Asus Striker II Formula Reviewccokeman - March 4, 2008
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Having a stable, mature BIOS can make an apparently temperamental board a dream to work with. The latest BIOS is not always the best, but it usually takes care of known issues, and may inadvertently fix other problems as well. Creating new problems can sometime be a side effect, but you don't know until you try it. I flashed the BIOS to the 0902 as well as the 1001 beta, and found the 0902 a better fit for this combination of parts. The BIOS has several sections that each provide adjustment for a defined set of features. I will look at each section to illustrate the contents of the BIOS. The Extreme Tweaker section will be covered in detail on another page due to the wealth of information.
The main section gives the time and some basic system information. The installed drives, optical, hard and floppy, can be accessed and checked in this section.
The Advanced section allows the user to check the status of the LAN connection, control fan speeds, set up P'N'P and USB devices, as well as connections. The onboard peripherals are set up in this menu as well.
The Power Section contains the suspend mode selection, as well as the hardware monitoring section. In the Hardware monitoring section there are several sub menus to take advantage of the built-in temperature safety settings, as well as the fan speed control settings.
The Boot section contains the adjustments relevant to the boot sequence. Device boot order, hard drive boot order and the basic boot configuration are here.
This section seems to be tailored for the enthusiast. Under the Asus OC Profile you can save overclocked profiles. Asus EZ Flash 2 makes flashing the BIOS a simple process.