User’s Guide
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard
Table of Contents
User’s Guide .................................................................................................................1
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard .......................................................................................1
Before You Begin… ......................................................................................................7
Parts NOT in the Kit ................................................................................................. 7
Intentions of the Kit .................................................................................................. 7
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard ......................................................................................9
Motherboard Specifications...................................................................................... 9
Unpacking and Parts Descriptions .............................................................................11
Unpacking .............................................................................................................. 11
Equipment .............................................................................................................. 11
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard ................................................................................ 12
Hardware Installation ..................................................................................................15
Safety Instructions .................................................................................................. 15
Preparing the Motherboard .................................................................................... 16
Installing the CPU .............................................................................................. 16
Installing the CPU Fan ....................................................................................... 17
Installing System Memory (DIMMs) ................................................................... 18
Installing the Motherboard...................................................................................... 19
Installing the I/O Shield ...................................................................................... 19
Securing the Motherboard into a System Case ................................................. 20
Connecting Cables ................................................................................................. 20
24-pin ATX Power (PW1) ............................................................................... 21
8-pin ATX 12V Power (PW12) ....................................................................... 22
Connecting SATA Cables .................................................................................. 22
Connecting Internal Headers ............................................................................. 23
Front Panel Header ........................................................................................ 23
IEEE1394a (Firewire) ..................................................................................... 24
USB Headers ................................................................................................. 25
Audio .............................................................................................................. 26
Fan Connections ................................................................................................ 27
Expansion Slots ................................................................................................. 28
PCI Slots ........................................................................................................ 29
PCI Express x1 Slots ..................................................................................... 29
PCI Express x16/x8 Slots ............................................................................... 29
Onboard Buttons .................................................................................................... 30
Clear CMOS Button ....................................................................................... 30
RESET and POWER Button .......................................................................... 30
Post Port Debug LED and LED Status Indicators .................................................. 31
Post Port Debug LED ..................................................................................... 31
LED Status Indicators .................................................................................... 31
Configuring the BIOS ..................................................................................................32
Enter BIOS Setup ................................................................................................... 33
Main Menu.............................................................................................................. 33
Standard CMOS Features Menu ........................................................................... 36
Date and Time .................................................................................................... 37
SATA Channel.................................................................................................... 37
Halt On ............................................................................................................... 39
Memory .............................................................................................................. 39
Advanced BIOS Features ...................................................................................... 40
Hard Disk Boot Priority ....................................................................................... 41
CD-ROM Device Priority .................................................................................... 41
First/Second/Third Boot Device ......................................................................... 41
Boot Other Device .............................................................................................. 42
Boot Up NumLock Status ................................................................................... 42
Security Option ................................................................................................... 42
Integrated Peripherals Menu .................................................................................. 43
OnChip PATA/SATA Device .............................................................................. 44
Onboard Device ................................................................................................. 45
USB Device Settings .......................................................................................... 46
Power Management Setup Menu .......................................................................... 47
ACPI Function .................................................................................................... 47
ACPI Suspend Type ........................................................................................... 48
Run VGABIOS if S3 Resume ............................................................................. 48
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN ...................................................................................... 48
Wake-Up by PCI Card ........................................................................................ 48
USB KB Wake-Up From S3 ............................................................................... 48
Resume by Alarm ............................................................................................... 48
POWER ON Function ........................................................................................ 49
Hot Key Power On ............................................................................................. 49
PWRON after PWR-Fail ..................................................................................... 49
PnP/PCI Configuration Menu ................................................................................. 50
Init Display First .................................................................................................. 50
Reset Configuration ........................................................................................... 51
Resources Controlled By ................................................................................... 51
IRQ Resources ................................................................................................... 51
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop ..................................................................................... 52
INT Pin 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 Assignment ................................................................... 52
Maximum Payload Size ...................................................................................... 52
PC Health Status Menu.......................................................................................... 53
SmartFan Function ............................................................................................. 54
Frequency/Voltage Control Menu .......................................................................... 55
Memory Feature ................................................................................................. 56
Voltage Control................................................................................................... 58
CPU Feature ...................................................................................................... 59
Installing Drivers and Software ..................................................................................62
Windows XP/Vista Driver Installation ..................................................................... 62
Appendix A. POST Codes for the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard ...............................63
List of Figures
Figure 1.
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard Layout .................................................... 13
Figure 2.
Chassis Back Panel Connectors ............................................................ 14
Figure 3.
PW1 Motherboard Connector ................................................................ 21
Figure 4.
BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Menu .................................................... 34
Figure 5.
Standard CMOS Features Menu ............................................................ 36
Figure 6.
Advanced BIOS Features Menu ............................................................ 40
Figure 7.
Integrated Peripherals Menu .................................................................. 43
Figure 8.
Power Management Setup Menu ........................................................... 47
Figure 9.
PnP/PCI Configuration Menu ................................................................. 50
Figure 10.
PC Health Status Menu ...................................................................... 53
Figure 11.
Frequency/Voltage Control Menu ...................................................... 55
Figure 12.
Memory Feature Menu ....................................................................... 56
Figure 13.
Voltage Control................................................................................... 58
Before You Begin…
Thank you for purchasing the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard. This board is designed
to take the already excellent performance of the EVGA lineup and push it into the
future by adding support for SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0.
As always with this board you also get the added bonus of EVGA’s industry leading
24/7 technical support in case you ever have any issues or questions.
Parts NOT in the Kit
This kit contains all the hardware necessary to install and connect your new
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard. However, it does not contain the following
items that must be purchased separately to make the motherboard functional.

