Asus Rampage IV GENE Specifications

Motherboard
RAMPAGE IV
GENE
E7091
First Edition (V2)
January 2012
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................................ vi
Safety information........................................................................................................ x
About this guide......................................................................................................... xii
RAMPAGE IV GENE specifications summary......................................................... xiv
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
Package contents....................................................................................... 1-1
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
Sound with Clarity........................................................................ 1-6
1.3.2
1.3.4
1.3.5
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
Software Bundled......................................................................... 1-8
Hardware information
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 2-2
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
System memory........................................................................... 2-5
2.2.5
2.2.6
2.2.7
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-4
Expansion slots.......................................................................... 2-11
Onboard switches...................................................................... 2-13
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 2-15
Internal connectors.................................................................... 2-22
Building your computer system.............................................................. 2-32
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system............. 2-32
2.3.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation.............................. 2-35
2.3.2
2.3.4
2.3.5
2.3.6
2.3.7
CPU installation......................................................................... 2-33
DIMM installation....................................................................... 2-37
Motherboard installation............................................................. 2-38
ATX Power connection............................................................... 2-40
SATA device connection............................................................. 2-41
2.3.8
Front I/O Connector................................................................... 2-42
2.3.10
Rear panel connection............................................................... 2-44
2.3.9
2.5 ASUS Special Features............................................................... 1-6
2.2.1
2.2.4
2.4
ROG Exclusive Features............................................................. 1-3
Before you proceed.................................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
Product introduction
Welcome!..................................................................................................... 1-1
2.3.11
Expansion Card installation....................................................... 2-43
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-46
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-48
Turning off the computer.......................................................................... 2-48
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Contents
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-1
3.2.1
3.2.2
Main menu................................................................................................. 3-19
System Language [English]....................................................... 3-19
3.4.3
System Time [xx:xx:xx].............................................................. 3-19
3.4.4
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-23
3.5.3
PCH Configuration..................................................................... 3-25
3.5.6
3.5.7
3.10
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Onboard Devices Configuraton.................................................. 3-28
APM........................................................................................... 3-30
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-36
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-36
3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile...................................................................... 3-38
3.8.4
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-37
GO Button File........................................................................... 3-39
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-40
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-41
3.10.1
ASUS Update utility................................................................... 3-41
3.10.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility................................................. 3-46
3.10.5
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-45
ASUS BIOS Updater.................................................................. 3-47
USB BIOS Flashback................................................................. 3-50
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
Chapter 4:
4.3
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-27
3.8.1
3.10.4
4.2
SATA Configuration.................................................................... 3-26
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-34
3.10.2
4.1
System Agent Configuration...................................................... 3-25
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-31
3.8.2
3.9
Security...................................................................................... 3-20
3.5.1
3.5.5
3.8
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx].................................................... 3-19
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-22
3.5.4
3.7
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-4
3.4.1
3.5.2
3.6
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-2
Extreme Tweaker menu.............................................................................. 3-5
3.4.2
3.5
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
4.2.2
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
Software support
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-2
Software information.................................................................................. 4-3
Contents
4.3.1
AI Suite II..................................................................................... 4-3
4.3.2
TurboV EVO................................................................................. 4-4
4.3.4
EPU............................................................................................ 4-11
4.3.3
DIGI+ Power Control.................................................................... 4-9
4.3.5
FAN Xpert.................................................................................. 4-12
4.3.6
Sensor Recorder........................................................................ 4-13
4.3.7
Probe II...................................................................................... 4-14
4.3.8
USB 3.0 Boost........................................................................... 4-18
4.3.9
Ai Charger+................................................................................ 4-19
4.3.10
ASUS Update............................................................................. 4-20
4.3.11
MyLogo2.................................................................................... 4-21
4.3.12
ROG Connect............................................................................ 4-23
4.3.13
4.4
Audio configurations.................................................................. 4-26
4.3.14
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2 .......................................................... 4-27
RAID configurations................................................................................. 4-30
4.4.1
RAID definitions......................................................................... 4-30
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS................................................... 4-31
4.4.2
4.5
Installing Serial ATA hard disks.................................................. 4-31
4.4.4
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility................. 4-31
Creating a RAID driver disk..................................................................... 4-35
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS................. 4-35
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation....... 4-36
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®................................................................ 4-35
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive.................................................... 4-37
Chapter 5:
5.1
Multiple GPU technology support
AMD® CrossFireX™ technology................................................................ 5-1
5.1.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards................................. 5-2
5.1.2
Before you begin.......................................................................... 5-1
5.1.4
5.2
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-3
5.1.5
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology.............................. 5-3
NVIDIA SLI™ technology.......................................................................... 5-4
®
5.2.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-4
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-5
5.2.2
5.2.4
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards....................................... 5-4
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:
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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:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
FCC Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Caution Statement
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. “The manufacture
declares that this device is limited to Channels 1 through 11 in the 2.4GHz frequency by
specified firmware controlled in the USA.”
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. To maintain compliance with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements,
please avoid direct contact to the transmitting antenna during transmitting. End users must
follow the specific operating instructions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.
RF exposure warning
This equipment must be installed and operated in accordance with provided instructions and
the antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of
at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter. End-users and installers must be provide with antenna
installation instructions and transmitter operating conditions for satisfying RF exposure
compliance.
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Declaration of Conformity (R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC)
The following items were completed and are considered relevant and sufficient:
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Essential requirements as in [Article 3]
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Testing for electric safety according to [EN 60950]
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Protection requirements for health and safety as in [Article 3.1a]
Protection requirements for electromagnetic compatibility in [Article 3.1b]
Testing for electromagnetic compatibility in [EN 301 489-1] & [EN 301 489-17]
Effective use of the radio spectrum as in [Article 3.2]
Radio test suites according to [EN 300 328-2]
CE Mark Warning
CE marking for devices without wireless LAN/Bluetooth
The shipped version of this device complies with the requirements of the EEC directives
2004/108/EC “Electromagnetic compatibility” and 2006/95/EC “Low voltage directive”.
CE marking for devices with wireless LAN/ Bluetooth
This equipment complies with the requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC of the European
Parliament and Commission from 9 March, 1999 governing Radio and Telecommunications
Equipment and mutual recognition of conformity.
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Wireless Operation Channel for Different Domains
N. America
2.412-2.462 GHz
Ch01 through CH11
Japan
2.412-2.484 GHz
Ch01 through Ch14
Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz Ch01 through Ch13
France Restricted Wireless Frequency Bands
Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case maximum
authorized power indoors are:
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10mW for the entire 2.4 GHz band (2400 MHz–2483.5 MHz)
100mW for frequencies between 2446.5 MHz and 2483.5 MHz
Channels 10 through 13 inclusive operate in the band 2446.6 MHz to 2483.5 MHz.
There are few possibilities for outdoor use: On private property or on the private property
of public persons, use is subject to a preliminary authorization procedure by the Ministry of
Defense, with maximum authorized power of 100mW in the 2446.5–2483.5 MHz band. Use
outdoors on public property is not permitted.
In the departments listed below, for the entire 2.4 GHz band:
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Maximum authorized power indoors is 100mW
Maximum authorized power outdoors is 10mW
Departments in which the use of the 2400–2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an EIRP of
less than 100mW indoors and less than 10mW outdoors:
01
08
16
32
45
59
64
67
75
88
94
Ain 02 Aisne
Ardennes 09 Ariège
Charente 24 Dordogne
Gers
36 Indre
Loiret
50 Manche
Nord
60 Oise
Pyrénées Atlantique
Bas Rhin 68 Haut Rhin
Paris
82 Tarn et Garonne
Vosges
89 Yonne
Val de Marne
03
11
25
37
55
61
66
70
84
90
Allier
05
Aude
12
Doubs
26
Indre et Loire
41
Meuse
58
Orne
63
Pyrénées Orientales
Haute Saône
71
Vaucluse
Territoire de Belfort
Hautes Alpes
Aveyron
Drôme
Loir et Cher
Nièvre
Puy du Dôme
Saône et Loire
This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless LAN card in
more areas within France. Please check with ART for the latest information (www.arcep.fr)
Your WLAN Card transmits less than 100mW, but more than 10mW.
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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.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe [B] est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
IC Radiation Exposure Statement for Canada
This equipment complies with IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
environment. To maintain compliance with IC RF exposure compliance requirements, please
avoid direct contact to the transmitting antenna during transmitting. End users must follow the
specific operating instructions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
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•
This device may not cause interference and
This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service (i.e. co-channel Mobile Satellite systems)
this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum
shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to licensing.
The user is cautioned that this device should be used only as specified within this manual
to meet RF exposure requirements. Use of this device in a manner inconsistent with this
manual could lead to excessive RF exposure conditions.
This device and its antenna(s) must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any
other antenna or transmitter.
Country Code selection feature to be disabled for products marketed to the US/CANADA.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
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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.
The optical S/PDIF is an optional component (may or may not be included in your
motherboard) and is defined as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT.
INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION, AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.
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Never dispose of the battery in fire. It could explode and release harmful substances into
the environment.
Never dispose of the battery with your regular household waste. Take it to a hazardous
material collection point.
Never replace the battery with an incorrect battery type.
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RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN INCORRECT TYPE.
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DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE BATTERYRELATED INSTRUCTIONS.
Operation safety
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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.
This motherboard should only be used in environments with ambient temperatures between
5ºC (41ºF) and 40ºC (104ºF).
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Place the product on a stable surface.
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
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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:
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
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Chapter 3: BIOS setup
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Chapter 4: Software support
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Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and
connectors on the motherboard.
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple AMD 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.
2.
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ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
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>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as shown,
then supply the required item or value enclosed in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /iR4F.ROM
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CPU
Intel® Core™ i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® X79 Express Chipset
Memory
Quad channel memory architecture
4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)
1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory modules
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics
of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM
per channel.
**Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL
(Qualified Vendors List) for details.
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe3.0 x16 (red) slots
- support x16 and x16/x16 configurations
- the third one always supports x8 mode
1 x PCIe2.0 x4 slot (@ x4 mode)
Multi-GPU Technology
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ / AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage
Intel® X79 Express Chipset built-in:
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (red) with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
- 3 x SATA 3Gb/s ports (black) with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
- 1 x External SATA 3 Gb/s port at rear (SATA-on-the-Go)
ASM1061 controller:
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (red)
*These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices
are not supported.
LAN
1 x Intel® Gigabit LAN
Audio
SupremeFX III, built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio
CODEC - Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 95 dB
- Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jackretasking
Audio Feature:
SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
Golden-plated jacks
- X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0
- THX® TruStudio PRO™
- Creative® ALchemy
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
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USB
2 x USB 3.0 Controllers:
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board, 2 ports at the back
panel)
Intel® X79 Chipset:
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at the back
panel, and 1 reserved for ROG Connect (white))
ROG Exclusive
Overclocking Features
ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ II
- 8-phase CPU power
- 3-phase VCCSA power
- 2+2-phase DRAM power
USB BIOS Flashback
ROG Connect
Mem TweakIt
ROG GameFirst
MemOK!
ProbeIt
Extreme Tweaker
CPU Level Up
iROG
Loadline Calibration
UEFI BIOS features:
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
Intelligent overclocking tools
- ASUS TurboV EVO
- O.C. Profile
Overclocking Protection
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
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ASUS Special Features
ASUS EPU Engine
ASUS Exclusive Features
- Onboard Switches: Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at rear)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Shield
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse Combo port
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 can be switched to ROG Connect
(white))
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x 8-channel Audio I/O
1 x External SATA port
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connector (red) supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (red)
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (black)
Debug LED
5 x Fan connectors:
- 2 x CPU
- 3 x Chassis
11 x Probelt measurement points
1 x SPDIF_out connector
1 x 24 pin ATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x Power on switch
1 x Reset switch
1 x Go button
1 x Audio front panel connector
System panel connector
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BIOS
64Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM20, SM
BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Mutli-Language BIOS
Manageability
WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Software
Support DVD:
Drivers and applications
- ASUS AI Suite II
- ROG CPU-Z
- ROG GameFirst Utility
- Sound Blaster® X-Fi MB2 Utility
- ROG Mem TweakIt Utility
- ROG Theme
- ASUS AI Charger+
- WinZip
- ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
- ASUS WebStorage
- DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
- Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 1-year license
Form Factor
mATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch (24.4cm x 24.4cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying the ROG RAMPAGE IV GENE 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 the hardware devices on it, check the items
in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ROG RAMPAGE IV GENE
Accessories
1 x ROG connect cable
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
2 x 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s signal cables
1 x 2-in-1 SATA 3Gb/s signal cables
1 x SLI cable
1 x ROG theme label
1 x 12-in-1 ROG cable label
1 x I/O Shield
Application DVD
ROG motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
ROG exclusive feature guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Chapter 1
Republic of Gamers
The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware
engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best
gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging
rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions.
If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the
Republic of Gamers.
LGA2011 Intel® Sandy Bridge-E Processor
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Sandy Bridge-E processors in the LGA2011
package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 4-channel (4 DIMM)
DDR3 memory and x16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance.
Intel® Sandy Bridge-E processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in
the world.
Intel® X79 Express Chipset
The Intel® X79 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design that supports the new
socket 2011 Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition processors. It improves performance by utilizing
serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the
X79 comes with 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval, doubling the
bandwidth of current bus systems.
PCIe 3.0 Ready
The PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved
encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of the current PCIe 2.0. The total
bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the convenience and
seamless transition offered by a complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe
2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and
optimize graphic performance, as well as having the latest technology available to them.
*Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.
SLI/CrossFire On-Demand
Why choose when you can have both?
SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG RAMPAGE IV GENE, you'll be able
to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFireX on Demand technology,
supporting up to Quad GPU SLI or Quad-GPU CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you
take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
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Dual-Channel DDR3 2400(O.C.) support
1.3.2
Chapter 1
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2400(O.
C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 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.
ROG Exclusive Features
Extreme Engine Digi+ II
Optimum power efficiency with premium components and intelligent digital design
The Extreme Engine Digi+ II has been upgraded and equipped with the finest Japan-made
10K Black Metallic capacitors, while the digital VRM design allows you to achieve ultimate
performance with adjustable CPU and memory power management frequencies. Precise
adjustments create greater efficiency, stability, double lifespan and performance for total
system control.
ROG Connect
Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook—
just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to
a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware
status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a
purely hardware level.
ROG GameFirst
The speed you need to pwn
Low Internet latency allows you to frag more, and get fragged less. That's why ROG has
introduced GameFirst, a feature that manages the flow of traffic according to your needs so
that you can still listen to online music, download and upload files, and engage in Internet
chats without sacrificing the low ping times you need to pwn your opponents.
ROG BIOS Print
Easy sharing of your BIOS settings in one click.
ROG offers a whole new EFI BIOS feature to handle the demands of an overclocking
experience. Rampage IV GENE features ROG BIOS Print which allows users to easily share
their BIOS settings to others with the press of a button. The days of using a camera to take
the BIOS screenshot are over.
GPU.DIMM Post
Enter the BIOS for easy checking!
Never want your graphics or DRAM card to get loose? Just enter the BIOS setting to find out.
The action helps you to quickly detect the problem, fix it, and go overclocking. Remove your
doubts, and have control over all components. Overclocking has never been this easy!
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ProbeIt
Chapter 1
Get all hands-on with hardware-based overclocking.
ProbeIt takes the guesswork out by locating the motherboard’s measurement points, and
identifying them clearly in the form of eleven sets of detection points, so you’ll know exactly
where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.
iROG
Intelligent multiple control at hand
The iROG is a special IC that allows your system to enable the highlighted functions. These
functions give the users a full disposal of the motherboard at any stage. This feature allows
an advanced user control, and manage the process purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly
increases the fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts, and offers a controllable and
efficient system maintenance.
USB BIOS FlashBack
Refresh the BIOS can never be that easy
USB BIOS Flashback must be the most convenient way to flash BIOS ever! It allows
overclockers to try their BIOS with the simplest way one can imagine. No need to enter the
BIOS or the operating system, just plug the thumb drive into the ROG Connect port & push
the ROG Connect button for 2 seconds, BIOS would be automatically flashed under standby
power. It’s no doubt that USB BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the ultimate convenience!
CPU Level Up
A simple click for an instant upgrade!
Wishing that you could have a more expensive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional
cost with ROG’s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to overclock, and the
motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy the performance instantly.
Overclocking is never as easy as this.
Extreme Tweaker
One-stop performance tuning shop
Extreme Tweakers is the one-stop shop to fine-tune your system for an optimal performance.
No matter if you’re looking for a frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory
timing settings, they are all here!
COP EX
Maximum OC with confidence, burn proof protection to chipsets and CPU!
The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without worrying of
overheating. COP EX monitors, and saves an overheating CPU. The COP EX allows more
freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Loadline Calibration
Chapter 1
Optimal power boost for extreme CPU overclocking!
Maintaining an ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The
Loadline Calibration ensures a stable, and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps
overclockers enjoy the motherboard’s ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.
MemOK!
Any memory is A-OK!
Memory compatibility is among the top concerns when it comes to computer upgrades. Worry
no more. MemOK! is the fastest memory booting solution today. This remarkable memory
rescue tool requires nothing but a push of a button to patch memory issues, and get your
system up and running in no time. The technology is able to determine fail-safe settings that
can improve the system booting.
Onboard Switch
No more shorting pins, or moving jumpers
With an easy press during an overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows the gamer
to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to shorten the pins, or moving the
jumpers.
ASUS Q-Connector
Making the connections quick, and accurate
The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect the chassis front panel cables in one
easy step, with the complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging
in one cable at a time, making the connection quick, and accurate.
Mem TweakIt
Dynamic timing adjustments, DRAM efficiency gauge
When changing the DRAM settings in BIOS, it always takes time for the system to reboot.
Worry no more! With Mem TweakIt, you can tune the DRAM in real-time, view your DRAM
efficiency score, and upload and share your ranking online.
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1.3.3
Sound with Clarity
Chapter 1
SupremeFX III
Sound Supremacy
The SupremeFX III™ onboard audio solution is an 8-channel HD audio equipped with a
carefully selected 1500uF capacitor that provides a clean, ripple-free audio power – perfect
for enveloping gaming environments. With a metallic EMI cover, and a special layout design
on the PCB, the advanced SupremeFX Shielding™ technology isolates analog audio signals
from digital sources for exceptional clarity and high fidelity, while a golden-plated jack
ensures rich notes reach your ears with a minimal distortion. In real world testing, a signal-tonoise ratio (SNR) of 110dB was achieved, yielding almost lossless audio.
A bounty of industry standards are supported, including EAX® 5.0 Advanced HD, Creative®
ALchemy and THX® TruStudio™ PRO, so the same great audio experiences found in live
performances, films and recording studios are reproduced faithfully right on the PC. When
bundled with the Sound Blaster® X-Fi MB2 suite, the SupremeFX III™ is the perfect choice
to provide an exceptional gaming experience with realistic sound effects.
1.3.4
ASUS Special Features
USB 3.0 Support
10X (Front + Rear) true USB 3.0 support!
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0—the latest connectivity
standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0
transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
SATA 6Gb/s Support
Experience the future of storage!
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up
to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and
double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
SATA on the Go
The motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA)
3Gb/s storage specification, delivering an enhanced scalability, and doubling the bus
bandwidth for high-speed data saving and retrieval. The external SATA port located at the
back I/O provides a smart setup and hot plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos, and
other entertainment contents from your external devices.
