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ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard Review
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard ReviewASUS has a ton of P8P67 variants. Some are light on features, some aren The P8P67 Deluxe is certainly anything but light on features but how does it perform How does it stack up in the sea of recent P67 Express based boards ASUS AI Suite II
ASUS once again included their AI Suite II which includes TurboV EVO. While I not been a huge fan of this software in the past, I beginning to like it more and more. While I think there is a lot of things in it which aren necessary, or even beneficial, the things that count work well. The application starts out with a tool bar just as all the most recent versions do. This one also includes an Auto Tuning button if you want to get right down to it. Once you click on some of the various buttons, you will see expanding menus which allow you to access the various features of the utility. TurboV EVO being the first one I cover.
TurboV EVO is where you will find most of your overclocking and performance settings. Initially you two tabs at the top. A TurboV and an Auto Tuning tab. Starting with the TurboV tab we immediately see BCLK, CPU and DDR voltage sliders. There is a pain off to the right side which currently shows your CPU clock speed and multiplier settings, as well as core usage statistics. This pain can be changed depending on the utility selected. Next you notice that there is a More Settings drop down. Once selected, an Advanced Mode and a CPU Ratio tab appear. Below that are additional voltage adjustments. The most important of these is the CPU PLL voltage adjustment. CPU ratio may or may not prompt for a reboot of the system. What this does is adjust the setting in BIOS to allow for your CPU core multipliers to be adjusted via the OS. I not sure why this doesn default to being on as it should in my opinion.
Next the Auto Tuning tab shows us basically the same CPU Level Up functionality we seen in ASUS BIOS now for a few years. There are two presets, Fast and Extreme. The latter only gives you about a 4.1GHz to 4.2GHz overclock using a Core i7 2600K. Not really extreme, but nice given that there is virtually no effort involved here. Then there is the DIGI+VRM settings. This menu allows you to set LoadLine calibration and CPU current capabilities. You can also adjust the VRM frequency mode if you desire. Phase Control is also available here as is the DIGI+VRM duty cycle setting.
What nice about overclocking through this utility as opposed to the BIOS are the rollovers. While they aren super technical, they do explain in layman terms what each of the settings do and what effect they might have on your overclocking experience. Given how well we seen software overclocking work on most of the P67 Express chipset based boards, its reason enough to overclock here rather than through the BIOS. Moving on we find the ASUS EPU control panel. This is basically power saving presets. There are also energy savings counters, etc. You can also edit the profiles if you choose and customize them. Also you notice that the pain on the right hand side has an EPU Status and a Sensor feature. The latter shows all your temperatures and voltage ranges. It also displays fan RPM ranges if you care to monitor those. I don actually have any fans beyond the water pump connected to this so mine all show zero RPM here.
Here we see the FAN Xpert. I hate it. Simply put I hate line graphs despite being well aware of their advantages and I hate any type of controls using the form of a line graph even more. Still it works well enough, I just don care for it myself. It a minor complaint at best. As you can see you can set fan profile presets as well. What I do like is that there is a built in test function for your fan profiles. I can recall ever seeing anything like that in any software utilities. Certainly, not in recent memory anyway. Moving on, we can see the actual profile adjustments for the EPU profiles. This is the High Performance profile for reference.
Moving on once again we get into the ASUS Probe II. While the name is similar to the ASUS PC Probe II which ASUS bundled with its boards for what seems like an eternity, the two could not be more different in terms of visual presentation. This one is integrated into the AI Suite II better than any efforts previous. More so this one is easier to read and far more user friendly. This utility allows for the monitoring of voltages, fan speeds, and various temperature zones. It doesn really allow for any changes beyond alert thresholds. It also shows a logging function which displays and alerts which have occurred previously on the system. You can also save your settings into a profile if you wish. Running through them quickly you see several tabs starting with voltage, temperature, fan speed, preference, and finally the alert log.
As usual ASUS likes to throw everything but the kitchen sink in with its utilities so this goes on and on. As soon as ASUS can digitally include a kitchen sink, I sure they will just to one up their competitors. In any case the next feature is the BT GO or Bluetooth Go or whatever. This allows you to connect your Bluetooth enabled phone or other devices to the system. You can transfer files, share media, and do a whole bunch of things. I didn play with this feature too much but I did connect my phone to it and move some files around. This utility is actually a double effort as there is another one which isn as fancy, but is essentially the same as this which gets installed and is accessible through Windows Start Menu. I almost cringed in fear when I saw this next part. The ASUS Update utility. I say It back but I don think it ever really left. Since bricking two boards using this back in the 680i SLI chipset days I haven touched this utility and I been gun shy about ever flashing my BIOS over the internet. Instead I prefer to download the BIOS and use EZFlash or the equivalent if using another brand of board. But anyway this feature is prominently integrated into ASUS AI Suite for better or for worse. Editors Note: Flashing a BIOS inside of a Windows OS has come a long way since the 680i days. I have used this program extensively and not had issues with it. Still when it comes to my personal hardware or even most test bench hardware I like to use the BIOS based flashing utilities.