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H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup Review


The BIOS used by the Gigabyte H55M-USB3 motherboard is a version of the 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 adjustments to 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 (M.I.T.), Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, 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 MB Intelligent Tweaker is where all the overclocking is done. The layout from within the main screen of the M.I.T. menu is very user friendly and in place of just having a long list of changeable options you instead have a list of five categories to chose from. These include M.I.T. Current Status, Advanced Frequency settings, Advanced Memory settings, Advanced Voltage settings and Miscellaneous settings. Each category brings up a sub-menu that give you a host of options that will allow you to make changes to the system..



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 the on-board VGA, and set the way the first display of the board initializes.


Integrated Peripherals:

From this page you can make changes to built-in peripherals included with the motherboard. These peripherals include the SATA, USB, LAN, Serial ports, and others.



Power Management Setup:

The Power Management page is where changes to the power management operations are made. Here you can change the ACPI Suspend Type and choose which device can resume your system operations.


PC Health Status:

The PC Health Status is where you can monitor system voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds. You can also make simple changes such as enable system warning temperatures and make changes to the smart fan controller.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look (Gigabyte H55M-USB3)
  2. Closer Look (ASUS P7H57D-V EVO):
  3. Closer Look (ECS H55H-I):
  4. Closer Look (ECS H55H-CM):
  5. Closer Look: (ECS H57H-MUS)
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS (Gigabyte)
  7. Closer Look: The BIOS (ASUS)
  8. Closer Look: The BIOS (ECS)
  9. Specfications & Features (Gigabyte)
  10. Specfications & Features (ASUS)
  11. Specifications & Features (ECS)
  12. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  13. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  14. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  15. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  16. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  17. Testing: Far Cry 2
  18. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  19. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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