Abit KV8 Pro v1.1 - Page 6

Written by John Chen    Sunday, 20 February 2005 11:00
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The software bundle of the KV8 Pro is relatively light, because there are no extra programs included.  All the necessary drivers are included on one drivers disc.  However, it does come with the great program: uGuru.  As mentioned before, Abit's uGuru program is a Windows based utility that allows enthusiasts to overclock on the fly.  This means that you can overclock while you work in Windows and don't have to bother with multiple system restarts.  If the system crashed because you overclocked too high, the system will restart and restore to your last BIOS settings. 

uGuru doesn't come with just the overclocking feature, it also comes with Abit's FlashMenu, BlackBox, and Abit EQ.  The FlashMenu is a Windows based utility to update your motherboard to the latest BIOS.  While I tend to stay away from Windows based programs for BIOS updates and prefer the traditional DOS method, the FlashMenu can come in handy at times when you want to "force/trick" the system into using a beta BIOS.  The BlackBox feature is used for technical support.  If you have problems with your system, simply run BlackBox to detect your hardware information and then send it in to Abit.  And within 24 hours, Abit will get back to you and try to figure out your problems.  The Abit EQ is Abit's hardware monitoring utility.  It provides users information on voltage lines, temperatures, and fan RPMs. 




Now we get to the fun utility--Abit's OC Guru.  The OC Guru is the one most enthusiasts will mess with.  It allows users access to SoftMenu and overclock from there.  There is a slider for the HTT frequency and a slider for the AGP bus.  Unfortunately, I was unable to move the AGP bus.  Through the OC Guru, it seems that the AGP bus isn't locked.  It would change if I increased the HTT.  The most wonderful thing about the OC Guru is that it allowed higher VDIMM options.  Through the BIOS, users were given a maximum of 2.8v.  Through the OC Guru, users had access to a high of 3.2v.  This is certainly good news for enthusiasts who still own voltage hungry memory.