Motherboard: ASUS A7V8X Review :: Setup and Overclocking

12-03-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Setup went quite smoothly as the board is based on a Jumper-free design although there are a few jumpers that can be used to disable some of the boards on-board feature options. What does this mean to you most probably nothing as most will leave these jumpers in place unless something goes bad on the board and you need to disable something for stability issues.

The A7V8X is a solid piece of equipment, it has great silk-screened instructions and wire connection charts that are easily readable by eye without a microscope that come in handy when putting together a system especially when the manual is not handy. I had no problems connecting all the power and case wiring with this board due to its ergonomic simplicity.

Windows installation went very smoothly as did the installation of the various system drivers off the included CD. Overall the entire process from start to finish was about an hour and offered the user no real obstacles to overcome to get up and going successfully.

Constant, high-pitched noise generated from heat-sink fans are a thing of the past thanks to ASUS Q-Fan. The ASUS A7V8X with Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation. This is a good on-boar feature to have and is usually something seen only on high-end cooling fans.

The BIOS is very user friendly and straightforward enough so that most anybody can figure it out. The BIOS offers the enthusiasts the most bang for the buck as this is where your system can be fine tuned for optimal performance and overclocking. ASUS has usually made boards that are agreeable to the overclocker via their feature options.

You can manually adjust the voltage and the setting of your CPU, FSB, AGP and Memory as seen in the BIOS photos below for precise tweaking of your system. Altering the FSB and increasing the CPU, AGP and Memory voltage adds stability in a system pushed beyond spec. These increases are for stability only and should be used carefully.

I was able to increase the FSB to 150MHz without error using only slight increases in the Voltage of the CPU, AGP, and Memory. I was able to do a FSB overclock of 143MHz without any increases in voltages at all but to get higher CPU speeds the voltage adjustments became necessary to maintain system stability and end the random restarts.

Below you can see all the available options that are offered within the BIOS environment that make this board one flexible piece of hardware for the enthusiast and overclocker. Always remember to take small steps when increasing your systems voltage and make sure your CPU is well and properly being cooled as this is the most likely part to burn-up. Increasing the voltage also creates additional heat and this is where most problems are encountered and where CPU's tend to fry especially when using the AMD XP series of processors that are rather hot to begin with.