Asus P5E-VM HDMI: A microATX C2D board for gamers?

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The BIOS of the P5E-VM HDMI is as expansive and flexible as any we've encountered in fuall ATX boards geared to performance enthusasists. The screenshots below give you a slice of this BIOS.

BIOS Performance Settings.

More settings.

Notable BIOS Controls
6 to maximum
FSB Frequency 200Mhz to 800Mhz in 1Mhz increments
PCIE Frequency 100Mhz to 150Mhz in 1Mhz increments
DRAM Frequency Varies depending on FSB Strap setting
DRAM Timing Control Numerous, various
CPU Voltage 1.1000V to 1.7000V in 0.0125V increments
DRAM Voltage 1.80V to 2.44V in 0.02V increments
North Bridge Voltage 1.25V to 1.71V in 0.02V increments
South Bridge Voltage 1.05V, 1.20V
Video Memory 128MB/256MB, Fixed/DVMT

The frequency and voltage options are impressive. Some features were unfamilar, including "Clock Over-Charging Mode," "CPU Voltage Damper," "PLL Voltage," and others. There is still room for improvement for "undervolters", as the lower limit for CPU voltage is only 1.1000V.


Fan control from within the BIOS is available in the Hardware Monitor section. With the Q-Fan feature enabled, three different CPU fan speed profiles can be selected: Optimal, Silent, and Performance. A fan connected the CHA_FAN1 header can also be controlled. The "Chassis Fan Ratio" can be set to 90%, 80%, 70% or 60%. The case fan will run at this speed unless the system temperature exceeds the designated "Chassis Target Temperature" which can be set from anywhere between 28°C and 46°C. We looked forward to experimenting with these extensive fan controls.

The Hardware Monitor section of the BIOS.

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