Motherboard
P7H55-M/USB3
E5846
First Edition V1
May 2010
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Contents
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
About this guide........................................................................................ viii
P7H55-M/USB3 specifications summary.................................................... x
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-1
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features................................................ 1-3
1.4
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-6
1.5
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 1-7
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.5.1
Placement direction......................................................... 1-7
1.5.2
Screw holes..................................................................... 1-7
1.5.3
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 1-8
1.5.4
Layout contents................................................................ 1-8
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 1-9
1.6.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 1-9
1.6.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan............................... 1-12
1.6.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 1-13
System memory.......................................................................... 1-14
1.7.1
Overview........................................................................ 1-14
1.7.2
Memory configurations................................................... 1-15
1.7.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 1-22
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 1-22
Expansion slots........................................................................... 1-23
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 1-23
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 1-23
1.8.3
PCI slot.......................................................................... 1-23
1.8.4
PCI Express x1 slots...................................................... 1-23
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot...................................................... 1-23
1.9
Jumpers....................................................................................... 1-24
1.10
Connectors.................................................................................. 1-25
1.10.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 1-25
1.10.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 1-26
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Contents
1.11
Software support......................................................................... 1-32
1.11.1
Installing an operating system....................................... 1-32
1.11.2
Support DVD information............................................... 1-32
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
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BIOS information
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 2-1
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 2-1
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2............................................................. 2-2
2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS.................................................... 2-3
2.1.4
ASUS BIOS Updater........................................................ 2-3
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 2-6
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 2-7
2.2.2
Menu bar.......................................................................... 2-7
2.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 2-7
2.2.4
Menu items...................................................................... 2-7
2.2.5
Submenu items................................................................ 2-8
2.2.6
Configuration fields.......................................................... 2-8
2.2.7
Pop-up window................................................................ 2-8
2.2.8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 2-8
2.2.9
General help.................................................................... 2-8
Main menu..................................................................................... 2-8
2.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................... 2-9
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx].......................................... 2-9
2.3.3
Language [English].......................................................... 2-9
2.3.4
SATA1~6.......................................................................... 2-9
2.3.5
Storage Configuration.................................................... 2-10
2.3.6
3rd Party Storage Configuration.................................... 2-10
2.3.7
System Information.........................................................2-11
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 2-12
2.4.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto].............................................. 2-12
2.4.2
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]............................................... 2-13
2.4.3
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]........................ 2-13
2.4.4
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode [Auto].......................... 2-13
2.4.5
BCLK Frequency [XXX]................................................. 2-14
2.4.6
PCIE Frequency [100].................................................... 2-14
Contents
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.4.7
DRAM Frequency [Auto]................................................ 2-14
2.4.8
QPI Frequency [Auto].................................................... 2-14
2.4.9
OC Tuner Utility.............................................................. 2-14
2.4.10
OC Tuner Limit Value..................................................... 2-14
2.4.11
DRAM Timing Control [Auto].......................................... 2-14
2.4.12
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto].................................. 2-16
2.4.13
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]................................................. 2-16
2.4.14
CPU Voltage Mode [Offset] . ......................................... 2-16
2.4.15
IMC Voltage [Auto] ........................................................ 2-17
2.4.16
DRAM Voltage [Auto] .................................................... 2-17
2.4.17
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]................................................. 2-17
2.4.18
PCH Voltage [Auto]........................................................ 2-17
2.4.19
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto].................. 2-17
2.4.20
Auto PSI [Enabled]......................................................... 2-17
2.4.21
Load-Line Calibration [Auto].......................................... 2-17
2.4.22
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]....................................... 2-17
2.4.23
PCI/PCIe CLK Status [Enabled]..................................... 2-17
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 2-18
2.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 2-18
2.5.2
Uncore Configuration..................................................... 2-20
2.5.3
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 2-20
2.5.4
USB Configuration......................................................... 2-21
2.5.5
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 2-22
2.5.6
Intel VT-d [Disabled]....................................................... 2-22
Power menu................................................................................. 2-22
2.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto].................................................... 2-22
2.6.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Enabled]........................................... 2-22
2.6.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]........................................ 2-23
2.6.4
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]........................................ 2-23
2.6.5
APM Configuration......................................................... 2-23
2.6.6
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 2-24
Boot menu................................................................................... 2-25
2.7.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 2-25
2.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 2-26
2.7.3
Security.......................................................................... 2-27
2.8
2.9
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Tools menu.................................................................................. 2-28
2.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 2-28
2.8.2
AI NET 2........................................................................ 2-29
2.8.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 2-29
2.8.4
Express Gate [Disabled]................................................ 2-29
2.8.5
IO LevelUp [Disabled].................................................... 2-29
Exit menu..................................................................................... 2-30
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electric shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electric outlet
before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables
for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all
power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not
sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power
company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
•
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, ensure that all cables are correctly connected and the power
cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors,
slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area
where it may become wet.
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
• Chapter 1: Product introduction
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This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS information
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Typography
Bold text
Italics
<Key>
<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3>
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means
that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D>
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P7H55-M/USB3 specifications summary
CPU
LGA1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/ Core™ i3/
Pentium® processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology support depends on the
CPU types.
** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel® CPU support list.
Chipset
Intel® H55 Express Chipset
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM slots support maximum 16GB unbuffered
non-ECC DDR3 2200(O.C.)/ 2133/ 2000/ 1866/ 1800/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066MHz memory modules
* To achieve DDR3’s frequency of 2200 MHz, use an Intel
Core i7/ Core i5 CPU without the iGPU feature and install
a VGA card. If you use Intel Core i5/ Core i3/ Pentium CPU
with the iGPU feature, the maximum frequency is around
1600 MHz.
** Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*** Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical
characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only
support one DIMM per channel.
**** Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL
(Qualified Vendors List).
***** When you install a total memory of 4GB or more,
Windows® 32-bit operating system may only recognize less
than 3GB. We recommend a maximum of 3GB system
memory if you are using a Windows® 32-bit operating
system.
Expansion slots
1 x PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCI Express™ 2.0 x1 slots (2.5GT/s, gray slots)
1 x PCI slot
VGA
Multi-VGA output support: HDMI and RGB ports
Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 1920x 1200 (@ 60Hz)
Supports RGB with max. resolution of 2048x 1536 (@ 75 Hz)
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
Storage
Intel® H55 Express Chipset:
- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors
Marvell® 9123 controller:
- 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
LAN
Realtek® RTL8111E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
USB
2 x USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports (blue, at the back panel)
10 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at the back panel)
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Audio
Realtek® ALC887 8-channel* High Definition Audio CODEC
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at mid-board and back I/O
- Support Jack-dectection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel
Jack-Retasking (Only in Mic in port)
* Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to
support an 8-channel audio output.
