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Advanced section also offers a page called CPU Configuration, where we can adjust the processor clock frequency multiplier and set up different processor technologies.

Chipset sub-section allows changing the frequency of HyperTransport bus connecting the chipset North and South Bridges. Also you can access the memory timings page from there.

There is a pretty long list of parameters that can be adjusted here. It is very convenient that you can selectively change just a few desired parameters and leave all the other at defaults.

The functionality of other pages in the Advanced section is evident from their names. For example, Onboard Device Configuration sub-section offers tools for managing hard disk drives, sound, network and IEEE1394 controllers, COM and LPT ports.

The most interesting thing in the Power section is Hardware Monitor with great functionality:

We can control processor fan rotation speed only if it has a four-pin connector. You can also adjust the rotation speed of both case fans at the same time. Only the rotation speed of a fan connected to the PWR_FAN connector cannot be changed. Besides, processor Vcore we can monitor all the main voltages from the system PSU - 3.3V, 5V and 12V. We can also monitor processor and system temperatures and rotation speed of all four fans that can be connected to the mainboard.

As for the remaining BIOS Setup sections, you should already be familiar with them from our previous ASUS mainboards reviews. Boot section, as you may have already guessed from its name, allows setting up mainboard boot-up procedure: boot-up devices order, boot-up logo, etc. Tools section has only two sub-sections: ASUS O.C. Profile and ASUS EZ Flash 2. The former offers to save two full BIOS settings profiles in the system memory or as a file on any available media. Later on you can load this profile at any time instead of adjusting all the BIOS settings manually. Of course, only two profiles may not always be enough, but it is not a big issue. Too bad you cannot name them or add a description, in case you would forget what they are for. However, a truly unique advantage is that you can save them to a file and then load on another mainboard.

As for ASUS EZ Flash 2, it is a very convenient built-in utility with graphics interface for quick and easy BIOS updating. We used it to update our default BIOS version 0302 to the latest available version 0502 at the time of tests. We didn’t notice any significant differences between them, although we suspect that JumperFree Configuration section no longer had SLI-Ready Memory parameter in the new BIOS version.

So, the BIOS of ASUS P5N-D mainboard has everything one may need for successful overclocking. However, before we get to check this functionality out in practice, we would like to point out a few BIOS drawbacks that are pretty typical for all ASUS mainboards.

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