ASUS X99-A Intel Motherboard Review


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System Information shows detailed specifications for the motherboard, CPU, and memory, although oddly it doesn’t show any settings like memory timings, CPU multipliers, etc.:

asus_ai_suite_sys_infoUSB Charger + is functionally similar to AI Charger +, but works with non-Apple devices like large Android tablets. USB Charger + works only through a dedicated USB port outlined in green on the back panel of the computer.

asus_ai_suite_usb_charger_plusPush Notice provides for schedule startups and shutdowns, as well as alerts based on system parameters like CPU voltage, fan speeds, and component temperatures.


But the most complex part of AI Suite 3 is the Dual Intelligent Processors with 5-way Optimization panel, aka “DIP 5”.


This panel links to sub-panels forf the Turbo Power Unit (TPU), Energy Power Unit (EPU), Digi+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3Turbo App configuration, and more. Each sub-panel provides fine-grained control of its particular aspect. For example, clicking the TPU button invokes this sub-panel, wherein you can set the base clock, CPU multiplier (per core or applied to all cores at once), as well as CPU and cache voltages.


Turbo App is where you designate specific apps that you want to run as fast as possible. This lets you configure the system to run at lower speeds for mundane tasks, cranking things up for games and such. You can also configure network priority and load specific audio configurations for the foreground application.


Let’s take a look at overclocking in the next section.


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