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Gigabyte A75M-D2H and A75-UD4H Motherboard Review

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Closer Look:

While Gigabyte's standard blue screen BIOS technology is very mature, I had hoped to be walking you through Gigabyte's version of a UEFI-based BIOS. Until then, we have the standard version of the Award-based BIOS software.


Main menu:


For those of you who have been regularly delving into the BIOS for years, this will be a familiar sight.












MB Intelligent Tweaker:

The most expansive area of interest for the Overclocker/tweaker is Intelligent Tweaker section. Here you have access to everything you could want, to squeeze every last bit of performance out of your machine. This includes CPU clock multipliers, host clock control, memory clocks, DRAM timings, and voltage controls. With the FM1/A series processors, you will see the "IGX Configuration" listed. Under this selection, you have the ability to overclock the core clock of the onboard graphics. You can also set the UMA (Uniform Memory Access) frame buffer size and dedicate 128MB up to 1024MB of buffer to the graphics operations. Under the DRAM configurations, you can set custom timings for your memory or leave them to be set automatically by SPD timings. You also have access to drive strength timings, although these are almost always left at default settings, as the effect on improving performance is almost nil.




Standard CMOS Features:


Under Standard CMOS Features, you can set the system date and time, as well as see the amount of installed system memory. Here you will also see the drives installed in your system, though ironically at this point, it was not detecting my hard drive or optical drive.



Intergrated Peripherals:

In Integrated Peripherals, you control the operating mode of your SATA, USB, and LAN functions, as well as enabling or disabling the onboard audio, LAN, and 1394 functionality.



PC Health Staus:

In PC Health Status, you will find the main system voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds of the fans that are making use of the motherboard fan headers. You can also enable or disable fan and CPU temperature warning alerts. The last settings on this page are to set the parameters for the "Smart fan" feature.



Advanced BIOS Features:

Under Advanced BIOS Features, you have control over various power saving features, such as AMD Cool&Quiet and C6 support. You can also enable Virtualization support for machines running virtual machine software. Lastly, you can also set your drive boot priority order, as well as enabling the S.M.A.R.T capabilities of your hard drive.



Power Management Setup:


In this section, you can control how your machine behaves in different power/powered-down states and what devices or events will alter such states. You can also set the behavior of the power button.


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