Fast Boot vs Ultra Fast

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Freerunner, May 16, 2018.

  1. Freerunner

    Freerunner Member

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    I just built a new computer and noticed that in the BIOS choices I can change the boot from fast to ultra fast. Is there any downside to going to the fastest available?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    What does the manual say about it? It should explain about each option a little in the manual. As far as I know, it just skips certain hardware tests I think.
     
  3. Freerunner

    Freerunner Member

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    This is all it says. Right now my system takes about 20 seconds to boot, which seems slow for a brand new build. Does the order of priority have anything to do with taking time?

    "Fast Boot
    Enables or disables Fast Boot to shorten the OS boot process. Ultra Fast provides the fastest bootup speed. (Default: Disabled)"
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Each motherboard is different and all depends on bios time I call it before windows starts to load. Once the screen goes black windows should be at the desktop within a few seconds if its installed on an SSD. If installed on a regular HDD then it could be up to 20-30 seconds.
     
  5. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Frequently the BIOS will take longer to load/POST than Windows loading on new builds. You can use Ultra Fast and it may or may not make a difference although I've noticed it's a lot harder to get into BIOS to make changes, usually you'll have to use a utility from within Windows to get to it, and those don't always work. What motherboard is it?
     
  6. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    Here's the rule of thumb.

    Use regular slow boot when you install an operating system or change hardware. You need to remember that though.

    Use ultra fast after everything is installed and working. There shouldn't be an issue with ultra fast.

    Are you using an SSD?
     
  7. Cromewell

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    It usually disables things like boot from usb and network, and sometimes will not let you press a key to get into the bios - you either need the windows utility to boot to bios like Darren mentioned or to clear cmos.
    I think a big part is that RAM sizes are a lot bigger so testing it takes a lot longer
     
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  8. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    This is a lot of it, I def have slower boot speeds when I have my RAM cranked up to 2933 (highest I can get) from something like 2133 that it defaults to after a CMOS flash. There's also and an AMD Advanced Boot training option on Ryzen platforms that affects boot speed slightly as well.
     

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