Asus P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition Reviewccokeman - December 13, 2007
The BIOS is where we make the magic happen. The motherboard uses an American Megatrends BIOS. There are five main heading tabs to navigate with this BIOS. I will take a quick stroll through each tab and spend most of the focus on the Jumper Free configuration under the Advanced tab.
The Main tab allow the user to set the system time and date, as well as allowing for the configuration of the installed hard drives. Manual or automatic configuration can be done.
The Advanced tab is where all of the processor and memory configuration is done. In fact, pretty much all of the system and device specific setup is done under this tab. Automatic settings work well for stock speeds, but to unlock the potential of the P5K3 , setting the parameters manually will definitely yield an increase in performance.
The power section allows for setting of the power management options. The ability to monitor the critical voltages on the motherboard, as well as fan configuration, are done in the hardware monitor section.
The Boot menu allows for the selection of which order the installed drives are chosen as the boot drive. The setting of all of the boot options such as Logo screen enable and boot error configuration are managed here.
The Tools section allows for accessing the E-Z Flash BIOS updating utility. Also available are the options for saving an overclocking profile or setup. AI Net allows for checking the condition of the LAN cables connected to the motherboard.