Intel Microprocessor

System Memory

Cooling fan for the Microprocessor

Graphics Card

Power Supply
EVGA assumes you have purchased all the necessary parts needed to allow for
proper system functionality.
Intentions of the Kit
This kit provides you with the motherboard and all connecting cables necessary
to install the motherboard into a system case. If you are building a PC, you will
use most of the cables provided in the kit. If however, you are replacing a
motherboard, you will not need many of the cables.
When replacing a motherboard in a system case, you will need to reinstall an
operating system even though the current Hard Disk Drive may already have an
operating system.
EVGA X58 SLI3
Motherboard
Thank you for purchasing the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard. This motherboard offers
enthusiast performance and when combined with two or three SLI-Ready NVIDIA®
GeForce® graphics cards, you get innovative NVIDIA® SLI® technology for enhanced
system performance.
Motherboard Specifications
Size
ATX form factor of 12 inch x 9.6 inch
 Microprocessor support
Intel Core i7 processor
 Operating systems:
Supports Windows XP, Vista, and Win 7 32/64 Bit
 Contains INTEL X58 and ICH10R chipset
 System Memory support
Supports triple channel JEDEC DDR3-1600+. Officially supports up to
24GBs of DDR3 memory.
 USB 2.0 Ports
 Supports hot plug
 Twelve USB 2.0 ports (Eight rear panel ports, four onboard USB headers)
 Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode
 Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to a 480 Mbps transmission rate
 USB 3.0 Ports
 Supports hot plug
 Two USB 3.0 ports
 Backwards compatible USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 support
Supports transfer speeds up to 5Gbps
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Six (6) onboard SATA II
 300MBps data transfer rate
 Six SATA II connectors from south bridge with support for RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5
 Supports hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
Two (2) SATA3 6Gbps onboard ports from Marvell 88SE9128 Chipset
Onboard LAN
 Integrated LAN port
 Supports 10/100/1000 Mbit/sec Ethernet
Onboard IEEE1394a (Firewire)
 Support hot plug
 Two IEEE1394a ports (two onboard headers) with a rate transmission of
400 Mbps
Onboard Audio
 Realtek High-Definition audio
 Supports 8-channel audio
 Supports Jack-Sensing function
PCI Express Support
 Three (3) PCI-E 2.0 Slots
 Supports up to 4 GB/sec (8 GB/sec concurrent) bandwidth
 Low power consumption and power management features
Green Function
 Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
 Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)
Expansion Slots
 One PCI slot
 Two PCI Express x1 slot
 Three PCI Express x8/x16 slots
Unpacking and
Parts Descriptions
Unpacking
The EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard comes with all the necessary cables for
adding a motherboard to a system case. If replacing a motherboard, you may
not need many of these cables.
All parts shipped in this kit are RoHS-compliant (lead-free) parts.
Equipment
The following accessories are included with the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard.
The EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard
This PCI Express motherboard contains the Intel X58 and
ICH10R chipset and is SLI-ready for both 2-Way and 3-Way
SLI configurations.
1 - Visual Guide
Helps to quickly and visually guide you through the hardware
installation of the motherboard.
1 - I/O Shield
Installs in the system case to block radio frequency
transmissions, protect internal components from dust, foreign
objects, and aids in proper airflow within the chassis.
1 - 2-Port SATA Power Cables
Allows a Molex power connector to adapt to a SATA power
connector.
2 - SATA Data Cables
Used to support the SATA protocol and each one connects a
single drive to the motherboard.
1 - 2-Way SLI Bridge
Bridges two (2) graphic cards together which allows for
2-Way SLI.
1 - 3-Way SLI Bridge
Bridges three (3) graphic cards together which allows for
3-Way SLI.
1 - Installation CD
Contains drivers and software needed to setup the
motherboard.
EVGA X58 SLI3
Motherboard
The EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard with the Intel X58 and ICH10R chipset is a
PCI Express, SLI-ready motherboard. Figure 1 shows the motherboard and
Figures 2 shows the back panel connectors.
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19
18 21
20
19
20
19
17
23
6
15
14
13
1
4
4
2
11
3
12
10
9
8
24
7
4
16
5
1.
CPU Socket 1366
11. IEEE1394a Connector
21. Front Panel Audio Connector
2.
Intel X58 Chipset
12. USB Headers
22. Back Panel Connectors (Figure 2)
3.
DDR3 DIMM Slots 1 – 6
13. Clear CMOS Button
23. CPU Fan Connector
4.
Fan Connectors
14. Power Button
24. SATA 6Gbps connectors
5.
24-Pin ATX Power Connector
15. Reset Button
6.
8-pin ATX_12V Power Connector
16. Motherboard Battery
7.
Intel ICH10R Chipset
17. PC Speaker
8.
SATA II Connectors
18. PCI slots
9.
Debug LED Display - CPU Temperature
Monitor
19. PCI Express 2.0 Slots
10. Front Panel Connector
20. PCI Express x1 Slot
Figure 1.
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard Layout
1
2
5
4
3
2
2
2
6
1. PS/2 Keyboard Port
2. USB 2.0 Ports (Eight)
3. Clear CMOS Button
4. USB 3.0 Ports (two)
5. LAN Port with LEDs to indicate status:
Activity LED Status
Off
Blinking (Green)
6. Audio Port
Blue
Green
Pink
Orange
Black
Grey
2-Channel
Line-In
Line-Out
Mic In
Figure 2.
Description
Speed/Link LED Status
Description
No data transmission
Yellow
1000 Mbps data rate
Data transmission
Green
100 Mbps data rate
Off
10 Mbps data rate
6-Channel
Line-In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
8-Channel________
Line-In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
Chassis Back Panel Connectors
Hardware Installation
This section will guide you through the installation of the motherboard. The
topics covered in this section are:
Preparing the motherboard
 Installing the CPU
 Installing the CPU fan
 Installing the memory
 Installing the motherboard
 Connecting cables

Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury, always follow basic
safety precautions.
Remember to remove power from your computer by disconnecting the
AC main source before removing or installing any equipment from/to the
computer chassis.
Preparing the Motherboard
Installing the CPU
Be very careful when handling the CPU. Hold the processor only by the edges
and do not touch the bottom of the processor.
Use the following procedure to install the
CPU onto the motherboard:
1.
Unhook the socket lever by pushing down
and away from the socket.
2.
Put your finger on the tail of the load
plate and press down with light pressure
to lift the load plate up.
3.
Lift the load plate. There is a protective
socket cover within the CPU socket to
protect the socket when there is no CPU
installed.
4.
Remove the protective socket cover from
the CPU Socket.
Note:
Remove the process from its protective cover, making sure you hold it
only by the edges. It is a good idea to save the cover so that whenever
you remove the CPU you have a safe place to store it.
5.
Align the notches in the processor with
the notches on the socket.
6.
Lower the processor straight down into
the socket with out tilting or sliding it into
the socket
Note:
Make sure the CPU is fully seated and
level in the socket.
7.
Close the load plate over the CPU and
press down while you close and engage
the socket lever.
8.
The CPU installation is complete.
Align notches with notches on the CPU
Installing the CPU Fan
There are many different fan types that can be used with this motherboard.
Follow the instruction that came with you fan assembly. Be sure that the fan
orientation is correct for your chassis type and your fan assembly.
Installing System Memory (DIMMs)
Your new motherboard has six 240-pin slots for DDR3 memory. These slots
support 1GB, 2GB, 4GB DDR3 DIMMs. There must be at least one memory bank
populated to ensure normal operation. Use the following the recommendations for
installing memory. (See Figure 1 on page 13 for the location of the memory slots.)

One DIMM: If using 1 DIMM (Single Channel), install into: DIMM slot 1.

Two or Four DIMMs: If using 2 DIMMs (Dual Channel), install into: DIMM
slots 1 and 3. If using 4 DIMMs (Dual Channel), install into: DIMM slots 2, 1,
4, and 3.

Three DIMMs: If using 3 DIMMs (Triple Channel), install into: DIMM slots 1,
3 and 5.

Six DIMMs: If using more than 4 DIMMs, use: DIMM slots 2, 1, 4, and 3 then
proceed to occupy the following DIMM slots in this order: 5 and 6.
DIMM Slot 2
DIMM Slot 1
DIMM Slot 4
DIMM Slot 3
DIMM Slot 6
DIMM Slot 5
Use the following
procedure to install DIMMs. Note that there is only one gap near the center of the
DIMM slot. This slot matches the slot on the DIMM to ensure the component is
installed properly.
1.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the module clips outward.
2.
Align the DIMM to the DIMM slot, and insert the module vertically into the
DIMM slot. The plastic clips at both sides of the DIMM slot automatically lock
the DIMM into the connector.
Installing the Motherboard
The sequence of installing the motherboard into a system case depends on the
chassis you are using and if you are replacing an existing motherboard or working
with an empty system case. Determine if it would be easier to make all the
connections prior to this step or to secure the motherboard and then make all the
connections. It is normally easier to secure the motherboard first.
Use the following procedure to install the I/O shield and secure the motherboard
into the chassis.
Note:
Be sure that the CPU fan assembly has enough clearance for the system case
covers to lock into place and for the expansion cards. Also make sure the CPU
Fan assembly is aligned with the vents on the covers. This will depend on the
system case being used.
Installing the I/O Shield
The motherboard kit comes with an I/O shield that is used to block radio
frequency transmissions, protects internal components from dust and foreign
objects, and promotes correct airflow within the chassis.
Before installing the motherboard, install the I/O shield from the inside of the
chassis. Press the I/O shield into place and make sure it fits securely. If the I/O
shield does not fit into the chassis, you would need to obtain the proper size from
the chassis supplier.
Securing the Motherboard into a System Case
Most system cases have a base with mounting studs or spacers to allow the
motherboard to be secured to the chassis and help to prevent short circuits. If there
are studs that do not align with a mounting hole on the motherboard, it is
recommended that you remove that stud to prevent the possibility of a short circuit.
In most cases, it is recommended to secure the motherboard using a minimum of
nine (9) spacers and screws.
1.
Carefully place the motherboard onto the stand off /spacers located inside the
chassis.
2.
Align the mounting holes with the studs/spacers.
3.
Align the connectors to the I/O shield.
4.
Ensure that the fan assembly is aligned with the chassis vents according to the
fan assembly instruction.
5.
Secure the motherboard with a recommended minimum of nine (9) screws.
Connecting Cables
This section takes you through all the necessary connections on the motherboard.
This will include:

