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Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3R Review

ccokeman    -   November 1, 2009
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Closer Look:

The BIOS used by Gigabyte on the GA-P55-UD3R is an Award Software BIOS and I am running BIOS revision F2 at the time of the performance testing of the GA-P55-UD3R. While not fully loaded like the P55-UD6, the BIOS still offers plenty of functionality. The MIT section looks like the BIOS on the P55-UD6 so that in and of itself is a plus. The P55-UD3R has two 16MB ROM chips, each storing a copy oif the BIOS so if you do manage to hose one up you have a backup so you can keep on working and relash the primary chip.

Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker:

This section is where you configure the hardware settings such as voltages, clock speeds, and memory timings. This section of the BIOS is quite expansive so it will be covered in greater detail on the next page. Suffice to say that the GA-P55-UD3R does indeed have all the tools needed for hardcore tweaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard CMOS Features:

This section is where you set the Time, Date, Hard Drive Configuration and the set the errors that will stop the POST sequence.

 

 

Advanced BIOS Features:

This section is where you set up the boot priority of the installed disk drives, set the graphics port you want to check first for an installed graphics card, and set whether you want the Boot image from Gigabyte or disable it to see the POST sequence.

 

 

Integrated Peripherals:

This section is used to enable or disable the functionality of the hardware devices installed on the GA-P55-UD6, such as the USB, IEEE 1394, eSATA, and LAN ports. The Extreme Hard Drive function can be enabled under this section.

 

 

Power Management Setup:

This section allows you to setup the suspend type and how you resume from a power down state.

 

 

PC Health Status:

As you can imagine, this section is where you can check a select few voltages such as the CPU core voltage, the memory voltage, and the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V lines. You can set the warning temperatures for the CPU, set failure alarms for the fans, and enable Smart fan control for the CPU fan.

 

 

Q-Flash:

While not one of the main BIOS options, you wil find this utility down at the bottom of the page. Q-Flash is a built in BIOS Flashing Utility that makes flashing the BIOS a painless process. When you go in, you can choose to update from a file and browse to the location of the BIOS ROM file. Choose the folder, follow the instructions, and once you reboot you will have the latest BIOS on the board. I used Q-Flash to upgrade the BIOS on this board without any problems.

 

 

That's a brief synopsis of the BIOS options, which for the most part are the 'set it' and 'forget it' parts of the BIOS. The M.I.T. section is where most of us will spend our time as thats where we can Improve the performance of the GA-P55-UD3R.

 




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