Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Reviewccokeman - November 26, 2008
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The BIOS used by Asus on the P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition is by American Megatrends and is indicative of many of its latest releases in the structure used. The latest BIOS revision at the time of this review is version 0904, so far the best of the many I have received on this board. That just shows that Asus is willing to meet the needs of the enthusiast community and be receptive to fixing small issues. The BIOS navigation is just like riding a bike after a long layoff. The structure is familiar and soon I found all of the items I was looking for. Continuity from one series to another is great. The most changes occurred in the A.I.Tweaker section because of the new settings and architecture changes. Let's get familiar with this revision.
There is not much contained on this page but what is there is useful information. The date and time, list of the recognized optical and hard drives as well as their configuration. Under the system configuration there is a brief snapshot of the system components.
This section is where the enthusiast can have some fun and maximize the system performance. This section is looked at in greater detail a little later.
This section is where the advanced CPU parameters can be adjusted. Things such as the Intel Hyperthreading technology, CPU Ratio setting, Virtualization and more. Additionally, the on-board devices can be enabled or disabled based on the hardware configuration you choose to use. Configuring the USB ports LAN connections and more can be accomplished under this section.
The Power section allows for setting up the Advanced Power Management features. The Hardware monitor section shows the temperatures and voltages the P6T Deluxe is capable of displaying. Here is where you can customize the fan speeds or disable the automatic contol and manually set the fan speeds.
The Boot settings are for changing the Boot drive priority as well as configuring items concerning the boot process such as the full screen logo and interrupt messages.
This section contains one of the best tools on the board, the EzFlash utility for flashing the BIOS. Asus has been incorporating this into its motherboard for a while now and is a simple to use utility that works every time. No longer is flashing a BIOS a dark art left for the guy at the computer shop with the tape on his glasses. You can enable or disable the Expressgate feature as well as configure the timeout when it goes into the O/S. You can save your overclocked profiles in the Asus OC Profile section. This enables you to save your "Good" settings while you try some less stable, more aggressive settings. A.I. Net2 enables checking of the LAN cables during the POST sequence.
Now let's dig a little deeper into the A.I.Tweaker section to see what's available for the enthusiast!