BIOS Features

ECS included the latest revision of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) EZ BIOS with the the Z87H3-A3X motherboard. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse – goes back to previous view if inside a settings pop-up or on a sub-menu page. ECS did not include any type of screen capture utility in the BIOS.

While much simpler when compared with other motherboard manufacturer's UEFI implementations, the ECS implementation remains clean and well laid out. I found the mouse and keyboard responsiveness within the BIOS to be usable with no noticeable lag.

BIOS Notable Features

The ECS UEFI BIOS implementation contains no fancy interfaces or ground-breaking designs, but it functions well and has an intuitive layout. As long as you can find the settings you're looking for and the interface is responsive, any other additions are little more than glitz and window dressing. The BIOS has two operation modes – Basic and Advanced.

Basic Mode

The Basic mode page houses a graphical interface with high level board, temperature, voltage, and fan speed information shown.

 

Advanced Mode, M.I.B. X section

The Advanced Mode interface houses the more advanced board related setting with all overclocking and performance related settings centralized under the M.I.B. X tab. M.I.B. X stands for MB Intelligent BIOS X, designed with a series of sub-menus containing logically divided performance settings.

BIOS Walkthrough – Performance-related Settings, Advanced Mode

Main tab

M.I.B. X tab

M.I.B. X tab, CPU OverClocking Configuration page

M.I.B. X tab, North Bridge Configuration page

M.I.B. X tab, Memory Configuration page

M.I.B. X tab, Memory Configuration page continued

M.I.B. X tab, Over Voltage Configuration page

M.I.B. X tab, Over Voltage Configuration page continued

Advanced tab

Advanced tab, PC Health Status page

Advanced tab, PC Health Status page, Smart Fan Function page

Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page

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