The board up close
Mosfets area with the big heatsink to cool them down. 8pin power plug and NEC chip behind. The latter is again responsible for the USB3.0 interface.
Mosfets naked. Heatsinks are attached by a thick heatpipe. The latter is screwed down, providing optimal pressure on the NB/SB and Mosfet area.
4DDR3 dimm slots in the new red and black theme. Asus deviated from the normal paired AMD setup to an Intel way of installing the Dimms. You can also spot the voltage measuring points.
The GO Button is tied to the Go bios profile. It allows you to boot with preset safe settings.
The TurboV chip is responsible to monitor if your CPU stays within TDP, checks unlocked cores etc...
Instead of a LED display, the new ROG boards got 4 LEDs that light up one by one. This makes it still easy to debug.
The backpanel, with still a PS2 port present. The CMOS reset button, 2 x USB 3.0.
Close up of the NEC USB3.0 Chip
ROG connect allows you to OC/monitor your PC from another PC/Notebook/iPhone/... Gamefirst technology keeps your online gaming pings low by giving your game's connection priority over the other internet apps running.
The start and reset button are found at the bottom of the board. The OC button activates the Turbo unlock function and the Core Unlocker button, well yes, unlocks latent cores. Either you press this button to unlock or press 4 when the rig boots. Exploring the BIOS
The Asus bios is, as usual, for a high end motherboard, not lacking any features the enthusiast requires. I'm pretty used to the Asus' biosses and still find them very clear and pretty easy to navigate through.
I'll let the screenshot speak for themselves.Extreme Tweaker tab : Overvolt protection enabled and disabled screens : Dram timing en Drive strenghts screens : Main and Advanced tab
ECC mode on a mainstram board ?
Onboard Devices tab, Asus made it handy for the overclockers here with a preset Disabled page (only the LAN port works for submissions)
More Advanced and hardware monitoring settings :
Oc profiles and GO Button settings :