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Continuing off of the last page in this review, it is time for the Power BIOS page. Different power modes can be set here, and the current operating conditions can be examined under the Hardware Monitor tab. The APM configuration tab has all of the Power On option, for example in event of power failure you can have the system reboot (useful for home servers, [email protected], and other automated systems). Users can also set it to boot off of an alarm, PCI device input, PCI-E input, and the PS/2 keyboard or mouse.
Opening the Hardware monitor takes a few moments as it reads the data but don't panic and assume it has frozen, it will load after a short wait. Fan control options are here for the CPU and case fans, the CPU fan has four options for fan speeds while the chassis fans only share three. One of the options for the CPU fan speed is manual mode where a user can set up a fan profile so that it operates at a certain speed between load and idle, lower CPU speed is unchangeable at this time and defaults to 40°C. Fan speed is reported underneath the CPU and Northbridge temperatures, with the four main voltages at the bottom. Enough information to get a good idea how everything is running. The boot page has boot and hard disk prioritizing options. Boot settings are also available.
The boot settings include Quick boot, Full screen logo, Num-lock on or off on boot, Wait for F1 on boot error, and the ability to turn the Delete key to get into BIOS message off or on. The tools page has the ASUS EZ Flash 2 which simplifies updating the BIOS by allowing means other than a floppy drive to be used for updating the BIOS. Express Gate can be disabled here as well, and ASUS O.C. Profile and AI NET 2 are also accessible. The O.C. profile tab can save or load custom settings so that users can make sure they don't lose their favorite settings after changing the BIOS settings.
Time to show off the specifications and features!