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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard
Closer Look: Z87 GRYPHON
Z87 GRYPHON Details
ASUS Z87 UEFI
ASUS GRYPHON Software
Bundled Software Continued
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
x264HD 5.0 Tests
mATX Motherboard Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS GRYPHON Software

The Gryphon ships with ASUS' latest version of their AI Suite software. It doesn't include the Turbo V Evo automatic overclocking features that ASUS' more gamer-oriented boards do, but to make up for it we have Thermal Radar 2, the current iteration of the amazing Thermal Radar feature we first saw in the Sabertooth X79 motherboard. Along for the ride are our familiar friends USB 3.0 Boost, Network iControl, USB BIOS Flashback, EZ Update, USB Charger+, and a new System Information feature.

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As before, Thermal Radar allows you to link fan speeds and ramp times to the readings of specific thermal sensors on the motherboard. New to Thermal Radar 2 is the Thermal Tuning feature. Clicking the Start button will start a sequence that looks at reported temperatures as the various fans in your system are cycled through their RPM range. Thermal Tuning automatically creates a custom fan profile based on temperature sensor readings and the determined capability of your fans.

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You can of course examine and alter these automatically-created fan profiles. You can change the fan speed and ramp-up times based on temperatures by simply clicking and dragging on the dots in the temperature graph for the fan/sensor pair you're interested in.

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You can also look at AI Suite's own assessment of your system temperatures. Thermal Radar fan control is an amazing feature that makes even the fanciest third party fan controllers look like toys.

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The ability to fine-tune your system's network communications is becoming an expected feature on high-end motherboards: setting the network priority for specific applications so that (for example) a long download in the background doesn't screw up the ping time for your online game. ASUS' Network iControl is their take on the feature. Unique to ASUS is the ability to automatically change program's network priorities based on the time of day. In this example, Internet Explorer is set to low priority between 6:30PM and 10:00PM

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ASUS also provides a fast-charging capability for USB-chargeable devices that require more than the 0.5A standard. It's not clear to me why you'd need to specify which device you're plugging in, though.

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There's more in the next section...



 

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# re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:22
This chip is used in active cooling technology, most likely in relation to thermal sensors and power supply.
I'm interested in knowing exactly what it does do if anybody is certain...
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# RE: re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:45
"The EPU power-use tuning processor doesn't appear on this motherboard...probably because they ran out of space".

It seems the T-Probe ASP 0911 is the replacement for that, as shown on page four of the review in a screen shot of the UEFI.
It is shown as the CPU power duty control.
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# RE: RE: re:Tprobe moduleDavid Ramsey 2013-06-11 18:54
I don't think so, since other ASUS motherboards with EPU chips also have CPU power duty control.
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# BiosSteve 2013-10-25 03:10
This is a cracking board for sure, great quality, everything.

Sadly weve had to return several of these as there is a significant bios issue which Asus appear to be either unable or unwilling to rectify. Such a shame for what is otherwise an outstanding board.
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