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ASUS Crossblade Ranger Review

BIOS

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The BIOS is also similar in looks and features as the one present in the Z97 ROG line, having the possibility to configure the settings in the EZ Mode or the Advanced Mode. The first mode is mostly for beginners where we can only set the boot order, fan speeds and enable / disable D.O.C.P. (DRAM OC Profile).

The Advanced Mode let us change anything we want, but we can also let the BIOS configure the best overclock for our CPU through an automated wizard named OC Tuner. If we want to do it the manual way, we have all the tools we need in terms of multipliers and voltages as you can see for yourself in the screens below.

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If we activate D.O.C.P. the BIOS reads the XMP profile and tries to change your settings to match the specs. If you plan to do it manually, you have a ton of memory timings to adjust yourself. Note that there aren’t any memory profiles like those you can find in other ROG motherboards. Maybe there wasn’t enough time for those to be implemented or given the price and segment of this motherboard they considered they aren’t needed.

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In the DIGI+ Power Control tab you can configure all the load line calibration, OCP’s and VRM frequency you need. In the TDP Configuration tab you can set the Target TDP. For Kaveri this is 95W but you can step it down to 65W or 45W for HTPC uses. We will discuss this subject in an upcoming article and also show you an example of such a PC.

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One comment la: ASUS Crossblade Ranger Review

    1. Small typo in the last page: “Don’t get me wrong, I like the ASUS Crossblade Ranger and it’s probably the best AM2+… ” . AM2+ boards are long gone, so I guess you meant FM2+.

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