Power Connections
 24-pin ATX power (PW1)
 8-pin ATX 12V power (PW12)
Internal Headers
 Front panel
 IEEE 1394a
 USB Headers
 Audio
 SATA II
 SATA 3
 Chassis Fans


USB 2.0
24-pin ATX Power (PW1)
is the main power supply connector located along the edge of the board next
to the DIMM slots. Make sure that the power supply cable and pins are properly
aligned with the connector on the motherboard. Firmly plug the power supply cable
into the connector and make sure it is secure.
PW1
PW1 connector
Plug power cable from system
power supply to PW1
Card edge
Figure 3.
PW1 Motherboard Connector
Table 1.
PW1 Pin Assignments
Connector
1
13
Pin
12
24
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
+3.3V
13
+3.3V
2
+3.3V
14
-12V
3
GND
15
GND
4
+5V
16
PS_ON
5
GND
17
GND
6
+5V
18
GND
7
GND
19
GND
8
PWROK
20
RSVD
9
+5V_AUX
21
+5V
10
+12V
22
+5V
11
+12V
23
+5V
12
+3.3V
24
GND
8-pin ATX 12V Power (PW12)
PW12, the 8-pin ATX 12V power connection, is used to provide power to the CPU. Align
the pins to the connector and press firmly until seated.
Connecting SATA Cables
The SATA II connector is used to connect the SATA II device to the motherboard.
These connectors support the thin SATA II cables for primary storage devices. The
current SATA II interface allows up to 300MB/s data transfer rate.
There are six (6) internal SATA connectors on this motherboard. Connection points
SATA0 - SATA5, are controlled by the South Bridge Chipset. These connection
points support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 configurations.
There are also two (2) SATA 6Gbps Connectors on the motherboard. Connection
points SATA6 and SATA7 Which connect to SATA 6Gbps capable devices and
allow a maximum transfer rate of up to 6Gbps.
RX+
TXTX+
GND RXGND
GND
SATA 4 (bottom)
SATA 5 (top)
SATA 2 (bottom)
SATA 3 (top)
SATA 0 (bottom) SATA 6 (bottom)
SATA 1 (top)
SATA 7 (top)
(SATA 6Gbps)
Connect the locking cable end to
the motherboard connector.
Connect the end without the lock
to the SATA device.
Connecting Internal Headers
Front Panel Header
The front panel header on this motherboard is one connector used to connect the
following four cables.
(see Table 2 for pin definitions):
 PWRLED
Attach the front panel power LED
cable to these two pins of the
connector. The Power LED indicates
the system’s status. When the system is
turn on status, the LED is on. When
the system is turn off status, the LED
is off. When the system is in S1, S1, S3,
S4 status, the LED will blink.
Note:
Some system cases do not have all four cables. Be sure to match the name on
the connectors to the corresponding pins.
 PWRSW
Attach the power button cable from the
case to these two pins. Pressing the Table 2.Front Panel Header Pins
power button on the front panel turns
the system on and off rather than using
Pin
Signal
the onboard button.
No Connect
1
3
2
4
5
7
6
8
9
HD_PWR
HD Active
PWR LED
STBY LED
Ground
RST BTN
PWR BTN
Ground
+5V
Empty
10
Empty
HD_LED
 HD_LED
Attach the hard disk drive indicator
LED cable to these two pins. The HDD
indicator LED indicates the activity
status of the hard disks.

RESET
Attach the Reset switch cable from the
front panel of the case to these two
pins. The system restarts when the
RESET switch is pressed.
PWRLED
RESET
PWRSW
IEEE1394a (Firewire)
This motherboard has two (2) IEEE 1394a onboard headers. Alternatively, you can
also connect these to your system case (if applicable)
1.
Secure the bracket to either the front or rear panel of the system case (not all
system cases are equipped with the front panel option).
2.
Connect the end of the cable(s) to the IEEE1394a headers on the motherboard.
Table 3.
IEEE 1394a Connector Pins
Connector
IEEE 1394a Connector
10
8
6
4
2
9
7
5
3
1
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Signal
TPA+
TPAGND
GND
TPB+
TPB+12V
+12V
Empty
GND
Card
Edge
USB Headers
This motherboard contains eight (8) USB 2.0
ports that are exposed on the rear panel of the chassis
(Figure 2). The motherboard also contains two 10-pin
internal header connectors onboard that can be used to
connect an optional external bracket containing four
USB 2.0 ports.
1.
Secure the bracket to either the front or rear panel
of your chassis (not all chassis are equipped with the
front panel option).
2.
Connect the end of the cable to the USB 2.0
header on the motherboard.
Table 4. USB 2.0 Header Pins
Connector
USB 2.0 Header Connector
Pin
Signal
1
5V_DUAL
3
D-
5
D+
7
GND
9
Empty
Pin
Signal
2
5V_DUAL
4
D-
6
D+
8
GND
10
No Connect
Audio
The audio connector supports HD audio standard and provides two kinds of
audio output choices: the Front Audio, the Rear Audio. The front Audio
supports re-tasking function.
Table 5.
Front Audio Connector
Connector
Front Audio Connector
10
8
6
4
2
9
7
5
3
1
Pin
1
Signal
PORT1_L
2
AUD_GND
3
PORT1_R
4
PRECENCE_J
5
PORT2_R
6
SENSE1_RETURN
7
SENSE_SEND
8
Empty
9
PORT2_L
10
SENSE2_RETURN
Card Edge
Fan Connections
There are six fan connections on the motherboard. The fan speed can be
detected and viewed in the PC Health Status section of the CMOS Setup. The
fans are automatically turned off after the system enters S3, S4 and S5 mode.
System Fan
Sense
+12V
Ground
Chassis Fan
Sense
+12V
Ground
AUX Fan
+12V
Sense Ground
System Fan
+12V
Sense Ground
Power Fan
+12V
Sense Ground
CPU Fan
Note: the CPU fan
cable can be either
a 3-pin or a 4-pin
connector. Connect
a 3-pin connector
to pins 1, 2, and 3
on the motherboard
connector.
Ground
+12V
Sense
Control
Expansion Slots
The EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard contains six (6) expansion slots, five (5)
PCI Express slots and one (1) PCI slots. For a full list of PCI Express graphic
cards supported by this motherboard, visit: www.EVGA.com/Products
6
5
4
3
2
1
Slot Listing
1 – PCI-E 2.0 x8/x16 - Slot 1 (Primary)
2 – PCI-E x1 - Slot 1
3 – PCI-E 2.0 x8 - Slot 2
4 – PCI - Slot 1
5 – PCI-E 2.0 x8 - Slot 3
6 – PCI-E x1 - Slot 2
PCI Slots
The PCI slot supports many expansion cards such as a LAN card, USB card,
SCSI card and other cards that comply with PCI specifications. When installing
a card into the PCI slot, be sure that it is fully seated. Secure the card’s metal
bracket to the chassis back panel with the screw used to hold the blank cover.
PCI Express x1 Slots
There is one PCI Express x1 slot that is designed to accommodate PCIe 1x
cards, such as a Killer Xeno Network Card or Sound Card. The x1 slot provides
250 MB/sec bandwidth.
PCI Express x16/x8 Slots
These PCI Express slots are reserved for Graphic Cards and PCI Express x1
and x4 devices. The design of this motherboard supports multiple Graphic Card
technology.
When installing a PCI Express Graphic Card, be sure the retention clip snaps
and locks the card into place. If the card is not seated properly, it could cause a
short across the pins. Secure the card’s metal bracket to the chassis back panel
with the screw used to hold the blank cover.
Onboard Buttons
These onboard buttons include RESET, POWER and Clear CMOS. These
functions allow you to easily reset the system, turn on/off the system, or clear
the CMOS.
Clear CMOS Button
The motherboard uses the CMOS RAM to store all the set parameters. The
CMOS can be cleared by pressing the Clear CMOS button either onboard
or on the external I/O Panel.
External Clear CMOS Button
RESET and POWER Button
These onboard buttons allow you to easily turn on/off the system. These
buttons allow for easy debugging and testing of the system during
troubleshooting situations.
The POWER button with LED indicates the system’s status. When the system
is powered on, the LED remains a solid red.
The RESET button with an integrated LED indicates the activity status of the
hard disk drives and will flicker accordingly.
RESET
Button
POWER Clear CMOS
Button
Button
Post Port Debug LED and
LED Status Indicators
Post Port Debug LED
Provides two-digit POST codes to show why the system may be failing to boot.
It is useful during troubleshooting situations. This Debug LED will also display
current CPU temperatures after the system has fully booted into the Operating
System.
Debug LED with CPU
Temperature Monitor
LED Status Indicators
Theses LEDs indicate the system’s status.
 POWER LED (Green):
When the System is powered on: This LED is on.
 DIMM LED (Yellow):
When the Memory slot is functional: This LED is on.
 STANDBY LED (Blue):
When the System is in Standby Mode: This LED is on. This LED will
remain on as long as the motherboard is receiving constant power.
POWER LED
(YELLOW)
DIMM LED
(GREEN)
STANDBY LED
(BLUE)
Configuring the BIOS
This section discusses how to change the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
This section includes the following information:

