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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.08.04]
Manufactured by: Abit

Est. Street Price: $115
Avg. 865PE Price: $90-100

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We DO uGuru!

You've probably been dying to find out about uGuru, haven't you? After all, it sounds like it could take you to PC Nirvana.

I don't know if it THAT heavenly, but check this out. uGuru is an onboard microprocessor integrated to newer Abit boards. Using the uGuru suite of programs, you can do anything from hardware monitoring, real time voltage and overclocking, fan controlling, audio equalizing, and more. Heck, there's even a "black box" feature, to help you get the quickest support response possible from Abit Tech Support (which is already known to be quite fast).

With "OCGuru", you can set the GAT mode, and change the FSB rate, CPU, AGP, and DDR voltages. You can save each setting to its own profile and engage your settings in real time, without the need for a reboot. If you crash, go back in, load your profile, tinker with your settings a bit, hit Apply, and see how far you can OC!

From the EQ Monitor Setting, you can set all the variables for all your voltages, fan speeds, and temperatures. If something goes out of whack, you can have uGuru shut down for you.

Here is the main uGuru EQ dialog. From here you can check out various fan speeds, voltages, and temperatures, in a funky, almost spiritual GUI.

uGuru also supports Windows based BIOS flashing, including a one click live update setting, which will connect to Abit's site and see if there is a new BIOS available. If there is, it will download it and install it for you. Thank you, oh heavenly uGuru!

All in all, I would have to say I am impressed with uGuru. Although many of its features can be emulated by various programs, uGuru is hardware based, and will not give much of a performance hit at all (it tested out to be less than 3%). Try that with Motherboard Monitor running full time!

Are you feeling enlightened yet? Good! It's time for some benchmarking!

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