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ASUS A7V8X Motherboard Review

Former staff writer    -   November 17, 2002


Configuration:



Bios & Overclocking:
Here are some pics of the important screens in the BIOS.



The POST screen that appears when you boot the computer. You can actually use a software program that comes on the CD to change this picture! Ofcourse you can also disable the picture completely if you don't like it or if you would like to see the POST messages.



This is the screen where you can disable the logo, notice the "Full Screen Logo".




This is the main configuration screen. The multiplier goes up to 22.5x in 0.5x steppings and the FSB goes up to 227 MHz in 1 MHz steppings. The default core voltage is somewhat limited at 1.75 to 1.85 volts with a 0.025v stepping. However, there is a jumper on the motherboard that you can set to allow the core voltage up to 2.0 volts! That makes this board very overclocker friendly.. well, friendly in my book :)



The memory screen allows you to change all aspects of the memory settings in the BIOS. This screen also has video settings on it, including the AGP capability: 2x, 4x, or 8x. If your card doesn't support 8x the option will not be visible in the bios.




The hardware monitor screen shows the temperatures of your CPU and motherboard. The screen also shows the current voltages of your system. The coolest feature on this page has to be the Q-Fan Control. This option, when enabled, will automatically adjust your CPU fan speed according to the system load or how hot the CPU is. I think that is one of my favorite features of this board, because now I don't have to use a "3rd party" device such as the thermal take fan controller to control the CPU fan.



Nothing special on this screen, except the CPU shutdown temperature. If your CPU goes over the set temperature, your system will shutdown to prevent damage to the CPU. Always make sure to turn this on :)




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  3. Configuration
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