ASUS P5QL-E Reviewgotdamojo06 - July 24, 2008
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The BIOS of your computer is where you are able to find all of the settings that you are able to tweak to make your computer run as smoothly and effectively as it can. This is also where you are able to overclock your computer and change a large amount of settings about how your computer operates. In some of the BIOS screens you are able to adjust a bunch of settings, while in others you are limited to only a few things. The BIOS that is included with the ASUS P5QL-E is not quite as extensive as some of the other ASUS BIOS that I have used in the past, but they are not as limiting as those from other manufacturers.
The Main screen that you get into when you press the Delete key on your keyboard is where you are going to be able to change the System Time/System Date. You are also able to change the language in which you view the BIOS and view which SATA drives are installed.
The Ai Tweaker menu is where you are going to find all of the settings that you will be needing to change when you are overclocking your system. You are able to change quite a few different things from this screen. Going down the list the first thing you can change is your FSB Frequency which directly changes your CPU speed with the relation of FSB Frequency x Multiplier. The next item you are able to change is the FSB strap to North Bridge. This is going to determine what memory divider you are going to be able to use. The DRAM Frequency is a large list of all the different RAM speeds that you are able to choose from using your FSB Frequency and your Memory Divider you have chosen. Then you are able to choose what the timings are for your specific memory. Remember, the tighter the timings, the better your memory will perform. When you get down to the voltages, ASUS has done something different than I have seen them do before. You are able to directly key in the voltage setting that you wish to use - the minimum and maximum voltages are listed on the right-hand side of the screen.
On the Advanced menu screen you are going to be able to see a few different items. Not only are you able to view and change the Advanced CPU settings which include changing the multiplier (6x - 9x with the Q9450), disabling or enabiling the different Intel SpeedStep, C1E, Virtualization Technology, etc., but you can also change the different settings for the onboard devices such as the HD Audio and which IRQ values the serial ports are going to be using. You are also able to configure the North Bridge settings in this menu. These settings should not be played with unless you know exactly what you are doing.