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    Default "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    Hello, I just bought and setup a system based on a GA-Z77X-UD5H

    A bit overwhelmed/intimidated of the number of settings in the BIOS, I wonder what does each one of them do.

    For example setting TURBO or EXTREME, or the PWM setting to fast or Xtreme.. the Voltage Response.. The Intel Rapid Start setting.. the Network Stack.. (just to name a few)

    Is there some detailed guide on how each of those affects real life performance,stability etc?

    sidenote: I'm not an overclocker, I'm all for stability and being cool and quiet. Those are my system's specs:


    Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Motherboard BIOS version F14
    Processor Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770 / 3.40 GH
    Memory Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16 Go DDR3
    Video Card #1 Gigabyte N65TOC-1GI Nvidia GeforceGTX650 Ti 1GB
    Hard Drive #1 SAMSUNG SSD 830 128GB
    Case Fractal DEFINE R3 (USB 3.0 version)
    Cooler Dark Rock Advanced C1
    Keyboard logitech unifying wireless
    Mouse logitech unifying wireless
    Power Supply Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 430W
    Sound Card onboard
    Monitor Samsung B2230HD
    Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    Quote Originally Posted by gkatsanos View Post
    Hello, I just bought and setup a system based on a GA-Z77X-UD5H

    A bit overwhelmed/intimidated of the number of settings in the BIOS, I wonder what does each one of them do.

    For example setting TURBO or EXTREME, or the PWM setting to fast or Xtreme.. the Voltage Response.. The Intel Rapid Start setting.. the Network Stack.. (just to name a few)

    Is there some detailed guide on how each of those affects real life performance,stability etc?

    sidenote: I'm not an overclocker, I'm all for stability and being cool and quiet. Those are my system's specs:


    Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Motherboard BIOS version F14
    Processor Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770 / 3.40 GH
    Memory Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16 Go DDR3
    Video Card #1 Gigabyte N65TOC-1GI Nvidia GeforceGTX650 Ti 1GB
    Hard Drive #1 SAMSUNG SSD 830 128GB
    Case Fractal DEFINE R3 (USB 3.0 version)
    Cooler Dark Rock Advanced C1
    Keyboard logitech unifying wireless
    Mouse logitech unifying wireless
    Power Supply Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 430W
    Sound Card onboard
    Monitor Samsung B2230HD
    Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit
    Hard to explain all the BIOS settings, but using a 430W PSU to power all of that? Not sure that it's the best idea...

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    with a 430W PSU all you can do is turn it on. with everything at stock settings your at the limit of your power supply

    use this calculator; eXtreme Power Supply Calculator

    that will tell you the smallest PSU you should be using then you can add your desired overclock then you'll have a better idea what to run... if it calls for a 750W PSU.. get an 850 or 950.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    Thanks a lot for those replies. My PSU is still in the "return-free" amazon policy so if you really think it's very close or less than required (well the system hasn't done any shutdowns or anything) then I might as well go change it..

    Here are my results with the calculator:
    System Type: 1 physical CPU
    Motherboard: High End - Desktop
    CPU Socket: Socket LGA 1155
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3400 MHz Ivy Bridge
    CPU Utilization (TDP): 90% TDP
    RAM: 2 Sticks DDR3 SDRAM
    Video Card 1: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650
    PPU: AGEIA PhysX PPU

    ATTENTION: FOR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY
    DRAM SSD: 1 Drive
    Flash SSD: 1 Drive
    PCI-e x16 Card: 1 Card
    USB: 3 Devices
    Fan Controller: Yes
    Fans
    Regular: 2 Fans 120mm;
    Keyboard and mouse: Yes
    System Load: 90 %

    Minimum PSU Wattage: 288 Watts
    Recommended Wattage: 338 Watts


    I believe I didn't forget something?

    Otherwise is there a tool with which you can see how much of the capacity of your PSU you're using? (my PSU is 80% efficient..)
    is this included in benchmarking tools?

    ps: I have a non K version of the i7 so no overclocking besides these BIOS settings if you tell me more or less what they do?

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    ok, for some reason I thought that GPU required a 450+W psu but checking again it takes it's power from the PCIe port and not an external source ya, I guess that PSU will do for your system but if you want to upgrade your GPU while having that PSU you will most likely have to upgrade it.

    and if you want stable with cool and quiet, leave it as it... (Stable and Quiet) or (Stable and Overclocked) pick one.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    There's a 530 PSU for 10 Euros more so maybe I'll go for it..

    But otherwise noone said a word about the bios settings... Is there some kind of sticky or document or Gigabyte advanced guide or something that explains what the settings do?..
    I mean at least this PWM thingie.. Is it some kind of "soft" overclocking? (that doesn't impact temperature etc?)

    And to get a quicker POST? Intel Rapid Start?

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    There are a million things that can be done.

    start with the manual that came with your motherboard, in there describes every setting that is available in your BIOS. also Google is your friend, search for the specific items that you are questioning and read up on it.

    you can also look in this thread, that is stickied at the top of this section; http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ity-tools.html

    there you will find tools to verify the stability of the system.

    the ones I'd highlight are

    - Prime95, Linx and Intel Burn Test for running your CPU at 100%
    - CPU-Z for confirming your CPU and memory configuration
    - Heaven benchmark for running your GPU at 100%
    - GPU-Z for confirming your video configuration
    - for temperature monitoring use HWmonitor or coretemp or realtemp.. I prefer HWmonitor personally.

    I'm not just going to throw you some numbers without you having a base of understanding on what you own. This is because every system is different and numbers from one system could blow yours up if you don't understand what you are getting your self into

    to get a quicker post, put your system to sleep instead of shutting it down... on the power on button press to windows should be about 5 seconds.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    Heck like my wife says... better to be oversized size than not. LOL! Which actually means if you plan on doing nothing else (adding hardware) then you may be fine.

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    If I run Prime95 on a stress test for like 10 hours... and the pc remains OK can this mean something for my PSU too?
    Basically I'm asking how can I be sure my PSU (430) can handle a full load usage of all components of my machine? (stock) (calculators aside)

    thanks!

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    Default Re: "What does this button do?" : Explaining real-life impact of BIOS settings

    For example setting TURBO or EXTREME, or the PWM setting to fast or Xtreme.. the Voltage Response

    those tighten up the secondary ram timings,pwm speeds up the voltage regulator response i think not too sure,it will help when the pc switches from idle to full speed clocks

    i think youll be ok with that psu provided you dont overclock anything,for peice of mind you can buy a larger wattage if you want
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