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Asus’ BIOS on the Dark Hero is the same as the regular Hero before it. The BIOS sports the familiar black, red, and yellow ROG theme that’s easy to read. Asus starts in an Easy Mode that displays high-level information, including CPU and memory clock speeds, temperatures, fan speeds, storage information, etc. Advanced Mode has several headers across the top that drop down additional options. The BIOS is one of my favorites, as almost everything you need isn’t buried deep within menus.
Asus’ software suite for the Dark Hero is the same as other ROG-based boards and sticks with the ROG-inspired theme. Several applications exist for various functions, ranging from RGB lighting control, audio, system monitoring, overclocking, etc. We’ve captured several screenshots of the applications below. Here’s a look at Ai Suite 3, Armoury Crate, Sonic Studio and the Realtek Audio application.
ProArt series boards also offer access to advanced security management functions through Asus Control Center Express. The software allows users to lock USB ports, remotely disable the registry editor on remote devices and provides a software blacklist to prevent using high-risk applications.
Test System / Comparison Products
We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied as of mid-October 2023. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms, but have updated the driver to the latest, keeping our games, F1 22 and Far Cry 6, the same. Unless otherwise noted, we use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public using ‘optimized default’ settings, except for the memory (XMP). The hardware and drivers we used are as follows:
Test System Components
|CPU||Intel Core i9-14900K|
|Memory||Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 CL36 (KF560C36BBEAK2-32)|
|Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5- 7200 CL34|
|GPU||Asus TUF RTX 3070|
|Cooling||Coolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux|
|PSU||EVGA Supernova 850W P6|
|Software||Windows 11 64-bit (22H2)|
|Graphics Driver||Nvidia GeForce Driver 522.25|
|Sound||Integrated HD audio|
|Network||Integrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings||Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Procyon||Version 2.6.848 64|
|Row 2 - Cell 0||Office Suite (Office 365), Video Editing (Premiere Pro 23.6), Photo Editing (Photoshop 25.0, Lightroom Classic 12.5)|
|3DMark||Version 2.27.8177 64|
|Row 4 - Cell 0||Firestrike Extreme (v1.1) and Time Spy (v1.2) Default Presets|
|Cinebench R24||Version ‘build unknown’|
|Row 6 - Cell 0||Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||Full benchmark (all 3 tests)|
|Application Tests and Settings||Row 9 - Cell 1|
|LAME MP3||Version SSE2_2019|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 1.2.2|
|Row 13 - Cell 0||Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)|
|Corona 1.4||Version 1.4|
|Row 15 - Cell 0||Custom benchmark|
|Row 17 - Cell 0||Integrated benchmark (Command Line)|
|Game Tests and Settings||Row 18 - Cell 1|
|Far Cry 6||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON|
|F1 2022||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, Ultra High (default) Bahrain (Clear/Dry), FPS Counter ON|
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Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.
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