BIOS: Does that colorful fancy BIOS screen really matter? -thebytewise



If you have ever used an old computer (2006 ish), you must have noticed that the BIOS menu present on those is nothing but a blue screen with a messed up aspect ratio and it only supported keyboard inputs. Well, the point being it looked really old even as per the standards of that time!

But if you own a computer post 2012, you will get a super fancy BIOS screen with all moving graphics and mouse support and what not! But have you ever asked this question, "Does it really matter?". Well, the answer is pretty obvious of course! Consider giving this article a quick read to know the exact answer!


What is BIOS?


You might be saying, "why is the definition important, get to the point!", well, just give me a second and everything will make sense.

BIOS or Basic Input/Output System is actually a program/firmware present on a ROM chip on the motherboard that allows you to access and set up your computer system at the most basic level. It can be also defined as the interface between your Operating System and the hardware devices.

The BIOS is used to initialize and test hardware devices connected to your computer before booting up, this process is called POST.

But, this was the use from the internal software point of view, how would you as a user use the BIOS? Well, as a user you can set up the computer system at the most basic level, as discussed above. What this actually means is that, anything related to the hardware connected to the motherboard can be accessed using the BIOS, for example, changing the boot device, or changing the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy, etc.


Does having a fancy BIOS helps?


If you have read the above section, you must have already guessed the answer! Well, it being no, having a fancy BIOS doesn't really matter, having a BIOS with mouse support and fancy graphics is not gonna have any performance improvements, as it's basic work is pretty straight forward having a fancy look isn't gonna make it work any faster, instead, it just takes up more space, although taking up more space doesn't affect the performance.

But, this doesn't mean that having a fancy BIOS is completely useless, when it comes to user experience it is nice to have a more good looking and easy to use interface rather than stuck with your keyboard on a blue screen with plain text on it.


Let's consider a phone as an example, when it comes to the most basic feature that is "calling someone", it doesn't matter how expensive that phone is or what phone it is, even if you had a Nokia 3310, it will place calls just as good as an iPhone 11 pro max... But, when it comes to other features like taking photos, sending email, well connecting to the internet on the first place, obviously, you can't compare the Nokia with an iPhone.


Just like this, newer BIOS comes with things like fan speeds monitors, temperature monitors, hard drive listing, etc directly built into the home screen, and also having mouse support helps to navigate between settings more efficiently, all I want to say is that, although it doesn't have any performance improvement over older looking BIOS and consumes more space than older BIOS. It does make life easier.


Advantages

  • provide a better user experience

  • Makes it easier to navigate between menus

  • Of course, looks modern

  • Inexperienced users might find it easier.


Disadvantages

  • Consumes more space (not a problem for the user though)

conclusion


Well, to sum up, you don't really have to look for a fancy BIOS on the next computer you buy and also if you are not a computer nerd you aren't gonna touch the BIOS anyway!

This doesn't mean there are disadvantages to having a fancy BIOS.

So, having that said, a better looking BIOS screen doesn't promise better performance it's the actual features that count not the graphics!

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