ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming Review
- Author: MAC
- Date: September 27, 2017
Ai Suite III
The most important and all-encompassing utility in ASUS’ impressive suite of software is the aptly named Ai Suite III. Whereas ASUS used to have a handful of standalone apps for different functions, many were consolidated under the Ai Suite moniker back in 2011. This system management utility is the hub from which you can monitor system clock speeds, voltages, temperatures, and fan rotation but more importantly it allows users to do both automatic and manual overclocking from within Windows. Although it’s basic UI has been established for a while, ASUS regularly adds to the capabilities to this utility, so let’s check it out.
There are six main sections that are the focus of the Ai Suite III utility, and they are all linked to the Dual Intelligent Processors 5. As a refresher, DIP5 refers to two co-processors – the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) and the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) – that are tasked with for optimizing the system with a focus on either better performance and improved energy efficiency.
The 5-Way Optimization section is the coolest, and is where you will find the 5-Way Optimization automatic overclocking feature. There is also the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) power saving or performance profiles, Fan Xpert 3 fan speed optimization status, DIGI+ VRM optimization, awesome new Turbo App functionality, and some display-only information regarding TurboV Processing Unit (TPU). We’ll go into it in-depth below.
On the left hand side of the Ai Suite utility is an arrow that activates a pop-out menu when clicked. Here you will find features like PC Cleaner, which will scan your PC and get rid of junk files to free up disk space. The EZ Update tool allows users to update their motherboard’s BIOS either directly from the internet or from a downloaded file. System Information just contains a bunch of basic system information regarding your CPU, motherboard or RAM. You can also find you can find your serial number, BIOS version, etc.
At the bottom is a static strip that displays information on CPU and DRAM frequency, real-time voltage and temperatures measurements, as well as CPU and case fans speeds. You can also set safe thresholds for voltages, temperatures and fan speeds as well as setting alerts to warn you of any serious fluctuations. It is essentially a replacement for the Probe II utility.
Clicking on the 5-Way Optimization button reveals the coolest part of the whole Dual Intelligent Processors 5 utility. There is a certain level of fan optimization functionality in this section, but what’s really interesting is the automatic overclocking feature. You have the option of 3 different overclocking levels depending on whether you have an unlocked processor or not. We don’t want to reveal too much here, so go check out the Overclocking Results section to see how well this auto-overclocking feature worked.
The TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) tab is where you can manually adjust the BCLK frequency, CPU multiplier and Cache/Uncore multiplier. You will also be able to change the CPU multiplier, either per core or as a group. There are also an impressive eleven adjustable system voltages. You can adjust all these settings on-the-fly without having to reboot the system.
The EPU (Energy Processing Unit) tab is you will be able to fine-tune the various selection of power saving or performance profiles. This is a versatile feature for those who truly care about maximizing energy savings.
The DIGI+ VRM tab is where you will find the power options for the CPU, System Agent/Memory Controller, and RAM. There are adjustable settings for load-line calibration, current capability, voltage frequency, and phase control. There are different power controls for each memory channel since they are independently powered.
The Fan Xpert 4 tab is, as you might expect, where you can fully manage and optimize your CPU and system fans. While there are now a series of four fan presets (Silent/Standard/Turbo/Full Speed), you can also manually adjust the full fan speed curve to your preferences, or simply use the fully automated Fan Tuning feature.
- Packaging & Accesories
- A Closer Look at the X299-E Gaming
- A Closer Look at the X299-E Gaming pt.2
- Hardware Installation
- UEFI Explored
- UEFI Explored pt.2
- Included Software
- Included Software pt.2
- Test Setups & Methodology
- Feature Testing: AURA SYNC
- Feature Testing: Onboard Audio
- Feature Testing: M.2 PCI-E 3.0 x4
- Auto & Manual Overclocking Results
- System Benchmarks
- Gaming Benchmarks
- Voltage Regulations / Power Consumption