Motherboard
M5A99X
EVO
E6411
First Edition (V1)
May 2011
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................................... iii
Notices........................................................................................................................ vi
Safety information...................................................................................................... vii
About this guide........................................................................................................ viii
M5A99X EVO specifications summary....................................................................... x
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
Package contents....................................................................................... 1-1
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-2
1.3.2
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM............................ 1-3
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features............................................................ 1-3
1.3.4
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution...................................................... 1-4
1.3.5
ASUS EZ DIY............................................................................... 1-4
1.3.6
Other special features.................................................................. 1-5
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.3
Product introduction
Welcome!..................................................................................................... 1-1
Hardware information
Before you proceed.................................................................................... 2-1
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 2-2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 2-2
2.2.2
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-4
2.2.3
System memory........................................................................... 2-5
2.2.4
Expansion slots.......................................................................... 2-13
2.2.5
Jumper....................................................................................... 2-15
2.2.6
Onboard switches...................................................................... 2-16
2.2.7
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 2-19
2.2.8
Internal connectors.................................................................... 2-21
Building your computer system.............................................................. 2-30
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system............. 2-30
2.3.2
CPU installation......................................................................... 2-31
2.3.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation.............................. 2-32
2.3.4
DIMM installation....................................................................... 2-35
2.3.5
Motherboard installation............................................................. 2-36
2.3.6
ATX Power connection............................................................... 2-38
2.3.7
SATA device connection............................................................. 2-39
2.3.8
Front I/O Connector................................................................... 2-40
2.3.9
Expension Card installation....................................................... 2-41
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Contents
2.4
2.5 2.3.10
Rear panel connection............................................................... 2-42
2.3.11
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-44
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-46
Turning off the computer.......................................................................... 2-46
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-1
3.2.1
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-2
3.2.2
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-3
Main menu................................................................................................... 3-5
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................................... 3-7
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-13
3.5.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-14
3.5.2
North Bridge Configuration........................................................ 3-15
3.5.3
SATA Configuration.................................................................... 3-16
3.5.4
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-18
3.5.5
CPU Core On/Off Function........................................................ 3-19
3.5.6
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-19
3.5.7
APM........................................................................................... 3-21
3.6
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-22
3.8
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-26
3.7
3.9
3.10
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-24
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-26
3.8.2
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-27
3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile...................................................................... 3-28
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-29
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-30
3.10.1
ASUS Update utility................................................................... 3-30
3.10.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.............................................................. 3-33
3.10.3
ASUS BIOS Updater.................................................................. 3-35
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-2
Software information.................................................................................. 4-3
4.3.1
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BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
AI Suite II..................................................................................... 4-3
Contents
4.4
4.5
4.3.2
DIGI+ VRM................................................................................... 4-4
4.3.3
TurboV EVO................................................................................. 4-5
4.3.4
EPU.............................................................................................. 4-9
4.3.5
FAN Xpert.................................................................................. 4-10
4.3.6
Probe II...................................................................................... 4-11
4.3.7
Sensor Recorder........................................................................ 4-12
4.3.8
Ai Charger+................................................................................ 4-13
4.3.9
Monitor....................................................................................... 4-14
4.3.10
System Information.................................................................... 4-15
4.3.11
Audio configurations.................................................................. 4-16
RAID configurations................................................................................. 4-17
4.4.1
RAID definitions......................................................................... 4-17
4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks.................................................. 4-18
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS................................................... 4-18
4.4.4
AMD® Option ROM Utility........................................................... 4-19
Creating a RAID driver disk..................................................................... 4-22
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS................. 4-22
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®.................................. 4-22
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation....... 4-23
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive.................................................... 4-24
Chapter 5:
5.1
5.2
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI CrossFireX™ technology................................................................... 5-1
®
5.1.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-1
5.1.2
Before you begin.......................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards................................. 5-2
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-3
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology................................ 5-3
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................................................................... 5-4
5.2.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-4
5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards....................................... 5-4
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-5
5.2.4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology...................................... 5-5
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent 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
•
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.
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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
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.
•
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
•
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
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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 (+).
Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
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M5A99X EVO specifications summary
CPU
AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU up to 8-core
AMD® 140W CPU Support
AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology (by CPU type)
Supports 32nm CPU
* Compatible with AMD® Socket AM3 for AMD® Phenom™ II
/Athlon™ II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors�
Chipset
AMD® 990X / SB950
System bus
Up to 5200 MT/s; HyperTransport™ 3.0
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 32 GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1800 / 1600 /
1333 / 1066 MHz ECC / non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture
* Due to the CPU spec., AMD AM3 100 series CPUs support up
to DDR3 1066MHz. With ASUS design, this motherboard can
support up to DDR3 1333MHz.
** Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB
capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only
recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of
less than 3GB is recommended.
*** R
efer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory
QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)
Expansion slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots���������
(single
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speed, dual @
�� x8/x8
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speed)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (Black @ x4 speed)
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
1 x PCI slot
Multi-GPU support
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU����������������
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SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage
AMD® SB950 chipset
- 6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support
2 x JMicron® JMB362 SATA controllers
- 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
- 1 x Power eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port
- 1 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port
LAN
Realtek® 8111E PCIe Gigabit LAN controller
Audio
Realtek® ALC892 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports 192khz/24bit BD Lossless Sound
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF Out port at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filter
USB
2 x ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at mid-board for front panel support
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel (blue)
AMD® SB950 chipset
-14 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at
back panel)
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M5A99X EVO specifications summary
IEEE 1394
VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
(one at mid-board, one at back panel)
ASUS unique features
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM:
ASUS DIGI+ VRM
- Industry leading Digital 6+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS TPU
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch
ASUS Exclusive Features
- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger+
-ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user
interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat pipe solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Precision Tweaker 2
- Multi-language BIOS
ASUS exclusive
overclocking features
Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDDNB: Adjustable CPU/NB voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vNB: Adjustable NB voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vNB HT: Adjustable HT voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vSB: Adjustable SB voltage at 0.00500V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up to 600MHz at
1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz
at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
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M5A99X EVO specifications summary
Back panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
1 x IEEE 1394a port
1 x Power eSATA port (green)
1 x eSATA port
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
Internal I/O connectors
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports
(19-pin)
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports
6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector (1 x 3-pin)
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x COM connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button
1 x EPU switch
1 x TPU switch
BIOS features
32 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0,
SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2,
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support DVD contents
Drivers
ASUS Utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® M5A99X EVO 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.
nual
User Ma
ASUS M5A99X EVO
motherboard
User guide
Support DVD
4 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector kit
1 x ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS SLI™ bridge
connector
•
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 M5A99X EVO
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Chapter 1
AMD® FX™-Series / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ 100 Series
Processors (socket AM3+/AM3)
This motherboard supports AMD® AM3+/AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache
and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dualchannel DDR3 1866 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via
HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the
new 32nm manufacturing process.
AMD® 990X Chipset
AMD® 990X Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0)
interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD®’s latest AM3+
and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.
Dual-Channel DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1800 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2133(O.C.)
/ 1866 / 1800 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the
latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture
enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
Quad-GPU SLI™ and Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Support
The motherboard’s powerful AMD® 9900X platform optimizes PCIe allocation in multiple-GPU
configurations of either SLI™ or CrossFireX™. This allows you to enjoy a never beforeexperienced brand new gaming style.
AMD® SB950 Chipset
The AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports the next generation SATA 6.0 Gb/s data
transfer rate and PCI Express 2.0 interface.
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel – 4 USB 3.0
ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster
than USB 2.0. The M5A99X EVO affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.
Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
ASUS provides standardized USB 3.0 front panel support which is compatible with any
chassis. Enjoy faster throughput of USB 3.0 without relegating cables or hard-to-reach rear
I/O.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.3.2
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Chapter 1
The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard
chips—EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). New generation
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM digital power design launch control into a new
era, empowering users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized
performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.
DIGI+ VRM
The new ASUS DIGI+ VRM design upgrades motherboard power delivery to a digital
standard. The 6+2 digital architecture delivers twice the precision power, intelligently
adjusting PWM voltage and frequency modulation with minimal power loss through BIOS
tuning and exclusive user interface to increase over-clocking range while performance
reaches its full potential. It also adjusts frequencies dynamically, cutting radiation interference
by half to enhance system stability through enabling VRM spread spectrum. The DIGI+ VRM
digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure
optimized performance, extreme system stability, and greater power efficiency.
2X Precise Power Control
ASUS DIGI+ VRM delivers twice the precision power, intelligently adjusting PWM voltage and
frequency modulation to minimize power loss while performance reaches its full potential.
TPU
Unleash your performance with ASUS’ simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. The TPU
chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV
functions. Auto tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast,
yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies
and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.
EPU
Tap into the world’s first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or
AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current
PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise
and extends component longevity.
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features
MemOK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool
requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe
settings and dramatically improves your system boot success.
AI Suite II
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features
into one simple to use software package. It allows users 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.
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1-3
1.3.4
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
Chapter 1
ASUS Fanless Design—Heat-pipe solution
The ASUS heat-pipe features 0-dB thermal solution that offers you a noiseless PC
environment. Its beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment and the heat-pipe design
lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through high efficient heatexchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS heat-pipe gives you an
extremely silent and cooling experience with its elegant appearance.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and affect the
heat dissipation performance.
ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds
according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different
geographic regions and your PC’s loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible
controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
1.3.5
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is an Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, offering a userfriendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more
flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the
same smoothness as their operating system. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequentlyaccessed setup info, while the Advance Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts
that demand far more intricate system settings.
Supports Hard Drives over 2.2TB
ASUS UEFI BIOS natively supports hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit, with full storage
space utilization, helping deliver far more exciting computing than traditional BIOS versions!
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-LED, Q-Slot, and Q-DIMM design
speed up and simplify the DIY process!
ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" - making it
convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your
motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference
(EMI).
1-4
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS Q-Connector
Chapter 1
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis front panel cables
to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the trouble of connecting the system
panel cables one at a time and avoiding wrong cable connections.
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.
1.3.6
Other special features
Power eSATA on the Go
The Power eSATA solution combines the eSATA connector and power source together,
allowing you to use external SATA devices without the need of additional power source*.
Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.
* Power eSATA requires a specially designed signal cable to provide 5V power for the external
SATA device. The cable is purchased separately.
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the
most common PC audio setups—your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition
to virtual surround, “Bass enhancement” provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and
“Voice clarification” provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With
these technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.
ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union’s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires
products to meet certain energy efficiency requirement in regards to energy consumptions.
This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products
through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus
mitigate environmental impacts.
ASUS M5A99X EVO
1-5
Chapter 1
1-6
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.
•
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 M5A99X EVO
2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2
Refer to 2.2.8 Internal connectors and 2.3.10 Rear panel connection for more
information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2-28
2.
AM3+ CPU Socket
2-4
3.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN,
4-pin CHA_FAN1, 3-pin CHA_FAN2/3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
2-26
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
2-6
5.
MemOK! switch
2-16
6.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
2-23
7.
Standby power LED (SB_PWR)
2-19
®
2-22
9.
AMD SB950 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1–6)
2-21
10.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
2-15
11.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-29
12.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
2-27
13.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910, USB1112, USB1314)
2-24
14.
EPU switch
2-18
15.
TPU switch
2-17
16.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
2-25
17.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
2-27
18.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
2-25
ASUS M5A99X EVO
Chapter 2
8.JMicron JMB362 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin
SATA3G_E1/E2)
2-3
2.2.2
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with an AM3+/AM3 socket designed for AMD® FX™-Series /
Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ 100 Series Processors.
Chapter 2
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
The AM3+ socket has a different pinout from the 940-pin socket designed for the AMD
Opteron processor. Ensure that you use a CPU designed for the AM3+ socket. The CPU fits
in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into the socket to prevent bending
the connectors on the socket and damaging the CPU!
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) slots.
Chapter 2
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.
Recommended memory configurations
ASUS M5A99X EVO
2-5
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB and 4GB unbuffered ECC and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
Chapter 2
•
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.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the CPU spec., AMD AM3 100 series CPUs support up to DDR3 1066MHz.
With ASUS design, this motherboard can support up to DDR3 1333MHz.
•
When overclocking, some AMD CPU models may not support DDR3 1600 or higher
frequency DIMMs.
•
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.
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DDR3 2000 MHz capability for AM3+ CPU
2-6
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand Chip NO.
Timing
A-DATA
AX3U2000GB2G9B(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
9-11-9-27 1.55~1.75 •
•
CORSAIR
CMT6GX3M3A2000C8(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS -
-
8-9-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
1GB
-
-
9-9-9-28
2
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
AEXEA
AXA3ES4GK2000LG28V(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
Silicon Power SP002GBLYU200S02(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
-
-
•
•
•
Team
2GB
DS Team
T3D1288RT-20 9-9-9-24
TXD32048M2000C9-L(XMP)
SS
Voltage
1.6
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1866 MHz capability for AMD AM3+ CPU
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Chip NO.
DS Brand
Timing
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1866C9DVer4.1(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS -
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH (XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS -
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/3GX(XMP) 3GB ( 3x 1GB ) SS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1866LV4GK
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS -
-
10-10-10
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
Super Talent W1866UX2G8(XMP)
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS -
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
•
Team
2GB
DS Team
T3D1288RT-16 9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
TXD32048M1866C9(XMP)
•
Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
4GB(2 x 2GB) DS
-
-
6-8-6-24
1.65
•
•
4GB(2 x 2GB) DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.6
•
•
KINGSTON KHX1800C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
Vendor
Part No.
Size
G.SKILL
F3-14400CL6D-4GBFLS(XMP)
G.SKILL
F3-14400CL9D-4GBRL(XMP)
SS/
DS
Chapter 2
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DDR3 1800 MHz capability for AMD AM3+ CPU
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
•
•
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2000 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Chip NO.
DS Brand
Timing
A-DATA
AX3U2000GC4G9B(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27 1.55~1.75 •
Apacer
78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
-
•
CORSAIR
CMT6GX3M3A2000C8(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
8-9-8-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.6
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL7Q-8GBFLS(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
7-9-7-24
1.65
•
•
GEIL
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
Transcend
TX2000KLN-8GK (388375)(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
1.6
•
AEXEA
AXA3ES2G2000LG28V(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
AEXEA
AXA3ES4GK2000LG28V(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
Patriot
PX7312G2000ELK(XMP)
12GB ( 3x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9-11-9-27 1.65
•
Team
TXD32048M2000C9(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288RT-20 9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Team
TXD32048M2000C9-L(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288LT-20 9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Team
TXD32048M2000C9-L(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288RT-20 9-9-9-24
1.6
•
ASUS M5A99X EVO
Voltage
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
•
•
•
•
2-7
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1866 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU
SS/ Chip Chip NO.
DS Brand
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
Vendor
Part No.
Size
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9-10-9-27 1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH (XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/3GX(XMP)
3GB ( 3x 1GB ) SS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1866LV4GK
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
-
-
10-10-10
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
-
-
8-8-8-24
-
•
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288RT-16 9-9-9-24
1.65
•
Super Talent W1866UX2G8(XMP)
Team
TXD32048M1866C9(XMP)
Timing
•
•
•
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1800 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU
Chapter 2
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing
DS
G.SKILL
F3-14400CL6D-4GBFLS(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
6-8-6-24 1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14400CL9D-4GBRL(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24 1.6
•
•
•
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
-
•
•
•
KINGSTON KHX1800C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
1.65
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU
2-8
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
12GB ( 6x 2GB ) DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.6
•
•
•
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
6-6-6-18
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD4GX3M2B1600C8
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
6-6-6-18
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A1600C7(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-20
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX6GX3M3C1600C7(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
7-8-7-20
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMP8GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BN1608.8FF(XMP)
2GB( 2x 1GB )
SS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.35
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-21
1.6~1.65 •
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
7-8-7-24
1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO(XMP)
8GB ( 2x4GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.35
•
•
•
GEIL
GET316GB1600C9QC(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS -
-
9-9-9-28
1.6
•
•
•
GEIL
GE34GB1600C9DC(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
-
9-9-9-28
1.6
•
•
Vendor
Part No.
Size
CORSAIR
HX3X12G1600C9(XMP)
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
CORSAIR
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
DS -
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
M5A99X EVO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU (Continued)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
GEIL
GVP38GB1600C8QC(XMP)
8GB ( 4x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-28
1.6
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGD45F-B8MF7(XMP)
1GB
SS -
-
-
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
12GB( 3x 4GB ) DS
KINGSTON
KHX1600C7D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
KINGSTON
Kingston
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8
1.65
•
•
KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
9
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
9
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G16004GK
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8
1.7
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
Super Talent WP160UX4G8(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8
-
•
•
Super Talent WP160UX4G9(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
9
-
•
•
•
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
-
-
•
•
•
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8
-
•
•
•
AEXEA
AXA3PS2G1600S18V(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
AEXEA
AXA3PS4GK1600S18V(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D(XMP)
2GB
DS Asint
3128M8-GJ1D
-
-
•
•
•
EK Memory
EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
9
-
•
•
•
GoodRam
GR1600D364L9/2G
2GB
DS GoodRam GF1008KC-JN
-
-
•
•
•
KINGTIGER KTG2G1600PG3(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
-
-
•
•
•
Mushkin
996805(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
6-8-6-24
1.65
•
•
•
Mushkin
998805(XMP)
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS -
-
6-8-6-24
1.65
•
•
Patriot
PX7312G1600LLK(XMP)
12GB ( 3x 4GB ) DS -
-
8-9-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PGS34G1600LLKA2
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.7
•
•
•
Patriot
PGS34G1600LLKA
4GB( 2x 2GB )
DS -
-
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
•
•
PATRIOT
PGS34G1600LLKA
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600LLK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
Patriot
PX538G1600LLK(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS -
-
8-9-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
Team
TXD31024M1600C8-D(XMP)
1GB
SS Team
T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
Team
TXD32048M1600HC8-D(XMP)
2GB
DS Team
T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
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N/A
2-9
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DDR3 1333 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU
Chapter 2
2-10
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand Chip NO.
