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DFIs Auto Boost System (ABS) Investigated - Final Thoughts

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 22, 2008 4:00 am

Final Thoughts


I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed the Auto Boost System wasn't fully automated; until I received the board, looked at the online manual and did some research into the ABS technology, it was really only then that I understand exactly how it worked.


As a lot of overclockers would know, many brands these days give you the ability to save your profile. This is handy for a few reasons; the first is if you lose your overclock you can hit a few buttons and have all your settings the way you wanted them. The other thing is that you can set it for a good overclock and use that as a jumping point; keep increasing and increasing and if it crashes you don't have to start with all the default settings; you can go to your loaded profile and just take it from there.


What ABS does is really kick this up a notch; it lets people give their BIOS settings out. Now, if you just happened to have a good CPU, some good RAM and decent cooling you can have all those settings that the overclock master has with a touch of a few buttons, in the event he has decided to share his BIOS, that is.


I originally thought that ABS was about hitting the F1 button at boot up and it would go through and try a bunch of settings 'till it got to something that worked, it would then proceed to leave the settings at that. Does the fact that ABS doesn't do this make it not a great technology? - Of course not, but it's really probably not as AUTO as you think it is, unless you have really had a look into it.


There are a few things DFI need to do, though; first they have to promote the thing a lot more, they also have to put more ABS profiles online; they need to get some of the master overclockers inside the office setting up profiles for popular CPUs like the Q6600, E8600, E8400 and more.


Unfortunately, what I can see happening with the technology is one of the big two motherboard manufacturers tweaking it and releasing it on their motherboards. ABS is good, and it's going to be an excellent tool for amateur overclockers, but I think they need to push the technology on their website more along with making a dedicated section in the forums on it.


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