Asus P7F7-E WS SUPERCOMPUTER Specifications

Motherboard
P7F7-E WS
Supercomputer
E5403
First Edition
February 2010
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information....................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................... x
P7F7-E WS Supercomputerspecifications summary.............................. xii
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.2
ASUS Xtreme Design—Hybrid Processor....................... 1-3
1.3.3
ASUS Hybrid Phase......................................................... 1-3
1.3.4
ASUS Hybrid OS.............................................................. 1-4
1.3.5
ASUS Exclusive Features................................................ 1-4
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
Hardware information
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-2
2.2.2
Layout contents................................................................ 2-3
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-4
2.2.4
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan................................. 2-9
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-10
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.2
Memory configurations................................................... 2-13
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-27
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-27
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-28
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-28
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-28
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-29
2.5.4
PCI Express x1 slot........................................................ 2-30
2.5.5
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.............................................. 2-30
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Contents
2.6
2.7
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-31
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-32
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-32
2.7.2
Audio I/O connections.................................................... 2-33
2.7.3
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-37
2.7.4
Onboard switches.......................................................... 2-46
2.8
Onboard LEDs............................................................................. 2-48
2.10
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-50
2.9
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-49
2.10.1
Using the OS shut down function................................... 2-50
2.10.2
Using the dual function power switch............................. 2-50
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
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BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-4
3.1.3
BUPDATER utility............................................................ 3-5
3.1.4
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-6
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-7
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 3-8
3.3.2
Menu bar.......................................................................... 3-8
3.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 3-8
3.2.4
Menu items...................................................................... 3-9
3.2.5
Submenu items................................................................ 3-9
3.2.6
Configuration fields.......................................................... 3-9
3.2.7
Pop-up window................................................................ 3-9
3.2.8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 3-9
3.2.9
General help.................................................................... 3-9
Main menu................................................................................... 3-10
3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................. 3-10
3.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]........................................ 3-10
3.3.3
Language [English]........................................................ 3-10
3.3.4
SATA 1-6.........................................................................3-11
3.3.5
Storage Configuration.................................................... 3-13
3.3.6
AHCI Configuration........................................................ 3-14
3.3.7
System Information........................................................ 3-14
Contents
3.4
3.5
3.6
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 3-15
3.4.1
CPU Level Up [Auto]...................................................... 3-16
3.4.2
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto].............................................. 3-16
3.4.3
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]............................................... 3-16
3.4.4
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech. [Enabled]...................... 3-17
3.4.5
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]............................... 3-17
3.4.6
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode [Auto].......................... 3-17
3.4.7
DRAM Frequency [Auto]................................................ 3-17
3.4.8
QPI Frequency [Auto].................................................... 3-17
3.4.9
ASUS/3rd Party UI Priority [ASUS Utility]...................... 3-17
3.4.10
OC Tuner [Turbo Profile]................................................ 3-18
3.4.11
Start auto tuning............................................................. 3-18
3.4.12
DRAM Timing Control [Auto].......................................... 3-18
3.4.13
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto].................................. 3-19
3.4.14
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]................................................. 3-19
3.4.15
CPU Voltage Mode [Offset] . ......................................... 3-20
3.4.16
IMC Voltage [Auto] ........................................................ 3-20
3.4.17
DRAM Voltage [Auto] .................................................... 3-20
3.4.18
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]................................................. 3-20
3.4.19
PCH Voltage [Auto]........................................................ 3-21
3.4.20
Load-Line Calibration [Auto].......................................... 3-21
3.4.21
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]........................................ 3-21
3.4.22
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]....................................... 3-21
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-22
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-22
3.5.2
Uncore Configuration..................................................... 3-25
3.5.3
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 3-26
3.5.4
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-27
3.5.5
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 3-28
3.5.6
Intel VT-d [Disabled]....................................................... 3-28
3.5.7
T.Probe [Disabled].......................................................... 3-28
Power menu................................................................................. 3-29
3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto].................................................... 3-29
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]................................. 3-29
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled].......................................... 3-29
Contents
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.6.6
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-30
3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]........................................ 3-30
3.6.5
EuP Ready [Disabled].................................................... 3-30
3.6.7
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-32
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-34
3.7.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-34
3.7.2
Hard Disk Drives; CDROM Drives................................. 3-34
3.7.3
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-35
3.7.4
Security.......................................................................... 3-36
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-38
3.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-38
3.8.2
AI NET 2........................................................................ 3-39
3.8.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-40
3.8.4
Express Gate................................................................. 3-40
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-42
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
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Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
4.2.2
Drivers menu.................................................................... 4-2
4.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 4-4
4.2.4
Make disk menu............................................................... 4-5
4.2.5
Manual menu................................................................... 4-6
4.2.6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 4-6
4.2.7
Other information............................................................. 4-7
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.3.1
ASUS PC Probe II............................................................ 4-9
4.3.2 ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 4-15
4.3.3
ASUS Fan Xpert............................................................ 4-17
4.3.4
ASUS EPU-6 Engine..................................................... 4-18
4.3.5
ASUS Express Gate...................................................... 4-19
4.3.6
ASUS T.Probe................................................................ 4-21
ASUS Unique Overclocking Utility—TurboV EVO.................... 4-22
4.4.1
Using ASUS TurboV....................................................... 4-22
4.4.2
Using ASUS TurboV Auto Tuning Mode......................... 4-23
ASUS GPU Boost........................................................................ 4-26
Contents
4.6
4.
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-27
4.6.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-27
4.6.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-28
4.6.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-28
4.6.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility.......... 4-28
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-32
4.7.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-32
4.7.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-32
4.7.3
Installing the RAID driver during
Windows® OS installation............................................... 4-33
4.7.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive........................................ 4-33
Chapter 5:
5.1
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
®
5.1.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-1
5.1.2
Before you begin.............................................................. 5-1
5.1.3
Installing CrossFireX graphics cards............................... 5-2
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-3
5.1.5
5.2
5.3
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology.................... 5-3
NVIDIA SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
®
5.2.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-5
5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards........................... 5-6
5.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards......................... 5-7
5.2.4
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-8
5.2.5
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................... 5-8
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology..................................................... 5-11
5.3.1
Requirements..................................................................5-11
5.3.2
Installing CUDA-ready graphics cards............................5-11
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and
Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical
substances in our products at ASUS website at http://green.asus.com/english/
REACH.htm.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power
cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If
possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add
a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you
are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact
your local power company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
•
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
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:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
•
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI®
CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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+D>
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:
BUPDATER /iP7F7EWSSC.ROM
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P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
specifications summary
CPU
LGA 1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/
Pentium® desktop Processors
LGA 1156 socket for Intel 3400 series server processor
* The Intel Turbo Boost Technology support depends on
the CPU types.
** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® 3450 Chipset
Nvidia NF200*1
Memory
6 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)* /1333 /1066/
800 MHz, non-ECC/ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel architecture
Support Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Due to Intel spec definition, DIMMs of DDR3-1333 or
above are supported by specific CPU models only.
* Please load X.M.P in BIOS for hyper DIMM (DDR3
1333MHz or above) support.
On-board VGA
Multi-VGA output support: DVI-I and RGB ports
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x16 or x8)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x8)
3 x PCIe x1 (@ x1)
Multi-GPU Technology
Supports NVIDIA® Geforce 3 way/2 way SLI™
technology
Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ technology, up to Quad
CrossFireX™
CUDA support
Up to 3 NVIDIA Tesla cards + 1 NVIDIA Quadro card
Up to 4 NVIDIA Tesla cards (only for Clarkdale processor)
Storage
Intel® 3450 Chipset
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6 x SATA 150/300
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Intel® Matrix Storage supporting SATA RAID 0, 1,
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10, and 5
Marvell® PCIe SATA6Gb/s controller:
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2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
- Support SATA RAID 0 and 1
LAN
2 x Realtek 81112L Dual Gb LAN
- Support teaming function
USB
NEC USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (Blue, at back panel)
Intel® 3450 Ibex Peak
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at
back panel)
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1394
LSI FW643E-02 controller supports 2 x 1394b ports and
1 x 1394a port
Audio
VIA VT2020, 10 channels High Definition Audio CODEC
Multi-Streaming
Jack-Sensing
Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise-Filer
ASUS Special Features
ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS Exclusive Overclocking Features
- GPU Boost
- TurboV EVO and Turbo Key
ASUS Xtreme Phase
- 16+3 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features
- Express Gate
- MemOK!
- ASUS EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 3+
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
Workstation Unique
Features
4 x PCIe x16 slots
G.P. Diagnosis Card bundled
Quick Gate:2 vertical USB 2.0 on board
ASUS SASsaby series Cards support
ASUS WS Diag. LED
ASUS WS Heartbeat
BIOS Features
64 Mb flash ROM, AMI BIOS, Green, PnP, DMI v2.0,
ACPI v2.0a, SMBIOS v 2.6; WOL/WOR by PME
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Back Panel I/O Ports
PS/2 KB/MS port
S/PDIF Out (Optical)
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x IEEE1394b
2 x LAN Connector
1 x DVI-I port
1 x 10-channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
24-pin EATX Power connector
8-pin EATX +12V Power connector
4pin EZ_PLUG Power connector
CPU fan with PWM control
Chassis fan1 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan2 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan3 with Q-fan control
PWR fan
CD audio in
1 x AAFP connector
1 x COM port connector
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
TPM header
S/PDIF Out header
1 x MemOK! Button
20-pinfront panel connector
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Chapter 1: Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
I/O modules
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 module
Cables
2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables
2 x Serial ATA power cables
6 x Serial ATA signal cables
1 x COM port cable
Accessories
1 x ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, system panel;
Retail version only)
1 x G.P. Diagnosis Card (Retail version only)
1 x ASUS SLI bridge
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge card
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction
on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision
of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packagings to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Intel® LGA1156 Clarkdale/Lynnfield Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Clarkdale/Lynnfield processors in
LGA1156 package, which has memory and PCI Express controller integrated
to support 2-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes,
providing great graphics performance. Intel® Clarkdale/Lynnfield processor is one
of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.
Intel® 3450 Ibex Peak
The Intel® 3450 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to support the
latest 1156 socket Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3/ Pentium® processors.
Intel 3450 provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links,
allowing increased bandwidth and stability.
PCIe 2.0
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and
bandwidth that enhances system performance.
Dual-Channel DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates
of 2000(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 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.
The Clarkdale CPU supports memory data transfer rate up to 1600 (O.C.) and
the Lynnfield CPU supports memory data transfer rate to 2000 (O.C.).
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, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
USB 3.0 Support
10X Faster Date Rates!
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.
