Will BIOS soon become a thing of the past?
Although Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, UEFI, has been around for quite some time now, most motherboards and computers are still running the effective but ancient BIOS software. On wednesday, a Swedish website got its hands on a motherboard with a working UEFI system and tested it out, giving us a first real look at a polished and working UEFI.
As you can see in the video below, UEFI provides a huge overhaul in the graphical interface compared to our current bios screens. (pictured to the right, yuck) In addition to a sexy new interface, UEFI systems provide several technical advantages over the current BIOS systems.
UEFI advantages include:
Ability to boot faster than current BIOS systems
Ability to boot from drives exceeding 2TB in capacity
Better and stronger support for modern software and drivers
Unfortunately, we don't have any more information about when UEFI motherboards such as the one tested will be available for purchase, but seeing as how SweClockers were able to get their hands on a working version, that probably won't be too far from now.