LGA1150 Motherboard UEFI BIOS
ASUS has always had the best-designed UEFI BIOSes, in my opinion. They’ve upped their game with the release of their Z87 lineup, and even tweaked the color scheme.
The default BIOS page layout has been updated to show CPU, DRAM, and fan settings across the top. The middle area, with its system performance settings, and the lower area, with the attached disks the user can drag into preferred boot order, remain the same.
Pressing F7 or clicking the Advanced Mode button at the top right of the main screen switches the BIOS to advanced mode. This is where most enthusiasts will prefer to spend their time.
The CPU Configuration section displays the specifications of the processor, as well as allowing you to enable or disabled a variety of CPU features.
The SATA Configuration section now has a setting for Link Power Management (Aggressive LPM Support). You can save power by having unused SATA devices power down, but this adds a small wait when the devices are needed as they must be powered up and brought back online. You can also change the default device names to more descriptive names as shown above.
Of course, ASUS gives you fine-grained control over the Thunderbolt ports as well. Unfortunately, I have no Thunderbolt devices to test with!
There’s more BIOS goodness in the next section.