1.3.2
ASUS Xtreme Design—Hybrid Processor
TurboV EVO
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. Turbo Key boosts performance with just
one touch; while TurboV offers more options to advanced overclockers to achieve
world O.C. record.
Auto Tuning
Auto System Level Up
Auto Tuning is an intelligent tool that automates overclocking to achieve a total
system level up. This tool also provides stability testing. Even O.C. beginners can
achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results with Auto Tuning!
1.3.3
ASUS Hybrid Phase
T.Probe
Leading Active Cooling Technology
The T.Probe microchip detects and balances power phase loading and
temperature in real-time. This feature optimizes the power phase functions,
allowing components to run at lower temperatures and extending their lifespan.
16+3 Phase Power Design
Unprecedented Innovation with the Best Quality Component for Best
Performance
The groundbreaking 16+3 phase VRM design is brought to the ASUS
motherboards. 16+3 phase power design, 16-phase for vCore and extra 3-phase
for Memory controller inside CPU can provide the highest power efficiency, and
hence generates less heat to effectively enhance the overclocking capability. With
the high quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core
chokes with lower hysteresis loss and 100% Japan-made high quality conductive
polymer capacitors, ASUS 16+3 phase VRM design also ensure longer component
life and minimum power loss.
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1.3.4
ASUS Hybrid OS
Express Gate
Instant Online! Instant Fun!
Express Gate is an ASUS exclusive OS that provides you with quick access to the
Internet and key applications before entering the Windows® OS.
1.3.5
ASUS Exclusive Features
MemOK!
Any Memory is A-OK!
Memory compatibility is among the top concerns during 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 failsafe settings that can dramatically improve your system booting
success.
ASUS EPU
System Level Energy Saving
The new ASUS EPU—the world’s first power saving engine, has been upgraded
to a new 6 engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting
current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto
phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card, memory,
chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler / system fans), the EPU automatically
provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and
overclocking—helping save power and money.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
ASUS Fanless Design—Heat-pipe solution
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the vCore
area to the heatsink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by
existing airflow from CPU fan. The purpose of the innovative heat pipe design
on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking fanless design does not have
lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. The Heat Pipe design is the most
reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and
affect the heat dissipation performance.
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Fan Xpert
Active Quiet & Cool
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis
fan speed according to different ambient temperature, which is caused
by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system
loading. Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to
achieve a quiet and cool environment.
ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
ASUS Noise Filter
Eliminate background noise while recording
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air
conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming
audio stream while recording.
DTS
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround
experience through the most common PC audio setups—your existing stereo
speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, “Bass enhancement”
provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and “Voice clarification”
provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With these
technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
ASUS Onboard Switch
With an easy press during overclocking, the exclusive onboard switches
allow gamers to effortless fine-tune the performance without having to short
the pins!
ASUS Q-Design
DIY quickly, DIY easily!
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-LED, Q-DIMM, and
Q-Slot design speed up and simplify the DIY process!
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ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data
from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file.
ASUS Q-Connector
Make connection quick and accurate!
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front
panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique
module eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making
connection quick and accurate.
ASUS EZ-Flash 2
Simply update BIOS from a USB flash drive before entering the OS
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and
update BIOS from a USB flash drive before entering the OS. You can update
your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette
or using an OS-based flash utility.
ASUS O.C. Profile
Conveniently restore or load multiple BIOS settings
Freely share and distribute 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 freedom to share and distribute their favorite
overclocking settings.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for
a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice from the
available options. The localized BIOS setup menu helps you configure your system
easier and faster.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 2:
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-28
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-31
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-32
Onboard LEDs............................................................................. 2-48
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-49
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-50
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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.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components 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, and/or components.
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2-2
2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Switches/Slots
1.
Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V,
4-pin EZ_PLUG)
2.
LGA1156 CPU Socket
3.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN,
3-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
4.
CPU / IMC / DRAM overvoltage setting switches (OV_DRAM;
OV_IMC; OV_CPU)
5.
DDR3 DIMM slots
6.
MemOK! switch
7.
Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA 1-6)
8.
Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin STAT_6G_1/2)
9.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
10.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
11.
USB connectors and ports (10-1 pin 10-1 pin USB910, USB1112,
USB1314; A-Type USB7, USB8)
12.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
13.
Standby Power LED
14.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
15.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
16.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
17.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
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2-11
2-46
2-37
2-38
2-31
2-44
2-39
2-42
2-48
2-40
2-41
2-41
2-40
Refer to 2.7 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1156 socket designed for the
Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 Processor.
•
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
Connect the chassis fan cable to the CHA_FAN3 connector to ensure
system stability.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket
and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if
the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket
contacts/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only
if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes
with the cap on the LGA1156 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting
from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect
removal of the PnP cap.
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2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
2.
Press the load lever with your
thumb (A), and then move it to the
right (B) until it is released from the
retention tab.
Load lever
A
B
To prevent damage to the socket
pins, do not remove the PnP cap
unless you are installing a CPU.
3.
Retention tab
Lift the load lever in the direction
of the arrow until the load plate is
completely lifted.
Load plate
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4.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket.
PnP cap
Cap tab
5.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the gold triangle is on
the bottom‑left corner of the socket,
and then fit the socket alignment
keys into the CPU notches.
The CPU fits in only one correct
orientation. DO NOT force the
CPU into the socket to prevent
bending the connectors on the
socket and damaging the CPU!
CPU notches
Gold
triangle
mark
Alignment keys
6.
Apply some Thermal Interface
Material to the exposed area of
the CPU that the heatsink will be
in contact with, ensuring that it is
spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with
pre-applied thermal interface
material. If so, skip this step.
The Thermal Interface Material is
toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it.
If it gets into your eyes or touches
your skin, wash it off immediately,
and seek professional medical
help.
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7.
Close the load plate (A), and then
push down the load lever (B),
ensuring that the front edge of the
load plate slides under the retention
knob (C).
B
A
C
8.
2-8
Insert the load lever under the
retention tab.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel LGA1156 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan
assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
®
•
When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan
and heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use
only Intel®‑certified multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
•
Your Intel® LGA1156 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin
design and requires no tool to install.
•
Use an LGA1156-compatible CPU heatsink and fan assembly only. The
LGA1156 socket is incompatible with the LGA775 and LGA1366 sockets in
size and dimension.
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that the
Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU
before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install
the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
2.
Place the heatsink on top of the
installed CPU, ensuring that the four
fasteners match the holes on the
motherboard.
A
B
B
Push down two fasteners at a time
in a diagonal sequence to secure
the heatsink and fan assembly in
place.
A
A
B
1
B
A
1
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to
the CPU fan connector.
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3.
Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled
CPU_FAN.
DO NOT forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors
can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from
the connector on the motherboard.
2.
Rotate each fastener
counterclockwise.
3.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to disengage the
heatsink and fan assembly from the
motherboard.
4.
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A
B
B
A
A
B
B
A
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with six Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is
notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules
are developed for better performance with less power consumption.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Memory population configuration
Dual Channel Memory configuration table for Lynnfield CPU
A3
A2
A1
B3
B2
B1
1 DIMM
—
1 DIMM
—
—
—
—
—
SS/DS
—
SS/DS
—
—
—
2 DIMMs
4 DIMMs
—
—
SS/DS
—
—
SS/DS
—
SS/DS
SS/DS
—
SS/DS
SS/DS
4 DIMMs
6 DIMMs
DS
—
DS
DS
—
DS
SS
SS
SS
SS
SS
SS
(SS = Single-sided; DS = Double sided; “—” = No memory)
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Dual Channel Memory configuration table for Clarkdale CPU
A3
A2
A1
B3
B2
B1
1 DIMM
—
—
—
—
—
SS/DS
1 DIMM
—
—
SS/DS
—
—
—
1 DIMMs
—
—
—
—
SS/DS
—
1 DIMMs
—
SS/DS
—
—
—
—
2 DIMMs
—
—
SS/DS
—
—
SS/DS
2 DIMMs
—
SS/DS
—
—
SS/DS
—
4 DIMMs
—
SS/DS
SS/DS
—
SS/DS
SS/DS
(SS = Single-sided; DS = Double sided; “—” = No memory)
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2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB (total maximum 16GB)ECC and
non‑ECC unbuffered DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The
system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel
configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then
mapped for single-channel operation.
•
Due to Intel spec definition, X.M.P. DIMMs and DDR3-1600 are supported
for one DIMM per channel only.
•
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.
•
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.
