ASUS 8-Series Haswell Motherboards: New UEFI Tour [video]by Anand Lal Shimpi on June 6, 2013 8:19 PM EST
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Earlier this week we watched JJ give us a thorough overview of ASUS' new 8-series motherboard lineup. In today's video, JJ takes us through ASUS' new 8-series UEFI setup and gives us some pointers along the way.
For the past couple of generations, ASUS has introduced continuous improvements to its UEFI setups - the experience with Haswell is no different. Everything from integrated Secure Erase to history/change logs and quick note features are on the table this generation:
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Ryan Smith - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkThe Secure Erase functionality has me as giddy as a schoolgirl. I'm beyond tired of having to boot up esoteric Linux distributions, put in a pile of commands, and plug (and replug) SSDs in order to erase them. We go through this process entirely too much due to all the SSDs we have.
Sabresiberian - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkYah even if you only needed it once as an end-user it would be very sweet to have. :)
RU482 - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkwhy not just connect as a secondary drive, reformat the drive, and then use CCleaner to wipe the drive?
AnnihilatorX - Monday, June 10, 2013 - linkSecure Erase in OP's context is used to reset SSD to their peak performance, not in the sense of securely erasing data. This operation requires the ATA standard and low-level commands to be used on the SSD, and usually require old DOS applications.
nevertell - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - linkA pile of commands ? lsblk to select the drive and then you can use your erasing utility of choice.
politbureau - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - linkAsus Sabertooth X79 & Rampage IV Extreme owner here. Any reason we can't see these UEFI improvements made retroactively? I'd hate to think that the two X79 boards I just dropped $750 on less than a month ago are already considered EOL as far as BIOS development goes.
iamkyle - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkOn a similar subject, any news as to Ivy Bridge-E, or some other sort of LGA2011 follow up?
7keypad - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkLightest possible laptop with high mobility can be :
1) with fanless processor
2) with touchpad + 7keypad
3) No Qwerty Keyboard
During travel we can use osk+touchpad or 7keypad+touchpad
On desk we can use laptop with external USB-keyboard ( frontech )
Sabresiberian - Friday, June 7, 2013 - linkI must say I'm seriously impressed with Asus, particularly ROG. At this point, the only thing EVGA has over them is their support - and frankly, their last series of mainboards weren't very good, and I'm still miffed they removed voltage tuning from the 680 Classified. First I don't think components were properly binned for that card so they could take advantage of the voltage tuning, and second, when Nvidia told their vendors they wouldn't warranty chips on cards that had the feature they didn't say that, they said Nvidia wasn't allowing it and even implied it was effecting the quantity of chips allocated to them - which I don't believe for a second (and Nvidia released a statement flat out saying it wasn't true). Well, EVGA, if your products are so great and I'm paying the price for the most expensive GTX 680 on the planet, don't you think you could stand behind the product entirely on your own, regardless of Nvidia's warranty stance?
Their Haswell line-up looks good, but the Classified version doesn't appear to have support for the EVBot. WTF? I bought this thing (EVBot) thinking my next MB would be EVGA because I wanted to try one of their mainboards, now I can use it for 1 video card, and won't be able to use it with next-gen MBs from them? I won't be able to use it on anything else but that one card, so it looks like I got an even more expensive GTX 680 Classified than I thought. Great.
Asus support has never been near as good as EVGA's, but, seriously, I'd rather have the better product up front and weaker support than weak hardware with great support. And, I have an earlier ROG board which is the best MB I've ever purchased (as well it should be for the price I paid as an early adopter of X58, heh). EVGA is going to have to seriously step up to get my money this time, as it looks like the no-brainer decision at this point is ROG, for my purposes.
cmdrdredd - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - linkI seem to remember Asus having acquired someone that formerly worked with EVGA's BIOS team and now he works closely with the ROG development side.