The “Temperature Monitor” page shows the temperature readings, including those of the additional sensors.
The fan rotation speeds are reported on the "Fan Speed Monitor" page.
The fan rotation speed can be adjusted on a separate page called “Fan Speed Control”. All eight fan connectors support rotation speed adjustment, the case fans and additional fans will allow lowering their rotation speed even if you are using three-pin fans, but two processor fan connectors support only four-pin fans. You can select one of the preset modes for the processor and case fans from a pretty standard list including “Standard”, “Silent” and “Turbo” modes. You can also select the parameters manually. The rotation speed of additional fans may be set at one of the three preset modes – “Silent”, “Optional” or “Performance”. It may also be locked at a specific value in the interval from 50% to 90% with 10% increment, or set dependent on the readings off additional thermal sensors.
The “Boot” section allows you to adjust your boot-up parameters that will be applied on system start-up.
Now let’s quickly refresh the functionality of the four sub-sections in the “Tools” section.
The built-in “EZ Flash 2” utility for BIOS reflashing is one of the most convenient and functional programs of the kind. Unfortunately, they have recently eliminated the option that allowed saving the current BIOS version before reflashing a new one.
Asus mainboards allow saving and then quickly loading eight full BIOS settings profiles. Each profile may be given a brief descriptive name reminding you of its contents. You can now against save the BIOS settings profiles to and load them from external media. However, you still can’t save the disabling of the startup image in the settings profile.
Just like on mainboards from many other makers we can read the information in the memory modules SPD, including those with XMP (Extreme Memory Profile).
If you save the settings in the “Go Button File” sub-sections, you will be able to instantaneously overclock your system by pressing the “GO” button.
The last section is called “Exit”. Here you can apply the changes, restore the defaults or go back to the “EZ Mode”.
“EZ Mode” performs mostly informational functions, because there are barely any configurable parameters there. You can check the basic system settings, some monitoring data, select an energy-efficient or performance mode and set the order of boot-up devices by simply dragging and dropping them with the mouse pointer.
You can quickly switch from “EZ Mode” to “Advanced Mode” by pressing F7, or use the F3 hot key anywhere in the BIOS to jump over to one of the most frequently used BIOS sections.