System Configuration & BIOS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I
RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz
GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF
SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB
OS: Windows 10 Professional X64
Like most of ASUS’s boards, with the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming, you start out on a simplified landing page when entering the UEFI BIOS.
Hitting F7 brings you to the advanced part of the BIOS. This Main page gives a quick overview of your system.
The My Favorites is a customizable place for you to pin your own most used settings.
The Ai Tweaker page is where most would normally spend their time in the BIOS. We stopped by to kick XMP settings on via D.O.C.P.
The advanced tab has several useful things if you need to dig deep into the guts of the system, but a few things are here such as PXE booting if you wanted to network boot this system for example.
The Monitor tab is pretty short, with only 3 fan headers, 3 voltages, and a handful of temperatures to monitor, you don’t need much.
The Boot tab is pretty self-explanatory. In our experience, the need to visit this tab is pretty rare, most boards are pretty good about picking the right device and settings to get you to your chosen OS with little intervention.
The Tools tab should be the first stop on any new build if for no other reason than to update the BIOS. As we are checking this out prior to launch, there aren’t any new versions publicly available yet.
Another useful tool here is the SPD info page. This shows us our kit of memory is indeed rated for 3200Mhz operations.
The exit page has some useful things, even if you are used to hitting F10 to save and exit, you may find the need to load defaults or even force load an EFI shell from USB such as the Windows installer.
Accessible from the monitor tab or by pressing F6 at any time, the Q-fan control lets you manually adjust fans and profiles, or allow ASUS to optimize them for you with one click.