As to other manufacturers shifted to GUI based UEFI firmware, ASRock also made the change but as I said in our ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, ASRock’s UEFI isn’t up to the mark yet. There are some minute navigation issues which can ruin the whole experience. Functionality wise, it’s second to none.
You can enter the UEFI by pressing F2 or Delete key during boot process. All the Fatal1ty motherboards come with black and red themed UEFI which distinguishes other ASRock motherboards from the premium Fatal1ty lineup. The main screen that shows up has all the basic information about the system and the components connected to it. There is a system browser option which reveals a pictorial representation of the motherboard and all the components that are connected.
You can move the mouse over to a certain area to get more information about it. It also tells that which SATA ports are populated and what is connected at the back panel I/O. This is pretty nice feature.
Second tab is shows the ‘OC Tweaker’ menu. It has all the overclocking options. On top, there is a drop down menu which has overclocking presets for the CPU. Starting from 4.2 GHz they go all the way up to 4.8 GHz with increments of 200 MHz. You can simply select desired preset and settings will be applied after a reboot. This is a simple and quick way of overclocking the CPU. There are a number of other overclocking related settings under the presets menu.
Scrolling down will reveal the DRAM configuration settings and a sub-menu with detailed settings. There are some voltage options present under the DRAM menu.
At the end of ‘OC Tweaker’ page there are options to save or load three user defined profiles.
Next up is the ‘Advanced’ menu; it has sub-menus for CPU, North Bridge, South Bridge, Storage, Super I/O, ACPI and USB settings. There is another option called ‘Instant Flash’, it’s a UEFI updating utility. You have to copy the latest UEFI firmware on a flash drive in a way specified by ASRock and this clicking this option will take care of the rest.
‘H/W Monitor’ shows temperatures, fan speeds and voltages of the system. You can also configure fans that are connected to motherboard from this menu.
‘Boot’ menu lets you set boot order and other boot related options.
Next up is the ‘Security Menu’, its lets you set passwords so that no one can enter your UEFI to fiddle up your settings.
The last menu ‘Exit’ has usual options regarding saving, discarding or loading default settings and exiting the UEFI.