Abstract: Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD5 socket-1156 motherboard is an enthusiast grade Intel P55 Express platform with a ton of extra features packed into it. Along with the obvious support of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 800-series socket 1156 processors, the GA-P55-UD5 board features three physical PCI Express x16 2.0 slots that support both ATI Crossfire and NVIDIA SLI.|
Gigabyte Smart 6 - Software Bundle
has unveiled a suite of
software and hardware technologies which made their debut with the P55-generation of motherboards.
For quite some time, Gigabyte has placed two Basic
Input Output System (BIOS) chips on its motherboards. The secondary BIOS chip
works as a physical backup should the primary BIOS chip fail. With Smart
DualBIOS, Gigabyte has doubled the memory size from 8MB up to 16MB, and the
extra memory means that these BIOS chips can now do some new tricks.
Smart DualBios can save critical data such as
passwords into memory, or even work as a scheduler for important dates and
Smart QuickBoost is a built-in system tuning
feature can adjust CPU speed on the fly, for dynamic processor overclocking
inside of windows. Smart QuickBoost has three levels of overclocking that will
adjust processor speeds up to 400MHz (3x133MHz) above the CPU's stock speed.
This feature works well when paired with Smart QuickBoot, which has two modes.
The first bypasses BIOS hardware checks that can take a few seconds during
start-up, while the second enables a hybrid S3 (suspend) and S4 (hibernate)
state, which allows the system to store its last used state, which allows the
system to power on and resume exactly where it left off last time.
Gigabyte's Smart Recovery utility allows for system
backup by creating snapshots of the hard drive periodically, so it's possible to
restore deleted or altered files and settings from several different dates in
the past. Smart Recorder is a system logging tool will monitor when your
computer has been turned on or off, as well as keeping a log of when large
amounts of data are transferred between hard drives.
Finally, Scheduling using Gigabyte's Smart Timelock
feature can lock down the system during set hours on certain days of the week,
for both system security purposes and parental control.
PCSTATS takes a closer look at the Core i5 Intel
P55 Express platform next, then it's onto overclocking the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5
motherboard and benchmarks!
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