BIOS

Rather than overwhelm everyone with BIOS pictures trying to show every feature I have put together a simple video of me just clicking through the options in the BIOS. If you want to check out any specific areas you can flip through it and pause where needed. The Maximus Z690 Extreme loads up into its BIOS right into the advanced mode which for a lot of boards I would complain about but given the overclocking focus and how high-end this board is I think it's fair to expect anyone messing around in here to know what they are doing. But if not the EzMode button is down at the bottom and that will get you a single page where you can see your components listed out, check if fans are hooked up, and set XMP profiles as well as fan profiles. Drag and drop boot order and use AI overclocking for basic overclocking.

Back in the advanced BIOS, you start with the main page but this is just where you set your language and time and you can see basic things like the CPU model and clock speed. But the Maximus Z690 Extreme also shows you that information over on the right side as well. There is also a favorites tab and you can select any BIOS option and add it to your favorites if you want to curate your own main page with settings that you might change often.

Being an overclocking board it’s the Extreme Tweaker tab that is going to have a lot of the goodies going on. You have all of the clock speeds up top for your P and E CPU cores, cache, and DRAM. Then you dive into basic settings like the AI overclocker and Asus’s Multicore enhancement. Then from there, you can set clock speeds for everything. The specific performance core page lets you set things by the core as well. From there you get into details like AVX settings and specific timing controls for the memory which is a huge page in itself. There just aren’t many boards that offer the level of tweaking that Asus does on their high-end overclocking boards.

The advanced tab then gets into the more standard details with pages for the platform, CPU, and things like your PCH. This is also where you make changes to subsystems like your USB, NIC, NVMe, and PCI settings. Then for Windows 11, the trusted computing settings are here as well.

The monitor page is where you can see all of the sensor readouts for the entire board to check voltages, fan speeds, and whatnot. You can also get into your Q-Fan settings here, not creating fan profiles but other details like how fans should ramp up, ignoring some fans, and aspects like that. The boot tab has all of the boot settings and is also where you can change your boot order. Then the tool tab is where Asus has tucked away the rest of their tools. This is where you can reflash the BIOS, secure erase hard drives, do MemTest, and set up your BIOS profiles. You can also change the flexkey button here to do whatever you would prefer it do.

 

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