The BIOS of the X79S-UP5-WiFi motherboard is a graphical. The marketing guys from Gigabyte baptized it the "3D Bios" and it is based on a graphical display of a board similar to the one under review, allowing the user to directly click on various components and see what options are available. A short summary of the CPU, chipset and RAM frequencies is being displayed at the top right corner of the screen. It is clear that the graphical BIOS is a tremendous aid to new users or even if a power user wants to make a couple of quick adjustments; however, in order for us to present the full potential of this BIOS, we will go to advanced mode directly.
The advanced mode is split into 5 main categories:
- M.I.T. (we are not entirely sure what the initials stand for) which includes all frequency, voltage and PC health options.
- System, where basic system options such as the time and date, as well as some basic information regarding the installed SATA devices, may be found.
- BIOS Features, from where the user can configure the boot order, activate/deactivate CPU, chipset and display functions.
- Peripherals, which includes configuration options for all of the onboard devices (SATA/SAS controllers, LAN controllers, audio, etc.).
- Power management, where all power-related functions and wake-up methods can be configured.
As the options in the four latter menus are pretty standard and not much different than what you would find in any modern BIOS, we will be focusing on the M.I.T. menu alone, which includes all of this board's unique options.
The first submenu of the M.I.T. category includes the Advanced Frequency Settings, from where the user can adjust the frequency of the chipset, the CPU multiplier (if the CPU is unlocked, of course), set the X.M.P. memory profile mode and adjust the memory frequency multiplier. The maximum memory frequency at stock (100MHz) chipset frequency is 2400MHz.
In the second menu, the Advanced CPU Core Features, the user get more complete control over the CPU, as the system allows the adjustment of the turbo boost multiplier per CPU core and the enabling/disabling of specific features, as well as overclocking-related options such as the CPU PLL overvoltage, the turbo mode power limit and the CPU core current limit.
The Advanced Memory Settings menu includes all memory-related timing and frequency options. The user may even choose between an automatic mode, which simply sets the S.P.D./X.M.P. timings and voltages, a quick mode, which allows the user to fully control the timings and settings of all RAM modules at once and, finally, the expert mode, which gives the user the ability to control the timings and settings of each memory bank separately.
If the Quick or Expert mode are enabled, the user will have access to standard and advanced memory timing controls. The only difference is that with Expert mode, four menus become available, one for each memory channel, whereas in quick mode, only one menu is available and the settings are being applied on all four channels. In this menu the users have complete control over all of their RAM module timings, standard and advanced alike. Gigabyte also included at least a dozen of highly advanced options for which there were no options available in the latest BIOS version, although a future release might remedy that.