ASUS P6X58-E WS ReviewRHKCommander959 - September 6, 2011
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The driver disc comes with an automated program that organizes the programs and drivers available in six different tabs. By default the last tab Specials is shown. The current special is Norton Internet Security 2011. I prefer not using Norton but it is a start for beginners. The first tab is the Drivers tab. At the top there is a button with a wand labeled ASUS InstALL, this option installs all of the available programs below in an express mode. The next tab also has this express option. Otherwise users can pick and choose which drivers to install. Norton Internet Security 2011 is also snuck in here instead of the utilities page coming up. Most everything else on this page is needed to get the system fully running.
The utilities tab has shrunk in comparison to older driver disks. The ASUS TurboV, EPU-6, Probe II, Fan Xpert, AI Charger+, and other programs have been combined into AI Suite II. To the top right of each page are three buttons: MB, a CD picture, and a note. Clicking MB shows very basic information on the installed motherboard, the CD allows the CD internal content to be browsed manually, and the note lists the file contents of the CD. The Make Disk tab allows users to make an Intel AHCI/RAID and Marvell SATA 3.0 driver disk useful for fresh installs.
The Manual page has four different available user manuals in PDF format, all very generic but should help if the customer has any questions. Two are specifically from ASUS, the other two are from Realtek and Norton. Lastly, the Contact page has the address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and website for ASUS (AKA ASUSTeK).
AI Suite II installs and combines all of the ASUS programs into one interface. Installation is a breeze with "select all" checking everything. The only nagging thing here is that the window attempts to take focus it makes multitasking pretty hard! Once installed and rebooted users will be greeted by a sleek five button interface. Hovering over the Tool window pops up a menu with five programs available. None of them worked for me using either the version on the disk or latest from the website. Trying to load TurboV EVO resulted in AI Suite II crashing.
Fan Xpert loaded just fine and the sensor tab correctly listed the operating conditions of the hardware. The graph would not work and the fan speeds went unchanged. Probe II loaded fine and showed some of the current system information just fine.
The sensor recorder didn't seem to have the right input (see the highlighted CPU and MB temperatures) so it didn't record anything, but it did try. AI Charger+ is an interesting program that charges Apple and BC 1.1 devices up to three times faster through either of the two USB 3.0 ports on the I/O panel. The BIOS program correctly reported the BIOS revision and release date. This program can save, load, download, and update the BIOS. This is becoming a growing trend but can be quite handy as long as the board doesn't get bricked accidentally!
The BIOS program correctly reported the BIOS revision and release date. This program can save, load, download, and update the BIOS. This is becoming a growing trend but can be quite handy as long as the board doesn't get bricked accidentally!
Hopefully some refinement will get this system working, as it shows promise. Time to go setup the BIOS!