Motherboard
A88X-PRO
E8702
First Edition V2
September 2013
Copyright © 2013 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.
No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced,
transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any
means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written
permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (“ASUS”).
Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless
such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the
product is defaced or missing.
ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ASUS, ITS
DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL,
INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS,
LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS AND THE LIKE),
EVEN IF ASUS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY
DEFECT OR ERROR IN THIS MANUAL OR PRODUCT.
SPECIFICATIONS AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL ARE FURNISHED FOR
INFORMATIONAL USE ONLY, AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE,
AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY ASUS. ASUS ASSUMES NO
RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR INACCURACIES THAT MAY APPEAR IN THIS
MANUAL, INCLUDING THE PRODUCTS AND SOFTWARE DESCRIBED IN IT.
Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be registered trademarks or
copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the
owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
Offer to Provide Source Code of Certain Software
This product contains copyrighted software that is licensed under the General Public License (“GPL”),
under the Lesser General Public License Version (“LGPL”) and/or other Free Open Source Software
Licenses. Such software in this product is distributed without any warranty to the extent permitted by the
applicable law. Copies of these licenses are included in this product.
Where the applicable license entitles you to the source code of such software and/or other additional data,
you may obtain it for a period of three years after our last shipment of the product, either
(1) for free by downloading it from http://support.asus.com/download
or
(2) for the cost of reproduction and shipment, which is dependent on the preferred carrier and the location
where you want to have it shipped to, by sending a request to:
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Legal Compliance Dept.
15 Li Te Rd.,
Beitou, Taipei 112
Taiwan
In your request please provide the name, model number and version, as stated in the About Box of the
product for which you wish to obtain the corresponding source code and your contact details so that we
can coordinate the terms and cost of shipment with you.
The source code will be distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY and licensed under the same license as
the corresponding binary/object code.
This offer is valid to anyone in receipt of this information.
ASUSTeK is eager to duly provide complete source code as required under various Free Open Source
Software licenses. If however you encounter any problems in obtaining the full corresponding source
code we would be much obliged if you give us a notification to the email address gpl@asus.com, stating
the product and describing the problem (please DO NOT send large attachments such as source code
archives, etc. to this email address).
ii
Contents
Safety information....................................................................................... vi
About this guide......................................................................................... vii
A88X-PRO specifications summary........................................................... ix
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features................................................ 1-4
1.3.2
1.3.4
1.3.5
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions........................................ 1-5
ASUS EZ DIY................................................................... 1-5
Hardware information
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
System memory............................................................... 2-5
2.2.2
2.2.4
2.2.5
2.2.6
2.2.7
2.3
5X Protection................................................................... 1-3
2.2.8
Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)................................. 2-4
Expansion slots.............................................................. 2-17
Jumper........................................................................... 2-19
Onboard switches/buttons............................................. 2-20
Onboard LEDs............................................................... 2-24
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-31
Building your computer system................................................ 2-37
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system2-37
2.3.3
APU heatsink and fan assembly installation.................. 2-39
2.3.2
2.3.4
2.3.5
2.3.6
2.3.7
2.3.8
2.3.9
2.3.10
2.3.11
APU installation.............................................................. 2-38
DIMM installation........................................................... 2-41
Motherboard installation................................................. 2-42
ATX Power connection................................................... 2-44
SATA device connection................................................. 2-45
Front I/O Connector....................................................... 2-46
Expansion Card installation........................................... 2-47
Rear panel connection................................................... 2-48
Audio I/O connections.................................................... 2-50
iii
Contents
2.4
2.5
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-52
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-52
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-1
3.2.1
3.2.2
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-13
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-14
3.5.3
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-16
3.5.5
3.5.6
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.5.7
4.2
4.3
NB Configuration............................................................ 3-16
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 3-17
APM............................................................................... 3-19
Network Stack................................................................ 3-20
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-25
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-31
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-33
Managing and updating your BIOS........................................... 3-34
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
4.2.2
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
Obtaining the software manuals...................................... 4-2
Software information.................................................................... 4-3
4.3.1
AI Suite 3......................................................................... 4-3
4.3.3
Ai Charger+...................................................................... 4-6
4.3.2
iv
SATA Configuration........................................................ 3-15
Monitor menu.............................................................................. 3-21
Chapter 4:
4.1
Advanced Mode............................................................... 3-3
Ai Tweaker menu........................................................................... 3-7
3.5.4
3.7
EZ Mode.......................................................................... 3-2
Main menu..................................................................................... 3-5
3.5.2
3.6
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................... 3-1
Dual Intelligent Processors 4........................................... 4-5
Contents
4.3.4
EZ Update........................................................................ 4-7
4.3.6
Network iControl.............................................................. 4-9
4.3.5
4.3.7
4.3.8
4.3.9
4.4
4.3.10
System Information........................................................ 4-13
Audio configurations...................................................... 4-15
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-16
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-17
4.4.4
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-17
AMD® Option ROM Utility............................................... 4-18
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-21
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-21
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during OS installation............ 4-22
Chapter 5:
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-21
Multiple GPU technology support
AMD® CrossFireX™ technology.................................................. 5-1
5.1.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards..................... 5-2
5.1.2
5.1.4
5.2
USB BIOS Flashback Wizard.........................................4-11
4.4.1
4.5.2
5.1
USB Charger+................................................................ 4-10
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-16
4.4.2
4.5
USB 3.0 Boost................................................................. 4-8
5.1.5
Before you begin.............................................................. 5-1
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-3
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology.................. 5-3
AMD® Dual Graphics technology................................................. 5-5
5.2.1
System requirements....................................................... 5-5
5.2.3
Installing AMD Graphics Driver........................................ 5-5
5.2.2
5.2.4
Before you proceed.......................................................... 5-5
Using the AMD® VISION Engine Control Center.............. 5-6
Appendices
Notices........................................................................................................A-1
Safety information
Electrical safety
•
•
•
•
•
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical 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
•
•
•
•
•
•
vi
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
Before using the product, ensure 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
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
•
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
•
Chapter 4: Software support
•
Chapter 5: AMD® CrossFireX™ technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple AMD® CrossFireX™ and
AMD® Dual Graphics cards.
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and
connectors on the motherboard.
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1.
2.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
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.
vii
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.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>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.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
viii
Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
A88X-PRO specifications summary
APU
AMD® FM2+ socket for AMD® A-series/ Athlon™ Series processors
Supports CPU up to 4 CPU cores
AMD® Turbo Core Technology 3.0 support
* The AMD® Turbo Core Technology 3.0 support depends on the
APU types.
** Refer to www.asus.com for the AMD® CPU support list.
Chipset
AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton-D4)
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM slots support maximum 64GB unbuffered nonECC DDR3 2400(O.C.) / 2250(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133 / 1866 /
1600 / 1333MHz memory modules
Supports AMD® Memory Profile (AMP) Memory
*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.
**The 64GB maximum memory capacity can be supported with
16GB DIMMs or above. ASUS will update the Memory QVL
(Qualified Vendors List) once the DIMMs are available on the
market.
***Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of
individual CPUs.
****Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified
Vendors List).
Graphics
Integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000/7000 Series Graphics in
A-series APU
Multi-VGA output support: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
-Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096x2160@60Hz
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096x2160@24Hz/
1920x1200@60Hz**
-Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution 2560x1600@60Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution 1920x1600@60GHz
- Maximum shared memory of 2GB
- Supports AMD® Dual Graphics technology
*Refer to www.amd.com for discrete GPUs supporting Dual
Graphics technology
** Only FM2+ APU can support up to 4096x2160 resolution display
via HDMI port.
Expansion slots
2 x PCIe 3.0*/2.0 x16 slots (single@x16 or dual@x8/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (dark brown, max @x4 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI slots
*Only FM2+ processors can support PCIe 3.0
Multi-GPU support Supports AMD® 3-Way CrossFireXTM Technology
(continued on the next page)
ix
A88X-PRO specifications summary
Storage / RAID
LAN
Audio
USB
ASUS unique
features
AMD® A88X FCH:
-6 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s connectors support RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD configurations
- 2 x eSerial ATA 6.0Gb/s at the rear I/O
Realtek® 8111GR Gigabit LAN controller
ALC1150 supports 8-channel High Definition Audio
- Optical S/PDIF Out port at the rear I/O
-Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming and Front Panel JackRetasking
ASMedia® USB3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue, at the back panel)
AMD® A88X FCH
-4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at the back panel [blue], 2 ports
at mid-board)
-10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports at the back panel, 8 ports at
mid-board)
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization
-The tuning key perfectly consolidates ASUS-exclusive DIGI+
Power Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert2 to optimize digital
power settings, system performance, power savings and whole
system cooling.
ASUS Digital Power Design
-Industry leading digital 6+2 phase power design
- ASUS CPU power utility
- ASUS DRAM power utility
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS TPU
- GPU Boost, TPU switch
ASUS Fan Xpert2
-Featuring Fan Auto Tuning for optimized speed control and a
customized fan speed setting for each fan
ASUS 5X Protection
-ASUS motherboards safeguard your PC with 5X Protection:
DIGI+VRM, DRAM Fuse, ESD Guards, High-Quality Solid
Capacitors and Stainless Steel Back I/O to ensure the best
quality, reliability and durability.
ASUS DRAM Fuse
- Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection and short circuit
damage prevention.
ASUS ESD Guards
- Strong ESD Protection for extended component lifespan.
ASUS High-Quality 5K Solid Capacitors
- 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability.
ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O
- 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating.
(continued on the next page)
A88X-PRO specifications summary
ASUS unique
features
ASUS Exclusive Features
-ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
- ASUS Remote GO!
-ASUS Network iControl*
-ASUS USB Charger+*
- ASUS AI Charger+
- ASUS Disk Unlocker
- ASUS MemOK!
- ASUS AI Suite 3
- ASUS Anti Surge
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatpipe & MOS Heatsink
Solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert2
ASUS EZ DIY
-ASUS DirectKey
-ASUS Precision Tweaker 2
-ASUS USB BIOS Flashback with USB BIOS Flashback Wizard
for EZ BIOS download scheduling
-ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring a friendly graphical user
interface
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Slot, Q-Shield, Q-Connector, Q-Code
*USB Charger+ and Network iControl are only supported in
Windows® 7 and later versions.
ASUS exclusive
Precision Tweaker 2
overclocking
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
features
- vDDNB: Adjustable CPU/NB voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.005V increment
- vFCH: Adjustable FCH voltage at 0.01V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
-APU frequency tuning from 90MHz to 300MHz at 1MHz
increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R (CPU Parameter Recall)
Back panel I/O ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x Optical S/PDIF output port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue, 1 supports USB BIOS Flashback)
5 Audio jacks (Line In, Front Speaker Out, Mic in, Center/
Subwoofer, Rear Speaker Out)
(continued on the next page)
xi
A88X-PRO specifications summary
Internal connectors /
switches / buttons
1 x 19-pin USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB
3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 8 USB 2.0/1.1
ports
6 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x COM connector
1 x EPU switch
1 x TPU switch (embeded with GPU switch)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
1 x MemOK! button
1 x DirectKey button
1 x DRCT header
1 x System panel connector (20-pin)
1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)
4 x Chassis fan connectors (4-pin)
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
BIOS features
64Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.7, WfM 2.0,
ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.7, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ
Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick
Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen Function, F3
Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence
Detect) Memory information
Support DVD contents
Drivers
ASUS Update
ASUS utilities
Anti-Virus software (OEM version)
Accessories
4 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables
1 x Q-connector (retail version only)
1 x Q-Shield
1 x User Manual
1 x Support DVD
Operating System
Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit
Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit
Windows® XP 32-bit
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
xii
Chapter 1
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® A88X-PRO motherboard!
Chapter 1
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.
ide
User Gu
ASUS A88X-PRO motherboard
User guide
4 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
Support DVD
1 x ASUS Q-Shield
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector kit
• If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
• The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may vary
with different models.
ASUS A88X-PRO
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Chapter 1
AMD® A-series accelerated processors with AMD® Radeon™ HD 8000/7000
series graphics
This motherboard supports AMD® A-series accelerated processor with AMD® Radeon™
HD 8000/7000 series graphics. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit)
combines processing power, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and
an industry-leading visual experience. It features Dual-channel DDR3 memory support and
accelerates data transfer rate up to 5GT/s.
AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton-D4) chipset
AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton-D4) is designed to support up to 5GT/s interface speed and AMD®
CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology. It also supports 8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports and 4 x USB 3.0
ports.
USB 3.0 support
Experience ultra-fast data transfer at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0 – the latest connectivity
standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0
transfers data 10x faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
PCI Express® 3.0
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding
schemes that provide twice the performance of the current PCIe 2.0. The total bandwidth for
a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32Gb/s, double the 16 Gb/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As
such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecendented data speeds, combined with the convenience
and seamless transition offerred by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe
2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and
optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them.
* Only FM2+ processors can support PCIe3.0.
Native SATA 6.0 Gb/s support
The AMD® A88X FCH natively supports the new Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this
motherboard delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability,
faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
100% All Japan-made High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors for durability, improved
lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.3.2
5X Protection
5X PROTECTION
Chapter 1
ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X PROTECTION. We use quality components like
ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, polyswitches
(resettable fuses) around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage, and
a corrosion-resistant back I/O shield. All examples of ASUS providing the best possible
reliability and durability.
DIGI+ VRM
Precise power control and long-lasting stability
Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components.
A good VRM intelligently delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time.
Quickly-changing digital signal (SVID) requests from the CPU may prove too much for
generic VRMs, and ASUS was first with digital controllers featuring faster sensing and
response to deliver precise CPU power on demand. This great accuracy reduces energy
waste and of course improves system stability thanks to more consistent delivery.
ASUS DRAM Fuse
Enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection and short circuit damage prevention
Onboard polyswitch (resettable fuse) prevents overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This
extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard system and device lifespan.
ASUS ESD Guards
Strong ESD protection for extended component lifespan
Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often
underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards offer an active protective circuit design that ensures
electrostatic discharges are properly grounded, providing prolonged component longevity.
