ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Reviewtacohunter52 - September 29, 2009
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The P7P55D Deluxe uses American Megatrends BIOS. The Asus Maximus III also uses American Megatrends BIOS, but there are differences that I will explore.
The first section in the BIOS is titled Main. This is of course the section that will allow you to change date, time, and language. You'll also be able to configure drives, and view system information.
Possibly the most important part of the BIOS is the section where the overclocking happens. We'll find all our favorite settings under the AI Tweaker tab. Here you can increase the speed of your hardware. However, I'll go into more detail about all this a little later.
The Advanced tab has three main sections, the first of which is CPU configuration. Under this tab, you'll be able to enable and disable power savings features, hyper-threading, and oddly enough, the temperature monitor. You'll also be able to adjust the amount of active cores. I wouldn't suggest changing them, but if you want to, you can. There's not much under the PCI configuration, but you do have the option to enable or disable memory remapping. Under onboard device configuration, you'll be able to configure onboard devices, such as audio. The USB configuration tab is again self-explanatory. The remaining tab will let you choose whether or not to enable plug and play OS.
Under the Power tab, you'll be able to adjust settings that have to do with power. You'll also find the hardware monitor, which will give you detailed system information.
Under the Boot section, you'll be able to adjust settings that have to do with booting up your computer. These include changing the priority of boot devices, adjusting things such as the flash screen or the Post LEDs, or adding a password to your BIOS. If you live in a place where you're actually afraid someone will mess with your BIOS, you might want to think about moving to a safer area.
The Tools category offers you basic tools. These include the Asus EZ flash, which allows you to easily flash your BIOS. You'll also be able to save up to eight different BIOS settings. This way you can have eight different overclock profiles. You'll also be able to configure your Drive Xpress, and test your LAN status.
I don't have much to say about the exit section, other than that it's where you exit the BIOS. You can also use it to restore default settings.
Now that we've seen the BIOS, let's take a closer look at the AI Tweaker section.