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ASUS Z97-AR Review

ASUS has packaged their well-known AI Suite 3 to bring customization and overclocking out of the BIOS and onto your desktop.  AI Suite 3 offers a ton of configurable options, included the 5-Way Optimization button.  According to ASUS, this will detect the best settings for the way you use your computer.


Along the bottom of the application, you have an information panel that tells you your CPU Frequency (per core), Voltage, Temperature, and Fan information.  Each of these fly-out to provide a greater level of detail.

Within TPU you can tune a number of elements.  These range from BCLK frequency and CPU Cache ratio to Core Voltage and more.  A second tab offers tuning of the CPU Strap.

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Fan Xpert 3 brings cooling management under control.  You can assign visual locations to your fans within the application and tune them for usage.


DIGI+ VRM can control things like CPU Power Phase control and VRM switching frequency.


TurboApp brings the ability to tweak system performance based on the application you are running.  For things that don’t require much, like office, you can tune the system down using less power and creating less noise.  When things need to heat up, like during a late night fragging session, then tune everything to the MAX.


EPU allows you to create and set power presets.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Board Layout & Features
  4. UEFI BIOS Cont.
  5. Included Software
  6. Test System Setup
  7. Benchmarking: Ethernet Performance
  8. Benchmarking: SATA Performance
  9. Benchmarking: AIDA64 Benchmark
  10. Benchmarking: PCMark 8
  11. Benchmarking: Handbrake
  12. Benchmarking: Cinibench R15
  13. Benchmarking: HyperPi
  14. Overclocking & Final Thoughts

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  1. What colour does the Strip by the sound chip glow in? Red or yellow or white???

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