ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review :: Setup and Test System

06-09-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review

The ASUS A8V comes complete in its retail package with all the proper documentation and drivers. The board mounts to your enclosure and the mounting holes have their own built in washers so using additional washers is not necessary when connecting the board via screws to your case. The board is marked well enough so that it can be read and understood without the user manual and connecting the case and systems wiring/cables was easy to accomplish due to this fact. It only took about fifteen minutes to completely install the motherboard inside the case. If you connect something wrong ASUS offers a voice warning that during the POST sequence notifies users of any system errors, eliminating the need for complicated LED messages. We used the same basic setup rig as we did in our testing of the FX-53 and 3800+ CPUs and the same boards with the addition of the NVIDIA NF3 Ultra board. Setting up the RAID environment is easily enough accomplished and the NVIDIA RAID tool is available for the user in the Windows environment.

ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review

After the initial Windows setup we installed all the pertinent system drivers and then all the necessary Windows upgrades including SP1 before delving into our tests. If you need to upgrade your BIOS, ASUS offers the Live BIOS Update feature, enabling you to upgrade your BIOS and system drivers while connected to the Internet as well as the EZ Flash utility, using ASUS EZ Flash, you can update your boards BIOS directly from the BIOS setup menu. No more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette are required. The board also features AMD's new Cool 'n' Quiet Technology, this is a tool which monitors system operation and automatically adjusts the CPUs voltage and frequency, thus allowing for a cool and quiet environment by increasing or decreasing the fans rotation speed to its optimal settings. The WiFi comes with its own PCI card which must be installed if you want to use the wireless LAN feature, the receiver plugs into a jack located on the back of the card. Reading the manual is always a good thing for the newcomer so that they can familiarize themselves with the board's layout plan and BIOS functions. Overall though, a newbie green PC enthusiast could probably tackle the setup procedure as the board is very user friendly.

ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review
ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Review

Test System

  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 939 (2.4GHz)
  • Motherboards: ASUS A8V Deluxe WiFi Edition
  • Memory: 1GB 2X 512MB Corsair PC3200 CAS 2.0
  • Cooling: Foxconn Reference
  • Hard Drives: 2X 7200RPM Seagate 80GB RAID 0
  • Power: ePower 450W Quiet Cool

System Tests

  • Sysmark 2004 (Windows/Office Real Time Tests)
  • PCMark 2004 (Simulated Synthetic System Tests)
  • 3dmark 2001 SE Build 330 (Direct-X 7.0 Tests)
  • 3Dmark03 Build 340 (Direct-X 8.0-9.0 Tests)
  • Quake3 (Open-GL Test)
  • UT2003 (Direct-3D Test)
  • SpecViewPerf 7.1.1 (Professional Open-GL/Direct-X Rendering Test)
  • Prime95 (Mathematical Stress Test)
  • BurnIn Test Pro (24Hr Stability Test)