•
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 3.6 Advanced menu for manual memory frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support
a full memory load (6 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
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8-8-8-24
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9-9-9-28
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•
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F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
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9-9-9-24
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•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9T-6GBPS(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
GEIL
GU34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-28
2
•
GEIL
GU34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
GEIL
GE38GB2000C9QC(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C8D3T1K3/3GX(XMP)
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8
1.65
•
KINGSTON
KHX2000C9D3T1K3/3GX(XMP)
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SS
9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P20002GK(EPP)
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
9
1.9
•
OCZ
OCZ3P2000EB2GK
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
9-8-8
1.8
•
OCZ
OCZ3B2000LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
7-8-7
1.65
•
Patriot
PVT36G2000LLK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
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DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
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G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH (XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9
1.65
•
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OCZ3RPR1866C9LV3GK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
9-9-9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1866LV4GK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPR1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9
1.65
•
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W1866UX2G8(XMP)
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
-
•
Patriot
PVS32G1866LLK(XMP)
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.9
•
Patriot
PVS32G1866LLK(XMP)
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.9
•
Team
BoxP/N:TXD34096M1866HC7DCL(TXD32048M1866HC7-L)(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-21
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OCZ
OCZ3P18002GK
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
8
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OCZ
OCZ3P18002GK
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8
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PVS32G1800LLKN(EPP)
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A-DATA
AX3U1600XB2G7-EF(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
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•
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AD31600F002GMU(XMP)
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DS
7-7-7-20
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•
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AX3U1600GB2G9-3G(XMP)
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DS
9-9-9-24
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AX3U1600GB2G9-3G(XMP)
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DS
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•
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AX3U1600XB2G7-FF(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
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CMD4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
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DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A1600C7(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9Ver2.1(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M4A1600C8(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
2GB
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-8-7-24
-
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.6
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.35
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-21
1.6~1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.5-1.6
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1600C8DC
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-28
1.6
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGE85F-B8MF7(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
12GB(3 x 4GB)
DS
-
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
6
•
•
•
2-15
2-16
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB4GK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-6
1.8
•
OCZ
OCZ3X16004GK(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7
1.9
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
Super Talent
WP160UX4G8(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
-
Super Talent
WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
Super Talent
WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8
-
•
Cell Shock
CS322271
2GB(2 x 1GB)
DS
7-7-7-14
1.7-1.9
•
EK Memory
EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9
-
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HA9N-DG(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
•
Mushkin
996657
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
-
•
Mushkin
998659(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.5-1.6
•
PATRIOT
PGS34G1600LLKA
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLK(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.9
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLKN
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
2.0
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600LLK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
Team
BoxP/N:TXD34096M1600HC6DCL
(TXD32048M1600HC6-L)(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
6-7-6-18
1.65
•
A-DATA
AD31600G001GMU
1GB
SS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600PB1G8-2P
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85
•
•
A-DATA
AD31600E001GMU
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600PB1G8-3P
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.65-1.85
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8DVer2.1(XMP)
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
1GB
SS
-
1.8
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
-
1.6
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
-
1.6
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600LV3GK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR����������
3�������������������
-1333MHz capability
����������
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
A-DATA
AD31333002GOU
2GB
DS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
•
A-DATA
AD3U1333B2G9-2
2GB
DS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1333PB2G7-2P
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
A-DATA
AD3U1333C4G9-B
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFRH9C
1333-9-99-24
-
•
•
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
6GB (3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1333PB2G7-3P
6GB (3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5808DEWSBG 9
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1GB
DS
-
-
-
1.1
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9 2GB (2 x
(CM3X1024-1333C9)Ver1.1
1GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.70
•
CORSAIR
CM3X2G1333C9
2GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
6GB (3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1333C9
8GB (4 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNM
-
-
•
•
Crucial
CT25672BA1339.18FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
NA
-
6-6-6-20
1.8
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-DJ-E
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9
-
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-18
1.5-1.6
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7D-4GBPI(XMP)
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-21
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH(XMP) 4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-21
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D4GBECO(XMP)
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.35
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.5-1.6
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM(XMP) 4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.5-1.6
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ
6GB (3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA12N
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1333C7DC
4GB (2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.5
•
•
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
6
•
•
2-17
2-18
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9
-
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
9
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-B8KG9
2GB
DS
KingMax
KFB8FNGBFANX-15A
-
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C13H
9
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3E9S/4G
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCH9
-
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/4G
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9
1.5
•
•
MICRON
MT16JF25664AZ-1G4F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G4F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9
-
•
•
MICRON
MT18JSF25672AZ-1G4F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
-
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333ULV4GK
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV4GK
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6GB(3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV6GK
6GB(3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZX1333LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x
2GB)
DS
NA
-
8-8-8
1.6
•
•
PSC
AL8F8G73D-DG1
2GB
DS
PSC
A3P1GF3DGF
-
-
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673EH1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CH9
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9
-
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJ
2GB
DS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
-
-
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJE
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
-
-
•
ASUS
N/A
1GB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
ATP
AQ56M64B8BJH9S
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
-
-
•
•
ATP
AQ56M72E8BJH9S
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
-
-
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-2G
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
EK
Memory
EKM324L28BP8-I13
4GB(2 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9
-
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-CG
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1333ELK
6GB(3 x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU133S02
2GB
DS
S-POWER
I0YT3E0
9
-
•
•
UMAX
E41302GP0-73BDB
2GB
DS
UMAX
U2S24D30TP-13
-
•
A-DATA
AD3133301GOU
1GB
SS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JF12864AY1G4D1
-
-
•
•
Crucial
CT12872BA1339.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-DJ-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2GB(2 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
-
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2GB(2 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6BFR8C-H9
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFD45F-B8KG9
1GB
SS
KingMax
KFB8FNGBFANX-15A
-
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/1G
1G
SS
Kingston
D1288JELDPGD9U
-
1.5
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9
-
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
MICRON
MT9JSF12872AZ-1G4F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
1GB
SS
-
-
-
-
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
2GB(2 x
1GB)
SS
NANYA
-
6-5-5
1.85
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV3GK
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
PSC
AL7F8G73D-DG1
•
•
•
•
1GB
SS
PSC
A3P1GF3DGF
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873EH1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
Super
Talent
W1333UX2G8(XMP)
2GB(2 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
8
1.8
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJ
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
-
-
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJE
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
-
-
•
•
ATP
AQ28M64A8BJH9S
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
ATP
AQ28M72D8BJH9S
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
-
-
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-1G
1GB
SS
-
-
-
-
•
•
BUFFALO
FSH1333D3G-T3G(XMP)
3GB(3 x
1GB)
SS
-
-
7-7-7-20
-
•
•
Patriot
PDC32G1333LLK
1GB
SS
PATRIOT
-
7
1.7
•
Silicon
Power
SP001GBLTU1333S01
1GB
SS
NANYA
NT5CB128M8AN-CG -
-
•
Silicon
Power
SP001GBLTU133S02
1GB
SS
S-POWER
I0YT3E0
-
•
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
9
•
•
•
•
•
2-19
P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR����������
3�������������������
-1066MHz capability
����������
2-20
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
-
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
-
•
•
Crucial
CT25672BA1067.18FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ11RD8BAFA-AE-E
1GB
DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-ACE(ECC)
7
-
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-AE-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6AFP8C-G7N0
2GB
DS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
-
•
•
Hynix
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
2GB
DS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFPG7
7
-
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/2G
2GB
DS
KINGSTON D1288JEKAPGA7U
7
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/2G
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
-
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/4G
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
-
1.5
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G1D1
2GB
DS
MICRON
7VD22
7
-
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7
-
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
-
•
•
MICRON
MT18JSF25672AZ-1G1F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CF8
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
8
1.5
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EAE
2GB
DS
Asint
DDRIII1208-AE
-
-
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HA9N-BE
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HC5N-BE
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80CN-BE
-
-
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-BE
2GB
DS
-
-
-
-
•
•
WINTEC
3DU3191A-10
1GB
DS
Qimonda
IDSH51-03A1F1C10F
7
-
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
-
•
•
Crucial
CT12872BA1067.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
1GB
SS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1GB
SS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFPG7
7
-
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/1G
1GB
SS
KINGSTON D1288JEKAPA7U
7
1.5
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G1D1
1GB
SS
MICRON
7VD22
7
-
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7
-
•
•
•
MICRON
MT9JSF12872AZ-1G1F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EAE
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-AE
-
-
Crucial
CT12872BA1067.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7
-
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
1GB
SS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
-
•
•
J1108BABG-DJ-E
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
6
•
•
•
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Hynix
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1GB
SS
HYNIX
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/1G
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G1D1
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
1GB
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
MICRON
Asint
HY5TQ1G831ZNFPG7
7
-
•
KINGSTON D1288JEKAPA7U
7
1.5
•
•
•
MICRON
7VD22
7
-
•
•
•
SS
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7
-
•
•
•
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
-
MT9JSF12872AZ-1G1F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
-
•
•
•
SLY3128M8-EAE
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-AE
-
-
•
6 DIMM Slots
•
2 DIMM: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slot A1 and B1 as one set
of Dual-channel memory configuration
•
4 DIMM: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the blue slots (A1 and B1)
and the black slot A2, A3 or B2, B3 as two sets of Dual-channel memory
configuration.
•
6 DIMM: Supports six (6) modules inserted into both the blue slots and the
black slots as two sets of Dual-channel memory configuration.
Clarkdale CPU
P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR����������
3�������������������
-1600MHz capability
����������
Part No.
Size
SS/DS Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
A-DATA
AD31600G001GMU
1GB
SS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB1G9-AG
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB1G9-3G
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB2G9-AG(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600XB2G7-EF(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.75-1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD31600F002GMU(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.75-1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB2G9-3G(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB2G9-3G(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600GB2G9-3G
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65~1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600XB2G7-FF(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.75-1.85
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8DVer2.1(XMP)
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A1600C7(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8DVer2.1(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9Ver2.1(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M4A1600C8(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
1
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
2
4
2-21
2-22
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
1GB
SS
-
1.8
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
2GB
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
-
1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
2GB(2 x 1GB)
SS
-
1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-21
1.6~1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.5-1.6
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1600C8DC
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-28
1.6
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
12GB(3 x 4GB)
DS
-
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV3GK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600LV3GK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600LV4GK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3X16004GK(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7
1.9
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV4GK(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3FXE1600C7LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8
1.65
•
•
•
Super Talent
WP160UX4G8(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
8
-
•
•
Super Talent
WP160UX4G9(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9
-
•
•
Super Talent
WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
•
Super Talent
WB160UX6G8(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8
-
•
•
•
Cell Shock
CS322271
2GB(2 x 1GB)
DS
7-7-7-14
1.7-1.9
•
•
•
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HA9N-DG(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
•
•
•
Mushkin
996657
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
-
•
•
•
Mushkin
998659(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.5-1.6
•
•
Patriot
PVT33G1600ELK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
PATRIOT
PGS34G1600LLKA
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.7
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600ELK
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.8
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLK(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
1.9
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLKN
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
7-7-7-20
2.0
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600LLK(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
P7F7-E WS Supercomputer Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR����������
3�������������������
-1333MHz capability
����������
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
1
2
4
A-DATA
AD3133301GOU
1GB
SS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD31333002GOU
2GB
DS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
A-DATA
AD3U1333B2G9-2
2GB
DS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
-
-
•
A-DATA
AX3U1333PB2G7-2P
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD3U1333C4G9-B
4GB
Hynix
H5TQ2G83AFRH9C
1333-9-9-9-24 -
•
•
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
6GB(3 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1333PB2G7-3P
6GB(3 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7-7-7-20
1.65-1.85
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3GB(3 x SS
1GB)
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1GB
DS
-
-
-
1.1
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9
(CM3X1024-1333C9)Ver1.1
2GB(2 x DS
1GB)
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.70
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X2G1333C9
2GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
6GB(3 x DS
2GB)
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M4A1333C9
8GB(4 x DS
2GB)
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JF12864AY-1G4D1
-
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12872BA1339.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BN1337.16FF(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT
9
-
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNM
-
-
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25672BA1339.18FF
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
NA
-
6-6-6-20
1.8
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-DJ-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-DJ-E
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2GB(2 x SS
1GB)
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2GB(2 x SS
1GB)
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-18
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7D-4GBPI(XMP)
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7-7-7-21
1.5
•
•
•
ASUS P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
DS
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
•
•
•
2-23
2-24
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7-7-7-21
1.5
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
8-8-8-21
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA12N
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6BFR8C-H9
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9
-
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
9
-
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-13H
9
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/4G
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9
1.5
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
1GB
SS
MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G4F1
2GB
DS
MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9
-
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV3GK
3GB(3 x SS
1GB)
-
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
3GB(3 x SS
1GB)
-
-
7-7-7
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1GB
DS
-
-
7-7-7-20
-
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333ULV4GK
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
8-8-8
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13334GK
4GB(2 x DS
2GB)
-
-
7
1.8
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6GB(3 x DS
2GB)
-
-
9-9-9
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZX1333LV6GK(XMP)
6GB(3 x DS
2GB)
NA
-
8-8-8
1.6
•
•
•
PSC
AL7F8G73D-DG1
1GB
SS
PSC
A3P1GF3DGF
-
-
•
•
•
PSC
AL8F8G73D-DG1
2GB
DS
PSC
A3P1GF3DGF
-
-
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873EH1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673EH1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846E
-
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9
-
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CH9
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9
-
•
•
•
Super
Talent
W1333UX2GB(XMP)
2GB(2 x SS
1GB)
-
-
8
1.8
•
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLK64V3U
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3U
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9
-
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJ
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
-
-
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJE
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
-
-
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJ
2GB
DS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
-
-
•
•
•
Asint
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1 DIMM: Supports one module inserted into slot A1 or B1 as single channel
memory configuration.
