ASUS P5QL-E Reviewgotdamojo06 - July 24, 2008
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The Power Menu is where you are going to be able to see all of the settings that apply to the actual power usage of the entire system as a whole. This is where you are able to change how the computer's "suspend mode" works. The Hardware Monitor sub-menu is where you are going to be able to find the BIOS temperature readings. The P5QL-E is set up a little differently than some of the other ASUS Hardware Monitor screens as it only shows you the CPU temperature and the motherboard temperatures. There is also a section below these temperatures that you are able to see, in real-time, what the fan speeds are if you have any fans hooked up to the motherboard fan headers, which I currently do not. You are able to see at the bottom what the CPU, 3.3V, 5V, and 12V voltages are currently running at.
The Boot menu is where the booting settings are located such as the Boot Device Priority. This sub-menu is where you are going to be able to change what device is going to be looked at first for a bootable media or operating system. You are able to change the three that the BIOS is going to look at and decide which you want it to look at first - the CD drive, your floppy disk, or your HDD. If you have a flash drive or external HDD hooked up those will also be listed here.
The Tools menu is where all of the miscellaneous settings are put such as the ASUS EZ flash 2 Utility. This is the in-BIOS utility that you can use to flash your BIOS to a newer release for your particular motherboard and can include anything from fixes for new CPU support, to better algorithms for calculating temperatures. The Express Gate settings are also here. You are able to decide if you want to use the Express Gate and, if you do, how long you want to be able to enter it. There are also ASUS OC Profiles you can save your BIOS settings to for easy switching between a stable overclock to a new overclock to push your hardware harder and further.
Well the last menu is quite self-explanatory. This is the menu you look for when you are ready to exit out of the BIOS and get back into your operating system of choice. There are a few different options on this screen for exiting, however. You are able to Exit & Save your settings or you can Exit & Discard your settings if you didn't like what you did. If you changed a setting that you didn't know what you changed it from, you can Discard Changes and then get back to tweaking the settings as long as you have not saved them yet. However, if you have saved them, you can set all the settings back to the defaults that come stock with the board which can be useful if you mess something up and can't get back into your operating system.
Now that we know our way around the ASUS P5QL-E BIOS, we are ready to get into Windows and configure the new software.