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Note that ASUS P6T Deluxe has a bunch of very nice pleasing trifles. For example, it supports ExpressGate technology that allows loading SplashTop Linux from built-in flash-storage almost immediately after powering up the mainboard.

Another great little thing is the new Turbo-V application that allows managing all key parameters of the board (BCLK frequency and all voltages) directly from the operating system. It also allows you to work with settings profiles easily.

And finally, the board has Power On and Reset buttons that make life a lot easier for testers.

Although, in fact, we are much more interested in the functionality of the mainboard BIOS Setup related to processor and platform configuration, especially considering the topic of our today’s article. Most overclocking-related settings are gathered together in Ai Tweaker section of the BIOS, as usual.

You can see options for adjusting all major frequencies and voltages. BCLK base frequency can be set from 100 to 500 MHz; memory, Uncore and QPI frequencies in this case are selected from the list of values determined by corresponding supported multipliers. Here I have to stress that the BIOS Setup of ASUS P6T Deluxe mainboard is very convenient to work with: it offers you to make your selection not from the list of multipliers but from the list of actual frequencies obtained with certain multipliers.

Besides the opportunity to change the key frequencies, ASUS P6T Deluxe also offers rich functionality for configuring all the primary and secondary voltages. The list of supported parameters and their value ranges is given in the table below:

This abundance of voltages includes four most important ones (the ones we have just discussed above), so ASUS P6T Deluxe mainboard is quite fit for Core i7 overclocking. 

By the way, besides the already mentioned settings, this mainboard also retained a very useful Load-Line Calibration parameter that should help fight harmful voltage drop in the zone between the processor voltage regulator circuitry and the CPU itself (Vdroop effect).

BIOS Setup of the ASUS P6T Deluxe also offers special functions for managing processor technologies. The corresponding section contains options enabling processor power-saving technologies and virtualization technology as well as Turbo Boost mode. Intel Turbo Mode Tech setting enables or disables Turbo mode (once EIST is on), and Intel C-STATE Tech parameter is responsible for activating processor’s own power consumption management.

Otherwise, the BIOS of ASUS P6T Deluxe mainboard hardly differs from the BIOS of other high-end ASUS boards. Therefore, there is only one more curious thing I would like to add here: ASUS’ brand name utilities, such as O.C. Profile (for work with Setup settings profiles) and EZ Flash (for updating the BIOS) integrated in the P6T Deluxe BIOS now can work not only with external data storage media, but also with hard drives formatted for NTFS file system (in read mode).

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