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ASUS TurboV EVO
Chapter 1
The Ultimate O.C. Processor
The ultimate O.C. processor satisfies every level of overclockers —from die-hard enthusiasts,
to beginners. Auto tuning intelligently pushes the system to the fastest clock speeds while
maintaining stability. The Turbo Key boosts the performance with just one touch, while
TurboV offers more options to advanced overclockers to achieve a world O.C. record.
Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with CPU Level UP!
Intel Gigabit LAN
Experience the fast network connectivity!
The LAN solution from Intel has been long known to have a better throughput, lower CPU
utilization, as well as better stability. With the Intel Gigabit LAN onboard, the ultimate network
experience can therefore be delivered to its users like never before.
O.C. Profile
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings
Freely share, and distribute your favorite overclocking settings. The motherboard features
the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings.
The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users the freedom to
share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
Q-Shield
Easy and comfortable installations
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does the installation 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).
EZ Flash 2
Simply update the BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the BIOS
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update the BIOS
from a USB flash disk before entering the BIOS. You can update your BIOS only in a few
clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette, or using an OS-based flash utility.
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1.3.5
Software Bundled
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
Chapter 1
The best protection from viruses and spyware
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers a premium antivirus protection for individual users and
home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that
is among the industry’s highest.
ROG CPU-Z
Whole new design of CPU-Z
ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same
functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new
look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
The real tool for optical and virtual discs
DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It
converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies.
DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video and photo collections on a PC, notebook or
netbook.
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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.
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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.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1.
2-28
CPU, chassis and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN;
4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1/2/3)
2.DDR3 DIMM slots channel A, B, C and D
2-5
3.
ATX power connector (8-pin EATX12V)
2-29
4.
LGA2011 CPU socket
2-4
5.
Debug LEDs
2-17
6.
ATX power connector (24-pin EATXPWR)
2-29
7.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
2-25
8.
Intel X79 Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G_1/3 [black])
2-23
9.
Intel X79 Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1/2 [red])
2-22
10.
ASMedia Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_E1/E2 [red])
2-24
11.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-29
12.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910; USB1112)
2-26
13.
Go LED
2-16
14.
Go Button
2-14
15.
Reset switch
2-13
16.
Power-on switch
2-13
17.Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
2-27
18.Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
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2.2.2
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA2011 socket designed for the Intel®
2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition.
Chapter 2
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
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•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and
the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap
is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard
components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/
transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the
LGA2011 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
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
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Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
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You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A, Channel B, Channel C and
Channel D. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dualchannel, triple-channel and quad-channel configuration. Any excess memory from the
higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.
•
Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3
2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.
•
According to Intel® spec, the max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with
DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on
the market.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect
the CPU.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
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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 3.3 Extreme 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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
RAMPAGE IV GENE Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2400 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Chip Timing
DS Brand NO.
Voltage
A-DATA
AX3U2400GC2G10(XMP)
2GB
SS
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10-11-10-30
1.65
CORSAIR
CMGTX3(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
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9-11-9-27
1.65
A-DATA
G.SKILL
AX3U2400GC4G10(XMP)
4GB
F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS(XMP)
DS
4G(2x2G) DS
Transcend TX2400KLU-4GK (381850)(XMP) 2GB
Transcend TX2400KLU-4GK(374243)(XMP)
DS
2GB
DS
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4 DIMM
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DDR3 2200 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
S S / Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing
DS
Voltage
G.SKILL
F3-17600CL8D-4GBPS(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
GEIL
GET34GB2200C9DC(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
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9-10-9-28 1.65
G.SKILL
GEIL
F3-17600CL9D-4GBTDS(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
GET38GB2200C9ADC(XMP)
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KHA(XMP)
DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
4G ( 2x 2G )
DS
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-
9-9-9-24
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1.65
9-11-9-28 1.65
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1.5~1.7
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
1 DIMM
4 DIMM
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RAMPAGE IV GENE Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2133 MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
Apacer
78.BAGE4.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
CORSAIR
CMT4GX3M2B2133C9(Ver7.1)(XMP) 4GB(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
9-11-9-28
1.65
9-9-9-28
1.65
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1.65
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
OCZ
Patriot
CMT4GX3M2A2133C9(XMP)
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
CMT4GX3M2B2133C9(XMP)
4GB( 2x 2GB) DS
F3-17066CL9D-8GBPID(XMP)
8GB(2x4GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD(XMP)
GE34GB2133C9DC(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3W1K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX2133C9AD3T1FK4/8GX(XMP)
OCZ3XTEP2133C9LV4GK
PVV34G2133C9K(XMP)
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16GB(4x4GB) DS
4GB(2x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
8GB(4x2GB)
2GB
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
-
-
9-10-9-24 1.65
9-10-9-27 1.5
9-9-9-24
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9
9
9
9-9-9-24
9
7-7-7-20
9-11-9-27
1.65
1.65
1.65
1.65
1.65
1.65
1.65
1.66
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RAMPAGE IV GENE Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2000 MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand Chip NO. Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AX3U2000GB2G9B(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
9-11-9-27
1.55~1.75
CORSAIR
CMT6GX3M3A2000C8(XMP)
6GB(3x2GB)
DS
-
-
8-9-8-24
1.65
Apacer
G.SKILL
GEIL
78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)
6GB(3x2GB)
F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2x2GB)
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB(2x2GB)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3x2GB)
Transcend
TX2000KLN-8GK (388375)(XMP) 4GB
Gingle
FA3URSS673A801A
AEXEA
Patriot
Patriot
DS
DS
PX7312G2000ELK(XMP)
12GB(3x4GB) DS
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-
DS
6GB(3x2GB)
-
-
DS
DS
2GB
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DS
2GB
-
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DS
AXA3ES2G2000LG28V(XMP)
PV736G2000ELK(XMP)
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DS
-
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-
9-9-9-27
9-9-9-24
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9-11-9-27
7-7-7-20
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1.65
9-9-9-24
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1.65
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1.65
9-9-9-28
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1.65
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RAMPAGE IV GENE Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1866MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
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Brand
Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AX3U1866GC4G9B(XMP)
4GB
DS
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9-11-9-27
1.55~1.75 •
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G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP)
16GB(4x4GB)
DS
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9-10-9-28
1.5
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CORSAIR
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
8GB(2x4GB)
F3-15000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR(XMP)
4GB(2x2GB)
F3-14900CL9Q-8GBFLD(XMP)
8GB(2x4GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
KINGSTON KHX1866C9D3T1K3/3GX(XMP) 3GB(3x1GB)
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3x2GB)
Patriot
PXD34G1866ELK(XMP)
4GB(2x2GB)
OCZ
Patriot
Team
OCZ3RPR1866C9LV6GK
PXD38G1866ELK(XMP)
TXD32048M1866C9(XMP)
6GB(3x2GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
2GB
DS
DS
DS
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SS
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DDR3 1800MHz capability
2-8
Vendors
Part No.
Size
G.SKILL
F3-14400CL9D-4GBRL(XMP) 4GB(2x2GB)
SS/
DS
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Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
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DDR3 1600MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AM2U16BC2P1
2GB
SS
A-DATA
3CCD-1509A
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-
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•
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AX3U1600GC4G9(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
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A-DATA
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Crucial
Crucial
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
KINGMAX
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
AM2U16BC4P2
AX3U1600PC4G8(XMP)
HX3X12G1600C9(XMP)
CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
CMX6GX3M3C1600C7(XMP)
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
BL12864BN1608.8FF(XMP)
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH(XMP)
F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP)
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2(XMP)
F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO(XMP)
GET316GB1600C9QC(XMP)
FLGD45F-B8MF7(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX(XMP)
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
EK Memory
EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
GR1600D364L9/2G
KINGTIGER KTG2G1600PG3(XMP)
Mushkin
996805(XMP)
Mushkin
998659(XMP)
Patriot
PATRIOT
Patriot
Patriot
Team
Team
DS
6GB(3x2GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
2GB(2x1GB)
2GB
998805(XMP)
PX7312G1600LLK(XMP)
PGS34G1600LLKA2
PGS34G1600LLKA
PGS34G1600LLKA
PVV38G1600LLK(XMP)
PX538G1600LLK(XMP)
TXD31024M1600C8-D(XMP)
TXD32048M1600HC8-D(XMP)
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DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
16GB(4x4GB) DS
16GB(4x4GB) DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
8GB(2x4GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
DS
DS
DS
DS
16GB(4x4GB) DS
1GB
SS
12GB(3x4GB) DS
24GB(6x4GB) DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D(XMP)
Patriot
6GB(3x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
Asint
Patriot
DS
8GB(2x4GB)
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
Mushkin
4GB(2x2GB)
KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
DS
16GB(4x4GB) DS
KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3x2GB)
OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
DS
12GB(6x2GB) DS
KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3x2GB)
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
GoodRam
4GB
KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2x2GB)
Super Talent WP160UX4G9(XMP)
EK Memory
4GB
4GB(2x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
2GB
4GB(2x2GB)
4GB(2x2GB)
2GB
2GB
4GB(2x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
6GB(3x2GB)
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
12GB(3x4GB) DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
DS
4GB(2x2GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
8GB(2x4GB)
1GB
2GB
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
A-DATA
-
Asint
-
3CCD-1509A
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3128M8-GJ1D
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GoodRam GF1008KC-JN
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Team
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9-9-9-24 1.5
8-8-8-24 1.65
8-8-8-24 1.65
7-8-7-24 1.6
9-9-9-24 1.5
8-8-8-24 1.6
9-9-9-24 1.35
7-8-7-24 1.6
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7-7-7-20 1.7
8-9-8-24 1.65
8-9-8-24 1.65
T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24 1.65
T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24 1.65
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A-DATA
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3
4
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DDR3 1333MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand Chip NO.
