BIOS

For the BIOS, rather than take pictures of each of the screens like we have done in the past I went through the BIOS and recorded it all on video. This way you can pause on anything you need to see in detail and allow me to flip through more of the details to fit more in. I love the X299 Micro boot screen that looks just like the packaging. From there you are taken into the same UEFI that EVGA has been using on their boards for a while now. It is mouse friendly or can be navigated using just a keyboard. Up top, they show which of the memory DIMMs that are filled and you will notice that it is showing one of the four isn’t picking up. I didn’t catch this until as I write this but it does show just how useful that feature is! (I should also note that I did find a bent pin and am back up and running with all four DIMMs now)

Also up top, it does show three lit up PCI slots showing what the board has and that just one is being used and is running at x16. This is a simple feature but especially with the issues and questions around Kaby Lake X CPUs, it is cool to be able to see exactly what speed your devices are running. Also listed up top is the CPU and memory voltage and VRM and CPU temperatures as well. Hyperthreading is shown on and the clock speed, as well as multiplier, is shown in the middle. All of this is available no matter what page you are on.

The overclock page is where most people will spend their time in this BIOS and EVGA has done a good job including anything you might need. They have always been an overclocking first company, so it's not a big surprise. To change settings you have to drop down menus for some items and plus and minus symbols for the rest that let you adjust the numbers up and down. The memory tab is basically an extension to the overclock tab in my opinion. This is where you can overclock and tweak your memory settings.

From there just about every “standard” BIOS option is tucked away in the advanced tab. This is where you can turn board features off that aren’t being used. Get into CPU specific stuff like hyperthreading and virtualization or you can even change the TJMax setting!

The boot tab only has a few options but you can adjust the boot order if you have multiple drives installed, set up your boot options like if you want a disc drive or thumb drive to boot before windows, and you and turn on windows 10 specific boot functions.

 

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