Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Reviewccokeman - October 22, 2009
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The BIOS used by Gigabyte on the GA-P55-UD6 is an Award Software BIOS and I am running BIOS revision F5C at the time of the performance testing of the GA-P55-UD6. A great board can be handicapped by a BIOS that does not have the options needed by the enthusiast. Let's face it, there is no question that the P55-UD6 is an "Enthusiast" class board, so the expectation is that there will be plenty of options to work with. The GA-P55-UD6 has not one, but two BIOS ROM chips onboard so that if you manage to corrupt the BIOS you are covered and can easily recover.
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-UD6 is fully equipped 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.
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.
Signature Chip Configuration:
Under this section, you set the parameters of the Smart TPM. You can Enable or Disable the chip, as well as viewing its current condition.
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 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.