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Asus motherboard with UEFI demoed on video

By Emil
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. An Asus Sandy Bridge motherboard with a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) has been demonstrated on video, thanks to Sweclockers. You don't need to speak Swedish to understand that leaks like this are important to geeks everywhere, and especially those looking forward to a UEFI future.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,536   +327

    Man! that looks sweet! It would be nice to have something to replace BIOS, I'm not one who complains about the BIOS but a new UI would be nice :)

    I hope this decent enough and coming soon, I want to be one of the first to get an asus motherboard which is UEFI enabled.
     
  3. SilverCider

    SilverCider TS Rookie Posts: 72

    UEFI looks promising. I can't help but ask why the title shown in the UEFI GUI is ASUS EFI "BIOS" utility?
     
  4. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Rookie Posts: 47

    Waw, finally a decent GUI for BIOS, improvement has to become! 20 years without any modification on the interfaces (minors only)...

    I can't wait to get an Asus MoBo with EUFI :)
     
  5. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Enthusiast Posts: 111   +15

    Im guessing they are using a cpu/gpu combo that is being blanked out to keep specs hidden.
     
  6. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    Hello 2010 aye?
     
  7. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Enthusiast Posts: 248   +12

    Wow! Never heard of UEFI before, but it certainly looks sweet! It was about time to change that 8bit looking BIOS... next stop BIOS in 3D :)
     
  8. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Nice, BIOS was never hard to get around in but I figured with all these new pieces of hardware coming out, It would eventually become outdated. I hope they get creative with this new setup. Such as storing motherboard drivers and troubleshooting software within it.
     
  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    UEFI is needed for booting from a 3TB HDD without using an addon SATA card
     
  10. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    Wow I hope this catches on. This should significantly reduce boot-up times and probably also allow for closer OS and BIOS (I mean UEFI :) ) Integration. I am glad they are using a more user-friendly and colourful design. Mouse control is a welcome feature by me. I hope it improves on overclocking stability (ie. Advices the user on stable settings) and also better management of drivers.

    Good Luck Asus!
     
  11. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    Ok so other than speed, it's pretty, the ability to boot to drives larger than 2TB, and the MBR going away because UEFI will handle boot loading, what does this really do for anyone?

    If UEFI is standardized and there aren't 5000 different versions, I'm all for that. It'd be easier to tell people how to fix stuff if we're all using the exact same thing, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

    As for the GUI I personally don't care. I'm more worried people will think "ooooh pretty pictures, I can do this myself!". I don't need pictures to be happy, I actually like simplicity. I'd be fine with a menu system like BIOS has now, but with more functionality.
     
     
  12. Demons

    Demons TS Rookie Posts: 52

    BIOS is WAY overdue to be replaced. I am very excited about this. UEFI looks to be the way to go. Faster load times and better UI should both be very nice
     
  13. ChrisG683

    ChrisG683 TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Oh man... it's going to be hard to not upgrade next year then x_x
     
  14. limpangel

    limpangel TS Member Posts: 65

    These are the main features that should have been included in the article:
    - Ability to boot from large disks (over 2TB)
    - Faster boot-up
    - CPU-independent architecture
    - CPU-independent drivers
    - Flexible pre-OS environment, including networking support
    - Modular design

    Design enhancements and mouse-controlled user interface are not mandatory, at least in my opinion. I don't need a blue bar to show me how "long" 5V is, i can read very well thank you. :)
    From what I see from this video, the UEFI interface looks now more like an iPhone app than a tool for tech enthusiasts to fiddle with.
     
  15. I hope this takes off. The previous replacement for BIOS never took off (other then in Mac's).
     
  16. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 195

    I agree with what some of the other posts have stated: UEFI is a cool development, but I do not need pictures or drag and drop capability in a pre-boot environment.
    The BIOS was for the fearless, now with the cool interface, inexperienced users are going to start entering their new computer's UEFI and fiddling with the settings. Not a pretty picture.
     
  17. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 157

    i never thought id live to see a GUI bios menu
     
  18. kevin1212

    kevin1212 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Certainly looking forward to this. Next year is the time to upgrade... Bulldozer/Sandy Bridge, 28nm GPU's and now this.
     
  19. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 135

    That IS nice, but as techspot wrote: "Hopefully we'll see some standardization for UI navigation; it would be a shame if every single UEFI worked and looked differently (like today's BIOS does).", a standardized BIOS IS the way forward for UEFI. The GUI is cool yes, but it provides the same functionality as today's BIOS on the other hand I like the mouse gesture support.
     
  20. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 135

    BTW. A faster boot-up is the improvement which should be given much attention. Everyone likes an instant on boot up, so speed is the utmost importance.
     
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,371   +289

    Standardization on a very few or one UI and I'll be very happy about this. This clip should be enough to make some of you excited.
     
  22. pacostrano

    pacostrano TS Member

    This is really nice
     
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,536   +327

    That clip is insane! although that has to be an SSD to be that quick! although it they are going to ship computers that boot that fast! thats absolutely astonishing!
     
  24. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    The UI reminds me a bit of AMD overdrive, but nicer looking. I can't help but wonder why manufacturers can't make the BIOS a little bit more eye friendly than the currently do. Why do they seem to only use a few different colors?
     
  25. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    The "Fearless" you speak of had just as much ability to screw things up and not to mention The "Fearless" were also people just learning how to use things. Trial and error. Screw up after screw up. I don't see how someone can screw up their computer any worse with UEFI than they could with a BIOS. Please explain?
     


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