DS
Timing
Voltage
Apacer
78.01GC6.9L0
1GB
SS Apacer
AM5D5808DEJSBG
9
-
•
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2GB
DS Apacer
AM5D5808FEQSBG
9
-
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TW3X4G1333C9A
4GB ( 2x DS 2GB )
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M2A1333C9(XMP) 8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1333C9
8GB(4 x
2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1GB
SS MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF(XMP) 2GB
DS -
-
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2GB
DS MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25672BA1339.18FF
2GB
DS MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ20UF8BCF0-DJ-F
2GB
SS Elpida
J2108BCSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
4GB ( 2x DS G.SKILL
2GB )
D3 128M8CE9 2GB
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D4GBHK(XMP)
4GB ( 2x DS 2GB )
-
8-8-8-21
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7D4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-21
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D4GBECO(XMP)
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
1.35
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
GEIL
GET316GB1333C9QC
16GB ( DS 4x 4GB )
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB ( 2x DS GEIL
2GB )
GL1L128M88BA115FW
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
•
•
GEIL
GB34GB1333C7DC
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS GEIL
GL1L128M88BA15FW
7-7-7-24
1.5
•
•
•
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS GEIL
GL1L128M88BA12N
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1333C7DC
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-24
1.5
•
•
•
GEIL
GVP38GB1333C7QC
8GB ( 4x DS 2GB )
-
7-7-7-24
1.5
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6TFR8A-H9
1GB
SS Hynix
H5TC1G83TFR
-
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT325U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
SS Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFR
-
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
9
-
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6TFR8A-H9
2GB
DS Hynix
H5TC1G83TFR
-
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT351U6BFR8C-H9
4GB
DS Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFR
-
-
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-C8KM9
2GB
SS Kingmax
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
-
-
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-B8KL9
2GB
DS KINGMAX
KFB8FNLXL-BNF-15A
-
-
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFF65F-C8KM9
4GB
DS Kingmax
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
-
-
•
•
•
Kingston
KVR1333D3N9/1G
1GB
SS Elpida
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
9
1.5
•
•
•
Kingston
KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS Kingston
D1288JPNDPLD9U
9
1.5
•
•
•
Kingston
KHX1333C9D3UK2/
4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x DS 2GB )
-
9
1.25
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
4GB ( 2x DS KINGSTON D1288JEMFPGD9U
2GB )
-
1.5
•
•
MICRON
MT4JTF12864AZ-1G4D1
1GB
SS Micron
D9LGQ
-
-
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1
2GB
SS Micron
D9LGK
-
-
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1
2GB
SS Micron
D9LGK
-
-
•
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1
4GB
DS Micron
D9LGK
-
-
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPR13332GK
2GB ( 2x SS 1GB )
-
6-6-6
1.75
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS -
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV4GK
4GB ( 2x DS 2GB )
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
•
1
2
4
DIMM DIMM DIMM
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DDR3 1333 MHz capability for AMD AM3 CPU (continued)
Part No.
Size
OCZ
OCZ3RPR13334GK
4GB ( 2x DS 2GB )
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV4GK
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
OCZ
OCZX1333LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x
2GB)
DS NA
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
OCZ
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Timing
Voltage
-
6-6-6
1.75
•
•
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
•
-
8-8-8
1.6
•
•
•
8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPR1333C9LV8GK
8GB ( 2x DS 4GB )
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
PSC
PC310600U-9-10-A0
1GB
SS PSC
A3P1GF3FGF
-
-
•
PSC
AL8F8G73D-DG1
2GB
DS PSC
A3P1GF3DGF
-
-
•
•
PSC
PC310600U-9-10-B0
2GB
DS PSC
A3P1GF3FGF
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B2873EH1-CH9
1GB
SS SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
SAMSUNG
M378B2873FHS-CH9
1GB
SS SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5773DH0-CH9
2GB
SS Samsung
K4B2G08460
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5673FH0-CH9
2GB
DS SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5273BH1-CH9
4GB
DS SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5273CH0-CH9
4GB
DS SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846C
K4B2G0846C -
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5273DH0-CH9
4GB
DS Samsung
K4B2G08460
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B1G73AH0-CH9
8GB
DS SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846A-HCH9
-
-
•
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3N (566577)
2GB
SS Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFR
9
-
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3N (574206)
2GB
SS Micron
D9LGK
9
-
•
•
Transcend
TS512MLK64V3N (389889)
4GB
DS Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFR
9
-
•
•
Transcend
TS512MLK64V3N (574831)
4GB
DS Micron
D9LGK
9
-
•
•
•
ACTICA
ACT1GHU64B8F1333S
1GB
SS Samsung
K4B1G0846F
-
-
•
•
•
ACTICA
ACT1GHU72C8G1333S
1GB
SS Samsung
K4B1G0846F(ECC)
-
-
•
•
•
ACTICA
ACT2GHU64B8G1333M
2GB
DS Micron
D9KPT
-
-
•
•
ACTICA
ACT2GHU64B8G1333S
2GB
DS Samsung
K4B1G0846F
-
-
•
•
ACTICA
ACT2GHU72D8G1333M
2GB
DS Micron
D9KPT(ECC)
-
-
ACTICA
ACT2GHU72D8G1333S
2GB
DS Samsung
K4B1G0846F(ECC)
-
-
•
•
•
ACTICA
ACT4GHU64B8H1333H
4GB
DS Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFR
-
-
•
•
•
ACTICA
ACT4GHU72D8H1333H
4GB
DS Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFR(ECC)
-
-
•
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-1G
1GB
SS Elpida
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSH1333D3G-T3G(XMP)
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS -
-
7-7-7-20
-
•
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-2G
2GB
DS Elpida
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
-
•
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-4G
4GB
DS NANYA
NT5CB256M8BN-CG
-
•
•
•
EK Memory
EKM324L28BP8-I13
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
9
-
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB88B7N-CG
2GB
SS Elixir
N2CB2G808N-CG
-
-
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F4G64CB8HB5N-CG
4GB
DS Elixir
N2CB2G808N-CG
-
-
•
•
•
GoodRam
GR1333D364L9/2G
2GB
DS Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-13H
-
-
•
•
•
KINGTIGER
F10DA2T1680
2GB
DS KINGTIGER KTG1333PS1208NST-C9 -
-
•
•
•
KINGTIGER
KTG2G1333PG3
2GB
DS -
-
-
-
•
•
•
Patriot
PSD32G13332
2GB
DS Prtriot
PM128M8D3BU-15
9
-
•
•
•
Patriot
PGS34G1333LLKA
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1333ELK
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1333LLK
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS -
-
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
•
Silicon Power SP001GBLTE133S01
1GB
SS NANYA
NT5CB128M8AN-CG
-
-
•
•
•
Silicon Power SP001GBLTU1333S01
1GB
SS NANYA
NT5CB128M8AN-CG
-
-
•
•
•
Silicon Power SP002GBLTE133S01
2GB
DS NANYA
NT5CB128M8AN-CG
-
-
•
•
•
Silicon Power SP002GBLTU133S02
2GB
DS S-POWER
I0YT3E0
9
-
•
•
•
Team
TXD31024M1333C7(XMP)
1GB
SS Team
T3D1288LT-13
7-7-7-21
1.75
•
•
•
Team
TXD31048M1333C7-D(XMP) 1GB
SS Team
T3D1288LT-13
7-7-7-21
1.75
•
Team
TXD32048M1333C7-D(XMP) 2GB
DS Team
T3D1288LT-13
7-7-7-21
1.5-1.6
•
•
Team
TXD32048M1333C7-D(XMP) 2GB
DS Team
T3D1288LT-13
7-7-7-21
1.5-1.6
•
•
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2
4
DIMM DIMM DIMM
•
•
•
Chapter 2
SS/ Chip Brand Chip NO.
DS
Vendor
•
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Chapter 2
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/DS Chip Brand Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM socket support
Voltage (Optional)
1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12872BA1067.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16SFD 2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25672BA1067.18FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-AE-E
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-AE-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
GEIL
GG34GB1066C8DC
4GB ( 2x DS
2GB )
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA115FW 8-8-8-20 1.3
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0 1GB
SS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1GB
SS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
-
•
Hynix
HMT125U6AFP8C-G7N0 2GB
DS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
2GB
DS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
-
•
•
•
Kingston
KVR1066D3N7/1G
1GB
SS
Kingston
D1288JPNDPLD9U
7
1.5
•
•
•
Kingston
KVR1066D3N7/2G
2GB
DS
Elpida
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
7
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON D1288JELDNGD9U
-
1.5
•
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7K2/4G
4GB ( 2x DS
2GB )
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1 1GB
SS
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7
-
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ1G1F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CF8
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
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Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HC5N-BE
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80CN-BE
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M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-BE
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Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
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1 DIMM: Supports one (1) module inserted into any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration. We suggest that you install the module into A2 slot.
•
2 DIMMs: Supports two (2) modules inserted into either the black slots as one pair of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
•
4 DIMMs: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the black slots as two pairs of Dualchannel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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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.
Slot No. Slot Description
1
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
2
PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot
3
PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot
4
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot (at x8 mode)
5
PCI slot 1
6
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot [black] (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
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•
In single VGA card mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (navy blue) for a PCI Express
x16 graphics card to get better performance.
•
In CrossFireX™ or SLI™ 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™ or SLI™
mode. Refer to page 2-28 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2/3 when
using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment. See page 2-26 for details.
Chapter 2
PCIe 2.0 x1_1
configuration
PCI Express operating mode
PCIe 2.0 x1_1
Power eSATA/eSATA
PCIe 2.0 x1_1
x1
Disabled
JMB362
Disabled
Enabled
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIE 2.0 x16_1
PCIE 2.0 x16_2
PCIE 2.0 x16_3
PCIE 2.0 x1_1
PCIE 2.0 x1_2
PCI_1
LAN
USB 3.0_1
USB 3.0_2
Onchip SATA
Controller
JMB 362_1
JMB 362_2
1394 Controller
HD Audio
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.5
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
Chapter 2
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.
