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ASUS P6X58-E WS Workstation Motherboard

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Diag LED

This is a very simple, but handy, feature that any PC or network technician would love to have in a server or similar type of heavy use system. During boot up the motherboard checks the four main components of the system for errors: CPU, memory, HDD and graphics. This way the user will know just what is at the main issue for the system not booting.

G.P. Diagnosis Card

The G.P. card is what many of us see build into the mid to higher range motherboards. The card consists of a LED display that will provide a pin-point reason for the system not acting as it should. The card also has a power and reset button as well. We figure the reason ASUS did it this way is you are diagnosing any problems, once the is computer has gotten to the point it will boot, there isn't much of a reason to have these buttons on the motherboard. It's just a handy feature to have available if you are a technician or a bencher since having such buttons eliminates the need to wiring a power button to the FP header, or using a metal pin to jumper the pins. [Editor's Note: I know I'd find it handy... *cough* I've been known to use a small flathead screwdriver. While not as pretty as ASUS's method, I cannibalized a small all-in-one power/reset/LED panel out of an old case for this.] 

ASUS TurboV

Many of us know of this application for overclocking the motherboard within Windows, yet someone purchasing a motherboard like this may not be planning on overclocking, but there are many other features and uses of this app. The first would be to monitor the temperatures and voltages of various areas of the motherboard. You can even use this application to apply different levels of the EPU feature (for power saving). Regardless of whether you're overclocking or adjusting the power phase of the motherboard, this app is real time and money saver with being able to access the proper hardware chips on the motherboard for adjustments. There are also sub-apps (applets, if you will) included TurboV and one could choose to install them all, shutting down whatever program they do not need access to.