System Configuration & BIOS
For the Purpose of this review, we’ll load this system up with the following:
- Intel Core i7-7820K
- Galax GTX 1070 HOF
- 64GB Corsair Dominator SE Ram, (4x16GB) 3200MHz C14
- 256GB Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD
- Corsair RM1000 PSU
- Samsung 960 Pro 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD
The BIOS of ASRock’s X299 Professional Gaming i9 is arranged in a pretty intuitive manner with 7 main tabs.
The 2nd tab covers most of your overclocking settings.
CPU OC settings.
There is a staggering amount of ram and ram timing settings exposed for very granular tweaking.
Voltage regulation settings.
The advanced tab is also a required visit for system tweaking.
This such as Virtualization and Hyper Threading controls are under the CPU config section.
Many of the integrated devices on the boards are configured from their respective menus here.
The Tools tab has lots of important… well, tools to use. As with any newer platform, keeping the BIOS up to date will provide the best experience, so this was one of our first stops.
All of the on-board lighting can be configured from here as well, no OS or software needed.
If you do run into an issue, you can enlist ASRock’s tech service for help, right from the BIOS.
The hardware monitor tab is fairly self-explanatory, but scroll down, the settings are not visible at the top.
Fan tuning and controls are halfway down the page.
Anything related to security and secure boot is located under the security tab.
The Boot tab is also fairly self-explanatory. If you have multiple storage drives, you may need to swap the priority here though.
If you only need basic features, settings and monitoring, pressing ‘F6’ will get you the ‘Easy Mode’.