ASUS P5Q Premium Reviewajmatson - September 21, 2008
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ASUS uses an intuitive interface for its driver and software installation. The menu system is very easy to navigate and the InstALL option allows you to install your drives and programs with the click of a button. The first tab is the drivers section, which installs the necessary drivers for the chipset, drives, TPM module and more. The second tab is the Utilities section, which is where the extra software can be installed from, including the ASUS Update utility, PC Probe II, Express Gate Updater and more.
The last three tabs are the support tabs. Here you have the Make Disk section, which will make RAID driver disks for the ports that are controlled by the ICH10R Southbridge. The manual section has electronic versions of the manual and install guides. Lastly, there is the contact information for you to get support with your motherboard if it is needed.
The AI Suite utility contains many functions and additional utilities in an all-in-one wrapper. From the ability to control fan speeds with the Fan Xpert, to the ability to do some Overclocking with the AI Booster, you get a lot of functionality here - and all from within the Windows environment. The EPU-6 Engine is part of this application, and will be looked at later on in the review.
Asus Update is a tool that is used within Windows to update the BIOS - a handy utility for the uninitiated into the dark art of flashing the BIOS. The Express Gate Updater allows the Express Gate program to be updated. The Sound Max software allows for the fine tuning of the HD sound experience - there are enough features here to get the job done. Asus PC Probe II monitors some of the more critical voltages and temperatures.
Now that everything is installed and set up, let's move on to the testing phase of the review.