DS
Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AM2U139C4P2
4GB
DS
A-DATA
3CCD-1509A
-
-
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP) 4GB(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.5
CORSAIR
KINGMAX
CM3X2G1333C9
2GB
FLFD45F-B8KL9
1GB
MICRON
MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4M1
4GB
Elixir
M2F2G64CB88G7N-CG
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
SAMSUNG
Patriot
UMAX
M378B5673EH1-CH9
PSD31G13332
E41302GP0-73BDB
2GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
2GB
DS
SS
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
DS
-
KINGMAX
Elpida
Micron
-
9-9-9-24
KFB8FNLXF-BNF-15A J1108BDBG-DJ-F
IGM22 D9PFJ
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
Elxir
N2CB2G80GN-CG
UMAX
U2S24D30TP-13
Patriot
PM64M8D3BU-15
-
1.5
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1.5
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DIMM socket
support
2DIMM
4DIMM
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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 3.0 x16_1 slot
3
PCIe 3.0 x16_2 slot
2
4
PCIe 2.0 x4_1 slot
PCIe 3.0 x8_3 slot
•
Refer to the following configuration table for installation.
Slot No.
1
3
Single
VGA
x16
—
SLI/CFX
x16
x16
PCIe 3.0 x8_3 slot is always running at x8 mode.
•
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
CrossFireX™ or SLI mode. See page 2-30 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2/3 when
using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment.
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IRQ assignments for this motherboard
Chapter 2
PCIE_X16_1
PCIE_X16_2
PCIE_X8_3
PCIE_X4
ASM USB3 #1
ASM USB3 #2
ASM SATA6 #1
Intel W82579
EHCI#0
EHCI#1
High Definition Audio
SATA #0
SATA #0
2-12
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B
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2.2.5
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.
Power-on switch
Press the power-on switch to wake/power up the system.
Chapter 2
1.
2.
Reset switch
Press the reset switch to reboot the system.
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3.
GO button
Press the GO button before POST to enable MemOK! or press it to quickly load the
preset profile (GO_Button file) for temporary overclocking when in OS.
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2.2.6
Onboard LEDs
The motherboard comes with a set of LEDs that indicate the status of the following: HDD, GO
button, power, and debugging functions. There are also an LED for hard disk drive activity
and an onboard switch for power status. For more information about voltage adjustment, refer
to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker menu.
1.
Hard Disk LED
The hard disk LED is designed to indicate the hard disk activity. It blinks when data
is being written into or read from the hard disk drive. The LED does not light up when
there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or when the hard disk drive
does not function.
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2.
GO LED
Blinking: Indicates that MemOK! is enabled before POST.
Lighting: Indicates that the system loads the preset profile (GO_Button file) for
temporary overclocking when in OS.
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3.
2-16
Q LED
Q LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and booting devices) in
sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found , the corresponding
LED will continue lighting until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides
an intuitional way to locate the root problem within a second.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
4.
Power LED
The motherboard comes with a power-on switch that 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
power-on switch.
Chapter 2
5.
Debug LEDs
The Debug LED design provides you the 2-digit display, allowing you to know the
system status. Refer to the Debug table below for details.
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Debug table
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Code
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
0A
0B
0C – 0D
0E
0F
10
11 – 14
15 – 18
19 – 1C
1D – 2A
2B – 2F
30
31
32 – 36
37 – 3A
2-18
Description
Not used
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard).
AP initialization before microcode loading
System Agent initialization before microcode loading
PCH initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
System Agent initialization after microcode loading
PCH initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory System Agent initialization is started
Pre-memory PCH initialization is started
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization
Post-Memory System Agent initialization is started
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Debug table (continued)
50 – 53
54
55
56
57
58
59
5A
5B
5C – 5F
E0
E1
E2
E3
E4 – E7
E8
E9
EA
EB
EC – EF
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5-F7
F8
F9
FA
FB-FF
60
61
62
63 – 67
68
69
6A
6B – 6F
70
Description
Post-Memory PCH initialization is started
OEM post memory initialization codes
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
speed
Unspecified memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
Reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
Installation of the PCH Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
PCI host bridge initialization
System Agent DXE initialization is started
System Agent DXE SMM initialization is started
System Agent DXE initialization (System Agent module specific)
PCH DXE initialization is started
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3F – 4E
4F
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Debug table (continued)
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Code
71
72
73 – 77
78
79
7A – 7F
80 – 8F
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
9A
9B
9C
9D
9E – 9F
A0
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
B0
B1
B2
B3
2-20
Description
PCH DXE SMM initialization is started
PCH devices initialization
PCH DXE Initialization (PCH module specific)
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)*
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Debug table (continued)
Description
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
System Agent initialization error
PCH initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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Code
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8– BF
C0– CF
D0
D1
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
DA
DB
DC
*ASL Status Codes
Status Code
01
02
03
04
05
10
20
30
40
AC
AA
Description
System is entering S1 sleep state
System is entering S2 sleep state
System is entering S3 sleep state
System is entering S4 sleep state
System is entering S5 sleep state
System is waking up from the S1 sleep state
System is waking up from the S2 sleep state
System is waking up from the S3 sleep state
System is waking up from the S4 sleep state
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode
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2.2.7
1.
Internal connectors
Intel X79 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1/2 [red])
®
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
configuration with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology through the onboard Intel® X79
chipset.
Chapter 2
2-22
•
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 3.5.4 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
3.5.4 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.
Intel® X79 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G_1–3 [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.
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If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
configuration with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology through the onboard Intel® X79
chipset.
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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 3.5.4 SATA Configuration for details.
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Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or the manual
bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
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When using NCQ, set the SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section
3.5.4 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.
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ASMedia® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_E1/E2 [red])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
•
The SATA6G_E1/E2 (red) connectors are for data drives only. ATAPI device is not
supported.
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You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives.
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When using NCQ, set the ASM1061 Storage Controller item in the BIOS to [Enabled].
Refer to section 3.5.6 Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
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USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_34)
This connector is for the additional USB 3.0 ports, and complies with the USB 3.0
specificaton that supports up to 4.8Gbps connection speed. If the USB 3.0 front panel
cable is available from your system chassis, with this USB 3.0 connector, you can have
a front panel USB 3.0 solution.
Chapter 2
4.
The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately.
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5.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910; USB1112)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 Mbps connection speed.
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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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Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. Connect
the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening
at the back of the system chassis.
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6.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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7.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1/2/3)
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.
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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.
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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.
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9.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
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.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD]; if you want to connect an AC'97
front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this
connector is set to [HD].
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8.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
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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 350 W.
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Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12 V power plug; otherwise, the system will
not boot.
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Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when configuring a system
with more power-consuming devices. The system may become unstable or may not
boot up if the power is inadequate.
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If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
•
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.
PSU Suggested List
AcBel PC7030
AcBel API5PC36
AcBel PC6018
AMA AA1200U-C
AMA AA1000U-C
Antec SG-850
Antec EA-380
ASUS P-50GA
ASUS P-55GA
ASUS U-65GA
ASUS U-75HA
Be quiet BN073
Be quiet BN077
Be quiet P6-PRO-850W
Bubalus PE600WJD
CoolerMaster RS-650
CoolerMaster RS-750
CoolerMaster RS-850EMBA
CoolerMaster RS-A00-ESBA
CoolerMaster RS-C50-EMBA-D2
Coolive AP-350F
Corsair CMPSU-550VX
Corsair CMPSU-620HX
Corsair CMPSU-750TX
CWT PSH650V-D
CWT PSH750V-D
Delta GPS-550AB
EnerMAX EPG600AWT
EnerMAX EGX1000EWL
EnerMAX EIN720AWT
FSP ATX-300PNR
Gigabyte M550A-D1
Gigabyte P610A-C1
GoldenField ATX-S398
GoldenField ATX-S550
GreatWall BTX-600SE
HECHUAN ST-ATX330
Huntkey R85
Huntkey 磐石500
I-cute AP-600S
In-Win COMMANDER-IRP-COM1500
OCZ 1000PXS
OCZ 780MXS
SAMA YUHUI-350P
Seasonic SS-500GB
Seasonic SS-850EM
Seasonic SS-900HP
Seventeam ST-420BKP
Seventeam ST-522HLP
Seventeam ST550EAJ-05F
SHARKOON SHA-R600M
Silverstone SST-ST50EF
Silverstone SST-ST85F
Silverstone ST1000
Snake PSH500V
Snake PSH850V
Snake PMW-350WL
Tagan TG1100-U33
Tagan BZII1200
Thermaltake W0133RU
Thermaltake W0133RE
TOPower TOP-500P5
Zalman ZM600-HP
Zippy HP2-6500PE (G1)
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10. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
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This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
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System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
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System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
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ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
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Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on 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.
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
Intel LGA 2011 CPU
Intel LGA 2011 compatible CPU Fan
DIMM
SATA hard disk drive
SATA optical disc drive (optional)
Graphics card
The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package.
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2.3.2
CPU installation
Please note the order in opening/ closing the double latch. Follow the instructions printed
on the metal sealing hatch or the illustrations shown below in this manual. The plastic cap
will pop up automatically once the CPU is in place and the hatch properly sealed down.
1
2
A
B
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Load lever
C
3
4
A
B
A
B
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A
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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.
1
B
2
A
A
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To replace the LGA2011 CPU pad (X-Socket)
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2
3
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2.3.4
DIMM installation
1
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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
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3
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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2.3.6
ATX Power connection
1
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OR
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SATA device connection
1
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
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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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2.3.9
Expansion Card installation
Chapter 2
To install PCIe x16 cards
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2.3.10
Rear panel connection
Chapter 2
Rear panel connectors
1. PS/2 mouse and keyboard port
2. USB 2.0 ports (the white port is also for ROG Connect)
3. LAN (RJ-45) port*
4. External SATA port
5. USB 2.0 ports
6. Clear CMOS switch
7. Optical S/PDIF out port
8. ROG Connect switch
9. USB 2.0 ports
10. USB 3.0 ports (blue)
11. 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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Press the Clear CMOS switch to clear BIOS setup information only when the system
hangs due to overclocking.
