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ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS on the ASUS P6X58D-E is very simple and once accessed throws you right into the Main settings window. The Delete key is used to access the BIOS on boot up, or if there is an error detected like a failed overclock or pushing the MemOK! button will force users to hit F1 to load BIOS or F2 to attempt to continue boot up procedures. The main window allows users to change the system time and date, language, view any hardware installed in the six Intel SATA ports, and view system information. To the right are instructions on how to navigate the BIOS and what each option does. Otherwise the Main page is nothing juicy for overclocking enthusiasts, Ai Tweaker is where it is. This page is rather long and has everything needed to adjust speeds and voltages. The first chunk has CPU multiplier, memory multiplier, QPI, BCLK, and UCLK frequencies as well.



















Further down are all the voltage options for the CPU, memory, CPU QPI, and chipset, and Load-line calibration. CPU clock skew and amplitude are tucked in at the bottom as well. The next page is the Advanced page, which has five different tabs that can be opened. The first tab is CPU Configuration and shows CPU settings and features.



The CPU Configuration page shows the amount of L1, L2, and L3 cache, clock speed, BCLK speed, available multipliers, and has options to turn C1E, Virtualization, Hyper Threading, and other settings on or off. The next tab is the Onboard Devices Configuration and has options to enable or disable audio, LAN, IEEE 1394, and the SATA 6.0Gb/s outputs. Lastly is the USB Configuration tab that allows the USB 2.0 and 3.0 controllers to be turned off or to change their modes. The connected devices are also listed.



Since the BIOS is so massive, it gets two pages. Read on to see the rest of the BIOS.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  14. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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