Asus P5Q3 ReviewRA1D - November 27, 2008
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The P5Q3 comes with an AMI BIOS that is straightforward and simple to navigate. For overclocking settings, head over to the AI Tweaker menu which is the second tab. There you will find a wealth of choices to modify. For a mainstream product, the overclocking selection is robust and comparable to more expensive motherboards. The Tools menu gives the option of saving overclock profiles and access to EZ Flash 2, a BIOS update utility.
The Main tab in the American Megatrends BIOS shows some basic information about the system, date and time, and attached storage devices. Under the System Information sub-section the processor type, speed, and amount of system memory can be viewed.
The AI Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking related items. Default values vary depending on the CPU and memory modules you install on the motherboard. You will need to scroll down to display the entire menu. My one complaint is the absence of a Command Rate memory setting. This omission left me to use 2T with no way to change it.
Under the Advanced Tab, we find the settings for Intel's EIST and Virtualization Technology, which can be enabled or disabled. The on-board peripherals, such as the LAN ports, audio codecs, and Drive Expert technology can be turned on and off under this sub-section. This is where the support for the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is enabled or disabled.
This section allows a type of power profile to be set up. In the Hardware Monitoring sub-section, temperatures of the CPU and motherboard can be checked. The voltages available for monitoring include the three rails on the power supply, as well as the CPU Vcore. Fan profiles can be set up with the QFan control; monitoring of the fans can be turned off as well.
Setting the boot priority of the drives installed in the system is done here, and additionally, the configuration of the boot settings. Things such as quick boot, disabling error messages, and disabling the full screen boot logo can be accomplished here.
The Tools tab has a couple of very functional items in it. EZ Flash is a utility that can be used to flash the BIOS. It can be used with a USB flash drive, or you can pull the BIOS file from the hard drive of the computer; not once has this utility failed me. Sorting overclocked profiles makes switching back and forth between maximum performance and everyday performance profiles a breeze - no more guessing if the settings are correct. The Drive Xpert settings controls are stored here for each set of ports. The Express Gate menu can be turned on or off in this section as well.