Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP@n Reviewccokeman - April 24, 2008
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Finally, you have the buildup done and the hardware is ready to go. But wait there is that whole installing the operating system and drivers before playtime. Asus includes as part of the bundle a driver and utilities disc that includes not only the drivers for the operating system of your choosing but also a collection of utilities to get you started. After the OS is installed, the drivers will be needed to complete the installation of the software part of the build. Pop the driver disc into the optical drive and the auto run utility should pop up. Follow the instructions and soon enough the Asus support software GUI will open up.
The first tab in the GUI is the Drivers section. In this tab there is an "All in One" utility that allows the installation of all of the motherboard and peripherals drivers in one shot. Manually installing each driver on its own is possible as well. The second tab is the Utilities tab. This section gives the user the option of installing a suite of Asus specific monitoring /overclocking utilities.
Next on the list is the Make Disk tab. In this section you will be able to make a driver disk to make installing a RAID array a painless process. The Manual tab features soft copies of additional manuals that may be needed. Last, but not least, is the Contact tab that gives contact numbers for both the Asus home office and of course, the numbers to contact tech support if, or when, needed.
To install the drivers, you can choose the "Install All" option to install all of the drivers needed by the OS to operate the hardware on the motherboard, such as the sound, LAN and X48 chipset drivers.
The same "Install All" option is available under the utilities tab. Choosing to install all does just that. Manually installing these options takes just slightly longer than the "Install All" option, but by allowing the "Install All" utility to run gives you some time to do other things while it completes.
The utilities that Asus has included cover the whole spectrum of usability. PcProbe II to monitor the critical voltages and temperatures, Asus Update to save, download and flash the BIOS, and AI Suite to allow overclocking from the Windows environment.
The WiFi-AP software can be configured to be used in client mode (connection to a wireless access point) or in AP mode where the board becomes the access point to the WAN. It can be configured to suit your wireless network needs.
The SoundMax software is fully able to be customized to your listening tastes. The options are there to change many of the features. The screen shots below are just the beginning of what can be adjusted.
Some of the included programs are Corel's Snapfire Plus photo editing tool and Norton's Internet Security. Both useful tools to have.
On to exploring the BIOS on the P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP@n Edition!