Abit AN78GS ReviewThe Smith - November 10, 2008
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When the supplied CD in inserted into the drive, the autorun will start. Then the user is brought to a menu as in the picture below. In the Drivers tab, you can either choose to install them all at once or separately. These include the nVidia nForce chipset driver, the Realtek HD Audio driver, the nVidia HDMI Audio driver, and the Hybrid SLI driver. In the Manual tab, the AN78 series manual, the RAID manual (for those wanting to install third-party drivers before Windows, they are located on the CD under CD-ROM drive:/Drivers/SATARAID/MCP78/Vista32(Or Vista64)) and the Realtek HD Audio manual can be accessed. Also provided on the same CD are Acrobat Reader 8.0 and Award Flash 8.80, a BIOS flash utility. Finally, from Abit, are the AbitEQ and the FlashMenu utility, a monitoring program and another flashing utility, respectively.
If you click on "Q-Install" in the Drivers Tab, a new window will appear, in which you can ditch one or two of the drivers. After clicking the start button, the selected drivers will install. No extra step is needed. The user is then prompted to reboot the computer.
When it comes the time to install the utilities, the standard Installshield wizard will guide the user right from the beginning. The directory needs to be chosen before they are installed. At the end, much like the drivers, the wizard will ask for a reboot.
Here is the AbitEQ monitoring utility. From the menu at the right, the system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds can be accessed.
The last icon at the bottom right gives access to the settings. Limits to voltage, temperature and fan speeds can be set. If they are not respected, an alarm will trigger. The "Fan EQ" tab allows the user to set fan speeds and settings, much like in the BIOS. Finally, in the "General" tab, this is where you can tell this utility to start at each system power on, and to minimize. Then, the update interval can be increased for more accuracy. This is also where the user can switch between Fahrenheit and Celcius degrees.
The last utility provided by Abit is FlashMenu. Each time the utility is opened, a warning goes off and tells the user not to mess with the BIOS if everything is fine, because there are some dangers. If flashing is not done properly, it could result in a corrupted BIOS and prevent the motherboard from funtioning. Then, past this warning, is the application itself. It allows the user to save the BIOS and update it from one of these saved files. Also, BIOS update can be done in one click by clicking on the "One Click LiveUpdate." In this case, everything is handled automatically. First, it checks your BIOS version, so if the latest one is detected, the application aborts the procedure. This same procedure can also be done step by step, if the user wants to.
Everything is well explained in the user manual, including what I've just said, so there is no need to worry.