To erase the RTC RAM
1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3
for about 5–10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter 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 the CMOS clearance, 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.
•
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R. function. You
must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the power cord before
rebooting the system.
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2.2.6
Onboard switches
Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or opencase system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to
enhance system performance.
1.
MemOK! switch
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.
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•
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 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 test 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 fail to boot due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK! switch to boot
and load BIOS default settings. A messgae 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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.
TPU switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable
clock speeds.
Chapter 2
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
•
The TPU LED (O2LED2) 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.
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3.
EPU switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically detect the current PC loadings and
intelligently moderate the power consumption.
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
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•
The EPU LED (O2LED3) near the EPU switch lights when the switch setting is turned
to Enable. Refer to section 2.2.7 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the EPU
LED.
•
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 software application or BIOS setup program,
and enable the EPU function at the same time. However, the system will use the last
setting you have made.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.7
1.
Onboard LEDs
Standby Power LED
Chapter 2
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.
2.
POST State LEDs
The POST State LEDs of CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and HDD indicate key components
status during POST (Power-on Self Test). 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 intuitional way to locate the root problem within a second.
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3.
TPU LED
The TPU LED lights when the TPU switch is turned to Enable.
Chapter 2
4.
2-20
EPU LED
The EPU LED lights when the EPU switch is turned to Enable.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.8
1.
Internal connectors
AMD Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-6)
®
These connectors are for the Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
Chapter 2
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5,
or RAID 10 configuration through the onboard AMD® SB950 controller.
•
These connectors are set to [AHCI Mode] by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode item in the BIOS to [RAID
Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.3 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 SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section
3.5.3 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.
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2.
JMicron® JMB362 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G_E1/E2 [black])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drives and optical disc
drives via Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s signal cables.
Chapter 2
•
These connectors are set to [AHCI Mode] by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode item in the BIOS to [RAID
Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.3 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 SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section
3.5.3 SATA Configuration for details.
•
•
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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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
3.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
Chapter 2
This connector is for the additional USB 3.0 ports, and complies with the USB 3.0
specificaton that supports up to 480 MBps 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.
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4.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910; USB1112; USB1314)
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
48 MBps connection speed.
Chapter 2
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!
You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis supports
front panel USB ports.
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
5.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
Chapter 2
This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module cable
to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis.
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The IEEE 1394 bracket is purchased separately.
6.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port(s).
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.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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7.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CHA_FAN1; 3-pin CHA_FAN2/3; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
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.
Chapter 2
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!
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•
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power.
•
Only the CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 and CHA_FAN3 connectors support the
ASUS FAN Xpert feature.
•
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable to
the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3 for better
thermal environment.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
8.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
•
Chapter 2
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.
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.
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If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector,
set the Azalia Front Panel 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 [AC97]. By default,
this connector is set to [HD].
9.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The COM module is purchased separately.
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10. 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.
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•
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 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.
•
If you want to use two high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with 1000W power
or above to ensure the system stability.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
Chapter 2
11.
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS settings.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the
system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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2.3
Building your computer system
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system
Chapter 2
1 bag of screws
Philips (cross) screwdriver
PC chassis
Power supply unit
AMD AM3+ CPU
AMD AM3+ compatible CPU Fan
DIMM
SATA hard disk drive
SATA optical disc drive (optional)
Graphics card (optional)
The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.2
CPU installation
The AMD AM3+ socket is compatible with AMD AM3+ and AM3 processors. Ensure you
use a CPU designed for the AM3+ socket. The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO
NOT force the CPU into the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
Chapter 2
1
2
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3
Chapter 2
2.3.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation
Apply the Thermal Interface Material
to the CPU heatsink and CPU
before you install the heatsink and
fan if necessary.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
Chapter 2
1
2
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3
Chapter 2
4
5
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.4
DIMM installation
1
Chapter 2
2
3
To remove a DIMM
B
A
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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
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
Chapter 2
3
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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2.3.6
ATX Power connection
1
Chapter 2
2
OR
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OR
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.7
SATA device connection
1
OR
Chapter 2
2
OR
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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
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.9
Expension Card installation
Chapter 2
To install PCIe x16 cards
To install PCIe x1 cards
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2.3.10
Rear panel connection
Chapter 2
Rear panel connectors
1. PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
7. Optical S/PDIF Out port
2. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
8. Power External SATA port
3. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
9. IEEE 1394a port
4. USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2
10. External SATA port
5. LAN (RJ-45) port*
11. USB 2.0 ports 7 and 8
6. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
12. Audio I/O ports**
* and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LED and audio port definitions.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
•
DO NOT insert a different connector to the external SATA port.
•
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 installation.
•
USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
•
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.
•
If you want to use the hot-plug function of the external SATA ports, you have to set the
JMB Storage Controller item in the BIOS setting to [Enabled] and install the JMicron
JMB36X Controller Driver from the motherboard support DVD. Refer to section 3.5.6
Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
Activity Link LED
Status
Description
Speed LED
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
Chapter 2
* LAN ports LED indications
LAN port
** Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Light Blue Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
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
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker Out
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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
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
Chapter 2
Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
When the DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC function is enabled, ensure to connect the rear
speaker to the gray port.
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2.4
Starting up for the first time
Chapter 2
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.
Monitor
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c.
System power
6.
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 (refer to 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
One short beep
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
7.
Description
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
No memory detected
No VGA detected
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
2.5 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.
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Chapter 3
Chapter 3:
3.1
Knowing BIOS
BIOS setup
The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is an Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, offering a userfriendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more
flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the new 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.
•
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.
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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 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.
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.
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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.
The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the
Setup Mode item in section
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Clicks to display all fan
speeds if available
Selects the display language of
the BIOS setup program
Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU/5V/3.3V/12V voltage output,
CPU/chassis/power fan speed
Exits the BIOS setup program without saving
the changes, saves the changes and resets
the system, or enters the Advanced Mode
UEFI BIOS Utility - EZ Mode
Exit/Advanced Mode
M5A99X EVO
Monday [4/11/2011]
Build Date : 04/28/2011
CPU Type : AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor
Speed : 3446 MHz
Total Memory : 4096 MB
Temperature
CPU
MB
English
BIOS Version : 0133
Voltage
+145.4ºF/+63.0ºC
CPU
1.320V
5V
+84.2ºF/+29.0ºC
3.3V
3.216V
12V
4.950V
11.840V
Fan Speed
CPU_FAN
CHA_FAN2
2626RPM
CHA_FAN1
N/A
N/A
CHA_FAN3
N/A
System Performance
Quiet
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Performance
Energy Saving
Normal
Boot Priority
Use the mouse to drag or keyboard to navigate to decide the boot priority.
Boot Menu(F8)
Selects the boot device priority
Displays the system properties of the
selected mode on the right hand side
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Power Saving mode
Default(F5)
Loads optimized default
Normal mode
ASUS Optimal mode
Selects the boot device priority
•
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.
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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 EZ Mode, click Exit, then select ASUS EZ Mode.
Menu items
Back button
Menu bar
Configuration fields
General help
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ Onboard Devices Configuration >
Enabled/Disabled JMB Storage OPROM.
VIA 1394 Controller
Enabled
JMB Storage Controller
Enabled
JMB Storage OPROM
Enabled
Display OptionRom in POST
Enabled
JMB Storage OPROM
Enabled
Enabled
Realtek LAN Controller
Enabled
Realtek PXE OPROM
Disabled
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
> Serial Port Configuration
> SB HD Azalia Configuration
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Disabled
Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller
Enabled
Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support
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Submenu item
Pop-up window
Scroll bar
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tool
For configuring options for special functions
Exit
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For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
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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
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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. Use
<F12> key to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
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.
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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.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
BIOS Information
BIOS Version
Build Date
Boot
Tool
Choose the system default language
0133 x64
04/28/2011
CPU Information
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor
Memory Information
Total Memory
EC Version
4096MB (DDR3)
MBECG-0012
System Language
System Date
System Time
English
[Mon 05/02/2011]
[16:46:15]
Access Level
Administrator
> Security
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
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Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Tool
Main\ Security >
Password Description
To clear the administrator password,
key in the current password in the
Enter Current Password box,
and then press <Enter> when
prompted to create/confirm the
password.
If ONLY the Administrator's password is set,
then this only limits access to Setup and is
only asked for when entering Setup
If ONLY the User's password is set, then this
is a power on password and must be entered to
boot or enter Setup. In Setup the User will
have Administrator rights
Administrator Password
User Password
Not Installed
Not Installed
Administrator Password
User Password
•
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.
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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>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
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.
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To set a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
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.
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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.
Exit
Ai Tweaker
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
[D.O.C.P.] When DOCP is enabled CPU
Bus, CPU ratio and memory parameters
will be auto optimized.
