P67 Roundup Part Twotacohunter52 - September 8, 2011
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The Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra may have been equipped with the widely known and used AMI BIOS, but AMI is becoming a thing of the past due to the EFI BIOS. Older users may have liked navigating through their systems settings with a keyboard, but that's pretty much been replaced in EFI BIOS. The mouse is now the navigation interface for these OS-like BIOS, which some users will like instantly, while others will need to get used to it. Both the ASUS SABERTOOTH and the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe use uEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS. I'll be going through the main bits of it now.
Right off the bat, the EZ Mode will tell you important system information as well as the date, time, and how long the CPU has been used. Below this information are temperature monitors, voltage monitors, and fan speed monitors. There are also a few presets for you to choose from depending on whether you want silence, energy savings, or performance. Moving over to the advanced menu gives us a slightly more "BIOS" looking screen, with a total of six menus to go through.
Moving on to the AI Tweaker menu will allow you to overclock your hardware. In order to overclock in the uEFI BIOS, you'll need to first change the AI Overclock Tuner from Auto to Manual. It can also be switched to XMP, which will automatically optimize settings for you. Once you select Manual, a myriad of other options will appear. These include voltage controls, memory timings, CPU Ratio, and Turbo Mode Parameters. You'll also notice the EPU Power Saving Mode and the OC Tuner. The EPU Power Saving Mode does exactly what its name implies and helps you lower the usage of your computer. OC Tuner will allow you to automatically overclock your system.
The good old Advanced section of the uEFI BIOS will allow you to adjust a few more settings for the CPU under the CPU Configuration menu. You'll also be able to adjust PCH, SATA, USB, APH, and Onboard Device settings.
The purpose of the Monitor section should be fairly obvious. Here you'll be able to monitor fan speeds, voltages, and temperatures.
Next up is the Boot section. Here you'll be able to enable/disable NumLock on bootup, the full screen logo, and wait for F1. You'll also be able to adjust whether the uEFI will start in EZ Mode or Advanced mode. Oh yeah, you'll be able to change the order of your boot devices as well!
Last, but not least, the Tool section. Here you'll be able to flash your BIOS using the ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility. You'll also be able to save up to eight BIOS profiles in the ASUS O.C. Profile. If that's not enough for you, you can use the ASUS SPD Information option to view information stored on the SPD chip of the memory modules.
Now that we've seen the BIOS, let's see what these babies can do!