ASUS High-Quality 5K Solid Capacitors
2.5X longer lifespan with excellent durability
ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan – equivalent to 2.5
times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as
high as 105 degrees and meet Japanese industrial standards to provide excellent durability
and enhanced thermal capacity.
ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O
3X more durable corrosion-resistant coating
ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless
steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive
properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels
have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.
ASUS A88X-PRO
1-3
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features
USB 3.0 Boost
Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
Chapter 1
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the
latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device’s transmission speed
is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer
speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0
peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
Network iControl*
Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network
bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software
easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, the
programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion
and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup.
Overall, it’s an intuitive network bandwidth control center.
*Network iControl is only supported in Windows® 7 and later versions.
MemOK!
Any Memory is A-OK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool
requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines fail-safe
settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and
running in no time!
USB Charger+*
3X Faster Charging for All Smart Devices
With a dedicated onboard controller, quick-charge all your smart devices such as iProducts,
smartphones, tablets, and more, all up to 3x faster, even when the PC is powered off, in
sleep, or hibernation mode.
*USB Charger+ is only supported in Windows® 7 and later versions.
AI Suite 3
One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite 3 consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features
into one simple to use software package. It allows you to supervise overclocking, energy
management, fan speed control, voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers
diverse and ease to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different
utilities.
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
This special design protects expensive devices and the motherboard from damage caused
by power surges from switching power supply unit (PSU).
1-4
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ESD
1.3.4
Chapter 1
Protect your computer with ESD Guards. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) conditions can
happen while plugging or unplugging any USB peripherals-causing damage to the computer.
ASUS ESD Guards clamp the ESD voltage and shunt the majority of the ESD current away
for a more reliable computing environment.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the overclocking
capability.
Fan Xpert 2
ASUS Fan Xpert 2 provides customizable settings for a cooler and quieter computing
environment. With its Fan Auto Tuning feature, ASUS Fan Xpert 2 automatically detects
and tweaks all fan speeds, and provides you with optimized fan settings based on the fans’
specifications and positions.
Fanless Design: stylish heatpipe solution
The stylish heatpipe features a 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 heatpipe design lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase
area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS
stylish heatpipe will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant
appearance!
1.3.5
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
ASUS UEFI BIOS, a UEFI compliant architecture, offers the first mouse-controlled intuitive
graphical BIOS interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls,
providing you with more flexibility, convenience, and easy to navigate UEFI BIOS than the
traditional BIOS versions. It offers you with dual selectable modes and native support for hard
drives larger than 2.2 TB.
ASUS UEFI BIOS includes the following new features:
•
New My Favorite function allows you to quickly access the frequently used items
•
New log reminder allows you to view all your modified settings
•
•
•
•
New Quick Note function allows you to take notes in the BIOS environment
F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey
F3 Shortcut for most accessed information
ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) information detecting faulty DIMMs, and
helping with difficult POST situations.
ASUS A88X-PRO
1-5
USB BIOS Flashback
Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback
Chapter 1
A truly revolutionary hardware-based BIOS update solution. USB BIOS Flashback offers
the most convenient way to update the BIOS! It allows users to update new UEFI BIOS
versions even without hardware such as a CPU or a DRAM installed into the motherboard.
Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file, and press the BIOS Flashback button
for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. The UEFI BIOS then automatically updates
without requiring further interaction. With its new complementary Windows® application, users
can regularly check for UEFI BIOS updates, and downloads the latest BIOS automatically.
Hassle-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
ASUS DirectKey
This feature allows your system to go to the BIOS Setup program with the press of a button.
With DirectKey, you can enter the BIOS anytime without having to press the <Del> key during
POST. It also allows you to turn on and turn off your system and conveniently enter the BIOS
during bootup.
ASUS EZ-Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly utility that allows you to update the BIOS without using a
bootable floppy disk or an OS-based utility.
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.
CrashFree BIOS 3
Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB
flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a
replacement BIOS chip.
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-Slot, Q-Shield and Q-Connector
design speed up and simplify the DIY process!
ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Q-Slot is deisnged to speed and simplify the DIY process to enhance your DIY
experience.
ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Shield’s special design makes it convenient and easy to install on your
motherboard. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against
static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
1-6
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS Q-Code
Detailed PC status display and diagnostics
Chapter 1
The Q-Code is designed to display POST status for precise troubleshooting. Users can refer
to the table in the user guide to interpret provided Q-Code.
ASUS Q-Connector
Make Connection Quick and Accurate!
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables
in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of
plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
ErP ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP
requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy
consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energyefficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the
product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
ASUS A88X-PRO
1-7
Chapter 1
1-8
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter 2:
Hardware information
2.1
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.
Chapter 2
• 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.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
1
2
3
4
5
6
24.4cm(9.6in)
EPU
EPU_LED
KBMS_USB12
DIGI
+VRM
HDMI_DP
8
EATXPWR
1
30.5cm(12.0in)
RTL
8111GR
CPU_FAN
PCIEX1_1
PCIEX16_1
ICS
477D
PCIEX1_2
A88X-PRO
BIOS_FLBK
SATA6G_56
SATA6G_34
AMD®
A88X
PCI1
Super
I/O
PCI2
64Mb
BIOS
CHA_FAN3
PCIEX16_3
CHA_FAN2
COM
Q_CODE USB910
USB78
USB56 USB34
AAFP
TPU_LED TPU
DirectKey
CLRTC
DRCT
SB_PWR
23
2
22
21
20
10
11
12
SATA6G_12
PCIEX16_2
ALC
1150
2
CHA_FAN4
FLBK_LED
24
9
BATTERY
ASM
1042A
SPDIF_OUT
7
MemOK!
DRAM_LED
USB3_34
AUDIO
DDR3 DIMM_B2 (64bit, 240-pin module)
CHA_FAN1
DDR3 DIMM_B1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
LAN_USB3_12
DDR3 DIMM_A2 (64bit, 240-pin module)
ES6_78
_U3_E12
DDR3 DIMM_A1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
Chapter 2
SOCKET FM2+
DVI_VGA
ASM1445
EATX12V
2
13
PANEL
14
15
19 18 17 16
Refer to 2.2.8 Connectors and 2.3.10 Rear panel connection for more information about
rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2-31
2.CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4)
2-29
3. AMD FM2+ Socket
2-4
4. EPU switch (EPU)
2-17
5. EPU LED (EPU_LED)
2-26
6. DDR3 DIMM slots
2-5
7. MemOK! switch
2-16
8. DRAM LED (DRAM_LED)
2-20
9. USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
2-30
10. BIOS Flashback button (BIOS_FLBK)
2-19
11. BIOS Flashback LED (FLBK_LED)
2-26
12. SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (SATA6G_1~6)
2-27
13. DirectKey button
2-18
14. TPU LED
2-26
15. Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
2-15
16. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-32
17. Standby power LED (SB_PWR)
2-20
18. TPU switch
2-17
19. Direct connector (2-pin DRCT)
2-31
20. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB34, USB56, USB78, USB910)
2-28
21. Q_CODE
2-20
22. Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM)
2-30
23. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
2-28
24. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
2-29
ASUS A88X-PRO
Chapter 2
Layout contents
2-3
2.2.2
Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)
This motherboard comes with an FM2+ socket designed for AMD™ A-Series and Athlon
Series Accelerated processors.
Ensure that you use a APU designed for the FM2+ socket. The APU fits in only one
correct orientation. DO NOT force the APU into the socket to prevent bending the pins and
damaging the APU!
A88X-PRO
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO CPU socket FM2+
2-4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3
System memory
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets.
DIMM_B1
DIMM_B2
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT install a DDR
or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot.
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Recommended memory configurations
We recommend that you install the memory modules from the yellow slots for better
overclocking capability.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-5
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB 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.
• We recommend that you install the memory modules from the yellow slots for better
overclocking capability.
• Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimal compatibility, we
recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or date code (D/C)
from the same vendor. Check with the retailer to get the correct memory modules.
Chapter 2
• 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.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
• This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less
(Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB).
• 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 3.4 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.
2-6
Chapter 2: Hardware information
A88X-PRO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2400 (O.C.) MHz capability
Part No.
KINGMAX
FLLE88F-C8KKAA HAIS
(XMP)
G.SKILL
F3-2400C10D-8GTX(XMP)
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
2GB
SS
8GB
(2x4GB)
SS
Size
Timing
-
-
10-11-10-30 1.8V
-
-
10-12-12-31 1.65V
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31 1.65V
SS
-
-
10-12-10-27 1.65V
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31 1.65V
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31 1.65V
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31 1.65V
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.65V
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
16GB
DS
( 2x 8GB )
-
-
11-13-13-35 1.65V
F3-19200CL 10Q-32GBZHD
8GB
(XMP)
8GB
CORSAIR CMGTX8(XMP)
(2GBx 4)
CMD16GX3M2A2400C9
CORSAIR
8GB
(Ver4.21)
CMD32GX3M4A2400C10
CORSAIR
8GB
(Ver5.29)
CMY16GX3M2A2400C10R
CORSAIR
8GB
(Ver4.21)
GET34GB2400C9DC
GEIL
2GB
(XMP)
KHX24C11T2K2/8X
KINGSTON
4GB
(XMP)
G.SKILL
ADATA
AX3U2400GW8G11
DIMM socket support
Voltage (optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
Chip NO.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
Vendors
DDR3 2250 (O.C.) MHz capability
SS/
DS
Vendors
Part No.
Size
KINGSTON
KHX2250C9D3T1K2/4GX
(XMP)
16GB
DS
( 2x 8GB )
DIMM socket support
Voltage (optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
-
-
11-13-13-35 1.65V
.
.
.
DDR3 2200 (O.C.) MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand Chip NO. Timing
Voltage
GEIL
GET34GB2200C9DC (XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.65V
GEIL
GET38GB2200C9ADC (XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-11-9-28
1.65V
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KJAA-FEIS (XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KHA EEIH (XMP)
4GB (2x2GB) DS
-
-
-
1.5V1.7V
-
1.5V1.7V
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KJA FEIH (XMP)
4GB (2x2GB) DS
-
-
DIMM socket support (optional)
1DIMM
.
.
.
.
.
2DIMMs
.
.
.
.
4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-7
DDR3 2133 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM socket support
Voltage (optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
A-DATA
AX3U2133GC2G9B-DG2
(XMP)
2GB
SS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.55~
1.75V
.
.
CORSAIR
CMT16GX3M4X2133C9
(XMP1.3)
16GB
(4GBx4 )
DS
-
-
9-11-10-27
1.50V
.
.
CORSAIR
CMT4GX3M2A2133C9
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-24
1.65V
.
.
CORSAIR
CMT4GX3M2B2133C9
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.50V
.
.
CORSAIR
CMT8GX3M2B2133C9
(XMP)
8GB
(4GBx2)
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.50V
.
G.SKILL
F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
(XMP1.3)
.
Chapter 2
16GB
(4GBx4)
DS
-
-
9-11-10-28
1.65V
.
.
KHX2133C11D3T1K2/16GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
16GB
(8GBx2)
DS
-
-
-
1.6V
.
.
.
KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
.
KINGSTON
KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.65V
.
.
KINGSTON
KHX2133C9AD3T1K4/8GX
(XMP)
8GB
(4x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.65V
.
.
KINGSTON
KHX2133C9AD3T1FK4/8GX
(XMP)
8GB
(4x2GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
PATRIOT
PGD38G2133C11K
(XMP)
16GB
(4GBx4 )
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30 1.65V
.
.
.
Team
TXD34096M2133HC9N-L
4GB
DS
SEC 128 HCH9
K4B2G0846D 9-11-11-28
1.65V
KINGSTON
KHX21C11T1BK2/16X
(XMP)
16GB
(8GBx2)
DS
-
-
-
1.6V
.
.
.
KHX21C11T1BK2/8X
KINGSTON
(XMP)
8GB
(4GBx2)
DS
-
-
-
1.6V
.
.
.
Team
TXD34096M2133HC9N-L
4GB
DS
SEC 128 HCH9
K4B2G0846D 9-11-11-28
1.65V
KINGSTON
KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX
(XMP)
16GB
(4GBx4 )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
.
ADATA
AX3U2133XC4G10-2X
(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30 1.65V
.
ADATA
AX3U2133XW8G10-2X
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30 1.65V
.
.
.
ADATA
AX3U2133XW8G10
16GB
(2x8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30 1.65V
.
.
.
Team
TLD38G2133HC11ABK
8GB
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31 1.65V
G.SKILL
F3-2133C11Q-32GZL
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31 1.5V
.
.
.
KINGSTON KHX21C11T3K4/32X
8GB
DS
-
-
-
.
1.65V
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
2-8
.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
.
.
.
.
.
DDR3 2000 MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip Timing
NO.
DIMM socket support
Voltage (optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
Apacer
78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
CORSAIR
CMZ4GX3M2A2000C10(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
SS
-
-
10-10-10-27
1.50V
CORSAIR
CMT6GX3M3A2000C8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
8-9-8-24
1.65V
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9D-4GBFLS(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL6T-6GBPIS(XMP)
6GB (3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
6-9-6-24
1.65V
GEIL
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65V
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65V
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB (3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
.
.
DDR3 1866 MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
CMT4GX3M2A1866C9
(XMP)
CMT6GX3MA1866C9
CORSAIR
(XMP)
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
CORSAIR
(XMP)
F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL
G.SKILL
(XMP1.3)
F3-14900CL10Q2-64GBZLD
G.SKILL
(XMP1.3)
F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
G.SKILL
(XMP)
F3-14900CL9Q-8GBXL
G.SKILL
(XMP)
KHX1866C9D3K4/16GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
CORSAIR
KINGSTON KHX1866C11D3P1K2/8G
KINGSTON
CRUCIAL
CRUCIAL
KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX
(XMP)
BLE4G3D1869DE1TXO.16FMD
(XMP)
BLT4G3D1869DT2TXOB.16FMR
(XMP)
AMD
AP38G1869U2K
ADATA
AX3U1866XW8G10
PATRIOT
PV138G186C9KPD000326
Team
TLD34G1866H9KBK
Size
4GB
(2x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
16GB
(4GBx4 )
64GB
(8GBx8 )
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(2GBx4)
16GB
(4GBx4 )
6GB
(3x2GB)
8GB
(4GBx2)
8GB
(4GBX2)
4GB
4GB
SS/ Chip Chip Timing
DS Brand NO.
