Gigabyte shows off ‘3D’ UEFI implementation

Gigabyte has famously dragged its feet in transitioning its motherboard firmware from old-school BIOSes to next-generation UEFIs. What has the motherboard maker been working on all this time? 3D BIOS, which despite the name, is an honest-to-goodness UEFI with a novel alternative interface. Gigabyte’s Stewart Haston, who reminds me a little bit of Denholm Reynholm from The IT Crowd, shows off the new interface in the video below:

In addition to an advanced mode that organizes tweaking options with a largely text-based interface, the UEFI’s 3D mode starts with a picture of the motherboard itself. Selecting different regions of the board brings up lists of related options, complete with sliders for things like clock speeds and voltages. There’s also a monitoring overlay that tracks system variables, although it’s partly obscured in the video by one of the on-screen menus.

The interface looks reasonably responsive, and I don’t see any obnoxious mouse flickering. However, it’s unclear whether the new UEFI brings Gigabyte’s fan speed controls out of the stone ages. Fingers crossed.

This new UEFI will make its official debut with Gigabyte’s X79 motherboards. Rest assured we’ll be taking a closer look at it and other new motherboard firmware when Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E processors hit.

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    • FireGryphon
    • 8 years ago

    Come on, Stewart, admit it: it’s not to make the BIOS more accessible to newbies, it’s to make it more awesome for power users!

    All I could think of when watching this video was Dyson creating the neural-net processor in Terminator II.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    I saw the pseudo SGI cube and was hoping for one of those “This is Unix! I know this!” fsn interfaces for the BIOS.

    • crabjokeman
    • 8 years ago

    Oh, so that’s what GB’s engineers are wasting their time on instead of fixing their f$cking bios issues: [url<]http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTAwMjg[/url<]

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    “Duel UEFI” ?? Is the 2nd one a redundant backup?

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      Most likely. That’s been a Gigabyte feature for ages, having [i<]dual[/i<] BIOSes in case one gets corrupted by a bad flash.

      • A_Pickle
      • 8 years ago

      Given Gigabyte’s “DualBIOS” tech, I’d think so. Worth it to have, in my opinion.

      • willyolio
      • 8 years ago

      no, it’s so it can challenge other UEFIs to pistols at dawn.

    • jackbomb
    • 8 years ago

    Reminds me of the “multimedia edutainment” you could run on Win 3.11. The mouse flicker, slow screen redraws, poorly done animation…it’s all there!

    • hansmuff
    • 8 years ago

    That 3D thing is completely useless.

    A novice is supposed to know what a southbridge is and what it does?
    What a PCI vs. PCI Express slot is?
    Where the RAM sits?

    I am sorry, this completely misses the mark. It does not make anything easier, and it certainly is just a bug magnet. Why would they spend the development resources on this junk?

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Well, if you don’t know what those things are, you probably don’t want to be messing around in those part of the BIOS/UEFI.

    • RhysAndrews
    • 8 years ago

    Of course I’ve always wanted a unique, exciting, 3D experience when changing basic settings on my computer.

    Seriously though, who goes “Ok, I need to change my clockspeed settings.. now wait, where is that likely to be physically located on the board?”

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    [url<]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ65nCERA339LZ0ryYp4DMPxzFLvN8q0trVMcHxuHtmwNCqmN-S7Hr2-njblA[/url<]

    • Geistbar
    • 8 years ago

    The picture of the motherboard interface seems completely gimmicky to me, maybe I’m wrong, but it definitely seems it.

    Why do they keep calling it a BIOS if it’s UEFI anyway? Sure, it technically is a “basic input / output system”, but I’m pretty sure once it’s UEFI it’s no longer a BIOS.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      Because it’s still a BIOS, it’s just not a standard old BIOS, it’s a fancy nwe BIOS with a different API.

        • Geistbar
        • 8 years ago

        I was under the impression that BIOS referred to the specific implementation. If so, the fact that they still accomplish the same goal, and the old name was tautological, does not mean that a UEFI is a BIOS implementation, even if the words that the acronym stands for are all technically applicable to UEFI.

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      Because it’s traditional and ingrained. Why do we refer to tissues as Kleenex?

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Because BIOS is easy to say, UEFI is some sort of unpronouncable mess of a word. And everyone who would know what you are talking about when mentioning BIOS and UEFI would also know they are basically the same thing.

    • LiquidSpace
    • 8 years ago

    All Anus i mean Asus fanbois leave at once.

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      Way to come across as being thirteen years old.

      • gbcrush
      • 8 years ago

      It’s pronounced [i<]Ay-noose[/i<]

      • Yeats
      • 8 years ago

      All fanbois? How many fanbois are in your anus?

    • Meadows
    • 8 years ago

    The utter pleasure and pop with which he pronounced “Threedee Bhios Technology” was hilarious in and of itself, but what’s worse is that Gigabyte are actually calling a user interface “…Technology”. Insanely pretentious.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    I thought this was going to be something along the lines of clicking on each component, but if you just click on sections it’s really like individual menus in the normal bios.

    If it was each component it would actually be a really cool learning tool for people who aren’t used to bioses or know what traditional components are.

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    For **** sake. This is what they have been wasting their time on??

    They can’t even make it so the mouse doesn’t flicker.

    Oh yeah… this is clearly a 2D image in the so called “3D BIOS”.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Cause they can’t fix bugs and make a new looking bios at the same time.

      • GTVic
      • 8 years ago

      Typical fanboi overreaction. The mouse only flickered on the top bar in the advanced view. And the motherboard is shown in 3D [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isometric_projection<]Isometric Projection[/url<]. Did you want to put on your 3D glasses to view the picture?

        • Duck
        • 8 years ago

        No, it’s clearly just a photograph which only has 2 dimensions. The highlights are just overlay images.

        There is no isometric projection or 3D rendering.

    • AGerbilWithAFootInTheGrav
    • 8 years ago

    Denholm Reynholm

    LOL!!! so true :-)))

    • Frith
    • 8 years ago

    When I saw this I thought “Oh God no!” but when I watched the video I was pleased to see they’d included the old interface as an Advanced Mode. It’s nice that Gigabyte give customers a choice so users who want a more concise, consistent and productive interface can stick with the text menus.

    If this was made by Microsoft they’d have removed the advanced mode and forced everybody to use the dumbed down 3D mode.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      You mean Apple, right? Microsoft would have made a fancy 3D mode and a classic text mode. Of course, you’d have to reboot to switch between them.

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    3D interface is pretty gimmicky. Advanced interface looks a lot like Asus’s UEFI, which is good.

      • shank15217
      • 8 years ago

      Looks like my predictions are coming true…

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