Enter BIOS Setup

Main Menu

Standard CMOS Features

Advanced BIOS Features

Integrated Peripherals

Power Management Setup

PnP/PCI Configurations

PC Health Status

Frequency/Voltage Control
Enter BIOS Setup
The BIOS is the communication bridge between hardware and software.
Correctly setting the BIOS parameters is critical to maintain optimal system
performance.
Use the following procedure to verify/change BIOS settings.
3.
Power on the computer.
4.
Press the Del key when the following message briefly displays at the bottom
of the screen during the Power On Self Test (POST).
Press F1 to continue, DEL to enter Setup.
Pressing Del takes you to the Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility.
Note:
It is strongly recommended that you do not change the default BIOS settings.
Changing some settings could damage your computer.
Main Menu
The main menu allows you to select from the list of setup functions and two
exit choices. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the
options or press Enter to display the associated submenu. Use the  arrow
keys to position the selector in the option you choose. To go back to the
previous menu, press Esc.
Note:
that on the BIOS screens all data in white is for information only, data in
yellow is changeable, data in blue is non-changeable, and data in a
red box is highlighted for selection.
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 Standard CMOS Features
 Frequency/Voltage Control
 Advanced BIOS Features
Load Defaults
 Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
 Power Management Setup
Set User Password
 PnP/PCI Configurations
Save & Exit Setup
 PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup

: Select Item
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type..,
Figure 4.






BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Menu
Standard CMOS Features
Use this menu to set up the basic system configuration.
Advanced BIOS Features
Use this menu to set up the advanced system features and boot sequence.
Integrated Peripherals
Use this menu to set up onboard peripherals such as IDE, RAID, USB, LAN,
and MAC control.
Power Management Setup
Use this menu to configure power management, power on, and sleep features.
PnP/PCI Configurations
Use this menu to modify the system’s Plug-and-Play and PCI configurations.
PC Health Status
Use this menu to monitor the real-time system status of your PC, including
temperature, voltages, and fan speed.

Frequency/Voltage Control
Use this menu to optimize system performance and configure clocks, voltages,
memory timings, and more.
The following items on the CMOS Setup Utility main menu are commands
rather than submenus:

Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Fail-Safe defaults system settings.

Load Optimized Defaults
Load Optimized defaults system settings.

Set Supervisor Password/Set User Password
Use this command to set, change, and disable the password used to access the
BIOS menu.
Save & Exit Setup
Use this command to save settings to CMOS and exit setup.
 Exit Without Saving
Use this command to abandon all setting changes and exit setup.

Standard CMOS Features
Menu
The Standard CMOS Features menu is used to configure the standard CMOS
information, such as the date, time, HDD model, and so on. Use the Page Up
and Page Down keys to scroll through the options or press Enter to display the
sub-menu. Use the  arrow keys to position the selector in the option you
choose. To go back to the previous menu, press Esc.
The information shown in Item Help corresponds to the option highlighted.
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Standard CMOS Features
Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)






SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
0
1
2
3
4
5
Thu, Oct 23 2008
12 : 48: 23
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Main Level
[All , But Keyboard]
Base Memory
Extended Memory
Total Memory
640K
1047552K
1048576K
Figure 5.
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values

Change the day, month,
year and century
Halt On
:Move
Item Help
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Standard CMOS Features Menu
Note that all data in white is for information only, data in yellow is changeable, data in
blue is non-changeable, and data in a red box is highlighted for selection.
Date and Time
Using the arrow keys, position the cursor over the month, day, and year. Use
the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through dates and times. Note that
the weekday (Sun through Sat) cannot be changed. This field changes to
correspond to the date you enter. Note that the hour value is shown in a
24-hour clock format. Time is represented as hour : minute : second.
Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
Sat, Jul 01 2006
14 : 48: 43
SATA Channel
Use these functions to detect and configure the SATA channels. Select a
channel and press Enter to display the SATA sub-menu.






SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
0
1
2
3
4
5
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Press ENTER to display
SATA Channel sub-menu
IDE Auto-Detect
[Press Enter]
Extended IDE Drive
Access Mode
[None}
Auto
Capacity
0 MB
Cylinder
Head
Precomp
Landing Zone
Sector
0
0
0
0
0
Press Enter to auto-detect IDE and SATA channels in the system. Once the
channel is detected, the values for Capacity, Cylinder, Heads, Precomp, Landing
Zone, and Sector are automatically filled in.
None
There is no HDD installed or set.
 Auto
The system can auto-detect the hard disk when booting up.
 Manual
When you set the channel to [Manual] and change Access Mode to [CHS],
you can then enter the number of cylinders, heads, Precomp, landing zone,
and sector. You can manually enter the values or you can press Enter to
display a window that tells you the min and max values.

IDE HDD Auto-Detect
[Press Enter]
IDE Channel 0 Slave
Access Mode
[Manual}
[CHS]
Capacity
Cylinder
Head
Precomp
Landing Zone
Sector
0 MB
.....0
[
0]
[
0]
[
0]
[
0]
Press ENTER to display sub-menu
or enter number manually
Cylinder
Min=
0
Max=65535
The BIOS supports the following HDD
Access Modes:
Key in a DEC number :
 CHS
For HDD less than 528 MB.
 LBA
:Move
ENTER:Accept
For HDD greater than 528 MB and
supporting LBA (Logical Block
Addressing).
 Large
For HDD greater than 528 MB but not supporting LBA.
 Auto
Recommended mode.
ESC:Abort
Halt On
determines whether or not the computer stops if an error is detected
during power on. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the
options or press Enter to display the Halt On sub-menu. Use the  arrow keys
to position the selector in the option you choose. Press Enter to accept the
changes and return to the Standard CMOS Features menu.
Halt On
Halt On
[All , But Keyboard]
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a nonfatal error,
the system stops and prompts you.
 No Errors
System boot does not stop for any detected
errors.
 All, But Keyboard
System boot does not stop for keyboard
errors, but does stop for all other errors.

