ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Motherboard BIOS
The BIOS is relatively standard for ASUS; users should have no issues finding what settings they need to adjust. It starts with EZ Mode for simple adjustments and system configurations.
The BIOS can be changed to Advanced Mode for more detailed BIOS adjustments.
The Extreme Tweaker menu allows for overclocking adjustments when using an Intel Xeon W-3175X. As we mentioned in our Intel Xeon W-3200 SKU List and Value Analysis, the Xeon W-3175X is the only SKU that supports overclocking on this platform.
And finally, the Tool menu allows for BIOS flashing and additional features.
Overall, this is more of a consumer BIOS experience rather than a server experience which makes it more friendly and aesthetically pleasing.
ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Motherboard Software
Drivers and Utilities for the ASUS RIG Dominus Extreme are found on a USB thumb drive.
When using large amounts of RAM ASUS includes RAMCache III and RAMDISK software to take advantage of unused RAM space.
ASUS AI Suite 3 provides additional CPU power adjustments and Fan controls settings for those that like to fine-tune these adjustments.
In a system built around the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme, having fine-grained PWM controls and monitoring make a lot of sense.
An issue we ran into was with installing Windows 10 Pro. This is not an ASUS issue but rather a Microsoft issue worthy of mentioning. Some motherboards that include Wi-Fi, like the ROG Dominus Extreme, might run into issues installing Win 10. Installation went as normal for us until the first reboot. We received a bluescreen with a BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error. The system would reboot into a “The Computer Restarted Unexpectedly Error” and would not get past this. As it turns out Wi-Fi drivers included in the Windows 10 Pro installation were the problem. The fix is to disable Wi-Fi in the BIOS and proceed to install Windows 10 Pro after installation is completed to enable Wi-Fi and install the ASUS Wi-Fi drivers.
Next, we are going to do a quick specification check, and commence with our performance benchmarks.