System Configuration & BIOS
CPU: Intel Core i9-9900k
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula
RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB 3200Mhz
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition
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.
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.
Armoury Crate is a new entry in the tools list that will install LAN drivers as soon as you hit windows and then ask to install a new piece of software to get everything up and running for you.
The SPD tool is nice for looking a little deeper at memory and timing settings.
You can also get information about any expansion cards like GPU’s.
Q-fan can be accessed from the monitor tab, or directly at any time by pressing F6.
Pressing F11 will get you the AI Overclocking Guide. You’ll get some information and tips about this newer system, as well as a button to enable it.