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2 DIMMs: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slot A1 and B1 as one set
of Dual-channel memory configuration.
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4 DIMMs: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the blue slots (A1
and B1) and the black slot A2, A3 or B2, B3 as two sets of Dual-channel
memory configuration.
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clip
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the DIMM slot key on
the socket.
DIMM notch
1
2
DIMM slot key
Unlocked retaining clip
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force
a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Hold the DIMM by both of its
ends, then insert the DIMM
vertically into the socket. Apply
force to both ends of the DIMM
simultaneously until the retaining
clip snaps back into place, and
the DIMM cannot be pushed
in any further to ensure proper
sitting of the DIMM.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM notch
damage.
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM
1.
Press the retaining clip outward to
unlock the DIMM.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
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.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 3 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable. Refer to the table on the next page for details.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
B
C
D
PCIEX16_1
shared
–
–
–
PCIEX16_2
–
shared
–
–
PCIEX16_3
–
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shared
–
PCIEX16_4
–
–
–
shared
PCIEX1_1
–
–
shared
PCIEX1_2
–
–
shared
–
PCIEX1_3
shared
–
–
–
LAN1 (8112L)
–
–
–
shared
LAN2 (8112L)
–
shared
–
–
SATA 3G controller 1
–
–
–
–
SATA 3G controller 2
–
–
–
–
SATA 6G controller 1
–
–
shared
–
USB 2.0 controller 1 shared
–
–
–
USB 2.0 controller 2
–
–
–
–
USB 3.0 controller 1
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shared
–
1394 controller
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shared
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HD Audio
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2.5.4
PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards and other
cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications.
Install a PCIe x1 device to a PCIe x1 slot prior to a PCIe x16 slot.
2.5.5
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
This motherboard has four PCI Express 2.0 slots, two x8 link and two x8 or x16
link. These slots support VGA cards and various server class high performance
add-on cards.
PCI Express 2.0 x16_4 slot (x8 link)
PCI Express x1_3 slot
PCI Express 2.0 x16_3 slot (x8 or x16 link)
PCI Express x1_2 slot
PCI Express 2.0 x16_2 slot (x8 link)
PCI Express x1_1 slot
PCI Express 2.0 x16_1 slot (x8 or x16 link)
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When PCIe 2.0 x16_2 and PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slots are occupied, PCIe 2.0
x16_1 and PCIe 2.0 x16_3 will work at x8 link.
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In single VGA card mode, use first the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot for a PCI
Express x16 graphics card to get better performance.
•
We recommend you use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1, PCIe 2.0 x16_2, and PCIe
2.0 x16_3 slots for 3-way SLI, and the three slots will work at x8, x8 and
x16 link respectively; the PCIe 2.0 x16_1, PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slots for two-way
SLI, and both slots will work at x16 link.
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When using NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology with a Quadro™ series graphics
card and Tesla™ series computing processor cards, install the Quadro™
graphics card to PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot and the Tesla™ computing processor
cards to PCIe 2.0 x16_2, PCIe 2.0 x16_3 and PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slots.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled
CHA_FAN1/2/3 when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal
environment. See page 2-42 for details.
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2.6
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You
can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by
erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the
RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such as system
passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM
1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins
2-3 for about 5–10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
•
If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move
the jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After the CMOS
clearance, reinstall the battery.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before rebooting the system.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
Rear panel connectors
1. PS/2 mouse/keyboard port (green/purple)
7. IEEE 1394b port
2. LAN (RJ-45) port*
8. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
3. DVI port
9. IEEE 1394b port
4. LAN (RJ-45) port*
10. Optical SPDIF_Out port
5. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
11. USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2
6. IEEE 1394a port
12. Audio I/O ports**
* LAN port LED indications
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Activity/Link
Speed LED
Description
OFF
OFF
Soft-off Mode
Yellow Blinking
OFF
During Power ON/OFF
Yellow Blinking
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
Yellow Blinking
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
Activity/ Speed
Link LED LED
LAN port
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** Audio 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
10-channel
Light
Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Additional
Side Speaker
Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Orange
–
–
Center/
Subwoofer
Center/
Subwoofer
Center/
Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker
Out
Side Speaker
Out
Only Windows Vista or later version operating system supports 10-channel
audio configuration.
2.7.2
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
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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Connect to 9.1-channel Speakers
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2.7.3
1.
Internal connectors
Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA 1-6 [blue])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5,
and 10 configuration with the Intel® Matrix Storage Technology through the
onboard Intel® 3450 Ibex Peak.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA boot/data hard disk drives to these
connectors. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these
connectors, set the Configure SATA as item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See
section 3.3.5 Storage Configuration for details. Before creating a RAID
set, refer to section 4.5 RAID Configuration.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later version before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP2 or later version.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. See section 3.3.5 Storage Configuration for details.
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2.
Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA_6G_1/2 [white])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial
ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables.
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These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA data hard disk drives to these
connectors.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Marvell Controller item in the BIOS
to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.3 Onboard Devices Configuration
for details.
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USB connectors and ports
(10-1 pin USB910, USB1112, USB1314; A-Type USB7, USB8)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cables
to connectors USB 910, USB 1112, and USB1314, then install the modules
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.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the USB cable to ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard.
The USB cable is purchased separately.
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4.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module
cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
The COM module is purchased separately.
5.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install
the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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6.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
7.
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 Audio];
if you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector,
set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set to [HD Audio].
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8.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1–3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA–2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A–7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. 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.
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!
9.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can
securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system
also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures
platform integrity.
The TPM module is purchased separately. Use the ASUS TPM module ONLY!
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10. Power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V, 4-pin EZ_PLUG)
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.
•
Ensure to remove the cap on the EATX12V connector before connecting an
8-pin EPS +12V power plug.
•
Use only an 8-pin EPS +12V power plug for the EATX12V connector.
•
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 600 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Remember to connect the EZ_PLUG for a stabler +12V output when
installing graphic cards that requires more than 18A on the +12V rail;
otherwise, EATX12V connector might be overheated.
•
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.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
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11. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis
power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when
you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity
LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is
read from or written to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
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12. ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
Use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect the chassis front panel cables.
To install the ASUS Q-Connector:
1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the QConnector to know the detailed pin
definitions, and then match them
to their respective front panel cable
labels.
The labels on the front panel
cables may vary depending on the
chassis model.
2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the
system panel connector, ensuring
the orientation matches the labels
on the motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now
enabled. The figure shows the QConnector is properly installed on
the motherboard.
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IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
POWE
R SW
RESET
SW
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2.7.4
Onboard switches
Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or
open-case system. This is ideal for overclockers who continually change settings
to enhance system performance.
1.
MemOK! switch
Installing DIMMs that are incompaible with the motherboard may cause
system boot failure, and the DIAG_DRAM LED near the MemOK! switch
lights continuously. Press and hold the MemOK! switch until the DIAG_DRAM
LED starts blinking to begin automatic memory compatibility tuning for
successful boot.
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•
Refer to section 2.8 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the
DIAG_DRAM LED.
•
The DIAG_DRAM also lights when the DIMM is not properly installed. Turn
off the system and reinstall the DIMM before using the MemOK! function.
•
The MemOK! switch does not function under Windows™ OS environment.
•
During the tuning process, the system loads and tests failsafe memory
settings. It takes about 30 seconds for the system to test one set of failsafe
settings. If the test fails, the system reboots and test the next set of failsafe
settings. The blinking speed of the DIAG_DRAM LED increases, indicating
different test processes.
•
Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when
each timing set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the
whole tuning process, the DIAG_DRAM LED lights continuously. Replace
the DIMMs with ones recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors
Lists) in this user manual or on the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process,
the system continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop
memory tuning, turn off the computer and unplog the power cord for about 5–
10 seconds.
•
If your system fail to boot due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK!
switch to boot and load BIOS default settings. A messgae will appear during
POST reminding you that the BIOS has been restored to its default settings.
•
We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version
from the ASUS website at www.asus.com after using the MemOK! function.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.
CPU / IMC / DRAM overvoltage setting switches
(OV_DRAM, OV_IMC, OV_CPU)
These switches allow you to enable or disable the advanced CPU, Integrated
Memory Controller (IMC), and DRAM overvoltage settings in BIOS. Read the
following information before you change the switch settings.
The LED color indicates the voltage setting status of CPU, IMC and DRAM.
OV_CPU
OV_IMC
OV_DRAM
Default
0.85V to 1.7V
up to 1.7V
up to 2.0V
Enable OV (red)
1.25V to 2.1V
up to 1.9V
up to 2.5V
•
Before you change the switch settings for extra-high overvoltage ability,
use the BIOS items first to adjust the desired CPU, IMC, and DRAM
performance. Ensure your system functions well under the highest BIOS
voltage settings before you change the setting of these three switches.
•
DO NOT enable the OV_CPU switch when you install a new CPU and have
not booted for the first time. Doing so may cause the system to halt. For
system failure due to the wrong setting of the OV_CPU switch, shut down
the computer and set the switch back to its default position.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs voltage below 1.65V is recommended
to protect the CPU.
•
The system may need a better cooling system (for example, a watercooling system) to work stably under high voltage settings.
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2.8
1.
Onboard LEDs
POST State LEDs
POST State LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and
HDD) in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found,
the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem is
solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitive way to locate the root
problem within seconds.
You may disable the POST State LEDs in BIOS. Refer to section 3.7.3 Boot
Setting Configuration for details.
2.
Standby power LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate
that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder
that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below
shows the location of the onboard LED.
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2.9
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see 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.
7.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
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2.10 Turning off the computer
2.10.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® Vista™ and Windows® 7:
1. Click the Start button then select Shut Down.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
2.10.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to 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. Refer to section 3.6 Power Menu in
Chapter 3 for details.
