Yesterday, DFI presented its new Auto Boost System (ABS) Technology which, at the push of a hotkey during POST, will automatically overclock your processor:
"We are honored to present the ABS (Auto Boost System) technology to our dear friends. ABS system is the first auto CPU upgrade technology, just press a hotkey while you're turning on your PC with our DFI exclusive Genius BIOS, it's so easy and user friendly to over-clock your CPU and get the best performance from the start. ABS is completely BIOS-based technology especially designed for easy and auto boosting, user can get faster and steadier system without any pain. ABS technology is patent pending now. We will do our best to protect all our customers' right and promise to provide the best service to the buyers purchased our original legal products through our assigned channels."
From what I understand, this allows you to quickly choose whether or not you want your system to be OC'ed upon boot.
Or, as Tweaktown put it: "The idea is that if you power on your system and intend to play games you hit the hotkey (probably F1) and the system will get a boost straight away. If you intend just surfing the Internet, donít do anything and the system will run at stock speeds and voltage. Quite a novel idea, we have to say."
why do companies bother with this kind of crap. First thing we do, we go into the bios, and change all the silly 'boost' options from auto to disable. Don't they realize? If you are overclocking, you are a tweaker, if you are a tweaker, you WANT to tweak. we WANT more options, more tweakability, not the other way around. What a huge, epic waste of time and resources for DFI.
A better feature would be individual cpu core overclock settings, like AMD Overdrive has, but in the bios so that it actually works.
OR even better yet, a stability-testing suite that you don't have to boot into windows to run, so we could quickly go back and forth from bios tweaking to stability testing without having to go for a walk every time windows loads.
Sometimes I feel like the people who make the decisions in these companies don't even own computers. All they own is marketing books, so they keep shoving these 'trademark' 'technologies' into our systems when we want nothing of it. WAKE UP!