UEFI Features

GIGABYTE includes the latest version of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) with the the X99-SOC Champion motherboard. The UEFI offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the UEFI 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. Note that this right click functionality behaves this way in Classic Mode only. Right clicking in ST (Smart Tweak) Mode displays the Shortcuts menu. GIGABYTE also includes a screen capture utility, which generates a 1024×768 BMP image in normal resolution mode and a 1920×1080 BMP image in HD resolution mode on an attached USB drive upon clicking the F12 function key.

UEFI Notable Features

GIGABYTE continues to innovate with their UEFI design, offering the user four different interfaces from which to modify system settings and monitor devices. The UEFI's four operational modes include Smart Tweak HD mode, Smart Tweak mode, Classic Mode, and Startup Guide mode. You can switch between ST mode and Classic mode using the F2 function key. Further, GIGABYTE integrated multi-language support into the UEFI with support for 18 languages including English. On their configurable Home section, they integrated two additional tabs – Recent and Favorites – for easy access to more UEFI settings from a centralized location. The changes wouldn't be complete without additional visual tweaking options for the ST HD mode UI itself with options for changing the background theme and the resolution.

Startup Guide mode, Main page

The Startup Guide interface gives the user a fully graphical UI to set the most common options in the UEFI including UEFI active language, system fast boot, system time, drive boot sequence, SATA controller operational options, UEFI security, and interface-related startup options.

Startup Guide mode, System Language page

Classic Mode, System Language popup

Startup Guide mode, Main page (non-English language)

ST HD Mode, Frequency section (non-English language)

Classic Mode, M.I.T. tab (non-English language)

Selecting the System Language button from the Startup Guide main page opens the System Language page. From here, you can select one of 18 languages with which to customize the UEFI text and labels.

ST HD Mode

GIGABYTE simplified the UI interface for their HD mode, re-dubbing it Smart Tweak mode and allowing for user customization of performance-related features. All settings and features present in the Smart Tweak interface also exist in the Classic mode interface.

ST HD Mode, Home section, Recent page

ST HD Mode, Home section, Favorites page

GIGABYTE added new pages to the Home section of the ST UEFI, labeled Recent and Favorites. The Recent page hosts settings that you have recently accessed via the ST pages. The Favorites page houses common settings used for board performance configuration.

ST HD Mode, Save & Exit section, Preferences page

The Preferences page accessed from the Save & Exit section of the ST UEFI houses settings for configuring the look and feel of the Smart Tweak interface, including the Start-up page settings, background wallpaper, and HD resolution. There are numerous wallpapers that can be selected after clicking the Select button tied to the Background Wallpaper setting. The High Display Resolution setting allows the user to set the ST HD interface to two different resolutions, 1200 or 1600 pixels wide.

UEFI Walkthrough – Smart Tweak HD Mode Interface

Frequency section, Frequency page with CPU Base Clock set to Manual

Frequency section, Advanced CPU Core Settings page

Frequency section, Advanced CPU Core Settings page continued

Memory section, Memory page

Memory section, Channel X Memory Sub Timings page, Standard and Advanced Timing Control settings

Memory section, Channel X Memory Sub Timings page, Misc Timing Control settings

Memory section, Channel X Memory Sub Timings page, Misc Timing Control settings

Memory section, Channel X Memory Sub Timings page, Misc Timing Control settings

Voltage section, Advanced Power Settings page

Voltage section, CPU Core Voltage Control page

Voltage section, Chipset Voltage Control page

Voltage section, DRAM Voltage Control page

Miscellaneous section, Miscellaneous page

Miscellaneous section, PC Health Status page

Home section, Performance page

Home section, Your Name 1 page, Setup User Options popup

Home section, Favorites page, Select a Shortcut popup

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