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AI Suite also provides control of a variety of other features, as you can see from the screen shot below. We’ve seen all of these on previous ASUS motherboards.
Network iControl lets you prioritize network usage by selected programs. You could, for example, set reduced priority for a BitTorrent client, and a high priority for a networked game, so that long downloads in the background wouldn’t adversely affect game play. You can also configure a No Delay TCP setting that will automatically bundle multiple small requests into a single packet, saving the 40-byte-per-packet overhead each separate request would normally incur.
Fan Xpert 2 isn’t as elaborate as the Thermal Radar feature of ASUS’ TUF motherboards. You can’t slave a fan’s performance to the readings of an individual temperature sensor, but the system will automatically determine the RPM range for every fan in the system, and allow you to select Standard, Silent, Turbo, and Full Speed modes that adjust all fans appropriately. You can pre-define and save fan speed profiles that you can recall with a click.
There’s one exception to the “no temperature sensors” rule: you can adjust the performance curve of the CPU fans (there are two CPU fan headers) based on the reported CPU temperature.
If you wish to manually tweak parameters rather than letting 4-Way Optimization do it for you, you can of course dive into each subsection and fiddle about to your heart’s content, as this EPU settings screen shows.
Of course there are details adjustments for the CPU and Digi+ Power as well. These settings don’t duplicate absolutely everything in the BIOS, but they do have everything you’d want to adjust most of the time.
There are still other AI Suite features:
- There are two USB fast-charge features: USB Charger+ and AI Charger. USB Charger+ will provide fast charging on the USB BIOS Flashback port (the port is outlined in green on the I/O shield). AI Charger provides rapid charging on the ASMedia-supported USB 3.0 ports, and only works with Apple “i-devices” and BC 1.1 compliant devices.
- WiFi Engine can operate in either of two modes: a client mode, where it connects your system to an existing WiFi network, and AP (Access Point) mode, which it can share an Ethernet network connection over WiFi.
- USB 3.0 Boost uses two different protocols to speed up USB transfers: Turbo protocol will work with most USB 3.0 devices, while UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) provides even better performance for devices that support it. The proper protocol will be selected automatically depending on the device that’s plugged in.
- Wi-Fi Go enables remote control of your system, as well as easy file transfers. All you need is the free Wi-Fi Go Remote application on your Android or iOS device:
As this next screen shows, transferring photos from my iPhone camera to the PC was trivial: just select the photos you want and click Send. Remote Desktop worked fine, although seeing a 2560×1600 screen on my 4″ iPhone display wasn’t actually very useful.
In the next section I’ll take a look at the included NFC Express box.