ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard Reviewajmatson - October 19, 2010
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The BIOS is the most important part of the motherboard in my opinion. If you are a true computer enthusiast, getting your system setup the way you want is where you will spend a lot of your time and the BIOS is where you do this. ASUS has done a good job making navigating their BIOS easy by grouping the sections together based on their functions. To get a better look at the BIOS on the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard, I will break it down by section and tell you a little bit about what is found in each one so you can see what is available in terms of changes, options and information.
The main section is the first part of the BIOS that you come to when you start it up. In this section, you can control the date and time for the system, the drives and storage configurations for ACHI or RAID and you can view system information such as the BIOS version, processor model and speed and the memory size.
The Advanced section has a lot going on that you can change. This is where you can adjust CPU configurations such as enabling Cool 'n' Quiet, C1E support, Virtual Machine support and the ASUS Core Unlocker selection, which allows you to select which cores to run based on the processor. There are also more DRAM configurations such as support settings for ECC memory and Ganging mode. In the Advanced section are also the video controls such as selecting the primary video device whether it be the onboard video or a discrete card. Other onboard devices you have control over are the serial devices, onboard LAN, onboard FireWire, S/PDIF and USB controllers including the USB 2.0 and 3.0 controllers. You can also enable legacy support for these devices.
In the Power section, the user can adjust the Suspend mode from S1 to S3 or set it to auto and have the system control it. You can also control the ACPI and APM (Advanced Power Management) for features such as power on or WO (Wake on) certain devices. Here you can also monitor your CPU and motherboard temperatures, fan speeds and the system rail voltages.
The Boot section is where you select the boot priority and boot configuration such as Quick Boot, Logo selection, error messages and also assign or remove the BIOS and system passwords to protect your system.