I quickly wanted to highlight two exclusive ASUS features. The methods of updatinmg firmware have evolved by far over the years, from the pure command line operation under pure legacy DOS environment, to GUI under windows, and finally BIOS built-in. All aimed for the same goal of providing a safer and more convenient way to update BIOS. However, no matter how far it has evolved, they still have their own limitations. This is where the revolutionary USB BIOS Flashback Technology comes to play, were users are now able to update BIOS with a single press of an onboard button.
1x working PSU.
1x ordinary USB pen-drive formatted as FAT16 or FAT32.
1x P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard featuring USB BIOS Flashback function.
Not even CPU, no DRAM, no external equipment or software is required.
You Rename the BIOS image file to M5G.CAPthen Copy M5G.CAP to the root directory of the USB pen drive. Connect the USB pen drive to the white USB BIOS Flashback / ROG Connect port on the motherboard.
Hold the USB BIOS Flashback button for 3 seconds till the LED begins to blink, then release. Wait till the LED stops to blink, then the BIOS flash will be completed.
FAN Xpert 2
Fans, are the most commonly used cooling devices that have been a cost effective way to provide cooling in a modern PC system. Despite the outstanding cooling performance with the increase of fan speed, it also introduces enormous level of fan noise as the trade off. This leads to the desire for an efficient fan control system, in order to reach a perfect balance between heat dissipation capability and acoustics. Throughout the past years, though there have been several different implementations of fan control, yet there still has not been any complete solution that can optimize the behavior of fans to their maximum capability, needless to mention the lack of automatic tuning of system cooling and acoustics. By date, the implementation of modern fan control can be categorized into Preset Profiles, and Manual Profiles.
The latest installment from ASUS is FanExpert 2 with the following features from ASUS's software suite:
Fan Auto Tuning, where the optimal fan speed of each individual fans connected are tweaked by the intelligent fan control algorithm, bringing users the fan usage experience of the future, ideal for first time system builders. The tweaked fan profiles may vary with the change of the fans fitted as well as the location in which the fans are fitted.
Detection of Fan Characteristics, where the full characteristics of each individual fan connected can be viewed in either pure text or diagram form for a better understanding of the fans used.
Setting to a Fixed Fan Speed, where the users are given the opportunity to fix the speed of each individual fans at a certain speed rather than a ratio. This is quite similar to what is available on the external fan control kits provided by third-party vendors.
Redefinition of Fan Curve, where the fan curve of each individual fan fitted can be easily altered with simple drag and put of mouse curser. FAN Xpert 2 will also show the absolute lowest fan ratio of any fans previously tweaked via Auto Tuning for a more precise management of fans. Of course, users can also allow the fan to stop if desired.
Redefinition of Fan Responsiveness, where the user are now given the opportunity to alter how fast each fans should respond to the change in its reference temperature. A good use of this function can help to reduce unpleasant fan noise due to sudden change in fan speed while enhancing the effectiveness of the same cooling solution to extend the life of onboard components. Users are able to make changes to the speed up and speed down delay to make the fans operate exactly how they liked it.
Fan Position Search, where FAN Xpert 2 will force stop all chassis fans outside the one the user looks for, to allow quick and easy location of fan position.
Rename fan headers, where the name of each fan headers can be altered to the desired naming for more convenient applications.
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