Voltage DIMM socket support (optional)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.50V
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5V
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5V
1DIMM
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.6V
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5V
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5V
4GB
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
4GB
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.5V
8GB
(4GBX2)
16GB
(2x8GB )
Team
TLD38G1866HC10SBK
8GB
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5V
CRUCIAL
BLT4G3D1869DT1TX0.13FKD
(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5V
8GB
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
KINGSTON KHX18C10T3K4/32X
.
2DIMMs 4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-9
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
A-DATA
AM2U16BC2P1
2GB
SS
A-DATA
AX3U1600XB2G79-2X
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB)
A-DATA
AM2U16BC4P2
4GB
AX3U1600GC4G9-2G
(XMP)
AX3U1600XC4G79-2X
(XMP)
TR3X3G1600C8D
(XMP)
CMD12GX3M6A1600C8
(XMP)
CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
(XMP)
CMP4GX3M2A1600C8
(XMP)
CMP4GX3M2A1600C9
(XMP)
CMP4GX3M2C1600C7
(XMP)
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
(XMP)
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
(XMP)
TR3X6G1600C8 G
(XMP)
TR3X6G1600C8D G
(XMP)
TR3X6G1600C9 G
(XMP)
CMP8GX3M2A1600C9
(XMP)
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C7R
(XMP)
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9
(XMP)
BL25664BN1608.16FF
(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH
(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
(XMP)
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO
(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
(XMP)
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
(XMP)
F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO
(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
(XMP)
GET316GB1600C9QC
(XMP)
8GB(
2x4GB)
8GB(
2x4GB)
3GB
(3x1GB)
12GB
(6x2GB)
32GB
(8GBx4)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(4x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
2GB
(2x1GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
16GB
(4x4GB )
GEIL
GV34GB1600C8DC(XMP)
HYNIX
HMT351U6CFR8C-PB
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
FLGE85F-B8KJ9A FEIS(XMP)
KINGMAX
A-DATA
A-DATA
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Chapter 2
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Crucial
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(optiona)
A-DATA 3CCD-1509A EL1126T
-
-
DS
-
7-9-7-21
1.55V1.75V
DS
A-DATA 3CCD-1509A EL1126T
-
-
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
DS
-
-
7-9-7-21
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.50V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
7-8-7-20
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
7-8-7-20
1.50V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
DS
-
-
-
-
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
SS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.6V
DS
-
-
7-7-8-24
XMP
1.35V
DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
1.6V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.60V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
XMP
1.35V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
~1.6V
DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
1.6V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
XMP
1.35V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.6V
2GB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-28
1.6V
4GB
DS
HYNIX
H5TQ2G83CFR PBC
-
-
FLGD45F-B8MF7 MAEH(XMP) 1GB
SS
-
-
7
-
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
FLGE85F-B8MF7 MEEH(XMP) 2GB
DS
-
-
7
-
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
-
1.55V1.75V
1.55V1.75V
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
2-10
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Part No.
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX
(XMP)
DIMM socket support
Size
SS/
DS
Chip brand Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
4GB
(2x2GB)
SS
-
-
-
1.5V
.
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
.
.
12GB
(3x4GB)
KHX1600C9D3T1BK3/12GX 12GB
(XMP)
(3x4GB)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMM
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
.
16GB
DS
(4GBx4 )
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
.
KINGSTON KHX1600C9AD3/2G
2GB
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
KINGSTON KVR1600D3N11/2G-ES
2GB
DS
KTC
D1288JPNDPLD9U
11-11-11-28
.
.
.
4GB
(2x2GB)
1.35V
~1.5V
DS
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
DS
-
-
8
1.65V
.
.
DS
-
-
8
1.65V
.
.
DS
-
-
9
1.65V
.
.
.
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C7D3K2/4GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX
KINGSTON
(XMP)
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3T1BK3/6GX
(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
Super Talent WA160UX6G9
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9
XMP
1.35V
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
.
.
.
6GB
DS
(3x2GB )
-
-
-
1.65V
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9
1.65V
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65V
.
.
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9
-
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
4GB
(2x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
Transcend
JM1600KLN-8GK
8GB
(4GBx2)
DS
Transcend TK483PCW3
-
-
SanMax
SMD-4G68HP-16KZ
4GB
DS
HYNIX
H5TQ2G83BFR PBC
-
-
AMD
AE32G1609U1-U
2GB
SS
-
23EY4587MB6H11503M
9-9-9-24
1.5V
AMD
AE34G1609U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB6H11503M
9-9-9-24
1.5V
ASint
SLZ302G08-EGN1C
2GB
SS
Asint
SLZ302G08-GN1C
-
-
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D
(XMP)
2GB
DS
Asint
3128M8-GJ1D
9-9-9-24
1.6V
.
SLA302G08-EGG1C
(XMP)
.
.
.
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GG1C
-
-
.
.
.
Asint
SLA302G08-EGJ1C
(XMP)
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GJ1C
-
-
.
.
.
ASint
SLA302G08-EGN1C
4GB
DS
Asint
SLA302G08-GN1C
-
-
ASint
SLB304G08-EGN1B
8GB
DS
Asint
SLB304G08-GN1B
-
-
Elixir
M2P2G64CB8HC9N-DG
(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
.
.
.
8GB
DS
Elixir1213
N2CB4G8BOBN-DG
-
-
.
.
.
998659
(XMP)
6GB
(3x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
.
.
.
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
.
.
.
PATRIOT
PGD316G1600ELK
(XMP)
32GB
(8GBx4)
1.5
~1.6V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65V
.
.
PATRIOT
PGS34G1600LLKA
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.7V
.
Asint
Elixir
Mushkin
Mushkin
M2X8G64CB8HB5N-DG
(XMP)
998659
(XMP)
6GB
(3x2GB)
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
Vendor
.
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-11
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(optional)
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU160V02
(XMP)
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT5NG-1201
-
-
.
.
SP004GBLTU160V02
(XMP)
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT5NG-1201
-
-
.
.
78.B1GE3.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer KZZC
AM5D5908DEQSCK
-
-
16GB
DS
(8GBx2)
-
-
-
1.5V
.
.
8GB
DS
Elixir 1213
N2CB4G8BOBN-DG
-
-
Silicon
Power
Apacer
KINGSTON KHX16C9K2/16
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
Elixir
M2X8G64CB8HB5N-DG
(XMP)
APACER
8GB UNB PC3-12800 CL11
8GB
DS
APACER
AM5D6008BQQSCK
-
-
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
10-10
-10-27
1.50V
Transcend
8G DDR31600 DIMM CL11
8GB
DS
SEC 222 HYKO 6MD9639W
-
-
Transcend
8G DDR31600 DIMM CL11
8GB
DS
Transcend
E223X8BO648S
-
-
ADATA
AD3U1600C2G11-B
2GB
SS
-
N/A
-
-
ADATA
AD3U1600W4G11-B
4GB
SS
ADATA
F209X8BR6413
-
-
ADATA
AD3U1600C4G11-B
4GB
DS
-
N/A
-
-
ADATA
AD3U1600W8G11-B
8GB
DS
ADATA
F211X8B0640A
-
-
TEAM
TED34G1600HC11BK
4GB
DS
-
-
11-11
-11-28
-
.
.
.
TEAM
TLD34G1600HC9BK
(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-24
1.5V
.
.
.
MICRON
MT8JTF51264AZ-1G6E1
4GB
SS
MICRON
D9QBJ
-
-
MICRON
MT16JTF1G64AZ-1G6E1
8GB
DS
MICRON
D9QBJ
-
-
Transcend
TS512MLK64W6H
4GB
SS
SEC 234 HYKO
K4B4GO8468
-
-
Transcend
TS1GLK64W6H
8GB
DS
SEC 234 HYKO
K4B4GO8468
-
-
ADATA
AX3U1600GW8G9
16GB
DS
(2x8GB)
-
-
9-9-9-24 1.5V
.
.
.
ADATA
AXDU1600GW8G9B
16GB
DS
(2x8GB)
-
-
11-11
-11-28
1.5V
.
Asint
SLA304G08-ENG1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-GN1B1301
-
-
Asint
SLB304G08-EGJ1B
8GB
DS
-
-
-
-
PATRIOT
PV332G160C9QK
8GB
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
APACER
4GB UNB PC3-12800 CL11
4GB
SS
APACER
AM5D6008BQQSCK
-
-
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
10-10
-10-30
-
4GB
DS
KINGSTON
D2568GEROPGGBU -
1.5V
8GB
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
KINGSTON KVR16N11/4(Low Profile)
KINGSTON
KHX16C10B1K2/16X
(XMP)
KINGSTON
KHX16C9P1K2/16
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
-
1.5V
PSC
AL9F8L93B-GN2E
4GB
SS
PSC
XHP284C3G-M
-
-
PSC
ALAF8L93B-GN2E
8GB
DS
PSC
XHR425C3G-M
-
-
Elixir
M2P2G64CB8HC9N-DG
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
Timing
Voltage
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip No.
A-DATA
AD31333001GOU
1GB
SS
A-Data
AD30908C8D-151C E0906 -
A-DATA
AD3U1333C2G9
2GB
SS
A-DATA 3CCD-1509HNA1126L
-
-
A-DATA
AM2U139C2P1
2GB
SS
ADATA
3CCD-1509A EL1127T
-
-
A-DATA
AX3U1333C2G9-BP 2GB
SS
-
-
-
-
A-DATA
AD31333G001GOU
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24 1.65-1.85V
3GB (3x1GB)
-
DIMM socket support (optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
2-12
Chapter 2: Hardware information
.
.
.
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip No.
Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AXDU1333GC2G9-2G
(XMP)
4GB
(2x2GB)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.25V-1.35V
(low voltage)
A-DATA
AD31333G002GMU
2GB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85V
A-DATA
AD63I1C1624EV
4GB
DS
A-Data
3CCA-1509A
-
-
A-DATA
AM2U139C4P2
4GB
DS
ADATA
3CCD-1509A EL1127T
-
-
A-DATA
SU3U1333W8G9-B
8GB
DS
ELPIDA J4208BASE-DJ-F
-
-
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5808DEWSBG
-
-
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5808FEQSBG
9
-
Apacer
AU02GFA33C9NBGC
2GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5808APQSBG
-
-
Apacer
78.B1GDE.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5908CEHSBG
-
-
Corsair
TR3X3G1333C9 G
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
Corsair
TR3X6G1333C9 G
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
Corsair
CMD24GX3M6A1333C9
(XMP)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.60V
Corsair
TW3X4G1333C9D G
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
Corsair
CM3X4GA1333C9N2
4GB
DS
Corsair
256MBDCJGELC0401136 9-9-9-24
-
Corsair
CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.50V
Corsair
CMD8GX3M4A1333C7
8GB
(4x2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.60V
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1GB
SS
Micron
9FF22D9KPT
9
-
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2GB
DS
Micron
9KF27D9KPT
9
-
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF
(XMP)
6GB
(3x2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.65V
Elpida
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
Elpida
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
G-Skill
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
(XMP)
1GB
SS
G.SKILL -
-
-
G-Skill
F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
DS
-
-
8-8-8-8-24
XMP
1.35V
DS
-
-
7-7-7-21
1.5V
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
DS
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA12N
9-9-9-24
1.3V
(low voltage)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.5V
G-Skill
G-Skill
F3-10666CL8D-4GBECO
(XMP)
F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
(XMP)
3GB
(3x1GB)
6GB
(3x2GB)
24GB
(6x4GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
2GB
(2x1GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
8GB
(2x4GB)
2GB
(2x1GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
4GB
(2x2GB)
1.35V
(low voltage)
1.35V
(low voltage)
GEIL
GV32GB1333C9DC
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
GEIL
GV34GB1333C9DC
GEIL
GVP34GB1333C7DC
Hynix
HMT112U6TFR8A-H9
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TC1G83TFRH9A
-
1.35V
(low voltage)
Hynix
HMT325U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFRH9C
-
-
Hynix
HMT125U6TFR8A-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TC1G83TFRH9A
-
1.35V
(low voltage)
Hynix
HMT351U6BFR8C-H9
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFRH9C
-
-
Kingmax FLFD45F-B8KL9 NAES
1GB
SS
Kingmax KKB8FNWBFGNX-27A
-
-
Kingmax FLFE85F-C8KF9 CAES
2GB
SS
Kingmax KFC8FMFXF-DXX-15A
-
-
Kingmax FLFE85F-C8KL9 NAES
2GB
SS
Kingmax KFC8FNLXF-DXX-15A
-
-
Kingmax FLFE85F-C8KM9 NAES
2GB
SS
Kingmax KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
-
-
Kingmax FLFE85F-B8KL9 NEES
2GB
DS
Kingmax KKB8FNWBFGNX-26A
-
-
Kingmax FLFF65F-C8KL9 NEES
4GB
DS
Kingmax KFC8FNLXF-DXX-15A
-
-
Kingmax FLFF65F-C8KM9 NEES
4GB
DS
Kingmax KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
-
-
DIMM socket support
(optional)
1DIMM 2DIMMs 4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
Vendor
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-13
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Vendor
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
Part No.
