BIOS Features

For the Z97 Classified board, EVGA included the newest revision of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS, first integrated with their Z87 board series. 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. EVGA also includes their screen capture utility. Clicking the F12 function key generates a 1024×768 bitmap image on an attached USB drive.

The Z97 Classified's UEFI BIOS is a nice design with an intuitive layout, but remains little changed from the UEFI implementation from their Z87 board line. The biggest change was the ability to flash the BIOS from within the BIOS. One oddity encountered was the inability to use the screen capture utility (F12) with a pop-up box displayed.

BIOS Notable Features

Overclock tab

EVGA's UEFI BIOS is a sleek and simple to use interface logically oriented in a tab-like motif. They organized the BIOS settings across five tabs – Overclock, memory, Advanced, Boot, and Save & Exit. Above the tabbed settings interface, EVGA integrated a real-time statistics interface displaying key settings such as memory size and speed fro active ports, CPU voltage, memory voltage, CPU ratio and Base Clock speed, CPU speed, HyperThreading status, number of active CPU cores, PCI-Express bus active-port bandwidth, VRM temperature, and CPU temperature. These statistics are presented in a mixed graphical/text display with graphical representations of the memory bus and PCI-Express bus shown.

Save & Exit tab

Save & Exit tab, Save Profile pop-up

Save & Exit tab, Load Profile pop-up

The Save & Exit page houses a few notable features including a boot override section and BIOS profile load and save capabilities. Through this screen, you can generate up to eight total profiles for storage of all BIOS settings at the time of profile generation or save. You also have the option of flashing the BIOS to a new version using a BIOS file from an attached USB drive.

BIOS Walkthrough – Overlocking Settings

Overclock tab

Overclock tab, voltage settings

Memory tab

Memory tab, Second Memory Timing Configuration settings

Memory tab, Third Memory Timing Configuration settings

Advanced tab

Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page

Advanced tab, CPU Configuration page, CPU Information page

Advanced tab, GPU Link Configuration page

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