Like many Intel P67 board the ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution comes with an EFI BIOS. This is a graphical user interface BIOS that allows you to not only use a keyboard, but a mouse as well. Traditional BIOS’s were very ugly and hard to navigate. These new BIOS’s look much better and are organized for easy configuration. When you first get into the BIOS you have the “Basic” screen that gives you most of the information on your system and gives you a few options that you can change. You can set the system performance with a single click, this is something that is nice for people who really do not want to mess around in the BIOS. Also you can select your boot priority by dragging the icons listed. At the top you can exit or go into Advanced Mode, let’s check that out. Advanced Mode is for people who really want to get into the details and tweak their system. In the main screen you have information on your system. There are 6 tabs at the top for each specific section of the BIOS.
Let’s skip over Ai Tweaker and go to the Advanced tab. This is where you will find most of the settings you would normally find in the “Integrated Peripherals” section of other BIOS’s. In the CPU configuration you can enable and disable many of your processor’s technologies. You can also set the CPU ratio. If you click the box you need to actually input the value of the CPU ratio, there is no popup box to select a CPU ratio.
In the SATA confoguration you are able to select the type of SATA mode and you can see all of the drives you have connected. I also like that they label the connections by the colors on the board itself. USB configuration is pretty simple, you can turn Legacy USB and USB 3.0 support on or off. Onboard devices allows you to enable many of your onboard devices like USB 3.0 and HD audio. APM is where you can set your Power on By devices.
In the monitor tab is where you can monitor system temperatures and fan speeds in real time. You can also set low fan speed limits. In the Boot tab you are able select the boot mode, boot priority and there is a nice boot override option, which is great if you are installing an OS from a flash drive. You just go down and select the boot device in the boot override section and the system will instantly boot from it. This way you don’t have to go back and change your boot priority after you have your OS installed.
In the tools tab you have 4 different tools. The first is the EZ Flash 2 utility, here you can easily flash your BIOS from a USB flash drive. ASUS O.C. Profile allows you to save your overclocking profiles and load them easily. ASUS SPD information will show you the SPD information for your installed memory. ASUS Drive Xpert is an easy way for you to setup RAID on your system.
Jul 08, 2014 0