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DO NOT insert a different connector to the external SATA port.
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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.
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USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
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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.
* LAN ports LED indications
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
OFF
No link
OFF
BLINKING
Data activity
Status
Description
ORANGE
Linked
Status
Description
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
GREEN
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ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
10 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
**Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
H e a d s e t 4-channel
2-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
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Connect to Stereo Speakers
Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
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2.4
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
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Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.
Monitor
c.
System power
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up.
For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a
“power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green
after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (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:
3.1
Knowing BIOS
BIOS setup
The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is an Unified Extensible Firmware Interface that complies with
UEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboardonly 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 should not change the default BIOS settings
except in the following circumstances:
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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.
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Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
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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 2.3.10 Rear Panel
connection 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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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
Chapter 3
Submenu item
Menu bar
Configuration fields
General help
Scroll bar
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Extreme Tweaker
Main
For changing the overclocking settings
For changing the basic system configuration
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing
the fan settings.
Advanced
Boot
Tool
Exit
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For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the system boot configuration
For configuring options for special functions
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 (Extreme 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.
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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EZ Mode
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 3.7 Boot menu for details.
Selects the display language of
the BIOS setup program
Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU/5V/3.3V/12V voltage output, CPU/
Chassis/CPU_OPT fan speed
Clicks to display all fan
speeds if available
Exits the BIOS setup program without saving the
changes, saves the changes and resets the system,
or enters the Advanced Mode
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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
Loads optimized default
Normal mode
ASUS Optimal mode
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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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3.3
Extreme Tweaker menu
The Extreme Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Extreme Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
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The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Scroll down to display the following items:
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Load Normal OC Profile
OverClock Template Suitable for day to day gamers.
Load Gamers’ OC Profile
OverClock Template Suitable for day to day gamers.
Load Extreme OC Profile (Low Current)
Sets sweet-spot settings for Extreme overclocking and sinks current away from the processor
to preserve its life-span.
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Load Extreme OC Profile (High Current)
Sets sweet-spot settings for Extreme overclocking and sources current into the processor in
a bid to squeeze more frequency from it.
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]
[X.M.P.]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
The BCLK frequency, CPU ratio and memory parameters will be optimized.
CPU Level Up [Disabled]
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters will be automatically adjusted
according to the selected CPU level.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [X.XXXG]
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BCLK Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the CPU and VGA frequency to enhance the system performance.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. You can also key in the desired value
using the numeric keypad. The values range from 80.0MHz to 300.0MHz.
CPU Strap [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [100MHz] [125MHz] [166MHz] [250MHz]
ClockGen Full Reset [Enabled]
[Enabled] Enabled for better overclocking.
[Disabled] To skip system shutdown at BCLK frequency adjustment.
The above three items appear only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner item to
[Manual].
CPU CLOCK GEN Filter [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled] [10UF] [20UF]
Memory Frequency [Auto]
Forces a DDR3 frequency slower than the common tCK detected via SPD.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz] [DDR31600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz] [DDR3-2666MHz]
Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
Xtreme Tweaking [Disabled]
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This item may help improve some benchmarks performance.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Timing Control
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard
and press the <Enter> key.
Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default settings.
Load Elipida Hyper Profile
Change settings to suit Elpida Hyper Profile by selecting Yes.
Load Tight PSC Profile
Change settings to suit Tight PSC Profile by selecting Yes.
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Load Loose PSC Profile
Change settings to suit Loose PSC Profile by selecting Yes.
Load Tight 4x4GB Hynix Profile
Change settings to suit Tight 4x4GB Hynix Profile by selecting Yes.
Load RAW MHZ Profile
Change settings to suit RAW MHZ Profile by selecting Yes.
Rampage Tweak [Auto]
Mode 1 can help Memory Compatibility. Mode 2 can help overclocking and
performance. Configuration options: [Auto] [Mode 1] [Mode 2]
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Primary Timings
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [40 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM COMMAND Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] [2 DRAM Clock] [3 DRAM Clock]
Latency Boudary [Nearer]
Configuration options: [Nearer] [Further]
Secondary Timings
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [48 DRAM Clock] – [511 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 DRAM Clock] – [31 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [16 DRAM Clock] – [63 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM Write Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
Third Timings
tRRDR [Auto]
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Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
tRRDD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
tWWDR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
tWWDD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
tRWDR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
tRWDD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
tWRDR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
tWRDD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
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tRWSR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
tCCD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
Latency Timings
DRAM RTL (CHA/B/C/D D0/1 R0/1 [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 14 Clock] [Advance 12 Clock] – [Advance 4
Clock] [Advance 2 Clock] [Normal] [Delay 2 Clock] [Delay 4 Clock] – [Delay 12 Clock]
[Delay 14 Clock]
DRAM IOL (CHA/B/C/D D0/1 R0/1 [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 14 Clock] – [Advance 1 Clock] [Normal]
[Delay 1 Clock] – [Delay 14 Clock]
others
DRAM CLK Period
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
Enhanced Training (CHA/B/C/D [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
MCH Duty Sense (CHA/B/D/D [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto]
Receiver Slew [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [More]
Transmitter Slew [Auto])
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Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [More]
MCH Recheck [Auto])
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DIGI+ Power Control
Do not remove the thermal module while changing the DIGI+ Power Control related
parameters . The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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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.
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
CPU Load-line is defined by Intel 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]
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The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
CPU Current 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%] [150%] [160%]
[170%] [180%] [Disabled]
CPU Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Switching frequency will affect the transient response and component thermal. Higher
frequency gets quicker transient response.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
VRM Over Temperature Protection [Auto]
This item allows you to enable or disable the VRM over temperature protection.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
[T.Probe] Maintains the VRM thermal balance.
[Extreme] Maintains the VRM current balance.
Vcore MOS volt. Control [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [6V] [6.5V] [7V] [7.5V] [8V] [8.5V] [9V] [9.5V] [10V]
CPU Power Phase Control [Auto]
Phase number is the number of working 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
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[Auto]
[Standard]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
[Manual Adjustment]
The default power control phase mode
Proceeds phase control depending on the CPU loading.
Loads the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Proceeds the full phase mode.
Allows manual adjustment.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU VCore Bootup Voltage [Auto]
This item controls the voltage for CPU at initial boot. Set higher value for better
overclockability. The values range from 0.800V to 1.990V with a 0.005V interval.
CPU VSA
VCCSA Load-line calibration [Auto]
The behavior of the DRAM controller is decided by VCCSA Load-Line. Set to a higher
value for system performance, or to a lower value for better thermal solution.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [High] [Extreme]
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VCCSA Current Capability [100%]
Allows you to set the VCCSA current capability. A higher value brings wider total DRAM
controller power range and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
VCCSA Fixed Frequency [XXX]
The values range from 300kHz to 600kHz with a 50kHz interval.
CPU VCCSA Boot up Voltage [Auto]
This item controls the voltage for CPU VCCSA at initial boot. Set higher value for better
overclockability. The values range from 0.800V to 1.700V with a 0.005V interval.
CPU VTT
CPU VTT Switching Freq [Auto]
This item allows you to switch the frequency of VTT power. Set 1.3x for cleaner power.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.3x]
CPU VTT Over-Current Protection [Auto]
This item allows you to enable or disable the CPU VTT over-current protection. Set to
[Disabled] to remove over-current protection on VTT power.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
DRAM Voltage
DRAM-AB/DRAM-CD Current Capability [100%]
Setting a higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking
frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
DRAM-AB/DRAM-CD Voltage Frequency [Auto]
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This item allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency. Assign a fixed high
DRAM frequency to increase O.C range or a lower DRAM frequency for better system
stability. Configuration options: [Auto] [manual]
DRAM-AB/DRAM-CD Power Phase control [Auto]
[Auto]
Allows you to set the default DRAM power phase control settings.
[Optimized]Allows you to set ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
[Extreme] Allows you to set the Full phase mode.
PCH 1.1V
PCH 1.1v Switching Freq. [Auto]
This item allows you to switch the frequency of PCH power. Set 1.3x for cleaner power.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [1.3x]
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CPU Performance Settings
CPU Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to manually adjust the maximum non-turbo CPU ratio. Use <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep Technology.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
[Enabled] The operating system dynamically adjusts the processor voltage and
core frequency which may result in decreased average consumption and
decreased average heat production.
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
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[Disabled] Disables this function.
[Enabled] Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition.
Power Limit Control [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Ratio item to [Auto] and the Turbo
Mode item to [Enabled]. Leave this item at [Auto] for best overclocking or set to
[Enabled] to customize settings. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Turbo Mode items to [Enabled] and
Power Limit Control item to [Enabled].
Long Duration Power Limit [Auto]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
Long Duration Maintained [Auto]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
Short Duration Power Limit [Auto]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
CPU Core Current Limit [Auto]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
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GPU/DIMM Post
GPU Post
The GPU Post sub-menu allows you to view the information of individual PCI Express
slots.
PCIe Lane Simulator
The PCIe Lane Simulator item allows you to simulate PCIe lane arrangement.
DIMM Post
The DIMM Post sub-menu allows you to view the information of installed DIMMs.
Extreme OV [Disable]
This item is set to [Disabled] by default to protect the CPU from being overheated. Set this
item to [Enabled] to choose a higher voltage to overclock, but doing so might decrease CPU
life. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
BCLK Skew [Auto]
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Reduce the value to improve BCLK margin.
Configuration options: [Auto] [-5] – [+3]
PCIE CLK Skew [Auto]
Configuration options: [-63] – [-1] [Auto] [+1] – [+63]
CPU VCORE Voltage [Manual Mode]
[Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage.
