Bundled Applications

Included Applications

  • AI Suite II
  • TurboV EVO
  • EPU
  • Fan XPert
  • Probe II
  • Sensor Recorder
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • Wi-Fi GO!
  • USB Charger+
  • USB BIOS Flashback Wizard
  • Network iControl
  • ASUS Update
  • MyLogo2
  • LucidLogix Virtu MVP
  • Norton Internet Security 2012 trial-ware

The Ai Suite II application is a bundling mechanism for all the included ASUS-designed utilities, providing a centralized panel from which to access and run the applets. Overclocking can be done via the TurboV EVO and DIGI+ VRM applets, while the EPU, Fan Xpert, Probe II, and Sensor Recorder applets can be used for board power conservation control and monitoring. The Ai Charger + and USB Charger+ applets configure the USB port for optimized fast-charging of Apple-specific or generic USB-based devices. The USB 3.0 Boot applet supercharges your USB 3.0 ports, allowing for enhanced read and write performance with the amount of performance gain based on the USB 3.0 device in use. The USB BIOS Flashback Wizard creates a BIOS file that can be used in conjunction with the BIOS Flashback functionality built into the board to re-flash the BIOS without the need for booting. This is functionality that I wish more motherboard vendors would embrace because it is easier than you think to corrupt a BIOS. Normally, the board is toast if you cannot boot into the BIOS or reset it successfully. This BIOS Flashback function gives you another option and has saved my bacon in at least one instance in the recent past.

USB 3.0 Boost

The USB 3.0 Boost utility is another interesting applet from ASUS that will actually increase the performance for USB 3.0 connected hard drives in one of two methods – Turbo mode or UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) mode. Turbo mode uses an optimized BOT (bulk-only transfer) algorithm to speed up non-UASP supported devices with higher speed returns on reads rather than writes. UASP mode is a different method of bulk transfer for USB 3.0 connections that increases transfer speeds through the use of parallel simultaneous packet transfers, requiring the use of specialized hardware on both the sending and receiving ends. Turbo mode does not require this specialized hardware, but does not have the dramatic speed increases that UASP supports.

Per our sources at ASUS, Turbo mode can be explained as follows:

Optimized BOT, as you can guess from the name, does not have the luxury of UASP advances and relies on the standard BOT protocol currently used by all USB 3.0 devices. This means it may not help to further improve the transfer performance when multiple files were transferred at the same time, however, it still delivers a noticeable performance gain in USB 3.0 data reads with the ASUS Turbo Mode. This is thanks to its improvements in data streaming, where much of the round trip time between command phases is reduced. The other advantage of having the ASUS Turbo Mode is the fact that it supports all USB devices understanding the SCSI command, rather than restricting the support to UASP enabled devices only, making it more accessible for most users.

Per our sources at ASUS, UASP mode can be explained as follows:

The adoption of the SCSI Protocol in USB 3.0 provides its users with the advantage of having better data throughput than traditional BOT (Bulk-Only Transfer) protocol, all thanks to its streaming architecture as well as the improved queuing (NCQ support) and task management, which eliminated much of the round trip time between USB commands, so more commands can be sent simultaneously. Moreover, thanks to the multi-tasking aware architecture, the performance is further enhanced when multiple transfers occur.
The downside of UASP is that the receiving device (Flash drive/external hard drive etc) must also be UASP enabled for the protocol to work. This requires checking your peripherals before purchase. However since UASP is an industry standard, the device support for ASUS UASP implementation is not restricted to a particular controller manufacturer or device type, so the overall number of peripherals available should undoubtedly grow.

Ai Suite Applets

TurboV EVO, Manual Mode tab

TurboV EVO, Auto Tuning tab


DIGI+ VRM, page 2


EPU, Configuration page

Fan Xpert

Probe II, Voltage tab

Probe II, Temperature tab

Probe II, Fan Speed tab

Probe II, Preference tab

Sensor Recorder

Ai Charger+

USB Charger+

USB 3.0 Boost, Turbo mode device connected

USB 3.0 Boost, UASP mode device connected

USB BIOS Flashback Wizard

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