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All parameters related to power-saving have been singled out into a separate page called “CPU Power Management Configuration”.

“Monitor” section allows controlling the temperatures, voltages and fan rotation speeds, which are arranged on different pages.

“Voltage Monitor” page shows current voltages.

“Temperature Monitor” page shows temperature readings including those taken off additional diodes.

The rotation speeds of all connected fans are reported on the “Fan Speed Monitor” page:

The fan rotation speeds can be adjusted on a separate page called “Fan Speed Control”. You can select one of the preset modes for the processor and case fans (Standard, Silent or Turbo), or manually adjust the settings to your liking. As for the rotation speed of additional fans, it may be set in the interval between 50 and 90% or tied up to the corresponding thermal diodes.

The “Boot” section allows adjusting the settings, which will be applied during system startup.

There is an option in the “Tools” section that will let you turn of the PCB glowing LEDs. There are also a few sub-sections.

The built-in utility for BIOS updating called “EZ Flash 2” is one of the most convenient and functional utilities of the sort. However, once Asus transitioned to EFI BIOS, it has slightly changed for the worse. Namely, now the current BIOS version is by default saved only in the root folder of the connected drive, while previously it could be saved in any selected folder.

Just like on mainboards from many other manufacturers, we can check the info recorded in the memory modules SPD.

Asus mainboards allow saving and quickly loading up to eight full BIOS settings profiles. Each profile may have a short name reminding of its contents. Since there are two BIOS chips on this board, the total number of profiles that can be saves is twice that amount and equals 16.

You can switch between the two BIOS chips by pressing the corresponding button or in the “BIOS FlashBack” sub-section. The second option in this sub-section will allow you to copy the contents of one BIOS chip into another one.

By saving the necessary settings in the “Go Button File” sub-section, you will be able to instantly overclock the system by simply pressing the “GO” button.

The last section is “Exit”, where you apply all changes, reset all settings to defaults or switch to “EZ Mode”.

However, this time “EZ Mode” turned out to be almost completely nonoperational, which didn’t really matter to us, because it was of no practical value to begin with.

Overall, Asus EFI BIOS could be a great example of one of the most successful transitions from the regular BIOS to UEFI BIOS. Its RoG modification not only looks different, but also offers an extended list of adjustable settings. Unfortunately, some of the inconvenient implementations we pointed out haven’t been fixed yet, even though it’s been over a year since Asus EFI BIOS first came out. It is even more upsetting that we occasionally uncover new issues, which we are going to discuss in detail in the chapter on mainboard operational and overclocking specifics.

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