UEFI BIOS OVERVIEW
Here we show off the Startup guide, by moving over to the of the menu allows you to go to their classic UEFI BIOS while if you go to the left you see the newer UEFI which we will go over in a bit. Now let’s get into what can be changed here.
One of the options is the ability to change which mode you start up in. “Classic Mode” the older version of UEFI “Smart Tweak” and “Smart Tweak HD” which is the newer UEFI Implementation in HD … You probably figured that out without needing our explanation. Moving on, we have the ability to change SATA options like using the integrated SATA Controller and the SATA mode. Wrapping up you can change your boot device easily as well. We like Gigabyte having this simpler menu for less advanced users fixing common issues.
One of the things that will be useful to most users is the layout of this bios, with the CPU and memory status on the left, voltage fan speed and temperatures on the top, overall system status on the right as well as some system information on the bottom. This is invaluable to most enthusiasts and is a feature we love.
This is the Frequency tab and here you can change things like clock speed on your CPU and integrated GPU as well as enable Intel X.M.P. profiles. Also next to it we have the Advanced CPU core settings which we will get into in a bit.
Here we can also see the performance upgrade option for those of you looking for a quick and dirty overclock. We would not recommend going for the 60% performance boost or above as most CPUs cannot do this easily. Next we will cover the advanced tab where things like CPU Uncore frequency is listed as well as PLL (Which we recommend leaving off) Turbo boost, Hyper threading as well as CPU C States.
The next tab is the Memory, which allows changes to speeds XMP Profiles, Memory overclocking profiles, the Memory multiplier and the other settings that would be expected.
We also have the ability to change the timings on the RAM by the different channels (Meaning with 4 sticks installed different timings can be used per pair) which is a wonderful feature.
We finally have the Voltage tab, we get a plethora of different options for voltages on the CPU, Chipset and Memory. We get more voltages than we can shake a stick at, and even better yet the tool tips in the right side do a good job of explaining what each voltage does. Gigabyte lands even more points for this.