier to work with Intel boards now. However, most of the drawbacks are still present: inconvenient way of changing the settings, inability to use keyboard to enter the desired value, the need to use automatic mode for all memory settings at once or change all of them manually. You can’t disable the built-in piezo-speaker or the startup logo image. There is no single section containing all significant parameters related to overclocking and performance. It will take you a lot of keystrokes and navigating around BIOS sections before you adjust all the settings to your liking.

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