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ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS on the ASUS AT3IONT-I deluxe is enough to get you up and running with little customization. When it comes to pushing your system for the highest stable speeds you can get, the BIOS is where all the magic happens. To give you a better view of the BIOS I am going to break it down into sections based on what each tab offers.



The Main section of the BIOS is where you setup your storage configuration, system times and view system information. For the storage configuration you can set your SATA ports to ACHI, SATA, or RAID mode. This particular board supports RAID 0 and 1 so you can select your HTPC to have faster access or redundancy for your media.

















In the Advanced section of the BIOS you have system level controls such as enabling HyperThreading, setting your chipset configurations for the GPU frame buffer size and controlling your onboard devices. You can enable or disable the onboard audio, integrated WLAN or Bluetooth and set how your USB handles legacy devices and the speed they will run at.




Jumper Free Settings:

Jumper Free is where you can overclock your system more. You can set the Atom CPU to pre-set speeds using the Load Optimized setting, control your BUS, memory and GPU speeds, alter voltages and set your memory timings.






In the Power section is where you set the power states and suspend modes. You can monitor your hardware's voltages and temperatures and set the fan controls.




Boot and Tools:

The last two sections are the Boot and Tool tabs. In these sections you can set the boot device priorities, disable the boot logo and error reporting, enable BIOS level passwords and more. You can also enable and change the Express Gate settings and flash your BIOS to the latest version using ASUS EZ Flash 2.





Now that we have dissected the BIOS we can start on the testing and see what the hardware has in store for us.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The CPU & Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  11. Testing: Far Cry 2
  12. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Extras:Power Consumption & Temperatures
  17. Extras: World of Warcraft & Express Gate
  18. Conclusion
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