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It installs easily and we get the main screen with “rusty” design that reminds us of the Fallout game.

We see right away that nothing changed for the better in terms of usability. The same large window with gigantic digits suitable for visually impaired people, the same empty panels you get by following the arrows and clicking the red Panel L or Panel R stripes.

By the way, if you decide to close the program, don’t go for the traditional upper right corner of the window with red or blue stripes. It is just a decoration, and all the buttons you need are actually in a completely opposite direction: lower left corner. It is definitely unique, but very inconvenient.

Once you’ve tried all the buttons and stripes, you finally find the one you actually need. To get access to the program functionality, you need to click on a barely noticeable green Control Panel stripe in the lower right corner:

The lower panel will report fan rotation speeds, the right one – current voltages, the left – temperatures. However, even though the mainboard can control three temperatures, the utility reports only one.

If for some reason you decide to click on one of the fan icons in the lower pane, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to adjust the rotation speed of this particular fan. Overall, it repeats the BIOS functionality.

For example, you can set the rotation speed at a fixed value.

However, there have also appeared a few new features. You don’t have to rely on mysterious algorithms changing the fan rotation speed depending on the temperature reading: you can set all the values yourself.

There are additional buttons-stripes along the side of the lower panel. The first one – OC – allows changing some frequencies and voltages, i.e. overclock the system. However, memory frequency adjustment is missing.

The second button – HWM INFO – opens the panels with monitoring data that we have already seen by clicking the Control Panel button in the main window. I would say it is a little strange to get HWM INFO by clicking Control Panel, isn’t it?

ALARM button will open a set of windows where you can set safe temperature, voltage and fan rotation speed intervals. Once the parameter goes beyond the safe interval, you will get a warning signal.

CONFIG button will let you set the temperature measuring units, sound signal source, values refresh rate, etc.

In conclusion to our AEGIS Panel experience we can say that its looks very well reflects its contents: bulky, inconvenient, unintuitive, all in all – “rusty”. Moreover, it is not bug-free.

However, we installed this utility from a CD disk bundled with the board. We assumed it was quite possible that there was better utility version on the company web-site. Unfortunately, Foxconn web-site also is not very easy to navigate that is why we couldn’t find the newer utility version right away.

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