ASUS unique features
ASUS Exclusive Overclocking Features:
- GPU Boost
- ASUS TurboV
- ASUS Auto Tuning (Adopt Fast Mode)
- ASUS Turbo Key
ASUS Power Solution:
- ASUS EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatsink Solution
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS My Logo 2
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS exclusive
overclocking features
Precision Tweaker 2:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vIMC: Adjustable IMC voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.015V
increment
- vPCH: Adjustable PCH voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vCPU_PLL: Adjustable CPU_PLL voltage at 0.05V
increment
- iGPU: Adjustable iGPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
- Internal Base Clock tuning from 80 MHz up to 500 MHz
at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to
200MHz at 1MHz increment (only for Lynnfield CPUs)
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Combo port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
1 x HDMI port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
2 x USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports (blue)
4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports
3 x Audio jacks (8-channel)
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Internal I/O
connectors
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 6 USB 2.0/1.1
ports
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)
1 x Chassis fan connector (3-pin)
1 x LPT connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x COM connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x System panel connector
BIOS
64 Mb Flash ROM, SPI, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0,
SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS,
ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Accessories
1 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cable
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
1 x I/O shield
1 x User Manual
Support DVD
Drivers
ASUS Utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
uATX form factor: 9.6 in x 9.0 in (24.4 cm x 22.9 cm)
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P7H55-M/USB3 motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another
standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in
your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS P7H55-M/USB3 motherboard
Cables
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
1 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cable
Accessories
1 x I/O shield
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User Manual
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Intel® LGA1156 Lynnfield / Clarkdale Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Lynnfield and Clarkdale
processors in LGA1156 package, which has memory and PCI Express
controller integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and
16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, providing great graphics performance. Intel®
Lynnfield processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient
CPU in the world. Moreover, Intel® and Clarkdale processor integrated
Graphics Procession Unit (GPU) which goes with Intel® H55 chipset
with VGA out can bring you to the whole new experience of the next
generation VGA performance. It also provides separated 3D, 2D, and
Video Engines to execute different graphic control in hardware.
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Intel® H55
The Intel® H55 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to
support the latest 1156 socket Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5/ Core™ i3/
Pentium® processors. Intel® H55 provides improved performance by
utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and
stability. Use Intel® Core™ i5 6 Series, Core™ i3 5 Series, and Pentium®
CPU with H55 Express Chipset to enjoy the latest Intel® integrated
graphic performance.
Dual-Channel DDR3 2200 (O.C.) MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer
rates up to 2200 (O.C.) MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements
of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The
dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system
memory to boost system performance.
PCI Express 2.0 support
This motherboard supports PCI Express 2.0 devices for double speed
and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
HDMI support
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a set of digital video
standards that deliver multi-channel digital audio and uncompressed
digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through a single cable. Supporting
HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and Blu-ray discs, HDMI
provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home
theater audio systems via the S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital
Interface) jack. It allows digital audio transfer and keeps the best signal
quality.
8-channel audio CODEC
Enjoy high-end sound quality on your PC! The onboard 8-channel High
Definition Audio CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio
output, jack-sensing feature, and multi-streaming technology.
Gigabit LAN solution
The onboard LAN controller is a highly integrated Gb LAN controller. It is
enhanced with an ACPI management function to provide efficient power
management for advanced operating systems.
ASUS P7H55-M/USB3
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True USB 3.0 support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8 Gb/s with USB 3.0, which is
the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with the nextgeneration components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10x
faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s support
Adopting MARVELL’s professional SATA 6 Gb/s solution, which supports
the next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard
delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. This motherboard also
provides enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the
bandwidth of current bus systems.
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features
Turbo Key
ASUS Turbo Key allows you to turn the PC power button into a physical
overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost
performances without interrupting ongoing work or games—with just one
touch!
ASUS TurboV
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC-now a reality with the ASUS
TurboV. This easy OC tool allows you to overclock without exiting or
rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just
a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides
the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
GPU Boost
GPU Boost overclocks the integrated GPU in real time for the best
graphics performance. User-friendly UI facilitates flexible frequency and
voltage adjustments. Its ability to deliver multiple overclocking profiles
also provides rapid and stable system-level upgrades.
ASUS EPU
ASUS EPU is a unique power saving technology that detects the current
system loadings and adjusts the power consumption in real time.
ASUS Auto Tuning
ASUS Auto Tuning is an intelligent tool that automates overclocking to
achieve a total system level up. Even O.C. beginners can achieve an
extreme yet stable overclocking results with Auto Tuning.
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ASUS Express Gate
Express Gate is an ASUS exclusive OS, which lets you instantly access
the Internet and key applications before entering the Windows® OS.
• ASUS Express Gate supports installation on SATA HDDs, USB HDDs and flash
drives with at least 1.2GB free disk space. When installing it on USB HDDs or
flash drives, connect the drives to the motherboard USB port before turning on the
computer.
• The actual boot time depends on the system configuration.
• ASUS Express Gate supports file uploading from SATA HDDs, ODDs and USB
drives. It supports file downloading to USB drives only.
Stylish Heatsink
The crystal-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers
users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades
the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the heatsink design
lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through
high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the
ASUS crystal-shaped heatsink will give users an extremely silent and
cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows you to
conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can
be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving you the freedom to share
and distribute your favorite settings.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color
boot logo for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto-recovery tool that allows you to
restore a corrupted BIOS file using the bundled support DVD or USB
flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a utility that allows you to update the BIOS without
using an OS-based utility.
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ASUS AI NET2
ASUS AI NET2 remotely detects the cable connection immediately after
turning on the system, and any faulty cable connections are reported
back up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The BIOS C.P.R. feature automatically restores the CPU default settings
when the system hangs due to overclocking failure. C.P.R. eliminates the
need to open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut
down and reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the
CPU parameters to their default settings.
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s
Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line
with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable
products/packaging to safeguard consumers’ health while minimizing the
impact on the environment.
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1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
• Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
• Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due to
static electricity.
• Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
• Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
• Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may
cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system
is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you must shut down
the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard
component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.
SB_PWR
P7H55-M/USB3
ON
Standby Power
OFF
Powered Off
P7H55-M/USB3 Onboard LED
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1.5
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the
motherboard fits into it.
Ensure that you unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard.
Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.5.1
Placement direction
1.5.2
Screw holes
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in the correct
orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in
the image below.
Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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1.5.3
Motherboard layout
1
2
3
1
4
22.9cm(9.0in)
CPU_FAN
KB_USB56
NEC
176
ICS
954 A4
EATXPWR
LAN1_USB12
AUDIO
P7H55-M/USB3
PCIEX16
RTL
8111E
Super
I/O
Intel®
H55
SB_PWR
PCIEX1_2
SATA2
SATA1
SATA4
SATA3
SATA6
SATA5
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
CLRTC
COM1
LPT
5
7
PANEL
PCI1
SPDIF_OUT
2
6
Marvell
9123
64Mb
BIOS
PCIEX1_1
ALC
887
24.4cm(9.6in)
USB_3.0_12
DDR3 DIMM_B1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
CHA_FAN
DDR3 DIMM_B2 (64bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3 DIMM_A2 (64bit, 240-pin module)
LGA1156
COM1
HDMI
DDR3 DIMM_A1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
ATX12V
SPDIF_O2
USB1112 USB910
USB78
SATA_6G_2 SATA_6G_1
AAFP
13 12
1.5.4
11
10
9
8
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page
1.
CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin
CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1)
1-28
8.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910,
USB1112)
1-3-
2.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin
ATX12V)
1-27
9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
1-31
3.
LGA1156 CPU socket
1-9
10.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
1-28
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
1-14
11.
LPT connector (26-1 pin LPT)
1-27
5.
Onboard LED (SB_PWR)
1-6
12.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) 1-29
6.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
1-24
13.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
7.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1-6)
1-29
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1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1156 socket designed for the Intel®
Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® processors.
Unplug all power cables before installing the CPU.
• Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and the
socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing,
or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard components.
ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
• Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the
LGA1156 socket.
• The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
1.6.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
P7H55-M/USB3
P7H55-M/USB3 CPU socket LGA1156
2.
Press the load lever with your thumb (A),
and then move it to the right (B) until it is
released from the retention tab.
To prevent damage to the socket pins,
do not remove the PnP cap unless
you are installing a CPU.
Load lever
A
B
Retention tab
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3.
Lift the load lever in the direction of the
arrow until the load plate is completely
lifted.
Load plate
4.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket by lifting the tab only.
PnP cap
Cap tab
5.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the gold triangle is on the
bottom‑left corner of the socket, and
then fit the socket alignment keys into
the CPU notches.
The CPU fits in only one correct
orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to prevent bending
the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
CPU notches
Gold
triangle
mark
Alignment keys
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6.
Apply some Thermal Interface Material
to the exposed area of the CPU that the
heatsink will be in contact with, ensuring
that it is spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with preapplied thermal paste. If so, skip this
step.
The Thermal Interface Material is
toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it. If
it gets into your eyes or touches your
skin, wash it off immediately, and seek
professional medical help.
7.
Close the load plate (A), and then push
down the load lever (B), ensuring that
the front edge of the load plate slides
under the retention knob (C).
B
A
C
8.
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Insert the load lever under the retention
tab.
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1.6.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel® LGA1156 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to
ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
• When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan and
heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use only Intel®‑certified
multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
• Your Intel® LGA1156 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin design and
requires no tool to install.
• Use an LGA1156-compatible CPU heatsink and fan assembly only. The LGA1156 socket
is incompatible with the LGA775 and LGA1366 sockets in size and dimension.
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that you have
properly applied Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install
the heatsink and fan assembly.
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install the CPU
fan and heatsink assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed
CPU, ensuring that the four fasteners match
the holes on the motherboard.
A
B
B
A
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly
such that the CPU fan cable is closest to
the CPU fan connector.
2.
Push down two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to secure the heatsink
and fan assembly in place.
A
B
B
A
1
1
The type of CPU heatsink and fan assembly may differ, but the installation steps and
functions should remain the same. The illustration above is for reference only.
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3.
Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
CPU_FAN
P7H55-M/USB3
P7H55-M/USB3 CPU fan connector
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors can occur if
you fail to plug this connector.
1.6.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from the connector on the motherboard.
2.
Rotate each fastener counterclockwise.
3.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a diagonal sequence to disengage the heatsink and
fan assembly from the motherboard.
A
A
B
B
B
A
B
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4.
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan
assembly from the motherboard.
5.
Rotate each fastener clockwise to ensure
correct orientation when reinstalling.
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System memory
1.7.1
Overview
DIMM_B2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_A1
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is notched
differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules are developed for
better performance with less power consumption.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Channel
Sockets
Channel A
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
Channel B
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
P7H55-M/USB3
P7H55-M/USB3 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
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1.7.2
Memory configurations
You may install 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB unbuffered non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
• You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system maps
the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any excess
memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.
• Due to Intel spec definition, X.M.P. DIMMs are supported for one DIMM per channel
only.
• According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect the
CPU.
• According to Intel CPU spec, CPUs with a core frequency of 2.66GHz support the
maximum DIMM frequency of up to DDR3 1333. To use DIMMs of a higher frequency
with a 2.66GHz CPU, enable the DRAM O.C. Profile feature in BIOS. Refer to section
2.4.1 Ai Overclock Tuner for details.
• Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
• Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows® OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows® OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
• This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less.
• The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect
(SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module.
Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a lower
frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked or at a higher
frequency, refer to section Ai Tweaker menu for manual memory frequency adjustment.
• For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
• ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
• Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
• According to Intel spec definition, DDR3 1600+ is supported for one DIMM per channel
only. ASUS exclusively provides two DDR3 1600+ DIMM support for each memory
channel.
• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
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P7H55-M/USB3 Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3-1600 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.66 GHz)
Vendor
Part No
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
No.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
A*
B*
C*
A-Data
AD31600E001GM(O)U3K
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V-1.85V
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31600E002GU(XMP)
2048MB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.75-1.85V
•
•
A-Data
AD31600X002GMU(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.75-1.85V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8 G(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D G(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9 G(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D G(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
8192MB
(Kit of 4)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.8V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-28
2.0V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TB1608.K16SF(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TG1608.K16SF(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TR1608.K16SF(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ(XMP)
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V~1.6V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
1.35V(low
voltage)
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.60V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.35V(low
voltage)
•
•
•
G.SkiLL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.6-1.65V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V~1.6V
•
•
•
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DDR3-1600 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.88 GHz and 2.93 GHz)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
Chip
Brand
SS/DS
Chip
No.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
A*
B*
C*
A-Data
AD31600E001
GM(O)U3K
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V1.85V
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31600X002
GMU(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.751.85V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D
(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600
C9(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2
A1600C9(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8 G
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D G
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9 G
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D G
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4
A1600C9(XMP)
8192MB
(Kit of 4)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB
(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.8V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3
(EPP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-28
2.0V
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1608.16FF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TB1608.K16SF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TG1608.K16SF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664TR1608.K16SF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
(XMP)
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V~
1.6V
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.60V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO
(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
G.SkiLL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.61.65V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V~
1.6V
•
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1600C8DC
(XMP)
2048MB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-28
1.6V
•
•
•
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DDR3-1333 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.66 GHz, 2.88 GHz, and 2.93 GHz)
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip No.
Timing
Voltage
A*
B*
C*
A-Data
AD31333001GOU
1024MB
SS
A-Data
AD30908C8D-151C
E0906
-
-
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333G001GOU
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.651.85V
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333002GOU
2048MB
DS
A-Data
AD30908C8D-151C
E0903
-
-
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333G002GMU
2048MB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.651.85V
•
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2048MB
DS
APACER
AM5D5808DEWSBG
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.60V
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9
1024MB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.60V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 G
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 G
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9
1.5V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
DS
Corsair
-
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X2048-1333C9DHX
2048MB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
CORSAIR
TW3X4G1333C9 G
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1333C9
8192MB
(Kit of 4)
DS
-
-
9--99-24
1.50V
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1024MB
SS
Micron
9FF22D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864TA1336.8SFB1
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2048MB
DS
Micron
9KF27D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664ABA1336.16SFB1
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.65V
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1024MB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
2048MB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
(XMP)
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL9D-2GBPK
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7T-3GBPK
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
7-7-7-18
1.5~
1.6V
•
•
•
ASUS P7H55-M/USB3
1-18
DDR3-1800 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.66 GHz)
Vendor
Part No
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
No.
