BIOS

We used to get lots of pictures to show some of the BIOS functionality but I’ve found that it is a lot easier just to have a video clicking through all of the options where you can pause and check anything out. I was surprised that the default for a board like this would be the advanced mode when Asus includes the EZ Mode that allows you to see your memory, CPU, and BIOS version running fans, turn on DOCP which is the Asus version of XMP for AMD boards, and to rearrange boot priority by dragging. You can see that at the end of the video. Back at the start, you can see you start off on the main page which just lists off the memory, CPU, and BIOS and board versions and allows you to set the system date. Over on the right on this and every page you can see the CPU voltages, clock speeds, and temperature as well as memory speed and capacity and the voltages coming out of your PSU.

The Ai Tweaker tab is where Asus has hidden away most of the overclocking settings. This includes allowing you to turn on DOCP or jump into things like BCLK frequency right at the top. As you go down you start to get into more detailed options which are mostly broken out on their own page like the precision boost overdrive page where you can turn all of those settings from auto and get into specific settings. The memory timings as the same as are the VRM settings. Voltages themselves are all just down at the bottom of the tweaker page.

The advanced tab is basically where EVERYTHING else is packed into. For that reason, the main page is just basically a list of links to other pages split up into different areas on the board. The main two here are down at the bottom and don’t have the arrows to help you know that they open up and frankly they should be on the Ai Tweaker page because this is where all of AMD's own overclocking settings are all hidden away.

The Monitor tab just lists off every possible sensor on the B550-I which includes voltages, temperatures, fan speeds, and lets you also dive into the settings for Q-Fan. Those have always felt like they should just be in the actual Q-Fan program. But you can go into details like setting fans step up and step down and fan speed minimum limits. The boot tab is exactly what you would expect, you can change things like boot order and any boot related setting.

Last but not least you have the tool tab which is where Asus packed a few of their useful tools. Mainly I use the EZ Flash 3 tool here which is what you use to update the BIOS. But they also include one to securely erase old hard drives. You can setup BIOS profiles here which is nice for overclocking, you can save overclocks that still need work and go back to known good settings. You can also turn off the Armoury Crate here if you don’t want that invading your windows.

 

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