ASUS's Z170 UEFI is very similar to their offerings from Z97 and X99, there isn't much difference in overall styling except in the background. That being said, ASUS's UEFI is one of the most solid Z170 UEFIs I have worked with so far, and it has the most overclocking features I have seen as well. ASUS does an excellent job providing all the features an overclocker's heart could desire, many of which you should consult ASUS's guide to use.
All of that being said, ASUS has really focused on improving their fan control for Z170. They have made all their fans PWM and Voltage mode capable, and they have customized controls even more in the UEFI. You have the option of a GUI or input controls for fan control.
ASUS's DIP 5 (Dual Intelligent Processors 5) is provided with the ASUS ROG skin and it houses most of ASUS's software. The image on the right shows what software you can launch from it.
Fan control is also available in the UEFI, but many prefer to use Windows applications for that, and ASUS has you covered. ASUS has also provided a bunch of other applications; RAM Cache, RAMDisk, Keybot II, and GameFirst III.
ASUS is providing Sonic Studio II for the new audio setup along with the SupremeFX application. An LED lighting application is provided to control the RGB LEDs under the PCH heat sink.
ASUS provides MemTweakIt for memory, an ASUS ROG skin for CPUz, and TurboV Core for quick on-the-fly tuning.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the Maximus VIII Hero]
- Page 3 [Maximus VIII Hero Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [Maximus VIII Hero 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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