[Offset Mode] Allows you to set the Offset voltage.
CPU VCORE Manual Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU VCORE Voltage item to [Manual Mode]
and allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.800V to 2.100V
with a 0.005V interval.
Offset Mode Sign [+]
This item appears only when you set the CPU VCORE Voltage item to [Offset Mode].
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
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CPU VCORE Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from 0.005V to 0.635V
with a 0.005V interval.
VTT CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the VTT CPU voltage. The values range from 0.8000V to 1.7000V 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.
2nd VTTCPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the second VTTCPU voltage. The values range from 0.80642V to 1.70538V
with a 0.00661V interval.
CPU VCCSA Voltage [Manual Mode]
[Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage.
[Offset Mode] Allows you to set the Offset voltage.
CPU VCCSA Manual Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU VCCSA Voltage item to [Manual Mode]
and allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.800V to 2.100V
with a 0.005V interval.
Offset Mode Sign [+]
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This item appears only when you set the CPU VCCSA Voltage item to [Offset Mode].
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU VCCSA Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from 0.005V to 0.635V
with a 0.005V interval.
DRAM Voltage (CHA, CHB) [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage for DRAM channel A and B. The values range from
1.20V to 2.10V with a 0.005V interval.
DRAM Voltage (CHC, CHD) [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage for DRAM channel C and D. The values range from
1.20V to 2.10V with a 0.005V interval.
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may damage
the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs with the voltage requirement
below 1.65V.
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CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.2500V to 2.5000V with a
0.00625V interval.
PCH 1.1v Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the 1.1v Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from 0.8000V to
1.6000V with a 0.00625V interval.
PCH 1.5v Voltage [Auto]
The values range from 1.2000V to 2.3000V with a 0.00625V interval.
PCH 1.1VG Voltage [Auto]
The values range from 0.80642V to 1.60623V with a 0.00661V interval.
VTTDDR Voltage (CHA, CHB) [Auto]
Allows you to set the VTTDDR voltage for DRAM channel A and B. The values range from
0.6250V to 1.1000V with a 0.00625V interval.
VTTDDR Voltage (CHC, CHD) [Auto]
Allows you to set the VTTDDR voltage for DRAM channel C and D. The values range from
0.6250V to 1.1000V with a 0.00625V interval.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Sets to default CPU spread spectrum configuration.
Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
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[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Sets to default PCIE spread spectrum configuration.
Enhances the PCIE overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
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Memory Tweakers’ Paradise
Scroll down to display the following items:
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IMC AB/CD Signal 1/2/3 [Auto]
Configuration options: [-126] – [-1] [Auto] [+1] – [+32]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C/D
The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C/D
The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval.
DRAM Read REF Voltage on CHA/B/C/D
The values range from 0.38500x to 0.61500x with a 0.0050x interval.
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3.4
Main menu
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.
3.4.1
System Language [English]
3.4.2
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Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options.
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.4.3
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
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3.4.4
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
•
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 2.3.10 Rear panel connection 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.
Administrator Password
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If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator
password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only
selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
To change an administrator password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator
password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear
the password, the Administrator Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
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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.
To set a user password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change a user password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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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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3.5
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
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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.
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the CPU thermal monitor function.
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
Hyper-threading [Enabled]
The Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows each hyper-threading processor core to appear
as two virtual cores to the operating system, enabling the operating system to schedule two
threads or processes simultaneously.
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Only one thread per activated core is enabled.
Two threads per activated core are enabled.
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Active Processor Cores [All]
Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package.
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the mid-level cache (L2) streamer prefetcher.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
Disables this function.
Intel Virtualization Technology [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately
and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several
systems.
Disables this function.
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CPU Power Management Configuration
CPU Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency. Use
<+> and <-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your
CPU model.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep Technology (EIST).
[Disabled] The CPU runs at its default speed.
[Enabled] The operating system controls the CPU speed.
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
[Disabled] Disables this function.
[Enabled] Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition.
CPU C1E [Auto]
[Auto]
Sets the default configuration.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
[Enabled] Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in order to
enable the Enhanced Halt State.
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CPU C3 Report [Auto]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to OS.
CPU C6 Report [Auto]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to OS.
CPU C7 Report [Auto]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C7 report to OS.
3.5.2
System Agent Configuration
PCIE_X16_1 Link Speed [GEN3]
Select Target Link Speed Gen1, Gen2 or Gen3.
Configuration options: [GEN1] [GEN2] [GEN3]
PCIE_X16_2 Link Speed [GEN3]
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Select Target Link Speed Gen1, Gen2 or Gen3.
Configuration options: [GEN1] [GEN2] [GEN3]
PCIE_X8_3 Link Speed [GEN3]
Select Target Link Speed Gen1, Gen2 or Gen3.
Configuration options: [GEN1] [GEN2] [GEN3]
3.5.3
PCH Configuration
High Precision Timer [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the High Precision Event Timer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.5.4
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.
SATA Mode [AHCI Mode]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[Disabled]
[IDE Mode]
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[AHCI Mode]
[RAID Mode]
Disables the SATA function.
Set to [IDE Mode] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
Set to [AHCI Mode] 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.
Set to [RAID Mode] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the
SATA hard disk drives.
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When
read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning
messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Hot Plug [Disabled]
These items appear only when you set the SATA Mode item to [AHCI Mode] or [RAID Mode]
and allow you to enable/disable SATA Hot Plug Support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled].
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3.5.5
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program.
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
[Disabled]
Disables the function.
[Enabled]
Enables the support for USB 3.0 devices on legacy operating systems
(OS).
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Legacy USB3.0 Support [Enabled]
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the function.
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
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Onboard Devices Configuraton
Azalia HD Audio [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the controller.
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
The following two items appear only when you set the Azalia HD Audio item to [Enabled].
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Front Panel Type [HD]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC97 or highdefinition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
[HD]
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC97
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[SPDIF]
[HDMI]
Sets to [SPDIF] for SPDIF audio output.
Sets to [HDMI] for HDMI audio output.
Intel LAN Controller [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the controller.
Enables the Intel LAN controller.
Intel LAN 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 Intel LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
This item allows user to enable/disable the Asmedia USB 3.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support [Disabled]
This item allows user to enable/disable the USB charging support of the Asmedia USB 3.0
controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ASM1061 Storage Controller [AHCI Mode]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASM1061 storage controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE Mode] [AHCI Mode]
If you want to use the full function of the ASM1061 storage controller (ex. AHCI), we
recommend that you set this item to [AHCI Mode] and install the ASM1061 Controller
Driver from the motherboard support DVD.
ASM1061 Storage OPROM [Enabled]
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This item appears only when you set the previous item to [IDE Mode] or [AHCI Mode] and
allows you to enable or disable the OptionRom of the ASM1061 storage controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.5.7
APM
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
[Power Off]
[Last State]
The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was
before the AC power loss.
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by keyboard function or set specific keys on the
keyboard to turn on the system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
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[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Power On by a mouse.
Enables the Power On by a mouse.
Power On By PCIE [Disabled]
[Disabled]Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
ErP Ready [Disabled]
This item allows user to switch off some power at S5 to get the system ready for ErP
requirement. When set to Enabled, all other PME options will be switched off.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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.
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
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This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Voltage Monitor
CPU Voltage; 3.3V Voltage; 5V Voltage; 12V Voltage; VTT CPU Voltage;
CPU VCCSA Voltage; CPU PLL Voltage, DRAM AB/CD Voltage; PCH 1.1
Voltage; PCH 1.5 Voltage; 2nd VTTCPU Voltage; PCH 1.1VG
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the
onboard voltage regulators.
Temperature Monitor
CPU Temperature; MB Temperature; PCH Temperature; PCH Overheat
Protection[xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU,
motherboard, and the assigned devices temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not
wish to display the detected temperatures.
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Fan Speed Monitor
CPU FAN Speed; CPU OPT Speed; Chassis FAN1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or
[Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU fan,
chassis fan, and optional fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If any of the fans
is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows [N/A]. These items are not
user‑configurable.
Fan Speed Control
CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU fan controller.
[Disabled]Disables the CPU Q-fan controller.
[Enabled]Enables the CPU Q-fan controller.
The following three items appear when you enable the CPU Fan Control feature.
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM]
Allows you to set the low speed limit of the CPU fan and the system sends warning
message when the fan speed drops below the set value.
Configuration options: [Ignored] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM]
[600 RPM]
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
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[Standard]
S
ets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust
depending on the CPU temperature.
[Silent]
Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan
operation.
[Turbo]
Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual]
S
ets to [Manual] to display more items for you to manually adjust the
CPU upper/lower temperature, and CPU fan upper/lower duty cycle.
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 Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The values range from
1% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at
the maximum duty cycle.
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CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The values range from 0%
to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC, the CPU fan will operate at the minimum
duty cycle.
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you
to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust depending
on the chassis temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
[Manual] Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
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The following four items appear only when you set Chassis Fan Profile to [Manual].
Chassis Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the chassis temperature. The values range
from 40ºC to 90ºC.
Chassis Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The values range
from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches the upper limit, the chassis fan will
operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Chassis Lower Temperature [40]
Displays the lower limit of the chassis temperature.
Chassis Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The values range from
0% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under 40ºC, the chassis fan will operate at the
minimum duty cycle.
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
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[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]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables this function.
The system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
PCI ROM Priority [Legacy ROM]
[Legacy ROM]
Launches the Legacy ROM option.
[EFI Compatible ROM] Launches the EFI Compatible ROM option.
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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.
Setup Mode [Advanced 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.
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•
To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears.
To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, press <F8> after POST.
Boot Override
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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.
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
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Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility. When you press <Enter> to start the application.
For more details, refer to section 3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility.
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3.8.2
ASUS SPD Information
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Allows you to get DRAM SPD information.
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3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Label
Allows you to input the label of setup profile.
Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
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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!
