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The material in this document is the intellectual property of MICRO-STAR
INTERNATIONAL. We take every care in the preparation of this document, but no
guarantee is given as to the correctness of its contents. Our products are under
continual improvement and we reserve the right to make changes without notice.
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Revision History
Revision
Revision History
Date
V1.1
Release for PCB 1.x
2014/08
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MSI+ is a smart web gadget that works as a shopping navigator and
provides specs comparison for IT buyers. With a simple tap of the
smartphone, you'll efficiently locate your ideal products from a wide
variety of choices and, if product details are required, you may easily
download user manuals within minutes. Better yet, the power calculator
provides accurate estimates of power unit capacity for DIY users.
Technical Support
If a problem arises with your system and no solution can be obtained from the user’s
manual, please contact your place of purchase or local distributor. Alternatively,
please try the following help resources for further guidance.
Visit the MSI website for technical guide, BIOS
updates, driver updates, and other information:
http://www.msi.com/support/
Contact our technical staff at:
http://register.msi.com/
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Smartphone Application
Safety Instructions
■■ Always read the safety instructions carefully.
■■ Keep this User’s Manual for future reference.
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■■ Keep this equipment away from humidity.
■■ Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up.
■■ The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment
from overheating. DO NOT COVER THE OPENINGS.
■■ Make sure the voltage of the power source is at 110/220V before connecting the
equipment to the power inlet.
■■ Place the power cord such a way that people can not step on it. Do not place
anything over the power cord.
■■ Always Unplug the Power Cord before inserting any add-on card or module.
■■ All cautions and warnings on the equipment should be noted.
■■ Never pour any liquid into the opening that can cause damage or cause electrical
shock.
■■ If any of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by service
personnel:
◯◯ The power cord or plug is damaged.
◯◯ Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.
◯◯ The equipment has been exposed to moisture.
◯◯ The equipment does not work well or you can not get it work according to
User’s Manual.
◯◯ The equipment has been dropped and damaged.
◯◯ The equipment has obvious sign of breakage.
■■ DO NOT LEAVE THIS EQUIPMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENT ABOVE 60oC (140oF),
IT MAY DAMAGE THE EQUIPMENT.
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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 the 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
measures listed below.
◯◯ Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
◯◯ Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
◯◯ Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
◯◯ Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice 1
The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Notice 2
Shielded interface cables and A.C. power cord, if any, must be used in order to comply
with the emission limits.
VOIR LA NOTICE D’INSTALLATION AVANT DE RACCORDER AU RESEAU.
Micro-Star International
MS-7882
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
CE Conformity
Hereby, Micro-Star International CO., LTD declares that this device is
in compliance with the essential safety requirements and other relevant
provisions set out in the European Directive.
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FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement
Radiation Exposure Statement
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This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an
uncontrolled environment. This equipment and its antenna should be installed and
operated with minimum distance 20 cm between the radiator and your body. This
equipment and its antenna must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any
other antenna or transmitter.
European Community Compliance Statement
The equipment complies with the RF Exposure Requirement 1999/519/EC, Council
Recommendation of 12 July 1999 on the limitation of exposure of the general public
to electromagnetic fields (0–300GHz). This wireless device complies with the R&TTE
Directive.
FCC Bluetooth Wireless Compliance
The antenna used with this transmitter must not be colocated or operated in
conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter subject to the conditions of the FCC
Grant.
Bluetooth Industry Canada Statement
This Class B device meets all requirements of the Canadian interference-causing
equipment regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Class B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur
le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Taiwan Wireless Statements
無線設備警告聲明
經型式認證合格之低功率射頻電機,非經許可,公司、商號或使用者均不得擅自變更頻
率、加大功率或變更原設計之特性及功能。
低功率射頻電機之使用不得影響飛航安全及干擾合法通信;經發現有干擾現象時,應立
即停用,並改善至無干擾時方得繼續使用。前項合法通信,指依電信法規定作業之無線
電通信。低功率射頻電機須忍受合法通信或工業、科學及醫療用電波輻射性電機設備之
干擾。
工作頻率2.412GHz~2.462GHz, , 5GHz該頻段限於室內使用。
Japan VCCI Class B Statement
クラス B 情報技術装置
この装置は、情報技術装置等電波障害自主規制協議会(VCCI)の基準に基づくクラ
スB情報技術装置です。この装置が家庭内でラジオやテレビジョン受信機に近接して
使われると、受信障害を引き起こすことがあります。取扱説明書にしたがって正しい
取り扱いをしてください。
この製品は、周波数帯域 2.412GHz~2.484GHz, , 5GHzで動作しているときは、屋内
においてのみ使用可能です。
Korea Warning Statements
당해 무선설비는 운용중 전파혼신 가능성이 있음
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Battery Information
Batteries, battery packs, and accumulators should not be disposed of
as unsorted household waste. Please use the public collection system
to return, recycle, or treat them in compliance with the local regulations.
Taiwan:
For better environmental protection, waste batteries should be collected
separately for recycling or special disposal.
廢電池請回收
California, USA:
The button cell battery may contain perchlorate material and requires
special handling when recycled or disposed of in California.
