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BIOS Setup

We are pretty well familiar with the looks and functionality of Asus mainboards BIOS that is why today we are going to look through the main sections of the BIOS Setup without dwelling for long on each parameter individually. During our test session e used BIOS version 0066 from 02.11.2010. The screenshots you are about to see were taken from this particular BIOS version. Looks like it is the analogue of the final version dates 02.23.2010 that became available in early March.

Most settings dealing with overclocking and performance level adjustment are in “Ai Tweaker” section. This section is very structured, has very detailed contextual help displayed in the right field of the screen, and although there are quite many parameters in it, it is very easy to work with.

Memory timings are pretty numerous that is why they have been singled out onto a separate page. Besides the traditional but not very convenient way of displaying the timings values in a single string, there is also a column, where all the values stand next to the corresponding parameters. Now you can quickly see the current timings settings, easily adjust the desired values as needed. It has become much easier to work with this section.

The only thing that seems to be missing in “Ai Tweaker”, in my opinion, is an individual page with processor related settings. Only Asus ROG mainboards have a special section like that, while all other solutions have these settings placed in “Advanced” section.

You can also notice a sub-section called “Uncore Configuration” that is located inside the same “Advanced” section. If you use a discrete graphics accelerator, there is barely anything that could be of interest to you.

However, if you involve the graphics core integrated into the processor, then this is where you can adjust its frequency and the amount of system RAM allocated for GPU needs.

We would like to draw your attention to “EuP Ready” settings in the “Power” section, which has recently appeared in the BIOS of many mainboards. When this setting is enabled, all onboard LEDs will be turned off and some features that require constant system addressing, such as wake-on-mouse or wake-on-LAN. If you are not using any of these functions, then you won’t really lose anything by enabling this option, but the system power consumption when it is off but not unplugged will be minimal.

We definitely have to give Asus due credit for allowing fine tuning of the processor fan rotation speed depending on the temperature in “Hardware Monitor” section of the BIOS. This option has been added to the existing three modes: Standard, Silent and Turbo. Now you can fine tune the processor fan speed not only after booting the OS via special programs or utilities, but directly in the BIOS by selecting Manual mode.

I assume you were not discouraged by the fact that there are only four voltages that can be monitored in “Hardware Monitor” section. In reality, the board is capable of much more and all other voltages it can control are listed in “Ai Tweaker” section. It is much more convenient to actually see the current voltage settings in the section where you can adjust them to your liking.

We are going to wind up our discussion of Asus P7H57D-V EVO mainboard BIOS in the “Tools” section, where you can save full BIOS settings profiles into the system memory or onto an external storage device using “OC Profile” function. The same function will help you quickly load the desired profile. “Ai NET 2” technology will monitor the local network cable status, and the built-in “EZ Flash 2” utility will help you update the BIOS if necessary.

Although current BIOSes are very convenient to work with, there are always a few aspects that can be improved. And Asus mainboards present a great example of that. All in all, everything is great, the BIOS is very functional, well structured, informative, user-friendly, but nevertheless, we constantly see new changes and modifications, little things, that make our experience with Asus boards even greater.

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