Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review :: BIOS

09-01-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas

Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review Main

Main


The ASUS P5WD2 PREMIUM has the most detailed BIOS settings I have seen to date. VCore, Memory, CPU Voltage and frequency settings are common for top motherboards. Some has the PCI Frequency locking like this motherboard. But it is the first time I am seeing Southbridge, Northbridge and FSB Termination Voltage settings.

Let's go over them. First of all you can unlock the CPU Multiplier. It let's you reduce it and pump up the CPU Frequency. Then you can increase the memory frequency to match the CPU Frequency. To add more stability, you can increase the CPU and memory voltage a bit.


Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review CPU Lock

CPU Lock

Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review VCore

VCore

Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review Memory Voltage

Memory Voltage

Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review DRAM Freq

DRAM Freq


If you pushed it really hard, after this point, PCI devices including onboard components will start to act funny and/or your PCI-E Video card will completely crash your system.. So you need to lock the PCI Bus setting to a normal 33.3 and PCI-E clock to normal.


Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review PCI B

PCI B

Asus P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review PCI Lock

PCI Lock


But if you are saying, "hey we know the drill, give us more". Southbridge, Northbridge and FSB Termination Voltage settings that I was talking about is for you. Every time I played with them the computer crashed pretty badly. I like overclocking but I prefer to leave "insane level" of over clocking to Doc Overclock.

Asus provided a GUI for us to be able to do all this within the OS real time and called it AIBooster. And they added an AI NOS function for automatic over clocking. But I am a pretty conservative guy and I prefer to apply my own magic settings for overclocking. But it is a really nice utility though. By the way, until you install this utility, you may find a question mark in your device manager. This utility installs a device driver.

I need to tell you this; with some BIOS versions when Asus boots with a CPU it doesn't recognize, it treats as a new CPU every time it boots. For some test I was using an engineering CPU (3.6 hyper threaded EMT64 but no XD option). After updating to 0422 BIOS, it drove me nuts. Every time I boot, it gave me a "New CPU Installed" warning. I went back to the BIOS supplied on the CD, it worked fine. After updating to 0425 Beta BIOS, it continued working. So 0422 has some issues. If you experience similar problems, go back to the older BIOS or wait for 0425.