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Closer Look: BIOS
The BIOS for the ECS P55H-AK motherboard is an American Megatrends Inc. BIOS that gives you almost all the options you could ever want. The BIOS is a little different from normal, but all the rules and settings still apply. We will walk you through it item by item. For those who might not be familiar with entering the BIOS, or might be a little apprehensive in exploring the BIOS, it's rather easy and fun to explore. Just a simple delete key-stroke when the motherboard screen first appears will bring you into the BIOS and no matter what you do, just can just exit without saving and you won't change a thing (if there are any questions in your mind). The first screen that appears is just a menu screen. Clicking on Standard CMOS Setup gives you the option to adjust the date and time and shows you what is installed in the various SATA ports.
The next option, Advanced Setup, gives you many more options to manipulate. The Intel functions, like EIST (speedstep) can be enabled/disabled, HT Technology (Hyper Threading) can be enabled/disabled if your chip supports it, boot device priority can be set and enabling ECS's eJiffy utility loads a small Linux based program for quick internet surfing without having to wait for Windows to load. The Advanced Chipset Setup has only one option, to enable/disable the Memory Remapping feature.
The integrated Peripherals option lets you configure your SATA, LAN and USB ports. The Power Management Setup deals with the Suspend Mode and Intel's c-states modes.
The PCI/PnP Setup just gives you the option of selecting the graphics at boot-up if you had both a PCI-E graphics card and on-board graphics support. The PC Health Status gives you the option of manipulating your fans, setting a shut-down temperature, giving you temperatures, fan speeds and voltages.
Next we will look at the right half of the BIOS menu on the next page, including the overclocking access.