Bundled Software Continued
With Network iControl, you can 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.
In the previous section, I showed how Fan Xpert2 could automatically determine the rev range of any connected fan. The CPU fan is the only fan that can be controlled by temperature, and if you want to go beyond the coarse automatic settings like “Silent” or “Performance”, you can drag the line in this temperature vs. fan speed graph to create exactly the fan profile you want.
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! is the star of the show. It has so many features and capabilities that it really deserves its own, separate review! Take a look at all the features in the WiFi GO!:
There’s Cloud GO!, an elaborate mechanism to synchronize files on your computer and mobile devices using ASUS’ own services, or third party services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Remote Desktop replicates your PC’s desktop on the screen of a mobile device. If you have any Digital Living Network Alliance devices, you can stream content from your PC. Smart Sensor Control uses the gyroscope and other sensors in mobile devices to control the mouse pointer (not terribly useful, in my opinion, but fun to play with), while Remote Keyboard & Mouse does pretty much what it says. Capture & Send sends screen shots from your PC to your mobile device, and the File Transfer functions makes moving files between a mobile device and a PC easy. All you need is the appropriate program on your Android or iOS mobile device, which you can easily get by scanning the QR codes shown on the WiFi GO! screeen.
Above is an image of the WiFi GO! Remote program running on an iPhone. Large icons denote the functions available.
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.
I had one problem with AI Suite. At the bottom of the main AI Suite display is a summary bar showing CPU clock speed, voltage, memory settings, and so forth. The CPU voltage shown consistently reads a little over 0.5 volts high. In this image I have the CPU voltage set at 1.3v in the BIOS, and AIDIA 64’s CPUID utility shows this. However, AI Suite incorrectly shows the voltage as a processor-killing 1.84V, highlighting it in red to make sure you notice.
Well, it’s time to start testing…