ASUS Z97-K Motherboard Review

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Bios

The BIOS took me a little while to get used to. Most of the options you would hope to see are there, though sometimes finding them proves a tad difficult. Having used the MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock Z97 BIOS offerings, I unfortunately have to say the ASUS offering was the least intuitive. When we first enter the BIOS we are greeted with the EZ Mode Screen. Here we can monitor our CPU/Motherboard temperature and CPU voltage. We also have information pertaining to the CPU and DRAM we are using. Lastly, we have options to set our fan speeds, boot priority, EZ System tuning, XMP profiles and the option to turn our Intel Rapid Storage on or off. You will also notice we can change the language and have options to enter the EZ tuning Wizard (F11), set our BIOS values to default (F5), Advanced Mode (F7), Boot Menu (F8) and have the option to save our settings and exit (F10).

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Entering the Advanced Mode (F7) this is where most enthusiasts will spend their time changing settings. On the main part of the screen, we have a host of options we can change which correspond to the tab we have chosen. On the right hand side we have our hardware monitor which allows us to easily see our current CPU and RAM settings to help us overclock with. The main tab offers information on the CPU, motherboard, RAM and allows us to change our date and time settings; plenty of options available on an entry level board.

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The AI Tweaker is where we are going to manually set the CPU and RAM speeds clocks and do the bulk of the overclocking.

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If this is too much for you ASUS have included an EZ Tuning Wizard to help you auto-overclock your system; this is a feature I recommend novice users to start out with as the settings are designed to use safe parameters to avoid component damage.

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The Advanced Tab allows us to further configure our CPU, PCH, USB as well as some other settings.

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Our Monitor tab does just that; it allows us to monitor temperatures, fan speeds and voltages.

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We can also enter the Qfan tuning screen to help us further control the fans plugged into the motherboard fan headers.

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Entering the boot tab we have a plethora of options to make sure the computer is functioning just how we want to when we boot it up.

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Our last two tabs, tool and exit allows us to update our bios, setup overclocking profiles and of course save/exit the BIOS.

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