Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Reviewccokeman -
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Having a good mature BIOS is something that gets taken for granted nowadays. There are so many boards released that have a marginal BIOS that leaves the end user (enthusiast) as part of the product development team fighting for a solution that may or may not come down the Pike. This can make or break a nice high performance motherboard.
The Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 uses an Award BIOS and includes the M.I.T. (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker) section that contains the adjustments of most interest to the enthusiast. I will take a quick overview of the main sections of the BIOS and dig a bit deeper into this section.
Standard Cmos Features:
This tab is where the basic hardware setup is shown. Hard drive detection and manual setup can be done here, as well as setting the system time and date.
Advanced BIOS Features:
Boot priority for all system disks is accomplished under this section. The boot screen can be set to display the Gigabyte logo or the standard POST screen by enabling this option.
This section allows the user to turn off or on the integrated features of the DQ6. These features include the onboard audio and LAN.
Power Management Setup:
In this tab you can setup some of the energy saving features of the X48-DQ6.
This section allows for the ability to configure the interrupt requests for the two PCI slots.
PC Health Status:
This tab is where the monitoring of voltages and temperatures can be done. In this section the fan speed setup for any fans attached to the motherboard can be managed.
Load Fail Safe Defaults and Load Optimized Defaults:
These two functions are for getting the motherboard setup with the basics needed to get up and going. Load Optimized should be done before a BIOS flash to prevents any issues during this process.
This utility is accessed by pressing F8 from the BIOS main menu. It is used to flash the BIOS from a non-Windows environment and eliminates the apprehension about flashing the BIOS.
The last section is the Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker. This we will cover in greater detail.