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BIOS Functionality

In our previous reviews of Asus products we have already talked about Asus EFI BIOS – an overall very successful implementation of the UEFI standard (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). However, the BIOS of “Republic of Gamers” mainboards differs not only by its unique color scheme and extended functionality, but also by the fact that “Extreme Tweaker” section with most overclocking and fine-tuning options is the first section that you see when you access it. You can chance frequencies, multipliers and voltages in the main section window. You don’t need to go to the monitoring section to check on the current voltages, as they are all displayed right here, next to the corresponding parameters that allow adjusting them as needed. Very convenient implementation!

As usual, some parameters are singled out on separate pages to unload the main section a little bit. Namely, the memory timings have been moved into a separate page. Unlike regular Asus mainboards, here we see a few preset profiles, “Rampage Tweak” parameter allows switching between the compatibility mode and performance or overclocking mode, and the scroll bar indicates that the list of timings available for adjustment is truly gigantic. We are going to show only the first screen here:

Parameters responsible for processor, memory and chipset voltages are also singled out in a separate sub-section:

There is no need to access the “CPU Performance Settings” sub-section, because the board will automatically adjust the power consumption depending on the overclocking settings selected.

The “GPU.DIMM Post” sub-section contains the basic graphics card and memory modules settings.

I have always doubted the practical value of the “GPU.DIMM Post” sub-section. For example, in the memory page we can only see the current operation mode for the memory modules.

The graphics card page will show the current operation mode for the graphics cards in exactly the same way.

However, this time “GPU Post” page contained a new sub-section called “PCIe Lane Simulator”. In the previous chapter of our review we dedicated an entire paragraph to describing the way PCI Express x16 slots work depending on the number of graphics cards installed in them. I hope you understood everything at that point, but if you didn’t, this simulator will visualize how the operation modes will change if the number of graphics cards in the system changes.

In the end of the “Extreme Tweaker” section there are three sub-sections containing additional options for configuring the CPU, memory and chipset.

The next section is the well-familiar “Main”, where you can change not only date and time but also the interface language.

We are already well familiar with the functionality of the sub-sections in the “Advanced” section, which is also pretty clear from their names.

The “CPU Configuration” sub-section contains basic information about the processor and allows us to manage some processor technologies.

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