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BIOS Setup

Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi mainboard uses UEFI BIOS based on AMI microcode. It looks like regular BIOS, but allows using both: mouse and keyboard at the same time.

Most settings are located in the “Advanced” section. For user convenience it is split into several sub-sections, which we are going to check out right now.

The main window of the “X-Setting” sub-section allows us to change the voltage on the processor core, memory and chipset. Other settings are available on separate pages.

“CPU Performance” page allows changing the processor clock frequency multiplier and base clock, and configuring processor technologies.

“GPU Boost” page turned out empty. I believe that later on they are going to add some options for overclocking of the graphics core integrated into the processor.

By default the mainboard sets the memory frequency and timings automatically, but we enabled manual configuration modes in order to show you the extensive functionality of the “Memory Timing Configuration” sub-section.

“H/W Monitor” sub-section allows monitoring current temperatures, voltages, fan rotation speeds. You can also configure the rotation speed settings for both your fans here.

“CPU Configuration” sub-section displays the basic information about your processor and allows to configure some processor technologies.

The next section called “Chipset” tells us how much memory we have in our system.

You can configure your integrated graphics core in the “Display Configuration” sub-section.

“OnBoard Device Config” sub-section allows us to set up our integrated controllers.

In the “Boot” section you can set up the order of boot-up devices and change some other options involved into system start-up process.

Administrator and user access are set up in “Security” section.

“Save & Exit” section has pretty common functions, but also allows you to save or restore one BIOS settings profile.

I have to admit that I didn’t really like this BIOS implementation because of its confusing and scattered structure. There is no single section with all the options and settings necessary for system overclocking and fine-tuning. Instead, there is a ton of small sub-sections and pages and you need a lot of time to check all of the parameters scattered over all of them.

 
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