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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Review

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Following the Standard CMOS Features page comes the Advanced BIOS Features page - boot options are adjustable here as are some hard disk settings such as boot priority, S.M.A.R.T. capability, and delay. The default display can also be set, as can the boot screen image being shown or the boot diagnostic screen instead. Next is the Integrated Peripherals page - more chipset/similar device options here including USB and SATA options. The eXtreme Hard Drive option supported by the board can be modified, the chipset SATA ports mode can be changed from IDE to RAID and so on, USB 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 can be disabled, USB keyboard, mouse, and storage devices can also be enabled or disabled. The onboard audio, IEEE 1394a ports, and LAN can also be enabled or disabled. eSATA can be enabled or disabled and the mode can be changed as can the Gigabtye SATA 2.0 ports and SATA 3.0 ports. All of the overclocking options were on the first page - the M.I.T.
















Next up is the Power Management Setup page - sleep settings and wake up settings can be set here. The computer can post from the touch of a mouse or keyboard, alarm, ring, etc. Pushing the power button on the computer can have different effects when adjusted under the Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN option. Last is the PC Health Status page, which displays voltages and temperatures of components attached to the motherboard as well as fan RPM, and settings for warnings on fan failure or CPU overheating. Smart Fan control is also adjusted here.



Profiles can be backed up or loaded from BIOS with F11 and F12 keys - eight slots are provided, but if that's still not enough, the profile can also be saved to a USB memory device, hard drive, or floppy drive for use later. Profiles can be loaded from a memory device, or from a BIOS profile, or the settings from prior successful boots can be loaded if you forget to save settings and have to clear CMOS. A nice bit of features for overclocking and general use.



Time to read about the specifications and features of the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R.

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