Gigabyte GA-M78SM-S2H Reviewajmatson - July 10, 2008
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The BIOS of a computer is the brains of the system. This is where all of the fine tweaking is done to allow your system to operate as efficiently as possible. Some BIOSs are robust and fully featured and some offer just enough to make minor adjustments. The BIOS of the GA-M78SM-S2H has a few great options, but I was surprised on the limitations of these options. I am going to take you through each section explaining the key parts of the sections.
Main and Standard CMOS Features:
Here is a shot of the main BIOS screen. This is what you see when you first enter the BIOS and this is also where you can load defaults, and save the current changes for the next startup. The first menu choice is the Standard CMOS features. This is where you can set the date and time as well as configure the drives.
Advanced BIOS Features:
The Advanced BIOS Features is where you change the settings for the system, including Boot Priority, Cool and Quiet, and the Integrated Video settings. Here you can turn on or off the IGP and even set up the Hybrid SLI support. The frame buffer can be changed from 128MB, 256MB, or 512MB of shared memory.
Integrated Peripherals & Power Management:
This is where you configure the Integrated Peripherals such as SATA support, USB, LAN functions, and Audio support. For Power Management, you can control system power states, wake on device features, and suspend types.
PnP/PCI Configuration & PC Health:
The PnP section allows you to set IRQ levels to the PCI slots and the PC Health menu allows you to monitor and adjust fan speeds and temperature warnings.