The Maximus VIII Extreme has two BIOS modes. By default, the Advanced mode shows up first instead of the Easy Mode pictured below. The Easy Mode has all the basic settings a user might need to setup their system including drive boot order, fan control, XMP enable, and auto overclocking (EZ System Tuning).
The advanced mode has everything you would expect from a well-polished ASUS UEFI. Fan control can be setup through a GUI or traditional manual insertion. There is also a fair amount of tweaking options for hardcore overclockers, as well as profiles that can be used as a starting point. Something worth noting is the large database of memory preset/profiles you can use. In fact, I used one of these presets for my Dominator Platinum kit because XMP wasn't working. There also seems to be a speed limit on how fast you can scroll through the menu options, perhaps so that users don't miss any options. Overall I was impressed with the UEFI.
ASUS provides an almost endless list of customized software including Sonic Studio II, Keybot II, GameFirst III, Lighting Control, EZ Update, and Dual Intelligent Processors 5. The DIP5 software has a lot more software inside such as TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 3. ASUS also has some more software that you can check out on their website.
Fan Xpert 3 is quite elaborate and includes most everything you need to setup fan control. ASUS also has a customized CPU-Z skin and Mem Tweak It for memory timings. TurboV Core is a lightweight Windows overclocking program used to get that quick CPU-Z validation.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Maximus VIII Extreme Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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