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We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/CPU
configuration and BIOS version.
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3.8.4
GO Button File
This menu allows you to set the GO Button files, and load the desired GO Button file.
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Scroll down to display the following items:
BCLK Frequency; CPU Ratio; CPU Voltage; CPU VCCSA Voltage;
DRAM Voltage (CHA, CHB/CHC, CHD); CPU PLL Voltage; VTT CPU
Voltage; PCH 1.1v Voltage; PCH 1.5v Voltage; VTTDDR Voltage (CHA,
CHB/CHC, CHD); 2nd VTTCPU Voltage; PCH 1.1VG Voltage.
Allows you to use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the values for each item.
Refer to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker Menu for details.
Load Default
Allows you to load default settings.
Save Above Settings
Allows you to save the adjusted values for specific items as a GO Button file.
Load from EEPROM settings
Allows you to load from EEPROM setting.
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3.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and
save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load the default values.
Load Safe Defaults
This option allows you to load the safest default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. Select Yes to load the default values.
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Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of
the available filesystem devices.
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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.
ASUS Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard support DVD or
a USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
2.
4.
5.
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.
USB BIOS Flashback: Updates the BIOS under standby power using a USB flash disk
drive without entering BIOS or OS.
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
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
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•
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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:
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
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:
1.
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.
3.
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If you want to enable the BIOS
downgradable function and auto BIOS
backup function, check the checkbox
before the two items on the screen.
Select the BIOS version that you want
to download. Click Next.
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.
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Click Browse to locate your desired
picture file.
6.
Adjust the picture resolution if
needed and click Next to continue.
7.
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:
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.
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You can decide whether to change the
BIOS boot logo. Click Yes if you want to
change the boot logo or No to continue.
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 Utility 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 Utility:
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 2 Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
3.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
4.
5.
6.
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1.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform
the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.
•
This function 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 3.10 Exit Menu for
details.
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3.10.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the
BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a
corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains
the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published
on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at
support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn on the system.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash drive
containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility automatically.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS setting. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default
BIOS values.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
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3.10.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive in FAT32/16 format and
single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at http://
support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
3.
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NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
•
Do not save the BIOS file to a floppy disk due to low disk capacity.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
Booting the system in DOS environment
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
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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.
2.
Please select boot device:
3. 4.
SATA: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
USB XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
UEFI: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Enter Setup
↑ and ↓ to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
When the Make Disk menu appears, select the FreeDOS command prompt item by
pressing the item number.
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
2.
The [filename] is any user-assigned filename with no more than eight alphanumeric
characters for the filename and three alphanumeric characters for the extension.
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: RAMPAGE IV GENE
VER: 0217
DATE: 11/30/2011
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue.
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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: RAMPAGE IV GENE
VER: 0217
DATE: 11/30/2011
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
R4G.ROM 4194304 2010-08-05 17:30:48
A:
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[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [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.
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3.
Are you sure to update BIOS?
Yes No
4.
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
•
For BIOS Updater version 1.04 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS
prompt after updating BIOS.
•
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load 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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3.10.5
USB BIOS Flashback
The USB BIOS Flashback allows user to update the BIOS without entering the BIOS or the
operating system by using a USB flash disk drive under standby power.
1.
Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website
3.
Copy “R4G.ROM” to the root directory of the USB flash disk drive
2.
4.
5.
6.
Extract and rename the BIOS image file to “R4G.ROM”
Turn off the system and connect the
USB flash drive to the ROG Connect
port (the white USB 2.0 port) at the rear
panel of the motherboard
Hold the ROG Connect button until the
LED begins to blink, then release
Wait until the LED stops to blink, then
the BIOS flash will be completed.
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16
format and single partition only.
•
DO NOT unplug the power of the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
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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 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
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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 Manual menu contains the list of supplementary user manuals. Click
an item to open the folder of the user manual.
The Drivers menu shows the available device
drivers if the system detects installed devices.
Install the necessary drivers to use the devices.
The Video menu contains the list of supplementary videos.
Click the video titles to watch ROG users’ outstanding
performances with ROG motherboards.
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 item
to install
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Click an icon
to display DVD/
motherboard
information
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 on the Manual tab. Click
on 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.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if your
computer has enabled the Autorun feature.
Click on the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite II.
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 on the icon to open the AI Suite
II main menu bar.
Click on 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
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The Auto Tuning button appears only on models with the TurboV EVO function.
•
The applications in the Tool menu 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
The screeshots of AI Suite II in this user manual are for reference only. The actual
screenshots vary with models.
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4.3.2
TurboV EVO
ASUS TurboV EVO introduces TurboV that allows you to manually adjust the CPU frequency
and related voltages as well as Auto Tuning function that offers automatic and easy
overclocking and system level up. 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.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
TurboV EVO
TurboV EVOallows you to overclock the BCLK frequency, CPU voltage, IMC voltage, and
DRAM Bus 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 EVO 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.
Click to
select mode
Load profile
Target values
Current values
Click to show
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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Using Advanced Mode
Click on the Advanced Mode tab to adjust the advanced voltage settings.
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Advanced mode
Target values
Undoes all changes
without applying
Current values
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
Applies all changes
immediately
CPU Ratio
Allows you to manually adjust the CPU ratio.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the CPU Ratio tab.
Click ON to activate the CPU Ratio function. The system automatically reboots for the
changes to take effect.
After system reboot, launch TurboV EVO again, and then click the CPU Ratio tab. Drag
the adjustment bar upwards or downwards to the desired value.
Click Apply to make the change take effect.
CPU Ratio
Adjustment
bar
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Undoes all changes
without applying
Applies all changes
immediately
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
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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CPU Strap
Allows you to manually adjust CPU Strap.
1.
2.
3.
Click on the CPU Strap tab.
Click on the adjustment bar to the desired value. The graph on the right will change
value accordingly.
Click on Apply to make the change take effect.
CPU Strap
Adjustment
bar
Undoes all changes
without applying
Applies all changes
immediately
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
•
•
Applied settings in CPU Ratio affect CPU Strap results.
The value on the CPU Strap diagram varies with your CPU model.
CPU Level Up
ASUS TurboV EVO includes three CPU level up modes, providing the most flexible autotuning options.
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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.
Using CPU Level Up
1.
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Click the CPU Level Up tab,
choose the value, and click Start.
Read through the warning
messages and click OK to start
auto-overclocking.
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2.
3.
1.
2.
3.
TurboV EVO 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.
Using 4.300 Ghz mode
Tick the 4.300 GHz, and click
Start.
Read through the warning
messages and click OK to start
auto-overclocking.
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.
Using 4.100 Ghz mode
Tick the 4.100 GHz, and click
Start.
Read through the warning
messages and click OK to start
auto-overclocking.
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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2.
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Using 3.900 Ghz mode
Tick the 3.900 GHz, and click
Start.
Read through the warning
messages and click OK to start
auto-overclocking.
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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DIGI+ Power Control
DIGI+ PowerControl 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+ Power Control
by clicking Tool > DIGI+ Power Control on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Select CPU Power or DRAM Power to adjust the power control settings.
CPU Power
4
1
5
Application aids
2
3
Apply all changes
immediately
6
7
Function description
1
CPU Load-line Calibration
It allows you to adjust the voltage settings and control the system
temperature. Higher load-line calibration could get higher voltage and
good overclocking performance but increases 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. Higher frequency gets quicker transient response.
4
VCCSA Load-line Calibration
The behavior of the DRAM Controller is decided by the VCCSA Loadline. Set to a higher value for system performance, or to a lower value for
better thermal solution.
5
VCCSA Current Capability
A higher value brings wider total DRAM Controller power range and
extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
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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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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DRAM Power
1
Application aids
2
3
Apply all changes
immediately
Undo all changes
without applying
Function no.
1
DRAM Current Capability
A higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the
overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
2
DRAM Voltage Frequency
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency for system stability or
to increase OC Range.
3
DRAM Power Phase Control
Set Manual Adjustment to faster phase response to increase system
performance or to slower phase response to increase DRAM power
efficiency.
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Function description
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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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.
Multiple system
operating modes
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
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Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced since you
installed EPU.
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Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced since you
click the Clear button
.
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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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4.3.5
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 automatic and manual fan speed controls 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.
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Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
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Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
Intelligent: automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed according to the ambient
temperature.
Stable: fixes the CPU fan speed to avoid noise caused by the unsteady fan rotation.
However, the fan will speed up when the temperature exceeds 70°C.
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
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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Sensor Recorder
Sensor Recorder monitors the changes in the system voltage, temperature, and fan speed on
a timeline. The History Record function allows you to designate specific time spans on record
to keep track of the three system statuses for certain purposes.
Launching Sensor Recorder
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch Sensor Recorder by
clicking Tool > Sensor Recorder on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using Sensor Recorder
Click on Voltage/ Temperature/ Fan Speed tabs for the status you want to monitor. Colored
lines will automatically appear on the diagram to indicate the immediate changes in the
system status.
Using History Record
1.
2.
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Click on the History Record tab and adjust the settings on the left for Type, Date,
Record Interval, and Record Duration according to need.
Colored lines will then appear on the diagram to indicate the changes in the requested
status of the given time.
Click on Recording to record the history changes.
Click on Monitor > Sensor on the AI Suite II main menu bar and a highlight of the system
statuses will appear on the right panel.
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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 your saved
configuration
Loads the default
threshold values
for each sensor
Applies your
changes
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Voltage
The Voltage tab displays the system voltages sensors, including the current
and threshold values. When a system voltage is less or more than the threshold
percentage, the sensor sends an alert to the user through the monitor panels, or a
pop-up message.
Temperature
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The Temperature tab displays the CPU and motherboard temperature sensors,
including the current and threshold values. When the CPU/MB temperature exceeds
the threshold temperature, the sensor sends an alert to the user through the monitor
panels or a pop-up message.