KVR1333D3N9/1G
(Low Profile)
KVR1333D3N9/2G
(Low Profile)
KVR1333D3S8N9/2G
KVR1333D3S8N9/2G-SP
(Low Profile)
KVR1333D3N9/2G
(Low Profile)
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(optional)
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BDBG-DJ-F
9
1.5V
2GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFRH9C
9
-
2GB
SS
Micron
IID77 D9LGK
-
1.5V
2GB
SS
ELPIDA
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
-
1.5V
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
9
1.5V
1DIMM
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
KTC
D1288JPNDPLD9U
9
1.5V
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
9
1.5V
2GB
DS
KTC
D1288JEMFNGD9U
-
1.5V
2GB
DS
KINGSTON
D1288JPSFPGD9U
-
1.5V
-
-
7
1.65V
-
-
9
XMP
1.25V
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
Chapter 2
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/2G-SP
(Low Profile)
KVR1333D3N9/2G-SP
(Low Profile)
KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX
(XMP)
KHX1333C9D3UK2/4GX
(XMP)
KVR1333D3N9/4G
(Low Profile)
KVR1333D3N9/4G
(Low Profile)
4GB
DS
(2x2GB)
4GB
DS
(2x2GB)
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
9
1.5V
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
-
1.5V
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/4G
4GB
DS
KTC
D2568JENCNGD9U
-
1.5V
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/4G
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFR
-
-
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/4G-SP
(Low Profile)
4GB
DS
KINGSTON
D2568JENCPGD9U
-
1.5V
Micron
MT4JTF12864AZ-1G4D1
1GB
SS
Micron
OJD12D9LGQ
-
-
Micron
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
1GB
SS
Micron
9FF22D9KPT
9
-
Micron
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1
2GB
SS
Micron
OJD12D9LGK
-
-
Micron
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4M1
2GB
SS
MICRON
IJM22 D9PFJ
-
-
Micron
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G4F1
2GB
DS
Micron
9KF27D9KPT
9
-
Micron
MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1
4GB
DS
Micron
OLD22D9LGK
-
-
NANYA
NT4GC64B8HG0NF-CG
4GB
DS
NANYA
NT5CB256M8GN-CG
-
-
PSC
AL7F8G73F-DJ2
1GB
SS
PSC
A3P1GF3FGF
-
-
PSC
AL8F8G73F-DJ2
2GB
DS
PSC
A3P1GF3FGF
-
-
SAMSUNG
M378B2873FHS-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
-
-
SAMSUNG
M378B5773DH0-CH9
2GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846D
-
-
SAMSUNG
M378B5673FH0-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
-
-
SAMSUNG
M378B5273CH0-CH9
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846C
-
-
Super Talent W1333UA1GH
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83TFR
9
-
Super Talent W1333UX2G8(XMP)
2GB
SS
(2x1GB)
-
-
8
-
Super Talent W1333UB2GS
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
9
-
Super Talent W1333UB4GS
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846C
-
-
Super Talent W1333UX6GM
6GB
DS
(3x2GB)
Micron
0BF27D9KPT
9-9-9-24
1.5V
Transcend
JM1333KLN-2G
2GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83BZRH9C
-
-
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3U
2GB
DS
Micron
9GF27D9KPT
-
-
Transcend
TS1GLK64V3H
8GB
DS
Micron
IVD22D9PBC
-
-
KINGSTEK
KSTD3PC-10600
2GB
SS
MICRON
PE911-125E
-
-
AMD
AE32G1339U1-U
2GB
SS
AMD
23EY4587MB3H11503M
9-9-9-24
1.5V
AMD
AE34G1339U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB3H11503M
9-9-9-24
1.5V
ASint
SLZ302G08-EDJ1C
2GB
SS
Asint
SLZ302G08-DJ1C
-
-
ASint
SLA302G08-EDJ1C
4GB
DS
Asint
SLA302G08-DJ1C
-
-
ASint
SLB304G08-EDJ1B
8GB
DS
Asint
SLB304G08-DJ1B
-
-
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
2DIMMs
.
4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
2-14
Chapter 2: Hardware information
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(optional)
Elixir
M2F2G64CB88B7N-CG
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80BN-CG
-
-
Elixir
M2F2G64CB88D7N-CG
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80DN-CG
-
-
Elixir
M2F2G64CB88G7N-CG
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GN-CG
-
-
Elixir
M2F4G64CB8HB5N-CG
4GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB2G80BN-CG
-
-
Elixir
M2F4G64CB8HD5N-CG
4GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB2G80DN-CG
-
-
Kingshare
KSRPCD313332G
2GB
DS
PATRIOT
PM128M8D385-15
-
-
Kingtiger
2GB DIMM PC3-10666
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
SEC 904 HCH9
K4B1G0846D
-
Kingtiger
KTG2G1333PG3
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
Markvision
BMD32048M1333C9-1123
2GB
DS
Markvision
M3D1288P-13
-
-
Markvision
BMD34096M1333C9-1124
4GB
DS
Markvision
M3D2568E-13
-
-
PATRIOT
PSD32G13332H
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
PATRIOT
PG38G1333EL(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
RAMAXEL
RMR1870ED48E8F-1333
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BDBG-DJ-F
-
-
RAMAXEL
RMR1870EC58E9F-1333
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
-
-
RiDATA
C304627CB1AG22Fe
2GB
DS
RiDATA
N/A
9
-
RiDATA
E304459CB1AG32Cf
4GB
DS
RiDATA
N/A
9
-
Silicon Power SP002GBLTU133V02
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT3NG-1202
-
-
Silicon Power SP002GBLTU133S02
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1680AN-C6
Silicon Power SP004GBLTU133V02
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT3NG-1201
-
-
TAKEMS
TMS2GB364D081-107EY
2GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.5V
TAKEMS
TMS2GB364D082-138EW
2GB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5V
UMAX
E41302GP0-73BDB
2GB
DS
UMAX
U2S24D30TP-13
-
-
WINTEC
3WVS31333-2G-CNR
2GB
DS
AMPO
AM3420803-13H
-
-
Transcend
8G DDR3 1333 DIMM CL9
8GB
DS
Transcend
E207X8BO643Y
-
-
Transcend
8G DDR3 1333 DIMM CL9
8GB
DS
-
N/A
-
-
HMD
HMDD302GU648S1B9C2GB
MEX
SS
ERTH
256X8DDR3 WT
-
1.5V
.
HMDD304GU648S1B9C4GB
MEX
1DIMM
-
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
SS
UUJK
512X8DDR3 WT
-
1.5V
.
HMD
H MD D 3 0 8 GU 6 4 8 D 1 B9 C 8GB
MEX
DS
FFCT
512X8DDR3 WT
-
1.5V
.
TEAM
TED34G1333HC9BK
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
TEAM
TED38G1333HC9BK
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5V
Asint
SLA304G08-EDJ1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-DJ1B1301
-
-
HMD
.
.
.
2DIMM 4DIMMs
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chapter 2
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-15
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
• 1 DIMM: S
upports one (1) module inserted into any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration. We suggest that you install the module into A2 slot.
• 2 DIMMs: S
upports two (2) modules inserted into either the yellow slots or the dark brown
slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration. We suggest that you
install the modules into slots A2 and B2 for better compatibility.
• 4 DIMMs: Supports four (4) modules inserted into both the yellow and dark brown slots
as two pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
Chapter 2
2-16
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.4
Expansion slots
Chapter 2
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do
so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1
2
A88X-PRO
3
4
5
6
7
Slot No.
Slot Description
1
PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot [yellow]
2
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_1 slot [yellow] (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
3
PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot [yellow]
4
PCI slot 1
5
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_2 slot [dark brown] (at x8 mode)
6.
PCI slot 2
7.
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot [dark brown] (at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1 and x4 devices)
VGA configuration
PCI Express operating mode
PCIe 2.0 x16_1
PCIe 2.0 x16_2
Single VGA/PCIe card
x16
(Recommend for single VGA)
N/A
Dual VGA/PCIe card
x8
x8
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-17
• In single VGA card mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (yellow) for a PCI Express x16
graphics card to get better performance.
• In CrossFireX™ mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 and PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slots for PCI
Express x16 graphics cards to get better performance.
• We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running CrossFireX™ mode.
• Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 when
using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
–
–
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
B
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
C
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
D
–
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
E
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
F
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
G
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
ASMedia USB 3.0
controller
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
AMD FCH USB3.0
Controller_1
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
Chapter 2
PCIE x16_1
PCIE x16_2
PCIE x16_3
PCIE x1_1
PCIE x1_2
PCI_1
PCI_2
LAN
AMD FCH USB3.0
Controller_2
AMD FCH SATA
Controller
HD Audio
shared
Onboard VGA Controller
–
2-18
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.5
Jumper
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
1
2
2
3
Normal
(Default)
Clear RTC
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO Clear RTC RAM
To erase the RTC RAM
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
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.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
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 C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) feature. Shut
down and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset parameter settings to
default values.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-19
2.2.6
Onboard switches/buttons
Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or open-case
system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to enhance
system performance.
1.
MemOK! button
Installing DIMMs that are incompatible with the motherboard may cause system
boot failure, and the DRAM_LED near the MemOK! switch lights continuously. Press
and hold the MemOK! switch until the DRAM_LED starts blinking to begin automatic
memory compatibility tuning for successful boot.
Memok!
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO MemOK! button
• Refer to section 2.2.7 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the DRAM_LED.
• The DRAM_LED also lights when the DIMM is not properly installed. Turn off the system
and reinstall the DIMM before using the MemOK! function.
• The MemOK! switch does not function under a Windows® OS environment.
• During the tuning process, the system loads and tests failsafe memory settings. It takes
about 30 seconds for the system to test one set of failsafe settings. If the test fails, the
system reboots and tests the next set of failsafe settings. The blinking speed of the
DRAM_LED increases, indicating different test processes.
• Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when each timing
set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the whole tuning process, the
DRAM_LED lights continuously. Replace the DIMMs with ones recommended in the
Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or on the ASUS website at
www.asus.com.
• If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the system
continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop memory tuning, turn off
the computer and unplug the power cord for about 5–10 seconds.
• If your system fails to boot due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK! switch to boot
and load BIOS default settings. A message will appear during POST reminding you that
the BIOS has been restored to its default settings.
• We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com after using the MemOK! function.
2-20
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.
TPU (GPU Boost) switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable
clock speeds.
A88X-PRO
TPU
A88X-PRO TPU switch
Chapter 2
•To ensure system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
• When the TPU switch is set to Enable, it can be used as a GPU Boost switch.
• The TPU LED near the TPU switch lights when the switch setting is turned to Enable. Refer
to section 2.2.7 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the TPU LED.
• If you change the switch setting to Enable under the OS environment, the TPU function
will be activated after the next system bootup.
• You may use the TurboV and Auto Tuning feature in the TurboV EVO application, adjust
the BIOS setup program, or enable the TPU switch at the same time. However, the system
will use the last setting you have made.
3.
EPU switch
This switch allows you to enable or disable the EPU function.
EPU
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO EPU switch
To ensure system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-21
• The EPU LED near the TPU switch lights when the switch setting is turned to Enable.
• If you change the switch setting to Enable under the OS environment, the EPU function
will be activated after the next system bootup.
• You may change the EPU settings in the EPU application, change the BIOS settings,
and enable the EPU function at the same time. However, the system will use the last
setting you have made.
4.
DirectKey button
This feature allows your system to go to the BIOS Setup program with the press of a
button. With DirectKey, you can enter the BIOS anytime without having to press the
<Del> key during POST. It also allows you to turn on and turn off your system and
conveniently enter the BIOS during bootup.
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO
DirectKey
A88X-PRO DirectKey button
Ensure to save your data before using the DirectKey button.
• When the system is on and you press the DirectKey button, your system will shut down.
Press the DirectKey button again or the Power-on button to reboot and enter the BIOS
directly.
• Turn off your system using the power-on button to allow your system to go through
POST (without entering the BIOS) when you reboot your system.
• Refer to Chapter 3.7 Boot Menu for details about setting the DirectKey default function.
2-22
Chapter 2: Hardware information
BIOS-FLBK button
The BIOS Flashback buttton offers the most convenient way to update the BIOS. It
allows overclockers to update new BIOS versions without having to enter their existing
BIOS or operating system. Just plug in a USB storage and press the BIOS Flashback
button for 3 seconds, and the BIOS is automatically flashed using standby power.
Hassle-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
A88X-PRO
BIOS_FLBK
Chapter 2
5.
A88X-PRO BIOS FLBK button
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Download the USB BIOS Flashback wizard from the ASUS service website (www.asus.
com). Save it to a USB portable disk, and place it in the root directory.
Plug the USB flash drive into the bottom port of the LAN_USB3_12 connector in the
back I/O.
Press the USB BIOS Flashback button for 3 seconds, and the light will begin to flash (on
the third second).
The Flashback function is enabled once the light starts to flash.
The flashing rate of the light signal accelerates along with the updating speed.
BIOS update is complete once the light signal goes out.
• Do not unplug the portable disk, power off the system or press the CLR_CMOS button
while BIOS update is ongoing, otherwise update will be interrupted. In case of interruption,
please follow the recommended procedures again to complete BIOS update.
• If the light flashes for five seconds and turns into a stable light, this means that the USB
BIOS Flashback is not operating properly. This may be caused by:
1. Improper installation of the portable disk.
2. Error in file name or incompatibility in file format. If this is the case, please restart the
system to turn off the light.
• Updating BIOS may have risks. If the BIOS program is damaged during the process causing
the system unable to reboot, please contact the local service station for help.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-23
2.2.7
1.
Onboard LEDs
Standby Power LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED lights up to indicate
that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a reminder that you should
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.
A88X-PRO
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO Onboard LED
2.
SB_PWR
ON
Standby Power
OFF
Powered Off
DRAM LED
DRAM LED checks the DRAM in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an
error is found, the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem
is solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitive way to locate the root problem
within a second.
DRAM LED
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO DRAM LED
3.
Q-Code LED
The Q-Code LED provides you with a 2-digit error code that displays the system status.
Refer to the Q-Code table on the next page for details.
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO Q-Code LED
2-24
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Q-Code table
Code
Description
01
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard).
