Author: Bob Buskirk
- The BIOS
- Included Software & Features
- System Overview & Testing Procedures
- Testing - CPU & Memory
- Testing - System
- Testing - Video
- Testing - Gaming
- Final Thoughts
Check out the video about for a full overview of the UEFI BIOS that runs on the P9X79 Pro Motherboard. Out of all the UEFI BIOS’s that I’ve used (Gigabyte & MSI) the ASUS BIOS has to be my favorite and one of the easiest to use.
UPDATE: I wanted to point out a few things about ASUS’s UEFI BIOS that are new and that I did not mention in the video above.
First off, all of ASUS’s X79 motherboards support the new CAP BIOS. We are all used to the ROM BIOS’s, but with Windows 8 you will need to be running a CAP BIOS. I had recently updated the BIOS on the P9X79 Pro and had to convert my older BIOS to a CAP BIOS. It is actually very easy, ASUS provides a guide for you to do this conversion. With the CAP BIOS ASUS’s X79 motherboards have full support for Windows 8. Additionally the new CAP BIOS enhances and speeds up post/boot speed, provides a more secure UEFI from rom level infection and lastly provides superior stability and compatibility for new API calls within Windows 8. Another great feature I did not go over in my video is the shortcut menu. In any screen that you are on in the BIOS just hit F3 and a shortcut menu comes up for easy access to the most important parts of the BIOS.
ASUS’s SPD tool is another great thing that is in the UEFI BIOS. You can easily get to in using the shortcut menu I just talked about. Once inside you can see which slots you have memory installed in and if you select a slot that has memory in it you can see all of the SPD information on that stick of memory.
The last thing I did not mention in the video above was the manual fan options that you can set in the BIOS. While you can set low limits for all of the fans you have connected to your motherboard you can also set the fan profile to manual and set the upper temperature, maximum fan speed, lower temperature, and minimum fan speed.