Gigabyte G1.Assassin ReviewGeekspeak411 - June 16, 2011
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Now I don’t like making too many assumptions when I’m writing a review, but I would venture a guess that most readers on OverclockersClub.com are fairly familiar with what a BIOS is. If so, then feel free to window shop from these next two pages. If you don’t know what a BIOS is, then read on and I’ll take you through the basics of what the Gigabyte G1.Assassin BIOS has to offer.
The BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System. It is the software that defines and organizes all of the components within a device. It’s what makes everything work. On a motherboard, the BIOS defines all of the computer’s clock speeds, storage parameters, boot devices and much more. This is an overclocker’s central hub and also the first place to head if you want to break your computer when you don’t know what you’re doing! If this sounds like fun, then the first step to enjoyment is finding out which key brings you to the BIOS at boot, usually ‘Delete’ or ‘F10’. Once in the BIOS, a screen is presented with the main options offered by the BIOS. The first option is the Tweaker section, which I will save for later. Next up is the Standard CMOS option menu which offers all of the board’s general storage options and settings.
Next down on the menu is the Advanced CMOS Features. Here controls for boot devices, hard drive priority and display driver priorities can be found. You can set the G1.Assassin to boot primarily from a DVD, any SATA hard drive, a flash drive, pretty much any storage media can be made bootable and organized into your own boot heirarchy through this interface. You can customized which drive features are enabled by device, and tell the system what devices to look for and which ports to skip over allowing you to further speed up the boot process.
Next up is the Integrated Peripherals tab, here you can find all of the I/O options such as SATA and USB features. This is where you can control all of the onboard USB controllers, set speeds, enable or disable I/O ports which can occasionally help with that extreme overclock and set the computer's storage interface.
Power Management is the next tab down and is exactly what it sounds like. It is where you go to control sleep and wake features as well as enable or disable power savings. Overclockers will likely not be spending too much time here, but those of you non-overclockers that still know your way around a BIOS and don't want to use the included software can start your energy saving stampede from here.
The PC Health tab is a good place to go if you don’t know too much about various system settings. It is where you can see fan speeds, voltages and temperatures of the various components on the PCB. If you don’t really know where to start, start here. Get used to the various numbers and their values so that you can have a ballpark to stay around when overclocking and tweaking.
The manual included with the board does a great job of explaining each feature in-depth. Let's delve into the tweaking section!