Asus Maximus 7 Ranger Motherboard Review

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BIOS

The motherboard comes with Asus’s UEFI BIOS, which I generally prefer over other board makers. I find the EZ mode to be very clean and even with the advance mode, navigation is fairly intuitive.

In the EZ mode, you get this kind of a dash board that has all the essential information, such as CPU temperature, RAM and HDD information, even chassis fan information. The EZ system tuning lets you easily profile your system for higher performance or power saving, very easy for gamers who don’t want the headache of manual overclocking but still want to derive more from their system.

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EZ-Tuning

A really simple to use, auto overclocking utility. Its really easy to use this, all you have to do is answer a few simple questions — What your system is used for and what kind of cooling you are using. It then gives you an estimate of the expected performance gains via overclocking and then you can decide if you want to use those settings or not.

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Q-Fan Tuning

Q-Fan tuning lets you quick change you fan settings. You could go for more silent system or for better cooling, set the load line parameters yourself. The UI is great, even for new users, I don’t think they would find it hard to use.

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Advanced Mode

As usual, Asus has packed a ton of options when we switch into the advance mode (some of which I got no idea about!)

Under the Extreme Tweaker tab, you get various options for overclocking your system and this is where bulk of your overclocking will take place.

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I I won’t walk you through all the options and menus in the BIOS, you can look them up in the manual, but I will just highlight some of the unique things I found there.

In the Advanvced tab, you see this ROG Effects tab. From here, you can either choose to switch on/off the on-board LEDs and lighting. The ranger does not have as much as bling as compared to the other boards in the ROG series, but still does have some of its share.

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Moving over to the Monitoring tab, we see various monitoring options for fan speed, voltage and temperature monitoring. Its not as extensive as the Sabertooth I had reviewed earlier, but it is still pretty good.

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In the Tool tab, we can see various utilities such as EZ Flash, OC profiles. You can actually save your own overclocking profiles, which is really useful, specially for those who tinker a lot.

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