ASUS A7V8X-X - Page 6

..:: Asus A7V8X-X System BIOS ::..

As previously mentioned, our motherboard was shipped with the 1003 BIOS release for the A7V8X-X. However, the images shown here to describe our A7V8X-X motherboard's BIOS were taken after we had successfully flashed to the latest 1005 release using Asus' EZ Flash update method described in the user manual. This release was also used for all of our benchmarking and overclocking tests.

After pressing the delete key during POST, you will come to the main menu of the Award BIOS. The A7V8X-X correctly detects our drives, but there really isn't anything else that is special to report in this section of the BIOS.

The advanced menu is where most of your time will be spent. Here you can manipulate the processor default values by adjusting multiplier, FSB and Vcore settings as well as other various options for the system's hardware.

Multiplier adjustments are available up to a 22.5x value. This should be more than enough choices for you to choose which multiplier is best for your unlocked AMD processor.

The highest FSB frequency adjustments on our A7V8X-X are available up 227MHz, which is the equivalent of a 454MHz DDR FSB. Even if you are able to hit this high of a FSB for your processor, the PCI bus will be effected since there is no way to lock the AGP/PCI clocks. This is sure to disappoint more than a few people out there.

The processor's Vcore can go as high as 1.85V. But if you decide to enable the over-volt jumper, additional Vcore options are available up to a potentially dangerous 2.05 volts. I doubt anyone that purchases this board will be using anywhere near that high of a Vcore, but if you do, be very careful not to damage the processor.

Within the advanced menu of the BIOS is a chip configuration sub-menu section that will allow you to modify different memory timings of the installed DDR. The CAS latency has the option to go as low as 1.5, but I have yet to see a motherboard and memory combination to run at this speed. Even more options are present for defining additional memory timings, as well as AGP settings for the graphics card you intend to use with the A7V8X-X.

The next section in the BIOS is the power menu. Asus' C.O.P. (cpu overheating protection) feature can be found by selecting the temperature shutdown option, but besides this setting, there is nothing really unique to report.

The boot menu is where you can choose a particular order that the A7V8X-X will scan for boot data from the installed drives. Other basic options are present as well, but I am glad to see that Asus gives us the option of disabling the full screen logo with the A7V8X-X, whereas other motherboard manufacturers do not. I personally like to see that all of my devices are being detected correctly during POST. If you enable the logo, it will either show the A7V8X-X default logo or your own custom logo that you created using the included MyLogo software.

The A7V8X-X certainly has all of the basic features we would expect to find in a motherboard's BIOS, although it definitely does not have the diversity of options that an enthusiast might expect from an Asus motherboard. The most disappointing options include the lack of memory Vdimm adjustments and locking the AGP/PCI clocks when increasing the FSB.