Originally Posted by Peanuts4
Gigabyte does a garbage job of descriptions so I'm going through the Utilities here, which of these do you actually want to download?
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
EasyTune (Intel 8 series)
APP Center (Intel 8 series)
Intel® Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology (Intel 8 series)
Do all three of these do the same thing? TweakLauncher2, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, EasyTune (Intel 8 series)?
What is EZ Setup exactly?
GTL is a very minimalist, software overclock program. For most it's not particularly useful over any other software overclock program, which isn't particularly useful at all since you should overclock CPU and stuff in BIOS, but it's actually quite useful for RAM overclcokers as you can tweak individual timings, as well as see what they are (ie what do they default to on auto, if changes you made in bios stuck). It also lets you access a few voltages that most overclock software won't let you, stuff like system agents, digital/analgoue. I wouldn't get it unless you are a serious ram overclocker. But I dont see why you wouldnt overclock your RAM on haswell so... It's useful that it lines up the timings as they appear in the BIOS, but there's only ~12 timings shown. Still, more useful than like cpu-z which only shows 6 timings and you can't tweak them.
Intel Extreme Tuning is just a software overclock utility that isn't very special. I've heard someone give high praise to the included stress test. Now that I think about, given all the issues with IBT/P95 and ABC/AVX2, I wonder if this would be good for haswell stability testing... hm..
Easytune2 is gigabyte fancy overclock suite. Useless, though less useless as before.
EZ Setup is useless, it's just a collection of 3 programs, intel rapid start (useful, get it on it's own), intel rapid storage (get it on it's own), and intel smart connect (some facebook /social media connect crap).
App Center is like a 'hub' for gigabytes ne wprograms like easytune and usb on/off charge 2. Get it for on/off charger 2.
Smart Recovery 2 backs things up every whatever you set it. Can be useful, it's like a more in-depth system restore. I dont need it.
USB Blocker is exactly as it sounds. Yes, it's silly. I guess if you have people who just randomly upload their crap onto your computer or something. I dont know.
On/Off charge is cool, just hypercharges your USB 2.0 Slot #1 header (usually front panel header, it's the slot that's red on your board). Both when your system is on, and off. Definitely cool for charging your phone, you need app center for it though.
Intel Smart connect is some useless facebook thing, dont use it.
Rapid start is pretty awesome, basically what it does is make your computer wake up quicker from sleep, AND go into a deeper sleep. I forget exacts, but when you set your computer to sleep, like some things are still on, but with rapid start it's just like totally turned off, and then you hit power button and it's on instantly. I really like it, some may not care for it (you dont use sleep, or whatever) but I think it's awesome. Having to set up rapid start is a bit complicated, so google "gigabyte rapid start installation" for the instructions (you gotta set a hibernation partition = RAM size, then go into cmd and set id override=84 after selecting the partition, the instructions will tell you how to do it. And, enable it in bios, it's off by default).
i think biostar and the official intel instructions are good too but most manuals have really bad set-up instructions, god, it really took me forever to install it the first time around on my last system, no one knew how to do it, i mean it just sucked. You gotta use disk management to shrink a voluem to your ram size, then some sort of thing in cmd (run cmd, then diskpar -> select volume, select partition, set override id=84, i think thats it actually).Edited by Belial - 7/26/13 at 12:37am