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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
Bundled Software Continued
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
x264HD 5.0 Tests
mATX Motherboard Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion


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:

  1. At the top you have the BIOS revision, CPU type, and amount of RAM.
  2. Next is the "information row" showing CPU temperature and voltage, RAM speed and provisioning, and CPU and chassis (scroll the pane) fan status. The drop-down menus by the fan status area allow you to quickly select pre-defined fan profiles like "Silent", "Turbo", etc.
  3. Next are large, simple buttons you can choose to optimize the system for power draw or performance.
  4. Next are the available disks, which you can drag into the boot priority order you want.
  5. Last are a set of useful buttons. For example, the Shortcuts button opens a selection window that can take you instantly to various parts of the BIOS...


...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.



# 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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