The new BIOS from ASUS is a change from what many will be used to. Instead of a basic system with only keyboard input, you get something a little more functional. You also have two modes; one is a basic mode and what you see when you first open up the BIOS.
Here you can change your operating profile with a simple click. You have three options to choose from. These options are similar to the ones we have shown you when using the old EPU 6 software. Now you can set them in the BIOS without the need to have any OS installed. This is useful to people that might not want to install Windows.
The advanced mode is more like what we are used to dealing with. There is an AI Tweaker page and many of the other pages you are used to in older ASUS BIOSes. Of course, things are also a lot more consolidated and the use of a mouse inside the BIOS makes navigation even easier. You will note something new listed; that is the Internal PLL Overvoltage. Now, you might not think this is a big deal, but as we have already told you this simple setting can mean the difference between a 47 multiplier and a 50.
Again, as we told you in our coverage of ASUS at CES, we found some of the same features that were once reserved for the ROG line-up filtering down into the mainstream and workstation market.
Some things still stay the same, though, as we find options broken out into an Advanced section.
The Monitor tab is where we now find the Q-Fan controls. These have been extended to both the CPU and Chassis.
One item I really like is the ability to see what the SPD information really is without having to boot into Windows. Again, with a simple click I have all of the timing information at my fingertips.
Overall I think I like the new BIOS layout. I do wish that it had a screen shot mode, but I hear that is coming very soon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Box and What's Inside]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard]
- Page 4 [The BIOS]
- Page 5 [Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup and Comments]
- Page 7 [Synthetic Tests - Part I]
- Page 8 [Synthetic Tests - Part II]
- Page 9 [Synthetic Tests - Part III]
- Page 10 [Real-World Tests - Part I]
- Page 11 [Real-World Tests Part II]
- Page 12 [Power Usage and Heat Tests]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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