Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP@n Reviewccokeman - April 24, 2008
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The BIOS can make or break an enthusiast grade motherboard. Many times the initial BIOS is a compromise to get the product out the door and into the hands of the users. Of course, then there are the countless revisions to fix the little things that crop up. The BIOS that came on the P5E3 Premium was version number 0151. The only reason to flash the BIOS should be to fix a problem. The 0204 version has a fix to increase the compatibility of some DDR3 modules with this board. I had no issues, but flashed it anyhow. The BIOS contains many adjustments and features and I will look through each section to see what is available. The Extreme Tweaker section will be covered in detail on another page due to the wealth of information.
The Main section gives the time, date and some basic system information. The installed drives, optical, hard and floppy, can be accessed and checked in this section.
The Advanced section contains the main CPU setup options, including the clock multiplier and the energy saving features such as C1E support . The onboard peripherals can be configured in this section of the BIOS.
The Power section contains the suspend mode selection, as well as the hardware monitoring section. In the hardware monitoring section, the main voltages and temperatures can be monitored.
The Boot section contains the adjustments relevant to the boot sequence. Device boot order, hard drive boot order and the basic boot configuration are here.
This section seems to be tailored for the enthusiast. Under the Asus OC Profile, you have the ability to save overclocked profiles that work for you so that when that bad batch of settings just won't work, you can fly back to this section and reset to a known performance profile, be it mild or wild. Asus EZ Flash 2 makes flashing the BIOS a simple process. The program looks for BIOS files on removable media, so it's a simple choose and click process.