BIOS (Click to show)
(updated to 27/07/2013)NOTE
Drivers (Click to show)
BIOS flash (Click to show)
All the BIOS next 0607 (then 0704, 0706, 0801, and 0902) have little bug about bluetooth controller.
The controller can not be disabled. Also if it is switched off from BIOS, it's always detected by Windows.
Asus is aware of the problem, and still has not been resolved.0902
- Fixed can't boot to WinPE 4.0 X640801
- Improve system stability0706
- Improve system stability0704
- Improve system stability0607
- Improve compatibility with Windows 8 OS
- Improve system stability
- Support new CPUs0508
- Improve system stability
- Improve memory compatibility0504
- Improve Improve system stability
- Enhance compatibility with some USB devices
- Support new CPUs0501
- Improve system stability0408
- First release
Clear CMOS (Click to show)
Remember always to load defaults BIOS settings (''Load Optimized Defaults'' + ''Save Changes & Reset'') before and after BIOS flash!USB BIOS FLASHBACK
1 - Download the latest BIOS, rename it using "BRenamerl.exe", and put the renamed BIOS in a pen-drive.
Usually "BRenamerl.exe" is in the same .ZIP file of the BIOS.
If there isn't, download it from P8Z77-I Deluxe Asus Download Page
Open "BIOS-Utilities" section, and download "Bios Renamer for USB BIOS Flashback".
Read the readme that there is in the .ZIP file of "BRenamerl.exe" for other simple informations to rename the BIOS.
(The manual, for rename BIOS, mentions only the relative tool of AI Suite II, but it's better do not install the tool and use "BRenamerl.exe".)ASUS EZ FLASH 2
CLEAR RTC RAM JUMPERCLEAR CMOS SWITCH
It's on the back panel, under the USB BIOS Flashback button (view Specific Information > Miscellaneous > Layout > General Layout > I/O PANEL
Notes (Click to show)
Temperatures and mods (Click to show)
On the left there is the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, and on the right there is the ASRock Z77E-ITX.
All the Z77 ITX mainboard have socket very near at PCI-E slot, like the ASRock Z77E-ITX.
And it will be problematic for the chose of CPU cooler if you use a graphic card.
Only Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe and the EVGA Stinger have different socket position.PCI-E RETAINING CLIP
This position of retaining clip make impossibile the remotion of graphic card if the motherboard is in a case with vertical motherboard tray.
You can block the clip with a little piece of cardboard:
CPU coolers compatibility (Click to show)
Probably due to the small size of the heatsinks, the P8Z77-I Deluxe is hottest Z77 Mini-ITX mainboard.
VRM and also chipset can reach very high temperatures, but within the safety limits.
There is a test of X-bit labs about it:
Roundup: Six Mini-ITX Mainboards on Intel Z77 Chipset.
"We measured the temperature of the VRM components during our stability tests to see how efficiency they are and how they can sustain CPU overclocking. It is undesirable for mini-ITX systems to have too hot components."
Only the Gigabye that have completely naked VRM is hotter Asus, reaching 95°.
Instead all other overclock dedicated mainboards have minor temperatures than Asus.
Asrock and MSI reach 10°-12° less than Asus, and EVGA and Zotac even 26-27° less than Asus.
Wanting, it's possible do something for improve temperatures:
Remove the plate with Asus logo from heatsinks, use a dedicated fan, thermal grease or thermal pad replacement, or heatsink replacement.
Replacement VRM heatsink with a custom heatsink:
Removal of plate from chipset heatsink + dedicated fan:
Replacement chipset heatsink with Enzotech CNB-S1:
, the layout of this mainboard allows you to use any cooler (also the bigger) without bothering to the VRM board and the PCI-E slot.
Obviously there aren't problems with AIO liquid coolers and waterblocks.
Here is a scheme of the measures that can be useful:LIST OF COMPATIBLE COOLERS
Here are some of compatible coolers with related photos.
If you have a cooler that there isn't in this list, report it in the thread, with a link to a photo, and it will be added.
- AXP 140
- Hyper 212 EVO
- Samuel 17
ScytheBig Shuriken 2 Rev. B
- Ninja 3 rev B
XigmatekDark Knight IIBACKPLATE
The back of the mainboard have several small components very close to the area of the socket.
So, we must pay attention to the backplate.
For example here is the metal backplate, of a CM Hyper 212 EVO, which was spaced with some insulating washers to avoid short circuits.
This instead is the backplate of a Antec H2O.
It was spaced with the insulating washers because of its circular shape (same for the backplate of many AIO liquid coolers).
Otherwise, it goes to cover an area where there is a slightly higher component on which the backplate could exert pressure.
Notes (Click to show)
Monitoring & overclock (Click to show)
It's possible to deactivate the tool that we don't need always.
So that on the Windows boot we charge only the tool that we need always.
For example we can keep activated only Fan Xpert and EPU, and activate other tools only when we need.UTILITY
Don't install all tools of AI Suite II, because many are useless, or are worst of other free software, or simple we don't need it.
In the description of every tool it's indicated if it's useful, because it is useful, and when it's useful.
