ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Overclocking

05-31-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review BIOS chip

BIOS chip


For the beginning overclocker ASUS offers their own AI Booster tool that allows automatic overclocking by a system tool that adjusts/tests your settings until it feels the system becomes unstable. This tool actually works on ASUS boards, but you do not get the cool new nTune 5.0 tool that NVIDIA has developed specifically for overclocking their chipset based motherboards. In our AM2 launch we talked about the nTune not functioning well for us and as we have tested a few other AM2 boards we have discovered this is a problem with the ASUS board and not the nTune tool itself. If you are just starting out as an overclocker and are still a bit timid about hacking around in a BIOS the ASUS AI Booster gets about a 6 out of 10 score, which is better than some tools and worse than others. The new nTune 5.0 is a better tool as an all around overclocking utility for the inexperienced user as it examines and alters more settings in its overclocking attempts, especially when you use the advanced time consuming method.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review ASUS AI-Booster

ASUS AI-Booster

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review Overclocked AI-Booster

Overclocked AI-Booster


If you know what you are doing and thought of tinkering around in the BIOS is your cup of tea, you will be pleased at the options incorporated into the BIOS of the M2N32-SLI series of boards. You can manually adjust just about anything you can think of that relates to either voltage or clock adjustments and this is where the professional overclocker learns his trade. If you have an unlocked CPU this process becomes even more involved as setting the CPU clock to its lowest multiplier and seeing how far the memory can be pushed using slow incremental steps is where the best results lie. Voltage increase should only be done if you are so close to having a stable overclock, but just need a little more juice. If you can get your system to post, but not make it into the Windows cycle, this is a good time to start trying voltage increases. A word to the wise for those about to go balls to the wall: Some memory modules will just burn out if you increase the voltage to much, the CPU will just fail before burnout, but the memory will fry fast so be careful. The ASUS M2N32-SLI has all the options for overclocking no matter what level you may be in your experience. It would have been better to have NVIDIA's nTune working, but this is only a kill for the beginner, not the experienced overclocker who knows his way around a BIOS. The BIOS can be updated in the Windows environment with an ASUS tool called ASUS Update, this does make the process a much more user friendly and accurate experience.


ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review Overclocked CPUID

Overclocked CPUID

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review Motherboard Settings

Motherboard Settings

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review ASUS Update

ASUS Update