Timing
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Voltage
A*
OCZ
OCZ3G18002GK
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
“9-99-27
1.9V
•
OCZ
QCZ3P18004GK
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-27
1.9V
•
B*
C*
•
DDR3-1866 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.66 GHz)
Vendor
Part No
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip No
Timing
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Voltage
A*
B*
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/
6GX(XMP)
6144MB(Kit
of 3 )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6144MB(Kit
of 3)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65V
•
•
C*
DDR3-2000 MHz capability for Lynnfield CPU (2.66 GHz)
Vendor
Part No
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
No.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
A*
B*
C*
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A2000C8(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9D4GBTD(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C8D3T1K3/
3GX(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
-
1.65V
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C9D3T1K3/
3GX(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
-
1.65V
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C8D3T1K3/
6GX(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P20002GK(EPP)
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-30
1.85V
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P2000EB2GK
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
9-8-8-30
1.8V
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P20004GK(EPP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-30
1.9V
•
•
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DDR3-1333 MHz capability for Clarkdale CPU
Vendor
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand0
Size
A*
B*
C*
A-Data
AD31333001GOU
1024MB
SS
A-Data
AD30908C8D-151C
E0906
-
-
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333G001GOU
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85V
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333002GOU
2048MB
DS
A-Data
AD30908C8D-151C
E0903
-
-
•
•
•
A-Data
AD31333G002GMU
2048MB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85V
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2048MB
DS
APACER
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.60V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9
1024MB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.60V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 G
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 G
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9
1.5V
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
DS
Corsair
-
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X2048-1333C9DHX
2048MB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TW3X4G1333C9 G
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1024MB
SS
Micron
9FF22D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864TA1336.8SFB1
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2048MB
DS
Micron
9KF27D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664ABA1336.16SFB1
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS
-
-
6-6-6-20
1.8V
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF
(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3 )
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.65V
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1024MB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
2048MB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D2GBPI(XMP)
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL9D-2GBPK
1024MB
SS
G.SKILL
-
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7T-3GBPK
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
7-7-7-18
1.5~1.6V
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9T-3GBNQ
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5~1.6V
•
•
ASUS P7H55-M/USB3
Chip No.
Timing
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
Part No.
Voltage
1-20
DDR3-1066 MHz capability for Clarkdale CPU
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip No.
Timing
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
Voltage
A*
B*
C*
Crucial
CT12864
BA1067.8FF
1024MB
SS
Micron
9GF22D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664
BA1067.16FF
2048MB
DS
Micron
9HF22D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8E
DF0-AE-F
1024MB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ51UD8
BAFA-AC-E
512MB
SS
Elpida
J5308BASE-AC-E
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ51UD8
BAFA-AE-E
512MB
SS
Elpida
J5308BASE-AC-E
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ11UD8
BAFA-AE-E
1024MB
DS
Elpida
J5308BASE-AC-E
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8
EDF0-AE-F
2048MB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
1.35V
(low
voltage)
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1066
D3N7/1G
1024MB
SS
Kingston
D1288JEKAPGA7U
7
1.5V
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1066
D3N7/2G
2048MB
DS
Kingston
D1288JEKAPGA7U
7
1.5V
•
•
•
Micron
MT8JTF12864
AZ-1G1F1
1024MB
SS
Micron
9GF22D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
Micron
MT16JTF25664
AZ-1G1F1
2048MB
DS
Micron
9HF22D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B2873
EH1-CF8
1024MB
SS
Samsung
SEC 901 HCF8
K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5273
BH1-CF8
4096MB
DS
SAMSUNG
846 K4B2G0846BHCF8
-
-
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8
HC5N-BE
2048MB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80CN-BE
-
-
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB
HA9N-BE
2048MB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
-
•
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB
HC9N-BE
2048MB
DS
Elixir
-
-
-
•
•
•
Kingtiger
2GB DIMM
PC3-8500
2048MB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83AFP
G7C
-
-
•
•
SS: Single-sided / DS: Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports one module inserted into any slot as single-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the blue slots or the black slots
as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.
• C*: Supports two pairs of modules inserted into both the blue slots and the black slots
as two pairs of dual-channel memory configuration.
• The QVL for the Clarkdale CPU is not included in this manual. You can get it from the
ASUS website at www.asus.com
• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
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1.7.3
Installing a DIMM
Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system
components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both the motherboard and the
components.
2
To install a DIMM
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing the
retaining clip outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket such that
the notch on the DIMM matches the
DIMM slot key on the socket.
DIMM notch
1
DIMM slot key
Unlocked retaining clip
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a DIMM into
a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the socket
until the retaining clip snaps back in
place and the DIMM is properly seated.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
Press the retaining clip outward to
unlock the DIMM.
2
1
Support the DIMM lightly with your
fingers when pressing the retaining
clip. The DIMM might get damaged
when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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1.8
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections describe
the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may
cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and
make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later
use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely
seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for
information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that
the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI
groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable.
1.8.3
PCI slot
1.8.4
PCI Express x1 slots
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot
The PCI slot supports cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that
comply with PCI specifications.
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards, and other cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications.
This motherboard has a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot that supports PCI Express x16 2.0 graphic
cards complying with the PCI Express specifications.
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1.9
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can
clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing
the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in
CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords.
CLRTC
P7H55-M/USB3
1
2
2
3
Normal
(Default)
Clear RTC
P7H55-M/USB3 Clear RTC RAM
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3
for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter
data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default
position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
• If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the jumper again
to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the battery.
• You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For
system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.) feature. Shut
down and reboot the system, then the BIOS automatically resets parameter settings to
default values.
• Due to the chipset limitation, AC power off is required before you use the C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the power cord
before rebooting the system.
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1.10
Connectors
1.10.1
Rear panel connectors
1
3 4
2
11
10
9
8
5
6
7
1.
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard or PS/2
mouse.
2.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN)
through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
Activity Link Speed
LED
LED
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
LAN port
3.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects to the tape, CD, DVD player, or other
audio sources.
4.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or a speaker. In the 4, 6, and
8-channel configurations, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
5.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in a 2, 4, 6,
or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset 2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Light Blue (Rear panel)
Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Lime (Rear panel)
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink (Rear panel)
Mic In
Mic In
Bass/Center
Bass/Center
Lime (Front panel)
–
–
–
Side Speaker Out
To configure an 8-channel audio output:
Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support an 8-channel audio
output.
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6.
USB 2.0 ports. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are available for
connecting USB 2.0 devices.
7.
USB 2.0/ USB 3.0 ports. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 devices.
8.
VGA port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other VGA-compatible devices.
9.
HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector,
and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected
content.
10. Optical S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device via an
optical S/PDIF cable.
11.
USB 2.0 ports. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are available for
connecting USB 2.0 devices.
1.10.2
1.
Internal connectors
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
NC
AGND
NC
NC
SENSE2_RETUR
GND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel
audio I/O module cable to this connector.
