Other parameters are important for the Viiv platform; quiet operation and low power consumption are among them. No wonder the ASUS N4L-VM DH is equipped with technologies of quite another kind.
Having rather low power consumption, Core Duo and Core Solo processors also support a number of special technologies to reduce it even more. For example, Intel’s Enhanced SpeedStep allows down-clocking the CPU when its load is low. This technology is fully supported by the reviewed mainboard.
Besides that, the ASUS N4L-VM DH supports Q-Fan technology which adjusts the speed of the CPU cooler depending on the CPU temperature. There are three behavior modes of this technology: optimal, quiet and performance. You can choose any mode you like depending on the system case you install this mainboard into.
Another interesting feature of this Viiv-compatible mainboard is its support for Energy Lake technology. This technology is enabled in the BIOS Setup and allows quickly turning the system on and off (after the OS has booted up) with a single button, like you do with your TV-set or DVD player.
This “quick shutdown” feature is controlled in Windows from a special tab in the Power Options Properties window.
Note that the computer can perform some tasks that don’t require user intervention when in Away mode.