Asus Blitz Extreme Reviewccokeman - January 20, 2008
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The Asus Blitz uses an American Megatrends BIOS. The BIOS can make or break a good motherboard. This BIOS has seven main tabs, each tab features subsections to configure the motherboard and attached hardware to your liking. I will look briefly at the sections that are non-overclocking specific and spend most of the time in the sections that matter most to the enthusiast.
The Main section of the BIOS is where the current date, time and preferred language are set. Disk recognition and configuration can be accomplished as well under this tab.
Under this tab is where all of the system performance settings are accessed. The AI overclocking section allows for four different settings to be used. Auto is for using optimal system settings. Manual is for manually setting all of the parameters (the enthusiast section). Standard is for basic no nonsense settings and N.O.S. is to allow the system to dynamically enhance performance based on the system load. I will look deeper into this section later in the review.
Under the Advanced section of this BIOS you can adjust the CPU features, enable or disable the onboard devices, monitor the network connections and configure PnP status of the OS.
Under the Power section you will find the hardware monitoring option. In this section you can monitor critical system temperatures such as the Northbridge, CPU, motherboard and southbridge. Automatic temperature protection can be enabled and configured to prevent damage to system components.
This section lets the user set the boot order of the installed disk drives as well as some of the boot specific items.
This is a nice little section built for the enthusiast. Say you have found a spot on combination or two that you don't want to lose. You can save that combination of settings as a profile in this section of the BIOS. Also in the tools section Asus has built in access to the BIOS flash utility. Easy access and easy flashing right from one screen.