System Configuration & BIOS
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200MHz
GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF
SSD: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB
OS: Windows 10 Professional X64
ASUS’s EZ Mode gives you everything you need on one page to get going quickly. Important settings such as boot device and XMP memory overclocking are all available here.
Hitting F7 brings you to the Advanced Mode where things really get fun. The Main page just gives a quick rundown of the system and allows you to change the language and date/time settings.
Extreme Tweaker is the section you want to hit if you want to do some overclocking. You’ll want to at least set your ram to its XMP overclocked speeds at least.
If you do this via the Ai Overclock Tuner you’ll get the above notice that ASUS wants to enable their own Turbo Boost settings.
There are tons and tons more settings on further down including several specific sub-menus.
The Advanced tab has another veritable mountain of settings.
The Monitor tab gives you live readings of all voltage rails, fan and pump speeds, even temperature and flow rates if you have compatible hardware connected. You can also access Q-fan from the bottom of this page as well.
The boot section is pretty cut and dry, you won’t spend much time here unless you have multiple bootable drives installed at the same time.
The Tools section is our first stop to access ASUS’s EZ Flash 3 utility to load the very latest BIOS.
The Exit menu actually has a few things besides just exiting the BIOS. You can load defaults, and even directly boot to an EFI bootable USB device such as your favorite Windows 10 installation media.
Q-fan can be accessed from the monitor tab, or directly at any time by pressing F6.
Running the ‘Optimize All’ will run through each fan and determine its best settings by tuning to that specific fan. It takes a minute but works quite well.