Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Reviewajmatson - April 16, 2008
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Now that we have taken a look at the hardware and software sides of the Gigabyte 780G platform, let's get in to the heart of where the tweaking takes place. The BIOS is always overlooked for the usefulness it provides. Sure, it gets our computers up and going, but there is so much more to it than that. I am going to show you the parts of the BIOS of the GA-MA78GM-S2H and will emphasize more on the sections that allow you to tweak the hardware to get the most performance for your dollar.
The first thing you will see when you enter the BIOS is the main menu. This is where all of the tools are broken down into sections so that you find what you are looking for more easily. Here is also where you can select other options like entering the Q-Flash program or save and load BIOS settings that you have for different setups. Q-Flash is a BIOS program that lets you save and load new BIOS firmware files easier without requiring a floppy drive. You can load from CDs, disks, or thumb drives. I updated the BIOS of the Gigabyte board using a 16GB flash drive with the update thrown in with a bunch of other documents and files and Q-Flash had no trouble picking it out. The update took only two minutes and I was set to go.
Standard CMOS & Advanced BIOS Features:
The next two sections are pretty straightforward. In the Standard CMOS section, you are able to control the system date and time as well as change information about the drives attached to the system. In the Advanced BIOS Features section there is more control on features of the Gigabyte 780G, including Cool & Quiet, boot sequence, the onboard video adapter out, and the Frame Buffer (memory amount) for the integrated graphics (this allows you to choose preset amounts on 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, or to let the system automatically set it), and what graphics system will display first, either onboard, PCI, or PCI Express.
Integrated Peripherals & Power Management Setup:
This section allows you to control the peripherals attached to the board including USB, Firewire, LAN connections, and SATA connections. The Gigabyte 780G supports three modes for SATA, which are Native IDE, RAID for the hardware RAID features built in, and ACHI, which stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface, which allows the SATA drives to use features such as Hot Plugging and Native Command Queuing.
PnP/PCI Configurations & PC Health Status:
The PnP/PCI section allows you to control the IRQ assignments for the two PCI slots on the board. This also allows you to disable them if not being used and assign the IRQ to another piece of hardware if needed. The PC Health Section is where you can monitor the system temperatures and voltages, as well as set speeds and alarms for the fans attached to the motherboard.