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This chapter tells how to change the
system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
3
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
3.1
3.2
3.3
3
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-7
Main menu................................................................................... 3-10
3.4................
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menu......................................................................... 3-15
3.5
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-22
3.7
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-34
3.6
3.8
3.9
Power menu................................................................................. 3-29
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-38
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-42
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
1.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a USB flash disk.)
2.
BUPDATER (Updates the BIOS using a USB flash disk.)
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard
support DVD or a USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
4.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash drive in case
you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS
using the ASUS Update utility.
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
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).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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3.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to
use a DOS‑based utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built in the BIOS chip so it is
accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port,
and then launch EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
•
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash
2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.10
FLASH TYPE: Winbond 25X/Q64
Current ROM
BOARD:P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
VER: 0105 (H:01 B:04)
DATE: 11/03/2009
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
2.
Press <Tab> to switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is
found. When found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when 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 Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See
section 3.9 Exit Menu for details.
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3.1.3
BUPDATER utility
The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS screen
displays may not be the same as shown.
The BUPDATER utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment
using a bootable USB flash disk drive with the updated BIOS file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the BUPDATER utility:
1.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com and download the latest BIOS file
for the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable����������������������
USB flash disk drive�.
2.
Copy the BUPDATER utility (BUPDATER.exe) from the ASUS support
website at support.asus.com to the bootable����������������������
USB flash disk drive�.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt, type:
BUPDATER /i[filename].ROM
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable�����
USB
flash disk drive���������������������
, then press <Enter>.
A:\>BUPDATER /i[file name].ROM
The utility verifies the file, then starts updating the BIOS file.
ASUSTek BIOS Update for DOS V1.06 (09/08/04)
FLASH TYPE: Winbond 25X/Q64
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD:P7F7-E WS Supercomputer BOARD:P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
VER: 0105
VER: 0205
DATE: 11/03/2009
DATE: 12/03/2009
PATH
A:
WARNING! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Note
Writing BIOS:
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
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5.
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after the BIOS update process is
completed. Reboot the system from the hard disk drive.
The BIOS update is finished! Please restart your system.
C:\>
3.1.4
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.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash
drive containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
4.
Turn off the system after the utility completes the updating process and
power on again.
5.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS setting. To
ensure system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press
<F2> to load default BIOS values.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while recovering the BIOS! Doing so
can cause system boot failure!
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3.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports two programmable firmware chips that you can update
using the provided utility described in section 3.1 Managing and updating your
BIOS.
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
firmware chip.
The firmware chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. 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.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
The 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 sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
•
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the
Exit Menu. See section 3.9 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file
for this motherboard.
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3.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu bar
Menu items
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[13:51:25]
[Tue 02/09/2010]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD D DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
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System Information
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Sub-menu items
3.3.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Ai Tweaker
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
3.2.3
For changing the basic system configuration
For changing the overclocking settings
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration
For changing the system boot configuration
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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3.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For
example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
3.2.5
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
3.2.6
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 enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to 3.2.7 Pop-up window.
3.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
3.2.8
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.
3.2.9
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode [Auto]
ACPI Version Features [Disabled]
ACPI APIC support [Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
←→
↑↓
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
Scroll bar
Pop-up window
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected
item.
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3.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section 3.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main AI Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[13:51:25]
[Tue 02/09/2010]
[English]
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD D DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Storage Configuration
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System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2010, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.3.3
Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options.
Configuration options: [繁體中文] [簡体中文] [日本語] [Français] [Deutsch] [English]
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3.3.4
SATA 1-6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE/SATA
devices. There is a separate submenu for each IDE/SATA device. Select a device
item then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
SATA 1
Device : Hard Disk
Vendor : HDT722516DLA380
Size : 164.7GB
LBA Mode : Supported
Block Mode : 16Sectors
PIO Mode : 4
Async DMA : MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring:Supported
Type
[Auto]
LBA/Large Mode
[Auto]
Block(Multi-Sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode
[Auto]
DMA Mode
[Auto]
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer
[Enabled]
Select the type of device connected
to the system.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of SATA drive installed.
[Not Installed] Select this option if no SATA drive is installed.
[Auto]
Allows automatic selection of the appropriate SATA device type.
[CDROM]
Select this option if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM
drive.
[ARMD]
Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is
either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA (Logical Block Addressing) mode.
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Select [Auto] to enable the LBA mode (Logical Block Addressing
mode) if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not
previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Disables this function.
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Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers.
[Auto]
[Disabled]
When set to [Auto], the data transfer from and to the device occurs
in multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector
transfer feature.
When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device
occurs one sector at a time.
PIO Mode [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the PIO (Programmed input/output)
modes, which correspond to different data transfer rates.
[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]Set the PIO mode to Mode 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
DMA Mode [Auto]
DMA (Direct Memory Access) allows your computer to transfer data to and from
the hardware devices installed with much less CPU overhead.
The DMA mode consists of SDMA (single-word DMA), MDMA (multi-word DMA),
and UDMA (Ultra DMA). Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the DMA
mode.
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the S.M.A.R.T (Smart Monitoring,
Analysis, and Reporting Technology).
[Enabled]Enables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
[Disabled]Disables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
[Enabled]Sets the IDE/SATA controller to combine two 16-bit reads from the
hard disk into a single 32-bit double word transfer to the processor.
This makes more efficient use of the PCI bus as fewer transactions
are needed for the transfer of a particular amount of data.
[Disabled]Disables this function.
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3.3.5
Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage devices.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuraton
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
Options
Disabled
Compatible
Enhanced
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the PCH
chip. Configuration options: [IDE] [RAID] [AHCI]
•
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, keep the default setting [IDE].
•
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host
Controller Interface (AHCI), set this item to [AHCI]. The AHCI allows
the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that
increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive
to internally optimize the order of commands.
•
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or the Intel®
Matrix Storage Technology configuration from the Serial ATA hard disk
drives, set this item to [RAID].
SB RAID Boot ROM [Auto]
This item appears only you set Configure SATA as to [RAID]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Disables or enables device write protection. This will be effective only if the device
is accessed through BIOS. Configuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices. Configuration options:
[0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
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3.3.6
AHCI Configuration
This menu is the section for AHCI configuration. It appears only when you set the
item Configure SATA as from the sub-menu of SATA Configuration to [AHCI].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Settings
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
Some SATA CD/DVD in
AHCI mode need to wait ready longer.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
SATA Port1–6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Select the type of devices connected
to the system.
SATA Port1
Device :Not Detected
SATA Port1
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
[Enabled]
SATA Port1 [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of device connected to the system.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Not Installed]
SMART Monitoring [Enabled]
Allows you to set the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the BIOS information, CPU specification, and system memory
in this menu.
The displayed memory size may differ according to the installed CPU.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
BIOS Information
BIOS Version : 0203
BIOS Build Date : 02/05/10
EC BIOS Version : MBEC-0031
Processor
Type : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 670 @
3.47GHz
Speed : 3466MHz
System Memory
Usable Size : 1983MB
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3.4
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main AI Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Configure System Performance Settings
Target CPU Frequency: 2793MHz
Target DRAM Frequency: 1333MHz
CPU Level Up
[Auto]
Ai Overclock Tuner
[Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting
[22.0]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) TurboMode tech [Enabled]
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode [Auto]
DRAM Frequency
[Auto]
QPI Frequency
[Auto]
ASUS/3rd Party UI Priority [ASUS Utility]
OC Tuner
Start auto tuning
[Turbo Profile]
Warning: this function
belongs to overclock-
ing, and it may cause
instability.
Select a CPU level,
and the rest will be
auto-adjusted. If you
want to adjust more,
set Ai Overclock Tuner
to Manual after you
select a CPU level.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
DRAM Timing Control
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Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
CPU Clock Skew
[Auto]
******* Please key in numbers directly! *******
CPU Voltage Mode
[Offset]
Offset Voltage
[Auto]
Current CPU Core Voltage [ 1.200V]
IMC Voltage
[Auto]
Current IMC Voltage
[ 1.106V]
DRAM Voltage
[Auto]
Current DRAM Voltage
[ 1.506V]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
Current CPU PLL Voltage [ 1.896V]
PCH Voltage
[Auto]
Current PCH Voltage
[ 1.050V]
***********************************************
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.4.1
CPU Level Up [Auto]
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters will be automatically
adjusted according to the selected CPU level. If you want to manually configure the
settings in detail, set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] after selecting a CPU level.
Configuration options: [Auto] [i3-530-2.93G] [i3-540-3.06G] [i5-650-3.2G]
The available configuration options differ by the installed CPU.
3.4.2
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
D.O.C.P
Overclocks DRAM frequency by adjusting BCLK frequency.
X.M.P.
If you install memory module(s) supporting the eXtreme
Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, choose this item to set the
profile(s) supported by your memory module(s) for optimizing
the system performance.
CPU Level Up
CPU Level Up
The configuration options for the following sub-item vary depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
DRAM O.C. Profile [DDR3-1600MHz]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to
[D.O.C.P.] and allows you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, which applies
different settings to DRAM frequency, DRAM timing and DRAM voltage.
Configuration options: [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz]
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [X.M.P.]
and allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
Configuration options: [High Performance] [High Frequency]
To obtain the best performance of the X.M.P. DIMM or 1600MHz DIMM, install
only one DIMM on each memory channel.
3.4.3
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
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3.4.4
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech. [Enabled]
Allows you to use the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST).
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
3.4.5
Enables the EIST function.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]
This item appears only if you set the Ratio CMOS Setting item to [Auto]. Turbo
mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.6
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode [Auto]
Enable this item to ensure the best CPU O.C. performance.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to
[Manual], [D.O.C.P.] or [X.M.P.].
BCLK Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the Internal Base Clock (BCLK). Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. You can also type the desired value using the numeric keypad.
The values range from 80 to 500.
3.4.7
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz]
[DDR3-1600MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency
item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
3.4.8
QPI Frequency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4270MHz] [4800MHz]
3.4.9
ASUS/3rd Party UI Priority [ASUS Utility]
Allows you to decide the priority of overclocking utilities. When you set this item to
[ASUS Utility], other third party overclocking utilities may not function fully and vice
versa. Configuration options: [ASUS Utility] [3rd Party Utility]
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3.4.10
OC Tuner [Turbo Profile]
Set an auto-adjustment limit value for OC Tuner Utility.
Configuration options: [Good Performance] [Better Performance] [Turbo Profile]
3.4.11
Start auto tuning
Press the <ENTER> key to start automatic system overclocking. The OC Tuner
Utility automatically adjust system parameters and reboots several times for the
best overclocking result. DO NOT shut down the power before the auto-adjustment
completes.
3.4.12
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features.
