As I had mentioned earlier, Supermicro has totally revamped their consumer motherboard lineup for the Intel Z170 platform, and the BIOS is one think they changed. This new BIOS/UEFI iteration is much more visually appealing and much better organized than their previous UEFI, which was pretty basic. It is also a bit easier to use, and it is much more intuitive. There are still some limitations such as the inability to take a screenshot and the fact that you have to type in values without a decimal point.
You have to know the basics of how to operate it, so I thought I would provide some pointers. If you want to change the CPU frequency from 40 to 48, you need to backspace the 0 and type an 8, the UEFI won't just replace the other value you have to delete it first. If you want to change the VCore to 1.35v, then you need to backspace and erase the current VCore and type in 1350 without a decimal, as it is in units of millivolts. If you don't know what value to set, then 0 should maximize the value (useful for maximization of current restrictions).
Supermicro does provide built-in profiles for overclocking. I strongly recommend only using the profiles to see how Supermicro maximizes overclocking settings, and then toning down some things like voltages. Overall, the UEFI is significantly better than it was a month ago; Supermicro is making huge heaps in the usability of their BIOS with each new release.
Supermicro provides a disc with drivers and the manual, but there is no SM software that you need to install. You should use Intel Extreme Tuning Utility to overclock in Windows.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and C7Z170-SQ Overview]
- Page 3 [Supermicro C7Z170-SQ Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [Supermicro C7Z170-SQ Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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