Current CPU Speed
: 3446MHz
Target CPU Speed
: 3400MHz
Current Memory Frequency: 1066MHz
Current NB Frequency
: 1200MHz
Current HT Link Speed
: 1200MHz Ai Overclock Tuner
Auto
OC Tuner
CANCEL
CPU Ratio
Auto
Memory Frequency
Auto
CPU/NB Frequency
Auto
HT Link Speed
Auto
CPU Spread Spectrum
Auto
PCIe Spread Spectrum
Auto
EPU Power Saving Mode
Disabled
EPU Setting
Auto
> DRAM Timing Control
> DRAM Driving Control
DIGI+ VRM
CPU Load-Line Calibration
Auto
CPU/NB Load-Line Calibration
Auto
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
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Main
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Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU Currrent Capability
100%
CPU/NB Currrent Capability
100%
CPU Power Phase Control
Standard
CPU Voltage Frequency
Auto
VRM Spread Spectrum
Disabled
CPU Power Duty Control
T.Probe
CPU & NB Voltage
Offset Mode Sign
CPU Offset Voltage
1.320V
CPU/NB Offset Mode Sign
CPU/NB Offset Voltage
Offset Mode
+
Auto
+
1.100V
Auto
CPU VDDA Voltage
2.500V
Auto
DRAM Voltage
1.550V
Auto
NB Voltage
1.100V
Auto
NB HT Voltage
1.200V
Auto
NB 1.8V Voltage
1.800V
Auto
SB Voltage
1.800V
Auto
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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]
[Manual]
[D.O.C.P.]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
CPU Bus, CPU ratio and memory parameters will be auto optimized.
OC Tuner [CANCEL]
OC Tuner automatically overclocks the frequency and voltage of CPU and DRAM for
enhancing the system performance. Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
CPU Ratio [Auto]
Allows user can manually adjust the maximum non-CPB mode CPU ratio. The value will be
limit to CPU base or factory setting. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid
value ranges vary according to your CPU model.
Memory Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz] [DDR31600MHz]
Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
CPU/NB Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU/NB frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1400MHz] [1600MHz] [1800MHz] [2000MHz]
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HT Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to select the HyperTransport link speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [800MHz] [1000MHz] [1200MHz] [1400MHz] [1600MHz]
[1800MHz] [2000MHz]
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Automatic configuration.
Enhances CPU bus frequency overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
PCIe Spread Spectrum [Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Automatic configuration.
Enhances the PCIe overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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]
DRAM Timing Control
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 CLK] – [12 CLK]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] – [12 CLK]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] – [12 CLK]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [15 CLK] – [30 CLK]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK]
DRAM CAS# write Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] – [12 CLK]
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DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK] [8 CLK] [10 CLK] [12 CLK]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [90ns] [110ns] [160ns] [300ns] [350ns]
DRAM Row Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [11 CLK] – [42 CLK]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 CLK] – [17 CLK]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] – [10 CLK]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Timing [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] – [10 CLK]
DRAM READ to READ Timing [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] – [10 CLK]
DRAM Refresh Rate [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Every 7.8ms] [Every 3.9ms]
DRAM Command Rate [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1T] [2T]
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DRAM Driving Control
DCT0 Information:
CKE drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
CS/ODT drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
ADDR/CMD drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
MEMCLK drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
Data drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
DQS drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
Processor ODT [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [240 ohms +/- 20%] [120 ohms +/- 20%] [60 ohms +/20%]
DCT1 Information:
CKE drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
CS/ODT drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
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ADDR/CMD drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x] [2x]
MEMCLK drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
Data drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
DQS drive strength [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1x] [1.25x] [1.5x]
Processor ODT [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [240 ohms +/- 20%] [120 ohms +/- 20%] [60 ohms +/20%]
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DIGI+ VRM
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line is defined by AMD VRM spec and affects CPU voltage. The CPU working voltage
will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher load-line calibration would get higher
voltage and better overclocking performance, but increase the CPU and VRM thermal. This
item allows you to adjust the voltage range from the following percentages to boost the
system performance: 0% (Regular), 25% (Medium), 50% (High), 75% (Ultra High) and 100%
(Extreme).
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Medium] [High] [Ultra High] [Extreme]
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specifiation.
CPU/NB Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU/NB Load-Line mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [High] [Extreme]
CPU Currrent Capability [Auto]
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: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
Do not remove the thermal module while changing the DIGI+ VRM related parrameters .
The thermal conditions should be monitored.
Some of the following items are adjusted by typing the desired values using the numeric
keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter>
key.
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CPU/NB Currrent Capability [Auto]
This item provides wider total DRAM controller power range for overclocking. A higher
value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range
simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
CPU Power Phase Control [Standard]
Phase number is the number of woorking VRM phase. Increasing phase number under
heavy system loading to get more transient and better thermal performance. Reducing phase
number under light system loading to increase VRM efficiency
[Standard]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
[Manual Adjustment]
Proceeds phase control depending on the CPU loading.
Loads the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Proceeds the full phase mode.
Allows manual adjustment.
CPU Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Switching frequency will affects the VRM transient response and component thermal. Higher
frequency gets quicker transient response. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
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VRM Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable the spread spectrum to enhance system stability.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
[T.Probe]
[Extreme]
Maintains the VRM thermal balance.
Maintains the VRM current balance.
CPU & NB Voltage [Offset Mode]
[Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU & NB voltage.
[Offset Mode] Allows you to set the Offset voltage.
Offset Mode Sign [+]
This item appears only when you set the CPU & NB Voltage item to [Offset Mode].
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
CPU Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU & NB Voltage item to [Offset Mode] and
allows you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to 0.70000V with
a 0.00625V interval.
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CPU/NB Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU/NB Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU & NB Voltage item to [Offset Mode]
and allows you to set the CPU/NB Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to
0.70000V with a 0.00625V interval.
CPU Manual Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU & NB Voltage item to [Manual Mode]
and allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to 1.344V
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.
CPU/NB Manual Voltage [Auto]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU VDDA Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VDDA voltage. The values range from 2.20000V to 2.90000V with
a 0.00625V interval.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.20V to 2.20V with a 0.00625V
interval.
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NB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Northbridge voltage. The values range from 1.10000V to 1.25V with a
0.00625V interval.
NB HT Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the HyperTransport voltage. The values range from 1.2V to 1.4V with a
0.00625V interval.
NB 1.8V Voltage [Auto]
The values range from 1.80V to 2.80V with a 0.005V interval.
SB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Southbridge voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.80V with a 0.005V
interval.
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Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Chapter 3
Main
Exit
Tool
CPU Configuration Parameters
> CPU Configuration
> North Bridge
> SATA Configuration
> USB Configuration
> CPU Core On/Off Function
> Onboard Devices Configuration
> APM
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
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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.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ CPU Configuration >
CPU Configuration
Enable/disable the generation of
ACPI_PPC, _PSS, and _PCT objects.
AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 965 Processor
Quad Core Running @ 3446 MHz 1400 mV
Max Speed: 3400 MHZ
Intended Speed: 3400 MHZ
Microcode Patch Level: 10000c6
--------------- Cache per Core --------------L1 Instruction Cache: 64 KB/2-way
L1 Data Cache: 64 KB/2-way
L2 Cache: 512 KB/16-way
Total L3 Cache per Socket: 6 MB/48-way
Cool’n’ Quiet
Enable
C1E
Enabled
SVM
Enabled
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
Chapter 3
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Cool‘n’Quiet [Enable]
Allows you to enable or disable AMD Cool’n’Quiet function.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
C1E [Enabled]
Enable this feature will let your system utilize the AMD specific ACPI states to save power
consumption. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SVM [Enabled]
Enable AMD virtualization in CPU. This secure virtual mode will let you run multiple OS
(guest) on the same physical hardware by decoupling OS and physical hardware with the
hypervisor layer.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.5.2
North Bridge Configuration
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ North Bridge Configuration >
North Bridge Configuration
IOMMU Mode
Disabled
IOMMU is supported on LINUX based
systems to convert 32bit I/O to 64bit
MMIO.
> Memory Configuration
Initate Graphic Adapter
PEG/PCI
Starting Address: 0 KB
Ending Address: 5242880 KB
Dimm0:
Dimm1:
Dimm2:
Dimm3:
Not Present
size=2048 MB, speed=1333 MHz
Not Present
size=2048 MB, speed=1333 Mhz
IOMMU Mode [Disabled]
IOMMU is supported on LINUX based systems to convert 32bit I/O to 64bit MMIO.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [64MB]
Memory Configuration
Bank Interleaving [Auto]
Configuration options: [Aute] [Disabled]
Channel Interleaving [Auto]
Configuration options: [Aute] [Disabled]
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ECC Mode [Enable]
Enables or disables the DRAM ECC mode that allows the hardware to report and
correct memory errors.
[Disabled] Disables the DRAM ECC mode.
[Enable] Set to [Enable] to adjust ECC mode automatically.
Power Down Enable [Disabled]
Enables or disables the DDR power down mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Memory Hole Remapping [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DCT Unganged Mode [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
Allows you to decide which graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI/PEG] [PEG/PCI]
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3.5.3
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.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ SATA Configuration >
Options for SATA Configuration.
SATA Configuration
SATA Port1
SATA Port2
SATA Port3
SATA Port4
SATA Port5
SATA Port6
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
> SB SATA Configuration
SB SATA Configuration
Options for SATA Configuration.
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled]
[Enabled] Enables the onboard channel SATA port.
[Disabled] Disables the onboard channel SATA port.
The following items appear only when you set the OnChip SATA Channel item to
[Enabled].
Chapter 3
SATA Port1–Port4 [AHCI]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[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 Port5–Port6 [AHCI]
Setting this item to [IDE] instead of [RAID] or [AHCI] allows the system to recognize the
optical drives connected to the SATA connectors 5 or 6 when installing Windows OS.
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•
When the SATA Port1–Port 4 and the SATA Port5–Port 6 items are set to [AHCI], the
information of the SATA connectors 1–6 can be seen only under the OS environment
or during POST.
