Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

BIOS

The BIOS on the X99 Ultra Gaming features Two (2) modes; Easy Mode and Classic Mode. Easy Mode is great at providing a quick overview of the system and what settings are in use. The previous version of the Easy Mode wasn’t that easy, and I’m a fan of this new layout. You have your basic information available right in front of you, and you can make quick changes with just a few clicks. You no longer have to dive deep into menus just to enable things like XMP. Quick OC options are also available, along with basis system monitoring displayed nicely.

 

To make changes to your boot order, just select the Boot Sequence area and you can easily adjust your boot devices (or simply drag them with your mouse).

 

For those who like to adjust fan speeds in the BIOS, the X99 Ultra Gaming BIOS allows for great control. It offers almost the same options that you will find in the System Information Viewer’s Fan Control area (in App Center). You can easily set the fan curve, view temps, and fan speeds. If you want to set up any warnings, you can do that here as well. Another nice touch to this screen is displaying voltages being supplied to different components on the board.

 

Hybrid headers offer more options when it comes to selecting how you want the fan, or the pump to behave. The OPT and the 3rd System fan headers can be tuned based on PWM, or Voltage, or be left on Auto (letting the board decide what to do with them). I personally recommend that you select the correct option, if you know what your fans or pumps are capable of.

 

For those who want more control, or need to change things that we normally don’t change, you can use Classic Mode.

 

For manual overclocking- you can adjust the CPU Clock Ratio on the M.I.T. screen. You can also adjust the gear ratio, enable or disable XMP from this screen.

 

The System tab provides quick information regarding BIOS information, like version and ID.

 

The BIOS tab lets you change Boot Priorities, enable or disable Fast Boot, Set the Admin and User password.

 

The Peripheral tab allows you to adjust options for all the peripherals on the board. You can select your initial display output device, enable or disable the OnBoard LAN controller(s), enable/disable LEDs on the board, along with the external LED strip connector (LED_C Connect).

 

The BIOS allows you to fully customize the color and the mode of the RGB LEDs. You can also adjust the brightness of the LEDs on the board from this screen as well.

 

The Chipset tab allows you to change the Chipset settings like SATA configuration, Audio Controller, Wake on LAN, enabling or disabling the Intel Virtualization Technology support.

 

The Power tab allows you adjust the power options on the motherboard for things like Power on by keyboard or mouse.

 

The Save & Exit tab allows you to save your changes or ignore them. You can create profiles, and save them in the BIOS as well – this feature comes in handy if you have some extreme OC profiles created and saved. That way you can load the profile, run your benchmarks, and go back to the normal profile when all the extra power is not needed.

You can also override the Boot Priorities on this screen as well. This is really great for when you are installing windows, or need to boot from a different device for any reason.

Note: If during anytime in the Classic Mode you want to check on things like voltages or temps. Just click on the arrow to the right, and a little menu pops open with all the quick key information about your system.

 

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