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depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
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The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [10 DRAM
Clock] [11 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM
Clock] [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM
Clock] [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [32 DRAM
Clock] [31 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [48 DRAM Clock] [60 DRAM Clock]
[72 DRAM Clock] [82 DRAM Clock] [88 DRAM Clock] [90 DRAM Clock]
[100 DRAM Clock] [110 DRAM Clock] [114 DRAM Clock] [118 DRAM Clock]
[122 DRAM Clock] [126 DRAM Clock] [130 DRAM Clock] [134 DRAM Clock]
[138 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [10 DRAM Clock] – [22 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(S/D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
3.4.13
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.4.14
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need
to adjust the NB Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps]–[Delay 1500ps]
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The following ten (10) 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.
3.4.15
CPU Voltage Mode [Offset]
Allows you to set the CPU Voltage Mode. Different sub-items appear according to
the CPU Voltage Mode item setting. Configuration options: [Offset] [Manual]
Offset Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Mode item to [Offset]
and allows you to set the Offset voltage. The values range from 0.00625V to
0.50000V with a 0.00625V interval.
Offset Sign [-]
This item appears only when you set the Offset Voltage item to a value other
than [Auto].
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
Fixed Voltage [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Mode item to
[Manual] and allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from
0.85V to 2.10V* with a 0.00625V interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting
a high VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low
VCore voltage may make the system unstable.
3.4.16
IMC Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Integrated Memory Controller voltage. The values range
from 1.1V to 1.97* with a 0.00625V interval.
3.4.17
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.5V to 2.5V* with a
0.0125V 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.
3.4.18
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.8V to 2.1V with a
0.1V interval.
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3.4.19
PCH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from
1.05V to 1.15V with a 0.10V interval.
3.4.20
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.4.21
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.4.22
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Automatic configuration.
Follow Intel specifications.
Improve CPU VDroop directly.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Automatic configuration.
Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Automatic configuration.
Enhances the PCIE overclocking ability.
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
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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.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
CPU Configuration
Uncore Configuration
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Intel VT-d
T.Probe
Configure CPU.
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Module Version:01.07
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Intel(R) Core(TM) CPU 870
Frequency :2.80GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1 :256 KB
Cache L2 :1024 KB
Cache L3 :8192 KB
Ratio Status:Unlocked (Min:09, Max:21)
Ratio Actual Value:21
CPUID :20651
Ratio CMOS Setting
[Auto]
C1E Support
[Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher
[Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit
[Disabled]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
Sets the ratio between
CPU Core Clock and the
FSB Frequency.
NOTE: If an invalid
ratio is set in CMOS
then actual and
setpoint values may
differ.
NOTE: Please key in
ratio numbers directly
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU TM function
[Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Intel(R) HT Technology
[Enabled]
Active Processor Cores
[All]
A20M
[Disabled]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Disabled]
C State package limit setting
[Auto]
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CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
C1E Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in
order to enable the Enhanced Halt Sate.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Hardware Prefetcher function. This item should
be enabled in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Streamer
Prefetcher for tuning performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher function. This item
should be enabled in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Spatial
Prefetcher for tuning performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for
CPUs with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems
separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually
function as several systems.
Disables this function.
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CPU TM function [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool
down.
Disables this function.
Execute Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Intel(R) HT Technology [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.
Only one thread per activated CPU core is enabled.
Active Processor Cores [All]
[All]
[1]
[2]
Activate all CPU cores in the processor package.
Activate only 1 CPU core in the processor package.
Activate 2 CPU cores in the processor package.
A20M [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Legacy OSes and APs may need this function enabled.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
The CPU runs at its default speed.
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows the CPU to save more power under idle mode. Enable this
item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported CPU.
Disables this function.
C State package limit setting [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
We recommend that you set this item to [Auto] for BIOS to automatically detect the
C-State mode supported by your CPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [C1] [C3] [C6]
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3.5.2
Uncore Configuration
The Uncore Configuration menu allows you to change the advanced chipset
settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Uncore Chipset Configuration
IMC Type : Clarkdale
Memory Remap Feature
[Enabled]
PCI MMIO Allocation: 4GB To 3072MB
CPU Enhanced Debug Function [Auto]
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
ENABLE: Allow
remapping of
overlapped PCI memory
above the total
physical memory.
DISABLE: Do not allow
remapping of memory.
Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Do not allow remapping of memory.
Allows for the segment of system memory that was previously
overwritten by PCI devices to be remapped above the total
physical memory.
CPU Enhanced Debug Function [Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables Intel Enhanced Debug if the CPU supports this function.
Supports Intel Enhanced Debug.
Disables Intel Enhanced Debug and frees some memory.
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
Configuration options: [iGPU] [PCI/iGPU] [PCI/PEG] [PEG/iGPU] [PEG/PCI]
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3.5.3
Onboard Devices Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Devices Configuration
HDA Controller
Front Panel Type
Realtek LAN1
Realtek LAN2
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller
Serial Port1 Address
Marvell 9128 Controller
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[IDE Mode]
Options
Enabled
Disabled
HDA Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the controller.
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
[AC97] Set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97.
[HD Audio]Set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to highdefinition audio.
Realtek LAN1/2 [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables Realtek LAN Controller 1/2.
[Disabled]
Disables Realtek LAN Controller 1/2.
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item(s).
[Disabled]Disables Realtek LAN Boot ROM.
[Enabled] Enables Realtek LAN Boot ROM.
Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard 1394 Controller.
Disables the controller.
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Marvell 9128 Controller [IDE Mode]
Allows you to select the Marvell 9128 controller operate mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE Mode] [AHCI Mode]
You have to manually install the Marvell RAID Utility (MRU) when this item is set
to [IDE Mode].
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3.5.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
Options
Module Version - 2.24.5-13.4
Disabled
Enabled
USB Devices Enabled:
2 Hubs
USB Support
Legacy USB Support BIOS EHCI Hand-off
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller
[Enabled]
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB Host Controllers.
Disables the controllers.
The following items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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.
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems
(OS).
Disables the function.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI
hand‑off feature.
Disables the function.
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB 3.0 function.
Disables the function.
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3.5.5
PCIPnP
The PCIPnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
[Yes]
[No]
3.5.6
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.5.7
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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When set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating
system, the operating system configures the Plug and Play devices
not required for boot.
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system.
Intel VT-d [Disabled]
Disables the Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O.
Enables the Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O.
T.Probe [Disabled]
Disables the T.Probe Functions.
Enables the T.Probe Functions.
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3.6
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main AI Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
EuP Ready
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
[S1 (POS) only]Sets the APCI suspend mode to S1/POS (Power On Suspend).
[S3 only]
Sets the APCI suspend mode to S3/STR (Suspend To RAM).
[Auto]The system automatically configures the ACPI suspend mode.
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
[No]When set to [No], the system will not invoke VGA BIOS POST on
S3/STR resume.
[Yes]When set to [Yes], the system invokes VGA BIOS POST on S3/
STR resume.
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]When set to [Disabled], the system will not add additional tables as
per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
[Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system adds additional tables as per
ACPI 2.0 specifications.
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3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).
[Disabled]When set to [Disabled], the system disable the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support in the Advanced
Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in
the RSDT pointer list.
3.6.5
EuP Ready [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.6.6
Disables the Energy Using Products (EuP) Ready function.
Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system
ready for the EuP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for
WOL, WO_USB, audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at
S5 state.
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
Power On By RTC Alarm
[Disabled]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
<Enter> to select
whether or not to
restart the system
after AC power loss.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power Off]
[Power On]
[Last State]
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The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system
state was before the AC power loss.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) /
System Time will become user-configurable with set values.
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
[Disabled]Disables to power up the computer when the external modem
receives a call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
[Enabled]The computer could be powered up when the external modem
receives a call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the first
try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the computer is off
causes an initialization string that turns the system power on.
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI LAN or modem
card. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at
least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Disabled]Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Space Bar]
[Ctrl-Esc]
[Power Key]
Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.
Sets <Space Bar> on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least
1A on the +5VSB lead.
Sets <Ctrl>+<Esc> on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least
1A on the +5VSB lead.
Sets <Power Key> on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least
1A on the +5VSB lead.
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3.6.7
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature(PECI)
MB Temperature
[35ºC/95ºF]
[34ºC/93ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Q-Fan Control
[3590RPM]
[Disabled]
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
[N/A]
[N/A]
[N/A]
[Disabled]
Fan 1
Fan 2
Fan 3
Q-Fan
Speed
Speed
Speed
Control
Power Fan Speed
[N/A]
CPU Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.040V]
[ 3.008V]
[ 4.776V]
[11.648V]
CPU Temperature(PECI)
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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CPU/MB Temperature �������������
[xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and
motherboard temperatures. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the
detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
Chassis Fan 1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU,
chassis, ���������������������������������������������������������������������
and power������������������������������������������������������������
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not
connected to the motherboard, the field shows N/A. Select Ignored if you do not
wish to display the detected speed.
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust
depending on the CPU temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan
operation.
[Turbo] Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual] Set to [Manual] to manually adjust the CPU temperature and fan
speed.
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CPU Upper Temperature [70ºC/158ºF]
Allows you to set the maximum CPU temperature upper limit. When the CPU
temperature reaches the limit, the CPU fan will run at the maximum duty cycle.
Configuration options: [40ºC/104ºF] [50ºC/122ºF] [60ºC/140ºF] [70ºC/158ºF]
[80ºC/176ºF] [90ºC/194ºF]
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle [100%]
Allows you to set the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. When the CPU temperature
reaches the limit, the CPU fan will run at the maximum duty cycle.
Configuration options: [20%] [30%] [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%] [100%]
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle [20%]
Allows you to set the minimum CPU fan duty cycle when the CPU temperature is
40ºC/104ºF or lower.
Configuration options: [20%] [30%] [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%] [100%]
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
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] Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select Ignored if you do not want to detect this
item.
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive as the first boot
device.
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[Hard Drive]
[Removable Dev.]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed in parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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1st–xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxx Drive] [Disabled]
3.7.2
Hard Disk Drives; CDROM Drives
These two items appear only when you install more than two hard disk drives or
optical drives to you system. These items allows you to specify the boot priority
sequence of the hard disk drives or the optical drives.
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3.7.3
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
POST State LEDs
[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Quick Boot function.
[Disabled]When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items.
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], BIOS skips some power on self tests
(POST) while booting to decrease the time needed to boot the
system.
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
[Enabled]Enables the full screen logo display feature.
[Disabled]Disables the full screen logo display feature.
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
[Force BIOS]
[Keep Current] .
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
[On]
[Off]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error
occurs.
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST.
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POST State LEDs [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
3.7.4
Turn on onboard device LEDs in the order of the device POST
sequence.