•
For Windows® XP OS, you have to install the AHCI driver, so that you could use the
SATA connectors 1–6 in AHCI mode under the OS environment.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
If you use a SATA optical drive to run the Windows OS installation disk, we strongly
recommend that you install the optical drive to the SATA connectors 5/6 and set them to
[IDE] mode.
S.M.A.R.T Status Check [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
[Disabled]
Disables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
SATA Hot Plug on PORT1 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SATA Hot Plug on PORT2 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SATA Hot Plug on PORT3 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SATA Hot Plug on PORT4 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SATA Hot Plug on PORT5 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Chapter 3
SATA Hot Plug on PORT6 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.5.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ USB Configuration >
USB Configuration
Enables Legacy USB support. AUTO
option disables legacy support if no
USB devices are connected. DISABLE
option will keep USB devices
available only for EFI applications.
USB Devices:
1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse
Legacy USB Support
Enabled
Legacy USB3.0 Support
Enabled
EHCI Hand-off
Disabled
> SB USB Configuration
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
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.
Legacy USB3.0 Support [Enabled]
Chapter 3
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for USB 3.0 devices on legacy operating systems
(OS).
Disables the function.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
Disables the function.
SB USB Configuration
Options for SB USB Configuration.
OHCI HC (Bus 0 Dev 18 Fn 0) [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
OHCI HC (Bus 0 Dev 19 Fn 0) [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
OHCI HC (Bus 0 Dev 22Fn 0) [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
OHCI HC (Bus 0 Dev 20 Fn 5) [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.5.5
CPU Core On/Off Function
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ CPU Core On/Off Function >
ASUS Core Unlocker
CPU Core Activation
Disabled
Auto
Enabled ASUS Core Unlocker to get FULL
computing power of processor. [Warning]
System might become unstable due to
different CPU margins.
ASUS Core Unlocker [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the ASUS Core Unlocker to get the full computing power of the
processor.
Disables this function.
CPU Core Activation [Auto]
This item lets user turn off core except core 1, user can turn off 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc core
manually. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
3.5.6
Onboard Devices Configuration
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Advanced\ Onboard Devices Configuration >
Enabled
JMB Storage Controller
Enabled
JMB Storage OPROM
Enabled
Display OptionRom in POST
Enabled
Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller
Enabled
Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support
Disabled
Realtek LAN Controller
Enabled
Realtek PXE OPROM
Disabled
> Serial Port Configuration
> SB HD Azalia Configuration
eSATA (JMB controller) & PCIEX1_1 Detection
Chapter 3
Enabled/Disabled JMB Storage OPROM.
VIA 1394 Controller
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
Auto
Version 2.00.1201. Copyright (C) 2010 American Megatrends, Inc.
VIA 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Disables the controller.
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JMB Storage Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the JMB storage controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
If you want to use the full functin of the JMB storage contorller (ex. AHCI), we recommend
that you set this item to [Enabled] and install the JMicron JMB36X Controller Driver from
the motherboard support DVD.
JMB Storage OPROM [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the OptionRom of the JMB storage controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Display OptionRom in POST [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the JMB Storage OPROM item to [Enabled] and
allows you to display or hide the OptionRom of the JMB storage controller during POST.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables this function.
Disables this function.
Realtek LAN Controller [Enabled]
Chapter 3
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Realtek LAN controller.
Disables the controller.
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]
Serial Port Configuration
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the serial port configuration.
This item functions only if there is a serial port (COM1) connector on the motherboard.
Serial Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the serial port (COM).
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Change Settings [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]
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]
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SB HD Azalia Configuration
Options for SB HD Azalia.
HD Audio Azalia Device [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the HD Audio controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Azalia Front Panel [HD]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or
high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio
module supports.
[AC 97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
[HD]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[SPDIF] Sets to [SPDIF] for SPDIF audio output.
[HDMI]
Sets to [HDMI] for HDMI audio output.
eSATA (JMB controller) & PCIEX1_1 Detection [Auto]
[Auto]
The system auto-detects the occupied PCIEX1_1 slot or eSATA/Power
eSATA connector. When both are occupied, only PCIEX1_1 slot can work.
If eSATA (JMB controller) is enabled, PCIEX1_1 slot will be blocked and
you can connect eSATA/Power eSATA devices.
[eSATA]
APM
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Chapter 3
3.5.7
Tool
Advanced\ APM >
ErP Ready
Enabled
Allow BIOS to switch off some power
at S5 to get the system ready for Eup
requirement. When set to Enabled, all
other PME options will be switched off.
ErP Ready [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Energy Related Products (ErP) Ready function.
Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system ready for
the ErP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for WOL, WO_USB,
audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at S5 state.
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3.6
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Main
Ai Tweaker
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
CPU Temperature��������������
+69ºC / +181ºF
MB Temperature
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
+35ºC / +120ºF
+1.320 V
+3.216 V
5V Voltage
+4.950 V
12V Voltage
+11.788 V
VDDA2.5V Voltage
+2.532V
CPU Fan Speed
3325 RPM
Chassis Fan Speed
N/A
Chassis Fan 2 Speed
N/A
Power Fan Speed
N/A
CPU Q-Fan Control
Enabled
CPU Fan Profile
Standard
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit
600 RPM
Chassis Q-Fan Control
Disabled
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
Version 2.00.1201. Copyright (C) 2010 American Megatrends, Inc.
Chapter 3
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures.
VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage, VDDA2.5V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] / [N/A]
Chassis Fan 1/2/3 Speed [xxxx RPM] / [N/A]
Power Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis,
and power fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A.
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CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
[Enabled]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust depending on
the CPU temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual] Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following four items appear only when you set CPU Fan Profile to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The values range
from 20ºC to 75ºC.
CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
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.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Chapter 3
Set the minimum CPU fan duty cycle when CPU temperature is lower the CPU Lower
Temperature setting.
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [600 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] [100RPM] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600
RPM]
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Select the keyboard NumLock state
Boot Configuration
Bootup NumLock State
On
Full Screen Logo
Enabled
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error
Option ROM Messages
Enabled
Force BIOS
Interrupt 19 Capture
Disabled
Setup Mode
EZ Mode
Boot Option Priorities
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
Boot Override
Version 2.00.1201. Copyright (C) 2010 American Megatrends, Inc.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
Chapter 3
[On]
[Off]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the full screen logo display feature.
Disables the full screen logo display feature.
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature.
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error occurs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
The third-party ROM messages will be forced to display during the boot
sequence.
[Keep Current] The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
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Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables option ROMs to trap Int 19.
Disables option ROMs to trap Int 19.
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
[Advanced Mode] Sets Advanced Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup
program.
[EZ Mode]
Sets EZ Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program.
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:
- Press <F8> after POST.
Boot Override
Chapter 3
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.
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3.8
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Be used to update BIOS
> ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
> ASUS SPD Information
> ASUS O.C. Profile
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to
confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
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3.8.2
ASUS SPD Information
This item allows you to get DRAM SPD information.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Advanced
Exit
Monitor
Boot
Tool
Tool\ ASUS SPD Information >
DIMM Slot # Slot 2
DIMM Slot number
Manufacturer Micron
Module Size 2048 MBytes
Maximum Bandwidth 1333 Mhz
Part Number
16JTF25664AY-1G4D1
Serial Number ea18bd43
Product Week/Year 50/2008
SPD Ext. JEDEC ID
Frequency (Mhz)
Voltage (V)
CAS# Lantency (tCL)
RAS# to CAS# (tRCD)
RAS# Precharge (tRP)
tRAS
tRC
tWR
tRRD
tRFC
tWTR
tRTP
tFAW
JEDEC
1333
1.500
9
9
9
24
33
10
4
74
5
5
20
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F12: Print Screen
DIMM Slot # [Slot 2]
Chapter 3
Configuration options: [Slot 1] [Slot 2] [Slot 3] [Slot 4]
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3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode
Ai Tweaker
Main
Back
Exit
Advanced
Monitor
O.C. Profile Configuration
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Setup
Boot
Tool
Tool\ ASUS O.C. Profile >
Profile1
Profile2
Profile3
Profile4
Profile5
Profile6
Profile7
Profile8
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
Save BIOS settings to Profile
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Add Your CMOS Profile
Label
Save to Profile
1
Load CMOS Profile
Load from Profile
1
The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
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 and label name, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Chapter 3
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.
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•
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.
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.
Exit
Load Optimized Defaults
Save Changes & Reset
Discard Changes & Exit
ASUS EZ Mode
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
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.
Save Changes & Reset
Chapter 3
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.
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3.10 Updating BIOS
The ASUS website publishes the latest BIOS versions to provide enhancements on system
stability, compatibility, or performance. However, BIOS updating is potentially risky. If there
is no problem using the current version of BIOS, DO NOT manually update the BIOS.
Inappropriate BIOS updating may result in the system’s failure to boot. Carefully follow the
instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
1.
2.
3.
ASUS Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
ASUS BIOS Updater: Updates and backups the BIOS in DOS environment using the
motherboard support DVD and a USB flash disk drive.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
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 or BIOS Updater utilities.
3.10.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you to:
Chapter 3
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
View the BIOS version information
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
Launching ASUS Update
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch ASUS Update by
clicking Update > ASUS Update on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
From the ASUS Update screen,
select Update BIOS from Internet,
and then click Next.
2.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic.
If you want to enable the BIOS
downgradable function and auto
BIOS backup function, check the
checkboxs before the two items on
the screen.
