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The CPU-integrated graphics core is turned off by default. If you enable it, the Ai Tweaker section will provide options for changing its voltage and frequency.

The NB PCIe Configuration page helps you choose the operation mode of the two PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots for expansion cards.

USB-related options can be found in the USB Configuration subsection.

The Onboard Devices Configuration subsection allows you to set up each of the mainboard’s numerous onboard controllers.

Startup and power-related options are available in the APM subsection.

The last subsection, called Network Stack, allows you to use the mainboard’s two network controllers in teaming mode.

The Monitor section is where you can check out the current temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. You can select a speed regulation mode for any of the fans supported by the mainboard: Standard, Silent or Turbo. Or you can set them up manually, too. System fans used to be regulated all together with the Chassis Q-Fan Control parameter, but now you can individually set up the behavior of each of them. The two CPU fans can only be regulated if they have 4-pin connectors.

System startup options can be found in the Boot section. It’s here that you can change the start mode from EZ to Advanced.

Next goes the Tools section with four subsections.

The integrated BIOS update tool called EZ Flash 2 is perhaps the handiest and most functional among the utilities of its kind. We only notice one downside about it after it had transitioned to EFI BIOS: the current firmware version was saved into the root directory of the connected drive by default (it could be saved into any folder previously). This deficiency was eliminated in a very smart way: the option of saving the current BIOS prior to updating it has been removed altogether. Although that's not a frequently used feature, we don’t quite like the way the problem has been solved.

ASUS mainboards allow you to store and load up to eight profiles with full BIOS settings. Each profile can be given a descriptive name. Sharing BIOS profiles by saving and loading them from external disks is not available after the transition to EFI BIOS. The profiles do not save the option of turning the startup picture off.

Like on mainboards from many other brands, we can now see the information written into the memory modules' SPD unit.

The Drive Xpert section can help you quickly and easily build a RAID array out of two disks connected to the onboard controller Marvell 88SE9128.

The Exit section goes last. It allows you to save your changes, load default BIOS settings, or switch back to EZ Mode.

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