The ASUS Rampage Formula uses an AMI BIOS with a familiar layout, that should be easy enough to navigate, even for the novice user.
The main BIOS screen.
The “SATA configuration” submenu is where you designate your SATA setup as ACHI, Native IDE and Raid modes.
The “Extreme Tweaker” menu contains all the necessary settings for overclocking and getting the most out of your system. You can let ASUS try its hand at automatically overclocking your system, or use the CPU level up function to set your CPU to overclock to the next designated performance level. All of your DDR2 and FSB strap ratios are present and accounted for too. ASUS follows through and allows an unprecedented amount of BIOS control, as they do on most of their enthusiast level products.
The memory settings available to tweak fill up one screen shot alone. This far exceeds the 5-8 timing options most mainstream motherboards present you with. Users who feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of memory settings present, feel comforted in the fact that ASUS does a fine job of tuning your memory settings in Auto mode. However, the hardcore enthusiast will enjoy the compressive control of memory timings offered here.
The voltage section also allows for some very high levels of control. The voltage levels can be run up well past dangerous for each category. ASUS does change to color to red to warn the novice user of the danger level.
The “Advanced” menu contains a series of submenus.
The first of which allows for some fine tuning of your CPU. From Ratio selection, to turning on or off the various features it supports.
The “North Bridge” submenu contains the memory remapping function. An important setting if you wish to utilize 4GB and larger memory kits under a 64bit OS. For a more in depth explanation of why this setting is important under the previously mentioned circumstances, check out the Microsoft knowledge base article here.
The “Onboard Device submenu” of course contains the settings that enable or disable the various onboard devices you wish to utilize.
A standard USB submenu.
A very standard power management screen.
When you enter the “Hardware Monitor” submenu the BIOS gives you very detailed component temperature readings, along with several protective thermal shutdown selections.
This section also offers very detailed real-time voltage readouts of most of the board components.