02
03
04
06
07
08
09
0B
0C – 0D
0E
0F
10
11 – 14
15 – 18
19 – 1C
2B – 2F
30
31
32 – 36
37 – 3A
3B – 3E
4F
50 – 53
54
55
56
57
58
59
Not used
AP initialization before microcode loading
System Agent initialization before microcode loading
PCH initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
System Agent initialization after microcode loading
PCH initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Chapter 2
00
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory System Agent initialization is started
Pre-memory PCH initialization is started
Memory initialization
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization
Post-Memory System Agent initialization is started
Post-Memory PCH initialization is started
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
speed
Unspecified memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-25
Code
Description
5B
Reset PPI is not available
5A
5C – 5F
E0
E1
E2
E3
E4 – E7
E8
E9
Chapter 2
EA
EB
EC – EF
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5 – F7
F8
F9
FA
FB – FF
60
61
62
63 – 67
68
69
6A
6B – 6F
Internal CPU error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
Installation of the PCH Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
PCI host bridge initialization
System Agent DXE initialization is started
System Agent DXE SMM initialization is started
System Agent DXE initialization (System Agent module specific)
(continued on the next page)
2-26
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Code
Description
71
PCH DXE SMM initialization is started
72
73 – 77
78
79
7A – 7F
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
9A
9B
9C
9D
9E – 9F
A0
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
PCH DXE initialization is started
PCH devices initialization
PCH DXE Initialization (PCH module specific)
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
Chapter 2
70
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
(continued on the next page)
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-27
Code
Description
A9
Start of Setup
AA
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
B0
B1
Chapter 2
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8– BF
D0
D1
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
DA
DB
DC
2-28
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
CPU initialization error
System Agent initialization error
PCH initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
Chapter 2: Hardware information
ACPI/ASL Checkpoints
Code
Description
02
System is entering S2 sleep state
03
04
05
10
20
30
40
AC
AA
System is entering S1 sleep state
System is entering S3 sleep state
System is entering S4 sleep state
System is entering S5 sleep state
System is waking up from the S1 sleep state
System is waking up from the S2 sleep state
System is waking up from the S3 sleep state
System is waking up from the S4 sleep state
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in PIC mode.
Chapter 2
01
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-29
4.
BIOS_FLBK LED
The BIOS_FLBK LED lights up when the BIOS-FLBK function is enabled.
A88X-PRO
FLBK_LED
A88X-PRO FLBK LED
Chapter 2
5.
EPU LED
The EPU LED lights up when the EPU switch is turned to Enable.
EPU_LED
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO EPU LED
6.
TPU LED
The TPU LED lights up when the TPU switch is turned to Enable.
A88X-PRO
TPU_LED
A88X-PRO TPU LED
2-30
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.8
1.
Internal connectors
Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1~6)
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
configuration through the onboard AMD® A88X chipset.
SATA6G_5
SATA6G_6
GND
RSATA_TXP6
RSATA_TXN6
GND
RSATA_RXN6
RSATA_RXP6
GND
SATA6G_3
GND
RSATA_TXP3
RSATA_TXN3
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
A88X-PRO
SATA6G_4
GND
RSATA_TXP4
RSATA_TXN4
GND
RSATA_RXN4
RSATA_RXP4
GND
SATA6G_1
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
SATA6G_2
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
Chapter 2
GND
RSATA_TXP5
RSATA_TXN5
GND
RSATA_RXN5
RSATA_RXP5
GND
A88X-PRO SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
• These connectors are set to [AHCI] by default. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID
set using these connectors, set the OnChip SATA Type item in the BIOS to [RAID].
Refer to section 3.5.2 SATA Configuration for details.
• Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or the manual
bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
• When using NCQ, set the OnChip SATA Type in the BIOS to [AHCI]. Refer to section
3.5.2 SATA Configuration for details.
• You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using Windows
®
XP SP3 or later versions.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-31
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910, USB78, USB56, USB34)
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.
USB34
USB+5V
USB_P3USB_P3+
GND
NC
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
NC
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
NC
USB910
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
NC
2.
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P4USB_P4+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
PIN 1
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
A88X-PRO
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO 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.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
HD-audio-compliant
pin definition
A88X-PRO Front panel audio connector
NC
AGND
NC
NC
PIN 1
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
A88X-PRO
PIN 1
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
AAFP
SENSE2_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.
AGND
NC
SENSE1_RETUR
3.
Legacy AC’97
compliant definition
• 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]; if you want to connect an AC'97 front
panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC 97]. By default, this connector
is set to [HD]. Refer to 3.5.5 Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
2-32
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
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.
+5V
A88X-PRO
SPDIFOUT
GND
4.
SPDIF_OUT
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
5.
CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN1/2/3/4)
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.
1
CHA_FAN1
GND
CHA FAN PWR
CHA FAN IN
VCC
2
3
CPU_FAN
GND
CPU FAN PWR
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWM
1
2
5
CHA_FAN2
3
4
5
VCC
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
A88X-PRO
CHA_FAN4
VCC
CHA FAN IN
CHA FAN PWR
GND
4
CHA_FAN3
VCC
CHA FAN IN
CHA FAN PWR
GND
A88X-PRO 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!
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-33
6.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
These connectors are for the additional USB 3.0 ports, and complies with the USB 3.0
specificaton that supports up to 4.8Gbps connection speed. If the USB 3.0 front panel
cable is available from your system chassis, with this USB 3.0 connector, you can have
a front panel USB 3.0 solution.
USB3_34
PIN 1
A88X-PRO
USB3+5V
IntA_P1_SSRXIntA_P1_SSRX+
IntA_P1_SSTXGND
IntA_P1_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P1_DIntA_P1_D+
GND
USB3+5V
IntA_P2_SSRXIntA_P2_SSRX+
GND
IntA_P2_SSTXIntA_P2_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P2_DIntA_P2_D+
Chapter 2
A88X-PRO USB3.0 Front panel connector
You can connect the ASUS front panel USB 3.0 bracket to this connector to obtain the front
panel USB 3.0 solution.
7.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM)
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.
PIN 1
DC D
TXD
G ND
RTS
RI
R XD
DT R
DSR
CTS
COM
A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO Serial port (COM) connector
The serial port bracket (COM) module is purchased separately.
2-34
Chapter 2: Hardware information
8.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V)
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.
EATX12V
EATXPWR
PIN 1
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
GND
GND
GND
GND
A88X-PRO
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
PIN 1
GND
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
GND
GND
GND
PSON#
GND
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
A88X-PRO ATX power connectors
Chapter 2
• 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 450 W.
• Do not forget to connect the 4-pin / 8-pin EATX12 V power plug; otherwise, the system will
not boot.
• 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.
9.
Direct connector (2-pin DRCT)
This connector is for the chassis-mounted button that supports the DirectKey function.
Connect the button cable that supports DirectKey, from the chassis to this connector on
the motherboard.
DRCT
DRCT
GND
A88X-PRO
PIN 1
A88X-PRO DRCT connector
Ensure that your chassis comes with the button cable that supports the DirectKey feature.
Refer to the technical documentation that came with the chassis for details.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-35
10. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
PANEL
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PWR_LED-
PWR_LED+
PWR_LED
Reset
Ground
HDD_LED PWRSW
RESET
HDD_LED+
HDD_LED-
A88X-PRO
PWR
Ground
PIN 1
* Requires an ATX power supply
A88X-PRO System panel connector
Chapter 2
•
2-36
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)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is
ON turns the system OFF.
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Building your computer system
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system
1 bag of screws
Philips (cross) screwdriver
PC chassis
Power supply unit
AMD FM2+/FM2 APU
AMD FM2+/FM2 compatible CPU Fan
DIMM
SATA hard disk drive
SATA optical disc drive (optional)
Graphics card (optional)
Chapter 2
2.3
The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-37
2.3.2
APU installation
Ensure that you use a APU designed for the FM2+ socket. The APU fits in only one
correct orientation. DO NOT force the APU into the socket to prevent bending the pins and
damaging the APU!
1
2
Chapter 2
3
2-38
4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.3
APU heatsink and fan assembly installation
Apply the Thermal Interface Material
to the APU heatsink and APU before
you install the heatsink and fan if
necessary.
1
2
3
4
ASUS A88X-PRO
Chapter 2
To install the APU heatsink and fan assembly
5
2-39
To uninstall the APU heatsink and fan assembly
1
Chapter 2
3
2
4
5
2-40
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.4
DIMM installation
1
Chapter 2
2
3
To remove a DIMM
B
A
A
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-41
2.3.5
Motherboard installation
The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with
models, but the installation steps remain the same.
1
Chapter 2
2
2-42
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Chapter 2
3
A88X-PRO
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-43
2.3.6
ATX Power connection
1
Chapter 2
2
OR
2-44
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.7
SATA device connection
1
Chapter 2
OR
2
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-45
2.3.8
Front I/O Connector
To install ASUS Q-Connector
1
2
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Chapter 2
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
R
POWE
SW
RESET
SW
To install USB 2.0 Connector
To install front panel audio connector
AAFP
USB 2.0
To install USB 3.0 Connector
USB 3.0
2-46
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.9
Expansion Card installation
Chapter 2
To install PCIe x16 cards
To install PCIe x1 cards
ASUS A88X-PRO
To install PCI cards
2-47
2.3.10
Rear panel connection
12
Chapter 2
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
7.
AMD USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2, support ASUS USB
3.0 Boost UASP Mode. Bottom port supports
USB BIOS Flashback and USB Charger+
2.
Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) port
8.
External SATA 6.0Gb/s ports
3.
ASMedia USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2, support 9.
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost UASP Mode
DVI-D port
Audio I/O ports**
11.
10.
DisplayPort
HDMI port
Optical S/PDIF Out port
12.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
4.
5.
6.
Realtek® LAN (RJ-45) port*
* and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LED and audio port definitions.
• Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under Windows®
OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver is installed.
• USB 3.0 devices can be used as data storage only.
• The USB3_2 port supports USB Charger+ and USB BIOS Flashback.
• We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster
and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
DO NOT insert a different connector to the external SATA port.
2-48
Chapter 2: Hardware information
* LAN port LED indications
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
ORANGE
Linked
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN port
** Audio 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 or 7.1-channel configuration
Headset
2-channel
4.1-channel
5.1-channel
7.1-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Side Speaker Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Orange
–
–
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Chapter 2
Port
**8-channel speaker setup may refer to above 7.1 channel configuration.
Multiple display table
This table indicates whether the multiple display you want to use is supported or not.
Multiple display output
Supported
DVI + D-Sub
•
HDMI + D-Sub
•
DVI + HDMI
ASUS A88X-PRO
•
DVI + DisplayPort
•
D-Sub + DisplayPort
•
HDMI + DisplayPort
•
DVI + D-Sub + DisplayPort
•
HDMI + D-Sub + DisplayPort
•
HDMI + DVI + DisplayPort
Not supported
•
2-49
2.3.11
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
Chapter 2
Connect to Stereo Speakers
Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
2-50
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
Chapter 2
Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
ASUS A88X-PRO
2-51
2.4
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
Chapter 2
7.
2.5
Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.
Monitor
c.
System power
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up.
For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a
“power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green
after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (see the BIOS beep codes table below) or additional messages appear on
the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on
the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and
connections or call your retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two short
beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three short
beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four short
beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
Turning off the computer
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts the system
on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch
for more than four seconds lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS
setting.
2-52
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Chapter 3
Chapter 3:
3.1
Knowing BIOS
BIOS setup
The ASUS UEFI BIOS offers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional
keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient mouse input. Users
can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as their operating system.
The term “BIOS” in this user manual refers to “UEFI BIOS” unless otherwise specified.
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings such as storage
device configuration, overclocking settings, advanced power management, and boot device
configuration that are needed for system startup in the motherboard CMOS. In normal
circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure optimum
performance. We recommend that you not change the default BIOS settings except in
the following circumstances:
•
•
An error message appears on the screen during the system bootup and requests you to
run the BIOS Setup.
You have installed a new system component that requires further BIOS settings or
update.
Inappropriate settings of the BIOS may result to instability or failure to boot. We strongly
recommend that you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service
personnel.
3.2
BIOS setup program
A BIOS setup program is provided for BIOS item modification. When you start up the
computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press <Del>
during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility. Otherwise, POST continues
with its test routines.
Chapter 3
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or press the reset
button on the system chassis to restart the system. You can also turn the system off and then
turn it back on to restart the system. Do this last option only if the first two failed.
• The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may
not exactly match what you see on your screen.
• Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
• If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS setting, load the default
settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Optimized
Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 3.9 Exit Menu for details.
• If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and
reset the motherboard to the default value. See section 2.2.5 Jumper for information on
how to erase the RTC RAM.
• The BIOS setup program does not support the bluetooth devices.
The BIOS setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various submenus and select from the
available options using a keyboard or a USB mouse.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-1
The BIOS setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode.
You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode button in the
EZ Mode/Advanced Mode screen.
3.2.1
EZ Mode
By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ
Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select
the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the
Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode or press F7 hot
key for the advanced BIOS settings.
The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the
Setup Mode item in section 3.7 Boot memu for details.
Selects the display language of
the BIOS setup program
Displays CPU temperature, CPU voltage
Exits the BIOS setup program without saving the
output, DRAM information and CPU/
changes, saves the changes and resets the system, or
Chassis fan speed
enters the Advanced Mode
Chapter 3
Power
ASUS Optimal mode
Boot device
Saving mode
Loads optimized default
priority
Advanced mode
Normal mode
functions
Displays the system
SATA Information
Advanced mode
properties
menus
3-2
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
• The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
• The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is installed to the
system.
3.2.2
Advanced Mode
The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure
the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the
following sections for the detailed configurations.
To access the Advanced Mode, click Exit, then select Advanced Mode.
Menu bar
Configuration fields General help
Pop-up window
Menu bar
Navigation keys
Scroll bar
Chapter 3
Back button Menu items
Last modified
settings
Quick
note
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Ai Tweaker
For changing the basic system configuration
For changing the overclocking settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the
fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Advanced
Tool
Exit
ASUS A88X-PRO
For changing the advanced system settings
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
3-3
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, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
Back button
This button appears when entering a submenu. Press <Esc> or use the USB mouse to click
this button to return to the previous menu screen.
Submenu items
A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the configuration
options for that item.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit on
the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display the
other items on the screen.