Disables this function.
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set
a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message Password Uninstalled appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
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After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Installed
:Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
[No Access] prevents user access to the Setup utility.
[View Only] allows access but does not allow change to any field.
[Limited] allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
[Full Access] allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup
utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing
Setup and booting the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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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 sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NET 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate Enter OS Timer
Reset User Data
[Auto]
[10 Seconds]
[No]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
Start O.C. Profile
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item,
type your profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to
save your CMOS settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter>, and choose a profile to load.
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Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the utility.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V2.12
Current CMOS
BOARD:P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
VER: 0105
DATE: 01/21/2010
PATH: A:\
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
3.8.2
•
This function supports devices such as a USB flash disk (FAT 32/16
format) or a floppy disk with single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent the system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the
same memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version.
•
Only the CMO file can be loaded.
AI NET 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
Ai Net 2
Pair Status Length
Check Realtek LAN cable
Check Realtek LAN
cable during POST.
[Disabled]
It will take 3 to 10
seconds to diagnose
LAN cable.
Check Realtek LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.8.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then
press <Enter> to confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.12
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD:P7F7-E WS Supercomputer
VER: 0102
DATE: 01/21/2010
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
3.8.4
Express Gate
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Express Gate feature. The ASUS
Express Gate feature is a unique instant-on environment that provides quick
access to the Internet browser and Skype. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled] [Auto]
Enter OS Timer [10 Seconds]
Sets countdown duration that the system waits at the Express Gate’s first
screen before starting Windows or other installed OS. Choose [Prompt User]
to stay at the first screen of Express Gate for user action.
Configuration options: [Prompt User] [1 second] [3 seconds] [5 seconds] ����
[10
seconds]���������������������������������������
[15 seconds] [20 seconds] [30 seconds]
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Reset User Data [No]
Allows you to clear Express Gate’s user data.
[Reset]When setting this item to [Reset], ensure that you save the setting
to the BIOS so that the user data will be cleared the next time you
enter the Express Gate. User data includes the Express Gate’s
settings as well as any personal information stored by the web
browser such as bookmarks, cookies, browsing history. This is
useful in the rare case where corrupt settings prevent the Express
Gate environment from launching properly.
[No]Set to [No] to disable the Reset User Data function when entering
the Express Gate.
The first time wizard will run again when you enter the Express Gate
environment after clearing its settings.
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3.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Exit system setup after
saving the changes.
F10 key can be used for
this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents of
the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
4
Software
support
Chapter summary
4.1
4.2
4.3
4
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.4
ASUS Unique Overclocking Utility—TurboV EVO.................... 4-22
4.6
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-27
4.5
4.7
ASUS GPU Boost........................................................................ 4-26
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-32
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4.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows XP/Vista/Win7 operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the
features of your hardware.
4.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that came 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 to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
DVD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
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4.2.2
Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Click to display
the next screen
Click to display the
previous screen
Norton Internet Security 2009
Installs NIS 2009.
Intel Chipset Driver
Installs the Intel® chipset drivers.
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VIA Audio Driver
Installs the VIA® audio Driver.
Management Engine Interface
Installs the management Engine Interface.
Realtek LAN Driver
Installs the Realtek® Gigabit Ethernet Driver.
ASUS GPU Booster Driver
Installs the ASUS GPU Booster driver.
ASUS TurboV EVO
Installs ASUS TurboV EVO, the advanced overclocking tool for extreme O.C.
record.
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
Installs ASUS EPU-6 Engine driver and utility.
ASUS Express Gate Installer
Installs ASUS Express Gate.
Browser Configuration Utility
Installs the browser configuration utility.
Marvell 9128 AHCI Driver
Installs Marvell 9128 AHCI driver.
USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver
Installs the USB 3.0 controller driver.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the USB 2.0 driver.
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4.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltage,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS AI Suite
Installs the ASUS AI Suite.
Realtek Teaming Utility
Installs Realtek Teaming Utility.
Adobe Reader 9
Installs the Adobe® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print documents in
Portable Document Format (PDF).
Marvell RAID Utility
Installs Marvell RAID utility.
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Installs Microsoft DirectX 9.0c.
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ASUS T Probe
Installs ASUS T Probe.
4.2.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains items to create the Intel and Marvell RAID driver
disk.
Intel AHCI/RAID Driver
Allows you to create an AHCI/RAID Driver disk.
Marvell AHCI Driver
Installs Marvell AHCI Driver.
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4.2.5
Manual menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
4.2.6
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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4.2.7
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this DVD
Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
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Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text format.
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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
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Click to close the
Preference panel
Main window
The PC Probe II main window
allows you to view the current
status of your system and change
the utility configuration. By
default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can
close or restore the Preference
section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right handle.
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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increase
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Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both
used and available physical
memory. The pie chart at the
bottom of the window represents
the used (blue) and the available
physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
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Applies your
changes
Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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4.3.2 ASUS AI Suite
ASUS AI Suite allows you to launch several ASUS utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching AI Suite
You can launch AI Suite right after installation or anytime from the Windows® desktop.
To launch AI Suite from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs >
ASUS > AI Suite > AI Suite v1.xx.xx. The AI Suite main window appears.
After launching the application, the AI Suite icon appears in the Windows®
notification area. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
Click each utility button to launch the utility, or click the Normal button to restore
system default settings.
Click to restore to normal
Click to launch EPU
Click to launch Fan Xpert
Click to launch TurboV
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Other feature buttons
Click
on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window.
Displays the CPU/
system temperature,
CPU/memory/PCIE
voltage, and CPU/
chassis fan speed
Displays the FSB/CPU
frequency
Click
on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from
degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit.
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4.3.3
ASUS Fan Xpert
Asus Fan Xpert allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds
according to different ambient temperatures and your PC’s system loading. The
various fan profiles offer flexible controls of fan speeds to achieve a quiet and
cool system environment.
Launching Fan Xpert
After installing AI Suite from the motherboard support DVD, launch Fan Xpert
by double-clicking the AI Suite tray icon and then clicking the Fan Xpert button
on the AI Suite main window.
Using Fan Xpert
Click to open the
Calibration window
Click to select
a fan
Click to select
a fan profile
Click to display
the current CPU
temperature and the
fan speed ratio
Click to apply
the settings
Click to
cancel the
settings
Fan profiles
•
•
•
•
Disable: disables the Fan Xpert function.
Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
•
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. The fan will speed up when the temperature exceeds 70ºC.
•
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
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4.3.4
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
ASUS EPU-6 Engine is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing
needs. This utility provides four modes that you can select to enhance system
performance or save power:
•
Turbo Mode
•
Medium Power Saving Mode
•
High Performance Mode
•
Max. Power Saving Mode
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, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control.
Launching 6 Engine
After installing EPU-6 Engine from the
motherboard support DVD, launch the program
by double-clicking the 6 Engine tray
icon.
The first time you launch 6 Engine,
the following message will appear,
asking you to run Calibration first.
Running calibration allows the
system to detect CPU properties to optimize power management.
Click Run Calibration and wait for a few seconds. Then, the 6 Engine main menu
appears.
6 Engine main menu
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4.3.5
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Express Gate is an instant-on environment that gives you quick access to
the Internet, Skype, and viewing your pictures. Within a few seconds of powering
on your computer, you will be at the Express Gate menu where you can start the
web browser, Skype, or other Express Gate applications.
Notices about ASUS Express Gate
•
Ensure to install ASUS Express Gate from the motherboard support DVD
before use.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports SATA devices in IDE mode only. See chapter
3 for BIOS setup details.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports SATA devices connected to motherboard
chipset-controlled onboard SATA ports only. All onboard extended SATA
ports and external SATA ports are NOT supported. See chapter 2 for the
exact location of onboard SATA ports.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports file uploading from ODD and USB drives and
downloading to USB drives only.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports installation on SATA HDDs, USB HDDs and
Flash drives with at least 1.2GB of available disk space. When installed on
USB HDDs and Flash drives, connect the drives to the motherboard USB
port before turning on the computer.
•
Your monitor must support the screen resolution of 1024 x 768, or ASUS
Express Gate will be skipped during the booting process, and the existing
OS will be launched directly.
•
Installation of at least 1GB system memory is recommended for better
performance.
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The First Screen
Express Gate’s first screen appears within a few seconds after you power on the
computer.
Click any of the application
icons to enter Express Gate
environment and launch the
selected application
Turn off the
computer
Continue booting to existing OS when the timer above the Exit
icon counts down to zero (0); click to immediately enter existing
OS
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•
To enter the motherboard BIOS setup program, click Exit on the Express
Gate First Screen, and then press the <Del> key during POST.
•
See the software manual in the bundled motherboard support DVD or click
in the Express Gate environment for detailed software instructions.
•
Express Gate complies with the OpenGL standard. Refer to http://support.
asus.com for Express Gate source codes.
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4.3.6
ASUS T.Probe
The onboard T.Probe microchip detects and balances power phase loading
and temperature in real-time. This feature optimizes the power phase functions,
allowing components to run at lower temperatures and extending their lifespan.
You can monitor the power phase loading and temperature in the Windows®
environment with the bundled T.Probe application
Installing ASUS T.Probe
To install ASUS T.Probe on your computer
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, and then click ASUS T.Probe.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Before using ASUS T.Probe
You have to configure BIOS settings before using ASUS T.Probe.
1.
Press <Del> during the Power-On Self Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility.
2.
Set the T.Probe item in the Advanced menu to [Enabled]
3.
Save BIOS settings and restart the computer.
Refer to Chapter 3 of the motherboard user manual for detailed instructions of
BIOS settings
Using ASUS T.Probe
Click the T.Probe icon in the Windows® notification area
to launch the T.Probe application.
With T.Probe enabled, the temperature of the
power phase gradually levels to the center AVG
(average) area.
With T.Probe enabled, select “Power Saving
Mode” on the top-right corner to switch to four
phase mode. The temperature of the power
phase gradually levels to the center AVG
(average) area.
The number of the phase bars varies depending on motherboard model.
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4.4
ASUS Unique Overclocking Utility—
TurboV EVO
ASUS TurboV EVO introduces TurboV and Turbo Key—two powerful tools that
allow you to overclock your system effectively. Install ASUS TurboV EVO from the
support DVD that came with the motherboard package.
If the TurboV EVO is correctly installed, you will find the TurboV
EVO icon on the Windows notification area. Click on the icon to
display the TurboV EVO control panel.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
4.4.1
Using ASUS TurboV
ASUS TurboV allows you to overclock the BCLK frequency, CPU voltage, IMC
voltage, and DRAM Bus voltage in WIndows® environment and takes effect in realtime 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 ASUS TurboV (except for Auto
Tuning) 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.
