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Z68 Motherboard Roundup Part 2


Closer Look:


When entering the Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68's BIOS, the first screen you'll encounter is the Main screen. Here you'll be able to do all the basics like view system information or change the date and time. Next up is the Performance tab, here you'll be able to adjust CPU/GPU Configuration, Memory Configuration, and Voltage Configuration. Entering the CPU/GPU Configuration will bring you to another menu, where you'll have options to both overclock the integrated GPU as well as the CPU. Similarly, the Memory Configuration menu will give you options that will allow you to overclock your memory. The trend continues with the Voltage Configuration menu and here you'll be able to increase all the voltages needed to properly overclock your hardware!

















Moving on to the Advanced tab, you will be able to change a multitude of system settings. Moving into the PCI Subsystems menu will allow you to change the..., well PCI settings. Similarly, the ACPI Settings menu will allow you to change ACPI settings. Moving on to the CPU configuration menu, is where you'll be able to enable/disable power savings features as well as hyperthreading, and CPU cores. Following our trend, the SATA Configuration menu will allow you to configure each of the boards SATA ports. Moving on from that, we get to USB and I/O Configuration, each of which will allow you to change settings for the respective categories. After that, we can move on to the H/W monitor. Here you'll be able to view important system temperatures, fan speeds, and voltages.








Next up, let's move on to the Chipset tab. Here you'll be able to change settings for what would be the North and South bridge. Under the North Bridge menu you'll be able to adjust settings for the integrated graphics. The South Bridge menu will allow you to enable/disable the High Precision Timer. The Chipset tab is followed by the Boot tab. here you'll be able to change boot options, as well as selecting which device to boot from.




Last but not least, we have the Security and Save and Exit tabs. The Security Tab will allow you to set a BIOS password, while the Save and Exit tab will let you save your changes, create defaults, or exit without saving.



Now let's move on to some of the other board's BIOS!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68
  3. Closer Look: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4
  4. Closer Look: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2
  5. Closer Look: BIOS Sapphire Pure Platinum
  6. Closer Look: BIOS Gigabyte
  7. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  8. Specifications
  9. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  11. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  12. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  13. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  14. Testing: PCMark7
  15. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  16. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  17. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  18. Testing: 3DMark 11
  19. Conclusion
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