3.
Select the BIOS version that you
want to download. Click Next.
4.
You can decide whether to change
the BIOS boot logo, which is the
image appearing on screen during
the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST).
Click Yes if you want to change the
boot logo or No to continue.
5.
Follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the update process.
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Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
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1.
From the ASUS Update screen,
select Update BIOS from file, and
then click Next.
2.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, click Open, and click Next.
3.
You can decide whether to change
the BIOS boot logo. Click Yes if you
want to change the boot logo or No to
continue.
4.
Follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the update process.
•
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual BIOS information
vary by models.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.10.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a
bootable floppy disk or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website
at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
2.�������������������������������������������������������������
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.
Exit
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility V01.02
Flash Info
MODEL: M5A99X EVO
VER: 0130
DATE: 04/22/2011
fs0:\
Drive
Folder Info
fs0:\
fs1:\
04/26/11
04/26/11
01/12/08
01/12/08
01/12/08
01/12/08
01/12/08
01/12/08
12:33p
08:10p
04:18a
04:13a
04:16a
04:14a
04:02a
04:19a
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
ati8782_Win7Vista32
BIOS
DIGI Phase
DIGI CPU Current
DIGI DRAM Current
DIGI DRAM
DIGI CPU
DIGI Duty
MODEL:
VER:
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File Infor
DATE:
Help Info
[Enter] Select or Load
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/PageUp/PageDown/Home/End] Move
[Esc] Exit
[F2] Backup
3.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
4.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
6.
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.
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•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system
boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS 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.
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3.10.3
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive in FAT32/16 format and
single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at http://
support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
3.
•
NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
•
Do not save the BIOS file to a floppy disk due to low disk capacity.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive and select the
optical drive as the boot device.
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Booting the system in DOS environment
Please select boot device:
SATA: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
USB XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
UEFI: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Enter Setup
↑ and ↓ to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
3. When the Make Disk menu appears, select the FreeDOS command prompt item by
pressing the item number.
4.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type d: and press <Enter> to switch the disk from
Drive C (optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).
Welcome to FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org)!
C:\>d:
D:\>
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Backing up the current BIOS
To backup the current BIOS file using the BIOS Updater
Ensure that the USB flash drive is not write-protected and has enough free space to save
the file.
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /o[filename] and press <Enter>.
D:\>bupdater /oOLDBIOS1.rom
Filename Extension
The [filename] is any user-assigned filename with no more than eight alphanumeric
characters for the filename and three alphanumeric characters for the extension.
2.
The BIOS Updater backup screen appears indicating the BIOS backup process. When
BIOS backup is done, press any key to return to the DOS prompt.
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.18 [2010/04/29]
Current ROM
BOARD: M5A99X EVO
VER: 0204
DATE: 08/05/2010
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue.
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Note
Saving BIOS:
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Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
D:\>bupdater /pc /g
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.18 [2010/04/29]
Current ROM
BOARD: M5A99X EVO
VER: 0204
DATE: 08/05/2010
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
M5A99X EVO.ROM
17:30:48
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
3.
4194304 2010-08-05
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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.
Yes
4.
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Are you sure to update BIOS?
No
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
•
For BIOS Updater version 1.04 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS
prompt after updating BIOS.
•
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See Chaper 3
of your motherboard user manual for details.
•
Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
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Chapter 4:
4.1
Software support
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/ 64-bit XP/ Vista / 64-bit
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Vista / 7 / 64-bit 7�
operating systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to
maximize the features of your hardware.
4.2
•
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 later versions before
installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
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 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 Utilities
menu shows the
applications and
other software that
the motherboard
supports.
Click an icon
to display DVD/
motherboard
information
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Click an item
to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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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.
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The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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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 II
AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows users to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite II
To install AI Suite II on your computer
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if your
computer has enabled the Autorun feature.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite II.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
Using AI Suite II
AI Suite II automatically starts when you enter the Windows® operating system (OS). The AI
Suite II icon appears in the Windows® notification area. Click the icon to open the AI Suite II
main menu bar.
Click each button to select and launch a utility, to monitor the system, to update the
motherboard BIOS, to display the system information, and to customize the settings of AI
Suite II.
Click to customize
the interface settings
Click to show the
system information
Click to update the motherboard BIOS
Click to monitor sensors
or CPU frequency
Click to select a utility
•
The Auto Tuning button appears only on models with the TurboV EVO function.
•
The applications in the Tool menu vary with models.
•
The screenshots of AI Suite II 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.
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Shortcut to the Auto Tuning
Mode under TurboV EVO
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4.3.2
DIGI+ VRM
ASUS DIGI+ VRM allows you to adjust VRM voltage and frequency modulation to enhance
reliability and stability. It also provides the highest power efficiency, generating less heat to
longer component lifespan and minimize power loss.
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch DIGI+ VRM by
clicking Tool > DIGI+ VRM on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
1
4
2
5
3
6
Application helps
7
Apply all changes
immediately
Undo all changes
without applying
Function description
1. CPU Load-line Calibration
Higher load-line calibration could get higher voltage and good overclocking performance but increase
the CPU and VRM thermal.
2. CPU Current Capability
CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher value setting gets
higher VRM power consumption delivery.
3. CPU Voltage Frequency
Switching frequency will affect the VRM transient response and component thermal.
4. CPU/NB Load Line Calibration
Set to a higher value for system performance, or to a lower value for better thermal solution.
5. CPU/NB Current Capability
Setting CPU/NB Current Capability to a higher value increases the overclocking frequency range of the
DRAM Controller.
6. CPU Power Phase Control
Increase phase number under heavy system loading to get more transient and better thermal
performance. Reduce phase number under light system loading to increase VRM efficiency.
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7. CPU Power Duty Control
CPU Power Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal of every phase
component.
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•
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU and DRAM
specification.
•
Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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4.3.3
TurboV EVO
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and related voltages as well as Auto Tuning function that offers automatic and easy
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After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support
DVD, launch TurboV EVO by clicking Tool > TurboV EVO on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
TurboV
TurboV allows you to overclock the CPU Bus/PEG frequency, CPU voltage, CPU/NB voltage,
and DRAM voltage in WIndows® environment and takes effect in real-time without exiting and
rebooting the OS.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting a high
voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may make the
system unstable.
For system stability, all changes made in TurboV will not be saved to BIOS settings and
will not be kept on the next system boot. Use the Save Profile function to save your
customized overclocking settings and manually load the profile after Windows starts.
Auto Tuning Mode
TurboV
Load profile
Target values
Current values
Click to show
/ hide more
settings
Save the
current settings
as a new profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Undoes all changes
without applying
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
Applies all changes
immediately
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For advanced overclock ability, adjust first the BIOS items, and then proceed more detailed
adjustments in More Settings.
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Using Advanced Mode
Click More Settings, and then click the Advanced Mode tab to adjust the advanced voltage
settings.
Advanced mode
Target values
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Undoes all changes
without applying
Applies all changes
immediately
Current values
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
CPU Ratio
Allows you to manually adjust the CPU ratio.
1.
Click More Settings, and then click the CPU Ratio tab.
2.
Drag the adjustment bar upwards or downwards to the desired value.
CPU Ratio
Adjustment bar
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Applies all changes
immediately
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
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Undoes all changes
without applying
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU Ratio function
in TurboV. Refer to Chapter 3 of your motherboard user manual for details.
•
The CPU Ratio bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your CPU
model.
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Auto Tuning
ASUS TurboV EVO includes two auto tuning modes, providing the most flexible auto-tuning
options.
•
•
•
The overclocking result varies with the CPU model and the system configuration.
•
To prevent overheating from damaging the motherboard, a better thermal environment
is strongly recommended.
Fast Tuning: fast CPU overclocking
Extreme Tuning: extreme overclocking for CPU and memory
Using Fast Tuning
1.
Click the Auto Tuning tab and then
click Fast.
2.
Read through the warning
messages and click Start to start
auto-overclocking.
3.
TurboV automatically overclocks
the CPU, saves BIOS settings
and restarts the system. After
re-entering Windows, a message
appears indicating auto tuning
success. Click OK to exit.
Click the Auto Tuning tab and then
click Extreme.
2.
Read through the warning
messages and click Start to start
auto-overclocking.
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Using Extreme Tuning
1.
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3.
TurboV automatically overclocks
the CPU and memory and restarts
the system. After re-entering
Windows, a message appears
indicating the current overclocking
result. To keep the result, click
Stop.
4.
If you did not click Stop in
the previous step, TurboV
automatically starts further system
overclocking and stability test.
An animation appears indicating
the overclocking process. Click
Stop if you want to cancel the
Overclocking process.
5.
TurboV automatically adjusts and
saves BIOS settings and restarts
the system. After re-entering
Windows, a message appears
indicating auto tuning success.
Click OK to exit.
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4.3.4
EPU
EPU is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing needs. This utility provides
several modes that you can select to save system power. Selecting Auto mode will have the
system shift modes automatically according to current system status. You can also customize
each mode by configuring settings like CPU frequency, GPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and
Fan Control.
Launching EPU
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch EPU by clicking
Tool > EPU on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Displays the following message
if no VGA power saving engine is
detected.
Displays current mode
The items lighting up
means power saving
engine is activated
Displays the amount
of CO2 reduced
*Shifts between the
display of Total and
Current CO2 reduced
Displays the current
CPU power
Advanced settings for each mode
Multiple system
operating modes
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Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced since you
installed EPU.
Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced since you
click the Clear button
.
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Displays the system
properties of each mode
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4.3.5
FAN Xpert
Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds according
to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different
geographic regions and your PC’s system loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles
offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Launching FAN Xpert
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch FAN Xpert by clicking
Tool > Fan Xpert on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using FAN Xpert
Click Fan Name to select a fan and then click Setting to select a preset mode for your
selected fan.
Click to select a fan type
Click to select a fan profile
Click to apply the settings
Click to discard the settings
Fan setting
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Disable: disables the Fan Xpert function.
Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
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4.3.6
Probe II
Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects and alerts you
of any problem with these components. Probe II senses fan rotations, CPU temperature,
and system voltages, among others. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is
always at a healthy operating condition.
Launching Probe II
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch Probe II by clicking
Tool > Probe II on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Configuring Probe II
Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs to activate the sensors or to adjust the
sensor threshold values. The Preference tab allows you to customize the time interval of
sensor alerts, or change the temperature unit.
Saves your
configuration
Loads the default
threshold values
for each sensor
Applies your
changes
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Loads your saved
configuration
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4.3.7
Sensor Recorder
Sensor Recorder allows you to monitor the changes in the system voltage, temperature, and
fan speed, as well as recording the changes.
Launching Sensor Recorder
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, click Tool > Sensor
Recorder on the AI Suite II main menu bar to launch Sensor Recorder.
Configuring Sensor Recorder
Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs and select the sensors that you want to
monitor. The History Record tab allows you to record the changes in the sensors that you
enable.
Select the
sensors that you
want to monitor
Drag to view the
status during a
certain period
of time
Click to return to
the default mode
Click to zoom in/out
the Y axis
Click to zoom in/out
the X axis
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4.3.8
Ai Charger+
Battery Charging Version 1.1 (BC 1.1), a USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certified
USB charging function, is designed to make USB charging faster than the standard USB
devices. If your USB device supports the BC 1.1 function*, when you connect your USB
device to your system, the system automatically detects your USB device and starts a fast
USB charging. The charging speed may get 3 times faster than that of the standard USB
devices**.
* Check your USB device manufacturer if it fully supports the BC 1.1 function.
•
** The actual charging speed may vary with your USB device’s conditions.
•
Ensure to remove and reconnect your USB device after enabling or disabling
Ai Charger+ to ensure normal charging function.
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4.3.9
Monitor
The Monitor section includes the Sensor
and CPU Frequency panels.
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displays the current value of a system sensor such as fan rotation, CPU
temperature, and voltages. Click Monitor > Sensor on the AI Suite II main menu bar to
launch the Sensor panel.
CPU Frequency
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displays the current CPU frequency and CPU usage. Click
Monitor > CPU Frequency on the AI Suite II main menu bar to open the CPU Frequency
panel.
Resident in the right pane (system information area)
Sensor panel
CPU Frequency panel
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4.3.10
System Information
The System Information section displays the
information about the motherboard, CPU, and
memory slots.
Click the MB tab to see the details on
the motherboard manufacturer, product
name, version, and BIOS.
•
Click the CPU tab to see the details on
the processor and the Cache.
•
Click the SPD tab and then select
the memory slot to see the details on
the memory module installed on the
corresponding slot.
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4.3.11
Audio configurations
The Realtek audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio
experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Detection 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. Doubleclick on the icon to display the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
A.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows® Vista™
Set default device
button
Minimize
button
Exit button
Device
advanced
settings
Configuration
option tabs
Connector
settings
Analog
and digital
connector
status
Control
settings
window
Information
button
B.
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows XP
Configuration
options
Control settings
window
Exit button
Minimize button
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Information button
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the AMD® SB950 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.
4.4.1
•
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.
•
Due to Windows® XP / Vista limitation, 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
only.
•
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
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.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
2.
Go to UEFI Advanced Mode and go to the Advanced menu > SATA Configuration >
SB SATA Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Set the SATA Port item to [RAID Mode].
4.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS Setup.
Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA Port1–Port4 to RAID mode, all SATA Port1–
Port4 run at RAID mode together.
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4.4.4
AMD® Option ROM Utility
To enter the AMD
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ROM utility:
1.
Boot up your computer.
2.
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.
•
LD View / LD Define
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Menu�: displays the existing RAID set information / creates a
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 10 configuration.
•
Delete LD Menu: deletes a selected RAID set and partition.
•
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.
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The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and may not
exactly match the items on your screen.
To create a RAID volume using more than four hard disk drives, ensure that the SATA
connectors 5/6 are set to [RAID] mode.
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Creating a RAID volume
To create a RAID volume:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the LD View / LD Define Menu function.
2.
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.
Move to the RAID Mode item and press <Space> to select a RAID mode to create.
4.
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.
5.
Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to save the setting.
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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.
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enter an LD name, and then press any key to continue.
Enter the LD name here:
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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>
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9.
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Press <Ctrl> + <Y> to enter the screen to modify the array capacity, or press any key to
use the maximum capacity.
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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. In the Main Menu, press <3> to enter the Delete LD function.
2.
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.
Dispalying a RAID set information
To display a RAID set information:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “LD View / LD Define Menu” function.
2.
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
LD Name
1 xxxxx
Strip Block
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
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LD No
[ Drives Assignments ]
Capabilities
Capacity(GB)
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
xxxxxxx xxxxxx
Any Key To Continue.......
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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.
4.5.1
•
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. To work around this OS limitation, refer to section 4.5.4 Using a USB
floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS:
1.
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press <Enter>.
8. 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.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Make Disk menu, and then click AMD AHCI/RAID 32/64bit xxxx Driver to
create a RAID driver disk.
5. Select USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
6. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
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4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation
To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP:
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to install thirdparty SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB floppy disk drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, select the RAID driver for the
corresponding OS version.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS:
1.
During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation
media containing the RAID driver.
2. Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD into
the optical drive, and then click Browse.
3. 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.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Chapter 4
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.
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4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive
Due to OS limitation, Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive when you
install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation.
To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) to
the floppy disk containing the RAID driver. Refer to the steps below:
1.
Using another computer, plug the USB floppy disk drive, and insert the floppy disk
containing the RAID driver.
2.
Right-click My Computer on the
Windows® desktop or start menu,
and then select Manage from the
pop-up window.
or
3.
Select Device Manager. From the
Universal Serial Bus controllers,
right-click xxxxxx USB Floppy, and
then select Properties from the pop-up
window.
The name of the USB floppy disk
drive varies with different vendors.
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4.
Click Details tab. The Vendor ID (VID)
and Product ID (PID) are displayed.
5.
Browse the contents of the RAID driver
disk to locate the file txtsetup.oem.
6.
Double-click the file. A window appears,
allowing you to select the program for
opening the oem file.
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7.
Use Notepad to open the file.
8.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer] sections in the txtsetup.oem
file.
9.
Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections:
id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C02&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
Add the same line to both sections.
The VID and PID vary with different vendors.
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10. Save and exit the file.
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Chapter 5
Chapter 5:
Multiple GPU technology support
5.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
5.1.1
Chapter 5
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to install
multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in
this section.
Requirements
•
Prepare two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics cards or one CrossFireX-ready dualGPU graphics card that are ATI® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website at 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.
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
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Visit the AMD ATI website for the latest graphics card support list.
5.1.2
Before you begin
For ATI CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card drivers
before installing ATI CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall all existing graphics card drivers:
1.
Close all current applications.
2.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
3.
Select your current graphics card drivers.
4.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
5.
Turn off your computer.
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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.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards.
2.
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.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
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)
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5. Connect two independent auxiliary power
sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
Goldfingers
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Chapter 5
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the ATI® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the ATI Catalyst Control Center
To launch the ATI Catalyst Control Center
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select
Catalyst(TM) Control Center. You can also rightclick the ATI icon in the Windows notification area
and select Cayalist Control Center.
2.
The Catalyst Control Center Setup
Assistant appears when the system
detects the existance of multi-graphics
cards. Click Go to continue to the
Catalyst Control Center Advanced
View window.
Enabling CrossFireX settings
1.
In the Catalyst Control Center window,
click Graphics Settings > CrossFireX >
Configure.
2.
From the Graphics Adapter list, select
the graphics card to act as the display
GPU.
3.
Select Enable CrossFireX.
4.
2
3
1
Click Apply, and then click OK to exit
the window.
4
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5.2
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology that
allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the
installation procedures in this section.
Chapter 5
5.2.1
Requirements
•
In SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA®
certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI technology. Download
the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power
required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.2.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website (http://www.nzone.com) for the latest certified graphics
card and supported 3D application list.
Installing two SLI-ready 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.
5-4
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics cards.
2.
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.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge connector to the goldfingers on each graphics
card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect two independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card.
Chapter 5
4.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.
Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
5.2.4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the SLI feature in NVIDIA®
Control Panel under the Windows® Vista™ operating system.
Launching the NVIDIA Control Panel
You can launch the NVIDIA Control Panel by the following two methods.
A.
Right click on the empty space of the Windows® desktop
and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
The NVIDIA Control Panel window appears (See Step B5).
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B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item in step
(A), select Personalize.
Chapter 5
B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog box,
click Advanced Settings.
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Chapter 5
B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling SLI settings
From the NVIDIA Control Panel window, select
Set SLI Configuration. Click Enable SLI
and set the display for viewing SLI rendered
content. When done, click Apply.
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Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
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