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Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX Review


The BIOS used in the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard is a version of Award BIOS which comes with an extremely easy to use interface. The Award BIOS can make simple changes such as setting a first boot device or changing the system date and time.  It can also make more complicated changes, such as altering a processors clock speed or setting specific timings for your memory. The changes made in the BIOS affect the overall system performance and stability.


The Main Menu:

The first screen you will see when entering the BIOS is the main menu screen. From here you can make a selection to enter a sub-menu where you can make changes to the settings of the motherboard. These options are MB Intelligent Tweaker, Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, PnP/PCI Configuration, PC Health Status, Load Fail-Safe Defaults, Load Optimized defaults, Set Supervisor Password, Set User Password, Save & Exit and Exit without Without Saving.












MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)

The first option is where all the overclocking for the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H will be done. From this page, you can configure clock frequencies and adjust voltages to different areas of the system. For processor overclocking, you can adjust the Clock Ratio and frequencies. The frequencies will adjust the internal clock speeds of the processor, which will also make adjustments to the memory and chipset frequencies as well. Overclocking with the Clock Ratio will only adjust the multiplier for the processor raising the speed of the CPU, but leaving all other settings intact. For memory overclocking, you can make a simple change such as changing the Set Memory Clock, but there is also DRAM Configuration menu that will allow you to make more in-depth changes to the memory, such as making changes to the timings. At the bottom of the menu, you will find the voltage area. This is where you can manually set voltage to different areas, such as the CPU, memory, and NorthBridge.




Standard CMOS Features:

The Standard CMOS Features is where you can locate IDE or SATA drives that are connected to the system as well as set parameters for the A drive.




Advanced BIOS Features:

The BIOS Features let you make changes such as a first boot device, enable Cool&Quiet, and set the way the first display of the board initializes. This menu will also let you make changes to the IGP from with in the IGX Configuration menu. The IGX menu will let you make changes to the HD 4290's Side port memory, Frame buffer size, and even core clock.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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