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The BIOS of the Maximus V Gene is about as infinitely complex as it comes. Being an ROG board we are not surprised to see level of detail and tweakability in the BIOS. The Maximus BIOS has a standard Gamers preset in the BIOS but also if the 3 pin header is umpired correctly at the lower edge of the board 2 more profiles show up for LN2 presets to allow for some excellent subzero extreme action. This little hidden feature is a pretty cool one to discover and similar to what we have seen on other boards like the previously reviewed Rampage IV Extreme as it is a way to enable the “LN2 Mode” but it was quite curious as to why this was not silk screened on the board and was left as kind of a “hidden” feature. But then again extreme LN2 benching is not necessarily the target fro this board so that’s likely why it was not widely covered or even shown.
The BIOS also has some amazing Memory tweaking options. Anyone who read our Rampage IV Extreme review will remember the few memory preset for raw MHz and other specific IC type to allow for best tuning parameters. Well the Maximus has more of that same style tweaking but much more of it as there are now 13 different profiles available for memory tweaking and were sure with the way the ROG team updates their firmware regularly many more will follow.
Also another pretty awesome setting we found was when we entered the memory frequency setting we were surprised to see straps ranging all the way up to 3200MHz which is amazing and is likely using the 133MHz Dram to CPU strap to achieve. We could not test this frequency as we simply do not have modules near that speed yet but we hope to have some modules very soon that we can test this capability. One thing to note about settings such as this is that you will need a very strong IMC just to get close to these speeds or possibly even in some scenarios running subzero to get the IMC in a state that will allow such a high frequency operation so these sort of settings and very high frequencies should be best left to the benchmarking crowd as anything over 1600-1866 will net marginal results when gaming however as we saw with the Intel USB 3.0 controller the memory can make a difference but to try and run too much past the 2400 we tested would likely render marginal gains and the stress on the IMC just would not be worth it.
The GPU/DIMM post screens we have seen before but their diagnostic value is large and therefore we feel it is a huge asset to the BIOS on the Maximus board and we only hope that in the future this kind of capability will be delivered on even the most mainstream models. The BIOS for the Maximus V Gene is on par with the extreme boards we have seen in the past and as a matter of fact so are all of the boards in the ASUS product line that we have seen, ASUS has been taking the motherboard market by force and we really hope other manufacturers could take a few pages from ASUS’ book and see how it is to build a BIOS as we have yet to see a firmware that can rival the recent ASUS offerings. The rest of the BIOS is merely tweaking and tuning settings that are used for overclocking the board or tuning in components and not really something we could realistically cover without writing a encyclopedia on overclocking settings and how to tune them so we will leave that to the forum and overclocking Guru’s to handle that part as that is just too much information for us to ask you to read here.