UEFI BIOS Gallery
The ASUS UEFI BIOS continues to set the standard for graphical BIOS implementations thanks to its logical layout, attractive interface, and smooth operation. Navigation can be accomplished via both the mouse and keyboard, so those used to a moving about with a keyboard won't feel the need to adjust. A list of function shortcuts can be displayed by simply pressing F3. No more digging through countless layers of menus in search of an elusive option. Countless other features are just a click away, so feast your eyes on the gallery for a look.
ASUS is leading the way as preparations are made for the release of Windows 8 in the fall. They've released a new CAP UEFI build (which is hot off the presses and newer than the BIOS used in our review) and offers the following enhancements:
- Improved post and boot speeds under both Windows 7 and Windows 8. In addition offers specialized controller initialization options
- Enhanced security to prevent infection of the UEFI
- Superior stability and performance and overall interoperability with Windows 8.
The main page presents the quick BIOS with boot options and simple power/performance settings. ASUS has included a "shortcut" menu shown on the right to quickly jump into the options you're looking to find. This cuts out huge time if you haven't waded through the many pages of the BIOS before. Even experienced tweakers will find this handy.
You've also got all of the tuning features you'd expect. CPU and RAM tuning, as well as full power tuning through DIGI+. Again all of the menus are as easily navigated with a mouse as with a keyboard, and is an absolutely seamless experience.
The Fan Xpert 2 features are seen in the BIOS as well, providing a number of set-and-forget features as well as thet ability to define the fan speed curve for any motherboard fan. We'll discuss more impressions of Fan Xpert 2 below.
The SPD tool is another feature we're very fond of. It helps to diagnose sticks that aren't operating properly, either through faulty hardware or during overclocks. It's especially helpful to determine which stick or slot isn't being properly detected without having to boot into the OS, which is especially important if the RAM problems cause BSODs.