Press ENTER to display sub-menu
Halt On
All Errors
No Errors
All , But Keyboard
:Move
..... [ ]
..... [ ]
..... [ ]
ENTER:Accept
ESC:Abort
Memory
These settings are display-only values that are determined by the BIOS POST
(Power-On Self Test).
Base Memory
640K
Extended Memory
1047552K
Base Memory
Total Memory
1048576K
BIOS POST determines the
amount of base (or conventional) memory installed in the system.
 Extended Memory
BIOS determines how much extended memory is present during the POST.
 Total Memory
This value represents the total memory of the system.

Advanced BIOS Features
Access the Advanced BIOS Features menu from the CMOS Utility Setup
screen. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the options or
press Enter to display the sub-menu. Use the  arrow keys to position the
selector in the option you choose. To go back to the previous menu, press Esc.
The options that have associated sub-menus are designated by a , which precedes
the option. Press Enter to display the sub-menus.
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Advanced BIOS Features
 Hard Disk Boot Priority
 CD-ROM Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Boot Up NumLock Status
Security Option
:Move
Figure 6.
Note:
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Removable]
[CDROM]
[Hard Disk]
[Enabled]
[On]
[Setup]
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
Item Help
Main Level

Select Removable Boot
Device Priority
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features Menu
That all data in white is for information only, data in yellow is changeable,
data in blue is non-changeable, and data in a red box is highlighted for
selection.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Use this option to select the priority for HDD startup. Press Enter to see the
list of bootable devices in your system. Use the  arrow keys to go to the
various devices. Then use the + or – keys to move the device priority up or
down in the list. To go back to the previous menu, press Esc.
1. Ch0.
:
ST3802110A
2. Bootable Add-in Cards
Use the + and – keys to move
the priority of the device within
the list
CD-ROM Device Priority
Use this option to select the priority for CD-ROM startup. Press Enter to see
the list of removable devices in your system. Use the  arrow keys to go to the
various devices. Then use the + or – keys to move the device priority up or
down in the list. To go back to the previous menu, press Esc.
1. Ch0 M.
ST3802110A
: BENQ DVD DC DW1810
First/Second/Third Boot Device
Use this option to set the priority sequence of the devices booted at power on.
Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the options or press
Enter to display the sub-menu. Use the  arrow keys to position the selector
in the option you choose.
First Boot Device
Removable
Hard Disk
CDROM
Legacy LAN
Disabled
:Move
.....
.....
.....
.....
.....
ENTER:Accept
[
[
[
[
[
]
]
]
]
]
ESC:Abort
Boot Other Device
With the option set to Enable, the system boots from some other device if the
first/second/third boot devices fail.
Boot Up NumLock Status
This option allows you to select the power-on state of NumLock. Select On to
activate the keyboard NumLock when the system is started. Select Off to disable
the NumLock key.
Security Option
The Security Options allows you to require a password every time the system
boots or only when you enter setup. Select Setup to require a password to gain
access to the CMOS Setup screen. Select System to require a password to
access the CMOS Setup screen and when the system boots.
Integrated Peripherals Menu
Select Integrated Peripherals from the CMOS Setup Utility menu and
press Enter to display the Integrated Peripherals menu.
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Integrated Peripherals
 Onboard PATA/SATA Device
 Onboard Device
 USB Device Setting
:Move
Figure 7.
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
Item Help
Main Level

F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals Menu
OnChip PATA/SATA Device
Press Enter to display the OnChip PATA/SATA Device menu.
 SATA Mode
LEGACY Mode Support
SATA 3.0 Storage Controlle
[IDE]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]

SATA Mode
This is allows you set the onboard Serial SATA mode.
 IDE: Use the SATA hard disk drivers as Parallel ATA storage devices.
 RAID: Create a RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5 configuration
 AHCI: Use the AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) to enables
advanced SATA features for improved performance with NCQ and
Hot-plug features

LEGACY Mode Support
This function allows the SATA controller to operate in LEGACY mode.
Selected Disabled if you install operating system that support Native mode.

SATA 3.0 Storage Controller
This function allows you to enable The Marvell SATA 3.0 Controller. The
options are Enabled and Disabled.
Onboard Device
Press Enter to display the Onboard Device menu.
PE5 Slot (PCIE x1)
Realtek GigaLan (LAN1)
PE4 Slot (PCIE x1)
Realtek Lan PXE Boot ROM
TI 1394 Setting
High Definition Audio
P80 Show CPU Temp.
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
PE5 Slot (PCIE x1)
Use this function to set the PCI-e x1 Slot function. The options are Auto,
Enabled and Disabled.
 Realtek GigaLan (LAN1)
Use this function to set the onboard Realtek GigaLan function for LAN1.
The options are Auto, Enabled and Disabled.
 PE4 Slot (PCIE x1)
Use this function to set the PCI-e x1 Slot function. The options are Auto,
Enabled and Disabled.


Realtek Lan PXE Boot ROM
This function allows you to enable or disable the onboard Realtek Lan PXE
Boot ROM for booting from LAN.

High Definition Audio
This function allows you to enable or disable the onboard Realtek High
Definition Audio.

TI 1394 Setting
This function allows you to enable or disable the IEEE1394 (Firewire)
interface.

P80 Show CPU Temp.
When this function is enabled the onboard Post Port LED will display the
CPU temperature.
USB Device Settings
Press Enter to display the USB Device Settings menu.
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
***
3.0 Controller
[Enabled]
1.0 Controller
[Enabled]
2.0 Controller
[Enabled]
Operation Mode
[High Speed]
Keyboard Function
[Enabled]
Mouse Function
[Enabled]
Storage Function
[Enabled]
USB Mass Storage Device Boot Setting ***
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this function to enable the USB 3.0 controller.
 USB 1.0 Controller
Use this function to enable the USB 1.0 controller.


USB 2.0 Controller
Use this function to enable the USB 2.0 (EHCI) controller.

USB Operation Mode
Select the USB Operation Mode for USB device. Options are Full/Low
Speed and High Speed.

USB Keyboard Function
Use this function to enable or disable support for USB keyboard under DOS.

USB Mouse Function
Use this function to enable or disable support for USB mouse under DOS

USB Storage Function
Use this function to enable or disable legacy support of USB Mass Storage
Power Management Setup
Menu
Select Power Management Setup from the CMOS Setup Utility menu and
press Enter to display the Power Management Setup menu.
x
x
x
ACPI function
APCI Suspend Type
Run VGABIOS if S3 Resume
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN
Wake-Up by PCI Card
USB KB Wake-Up From S3
Resume by Alarm
Day of Month Alarm
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
HPET Support
HPET Mode
POWER ON Function
Hot Key Power On
PWRON After PWR-Fail
:Move
[Enabled]
[S3(STR)]
[Auto]
[Instant-Off]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
0
0 : 0 : 0
[Enable]
[32Bit Mode]
[Disabled]
Ctrl-F1
[Off]
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
Figure 8.
Item Help
Main Level

F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Power Management Setup Menu
ACPI Function
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you to enable or
disable the ACPI function.
ACPI Suspend Type
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you to select an
ACPI Suspend Type. Types to select from are [S1&S3], [S1(POS)], and
[S3(STR)].
Run VGABIOS if S3 Resume
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you determines
whether or not to enable the system to run the VGA BIOS when resuming
from S3(STR) or S1&S3. The Options are Auto, Yes and No.
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you to set SoftOff by PBNT to [Instant-Off] or [Delay 4 Sec].
Wake-Up by PCI Card
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows PCI Card to wakeup the system from Soft-off state.
USB KB Wake-Up From S3
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows a USB keyboard
device to wake-up the system from S3 state.
Resume by Alarm
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you to enable or
disable the Power-on by alarm function. Set to [Disable] to prevent poweron by alarm. When set to [Enable], you can manually put in the day of the
month and the time of the alarm.
Day of Month Alarm
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
[ 0]
[0 : 0 : 0]
To enter a day or time, use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through
numbers or enter the number using the keyboard number or the + and – keys.
POWER ON Function
This function on the Power Management Setup menu allows you to define the
power-on function. Options for this function are:
Disabled
 Keyboard

