Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Reviewccokeman -
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The BIOS is one area where a motherboard can be "made" or "broken." For a basic desktop, just the bare bones basics are needed. As an enthusiast, I look for a little more to be there to get the most out of my hardware. Gigabyte has used an Award BIOS for the GA-P31-DS3L. It features seven different tabs to make the adjustments to get the most out of the system used, as well as the quick and easy default and optimized settings tabs.
The Standard CMOS setting tab allows the setting of the date and time, as well as the ability to manually or automatically set the hard drive configuration.
The Advanced section contains the options to change boot order and the advanced CPU features such as EIST and C1E.
This tab is where the onboard device configuration is done. Sound, USB, LAN and IDE/SATA are configured here.
Power Management Setup:
This tab is where the ACPI sleep state and resume functions are set up and configured.
Plug and Play PCI:
In this tab the IRQ settings can be set automatically or manually for the three PCI slots.