A few months ago, my system started taking 60 seconds from the Intel splash screen to the Windows startup screen. This was just after I added a few more HDDs. I have seen some other comments from other mobo users reporting a similar problem. It appears they think the number of SATA drives is responsible due to time requirement for each HDD evaluation by BIOS before proceeding with boot. Is this a common problem with Intel boards? If so, am I stuck with this unless I unplug some drives? (I have 3 SATA HDDs, 1 IDE/SATA (converted) HDD, 1 SATA DVD, and 1 eSATA HDD. In other words, every SATA port is in use.
The board is designed for this population of SATA devices. Is the BIOS unable to run a POST with a Quad core CPU any faster than this?