EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review :: EPoX AD580 XR Special Features

04-30-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • Ghost BIOS
  • Thunder Flash
  • Thunder Probe
  • EZ Button
  • Power BIOS
  • Magic Health

EPoX's website is a bit hard to understand for the native-English speaker and the features description needs a little translation as well. I decided to translate the pertinent parts of their website into terms that everyone can understand, rather than copy them verbatim.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Ghost BIOS

Ghost BIOS


Thunder Flash is EPoX's Windows-based Flash utility. The three parts of Thunder Flash include Magic Flash, Ghost BIOS and Magic Screen. Magic Screen is the BIOS screen replacement program that you can replace the EPoX's BIOS recovery program. There are four main components to this program, you can Flash BIOS without worry of being corrupted or failed, Easy step on making BIOS back up disk, Easy rescue step when doing BIOS recovery, system will still boot up without BIOS.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Thunder Flash

Thunder Flash

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Driver CD

Driver CD

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Utilities

Utilities

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review RAID Floppy

RAID Floppy

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Manual

Manual


Step 1 in recovering the BIOS is using the Driver CD. The Driver CD or a floppy disk can be used to recover the BIOS of a motherboard that has Ghost BIOS. The second step is Recovery. It's pretty self-explanatory if you use the Driver CD. Step 3 will have the system automatically detect the latest version of the BIOS and notify the user that a new version is available. Step 4 Magic Flash flashes the new BIOS.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Thunder Probe

Thunder Probe


Thunder Probe is EPoX's Windows based hardware monitoring utility. This utility allows you to monitor the Voltages, the temperature and the speed of the system. Thunder Probe monitors the voltages of the +5V, the Vdimm, the 5VSB, the +12V, the Vchip, the Vctre, the 3VSB, the Vbat and the Vcore. Temperatures for the System, CPU and Thermo o are also monitored. The Fan Speed of the various system fans are monitored by Fan Control.

EPoX includes a Power and Reset button on the board to allow the tweaker in all of us to turn on the computer without it being in a case. EPoX brands this EZ Button. I found it useful, as often times the wires from the open air test station don't reach the FP IO connectors. Plus it's always useful to do open-air testing before putting the motherboard in the case to see if it works or not.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Fan Monitoring

Fan Monitoring


Magic Health is the system monitoring utility that pops up on the POST (Power On Self Test) screen. This utility is useful due to the fact that it will give the status of the temperature, voltages and fan speeds of the system before entering the Operating System. If a component fails this will give you an indication of where the problem is before too much time has elapsed.