Navigation keys
Chapter 3
At the bottom right corner of the menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS setup
program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. Use
<F12> key to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device.
Configuration fields
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
user-configurable.
A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and
press <Enter> to display a list of options.
3-4
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.3
Main menu
The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup
program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and
allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
Security
Chapter 3
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
• If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 2.2.5 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
• The Administrator or User Password items on top of the screen show the default Not
Installed. After you set a password, these items show Installed.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-5
Administrator Password
If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator
password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only
selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
To change an administrator password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator
password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear
the password, the Administrator Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
User Password
If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing the system.
The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set
a password, this item shows Installed.
Chapter 3
To set a user password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change a user password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press
<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the
User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
3-6
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.4
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 section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Chapter 3
Scroll down to display the following items:
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-7
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
[Auto]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
[Manual]
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner item to [Manual].
APU Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the APU frequency to enhance the system performance. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. You can also key in the desired value using the numeric
keypad. The values range from 90.0MHz to 300.0MHz.
Memory Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configuration options vary with
the APU Frequency item settings. Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR31066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR32400MHz]
Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
CPU Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to adjust non-turbo ratio. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. You can
also key in the desired value using the numeric keypad.
Chapter 3
NB Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the NB frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. You
can also key in the desired value using the numeric keypad.
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
EPU Setting [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the EPU Power Saving Mode item to [Enabled] and
allows you to select the EPU power saving mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [Light Power
Saving Mode] [Medium Power Saving Mode] [Max Power Saving Mode]
3-8
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
GPU Boost [Auto]
[Auto]
Automatic configuration.
[Turbo Mode]
Set to [Trubo Mode] to achieve better 3D performance.
[Extreme Mode] Set to [Extreme Mode] for the excellent visual experience.
[Manual Mode] Set to [Manual Mode] if you want to manually select the desired GPU
Engine frequency.
OC Tuner
OC Tuner automatically overclocks the frequency and voltage of CPU and DRAM for
enhancing the system performance. Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
DRAM Timing Control
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard
and press the <Enter> key.
Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default settings.
DIGI+ Power Control
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Chapter 3
Load-line is defined by AMD VRM spec and affects CPU voltage. The CPU working voltage
will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher value gets a higher voltage and better
overclocking performance, but increases the CPU and VRM thermal. Configuration options:
[Auto] [Regular] [Medium] [High] [Extreme]
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specifications.
CPU/NB Load Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU/NB Load Line Calibration mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Regular] [Medium] [High] [Extreme]
CPU Current Capability [100%]
This item provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher value brings a
wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
CPU/NB Current Capability [100%]
This item provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher value brings a
wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-9
CPU Power Phase Control [Optimized]
Phase number is the number of working VRM phase. Increase the phase number under
heavy system loading to get more transient and better thermal performance. Reduce the
phase number under light system loading to increase VRM efficiency.
[Standard]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
[Manual Adjustment]
Proceeds to phase control depending on the CPU loading.
Loads the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Proceeds to the full phase mode.
Allows manual adjustment.
CPU Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Switching frequency will affect the VRM transient response and thermal condition. Setting a
higher frequency gets a faster transient response.
[Auto]
[Manual]
Allows you to enable or disable the Spread Spectrum item.
Allows you to manually set the frequency with a 10k Hz interval.
VRM Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Frequency item to [Auto] and
allows you to enable the spread spectrum to enhance system stability.
VRM Fixed Frequency Mode [xxx]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Frequency item to [Manual] and
allows you to set a fixed VRM frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 200k Hz to 400k Hz with a 10k Hz interval.
CPU Power Duty Control [T-Probe]
Chapter 3
[T-Probe]
[Extreme]
Maintains the VRM thermal balance.
Maintains the VRM current balance.
CPU Power Thermal Control [125]
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range and extends the overclocking
tolerance to enlarge the O.C. potential. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The
values range from 125 to 135.
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
A higher value brings a wider total power range, and extends the overclocking range
simultaneously. Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
DRAM Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency. Assign a fixed high DRAM frequency to
increase the O.C. range, or a low DRAM frequency for a better system stability. Configuration
options: [Auto] [Manual]
3-10
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
DRAM Fixed Frequency Mode [300]
This item only appears when you set the DRAM Frequency Mode item to [Manual],
and allows you to set a fixed DRAM frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 300k Hz to 500k Hz with a 50k Hz interval.
DRAM Power Phase Control [Auto]
[Auto]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
Allows you to set the Auto mode.
Allows you to set the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Allows you to set the full phase mode.
Do not remove the thermal module while changing the DIGI+ Power Control related
parrameters . The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Voltage [Offset Mode]
[Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage.
[Offset Mode] Allows you to set the Offset voltage.
CPU Offset Mode Sign [+]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Offset Mode].
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Offset Voltage [Auto]
Chapter 3
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Offset Mode] and
allows you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from -0.500V to 0.500V with a
0.00625V interval.
CPU Manual Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Manual Mode] and
allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.800V to 1.900V with a
0.00625V interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU voltage. Setting a high voltage
may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may make the system
unstable.
VDDNB Offset Mode Sign [+]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Offset Mode].
[+]
[–]
ASUS A88X-PRO
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
3-11
VDDNB Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Offset Mode] and
allows you to set the VDDNB Offset voltage. The values range from -0.500V to 0.500V
with a 0.00625V interval.
VDDNB Manual Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage item to [Manual Mode] and
allows you to set a fixed VDDNB voltage. The values range from 0.800V to 1.750V with
a 0.00625V interval.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.35V to 2.135V with a 0.005V
interval.
SB 1.1V Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Southbridge 1.1V voltage. The values range from 1.1V to 1.4V with a
0.01V interval.
1.1VSB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the 1.1Vsb voltage. The values range from 1.1000V to 1.4000V with a 0.1V
interval.
APU1.2V Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the APU (Accelerated Processor Unit) 1.2V voltage. The values range from
1.2000V to 1.8000V with a 0.01V interval.
Chapter 3
VDDA Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the VDDA voltage. The values range from 2.5000V to 2.8000V with a 0.1V
interval.
NB VREF Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the NB VREF voltage with a 0.005V interval.
DRAM VREFCA Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM VREFCA voltage with a 0.005V interval.
DRAM VREFDQ Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM VREFDQ voltage with a 0.005V interval.
• The values of the CPU Voltage, CPU Offset Voltage, VDDNB Offset Voltage, VDDNB
Manual Voltage, DRAM Voltage, SB 1.1V Voltage, 1.1VSB Voltage, APU1.2V
Voltage, VDDA Voltage, NB VREF Voltage, DRAM VREFCA Voltage, and DRAM
VREFDQ Voltage items are labeled in a different color, indicating the risk levels of high
voltage settings.
• The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high voltage settings.
3-12
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.5
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Chapter 3
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-13
3.5.1
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.
Chapter 3
AMD PowerNow function [Enabled]
Enables or disables the AMD PowerNow function. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
NX Mode [Enabled]
Enables or disables the No-execute page protection function. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
SVM Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable CPU virtualization. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
CPB Mode [Auto]
Disables the CPB (Core Performance Boost) mode or set it to [Auto] for automatic
configuration. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
C6 Mode [Enabled]
Enables or disables C6 mode. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3-14
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
IOMMU [Disabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to show IOMMU Mode. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Bank Interleaving [Enabled]
Enables or disables the bank memory interleaving. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Channel Interleaving [Enabled]
Enables or disables the channel memory interleaving. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Core Leveling Mode [Automatic mode]
Allows you to change the number of working Compute Unit on the system. Configuration
options: [Automatic mode] [One core per processor] [One Compute Unit] [One core per
Compute Unit]
3.5.2
SATA Configuration
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The SATA
Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA port.
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled]
Enables or disables onboard channel SATA port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnChip SATA Type [AHCI]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
Chapter 3
[IDE]Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[RAID]
Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA
hard disk drives.
[AHCI]Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the AHCI
(Advanced Host Controller Interface). 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.
SATA Port 5, 6; ESATA 7,8 [AHCI]
This item only appears when OnChip SATA Type is set to [AHCI]. If SATA ports 5 and
6 are configured as [AHCI], the ports can only be used under OS with driver installed.
Set to [IDE] instead of [AHCI] to access devices on SATA ports 5 and 6 before entering
OS. Configuration options: [AHCI] [IDE]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When
read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning
messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-15
3.5.3
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
USB Device Enable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable all USB ports. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto] Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program.
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.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
Disables the function.
USB Single Port Control
Allows you to enable/disable individual USB ports.
3.5.4
NB Configuration
Chapter 3
IGFX Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Internal Graphics Device Multi-Monitor support for add-on VGA
devices. And the memory size of Internal Graphics Device will keep memory reserved.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The IGFX Multi-Monitor item must be enabled before using AMD® Dual Graphics
technology.
Primary Video Device [PCIE / PCI Video]
Selects the primary display device. Configuration options: [IGFX Video] [PCIE / PCI Video]
Integrated Graphics [Auto]
Enables the integrated graphics controller. Configuration options: [Auto] [Force]
3-16
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
UMA Frame Buffer Size [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [32M] [64M] [128M] [256M] [512M] [1G] [2G]
HDMI/DVI Port Output [Auto]
Sets the HDMI/DVI port output type. Configuration options: [Auto] [HDMI] [DVI]
PCIex16_2 [Auto]
Sets the speed mode for the PCIex16_2 slot. When [Force X16] is selected, the PCIex16_2
slot will be disabled. Configuration options: [Auto] [Force X16] [Force X8]
3.5.5
Onboard Devices Configuration
HD Audio Device [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
Disables the controller.
The following two items appear only when you set the HD Audio Device item to [Enabled].
Front Panel Type [HD]
[HD]
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
[SPDIF]
[HDMI]
Sets to [SPDIF] for SPDIF audio output.
Sets to [HDMI] for HDMI audio output.
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Realtek LAN controller.
Disables the controller.
Chapter 3
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or highdefinition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
Realtek LAN Controller [Enabled]
Realtek PXE OPROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Realtek LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-17
Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB 3.0 controller.
Disables the controller.
Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the ASmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support.
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables Asmedia USB 3.0 fast battery charging support for USB 3.0
devices complying with the BC 1.1 regulation.
Disables battery charging support.
Serial Port Configuration
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the serial port configuration.
Serial Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the serial port (COM). Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Change Settings [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]
This item appears only when you set the Serial Port to [Enabled] and allows you
to select the Serial Port base address. Configuration options: [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]
[IO=2F8h; IRQ=3] [IO=3E8h; IRQ=4] [IO=2E8h; IRQ=3]
Chapter 3
3-18
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.5.6
APM
Deep S4 [Disabled]
When enabled, the system in S4 state will further reduce power usage and will power off the
USB and PS/2 devices. The system in deep S4 state can be woken up via the power button,
devices in LAN, or other ways except via the USB and PS/2 devices. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
Deep S5 [Disabled]
When enabled, the system in S5 state will further reduce power usage. The system in deep
S5 state can be only woken up via the power button. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
[Power Off]
[Last State]
The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into off 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 PME [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up by PCI/PCIE devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI/PCIE LAN or modem card.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead.
Power On By Ring [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables Ring to generate a wake event.
Enables Ring to generate a wake event.
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
Chapter 3
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
RTC Alarm Date (Days)
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you
to select RTC alarm time (days). When you set the time to zero, the RTC alarms
everyday. Use <+> and <-> keys to adjust the time.
- Hour / - Minute / - Second
Allows you to set the RTC alarm time. Use <+> and <-> keys to adjust the time.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-19
3.5.7
Network Stack
Network Stack [Disable Link]
Enables or disables the UEFI network stack. Configuration options: [Disable Link] [Enabled]
Ipv4 PXE Support [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Network Stack item to [Enabled]. When this item is
disabled, the IPV4 PXE boot option will not be created. Configuration options: [Disable Link]
[Enabled]
Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Network Stack item to [Enabled]. When this item is
disabled, the IPV6 PXE boot option will not be created. Configuration options: [Disable Link]
[Enabled]
Chapter 3
3-20
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.6
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
Chapter 3
Scroll down to display the following items:
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-21
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures. Select Ignore if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU_FAN Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select Ignore if you do not want to detect this item.
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
[Enabled]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
CPU_FAN Speed Low Limit [200 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to
disable or set the CPU fan warning speed. Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300
RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Q-Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the 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.
Chapter 3
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan
operation.
[Turbo]
[Manual]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following four items appear only when you set Q-Fan Profile to [Manual].
Q-Fan Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The
values range from 40ºC to 75ºC.
3-22
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Q-Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the
upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Q-Fan Lower Temperature [20]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
Q-Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 0% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC, the
CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
[Enabled]
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to disable or set the CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 fan warning speed. Configuration options:
[Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Q-Fan Control feature
and allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 fan.
Chapter 3
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust
depending on the chassis temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan
operation.
[Turbo]
[Manual]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following four items appear only when you set CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Fan Profile to
[Manual].
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the chassis temperature.
The values range from 40ºC to 90ºC.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-23
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches the
upper limit, the chassis fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Lower Temperature [40]
Displays the lower limit of the chassis temperature.
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under 40ºC,
the chassis fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
Chapter 3
3-24
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Chapter 3
Scroll down to display the following items:
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-25
Fast Boot [Enabled]
Enable or disable boot with initialization of a minimal set of devices to launch active boot
option. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following three items appear only when you set Fast Boot to [Enabled].
SATA Support [All Devices]
[All Devices]All devices connected to SATA ports will be available during POST.
This process will extend the POST time.
[Hard Drive Only]Only hard drives connected to SATA ports will be detected during
POST. Any hardware change will disable fast boot.
[Boot Drive Only]Only boot drive connected to SATA ports will be detected during POST.
Any hardware change will disable fast boot.
USB Support [Partial Initial]
[Disabled]All USB devices will not be available until OS bootup for a fastest POST
time.
[Full Initial]All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will extend the
POST time.
[Partial Initial]For a faster POST time, only the USB ports with keyboard and mouse
connections will be detected.
