|ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 11 June 2013|
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ASUS Z87 UEFI
ASUS has always had one of the best UEFI interfaces, and they've added a whole raft of new features with their Z87 boards. The basic layout remains the same, but it's been optimized and enhanced. Take a look at the main screen of the "EZ" interface: functionally, it's divided into 5 "rows" of information and controls:
...while clicking the "SATA Information" button displays all the devices connected to your SATA ports, as shown below. ASUS did miss a bet here, though: although you can assign descriptive names to your SATA devices (see the next screen shot), the names you assign don't appear here.
One of the many "Why didn't I think of that?" features is the ability to assign names to any connected SATA device. In this image, I've renamed the device at SATA6G_4 to 'ASUS Gryphon Test Disk".
Although the GRYPHON is not directly aimed at overclockers, ASUS' Ai Tweaker feature is present and accounted for, in all its multiplier/base clock/clock strap/memory tweaking/power fiddling glory.
Ai Tweaker can be a little intimidating, but you can perform some simple overclocking at its upper menu levels without needing to dive too deeply into the details.
Of course, if you do like diving into the details, it's all there. Here we see just some of the settings available for ASUS' DIGI+ Power Control feature.
Here's another new convenience feature: My Favorites. Almost any individual adjustment or setting, no matter how deeply buried, can be assign to this screen for quick access.
One last, cool feature (there are many more): have you ever spent half an hour tweaking BIOS settings, then prepared to save them, and realized you'd changed so many things you couldn't remember them all? Every time you save changes to the GRYPHON BIOS, you get a nice little summary screen like this.
Next, let's take a look at some of the utility software ASUS includes with this board.