ASUS P5Q Premium Reviewajmatson - September 21, 2008
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The BIOS of a motherboard is one of the most important parts of the system. This is like the brains of the computer where all of the tweaking and overclocking goes on. So many people take the BIOS for granted and think it is scary, however the BIOS these days are very easy to maneuver and manufacturers have given as much help through the sections as possible. We are going to take a look at the P5Q Premium BIOS broken down into sections and what each one does.
The Main tab in the American Megatrends BIOS shows some basic information about the system, date and time, and attached storage devices. Under the System Information sub-section the processor type, speed, and amount of system memory can be viewed.
Under the Advanced Tab, we find the settings for Intel's EIST and Virtualization Technology, which can be enabled or disabled. The on-board peripherals, such as the LAN ports, audio codecs and Drive Expert technology can be turned on and off under this sub-section. This is where the support for the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is enabled or disabled.
This section allows a type of power profile to be set up. In the Hardware Monitoring sub-section, temperatures of the CPU and motherboard can be checked. The voltages available for monitoring include the three rails on the power supply, as well as the CPU Vcore. Fan profiles can be set up with the QFan control; monitoring of the fans can be turned off as well.
Setting the boot priority of the drives installed in the system is done here, and additionally, the configuration of the boot settings. Things such as quick boot, disabling error messages, and disabling the full screen boot logo can be accomplished here.
The Tools tab has a couple of very functional items in it. EZ Flash is a utility that can be used to flash the BIOS. It can be used with a USB flash drive, or you can pull the BIOS file from the hard drive of the computer; not once has this utility failed me. Sorting overclocked profiles makes switching back and forth between maximum performance and everyday performance profiles a breeze - no more guessing if the settings are correct. The Drive Xpert settings controls are stored here for each set of ports. The Express Gate menu can be turn on or off in this section as well.
The AI Tweaker section holds all of the true performance increasing features, so that section gets a more in-depth look.