ASUS Crosshair II Formula Reviewajmatson - June 24, 2008
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The BIOS is the first thing I look at when interested in buying a new motherboard. You can have all of the bells and whistles you want on the board, but if it does not perform well, what is the point. I want to push my hardware to the limits and a weak BIOS will not let you get the potential you deserve from your system. The ASUS Crosshair II BIOS has a wealth of features in it from the basics to extreme overclocking. I will first take a look at the basics of the BIOS and then move on to the advanced sections more in depth.
The main section allows you to set the date and time, configure the disks being used in the system and view system information such as the BIOS version.
The Advanced section of the BIOS is where you configure the on board devices such as the LAN, USB, IDE, SATA, and Video. Since the Crosshair II has on-board video, you can adjust the memory size and the way it acts with a discrete GPU for the Hybrid SLI features. Here you also can set how SATA runs, such as hot swapping features in ACHI mode. This is also where you configure how the Voltiminder LED reacts and how the POST LCD functions.
The power section is where you set up the power states of the system, such as S1 and S3, wake on LAN and more. Here, you also set how the hardware monitors voltage, temperature, fan speeds and what alarms to set at what thresholds.
Boot & Tools:
In the Boot section, the user can set the disk priority for start up, as well as the security settings of the computer for a BIOS supervisor password. The Tools area lets you save or load profiles for the BIOS, which is great when overclocking as you can have one profile for standard setting and one for overclocked settings without having to manually change it each time. Also in the Tool section is the ASUS EZ Flash 2 program. EZ Flash 2 makes updating the BIOS as easy as entering the program, selecting the update from any disk being a CD, hard disk or even a thumb drive, and running the update.
Now let's move on over to the part we have all been waiting for.