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However, as soon as you complete the assembly of your Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe based system (taking into consideration all our comments above) and turn on the system, you will be able to start praising this miniature mainboard again. The thing is that, Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe has a BIOS worthy of the Deluxe series products: it features all the functions and options typical, of Asus mainboards targeted for computer enthusiasts. In other words, the BIOS Setup of Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe has everything necessary for CPU overclocking as well as enabling the additional cores.

Overall, the BIOS functionality of Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe is pretty typical, and it looks like Asus engineers simply modified the BIOS of a full-sized Socket AM3 mainboard to fit the functionality of their Mini-ITX product.

In addition to the BIOS settings, Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe also has Core Unlocker and Turbo Key II hardware switches that allow unlocking the disabled CPU cores and overclocking the CPU without touching any of the BIOS settings in the Setup.

However, do not get too excited about these extensive overclocking-friendly options. As we have already mentioned the processor voltage regulator circuitry on this mainboard is designed for maximum 95 W power consumption rate. Therefore, you have to be very careful when you enable additional cores or overclock your processor and realize that any adjustment in the electrical or frequency settings does affect power consumption and may cause irreparable damage to the processor voltage regulator circuitry in the process. So, the benefit of having all these overclocking options is overrated. However, there is one truly useful feature: besides overclocking, Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe also allows lowering the system voltages below their nominal settings, which may have a positive effect on the temperature of the CPU and the entire system.

 
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