Z77 Mobo Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac
ASRock’s UEFI by contrast is snappy and intuitive, and although past versions have been fine, the addition of the motherboard image is a nice touch that provides users with another means to interact to certain settings.
Although EVGA’s BIOS doesn’t exactly look much like a UEFI, it is indeed navigable by mouse and performs well. The company kept the menu options fairly concise, and the overall design, look, and color scheme matches EVGA’s website exactly. Despite the somewhat subdued look of the UEFI, there are plenty of options for tweaking and fine-tuning this board to keep even hardcore overclockers happy. Actually, the lack of a flashy interface makes for a nicely uncluttered space with few distractions that some overclockers may prefer.
Like Gigabyte until recently, Zotac was one of the last holdouts in terms of implementing a UEFI. Now, the company has a simple, nice-looking UEFI, and although there’s still no way to navigate the menus and submenus with a mouse, it’s a fine upgrade from the old blue and gray, text-only BIOS we saw on Zotac’s Z68 boards. It’s easy enough to find your way around, and there’s nothing flashy to distract you.
It's not overflowing with overclocking options, but there's no need; this is a board designed more for HTPC applications than gaming, so users are more likely to want to check temperatures and adjust fan speeds (which are conveniently located under the PC-Health tab) than push the CPU and memory clocks and voltages to their limit.
Take that with a grain of salt, though, because each board has plenty of overclocking options to toy with, so with a little patience and tinkering, and better cooling, all four boards should easily be able to hit higher overclocks and please all but the more hardcore overclockers.