Foxconn Mars Reviewccokeman - February 12, 2008
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Configuration of the MARS includes not just the BIOS but the included software and utilities. Start off by inserting the driver disc into the DVD drive and allowing the auto-run feature to bring up the installation GUI. From here the included drivers and applications can be installed.
The main page window lists the four main options available. Install drivers, Software, Create a RAID Driver Disk or you can browse the disk for manual installation. The first option is to Install the drivers. Under this section, the drivers for the chipset, sound, LAN, and Jmicron RAID can be installed, as well as Direct X 9.0c and the Intel Matrix storage manager.
The second option is to install additional software. In this section you will find the Aegis Panel, a system monitoring and overclocking utility to use from within the operating system. Fox Live Update is a BIOS updating tool to use in Windows to allow even the novice the ability to install a new BIOS. Adobe Reader and Norton Internet Security are also included.
The Create a RAID Driver Disk tab allows just that. In this section the drivers are available to create the RAID Driver Disk for the different onboard controllers as well as both 32 and 64 bit operating systems.
The last option is to browse the disc. If you choose to do so, a manual installation of the drivers can be accomplished through this function.
Once the drivers and utilities are installed, it is time to take a look at the program that is most useful for the enthusiast, the Aegis Panel. This utility is both a system monitoring tool as well as an overclocking utility. On the Dashboard you get a top line look at the core clock speed, frontside bus speed, memory clockspeeds and the PCI-E bus speed. By clicking the control panel button several wing panels open up and display voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. This is the hardware monitor mode.
There are several different modes that the Aegis Panel can be set to display. There is the Overclocking mode that permits voltage, CPU clockspeed, multiplier and PCI-E clockspeed adjustments.
The Alarm mode allows the user to configure alarm settings for voltages fan speeds and temperatures. Many of these are items that are definite must monitor items such as temperature and fan speeds. The last mode available is the configuration mode where you can set the temperature monitoring unit, refresh times and whether the program should start with Windows.