Legit Motherboard Reviews
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Motherboard Review
|Date:||Wed, Dec 16, 2009 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Wallace -|
It can sometimes be a pain trying to get every last MHz out of your system. You are constantly rebooting, stress testing each setting until you find the crashing point. With the TurboV EVO software, coupled with their TurboV Remote, you can quickly change settings without having to restart your computer!
Installing the Remote is as simple as plugging it into the motherboard, though since it passes through the I/O shield, you will have to install it after you get the motherboard installed in the case. Those with large heat sink and fan combos will find it a bit frustrating trying to get this little bitty connecter plugged in. Personally, I would rather see the header for this with the rest of the I/O, perhaps above the reset CMOS button since that is where it passes through the I/O shield.
Once you have your operating system installed, simply run the ASUS DVD and install the TurboV EVO, Remote, and EPU software. You’ll want to make sure and put a shortcut to the Remote software in your startup menu, or you will need to open it manually every time your PC restarts.
Taking a glance at the included remote, we have the Power button which functions exactly like the one on your case (and the one on the motherboard itself). Below that, you see the “Turbo Key” buttons. This allows you to use the 3 different Auto Overclocking profiles we saw in the BIOS, so that way you can change the system speed on the fly! Pressing “+” adds 1 to the BCLK of the system, “-“subtracts 1 from the BCLK. This is quite handy for fine-tuning your system. At the bottom, we have the EPU Manual and Auto Mode. This allows you to set your system to run at very low levels (even below default clock speeds) to keep heat and noise down, and with the push of button, crank it up for playing games.
Once you’ve got it all set up, it works great! As you can see above, changing the BCLK brings up a screen clearly showing what you’ve done.
Additionally, when you press one of the EPU buttons, it gives you the choice of performance levels. Overall, I was happy with the way the software worked. The graphical layover is a very nice touch, but would like to find a way to adjust the amount of time it is displayed after a button press (I’m impatient, what can I say).
As a final stroke of genius, ASUS has added a reset CMOS button directly on to the remote. Nice thinking gang!
See the little red button there? A press of the this handy little tool called "MEM OK" will run a brief test on your memory to ensure that it is capable of booting your system. This is good for overclocking and general compatibility.
Next Page - Performance Results
Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Board layout and Bundle
Page 3 - BIOS and AI Tweaker
Page 4 - TurboV EVO/Remote
Page 5 - Performance Results
Page 6 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Conclusion