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P67 Roundup Part Two


Closer Look:

The Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra is not using an EFI BIOS like we've been seeing on many newer motherboards. Instead it uses the good old American Megatrends AMI BIOS, which every overclocker should be very used to. Don't let the lack of a fancy user interface drive you away though. As long as you know what you're doing, you'll still be able to pull off a great overclock.

The P67 Pure Black Hydra's Main section of the BIOS doesn't have much to look at. You'll be able to see a few bits of system information, such as the amount of memory and BIOS version. You'll also be able to adjust the system date and time. The Performance section is where you'll be doing your overclocking. Here you can choose between CPU, Memory, and Voltage Configuration options. The CPU Configuration and Memory Configuration menus will allow you to adjust settings to overclock your CPU and memory, respectively. The Voltage Configuration menu, as the name suggests, will allow you to tweak system voltages of your choosing.













The Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra's BIOS Advanced tab is another place where you'll find a CPU Configuration menu. That being said, this CPU Configuration menu will only allow you to enable/disable hyperthreading, limit CPU cores, enable/disable the hardware prefetcher, and a few other things. Also under the Advanced tab is SATA Configuration, PC Health Status, and an onboard device manager.




The P67 Pure Black Hydra's BIOS Chipset tab will allow you to adjust northbridge and southbridge settings, while the Boot tab will allow you to adjust boot settings, including setting the boot options.




We are now down to the final two BIOS sections we'll be looking at for the Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra. First up, the Security section. Here you'll be able to set a BIOS password as well as log in a HDD to boot from. The final tab is of course, Save and Exit, which will allow you to save your BIOS settings and then exit!



Now let's move on to the ASUS uEFI BIOS!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra
  3. Closer Look: ASUS P67 SABERTOOTH
  4. Closer Look: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
  5. Closer Look: Utilities
  6. Closer Look: Sapphire BIOS
  7. Closer Look: ASUS uEFI BIOS
  8. Specifications and Features: Sapphire
  9. Specifications and Features: ASUS
  10. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  11. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  12. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  13. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  14. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  15. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  16. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  17. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  19. Conclusion
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