LGA2011-V3 Motherboard UEFI BIOS
ASUS’ new UEFI BIOS design has come to the LGA2011-V3. Like the BIOSes introduced with their Haswell X97 motherboards, there’s an “EZ Mode” screen that summarizes most system settings and offers easy ways to check your system’s fans and temperatures, change the order of boot devices, and perform simple tuning tasks.
This page shows you most of the information you’d need at a glance, divided into logical panels. First, there’s the CPU information, along with its temperature and voltage (but bear in mind that both of these values will be with the CPU idling), along with the motherboard temperature. The panel below shows the memory and SATA device information, along with the XMP setting and whether Intel Rapid Storage Technology is on or off. Below that are the speeds for 8 fans, along with a temperature/speed graph for the primary CPU fan. (I’d expect this graph to show the settings for any of the fans, but it’s fixed on the CPU fan). At the upper right is an EZ System Tuninng panel, below which is the boot priority panel. You can click and drag devices to set the boot priority.
Pressing F7 takes you to Advanced Mode, which has Main, Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, and Tool sub-pages. You could write a lengthy book on just this BIOS and all its settings, which I’m not going to do…but I will try to hit the high points. The Main page just shows you component information and lets you set the language, time, and date. You can also set a security password. One nice feature: most of the Advanced Mode pages show detailed CPU, memory, and voltage information at the far right of the page.
The AI Tweaker is where the fun stuff is. While ASUS provides a variety of simplified overclocking and tuning mechanisms, ranging from a TPU switch on the motherboard to EZ Tuning Wizard and EZ System Tuning in the BIOS, real enthusiasts who want to work at the “bare metal” level will find everything here they need to adjust CPU and memory parameters to get the best possible performance. Most item have explanatory text shown at the bottom of the screen for the currently selected setting, which is a big help, although some of the more obscure settings are still rather…obscure. Then again, how can you summarize the t_RDRDr setting under memory timing?
The Advanced section is where all the non-performance adjustments live. This includes CPU features like Intel Virtualization Technology and Hyper-threading, and USB and SATA configuration, and so on.
I admit I’ve always found the idea of a Monitor section in the BIOS a little odd, given that your system will always be running at idle when you’re on this screen. Still, there it is.
There’s more BIOS goodness in the next section.