Asus P6X58D Premium ReviewGeekspeak411 - March 17, 2010
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When you are ready to install the software, ASUS has you covered. Just insert the included disk into your SATA optical drive, or head over to its support site and download all the software and drivers you need for this board. If you can use the disk, your life will be a lot easier. One feature that ASUS has had for quite a while is their InstALL feature. All you have to do is run the disk’s GUI, click the button, and select what you want to install; the software takes care of the rest, restarting and installing to your system as necessary!
The GUI is split into tabs; Drivers, Utilities, Make Disk, Manual, Video, and Contact.
Nothing new, EPU-6 is a program included with pretty much every ASUS board out there. This program allows you to control the efficiency of your computing and lets you go green when not doing anything too computer intensive. Unfortunately, you have to disable the program to overclock, so it doesn't quite fit in here at OCC. Turbo V is a basic program from ASUS, allowing people the opportunity to get their feet wet overclocking from within Windows. Although not for heavy overclockers, it still offers a pretty GUI and one of the better solutions I've seen offering overclocks outside of the BIOS.
ASUS Update is a program that can be used to automatically update drivers and the utilities on your system. BIOS updates can be downloaded and flashed in Windows. PC Probe is a tool that you can use to monitor voltages and temperatures that are easily configured for your tastes. The only downside is that there are three optional sensor headers that can be used on the board, but there were no sensors to attach them to in the bundle, whereas in the past the sensors were included. My Logo is a program you can use to customize your own boot screen. AI Suite is still included, but much of the functionality is linked to other programs.
One of the cool features that is being more widely implemented is the Express Gate SSD. This little chip allows for extremely quick boots, bypassing Windows into a Linux Distro that lets you look at and upload photos, browse the web, make Skype calls, Instant Message, and play online games. One issue I noted with the Distro is the lack of WiFi support; you'll have to be wired in to go online here. Overall, this is a big potential selling area.
On to the heart and soul of every enthusiast's motherboard, the BIOS.