Hot Key Power On
Use this function with the above “POWER ON Function” to set a combination
of keys that can be used to power on the system. Options for this function are:
 Ctrl-Esc
 Ctrl-F1
 Ctrl-Space
 Anykey
PWRON after PWR-Fail
This function enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its last
operating status after power returns from a power failure.
Off: The system stays off after a power failure.
On: The system stays on after a power failure
PnP/PCI Configuration Menu
Select PnP/PCI Configuration from the CMOS Setup Utility menu and press
Enter to display the PnP/PCI Configuration menu.
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PnP/PCI Configuration
x
Init Display First
Reset Configuration
[PCI Slot]
[Disabled]
Resources Controlled By
IRQ Resources
[Auto(ESCD)]
Press Enter
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
INT Pin 1 Assignment
INT Pin 2 Assignment
INT Pin 3 Assignment
INT Pin 4 Assignment
INT Pin 5 Assignment
INT Pin 6 Assignment
INT Pin 7 Assignment
INT Pin 8 Assignment
Reserved RC For Bridge
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[10]
[Auto]
[7]
[Disabled]
Item Help
Main Level

** PCI Express relative items **
Maximum Payload Size
[128]
:Move
Figure 9.
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
PnP/PCI Configuration Menu
Init Display First
This function on the PnP/PCI Configuration menu allows you to define if the
initial display is in the PCI slot or in the PCI Express slot. Options are
[PCI Slot] and [PCIEx].
Reset Configuration
This function on the PnP/PCI Configuration menu allows you to enable or
disable the resetting of Extended System Configuration Data (ESCD) when you
exit Setup. Set this to [Enabled] if you have installed a new add-on and the
system reconfiguration has caused a serious conflict that prevents the OS from
booting. The default setting is [Disabled].
Resources Controlled By
This function on the PnP/PCI Configuration menu allows you to define if the
BIOS can automatically configure all the boot and plug-and-play compatible
devices or if you can manually select IRQ, DMA, and memory base address
fields. Select [Auto(ESCD)] if you want the BIOS to automatically populate
these fields. If you select [Manual] so you can assign the resources, IRQ
Resources is enabled for input.
Resources Controlled By [Auto(ESCD)]
x IRQ Resources
Press Enter
Resources Controlled By [Manual)]
IRQ Resources
[Press Enter]
IRQ Resources
To enable this field for input, set Resources Controlled By to
[Manual]. With this field enabled, press Enter to see options.
IRQ-5
IRQ-9
IRQ-10
IRQ-11
IRQ-14
IRQ-15
assigned
assigned
assigned
assigned
assigned
assigned
to
to
to
to
to
to
[PCI Device]
[Reserved]
[PCI Device]
[PCI Device]
[PCI Device]
[PCI Device]
Use Legacy ISA for devices compliant with the original PC AT Bus
specification. Use PCI/ISA PnP for devices compliant with the plug-and-play
standard, whether designed for PCI or ISA Bus architecture.
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
This item is designed to overcome problems that may be caused by some
nonstandard VGA cards..
INT Pin 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 Assignment
This function on the PnP/PCI Configuration menu allows you to set the INT
Pin 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 Assignment.
Maximum Payload Size
This function on the PnP/PCI Configuration menu allows you to set the
maximum TLP payload size (in bytes) for the PCI Express devices. Use the
Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through sizes or enter the number using
the keyboard numbers or use the + and – keys to go up and down the list of
sizes.
PC Health Status Menu
Select PC Health Status from the CMOS Setup Utility menu and press Enter
to display the PC Health Status menu.
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PC Health Status
 SmartFan Function
VCC 3.3V
CPU Vcore
DIMM Voltage
CPU VTT Voltage
IOH Vcore
VCC
+12V
3VSB
VBT
CPU temperature
NB temperature
VREG temperature
System temperature
CPU Fan Speed
Power Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
AUX Fan Speed
:Move
Figure 10.
[Press Enter]
3.28V
1.19V
1.48V
1.23V
1.08V
4.96V
12.10V
3.23V
3.15V
31oC
55oC
50oC
33oC
3054 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
Item Help
Main Level

F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
PC Health Status Menu
All of the values shown in Blue are dynamic and change as the speed and
voltages of the various components change with system usage.
SmartFan Function
Press Enter to display the SmartFan Function menu.
CPU Fan Type
[PWM Fan (4pin)]
CPU Speed Control
[SmartFan]
x Manual Fan Speed, %
100
If temp > 100ºC, Set Fan Speed 100%
If temp < 30ºC, Set Fan Speed
50%
x
x
Power Speed Control
[SmartFan]
Manual Fan Speed, %
100
If temp > 100ºC, Set Fan Speed 100%
If temp < 30ºC, Set Fan Speed 50%
Chassis Speed Control
[SmartFan]
Manual Fan Speed, %
100
If temp > 100ºC, Set Fan Speed 100%
If temp < 30ºC, Set Fan Speed
50%
Aux Fan Speed Control
[100]
Use this menu to control the speed of the various fans on the motherboard. Set
CPU fan speed to [SmartFan] when you want the speed of the fans
automatically controlled based on temperature. To set the fan speed to a
constant rate, select [Manual] and then enter the speed from 0% to 100%.
Set the desired speed for the Power and Chassis fans from 0% to 100%. The
system defaults to 100%.
EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard
Frequency/Voltage Control
Menu
Select Frequency/Voltage Control from the CMOS Setup Utility menu and
press Enter to display the Frequency/Voltage Control menu.
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Frequency/Voltage Control
Dummy O.C.
[Disabled]
Extreme Cooling
[Disabled]
 Memory Feature
[Press Enter]
 Voltage Control
[Press Enter]
 CPU Feature
[Press Enter]
CPU Clock Ratio
[22X]
CPU Host Frequency(Mhz) [133]
Target CPU Frequency
3066 Mhz (133x23)
Target memory Frequency
1067 Mhz
MCH Strap
[Auto]
CPU Uncore Frequency(Mhz) [Auto]
CPU Clock Skew
[133]
Spread Spectrum
[Disabled]
PCIE Frequency(Mhz)
[100]
OC Recover
[Disable]
Turbo Performance
[Disable]
Save Profile
Load Profile
:Move
Figure 11.
Item Help
Main Level

[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Frequency/Voltage Control Menu
Memory Feature
Select Memory Feature from the Frequency/Voltage Control menu and press
Enter to display the Memory Feature menu.
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Memory Feature
Memory SPD
[Standard]
Memory Control Setting
[Disabled]
Memory Frequency
[Auto]
Target memory Frequency
1067 Mhz
Channel Interleave Setting [6 way]
Rank Interleave Setting
[4 way]
Memory Low Gap
[Auto]
Parameters
tCL Setting
tRCD Setting
tRP Setting
tRAS Setting
tRFC Setting
Command Rate
tRRD Setting
tFAW Setting
tRTP Setting
tWR Setting
Round Trip Latency
tddWrTRd Setting
:Move
Figure 12.
Setting
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Item Help
Main Level

Current
8
8
8
19
59
1T
4
20
4
8
52
5
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Memory Feature Menu

