BIOS

Rather than get a whole bunch of screenshots of the BIOS, I put together a simple video. This way we get a full look at every option available and still get a feel for what Asus has going on with their BIOS. Strix is a ROG brand so the overall theme is the same red and gray look that Asus has used for years. I wouldn’t mind it having more of a Strix look personally, but this setup has worked well. This BIOS comes with an EZ Mode but for some reason, they don’t have you booting into it, so anyone who doesn’t know their way around the BIOS is never going to find the easier to use mode made specifically for them.

Everything is split up into a few different tabs. There is a Favorites tab that you can save different features to have quicker access to them. This is really only ideal if you need to change something often and only overclockers will be doing that. But they have already made things centralized in the Ai Tweaker tab with all of your CPU and memory overclocking options and being a ROG board you get a lot of them!

The Main tab just has your system information and options to change the language and time. Once past all of the overclocking options, everything else related to the chipset and peripherals is in the advanced tab. Inside of this one you get a full page full of additional pages to dive into all of the features. Next is the Monitor tab, this gives you a long list of readouts for every sensor, fan speed, and temperature on the board. The Boot tab is exactly what it says it is, you can change a few bootup options and then get into things like boot order and even boot overrides if you need to force a one time book to a different drive or device.

Most of those options can be found on every motherboard (with the exception of some of the overclocking options) but the tool page is where Asus really stands out from the competition. You can secure erase drive, play with overclocking profiles, and even see more details on your GPU. But it’s the EZ Flash 3 utility that I like the most. You can update your BIOS right from here and you don’t even have to save the new file to a flash drive. You can actually navigate your installed drives to find where you downloaded the file or use an online tool to download the file. The online option doesn’t work as well for me most of the time but I love not having to format a thumb drive to an old format then copy the file over.

Also in the BIOS but not in the tools page, up top you have an EZ Tuning Wizard for a quick automatic overclock. Asus also has their Qfan control up on the top of every page as well. That one lets you run an auto tune on your fans so the fan profiles work better and then if you need it you can customize your own fan profile. Also on every page, over on the right, is a few important bits like your clock speeds and voltages to help when overclocking.

 

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