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Power-saving technologies can be managed on the CPU Power Management Configuration page.

The Monitor section is where you can check out the current temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. You can select the speed regulation mode for any of the eight fans supported by the mainboard: Standard, Silent or Turbo. You can also set them up manually.

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. It has changed with the transition to EFI BIOS. For example, the current firmware version is saved into the root directory of the connected drive by default. It could be saved into any folder previously.

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

ASUS mainboards allow you to store and load up to eight profiles with full BIOS settings. Each profile can be given a descriptive name.

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.

The new Asus EFI BIOS is an excellent example of how it is possible to extend the functionality of the old BIOS without losing any of the existing convenience. In our case the new BIOS’ main advantage may be considered a sort of a drawback: too many adjustable parameters and settings could be quite overwhelming in the beginning. However, the settings in default mode are mostly optimal, so you will get a perfectly operational system without really changing anything. We were very pleased to see that the functionality was expanded. Namely, we like the new F3 hotkey and the options for individual configuring of cooling fans. Unfortunately, some minor issues, which we already pointed out a few months ago during our first encounter with ASUS's EFI BIOS haven’t been corrected yet. The disabling of the startup image cannot be saved in a profile, the EZ Flash 2 utility saves the current BIOS version only in the root directory of the drive instead of any location of your choice. In case of excessive overclocking when the mainboard cannot start, you don’t need to reset all the parameters, because the board will automatically reboot in safe mode, which is extremely convenient. In this case all settings remain intact, except for EPU Power Saving Mode, which gets disabled if you have enabled it previously. However, these are not problems but more of minor issues that pose minimal inconvenience and do not interfere with the system configuring or overclocking.

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