Memory Control Setting
This function is allows you to select the Memory Control Setting.
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Memory Frequency
This function is allows you to select the Memory Frequency. The options are
Auto, 800Mhz, 1067Mhz, 1333Mhz, and 1600Mhz.
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Channel Interleave Setting
This function is allows you to select the Channel Interleave Setting. The
options are 1 way, 2 way, 3 way, 4 way, 5 way and 6 way.
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Rank Interleave Setting
This function is allows you to select the Rank Interleave Setting. The options
are 1 way, 2 way and 4 way.
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tCL Setting
This function is set the CAS latency. The options are 0 through 18.
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tRCD Setting
This function is set the RAS to CAS Delay for Read/Write commands to the
same bank. The options are 0 through 15.
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tRP Setting
This function is set the Row Precharge time. This is the Precharge-to-Active
or Auto-to-Refresh of the same bank. The options are 0 through 15.
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tRAS Setting
This function is set the minimum RAS# active time. The options are 0
through 31.
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Command Rate
This function is set the command timing setting on a per clock unit basis.
The options are Auto, 1T and 2T.
Voltage Control
Select Voltage Control from the Frequency/Voltage Control menu and press
Enter to display the Voltage Control menu.
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Voltage Control
EVGA VDroop control
CPU VCore
CPU VTT Voltage
CPU PLL Vcore
QPI PLL Vcore
DIMM Voltage
DIMM DQ Vref
QPI PLL Vcore
IOH Vcore
IOH/ICH I/O Voltage
ICH Vcore
[With VDroop]
[Auto]
1.2750V
[Auto]
+0mv
[Auto]
1.800V
[Auto]
1.100V
[Auto]
1.500V
[+0mv]
+0mv
[Auto]
1.100V
[Auto]
1.100V
[Auto]
1.500V
[Auto]
1.050V
Item Help
Main Level
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Users should exercise caution when overvoltaging, as it can cause system instability
or even void warranties and damage components.
:Move
Figure 13.
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
Voltage Control
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EVGA VDroop Control
EVGA VDroop control is a safety measure by motherboards to protect the
CPU. Select [With VDroop] to calibrate CPU VDroop or select [Without
VDroop] to disable this function
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CPU VCore
Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the voltages or
select [Auto] to automatically set the voltage level for the CPU Core.
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CPU VTT Voltage
Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the voltages or
select [Auto] to automatically set the voltage level for the CPU VTT Voltage.
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CPU PLL VCore
Use the Page Up and Page Down to scroll through the voltages or select
[Auto] to automatically set the voltage level for the CPU PLL Voltage.
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QPI PLL VCore
Use the Page Up and Page Down to scroll through the voltages or select
[Auto] to automatically set the voltage level for the QPI PLL Voltage.
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DIMM Voltage
This function defines the voltage level for the DRAM. Use the Page Up and
Page Down keys to select a voltage or select [Auto] to automatically set the
voltage.
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DIMM DQ Vref
This function defines the voltage level for the DRAM DQ Vref. Use the
Page Up and Page Down keys to select and set the voltage.
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IOH VCore
This function defines the core voltage level for the Intel IOH chip. Use the
Page Up and Page Down keys to select a voltage or select [Auto] to
automatically set the voltage.
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IOH/ICH I/O Voltage
This function defines the core voltage level for the Intel IOH/ICH I/O
voltage. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to select a voltage or select
[Auto] to automatically set the voltage.
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ICH VCore
This function defines the core voltage level for the Intel ICH chip. Use the
Page Up and Page Down keys to select a voltage or select [Auto] to
automatically set the voltage.
CPU Feature
Select CPU Feature from the Frequency/Voltage Control menu and press
Enter to display the CPU Feature menu.
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CPU Feature
Intel SpeedStep
Turbo Mode Function
CxE Function
Execute Disable Bit
Virtualization Technology
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
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Main Level

***** Logical Processor Setting *****
Intel HT Technology
[Enabled]
Active Processor Cores
[All]
***** QPI Controller Setting *****
QPI Controller Setting
[Enabled]
QPI Link Fast Mode
[Enabled]
QPI Frequency Selection
[Auto]
:Move
Figure 14.
Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5:Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
CPU Feature Menu

Intel SpeedStep
Use this function to enable the Intel SpeedStep technology (EIST). The
options are Enabled and Disabled.

Turbo Mode Function
Use this function to enable the Intel Turbo Mode Function. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.

CxE Function
This function allows you to select the lowest C state supported according as
CPU and MB. The options are Auto, Disabled, C1, C1E, C3 and C6.

Execute Disable Bit
When this function is disabled, it forces the XD feature flag to always return
to zero (0).
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Virtualization Technology
When this function is enabled, it allows a VMM to utilize the additional
hardware capabilities provided by Intel Virtualization Technology.
Logical Processor Setting

Intel HT Technology
This function is allows you to enable the Intel HT Technology. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
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Active Processor Cores
This function active number of cores to enable in each processor package.
The options are All, 1 and 2.
QPI Controller Setting

QPI Controller Setting
This function is allows you to enable the QPI (QuickPath Interconnect)
Controller Setting. The options are Enabled and Disabled.

