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BIOS Setup

When the Intel board boots, you see their traditional boot-up image. You can replace this image using special software utility, but the Intel logo will still be there. It has recently become possible to disable the boot-up image completely, but in this case you will get a black screen without any technical data, like you would on other mainboards. The POST-codes are also displayed in the lower right corner of the screen together with the list of functional keys: F12 – boot on LAN, F10 – choose boot-up device, F7 – update the BIOS.

You can access the BIOS by pressing F2 or Del, but you won’t find anything new there. If you have seen BIOS of one Intel mainboard, you’ve seen them all. It is still the same BIOS with numerous inconveniences and drawbacks, which we honestly do not feel like listing one more time. Luckily, all settings necessary for proper system configuration are there.

However, there are no rules without exceptions. So, instead of focusing on an unfriendly BIOS and its drawbacks, we would like to draw your attention to a few unexpected features, which we discovered in one of the least remarkable sub-sections of the “Configuration” section called “Fan Control & Real-Time Monitoring”.

At first glance this sub-section seems to be the same as on dozens of other Intel boards as it simply shows the current fan rotation speed, temperatures and voltages. However, Intel mainboard BIOS has all informational messages and unavailable settings grayed out, like the two last lines in the previous screenshot. In this case, however, all parameters (all!) are in bright-white color, which means that all of them can be changed!

You can set the minimal allowed rotation speed for the fan in RPM. By default, if its rotation speed is less than 250 RPM, the mainboard will notify you on boot-up.

Moreover, you can even set the minimum and maximum fan rotation speed in percents. You can even change the function of the given fan.

But the most remarkable thing is that all these detailed settings options are available not only for the CPU fan, but for all four fans that can be connected to this mainboard.

The same options are also available for the temperatures. We can set maximum allowed temperature, the temperature at which the corresponding fan will speed up to its maximum, we can even adjust the fan’s sensitivity and response time to temperature changes in the system.

The voltage adjustment options are a little more modest, as we can only set the acceptable value intervals for those.

Frankly speaking, I am simply amazed at the new features in the “Fan Control & Real-Time Monitoring” sub-section. Long time ago Abit was the only one, whose mainboards allowed such detailed configuring of the temperatures, fan rotation speeds and voltages. And today Intel DP67BG is the only mainboard out there with such extensive functionality in this aspect.

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