AAFP
HD-audio-compliant
pin definition
PIN 1
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
P7H55-M/USB3
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
PIN 1
Legacy AC’97
compliant definition
P7H55-M/USB3 Analog front panel connector
• We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
• If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD Audio]. If you want to connect an
AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this
connector is set to [HD Audio]. See section 2.5.3 Onboard Devices Configuration for
details.
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2.
LPT connector (26-1 pin LPT)
The LPT (Line Printing Terminal) connector supports devices such as a printer. LPT is
standardized as IEEE 1284, which is the parallel port interface on IBM PC-compatible
computers.
AFD
ERR#
INIT#
SLIN#
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
LPT
P7H55-M/USB3
STB#
PD0
PD1
PD2
PD3
PD4
PD5
PD6
PD7
ACK#
BUSY
PE
SLCT
PIN 1
P7H55-M/USB3 Parallel port connector
3.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
P7H55-M/USB3
GND
GND
GND
GND
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
EATX12V
EATXPWR
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
GND
PIN 1
+5 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
GND
GND
GND
PSON#
GND
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
PIN 1
P7H55-M/USB3 ATX power connectors
• For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit (PSU)
that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a minimum
power of 400 W.
• DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin / 8-pin ATX +12V power plug. Otherwise, the system
will not boot up.
• We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices. The system may become unstable or may
not boot up if the power is inadequate.
• If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system,
refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.
com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
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4.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
COM1
PIN 1
P7H55-M/USB3
P7H55-M/USB3 Serial port (COM1) connector
The COM module is purchased separately.
5.
CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1)
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
CPU_FAN
P7H55-M/USB3
CHA_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
P7H55-M/USB3 fan connectors
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside the
system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! Do not place
jumper caps on the fan connectors!
• Only the 4-pin CPU fan supports the ASUS Q-FAN feature.
• The CPU_FAN connector supports a CPU fan of maximum 2A (24 W) fan power.
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6.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
P7H55-M/USB3
SPDIFOUT
GND
+5V
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. Connect
the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis.
SPDIF_OUT
P7H55-M/USB3 Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
7.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1-6)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard disk
and optical disk drives. The Serial ATA 3Gb/s is backward compatible with Serial ATA
1.5Gb/s specification. The data transfer rate of the Serial ATA 3Gb/s is faster than the
standard parallel ATA with 133 MB/s (Ultra DMA133).
P7H55-M/USB3
SATA_6G_2
P7H55-M/USB3 SATA connectors
GND
RSATA_RXN6G_1
RSATA_RXP6G_1
GND
RSATA_TXN6G_1
RSATA_TXP6G_1
GND
SATA5
GND
RSATA_RXN6G_2
RSATA_RXP6G_2
GND
RSATA_TXN6G_2
RSATA_TXP6G_2
GND
SATA6
GND
RSATA_RXN5
RSATA_RXP5
GND
RSATA_TXN5
RSATA_TXP5
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_RXN6
RSATA_RXP6
GND
RSATA_TXN6
RSATA_TXP6
GND
SATA4
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
RSATA_TXN3
RSATA_TXP3
GND
GND
RSATA_RXN4
RSATA_RXP4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
SATA1
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
SATA2
SATA_6G_1
Install the Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later version before using Serial ATA.
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8.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910, USB1112)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 Mbps connection speed.
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
NC
USB910
USB+5V
USB_P12USB_P12+
GND
NC
USB1112
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P11USB_P11+
GND
P7H55-M/USB3
P7H55-M/USB3 USB2.0 connectors
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!
The USB module cable is purchased separately.
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9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
PANEL
IDE_LED
PWRSW
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
P7H55-M/USB3
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PIN 1
RESET
* Requires an ATX power supply
P7H55-M/USB3 System panel connector
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
This 2-pin connector is for the system power button.
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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1.11
Software support
1.11.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP / 64-bit XP / Vista / 64-bit Vista / 7 / 64-bit 7
Operating Systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to
maximize the features of your hardware.
• Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Refer to your OS documentation for
detailed information.
• Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions / Windows® Vista
Service Pack 1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and
system stability.
1.11.2
Support DVD information
The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
To run the Support DVD
Place the Support DVD to the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the
DVD automatically displays the Specials screen which contains the unique feature of ASUS
motherboard. Click Drivers, Utilities, Make Disk, Manual, and Contact tabs to display their
respective menus.
The following screen is for reference only.
Click an icon to
display Support DVD/
motherboard information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Chapter 2
BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to
restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update
utility.
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment.
• ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
• This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS Update.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS
To update the BIOS:
1.
2.
From the Windows® desktop, click Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate >
ASUSUpdate to launch the ASUS Update utility.
From the dropdown list, select any of the updating process:
Updating from the Internet
a.
Select Update BIOS from the Internet, then click Next.
b.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, or click Auto Select then click Next.
c.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS version that you wish to download then click Next.
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The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update
the utility to avail all its features.
Updating from a BIOS file
a.
Select Update BIOS from a file, then click Next.
b.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open window, then click Open.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the updating process.
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS‑based
utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at
www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port, then launch
EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST.
•
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash 2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
Press <Tab> to switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is found.
PATH: A:\
A:
2.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update process
and automatically reboots the system when done.
• This function supports USB flash disks with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
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2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file
when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a corrupted BIOS
file using the motherboard support DVD or a removable device that contains the updated
BIOS file.
• Before using this utility, rename the BIOS file in the removable device into
P7H55MUSB3.ROM.
• The BIOS file in the support DVD may not be the latest version. Download the latest
BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
• The removable devices that ASUS CrashFree BIOS support vary with motherboard
models. For motherboards without the floppy connector, prepare a USB flash disk before
using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the support DVD to the optical drive or the removable device that contains the
BIOS file to the USB port or to the floppy disk drive, if supported.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
4.
Turn off the system after the utility completes the updating process and turn on again.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
the Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. Refer to section 2.9 Exit menu for
details.
2.1.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive in FAT32/16 format and
single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at
http://support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
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• NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
• Do not save the BIOS file to a floppy disk due to low disk capacity.
3.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
Booting the system in DOS environment
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive and select the
optical drive as the boot device.
3. When the Make Disk menu appears, select the FreeDOS command prompt item by
pressing the item number.
4.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type d: and press <Enter> to switch the disk from
Drive C (optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).
Backing up the current BIOS
To backup the current BIOS file using the BIOS Updater
Ensure that the USB flash drive is not write-protected and has at least 1024KB free space
to save the file.
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1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /o[filename] and press <Enter>.
The [filename] is any user-assigned filename with no more than eight alphanumeric
characters for the filename and three alphanumeric characters for the extension.
2.
The BIOS Updater backup screen appears indicating the BIOS backup process. When
BIOS backup is done, press any key to return to the DOS prompt.
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Update ROM
Saving BIOS:
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
Update ROM
3.
Press <Tab> to switch between screen fields and use the <Up/Down/Home/End> keys
to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>. BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file
and prompts you to confirm BIOS update.
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4.
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
• For BIOS Updater version 1.04 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS prompt
after updating BIOS.
• Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. Refer to section 2.9 Exit
menu for details.
• Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
2.2
BIOS setup program
Use the BIOS Setup program to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS
screens include navigation keys and brief online help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup
program.
Entering BIOS Setup at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup:
• Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,
POST continues with its routines.
Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:
• Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you
failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.
Using the power button, reset button, or the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys to force reset from
a running operating system can cause damage to your data or system. We recommend to
always shut down the system properly from the operating system.
• The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions to ensure
optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS
settings, load the default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the
Load Setups Default item under the Exit Menu. See section 2.9 Exit Menu.
• The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may
not exactly match what you see on your screen.
• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
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2.2.1
BIOS menu screen
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2.2.2
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Ai Tweaker
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
For changing the basic system configuration.
For changing system performance settings
For changing the advanced system settings.
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration.
For changing the system boot configuration.
For configuring options for special functions.
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings.
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard until the
desired item is highlighted.
2.2.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that particular menu.
Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
2.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Power, Boot, Tools, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
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2.2.5
Submenu items
2.2.6
Configuration fields
2.2.7
Pop-up window
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a submenu.
To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user- configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not userconfigurable.A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options. Refer to
2.2.7 Pop-up window.
Select a menu item then press
<Enter> to display a pop-up
window with the configuration
options for that item.
2.2.8
Scroll bar
2.2.9
General help
2.3
Main menu
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB3 BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC support
Anti-Surge Support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
Exit
Version 0306
If enabled, system
will have uvp or ovp
protection.
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Options
Disabled
Enabled
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2010, American, American Megatrends, Inc.
A scroll bar appears on the right
Pop-up window
side of a menu screen when there
are items that do not fit on the
Scroll bar
screen. Press the <Up> / <Down>
arrow keys or <Page Up> /<Page Down> keys to display the other items on the screen.
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving you an
overview of the basic system information.
Main
Ai Tweaker
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2 SATA3 SATA4 SATA5 SATA6 P7H55-M/USB3 BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Version 0306
[22:40:51]
[Fri 01/18/2002]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Storage Configuration
3rd Party Storage Configuration
System Information
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009,
1985-2010, American Megatrends, Inc.
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2.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
2.3.3
Language [English]
2.3.4
SATA1~6
Allows you to set the system time.
Allows you to set the system date.
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options. Configuration options:
[Chinese (Trad.)] [Chinese (Simp.)] [Japanese] [French] [Deutsch] [English]
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. There
is a separate submenu for each SATA device. Select a device item then press <Enter> to
display the SATA device information.
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor,
Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring).
These values are not user-configurable. These items show Not Detected if no SATA device is
installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of SATA drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the appropriate
SATA device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive.
Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or
MO drive. Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
This item only appears in the SATA1~4 menus.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the device
supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data transfer from
and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector transfer
feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector
at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.3.5
Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage device(s). Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge chip.
Configuration options: [IDE] [AHCI]
• If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical storage
devices, keep the default setting [IDE].
• If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host Controller Interface
(AHCI), set this item to [AHCI]. The AHCI allows the onboard storage driver to enable
advanced Serial ATA features that increases storage performance on random workloads
by allowing the drive to internally optimize the order of commands.
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Disables or enables device write protection. This will be effective only if the device is
accessed through BIOS. Configuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices. Configuration options: [0] [5] [10]
[15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
2.3.6
3rd Party Storage Configuration
The 3rd Party Storage Configuration menu automatically detects third party SATA storage
devices and allows you to configure these storage devices. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Marvel Controller [IDE Mode]
Allows you to select the controller’s operator mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE Mode] [AHCI Mode]
SATA 6G-1/SATA 6G-2 [Not Detected]
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. This
displays the status of the detected SATA devices.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the device
supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data transfer from
and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector transfer
feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector
at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS Information
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory
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2.4
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this chapter vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB3 BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Configure System Performance Settings
Ai Overclock Tuner
CPU Ratio Setting
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode
DRAM Frequency
QPI Frenquency
[Auto]
[20.0]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
OC Tuner Utility
OC Tuner Limit Value
[Turbo Profile]
DRAM Timing Control
CPU Differential Amplitude
CPU Clock Skew
[Auto]
[Auto]
******* Please key in numbers directly! *******
CPU Voltage Mode
[Offset]
Exit
Version 0306
[D.O.C.P.]
It's designed to
overclock DRAM
frequency by adjusting
BCLK frequency.
[X.M.P.]
When X.M.P. is enabled
BLCK frequency, CPU
ration and memory
parameters will be
auto optimized.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Offset Voltage
[Auto]
IMC Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM Voltage
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
PCH Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA
[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB
[Auto]
Auto PSI
[Enabled]
**********************************************
Load-Line Calibration
PCIE Spread Spectrum
PCI/PCIe CLK Status
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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2.4.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal frequency.
Select either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
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Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
D.O.C.P
Overclocks DRAM frequency by adjusting BCLK frequency.
X.M.P.
If you install memory modules supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.)
Technology, choose this item to set the profiles supported by your memory modules
for optimizing the system performance.
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The configuration options for the following sub-item vary depending on the DIMMs you
install on the motherboard.
DRAM O.C. Profile [DDR3-1600MHz]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [D.O.C.P.] and
allows you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, which applies different settings to DRAM
frequency, DRAM timing and DRAM voltage.
Configuration options: [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz]
[DDR3-2000MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2200MHz]
DRAM Frequency
(MHz)
CPU Frequency (GHz)
2.66
2.8
2.93
1333
Auto
Auto
Auto
1600
D.O.C.P.
Auto
Auto
Above 1600
D.O.C.P.
D.O.C.P.
D.O.C.P.
• When using DIMMs with a frequency higher than the Intel® CPU spec, use this ASUS
exclusive DRAM O.C. Profile function to overclock the DRAM.
• Adjust BCLK frequency to obtain a better performance after applying the D.O.C.P.
function.
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [X.M.P.]
To obtain the best performance of the X.M.P. DIMM or 1600MHz DIMM, install only one
DIMM on each memory channel.
2.4.2
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
2.4.3
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently according to your CPU
model.
When set to [Disabled], the CPU runs at its default speed. When set to [Enabled], the CPU
speed is controlled by the operating system. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech item to
[Enabled]. Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than the marked frequency
in specific condition.
2.4.4
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode [Auto]
Automatic configuration.
Enables Full Power Mode to ensure the best CPU overclocking
performance.
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The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to
[Manual], [D.O.C.P.] or [X.M.P.].
2.4.5
BCLK Frequency [XXX]
2.4.6
PCIE Frequency [100]
2.4.7
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the Internal Base Clock (BCLK). Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. You can also type the desired value using the numeric keypad. The values range from
80 to 500.
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the PCIE
frequency. The values range from 100 to 200.
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
2.4.8
QPI Frequency [Auto]
2.4.9
OC Tuner Utility
2.4.10
OC Tuner Limit Value
2.4.11
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
Allows you to set the QPI operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [4270MHz] [4800MHz]
OC Tuner automatically overclocks the CPU and DRAM frequency and voltage. Press [Enter]
to start auto-tuning. C-State will be disabled automatically in about five minutes.
Configuration options: [Turbo Profile]
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features.
