“Power” section also has one new parameter – “EuP Ready”. According to existing standards, systems in standby mode consume less power. With this function enabled, LEDs will only light up when the board is working and will turn off when it goes into standby.
As for us, the most interesting part of the “Power” section is “Hardware Monitor”. In my opinion, it is not very convenient that the parameters inside this sub-section are split into multiple pages.
There are current voltages on one page:
Temperatures on another page:
You can find fan rotation speeds and rotation speed adjustment modes also on individual pages:
Now let’s go over to “Tools” section, where we find a couple of innovations as well.
“Speeding HDD Configuration” sub-section turned out to be a renamed “Drive Xpert Configuration”. It allows configuring the drives connected to red SATA ports for work in RAID modes without scaring off an inexperienced user by the term “RAID”.
We have already discussed the functionality of the “O.C. Profile” sub-section. Here I would only like to remind you that there is also a built-in utility with the same name that will help save profiles on external storage devices and then load the necessary profiles from them.
This utility looks very similar to “EZ Flash 2” program, which allows you to quickly and easily update the BIOS version. However, the first thing we see is the new “Go Button File” sub-section. On Asus Maximus III Formula “Go Button” button is located a little below the 24-pin power connector. It serves two different purposes. If you press it before passing the startup POST procedure, it will enable “MemOK!” function that should eliminate startup memory problems. If you press this button after the system has booted, the board will load overclocking settings from the “Go Button File” sub-section.
To find out the mainboards potential, we usually overclock processors by raising their Vcore. To check out “Go Button” feature we decided to resort to a mild overclocking technique without raising the CPU Vcore. Intel Core i7-860 CPU we use for our overclocking experiments can work at up to 152-154 MHz base clock without any core voltage increase. Just to play safe we set the base clock to 150 MHz.
True, right after the OS has booted, we pressed the “Go Button” and the board initially working in nominal mode increased its base clock to 150 MHz. Of course, all frequencies connected with the base clock, such as memory frequency, for instance, also increased. That is why we increased the memory voltage in advance. Yes, everything seemed to be working and this mode will remain enabled even if you reboot the system: you have to press “Go Button” one more time in order to go back to the initial settings. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to overclocking without CPU Vcore increase, so this “overclocking by necessity” could be very handy if the button were somewhat easier to reach. It would be great to have a remote control, like “TurboV Remote” enclosed with Asus P7P55D Deluxe, for example. It is very inconvenient to open up the system case every time you need to use the “Go Button”.
“MemPerfect” is another new sub-section, which functionality will help you test the system memory. We are going to talk more about this function in the chapter of our review devoted to Asus brand name utilities and technologies.
Overall, the BIOS functionality of Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard leaves a remarkable impression. It is on an extremely high level, all the overclocking and configuring options are there together with a bunch of new features and functions. There are still a few comments we made about the convenience of use and the detailed description of the new functions could come in very handy. It will become especially obvious when we get to work with Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard.