ASUS ROG Z270 Maximus IX Formula Motherboard Review: Page 7 of 9
Posted by Paul Malfy on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Included driver disk has several great programs in it that help you get the most out of your ASUS ROG motherboard.
Aura Lighting Software
Using the AURA Lighting Control software, you can control the lighting for three independent zones (the motherboard and two RGB headers, you can also opt to have all zones to be in sync (having the lighting on the PC, keyboard and speakers all in sync would be a great place to start).
The AURA software can control the lighting on you ASUS GPU and Motherboards that are Aura ready.
You can set several different effects. The motherboard, GPU and Aura RGB strips can be synchronized or set to run independently from each other with different colors and effects.
The RAMDisk software offered on selected ASUS ROG product lines and enables users to utilize the available system DRAM to its full capability. The idea is to provide a quick and easy way for users to enhance the performance of their system and durability of their SSD, or SSDs, by utilizing the system memory, or DRAM, that is not in use. It essentially creates super-fast, temporary storage using your systems unused DRAM. You can achieve speeds of up to 7-10 Gb/s or more with a RAMDisk.
ROG RAMCache II
“A Ramcache serves as an invisible prioritized hard drive. This hard drive is a cache, and contains the most commonly accessed data on system. This cache improves performance by taking over key parts of reading and writing the most accessed data. Minimizing and in some cases eliminating the involvement of considerably slower standard storage options. As the read, write and access time performance of DRAM memory is considerably faster than that of standard storage devices this is where the huge increase in performance comes.”
RAMCache required a minimum 16GB of ram. However, it’s recommended to have 32GB or more.
ROG Mem Tweakit
ROG Mem Tweakit is a system utility designed to manage and view memory timing in a simple and straightforward manner. The application enables you to tweak your memory and test DRAM performance quickly and easily.
KeyBot is a custom designed hardware Integrated Circuit included on all ROG motherboards. It’s designed to allow any regular USB gaming keyboard can activate some of the special functions of ROG motherboards, perform key macros and multimedia functions.
ROG Keybot allows you to customize your any USB gaming keyboard. You can set up MACRO Keys, Short Cuts and even customize Function Keys.
ROG GamerFirst IV
”The ROG Gamefirst is a network optimization technology found in ROG products. The ROG Gamefirst Technology is a combination of Hardware and Software that optimizes your Network to give you best performance during network gaming sessions. Recently it was Updated to the 4th Iteration adding a couple of new features to the already robust technology.”
ROG GameFirst has 4 separate modes
Automatically learns what user’s most frequently used software and optimizes network bandwidth, and selects the best network connections
Bandwidth priority given to Games to enhance your gaming experience.
Media Streaming Mode
Network preference given to media streaming programs/Apps.
File Sharing Mode
Priority Given to File sharing
With Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers used across ROG motherboards, the online gaming experience is improved thanks to lower pings and less lag thanks to ROG Game First IV.
ROG Clone Drive
ROG Clone drive is a utility that allows you to do exactly what it says, clone a drive. Say you’re planning on upgrading to an NVME SSD, or just an SSD in general. You can use this utility to clone your OS drive to avoid reinstalling your operating system.