Asus Rampage II Extreme ReviewGeekspeak411 - January 26, 2010
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The BIOS is the heart of any enthusiast motherboard. It is the hub of every nitty-gritty detail of your system. The BIOS decides how you overclock, how you configure hard drives, what kind of profiles you can load, how fast your system boots, how stable your system is, and so on. In a top of the line motherboard such as the Rampage II Extreme, the quality of the BIOS is of utmost importance. As always, navigation is done through the arrow keys and enter/escape. For this review, we used the latest American Megatrends available from Asus, version 1504. One thing to note about the RIIE is its implementation of not one, but two BIOS chips. This way, if you have a failed overclock on one chip, all you have to do is switch to the other and back up a step. This also allows you to store two completely different configurations for stock and OC settings above the OC profiles also offered here.
Extreme Tweaker After entering the boot screen by pressing delete at startup, you are brought immediately to the 'Extreme Tweaker' tab; a welcome tribute to its roots. This tab, however, deserves an in depth look and will therefore be scrutinized further on the next page.
Main This tab contains all your general features, such as the time and date. You also configure your data drives from this screen. Features included on this board include SMART technology, RAID, and SATA 2.0. At the bottom of the screen, there is a link to a general overview of the current system status, including which BIOS you are currently booted into.
Advanced The advanced tab gives you a list of all kinds of different information about the configuration settings from CPU and Chipset configurations, to the iROG features like the LCD Poster. You have the Chipset Configuration submenu, which defines the North Bridge and VT-d settings; the Onboard Devices Configuration submenu that has all your I/O settings; your USB Config submenu, which is pretty self explanatory; the Advanced PCI/PnP settings, which allow you to define whether your OS is Plug and Play compatible or not; the LCD Poster and LED Control submenu allows you to define what is displayed on all the ROG displays within the system; and finally the iROG Configuration submenu allows you to configure the BIOS boot settings.
Power Pretty self explanatory, the power tab allows monitoring and customization of all things power.
Boot The boot tab allows you to set default boot settings, choose which BIOS chip to boot from, and allows you to set a password.
Tools Possibly the most useful section of the BIOS, the tools tab gives you access to Asus's EZ-Flash utility, letting you flash the BIOS from anything like a hard drive or a flash drive. This is also where you set the OC profile settings, flash one BIOS chip to the other, and control TweakIt batch files.
Exit Finally you sum up your experience with the exit tab. Nothing to see here so let's move on to the fun stuff.