ASUS Z87-Plus ReviewBluePanda - July 7, 2013
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Although I'm young, I'm still no fan of the whole UEFI BIOS set up or using Windows software to change my motherboard settings. Call me a classy lady (yes those of you on the forums know this reference), but I can't stand all the cheater methods. I like breaking things the hard way - you learn more. Anyway enough of me. Opening up the software from ASUS you start with the 4-Way Optimization tab. It allows you to automatically let it decide the best configuration for you based on your actual usage, reducing power usage and fan noise while in low load. You can look at your settings, temperature readings of the CPU and board, fan speeds of those plugged in on board - everything you'd expect to read in Windows about your motherboard in a program like HW Monitor. It's a little neat, definitely flashy, but has a lot to offer even on this first page here.
The next tab, TPU (Turbo Processing Unit) actually allows you to control your CPU Frequency within the software - no need to go to your BIOS. You can play with all your settings just like in the BIOS but honestly I found this more confusing than just using the BIOS, but I guess for someone who doesn't know what the settings are, it could be okay - not. Overclocking in Windows seems like the easiest way to kill your Windows install with an accidental change of settings. Anyway, you really do have full control as if you were in the BIOS itself with the CPU settings.
On the EPU (Engery Processing Unit) tab you can control you power performance. You can have four tabs to pick from for your basic auto controls, high performance, power saving, and the away mode. Auto sets things like it says; automatically based on your use. High perfomance doesn't give you a ton of options, just a sleep timer and montior off timer. Power saving controls lots automatically if you chose to help keep you a "greenie" if you so desire. Away mode picks up for you when you leave your computer on but aren't at home. It turns off USB port power and reduces everything down to a near off state.
DIGI+Power Control allows you to again play with more typical BIOS settings. You can set your load-line calibration, current capability, thermal controls, and frequency settings here. Each option pops up some additional info to help you get setup on the right path. It's essentially the BIOS within Windows with pretty pictures. The sub DRAM tab allows you to change your memory current and control what power frequency it is running as well. Just remember to not haphazardly crank everything to 11.
The last tab is the Fan Xpert 2 tab. It allows you to control all the fans plugged in to onboard headers. It allows you to use graphs to plot out where the fans shall ramp up or down as well as use pre-set options such as Quiet, Standard, Turbo, and Full Speed. It's a neat little tool and it allows you to save profiles for different uses.
If you open up the Remote GO! option from the Windows toolbar you get these nifty options as well. Basically Remote GO! acts as a little server type deal for your entire house - perfect for a media box. You can access cloud data, remote desktop, transfer files, and even conect with DLNA devices all from here. The Cloud data allows you to log in to any cloud storage accounts you may have with media and manage all the files on multiple devices. Remote desktop is like you expect, you can remote connect to your desktop with your enabled smart devices. DLNA devices can control your media from around the house. So if you have a sound system connected, you can skip songs, change movies, or what have you from your phone!
There is also a mini toolbar included with the software that allows you to quickly adjust between the different settings of Auto, High Performance, Power Saving, and Away at just the click of your mouse. So be sure to set things up before using it so you know exactly what you are setting when you select the pretty airplane/people icons.