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VIDEO: UEFI Replacing Ancient BIOS Tested

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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
CPU-Independent architecture
CPU-Independent 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.

SweClockers UEFI Demo

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    TunaSoda , November 6, 2010 11:09 AM
    I could care less what it 'looks' like so as it has all the features of bios to tweak with
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    ZyxMEvEuuxcZ , November 6, 2010 10:21 AM
    What took them so long?
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    lothdk , November 6, 2010 11:46 AM
    aznshinobiTom's news people need to get on the ball on the latest news, this is like several month old news.


    Video posted by SweClockers November 03, 2010.
    Several months?..
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    sonofliberty08 , November 6, 2010 8:35 AM
    so ... when will the ancient x86 be replace ?
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    beans4you , November 6, 2010 8:52 AM
    lol at the arm on the chair bit
  • 23 Hide
    ZyxMEvEuuxcZ , November 6, 2010 10:21 AM
    What took them so long?
  • 26 Hide
    TunaSoda , November 6, 2010 11:09 AM
    I could care less what it 'looks' like so as it has all the features of bios to tweak with
  • 20 Hide
    lothdk , November 6, 2010 11:46 AM
    aznshinobiTom's news people need to get on the ball on the latest news, this is like several month old news.


    Video posted by SweClockers November 03, 2010.
    Several months?..
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    Vladislaus , November 6, 2010 11:55 AM
    ZyxMEvEuuxcZWhat took them so long?

    It was mostly because of legacy issues. If I remember correctly no 32-bit windows os supports efi. This rules out the most common os, windows xp.
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    Wolygon , November 6, 2010 12:31 PM
    Aww but now I won't look leet when I'm changing the boot order in the BIOS.
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    Silmarunya , November 6, 2010 12:49 PM
    sonofliberty08so ... when will the ancient x86 be replace ?


    As soon as possible I hope. x86 is a bloated, inefficient instruction set, especially due to the properietary extensions. In an ideal world, an alternative to x86 would be found, but that's unlikely to happen.

    However, simply dropping the properietary extensions and creating a single, simplified instruction set would be an incredible improvement already.
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    mauller07 , November 6, 2010 1:02 PM
    Very nice indeed, i would like to hope that they could update older boards with UEFI aswell that were released within the past few years as asus allows the use of bios or efi with some of their high end intel boards.

    about all the x86 haters, what would be better is for a standards organisation be made for x86 to allow the deprecation of old features and reclasification and cleanup of the opcode space for a new generation of cpu's, maybe also since they are becoming multi core having a legacy core or 2 and the newer cores running on the cleaned up x86 architecture perhaps?
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    victorintelr , November 6, 2010 1:26 PM
    WOW, the GUI from the BIOS to the UEFI looks like a jump from DOS directly to WIN 7!
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    wotan31 , November 6, 2010 1:34 PM
    This is long overdue. HP has been using EFI as standard on all Itanium based HP-UX servers since at least 2005, and of course Apple has been using it on all machines since 2006. PC needs to get with the times, Legacy BIOS is some seriously crufty old stuff, essentially unchanged since the 1980's.
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    vada , November 6, 2010 1:46 PM
    when will uefi mobos be commercially aviliable i really want to get one!!!
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    w1zz4 , November 6, 2010 1:56 PM
    VladislausIt was mostly because of legacy issues. If I remember correctly no 32-bit windows os supports efi. This rules out the most common os, windows xp.


    MSI have motherboard supporting both BIOS and UEFI for months....http://www.msi.com/html/popup/MB/uefi/download.html
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    ltbob , November 6, 2010 2:02 PM
    N0m N0m I hate that blueness and that ugly gray..
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    christop , November 6, 2010 2:05 PM
    Look forward to this one day..
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    Gin Fushicho , November 6, 2010 2:05 PM
    I hope this comes out by the time I decide to build my next computer.
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    hannibal , November 6, 2010 2:14 PM
    Well the fellow in the video did know his area well and most options in UEFI itself seems to be relative similar to old bios and the option of UEFI update via UEFI itself seems really good!
    If there is not any major breeding problems with UEFI, this is definitely something that can make life in computer world a little bit easier.
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    bison88 , November 6, 2010 2:17 PM
    They've wanted to replace the bios for a good 10 years now but the industry refused to go for the change. Now that computers have since dug their way into most peoples daily lives thats changed. The ability to use your mouse along with the GUI is what gets me though. Slowly but surely we are starting to leave the DOS technology in the wind as sad as it may be.
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