QPI Link Fast Mode
This function is allows you to enable the QPI Link Fast Mode. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
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QPI Frequency Selection
This function is allows you to select the QPI Frequency. The options are
Auto, 4.800 GT/s, 5.866 GT/s and 6.400 GT/s.
Installing Drivers and
Software
Note:
It is important to remember that before installing the driver CD that is shipped
in the kit, you need to load your operating system. The motherboard supports
Windows XP 32bit and 64bit and is Vista-capable.
The kit comes with a CD that contains utilities, drivers, and additional software.
The CD that has been shipped with the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard
contains the following software and drivers:
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Chipset Drivers
Audio drivers
RAID drivers
LAN Drivers
Matrix Storage
EVGA E-LEET
Adobe Acrobat Reader
User’s Manual
Windows XP/Vista Driver
Installation
5.
Insert the Intel X58 Express installation CD for the motherboard included
in the kit.
6.
The CD will autorun, install the drivers and utilities listed on the install
screen.
If the CD does not run, go to My Computer and click on the CD to open.
Appendix A. POST Codes for the EVGA
X58 SLI3 Motherboard
This section provides the Award POST Codes (Table
6) for the EVGA X58 SLI3 Motherboard during
system boot up.
The POST Codes are displayed on the Debug LED
readout located directly onboard the motherboard.
This Debug LED will also display current CPU
temperatures after the system has fully booted
into the Operating System.
Table 6.
Debug LED with CPU
Temperature Monitor
Award POST Code
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
Description
01
Reserved
02
Jumps to E000
segment
Execution of POST routines in E000
03
Early SuperIO
Init Early Initialized the super IO
04
Reserved
05
Blank video
06
Reserved
07
Init KBC
Keyboard controller init
08
KB test
Test the Keyboard
09
Reserved
0A
Mouse Init
0B
Reserved
0C
Reserved
Reset Video controller
Initialized the mouse
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
Description
0D
Reserved
0E
CheckSum
Check
0F
Reserved
10
Autodetect
EEPROM
11
Reserved
12
Test CMOS
13
Reserved
14
Load Chipset
15
Reserved
16
Init Clock
17
Reserved
18
Init CPU
19
Reserved
1A
Reserved
1B
Setup Interrupt
Vector Table
Initialize first 120 interrupt vectors with
SPURIOUS_INT_HDLR and initialize INT 00h-1Fh
according to INT_TBL
1C
CMOS Battery
Check
Test CMOS and check Battery Fail
1D
Early PM
Early PM initialization
1E
Reserved
Check the integrity of the ROM,BIOS and message
Check Flash type and copy flash write/erase routines
Test and Reset CMOS
Load Chipset Defaults
Initialize onboard clock generator
CPU ID and initialize L1/L2 cache
1F
Re-initial KB
20
Reserved
Load keyboard matrix
21
HPM init
22
Reserved
23
Program
chipset
Early Programming of chipset registers
24
Init PNP
Init PNP
25
Shadow VBIOS
Shadow system/video BIOS
26
Clock Gen
Init onboard clock generator and sensor
Init Heuristic Power Management (HPM)
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
27
Setup BDA
28
Reserved
29
CPU Speed
detect
2A
Reserved
2B
Init video
2C
Reserved
2D
Video memory
test
2E
Reserved
2F
Reserved
30
Reserved
31
Reserved
32
Reserved
33
Early keyboard
reset
34
Reserved
35
Test DMA
Controller 0
36
Reserved
37
Test DMA
Controller 1
38
Reserved
39
Test DMA Page
Registers
3A
Reserved
3B
Reserved
3C
Test Timer
3D
Reserved
3E
Test 8259-1
Mask
3F
Reserved
Description
Setup BIOS DATA AREA (BDA)
Chipset programming and CPU Speed detect
Initialize Video
Test Video Memory and display Logos
Early Keyboard Reset
Test DMA channel 0
Test DMA channel 1
Test DMA Page Registers
Test 8254 Timer 0 Counter 2.
Verify 8259 Channel 1 masked interrupts by
alternately turning off and on the interrupt lines.
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
40
Test 8259-2
Mask
41
Reserved
42
Reserved
43
Test Stuck
Interrupt
44
Reserved
45
Reinit serial
port
46
Reserved
47
EISA Test
48
Reserved
49
Size Memory
4A
Reserved
4B
Reserved
4C
Reserved
4D
Reserved
4E
Init APIC
4F
Reserved
50
USB init
51
Reserved
52
Memory Test
53
Reserved
54
Reserved
55
CPU display
56
Reserved
57
PnP Init
Description
Verify 8259 Channel 2 masked interrupts by
alternately turning off and on the interrupt lines.
Turn off interrupts then verify no 8259's interrupt
mask register is on. Test 8259 Force an interrupt and
verify the interrupt occurred.
Reinitialize Preboot agent serial port
If EISA non-volatile memory checksum is good,
execute EISA initialization. If not, execute ISA tests
and clear EISA mode flag.
Size base memory from 256K to 640K and extended
memory above 1MB.
Initialize APIC and set MTRR
Initialize USB controller
Test all memory of memory above 1MB using Virtual
8086 mode, page mode and clear the memory
Detect CPU speed and display CPU vendor specific
version string and turn on all necessary CPU features
PnP logo and PnP early init
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
Description
Display
58
Reserved
59
Setup Virus
5A
Reserved
5B
Awdflash Load
5C
Reserved
5D
Onboard I/O
5E
Reserved
5F
Reserved
60
Setup enable
61
Reserved
62
Reserved
63
Initialize
Mouse
64
Reserved
65
PS2 Mouse
special
66
Reserved
67
ACPI init
68
Reserved
69
Init Cache
6A
Reserved
6B
Setup
6C
Reserved
6D
Initialize
Floppy
6E
Reserved
6F
FDD install
70
Reserved
71
Reserved
72
Reserved
Setup virus protect according to Protect Setup
If required, will auto load Awdflash.exe in POST
Init Initializing onboard superIO
Display setup message and enable setup functions
Detect if mouse is present, initialize mouse, install
interrupt vectors.
Special treatment to PS2 Mouse port
ACPI sub-system initializing
Initialize cache controller
Enter setup check and autoconfiguration check up
Initialize floppy disk drive
Install FDD and setup BIOS data area parameters
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
73
Initialize Hard
Drive
74
Reserved
75
Detect HDD
76
Reserved
77
Detect serial
ports
78
Reserved
Description
Initialize hard drive controller
IDE device detection
Initialize serial ports.
79
Reserved
7A
Detect parallel
ports
7B
Reserved
7C
HDD Write
Protect
7D
Reserved
7E
Reserved
7F
POST error
check
80
Reserved
81
Reserved
82
Security Check
Ask password security.
83
Write CMOS
Write all CMOS values back to RAM and clear screen.
84
Display PNP
Display PNP devices
85
USB Final Init
Final USB initialization
86
Reserved
87
Reserved
88
Reserved
89
Setup ACPI
tables
8A
Reserved
8B
Option ROM
Detect
Initialize parallel ports.
HDD check for write protection
Check POST error and display them and ask for user
intervention
Setup ACPI tables
Scan for Option ROMs
Award POST Codes
Code
Name
Description
8C
Reserved
8D
Enable Parity
Check
8E
Reserved
8F
IRQ12 Enable
90
Reserved
91
Reserved
92
Reserved
93
Boot Medium
Read
Detect and store boot partition head and cylinders
values in RAM
94
Final Init
Final init for last micro details before boot
95
NumLock
Set NumLock status according to Setup
96
Boot Attempt
Set low stack Boot via INT 19h.
C0
Base CPU test
Read/Write CPU registers
C1
Memory
Presence
Base memory detect
C2
Early Memory
Board Initialization
C3
Extend
Memory
Turn on extended memory, cache initialization
C4
Special Display
First display initialization
C5
Early Shadow
Early shadow enable for fast boot
C6
Cache
presence
External cache size detection
CF
CMOS Check
CMOS checkup
B0
Spurious
If interrupt occurs in protected mode.
B1
Unclaimed NMI
If unmasked NMI occurs, display Press F1 to disable
NMI, F2 reboot.
BF
Program MCP
To program chipset from defaults values
E1-EF
Setup Pages
E1- Page 1, E2 - Page 2, etc.
FF
Boot
Enable Parity Check
Enable IRQ12 if mouse present
EVGA Glossary of Terms
ACPI - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
AFR – Alternate Frame Rendering
APIC - Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller
BIOS - Basic Input Output System
CD-ROM - Compact Disc Read-Only Memory
CMOS - Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
CPU – Central Processing Unit
D-ICE – Dry Ice Cooling
DDR2 - Double Data Rate 2
DDR3 - Double Data Rate 3
DIMM - Dual In-line Memory Module
DRAM - Dynamic random access memory
DVD - Digital Versatile Disc
DVI – Digital Video Interface
FDC - Floppy Disk Controller
FSB – Front Side Bus
FTW – For The Win!
GHz – Gigahertz
GPU – Graphics Processing Unit
HDD - Hard Disk Drive
HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface
HDR – High Dynamic Range Lighting
HPET - High Precision Event Timer
HT – Hyper-Threading
HSF - Heat Sink Fan
I/O - Input/Output
IDE - Integrated Drive Electronics
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IGP - Integrated Graphics Processors
IRQ - Interrupt Request
JBOD - Just a Bunch of Disks
JEDEC - Joint Electron Device Engineering Council
LAN - Local Area Network
LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
LGA – Land Grid Array
LN2 – Liquid Nitrogen Cooling
MAC - Media Access Control
MCP - Media and Communications Processor
MHz - Megahertz
NB - Northbridge
NCQ - Native Command Queuing
NIC - Network Interface Card
NTFS - New Technology File System
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
PATA - Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment
PCB - Printed Circuit Board
PCI - Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCIe - Peripheral Component Interconnect Express
PCI-x - Peripheral Component Interconnect Extended
POST – Power on Self Test
PWM – Pulse Width Modulation
QDR - Quad Data Rate
QPI – Quick Path Interconnect
RAID - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
RGB - Red Green Blue
SATA - Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
SB - Southbridge
SCSI - Small Computer System Interface
SFR – Split Frame Rendering
SLI - Scalable Link Interface
SPD - Serial Presence Detect
SPDIF - Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format
SPP - System Platform Processors
TCP/IP - Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
USB - Universal Serial Bus
VDroop - V-core Voltage Drop
VGA - Video Graphics Array