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Fan Speed
The Fan Speed tab displays the current and threshold rotations (per minute) of the
CPU, chassis, and power fans. When a fan rotation is less than the threshold rotation,
the sensor sends an alert to the user through the monitor panels or a pop-up message.
Preference
The Preference tab allows you to enable the pop-up window, set the cycle detection
interval, and select the temperature scale.
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Alert Log
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The Alert Log tab displays all normal and critical events detected by the sensors,
including the sensor value at the time of the event. Click Clear to clear the log.
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4.3.8
USB 3.0 Boost
The ASUS exclusive USB 3.0 Boost provides speed boost for USB 3.0 devices and the
up-to-date support of USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP). With USB 3.0 Boost, you can
accelerate the transfer speed of your USB 3.0 devices with ease.
Launching USB 3.0 Boost
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch USB 3.0 Boost by
clicking Tool > USB 3.0 Boost on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Configuring USB 3.0 Boost
1.
2.
3.
Connect a USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 port.
USB 3.0 Boost automatically detects the property of the connected device and
switches to Turbo mode or UASP mode (if UASP is supported by the connected
device).
You can manually switch the USB 3.0 mode back to Normal mode at any time.
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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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.
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** 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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4.3.10
ASUS Update
ASUS Update lays out the options for updating BIOS on your system. Update BIOS utility
on your system or simply save the utility for later use just by following the directions on this
convenient updating feature.
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.
Using ASUS Update
Select the way you would like to do with the BIOS utility. Click on Next and follow the
instructions to complete your request.
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•
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Update BIOS from Internet
Download the latest BIOS utility from the ASUS service website (www.asus.com) and
follow the suggested procedures to update the BIOS version on your system.
Download BIOS from Internet
Download the latest BIOS utility from the ASUS service website (www.asus.com) and
save for later use.
Update BIOS from file
Use the BIOS utility demanded from a source file to update the BIOS version on your
system.
Save BIOS to file
Back up the current BIOS utility on your system to another file or USB disk to save for
later use.
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There may be risks of system crash when updating BIOS. Backing up the original BIOS
utility is recommended before updating.
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4.3.11
MyLogo2
This MyLogo utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the image that appears
on screen during the Power‑On‑Self-Tests (POST). Personalize your computer from the very
beginning!
Launching ASUS Update
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch MyLogo by clicking
Update> MyLogo on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using MyLogo
Select the way you would like to do update your boot logo. Then click Next and follow the
given instructions.
Change the BIOS boot logo of my motherboard
Under Current BIOS, click Browse and choose the desired image for your boot logo.
Then click on Next.
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2.
Click on Auto Tune to adjust image size compatibility or adjust the resolution bar.
4. Click on Flash to start updating the image to the boot logo.
3.
5.
You can click on Booting Preview to preview the boot image. Then click Next.
Click on Yes to reboot or you can also see the new logo next time you restart your
computer.
Change the boot logo of a downloaded BIOS file and update (or do not update) this
BIOS to the motherboard
1.
2.
3.
At BIOS File, Browse to download the requested BIOS file to your system. This utility
will help you detect the compatibility of the BIOS version.
Then at Picture File, Browse to select the desired image for boot logo. Click Next.
Follow steps 2-5 in Change the BIOS boot logo of my motherboard to complete
logo update.
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ROG Connect
ROG Connect allows you to monitor and adjust the local PC through your remote PC.
Setting up USB connection between your local and remote PC
1.
2.
3.
•
Install ROG Connect on the remote PC from the provided Support DVD before using
ROG Connect.
•
ROG Connect must work with ROG Connect Plus to avail full function. Ensure that
you install ROG Connect Plus on your local PC from the provided Support DVD
before using ROG Connect.
Connect the provided ROG Connect
cable to the local PC and the remote PC.
Press the ROG Connect Button and it will
light up into a stable glow.
Double-click the RC TweakIt shortcut on
the remote PC to activate the function
Using RC TweakIt
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Use the sliders and buttons to monitor or adjust your local PC.
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Click Function to display more options.
RC Poster
RC Poster shows the status of the local system
during the POST. You can switch the display
mode between String and Code.
RC Remote
RC Remote allows you to operate your local
system through the ROG Connect cable.
RC Diagram
RC Diagram allows you to monitor and record
your local system status.
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GPU TweakIt
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GPU TweakIt allows you to control and monitor the installed GPU on the local system. Use
the sliders to adjust the values and click Apply to save your customized settings.
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4.3.13
Audio configurations
The Realtek audio CODEC provides 7.1-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™ / 7
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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Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2
This application is available only under Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system.
This installation requires that you have the latest version of the Windows Media Player
installed on your system. Ensure to download and install the latest Windows Media Player
before installing Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2.
The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously code-named Azalia)
CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking
functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams
to different destinations.
Activating Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2
After installing Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2 successfully, you need to activate this utility online
before first use.
1.
Double-click Activate on the desktop.
Ensure that you have successfully installed the LAN driver and have connected to the
Internet.
Click Activate to start activation.
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Using Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 2
Speaker and Headphone
EAX
Equalizer
Mixer
THX
Adjusting Volume
Restoring to the Default
Mute
Speaker and Headphone
You can adjust the
speaker-related or the headphonerelated configurations.
Environment audio extensions
(EAX)
After enabling the EAX effects, you
are allowed to select and add your
desired environment sounds into the
music.
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Equalizer
You can manually adjust the audio
frequency with the equalizer and
customize your presets for later use.
Mixer
You can manually adjust the audio
volumes, including Line In, Stereo Mix
and Microphone, when recording or
during the playback.
THX
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THX is a high-fidelity sound
technology that allows you to adjust
the surround sound effect, sub-woofer
volume, etc..
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard supports the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology with RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 10 and RAID 5 support.
4.4.1
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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.
•
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.
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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Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install
identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s) using
SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
3.
Set the SATA Mode item to [RAID Mode].
2.
4.
Go to the Advanced menu > SATA Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
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 ports to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at
RAID mode together.
4.4.4
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility:
1.
2.
Turn on the system.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.0.0.1032
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume 3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
2. Delete RAID Volume 4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Exit
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
Physical Devices:
Port Device Model Serial # Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
[↑↓]-Select
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The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through the menus
and select the menu options.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and may not
exactly match the items on your screen.
The utility supports maximum four hard disk drives for RAID configuration.
Creating a RAID set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.0.0.1032
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name: Volume0
RAID Level: RAID0(Stripe)
Disks: Select Disks
Strip Size: 128KB
Capacity: 0.0 GB
Sync: N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [ENTER]-Select
2.
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
4.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives you want
to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears:
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to select a RAID
level to create, and then press <Enter>.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
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Port Drive Model Serial # Size Status
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
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5.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space> to select. A small
triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10
and 5 only),and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4KB
to 128KB. The following are typical values:
RAID 0: 128KB
RAID 10: 64KB
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
8.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that you want
and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum allowed capacity.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to go back
to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives when
you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.0.0.1032
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name Level Drives Capacity Status Bootable
Volume0 RAID0(Stripe) 2 298.0GB Normal Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[↑↓]-Select [ESC]-Previous Menu [DEL]-Delete Volume
2.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the RAID set you want to delete, and then press
<Del>. The following warning message appears:
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press <N> to
return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
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To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears:
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
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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
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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.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
2.
4. 5.
6. 7. 8. Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press <Enter>.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
4. Launch Windows File Manager and locate the following path in the support DVD:
3. 5. 6. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
\Drivers\RAID\RSTe\Driver
Double-click AsMakeDisk.exe to launch the ASUS MakeDisk Utility.
Select the USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
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4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation
To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP:
1. 2. 3.
4. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to install thirdparty SCSI or RAID driver.
Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB floppy disk drive.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, select the RAID driver for the
corresponding OS version.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS:
1.
2. 3. 4. During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation
media containing the RAID driver.
Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD into
the optical drive, and then click Browse.
Click the name of the device you’ve inserted, go to Drivers > RAID, and then select
the RAID driver for the corresponding OS version. Click OK.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer
to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive.
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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.
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.
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
AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to install
multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in
this section.
5.1.1
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•
•
Requirements
In Dual CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are AMD® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the AMD CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power
required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the AMD Game website (http://game.amd.com) for the latest certified graphics
card and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For AMD CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card drivers
before installing AMD CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers:
1.
2.
Close all current applications.
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 driver/s.
5.
Turn off your computer.
4.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
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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.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the CrossFireX
bridge connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
CrossFireX bridge
(bundled with
graphics cards)
5. 6.
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goldfingers
Connect two independent auxiliary power
sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
5.1.5
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Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the AMD® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the AMD VISION Engine Control Center
To launch the AMD VISION Engine Control Center:
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select
AMD VISION Engine Control Center. You can
also right-click the AMD icon in the Windows
notificAMDon area and select Vision Engine
Control
Center.
2.
The VISION Engine Control Center
Setup Assistant appears when the
system detects the existance of multigraphics cards. Click Go to continue
to the VISION Engine Control Center
Advanced View window.
Enabling Dual CrossFireX
technology
1.
2.
3.
4.
In the Catalyst Control Center window,
click Graphics Settings > Performance
> AMD CrossFireXTM Configuration.
From the Graphics Adapter list, select the
graphics card to act as the display GPU.
Select Enable CrossFireX .
TM
Click Apply, and then click OK to exit the
window.
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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.
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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.
1. 2.
3.
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Prepare two SLI-ready graphics cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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5. 6.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge connector to the goldfingers on each graphics
card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place.
Connect two independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
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4.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card.
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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(A), select Personalize.
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B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog box,
click Advanced Settings.
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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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Signature :
Date :
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Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart C, Intentional Radiators
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Model Number : RAMPAGE IV GENE
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Address, City:
Country:
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Signature : __________
Position : CEO
Name :
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