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Proprietary Software Bundle

ASRock mainboards come bundled with a very extensive software suite. We could mention such goodies as a trial version of Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5, and a complete MAGIX Multimedia Suite. It includes “mufin player” audio player, Music Maker Silver program for audio editing a similar program for video editing called “Video easy SE”, and Photo Manager 10 for image editing. Today we are going to talk a little more about ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) – ASRock’s proprietary multi-functional utility for the company’s mainboards.

The startup screen is “Hardware Monitor”. It displays information about the system operational characteristics. The next tab called “Fan Control” allows adjusting the rotation speed of the processor and case fans.

The “Overclocking” tab allows changing base clock frequency, processor clock multiplier and different voltages.

“OC DNA” tab is where you save and exchange settings profiles.

Enabling power-saving in the “IES” (Intelligent Energy Saver) tab will lower the nominal processor Vcore by 0.07 V. however, you should really be careful, because it may in fact increase the power consumption. The thing is that we may also enable “Power Saving Mode” in the BIOS and it will lower the Vcore by 0.1 V. However, this tab will also prove that the dynamic adjustment of the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry works even during overclocking.

“XFast RAM” tab allow creating a virtual RAM-drive and taking advantage of its functionality.

Moreover, there are a few other brand-name utilities within XFast series. “XFast USB” for example, accelerates USB 3.0 devices.

“XFast LAN” utility allows managing network traffic.

In conclusion I would like to remind you of the “Instant Boot” utility. It speeds up OS booting significantly by manipulating sleep mode (S3 state and hibernation mode (S4 state) in an optimal way.

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