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ECS Deluxe Z97-PK Review

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ECS Deluxe Z97-PK Closer Look:

Alright, time for a look at the BIOS. I'm going to give you a fair warning that the pictures in this section look TERRIBLE. There I said it. There doesn't seem to be a BIOS screen capture mechanism at this time, so you'll have to deal with the old school shots from a camera. The lighting here in my office is a bit dark so don't feel bad that you have a hard time making things out – the images are not very clear. However, I did find this video on the ECS website that actually discusses the EZ BIOS with a quick walkthrough – so when you get tired of my chatter you can take a look yourself.

 

 

The board seems to boot quickly, so you might miss the key to grab the BIOS, it is DEL. You'll get to this first screen that automatically screams, "where is my mouse". Here you can quickly set your performance mode, on the left for performance or low power usage. You can quickly set the boot priority using the symbols at the bottom. The visuals display your CPU temp, voltages, and fan RPM. There is also a quick glance at your build date, motherboard name, CPU, and speed, as well as total memory currently in your system. Just in case you didn't know.

 

Since the pictures came out so poor, I decided to only provide the main tabs of the interface. This includes: Main, Advanced, Chipset, M.I.B III, Security, Boot, and Exit. The main screen contains very basic BIOS information. Here you to set your system language, and adjust the system date and time. Not really much to see here.

 

The next tab, Advanced, has a bit more to play with. You can deal with your LAN settings, SATA configurations, basic CPU settings, Power management, and even check your PC Health Status. The Chipset tab lets you change system agent configuration and PCH configurations.

 

 

The M.I.B. III (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III) page is where the real fun begins. Here we can change OC settings for the CPU, and memory as well. This is also where the 'One Click OC' is found, and though you can't see it in these wonderful pictures, a simple three option selection comes up when you click on the Quick OC. One is a maximum setting that sets the claimed fame of 4.7GHz. The next option is a lower OC, for those who might not have a worthy chip, that auto overclocks to 4.4GHz. Unfortunately, neither of these profiles worked for my chip – keep reading to hear more!

 

The Security tab lets you set an Admin password so that you are the only one who can commit changes to your computers OC or other BIOS settings. This keeps those out that might be using your computer and you either don't want them touching things, or perhaps they just shouldn't be touching them. I've honestly never used this feature, but I could see where it would be nice if perhaps you had children or others who could accidentally change things they shouldn't (thinking of when I used to use my Dad's computer, I'm sure he'd had appreciated keeping me locked out).

 

The Boot configuration tab lets you change everything about boot. You can fix you boot order priority so that it always checks for USB sticks first, or always boots from said hard drive. You can setup your PXE boot settings here as well, change Fast Boot to enabled, or Quiet boot options.

 

 

The Exit tab does the obvious and lets you save and exit. You can also hop back to the EZ mode where we started in the very first image. Here you can also restore back to defaults if you have really screwed something up. So now we can head out of here and start looking at numbers!!




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