PS2 Keyboard and Mouse Support [Enabled]
[Auto]
Chapter 3
For a faster BIOS POST time, PS/2 devices will only be available when
the system boots up. PS/2 devices will not be available and BIOS Setup
program will not be accessible via PS/2 devices when the system is
restarted.
[Full Initial]
For full system control, PS/2 devices will be available during POST at any
circumstances. This process will extend the POST time.
[Disabled]All PS/2 devices will not be available until OS bootup for a fastest POST
time.
Network Stack Driver Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
The BIOS skips over the Network Stack Driver and tries to boot from the
next device.
Allows the BIOS to boot from the Network Stack Driver.
[Normal Boot]
[Fast Boot]
Returns to normal boot on the next boot after AC power loss.
Accelerates the boot speed on the next boot after AC power loss.
Next Boot after AC Power Loss [Normal Boot]
3-26
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Boot Logo Display [Auto]
[Auto]
[Full Screen]
[Disabled]
Adjust automatically for Windows® requrement.
Maximize the boot logo size.
Hide the logo during POST.
POST Delay Time [3 sec]
This item appears only when you set Boot Logo Display to [Auto] or [Full Screen]. This item
allows you to select the desired additional POST waiting time to easily enter the BIOS setup.
You can only execute the POST delay time during Normal Boot. The values range from 0 to
10 seconds.
This feature will only work under normal boot.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
[On]
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
[Off]
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the function.
[Enabled]
The system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
DirectKey Enable [Go to BIOS...]
Chapter 3
[Disabled]Disables the DirectKey function. The system will only power on or off
when you press the DirectKey button.
[Go to BIOS Setup]Allows the system to power on and go to BIOS Setup directly when
you press the DirectKey button.
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
[Keep Current]
The third-party ROM messages will be forced to display during the boot
sequence.
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19.
Disables this function.
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
[Advanced Mode] Allows you to go to Advanced Mode of the BIOS after POST.
[EZ Mode]
Allows you to go to EZ Mode of the BIOS after POST.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-27
CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
This option controls whether or not CSM will be launched.
Launch CSM [Auto]
Configuration option: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following four items appear only when you set Launch CSM to [Enabled].
Boot Device Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
Configuration option: [UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only] [UEFI only]
Boot from Network Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Configuration option: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Configuration option: [Both, Legacy OpRom first] [Both, UEFI driver first] [Legacy
OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Configuration option: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
Secure Boot
This option allows you to configure the Secure Boot related parameters.
Allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to protect
the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
Chapter 3
OS Type [Windows UEFI mode]
Allows you to select your installed operating system.
[Windows UEFI mode]Executes the Microsoft® Secure Boot check. Only select this option
when booting on Windows® UEFI mode or other Microsoft® Secure
Boot compliant OS.
[Other OS]Get the optimized function when booting on Windows® non-UEFI
mode, Windows® Vista/XP, or other Microsoft® Secure Boot noncompliant OS. Only on Windows® UEFI mode that Microsoft® Secure
Boot can function properly.
The following item appears when OS Type is set to [Windows UEFI mode].
Key Management
Clear Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This item allows
you to clear all default Secure Boot keys.
3-28
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Save Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This item allows
you to save all default Secure Boot keys.
PK Management
The Platform Key (PK) locks and secures the firmware from any non-permissible
changes. The system verifies the PK before your system enters the OS.
Delete PK
Allows you to delete the PK from your system. Once the PK is deleted, all the
system’s Secure Boot keys will not be active. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load PK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage device.
The PK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
KEK Management
The KEK (Key-exchange Key or Key Enrollment Key) manages the Signature database
(db) and Revoked Signature database (dbx).
Key-exchange Key (KEK) refers to Microsoft® Secure Boot Key-Enrollment Key (KEK).
Chapter 3
Delete the KEK
Allows you to delete the KEK from your system. Configuration options: [Yes]
[No]
Load KEK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage device.
Append KEK from file
Allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for an additional db
and dbx loaded management.
The KEK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DB Management
The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI
applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the
single computer.
Delete the db
Allows you to delete the db file from your system. Configuration options: [Yes]
[No]
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-29
Load db from File
Allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage device.
Append db from file
Allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that more images
can be loaded securely.
The DB file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DBX Management
The dbx (Revoked Signature database) lists the forbidden images of db items that are
no longer trusted and cannot be loaded.
Delete the DBX
Allows you to delete the DBX file from your system. Configuration options: [Yes]
[No]
Load DBX from File
Allows you to load the downloaded DBX from a USB storage device.
Append DBX from file
Allows you to load the additional DBX from a storage device so that more db’s
images cannot be loaded.
Chapter 3
The DBX file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
2.8.10 Boot Option Priorities
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.
• 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:
3-30
•
Press <F5> when ASUS Logo appears.
•
Press <F8> after POST.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
2.8.11 Boot Override
These items displays the available devices. The number of device items that appears on
the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to start
booting from the selected device.
3.8
Tools menu
Chapter 3
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press [Enter] to launch the ASUS EZ Flash 2 screen.
For more details, refer to section 3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
ASUS SPD Information
DIMM Slot # [DIMM_A1]
Displays the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) information of the DIMM module installed on the
selected slot. Configuration options: [DIMM_A1] [DIMM_A2] [DIMM_B1] [DIMM_B2]
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-31
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Label
Allows you to input the label of the setup profile.
Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load from Profile
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile
number that saved your BIOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
• 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.
Load/Save Profile from/to USB Drive
Chapter 3
Allows you to load/save CMOS profile from/to USB drive.
3-32
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and
save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized 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 Yes to load the default values.
Chapter 3
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of
the available filesystem devices.
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-33
3.10 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.
3.10.1 EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s softwares,
drivers and the BIOS version easily. With this utlity, you can also manually update the saved
BIOS and select a boot logo when the system goes into POST.
To launch EZ Update, click EZ Update on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click to
automatically
update your
motherboard’s
driver, software
and firmware
Chapter 3
Click to find and
select the BIOS
from file
Click to select
a boot logo
EZ Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an ISP (Internet
Service Provider).
3-34
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.10.2 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.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
Enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tool menu to select
ASUS EZ Flash Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform
the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.
• This function supports USB flash disks formatted using FAT32/16 on a single partition
only.
• Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. .
Chapter 3
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-35
3.10.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 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 USB flash drive that contains the updated BIOS
file.
• Before using this utility, rename the BIOS file in the removable device into
A88XPRO.CAP.
• 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.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn on the system.
Insert the support DVD to the optical drive or the USB flash drive that contains the
BIOS file to the USB port.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility automatically.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS settings. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default
BIOS values.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
Chapter 3
3.10.4 ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in a 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.
2.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive formatted using
FAT32/16 on a single partition.
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.
NTFS is not supported under a DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
3.
3-36
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Booting the system to a DOS environment
1.
2.
3. Insert the DOS-bootable USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to
your computer’s USB port.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu.
Select the USB flash drive as the boot device. The DOS screen appears.
Updating the BIOS file
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
Chapter 3
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater:
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30
A88X-PRO
0203
07/12/2013
A88XPRO.CAP 8194 2013-07-12 15:25:48
ASUS A88X-PRO
3-37
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.
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 1.30 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 Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. Refer to section 2.10 Exit
menu for details.
• Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
Chapter 3
3-38
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Chapter 4
Chapter 4:
4.1
Software support
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP / Windows® 7 / 64-bit Windows® 7 / Windows®
8 / 64-bit Windows® 8 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. Use the setup procedures presented in
this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for detailed information.
• Ensure that you install the Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or Windows® 7 / 64-bit
Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / 64-bit Windows® 8 operating systems (OS) before installing
the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
4.2
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 of 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.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if
Autorun is enabled in your computer. Click each menu tab and select the items you want to install.
The Drivers menu shows the available
device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary
drivers to use the devices.
The Utilities
menu shows the
applications and
other software that
the motherboard
supports.
The Make Disk menu
contains items to
create the RAID/AHCI
driver disk.
The Manual menu contains
the list of supplementary user
manuals. Click an item to open
the folder of the user manual.
Click the Contact
tab to display the
ASUS contact
information.
The Specials tab
contains the unique
features of ASUS
motherboard
Chapter 4
Click an icon
to display 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.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-1
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions below to get
the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the Adobe®
Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files.
1.
Click the Manual tab. Click ASUS
Motherboard Utility Guide from
the manual list on the left.
2.
The Manual folder of the support
DVD appears. Double-click the
folder of your selected software.
3.
Some software manuals are
provided in different languages.
Double-click the language to
show the software manual.
Chapter 4
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals in the
support DVD vary between models.
4-2
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently guide you
through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the software
application for more information.
4.3.1
AI Suite 3
AI Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite 3
To install AI Suite 3 on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Special tab appears if your computer
has enabled the Autorun feature.
2.
Click Utilities tab > AI Suite 3.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
4.
After AI Suite 3 is installed, restart your computer.
Using AI Suite 3
You can launch AI Suite 3 for the following Windows® operating systems:
•
For Windows® 7, click
on the notification area.
•
For Windows 8, click the AI Suite 3 app from the Start Screen.
®
When launched, the main screen of the AI Suite 3 appears. To go to the AI Suite 3 main
menu bar, click or tap
to launch the AI Suite 3 menu bar on the upper right corner of
the menu.
Chapter 4
The main screen of the AI Suite 3 is for reference only and varies with models.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-3
Main screen
Click to launch AI Suite 3 menu bar
Select an
advanced
power saving
mode
Click to auto-detect the best settings based on actual usage
AI Suite 3 main menu bar
Ai Charger+
USB 3.0 Boost
Chapter 4
4-4
EZ Update
Network
iControl
System
Information
USB
Charger+
USB BIOS
Flashback
Remote
GO!
•
The screenshots of AI Suite 3 in this user manual are for reference only. The actual
screenshots vary with models.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.2
Dual Intelligent Processors 4
Dual Intelligent Processors 4 comes with these five utilities in one interface: 4-Way Optimization, TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), Energy Processing Unit (EPU), DIGI+
Power Control, and Fan Xpert 2.
4-Way Optimization
The 4-Way Optimization utility allows you to automatically tweak the TPU, EPU, DIGI +
Power Control and Fan Xpert 2 to their optimal settings.
Click to auto-detect the best settings based on actual usage
Select an
advanced
power saving
mode
Chapter 4
DO NOT remove your fan during the tuning process.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-5
4.3.3
Ai Charger+
Ai Charger+ allows you to fast-charge your portable BC 1.1* mobile devices on your
computer’s USB port three times faster than the standard USB devices**.
Launching Ai Charger+
To launch Ai Charger+, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then click Ai
Charger+ on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Ai Charger+ screen
Tick to enable or
disable Ai Charger+
Tick to apply the
selection
•
* Check manufacturer specifications if your USB device complies with Battery
Charging Specification 1.1 (BC 1.1).
•
** Actual charging speeds may vary depending on the charging rate and specifications
of your USB device.
•
To ensure normal charging function, disconnect and reconnect your USB device every
time you enable or disable Ai Charger+.
•
Ai Charger+ does not support USB hubs, USB extension cables, and generic USB
cables.
Chapter 4
4-6
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.4
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that automatically updates your motherboard’s softwares, drivers and
BIOS easily
With this utility, you can also manually update the BIOS and select the boot logo that will
display during POST.
Launching EZ Update
To launch EZ Update, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then click EZ
Update on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
EZ Update screen
Click to automatically update your
motherboard’s driver, software and firmware
Click to select a
boot logo
Click to update
the BIOS
Chapter 4
Click to search and
select the BIOS file
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-7
4.3.5
USB 3.0 Boost
USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) and automatically
speeds up the transfer rates of your USB storage devices.
Launching USB 3.0 Boost
To launch USB 3.0 Boost, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then click
USB 3.0 Boost on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Using the USB 3.0 Boost
1.
Connect your USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 port.
2.
From the USB 3.0 Boost screen, select a USB device.
3.
To enable UASP on your USB device, click UASP. To revert to its normal transfer rate,
click Normal.
USB 3.0 Boost screen
Click to enable the USB
device’s normal data
transfer rate
Click to select a USB device
Click to enable UASP or
Turbo Mode to the USB
device for a faster data
transfer rate
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
•
Use USB 3.0 devices for better performance. Data transfer speed varies with USB
devices.
Chapter 4
4-8
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.6
Network iControl
Network iControl is a one-stop setup network control center that allows you to manage your
network bandwidth and set the bandwidth priority for your running programs.
Launching Network iControl
To launch Network iControl, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then click
Network iControl on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
•
Ensure to install the LAN drivers before using this utility.
•
Network iControl can only support the onboard LAN.
EZ Start screen
Click or tap to enable Network iControl
Click or tap
to apply the
changes
EZ Profile screen
Click to select
a network
profile
Click to set the
program as
High, Normal,
or Low priority
Select a
program from
this list and
click
to
add to your
network profile
ASUS A88X-PRO
Click or tap to select a profile
Click to save the profile
settings or rename the profile
Tick to assign
a schedule of
your network
programs to
avoid network
congestions
Chapter 4
Tick to set the current network program
as the highest priority
4-9
4.3.7
USB Charger+
USB Charger+ allows you to quick-charge your portable USB devices even if your computer
is off, in sleep mode or hibernate mode.
Launching USB Charger+
To launch USB Charger+, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then click
USB Charger+ on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
USB Charger+ screen
Click to detect
the connected
USB device
Click to fastcharge your
USB device
Indicates that
the connected
USB device
is in charging
mode
Click to stop
charging your
USB device
Click to apply
the settings
Click to select the type of USB device that
you wish to charge when the system is in
sleep, hibernate or shutdown mode
Click to
discard the
settings
Ensure to connect your USB device into the USB port that supports this utility. Refer to
section 2.3.10 Rear panel connection of your user manual for more details.
Chapter 4
4-10
•
USB Charger+ does not support USB hubs and USB extension cables, and generic
USB cables.
•
USB Charger+ may not recognize some ASUS devices due to a special design.
•
USB Charger+ is only supported in Windows® 7 and later versions.