It's also indicated if it's possible use other free software in alternative to AI Suite II tool.
Miscellaneous (Click to show)
Allows you to control fan connected at mainboard CPU Fan and Chassis Fan connector.
It's possible to choose pre-configured profiles, or create a personalized profile (one for channel) using for reference the mainboard socket temperature sensor.
Only alternative software is SpeedFan, but It's not very practical.EPU
Allows to improve energy saving when system is in idle status.
It's effective also in combination with OC in Offset Mode and energy saving option activated.
Besides, it's allows to instantly block CPU multiplier and voltage, at the values that we have when system is in idle status with OC in Offset Mode and energy saving option activated.
So, we are sure that during we use Internet browser, or play film or music, or other operation that don't need full CPU power, the CPU stay at the values that we have in idle status, without that multiplier and voltage flactuate.
And with an other simple click, we can instantly come back to use normal Offset Mode with dynamic multiplier and voltage.
We can do this only with EPU from AI Suite II.TurboV EVO
Allows to automatic or manual CPU OC from Windows.
I'ts not recommended do OC from Windows.
But this tool may be useful because allow to view in Windows some BIOS OC settings that no other software can view.DIGI+ VRM
Allows to change in Windows CPU power phases settings.
I'ts not recommended change those settings from Windows.
But this tool may be useful because allow to view in Windows some BIOS OC settings that no other software can view.Probe II
Monitor mainboard temperatures, fans RPM, and supply voltages.
It generates an alert in a little pop-up window every time that notice abnormal values.
It allow also to personalize for all parameters the values of safety, minimum and maximum, that it use for identify abnormal values.
It have also an alert log where we can find all the generated alerts.
In theory it's a nice tool. But it have tha big problem that don't detect CPU and GPU sensor, and a lot of other values.
It's possible to use Alerts function of HWiNFO, that allows to do the same things of Probe II, but detecting all the sensors of our systems.
Only difference is that HWiNFO, for now, haven't a alert log.SENSOR RECORDER
Monitor mainboard temperatures, fans RPM, and supply voltages.
Unlike Probe II, generates graphs with time intervals where it's records all the various values.
Have the same problem of Probe II. It's alway better to use HWiNFO.GPU Boost
Allows to automatic or manual integrated GPU OC from Windows.
USB 3.0 Boost
Wi-Fi GO! (Click to show)
Allows to use Turbo mode (with all devices) or UASP mode (only with compatible devices) to improve the transfer speed of USB3 devices.
Simple and convenient to use. There is no other alternative programs.Ai Charger+
Allows you to charge up to 3 times faster than all smartphones and tablets (including Apple products).
Simple and convenient to use. There is no other alternative programs.USB Charger+
Allows to charge your smartphone and tablet, even when the PC is in standby or turned off.
Simple and convenient to use. There is no other alternative programs.Wi-Fi Engine
Usable in Client Mode and AP Mode, allows us to connect by wireless connection and use our PC as an access point for other Wi-Fi devices.
Very simple and practical to use. If you want you can replace it with other free software.Network iControl
Monitors the bandwidth showing also the individual use of each process.
It allows you to create different profiles to choose the priority to be given to the various processes, allowing also to limit it at an time of day.
Very simple and practical to use. If you want you can replace it with other free programs.USB BIOS Flashback
It download the latest BIOS and automatically copies it within a pen-drive, which will then be ready to flash the BIOS by USB BIOS Flashback.
See BIOS & DRIVERS - 2.3 BIOS FLASH - USB BIOS FLASHBACK
Show some informations about mainboard, CPU, and RAM.
There are many free software that allow to show more informations.MyLogo
Allows you to edit a BIOS for change the boot screen of the Asus logo, with any other image.
After you will have to flash the BIOS using the BIOS that has been modified with My Logo.
Risky and not recommended.ASUS Update
Allows to update BIOS from Windows.
Very risky and not recommended.
Allows you to use your smartphones or tablet in many ways, providing also unique features that other free software do not have.
Especially useful for who use their PC for playing movies or music, and then can use their smartphone or tablet as a remote control for HTPC.
It's possible to replace it with other free programs.
It is divided into 6 different tools:REMOTE DESKTOP
It allows you to access your PC and to have full control via smartphone or tablet simulating the mouse and the keyboard.
It allows also to view the contents on the screen of your smartphone or tablet as well as the PC monitor.REMOTE KEYBOARD & MOUSE
Allows you to use your tablet or smartphone as keyboard and mouse of our pc.
More accurate and more convenient than Remote Desktop tool, but allow to view content only on the PC monitor.DLNA MEDIA HUB
Play HD content, music and photos on your DLNA devices via Wi-Fi connectivity from the PC.FILE TRANSFER
Send and share files between your PC and smart devices with only a right click on the mouse.
iPad/iPhone can only send, not receive files from the PC.CAPTURE & SEND
Capture and send screen shots from your PC to smart devices directly by pressing the hotkey (hotkey set by users).SMART MOTION CONTROL
Move directionally to use applications with a smartphone or tablet's motion sensors.
You can even program sensor scenarios to design your own motion-based game!