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  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    The 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. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Yah even if you only needed it once as an end-user it would be very sweet to have. :) Reply
  • RU482 - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    why not just connect as a secondary drive, reformat the drive, and then use CCleaner to wipe the drive? Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Secure 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. Reply
  • nevertell - Saturday, June 08, 2013 - link

    A pile of commands ? lsblk to select the drive and then you can use your erasing utility of choice. Reply
  • politbureau - Thursday, June 06, 2013 - link

    Asus 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. Reply
  • iamkyle - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    On a similar subject, any news as to Ivy Bridge-E, or some other sort of LGA2011 follow up? Reply
  • 7keypad - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Lightest 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 )
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  • Sabresiberian - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    I 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.
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  • cmdrdredd - Saturday, June 08, 2013 - link

    I 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. Reply
  • Mikuni - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Fix the fucking windows drivers first, Asus COM service hogs 2GB memory leak after a month, for years. Reply
  • r3loaded - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Huh? It's consuming about 1.2MB here, with zero CPU and I/O usage. Reply
  • Mikuni - Saturday, June 08, 2013 - link

    forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2308246 Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Saturday, June 08, 2013 - link

    Never had the problem on my Rampage II (we're talking a mainboard approaching 5 years old), but yeah, you're right, this needs to be fixed. Hopefully Anand can query JJ about it. Reply
  • dougxd - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Wow..... sounds like you're using one of those decades old klanky-key keyboards from the good old days, ehh? Reply
  • clarkn0va - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    It's actually pretty silly to think that it should be so difficult to call what amounts to a single ATA command that's been in existence for years.

    Kudos to the Parted Magic guys for making it as simple as it was, but the shift to UEFI support for this is a welcome change.
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  • clarkn0va - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Ignore the troll. Everybody knows you can't run Windows for a month.

    [ducks]
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  • gokdog - Friday, June 07, 2013 - link

    Great video, very intuitive, cannot wait until the Overclocking tips video, as my ROG Hero is enroute to my casa right now. Reply
  • JDub8 - Saturday, June 08, 2013 - link

    Way to rip off MaxPC Reply
  • microlithx - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Hey, if you use the UEFI shell and type in the "drivers" command does the board simply reset itself?

    That's one bit of behavior that still pisses me off about ASUS's firmware - they're the only board vendor whose environment does this.
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  • bormasina - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    I've bought the Gryphon Z87 board, but the armor is nowhere to be found. I hate to put the components together and then do it again just to add the armor. Does anybody knows where can i purchase the armor? Reply

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