Easy Mode
Auto Tuning Mode
Manual Mode
Load profile
Save the
current
settings as a
new profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Target values
Start-up values
Advanced
CPU, chipset
and DRAM
voltage
settings
Click to show / hide
more settings
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Click to restore all
start-up settings
Undoes all changes without applying
Applies all changes immediately
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4.4.2
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU
Ratio function in TurboV. See Chapter 3 for details.
•
For advanced overclock ability, adjust first the BIOS items, and then
proceed more detailed adjustments using TurboV.
Using ASUS TurboV Auto Tuning Mode
The Auto Tuning Mode allows smart auto-overclocking. Follow the instructions
below to let TurboV EVO detect and overclock your system.
1.
Click the Auto Tuning tab and
then click Start. You can also click
More Setting first to configure more
overclocking parameters before
starting auto-overclocking.
2.
Read through the warning messages
and click Yes to start autooverclocking.
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3.
An animation appears indicating the
overclocking process. Click Stop
if you want to cancel the current
Overclocking process.
•
After pressing Start, the system starts performance tuning and may reboot
2 to 3 times. Please do not operate or manually restart the computer during
the tuning process.
•
After restarting OS, a message appears indicating the current overclocking
result. You can click Stop to save the current overclocking setting, or wait
for TurboV EVO to continue system tuning for higher system performance.
•
The auto-tuned system performance varies on the installed device (ex.,
CPU and DRAM).
•
The auto-tuning function overclocks your system settings. Installation of
advanced cooling systems is recommended.
•
The auto-tuned settings will be stored in system BIOS and will be applied in
the next boot.
Using ASUS Turbo Key
ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to set a group of hot-keys into physical
overclocking buttons. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances
without interrupting ongoing work or games—with just one touch!
If the TurboV EVO is correctly installed, you will find the TurboV
EVO icon on the Windows notification area. Click on the icon to
display the TurboV EVO control panel. Click the Turbo Key tab to switch to the
Turbo Key interface.
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Configuring ASUS Turbo Key
1
2
3
4
1.
Select your desired hotkey combination.
2.
You can decide the performance boost level by selecting Turbo Key Profile.
You can also load personal profiles saved in the ASUS TurboV utility.
3.
Choose whether to show Turbo Key OSD and status.
4.
Click Apply to save Turbo Key settings.
You have to press the assigned hotkeys to use the Turbo Key function.
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4.5
ASUS GPU Boost
ASUS GPU Boost allows you to overclock the integrated GPU voltage and
integrated GPU frequency in WIndows® environment and takes effect in real-time
without exiting and rebooting the OS.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting iGPU voltage settings. Setting
a high voltage may damage the iGPU permanently, and setting a low voltage
may make the system unstable.
•
ASUS GPU Boost is available only when you install the GPU Boost driver
from the motherboard support DVD.
•
For system stability, all changes made in ASUS GPU Boost 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.
•
EPU cannot run on the customized overclocking settings. Restart the
computer to launch EPU.
•
For system stability, set ASUS EPU to High Performance Mode while
using ASUS GPU Boost.
To launch ASUS GPU Boost
1.
Install the ASUS TurboV utility from the motherboard support DVD.
2.
Install the ASUS GPU Boost driver from the motherboard support DVD.
3.
Click start > All Programs > ASUS > TurboV > TurboV.
4.
Click More Setting from the TurboV main screen, and click the GPU Boost
tab.
Adjustment sliders
Click the Easy Mode
button to adjust iGPU
frequency and iGPU
voltage simultaneously
Undoes all changes
without applying
Default Target
settings settings
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Applies all
changes
immediately
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4.6
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the Intel® 3450 chipset that allows you to configure
Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following
RAID configurations: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5.
4.6.1
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP2 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 4.6 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.
Intel® Matrix Storage. The Intel® Matrix Storage technology supported by the
3450 chip allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10* function
to improve both system performance and data safety. You can also combine two
RAID sets to get higher performance, capacity, or fault tolerance provided by the
difference RAID function. For example, RAID 0 and RAID 1 set can be created by
using only two identical hard disk drives.
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4.6.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
4.6.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s)
using SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
2.
Go to the Main menu > Storage Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Set the Configure SATA as item to [RAID].
4.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS
Setup.
Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA ports to RAID mode, all SATA
ports run at RAID mode together.
4.6.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 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.
Physical Disks:
Port Drive 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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[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
[ESC]-Exit [ENTER]-Select Menu
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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 volume
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) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 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>.
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to
select a RAID mode to create, and then 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.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
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.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
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5.
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.
6.
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 4 KB to 128 KB. 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.
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.
8.
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):
9.
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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) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 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® Matrix Storage Manager
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.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
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4.7
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. For Windows®
Vista or later operating systems, use either a floppy disk or a USB flash drive with
the RAID driver.
4.7.1
•
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have
to use a USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
•
Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive due to
Windows® XP limitation. To work around this OS limitation, refer to section
4.6.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
1.
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a 32/64bit Intel
AHCI/RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press
<Enter>.
8. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.7.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Make Disk menu, and then click Intel AHCI/RAID Driver to create
an Intel® RAID driver disk.
5. Select USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
6. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
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4.7.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS
installation
To install the RAID driver for Windows® XP
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB
floppy disk drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, ensure that you select
Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH SATA RAID Controller.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS
1. Insert the floppy disk or USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB floppy
disk drive or USB port.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH
SATA RAID Controller.
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
4.7.4
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 popup window.
The name of the USB floppy disk
drive varies with different vendors.
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4.
Click Details tab. The Vendor ID
(VID) and Product ID (PID) are
displayed.
5.
Browse the contents of the
RAID driver disk to locate the file
txtsetup.oem.
6.
Double-click the file. A window
appears, allowing you to select the
program for opening the oem file.
7.
Use Notepad to open the file.
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8.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_PCH] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iastor_8R9R10RDOPCH] 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_PCH]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A22&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_8R9R10RDOPCH]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A22&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
Add the same line to both sections.
The VID and PID vary with different vendors.
10. Save and exit the file.
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This chapter describes how to install and
configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
5
Multiple GPU
technology support
Chapter summary
5.1
5.2
5.3
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NVIDIA® SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
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ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
5.1.1
Requirements
•
In CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are
ATI® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See page 2-43 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the ATI Game website at http://game.amd.com for the latest certified
graphics card and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For ATI CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card
drivers before installing ATI CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers
1.
Close all current applications.
2.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
3.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
4.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
5.
Turn off your computer.
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5.1.3
Installing 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.
1.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user
manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for
multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the
CrossFireX bridge connector to the
goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connector is firmly
in place.
CrossFireX bridge
Goldfingers
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
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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.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the ATI®
CrossFireX™ technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website at
www.amd.com.
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™
feature through the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the ATI Catalyst Control Center
To launch the ATI Catalyst Control Center
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and
select Catalyst(TM) Control Center.
You can also right-click the ATI icon in
the Windows notification area and select
Cayalist Control Center.
2.
The Catalyst Control Center Setup
Assistant appears when the system
detects the existance of multigraphics cards. Click Go to continue
to the Catalyst Control Center
Advanced View window.
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Enabling Dual CrossFireX settings
1.
In the Catalyst Control Center
window, click Graphics Settings >
CrossFireX > Configure.
2.
From the Graphics Adapter list,
select the graphics card to act as
the display GPU.
3.
Select Enable CrossFireX.
4.
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.
5.2.1
Requirements
•
In Dual SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
•
In Triple SLI mode, you should have three 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 page 2-43 for details.
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
The NVIDIA Triple SLI technology is supported by Windows® Vista™
operating system only.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website at http://www.nzone.com for the latest
certified graphics card and supported 3D application list.
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5.2.2
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. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user
manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for
multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge
connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
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5.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards
1. Prepare three SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
Insert the three graphics card
into the PCIEX16 slots. If your
motherboard has more than two
PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 2
in this user manual for the locations
of the PCIEX16 slots recommended
for multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the 3-Way SLI
bridge connector to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Ensure that
the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect three independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the three graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to
the graphics card.
3-Way SLI bridge
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5.2.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
5.2.5
•
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA
website at www.nvidia.com.
•
If you are using a Triple SLI system, ensure to install the NVIDIA® 3-way
SLI driver under Windows® Vista™. The NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology is
supported by Windows® Vista™ only.
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 on page 5-10).
B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item
in step (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.
B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
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B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling Dual 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.
Enabling Triple SLI settings
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1.
From the NVIDIA Control Panel
window, select Set SLI Configuration,
and then click Enable 3-way NVIDIA
SLI. When done, click Apply.
2.
Select the 3D Settings tab and enable
the Show SLI Visual Indicators item.
When this item is enabled, a green bar
appears on the left side of the screen
while 3D demonstrations are rendered,
indicating the 3-way SLI status.
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5.3
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology with one NVIDIA®
Quadro™ graphics card and up to three NVIDIA® Tesla™ computing processor
cards, providing the optimum multi purpose computing performance. Follow the
installation procedures in this section.
The motherboard supports 4 NVIDIA Tesla cards when you install Clarkdale
processor.
5.3.1
Requirements
•
32/64-bit Microsoft® Windows XP/ Vista/ Linux RHEL5.3/ Open SuSE11.0 OS
•
A minimum of 1GB RAM
•
A power supply unit (PSU) of 1200W is recommended while using one
NVIDIA® Quadro™ graphics card and three NVIDIA® Tesla™ computing
processor cards.
5.3.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the NVIDIA CUDA Zone website at http://www.nvidia.com/object/
cuda_home.html for the latest driver, list of CUDA-certified graphics card
and supported 3D application list.
Installing CUDA-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. Prepare one NVIDIA Quadro
graphics card and up to three
NVIDIA Tesla computing processor
cards.
2.
Insert the Quadro graphics card into
the PCIe x16_1 slot. Ensure that the
card is properly seated on the slot.
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3.
Insert the Tesla computing
processor card(s) into the PCIe
x16_2, PCIe x16_3 or PCIe x16_4
slot. Ensure that the cards are
properly seated on the slot.
4.
Connect either one 8-pin power
connector or two 6-pin power
connectors from the power supply to
the Quadro graphics card and Tesla
computing processor card(s).
5.
Connect a display cable to the
graphics card.
6.
Refer to the documentation that
came with your graphics card
package to install the device drivers.
7.
To verify graphics card driver
installation, right-click My
Computer and select Properties
from the menu. Click the Hardware
tab, and then click Device
Manager. Click the “+” sign before
Display adapters, and the installed
graphics card and computing processor card(s) should appear.
The screen differs based on the components you installed.
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