The configuration options for some of the following items vary depending on the DIMMs
you install on the motherboard.
1st Information: 9-9-9-24-4-53-9-7-20
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] ~ [11 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] ~ [15 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] ~ [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] ~ [31 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] ~ [7 DRAM Clock]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [48 DRAM Clock] [60 DRAM Clock] [72 DRAM Clock]
[82 DRAM Clock] ~ [180 DRAM Clock] [190 DRAM Clock] [200 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] ~ [18 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] ~ [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] ~ [63 DRAM Clock]
DRAM Back-To-Back CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] ~ [32 DRAM Clock]
2nd Information: 2N-0-47
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N] [3N]
DRAM Round Trip Latency on CHA [Auto]
[Auto] [Advance 15 Clock] ~ [Advance 1 Clock] [Normal] [Delay 1 Clock] ~
[Delay 15 Clock]
DRAM Round Trip Latency on CHB [Auto]
[Auto] [Advance 15 Clock] ~ [Advance 1 Clock] [Normal] [Delay 1 Clock] ~
[Delay 15 Clock]
3rd Information: 5-5-16-10-10-10-7-6-4-7-7-4
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] ~ [8 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] ~ [8 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [10 DRAM Clock] ~ [22 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [14 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM READ to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] ~ [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
2.4.12
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
2.4.13
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need to adjust
the NB Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps] ~ [Delay 1500ps]
Some of the following items are adjusted by typing the desired values using the numeric
keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter>
key.
2.4.14
CPU Voltage Mode [Offset]
Allows you to set the CPU Vcore over voltage. Different sub-items appear according to the
VCore Over Voltage item setting. Configuration options: [Offset] [Manual]
Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Mode item to [Offset] and allows
you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to 0.50000V with a 0.00625V
interval.
Fixed Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Mode item to [Manual] and allows
you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.85V to 1.60V with a 0.00625V
interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting a high
VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low VCore voltage may
make the system unstable.
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IMC Voltage [Auto]
2.4.16
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Integrated Memory Controller voltage. The values range from
1.10V to 1.45V with a 0.00625V interval.
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.500V to 2.205V.
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may damage
the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs with the voltage requirement
below 1.65V.
2.4.17
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
2.4.18
PCH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.80V to 1.85V with a 0.05V
interval.
Allows you to set the Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from 1.05000V to
1.40000V with a 0.00625V interval.
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high voltage settings.
2.4.19
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto]
2.4.20
Auto PSI [Enabled]
2.4.21
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
2.4.22
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
2.4.23
PCI/PCIe CLK Status [Enabled]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B. The values
range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might enhance DRAM
overclocking ability.
Enables or disables the Auto PSI mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled] Automatic configuration.
Follow Intel specifications.
Improve CPU VDroop directly.
Automatic configuration.
Enhances the PCIE overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
Allows you to enable or disable clock for PCI/PCI Express ports.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB3 BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Version 0306
Configure CPU.
CPU Configuration
Uncore Configuration
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Intel VT-d Exit
[Disabled]
Select Screen
←→
Select Item
↑↓
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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2.5.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
The items shown in this screen may be different due to the CPU you installed.
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently according to your CPU
model.
C1E Support [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in order to
enable the Enhanced Halt Sate.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Enables the Hardware Prefetcher function. This item should be enabled
in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Streamer Prefetcher for tuning
performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
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Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher function. This item should be
enabled in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Spatial Prefetcher for tuning
performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately
and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several
systems.
Disables this function.
CPU TM function [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
Disables this function.
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Active Processor Cores [All]
[All]
[1]
[2]
Activate all CPU cores in the processor package.
Activate only 1 CPU core in the processor package.
Activate 2 CPU cores in the processor package.
A20M [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Legacy OSes and APs may need this function enabled.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
The CPU runs at its default speed.
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech item to
[Enabled]. Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than the marked frequency
in specific condition.
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows the CPU to save more power under idle mode. Enable this item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported CPU.
Disables this function.
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2.5.2
Uncore Configuration
The North Bridge Configuration menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings.
Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Do not allow remapping of memory.
Allows for the segment of system memory that was previously
overwritten by PCI devices to be remapped above the total physical
memory.
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PCIE/PCI]
Allows you to select the graphics controller as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI/PCIE] [PCIE/PCI]
2.5.3
Onboard Devices Configuration
HDA Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the High Definition Audio Controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
Set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode.
Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
Realtek LAN [Enabled]
[Enabled] Enables the Realtek LAN controller.
[Disabled] Disables the controller.
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
Enables the Realtek Gigabit LAN Boot ROM.
[Disabled]
Disables the LAN Boot ROM.
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses. Configuration options: [Disabled] [378]
[278] [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [Normal]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-Directional] [EPP] [ECP] [ECP & EPP]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [ECP] or [ECP & EPP]. This item
allows you to set the Parallel Port ECP DMA. Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1]
[DMA3]
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EPP Version [1.9]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [EPP] or [ECP & EPP].
Configuration options: [1.9] [1.7]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select parallel port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
2.5.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an item then
press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is
detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Enables or disables the USB Host Controllers. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set USB Support to [Enabled].
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Disables the function.
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the function.
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
USB Mass Storage Device Configuration
USB Mass Storage Reset Delay [20 Sec]
Allows you to set the maximum time that the BIOS waits for the USB storage device to
initialize. Configuration options: [10 sec] [20 sec] [30 sec] [40 sec]
Emulation Type [Auto]
Allows you to set the emulation type. Configuration options: [Auto] [Floppy] [Forced FDD]
[Hard Disk] [CDROM]
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2.5.5
PCIPnP
The PCIPnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices.
Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to [Yes] and if
you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system configures the Plug and
Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
2.5.6
Intel VT-d [Disabled]
2.6
Power menu
Enables or disables the Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Main
Ai Tweaker
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Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
Anti Surge Support
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Exit
Version 0306
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
2.6.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Enabled]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state to be used
for system suspend.
[S1 (POS) only] Sets the APCI suspend mode to S1/POS (Power On Suspend).
[S3 only]
Sets the APCI suspend mode to S3/STR (Suspend To RAM).
[Auto]
The system automatically configures the ACPI suspend mode.
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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When set to [Disabled], the system will not add additional tables as per
ACPI 2.0 specifications.
When set to [Enabled], the system adds additional tables as per ACPI 2.0
specifications.
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2.6.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
2.6.4
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
2.6.5
APM Configuration
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
When set to [Disabled], the system disable the Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface (ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt
Controller (APIC).
When set to [Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT
pointer list.
Allows you to enable or disable the Anti-Surge protection feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power Off]
[Power On]
[Last State]
The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was
before the AC power loss.
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) / System Time
will become user-configurable with set values.
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables to power up the computer when the external modem receives a
call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
The computer could be powered up when the external modem receives a
call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and applications are fully
running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the first try. Turning an external modem
off and then back on while the computer is off causes an initialization string that turns the
system power on.
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI LAN or modem card. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead.
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Disabled]
Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]
Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
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Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to use specific keys on the keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires
an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
2.6.6
Hardware Monitor
CPU/MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU / Chassis Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis,
and power fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected
speed.
