Asus Blitz Extreme Reviewccokeman - January 20, 2008
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After installing the Blitz Extreme into the chassis of your choice and sorting through the BIOS to properly optimize the settings you can install the operating system of your choosing. Once the OS is installed the motherboard and peripheral drivers will need to be installed.
Start off by inserting the driver and application disk into the optical drive and allowing the autorun feature to open the driver installation GUI.
The first tab to make choices from is the "Drivers" tab. Here is where you can choose to install the motherboard drivers individually or use the Asus InstallAll program to complete all of the driver installations in one action.
The Utilities section includes a wealth of software utilities and applications that can be installed. Again, there is the InstallAll option to install all of the applications. Proprietary applications such as PcProbeII allows for the monitoring of voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds. Asus Update provides an application to flash the BIOS from a Windows environment.
The AI Suite is a tool that allows the user to view and minipulate the clock frquencies and voltages from the windows environment. Many of the adjustments that can be made in the BIOS can be made in this suite of tools. Each tool has its own special function but I prefer to do the work through the BIOS.
The bundle of software included on the driver disk is actually pretty substantial. Included on the driver disc are Futuremark's 3D Mark06 Advanced Edition benchmark, ULead Photo Impact 12 photo editing software, CyberLink's Power Backup utility and Intervideo's WinDVD 8 Trial edition.
Three other tabs are available on the driver disk GUI. Make Disk allows the creation of a driver disk to use when setting up a RAID array during the OS installation process. Manual is a soft copy of the manual included with the accessory bundle. The last tab on the list is the contact information for the manufacturer. In this case, that would be Asus.