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.8
USB BIOS Flashback Wizard
USB BIOS Flashback Wizard allows you to check and save the latest BIOS version to a USB
storage device. Use this utility to quickly check for the latest available BIOS and set the BIOS
download schedule.
USB BIOS Flashback Wizard screen
Current BIOS
information
Set a
schedule
for the BIOS
Update
download
Click to
cancel the
download
schedule
setting
Click to check
for a new
BIOS update
available for
download
Click to apply the
download schedule
setting
Scheduling the BIOS download
1.
In the Download Setting field, tick Schedule (days) then select the number of days for
the BIOS download schedule.
2.
Click Apply to save the BIOS download schedule. Click Cancel to cancel the
download schedule.
Downloading the updated BIOS
ASUS A88X-PRO
Chapter 4
Before you start downloading, ensure that you have installed the USB storage device to
your computer’s USB port that supports USB BIOS Flashback. Refer to section 2.3.10 Rear panel connection of your user manual for more details.
4-11
To download the updated BIOS:
1.
From the USB BIOS Flashback screen,
click Check for New BIOS Update.
Wait for the system to check the latest
BIOS version.
2.
After the utility detects a new BIOS,
click
from the Save to: field,
select the USB flash drive, then click
Download.
3.
After the download is complete, click
OK.
Chapter 4
4-12
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.9
System Information
This utility allows you to get detailed information of the motherboard, CPU, and memory
settings.
Launching System Information
To launch System Information, click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu, then
click System Information on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Viewing the motherboard information
From the System Information screen, click the MB tab to view the motherboard’s information.
Viewing the CPU information
Chapter 4
From the System Information screen, click the CPU tab to view the processor’s information.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-13
Viewing the SPD information
From the System Information screen, click the SPD tab to view the memory’s information.
Chapter 4
4-14
Chapter 4: Software support
4.3.10
Audio configurations
The Realtek audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio
experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Sensing function, S/PDIF Out
support and interrupt capability. The CODEC also includes the Realtek® proprietary UAJ®
(Universal Audio Jack) technology for all audio ports, eliminating cable connection errors and
giving users plug and play convenience.
®
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the support DVD that
came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek® audio software is correctly installed, you will find the
Realtek® HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar. Double-click on
the icon to display the Realtek® HD Audio Manager.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
Realtek® HD Audio Manager for Windows® 7/ Windows® 8
Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected)
Advanced
settings
Set default
device button
Chapter 4
Control
settings panel
Analog and digital connector status
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-15
4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the AMD® A88X chipset that allows you to configure Serial ATA
hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following RAID configurations:
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10.
• You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or Windows® Vista / 64-bit Vista / 7 /
64-bit 7 / 8 / 64-bit 8 operating systems (OS) before using Serial ATA hard disk drives.
The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using Windows® XP SP3 or
Windows® Vista / 64-bit Vista / 7 / 64-bit 7 / 8 / 64-bit 8 operating systems (OS) .
• Due to Windows® XP limitations, a RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB cannot
be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk.
• If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive included in a
RAID set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the RAID driver during OS
installation. Refer to section 4.5 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
4.4.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write data in
parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a
sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access
and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one drive to
a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software directs all applications
to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use
two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be
of the same size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk drives. Among
the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better HDD performance, fault tolerance, and
higher storage capacity. The RAID 5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing,
relational database applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy data) having
to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 configuration you get all the benefits of both
RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive
and three new drives for this setup.
Chapter 4
4-16
Chapter 4: Software support
4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install
identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s) using
SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
Go to the Advanced menu > SATA Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
Set the type of the SATA connectors to [RAID].
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Chapter 4
See section 3.5.2 SATA Configuration for details.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-17
4.4.4
AMD® Option ROM Utility
To enter the AMD® Option ROM utility:
1.
2.
Boot up your computer.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <F> to display the utility main menu.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments
.......[ 1 ]
LD View / LD Define Menu
......[ 2 ]
Delete LD Menu
...............[ 3 ]
Controller Configuration
......[ 4 ]
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
[ESC] Exit
The Main Menu allows you to select an operation to perform. The Main Menu options include:
•
View Drive Assignments: shows the status of the hard disk drives.
•
Delete LD Menu: deletes a selected RAID set and partition.
•
•
LD View / LD Define Menu: displays the existing RAID set information / creates a
RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 10 configuration.
Controller Configuration: shows the system resources configuration.
Press <1>, <2>, <3>, or <4> to enter the option you need; press <ESC> to exit the utility.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and may not
exactly match the items on your screen.
Chapter 4
To create a RAID volume using more than four hard disk drives, ensure that the SATA
connectors 5/6 are set to [RAID] mode.
4-18
Chapter 4: Software support
Creating a RAID volume
To create a RAID volume:
1. 2.
In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the LD View / LD Define Menu function.
Press <Ctrl> + <C>, and the following screen appears.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD Define Menu ]
LD No
LD
LD Name
1 Logical Drive 1
Strip Block
Gigabyte Boundary
Port:ID
01:00
02:00
03:00
04:00
Drive Model
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
64 KB
ON RAID Mode
RAID 0
Fast Init
Cache Mode
Drv
2
ON
WriteThru
[ Drives Assignments ]
Capabilities
Capacity(GB)
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
Assignment
Y
Y
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch page [Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y] Save [ESC] Exit
3.
4.
5.
6.
Move to the RAID Mode item and press <Space> to select a RAID mode to create.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to select the
hard disk drives you want to include in the RAID set.
Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to save the setting.
The utility prompts the following message. Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to input the LD name.
Please press Ctrl-Y key to input the LD Name
or press any key to exit.
If you do not input any LD name, the default LD
name will be used.
7.
Enter an LD name, and then press any key to continue.
Enter the LD name here:
8.
Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to erase the MBR, or you may press any key to abort the settings.
Fast Initialization Option has been selected
It will erase the MBR data of the disks.
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if you are sure to erase it>
<Press any other key to ignore this option>
Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to enter the screen to modify the array capacity, or press any key to
use the maximum capacity.
ASUS A88X-PRO
Chapter 4
9.
4-19
Deleting a RAID configuration
Take caution when deleting a RAID volume. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives
when you delete a RAID volume.
To delete a RAID volume:
1. 2.
In the Main Menu, press <3> to enter the Delete LD function.
Select the RAID item you want to delete and press <Del> or <Alt> + <D>.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Delete LD Menu ]
LD No
LD
1
[↑] Up
3.
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 0
2
[↓] Down
Capacity(GB)
Status
xxxxxx
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[PaUp/PaDn] Switch page [Del/Alt+D] Delete LD
The utility prompts the following messages:
Press Ctrl-Y to delte the data in the disk!
or press any other key to abort...
Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to delete the RAID volume.
Displaying a RAID set information
To display a RAID set information:
1. 2.
In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “LD View / LD Define Menu” function.
Select a RAID item and press <Enter> to display its information.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ View LD Defination Menu ]
LD No
LD
LD Name
1 xxxxx
Strip Block
Chapter 4
Port:ID
01:00
02:00
Drive Model
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
RAID Mode
RAID 0
64 KB
Cache Mode
Drv
Capacity(GB)
2
157.99
WriteThru
[ Drives Assignments ]
Capabilities
Capacity(GB)
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
Any Key To Continue.......
4-20
Chapter 4: Software support
4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating system
on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
• The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have to use a
USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
• Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive due to Windows® XP
limitation.
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS:
1.
Boot your computer.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
2.
4. 5.
6. 7. 8. Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press <Enter>.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
4. Go to the Make Disk menu, and then click AMD AHCI/RAID Driver Disk to create a
RAID driver disk.
3. 5. 6. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
Select USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Chapter 4
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
ASUS A88X-PRO
4-21
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation
To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP:
1. 2. 3.
4. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to install thirdparty SCSI or RAID driver.
Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB floppy disk drive.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, select the RAID driver for the
corresponding OS version.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS:
1.
2. 3. 4. During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation
media containing the RAID driver.
Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD into
the optical drive, and then click Browse.
Click the name of the device you’ve inserted, go to Drivers > RAID, and then select
the RAID driver for the corresponding OS version. Click OK.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer
to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive.
Chapter 4
4-22
Chapter 4: Software support
Chapter 5
Chapter 5:
Multiple GPU technology support
5.1
AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to install
multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in
this section.
5.1.1
•
•
•
Requirements
In Dual CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are AMD® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the AMD CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power
required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the AMD Game website (http://game.amd.com) for the latest certified graphics
card and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For AMD CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card drivers
before installing AMD CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers:
1.
Close all current applications.
For Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
4.
For Windows® XP, select Add/Remove.
2.
3.
5.
For Windows® XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
For Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Vista, select Uninstall.
Turn off your computer.
ASUS A88X-PRO
5-1
5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
Chapter 5
1.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the CrossFireX
bridge connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
CrossFireX bridge
(bundled with
graphics cards)
5. 6.
5-2
goldfingers
Connect two independent auxiliary power
sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
5.1.5
Chapter 5
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the AMD® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the AMD VISION Engine Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the AMD VISION Engine Control Center
To launch the AMD VISION Engine Control Center:
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select AMD
VISION Engine Control Center.
ASUS A88X-PRO
5-3
Enabling Dual CrossFireX technology
Chapter 5
1.
In the AMD VISION Engine Control Center window, click Performance > AMD
CrossFireXTM.
2.
Select Enable CrossFireXTM.
3.
Select a GPU combination from the drop-down list.
4.
Click Apply to save and activate the GPU settings made.
2
1
3
4
5-4
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
5.2
AMD® Dual Graphics technology
The motherboard supports the AMD® Dual Graphics technology that allows you to install
multi-graphics processing units (GPU) CrossFireX cards.
System requirements
Chapter 5
5.2.1
Before using AMD Dual Graphics, ensure that your system meets the following basic
requirements:
•
Operating System: Windows® 7 or later versions
•
APU: A-Series
•
•
Memory capacity: Minimum 2GB
One graphics card with Dual Graphics support
Visit the AMD website for the latest graphics card support list.
5.2.2
Before you proceed
Configure the BIOS settings for the graphics card to support AMD Dual Graphics.
To set Internal Graphics:
1. 2. 3. Press <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the BIOS Setup utility.
Go to Advanced > NB configuration > IGFX Multi-Monitor, set IGFX Multi-Monitor
to [Enabled].
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit BIOS settings. Select OK to confirm.
5.2.3
Installing AMD Graphics Driver
To install the driver that supports Dual Graphics technology:
1. Insert the Support DVD that comes with your motherboard into the optical drive. The
DVD automatically displays the Specials menu if Autorun is enabled on your computer.
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.
2. 3.
4.
From the Drivers menu, click AMD Graphics Driver to install it. Follow the onscreen
instructions to finish the installation.
Restart your computer after the installation is completed.
When the system restarts, wait for a few seconds for the driver to load automatically.
ASUS A88X-PRO
5-5
5.2.4
Using the AMD® VISION Engine Control Center
Install a graphics card onto your motherboard. Refer to the User Guide that comes with your
graphics card for details. The add-on graphics card is set to be the main monitor as default.
Chapter 5
If you are using both an add-on and the on-board graphics cards at the same time and want
to set the onboard graphics card as your main monitor, follow the instructions below.
5-6
1. Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select AMD VISION Engine Control Center.
2.
In the AMD VISION Engine Control Center
window, click Performance > AMD
Radeon™ Dual Graphics, then select
Disable AMD Radeon Dual Graphics.
Click Apply.
3.
From the next screen, select the desktop
you want to configure from the drop-down
list. Click Apply.
4.
Click Performance > AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics, then select Enable AMD
Radeon Dual Graphics. Click Apply. The onboard graphics card is set to be the main
monitor.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
Appendices
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.
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.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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.
IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with
RSS 210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the
Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Appendices
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer
un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
ASUS A88X-PRO
A-1
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.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
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://csr.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.
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
Appendices
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for
protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly
recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging materials. Please
go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for the detailed recycling information in different
regions.
A-2
Appendices
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
Fax
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Support fax
Online support
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-812-282-3777
+1-510-608-4555
usa.asus.com
+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
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*
+49-2102-9599-11
support.asus.com
* EUR 0.14/minute from a German fixed landline; EUR 0.42/minute from a mobile phone.
TAIWAN
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
GERMANY
Country:
Authorized representative in Europe:
Address, City:
Country:
A88X-PRO
Model name :
Declaration Date: 19/08/2013
Year to begin affixing CE marking:2013
CE marking
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
Regulation (EC) No. 1275/2008
2009/125/EC-ErP Directive
EN 60950-1 / A12:2011
2006/95/EC-LVD Directive
EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-10)
EN 300 440-1 V1.6.1(2010-08)
EN 300 440-2 V1.4.1(2010-08)
EN 301 511 V9.0.2(2003-03)
EN 301 908-1 V5.2.1(2011-05)
EN 301 908-2 V5.2.1(2011-07)
EN 301 893 V1.6.1(2011-11)
EN 302 544-2 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 302 623 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 50360:2001
EN 62479:2010
EN 50385:2002
EN 62311:2008
1999/5/EC-R &TTE Directive
EN 55022:2010
EN 61000-3-2:2006+A2:2009
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
Name :
Signature : __________
CEO
Jerry Shen
Position :
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
EN 60065:2002 / A12:2011
EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2(2011-09)
EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-4 V1.4.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-7 V1.3.1(2005-11)
EN 301 489-9 V1.4.1(2007-11)
EN 301 489-17 V2.1.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-24 V1.5.1(2010-09)
EN 302 326-2 V1.2.2(2007-06)
EN 302 326-3 V1.3.1(2007-09)
EN 301 357-2 V1.4.1(2008-11)
EN 302 291-1 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 302 291-2 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 55024:2010
EN 61000-3-3:2008
EN 55020:2007+A11:2011
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Motherboard
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Address, City:
Manufacturer:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
EC Declaration of Conformity
We, the undersigned,
Ver. 130208
(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Signature :
Date :
Representative Person’s Name :
Aug. 19, 2013
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
Conforms to the following specifications:
Model Number : A88X-PRO
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
Ver. 120601