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [200]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to
set the low limit of the CPU fan speed. Configuration options: [500] [400] [300] [200] [100]
[Ignored]
CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust depending
on the CPU temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual]
Allows you to individually set the CPU fan parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Fan Profile to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70ºC/158ºF]
Sets the upper limit of the CPU temperature. Configuration options: [40ºC/104ºF]
[50ºC/122ºF] [70ºC/158ºF] [60ºC/140ºF] [70ºC/158ºF] [80ºC/176ºF] [90ºC/194ºF]
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle [100%]
Sets the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit,
the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle. Configuration options: [20%] [30%] [40%]
[50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%] [100%]
CPU Lower Temperature [40ºC/104ºF]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
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CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle [20%]
Sets the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC/104ºF, the
CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle. Configuration options: [00%] [10%] [20%] [30%]
[40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%] [100%]
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select Ignored if you do not want to detect this item.
2.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the submenu.
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB3 BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Exit
Version 0306
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.7.1
Boot Device Priority
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [Removable Dev.]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system.
Configuration options: [Removable Dev.] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM] [Disabled]
• To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears.
• To access Windows® OS in Safe Mode, do any of the following:
•
Press <F5> when ASUS Logo appears.
•
Press <F8> after POST.
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2.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while booting
to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When this item is set to [Disabled], BIOS
performs all the POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
Enables or disables the full screen logo display feature. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM. Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Selects the power-on state for the NumLock. Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When this item is set to [Enabled], the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When this item is set to [Enabled], the system displays the message Press DEL to run
Setup during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor Password item
on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item
shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
In the password box, key in a password containing up to six letters or numbers, or
both, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you successfully set your password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a supervisor
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then press
<Enter> twice. The message Password uninstalled appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time Clock
(RTC) RAM. See section 1.9 Jumpers for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to change
other security settings.
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items. Configuration options:
[No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the
screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
In the password box, key in a password containing up to six letters or numbers, or
both, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
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Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When this item is set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the
Setup utility. When this item is set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when
accessing Setup and booting the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
2.8
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB# BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Version 0306
Tools Settings
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NET 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate [Disabled]
IO LevelUp
[Disabled]
2.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item, type your
profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to save your CMOS
settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press <Enter>, and
choose a profile to load.
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the utility.
• This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the system
boot failure!
• We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/CPU
configuration and BIOS version.
• Only the CMO file can be loaded.
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2.8.2
AI NET 2
Check Realtek LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the Realtek LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.8.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
2.8.4
Express Gate [Disabled]
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <OK>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <OK> to
confirm your choice. See section 2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 for details.
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Express Gate feature. The ASUS Express Gate
feature is a unique instant-on environment that provides quick access to the Internet browser
and Skype. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Enter OS Timer [10 Seconds]
Sets countdown duration that the system waits at the Express Gate’s first screen
before starting Windows or other installed OS. Choose [Prompt User] to stay at the
first screen of Express Gate for user action. Configuration options: [Prompt User] [1
second] [3 seconds] [5 seconds] [10 seconds] [15 seconds] [20 seconds] [30 seconds]
Reset User Data [No]
Allows you to clear Express Gate’s user data.
[Reset]When setting this item to [Reset], ensure that you save the setting to the
BIOS so that the user data will be cleared the next time you enter the
Express Gate. User data includes the Express Gate’s settings as well as
any personal information stored by the web browser such as bookmarks,
cookies, browsing history. This is useful in the rare case where corrupt
settings prevent the Express Gate environment from launching properly.
[No]Set to [No] to disable the Reset User Data function when entering the
Express Gate.
The first time wizard will run again when you enter the Express Gate environment after
clearing its settings.
2.8.5
IO LevelUp [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [USB 3.0] [SATA 6Gb/s]
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2.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the BIOS
items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Ai Tweaker
P7H55-M/USB# BIOS Setup
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit
Version 0306
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be
used for this
operation.
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options from this
menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard backup battery
sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned off. When you select this
option, a confirmation window appears. Select Ok to save changes and exit.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to the
Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System Time, and
Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved
values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select Ok to discard any changes
and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Ok to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes before
saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Online support
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
www.asus.com.tw
+86-21-38429911
support.asus.com
ASUS Computer International (America)
Address
Telephone 800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-510-739-3777
Fax
Web site
+1-510-608-4555
usa.asus.com
Technical Support
Telephone Support fax
Online support
+1-812-282-2787
+1-812-284-0883
support.asus.com
ASUS Computer GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Technical Support
Telephone (Component)
Telephone (System/Notebook/Eee/LCD)
Support Fax
Online support
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
www.asus.de
www.asus.de/sales
+49-1805-010923*
+49-1805-010920*
+49-2102-9599-11
support.asus.com
* EUR 0.14/minute from a German fixed landline; EUR 0.42/minute from a mobile phone.
(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Signature :
Date :
Representative Personʼs Name :
May 14, 2010
Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators
FCC Part 15, Subpart C, Intentional Radiators
FCC Part 15, Subpart E, Intentional Radiators
Model Number : P7H55-M/USB3
Conforms to the following specifications:
Product Name : Motherboard
hereby declares that the product
Phone/Fax No:
Address:
Responsible Party Name:
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Manufacturer:
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
Authorized representative in Europe:
Address, City:
P7H55-M/USB3
Model name :
EN 62301:2005
Year to begin affixing CE marking:2010
Declaration Date: May.14, 2010
CE marking
EN 62301:2005
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
Name :
Signature : __________
CEO
Jerry Shen
Position :
(EC conformity marking)
EN 62301:2005
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
EN 60950-1:2006+A11:2009
Regulation (EC) No. 1275/2008
2009/125/EC-ErP Directive
EN60065:2002+A1:2006
EN 60950-1:2006
EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1(2008-04)
EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-4 V1.3.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-7 V1.3.1(2005-11)
EN 301 489-9 V1.4.1(2007-11)
EN 301 489-17 V1.3.2(2008-04)
EN 301 489-24 V1.4.1(2007-09)
EN 302 326-2 V1.2.2(2007-06)
EN 302 326-3 V1.3.1(2007-09)
EN 301 357-2 V1.3.1(2006-05)
EN 55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003
EN 61000-3-3:2008
EN 55020:2007
EN 60950-1:2001+A11:2004
2006/95/EC-LVD Directive
EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-05)
EN 300 440-1 V1.4.1(2008-05)
EN 300 440-2 V1.2.1(2008-03)
EN 301 511 V9.0.2(2003-03)
EN 301 908-1 V3.2.1(2007-05)
EN 301 908-2 V3.2.1(2007-05)
EN 301 893 V1.4.1(2005-03)
EN 50360:2001
EN 50371:2002
EN 62311:2008
EN 50385:2002
1999/5/EC-R &TTE Directive
EN 55022:2006+A1:2007
EN 61000-3-2:2006
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Motherboard
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
GERMANY
TAIWAN
Country:
Country:
No. 150, LI-TE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN R.O.C.
Address, City:
ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.
EC Declaration of Conformity
We, the undersigned,