For further information please visit:
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate/
CAUTION: There is a risk of explosion, if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.
Chemical Substances Information
In compliance with chemical substances regulations, such as the EU REACH
Regulation (Regulation EC No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and the
Council), MSI provides the information of chemical substances in products at:
http://www.msi.com/html/popup/csr/evmtprtt_pcm.html
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European Union:
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Statement
ENGLISH
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To protect the global environment and as an environmentalist, MSI must
remind you that...
Under the European Union (“EU”) Directive on Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment, Directive 2002/96/EC, which takes effect on August
13, 2005, products of “electrical and electronic equipment” cannot be
discarded as municipal wastes anymore, and manufacturers of covered
electronic equipment will be obligated to take back such products at the end of their
useful life. MSI will comply with the product take back requirements at the end of life
of MSI-branded products that are sold into the EU. You can return these products to
local collection points.
DEUTSCH
Hinweis von MSI zur Erhaltung und Schutz unserer Umwelt
Gemäß der Richtlinie 2002/96/EG über Elektro- und Elektronik-Altgeräte dürfen
Elektro- und Elektronik-Altgeräte nicht mehr als kommunale Abfälle entsorgt werden.
MSI hat europaweit verschiedene Sammel- und Recyclingunternehmen beauftragt,
die in die Europäische Union in Verkehr gebrachten Produkte, am Ende seines
Lebenszyklus zurückzunehmen. Bitte entsorgen Sie dieses Produkt zum gegebenen
Zeitpunkt ausschliesslich an einer lokalen Altgerätesammelstelle in Ihrer Nähe.
FRANÇAIS
En tant qu’écologiste et afin de protéger l’environnement, MSI tient à rappeler ceci...
Au sujet de la directive européenne (EU) relative aux déchets des équipement
électriques et électroniques, directive 2002/96/EC, prenant effet le 13 août 2005,
que les produits électriques et électroniques ne peuvent être déposés dans les
décharges ou tout simplement mis à la poubelle. Les fabricants de ces équipements
seront obligés de récupérer certains produits en fin de vie. MSI prendra en compte
cette exigence relative au retour des produits en fin de vie au sein de la communauté
européenne. Par conséquent vous pouvez retourner localement ces matériels dans
les points de collecte.
РУССКИЙ
Компания MSI предпринимает активные действия по защите окружающей среды,
поэтому напоминаем вам, что....
В соответствии с директивой Европейского Союза (ЕС) по предотвращению
загрязнения окружающей среды использованным электрическим и электронным
оборудованием (директива WEEE 2002/96/EC), вступающей в силу 13
августа 2005 года, изделия, относящиеся к электрическому и электронному
оборудованию, не могут рассматриваться как бытовой мусор, поэтому
производители вышеперечисленного электронного оборудования обязаны
принимать его для переработки по окончании срока службы. MSI обязуется
соблюдать требования по приему продукции, проданной под маркой MSI на
территории EC, в переработку по окончании срока службы. Вы можете вернуть
эти изделия в специализированные пункты приема.
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ESPAÑOL
Bajo la directiva 2002/96/EC de la Unión Europea en materia de desechos y/o
equipos electrónicos, con fecha de rigor desde el 13 de agosto de 2005, los productos
clasificados como “eléctricos y equipos electrónicos” no pueden ser depositados en
los contenedores habituales de su municipio, los fabricantes de equipos electrónicos,
están obligados a hacerse cargo de dichos productos al termino de su período de
vida. MSI estará comprometido con los términos de recogida de sus productos
vendidos en la Unión Europea al final de su periodo de vida. Usted debe depositar
estos productos en el punto limpio establecido por el ayuntamiento de su localidad o
entregar a una empresa autorizada para la recogida de estos residuos.
NEDERLANDS
Om het milieu te beschermen, wil MSI u eraan herinneren dat….
De richtlijn van de Europese Unie (EU) met betrekking tot Vervuiling van Electrische
en Electronische producten (2002/96/EC), die op 13 Augustus 2005 in zal gaan
kunnen niet meer beschouwd worden als vervuiling. Fabrikanten van dit soort
producten worden verplicht om producten retour te nemen aan het eind van hun
levenscyclus. MSI zal overeenkomstig de richtlijn handelen voor de producten
die de merknaam MSI dragen en verkocht zijn in de EU. Deze goederen kunnen
geretourneerd worden op lokale inzamelingspunten.
SRPSKI
Da bi zaštitili prirodnu sredinu, i kao preduzeće koje vodi računa o okolini i prirodnoj
sredini, MSI mora da vas podesti da…
Po Direktivi Evropske unije (“EU”) o odbačenoj ekektronskoj i električnoj opremi,
Direktiva 2002/96/EC, koja stupa na snagu od 13. Avgusta 2005, proizvodi koji
spadaju pod “elektronsku i električnu opremu” ne mogu više biti odbačeni kao običan
otpad i proizvođači ove opreme biće prinuđeni da uzmu natrag ove proizvode na kraju
njihovog uobičajenog veka trajanja. MSI će poštovati zahtev o preuzimanju ovakvih
proizvoda kojima je istekao vek trajanja, koji imaju MSI oznaku i koji su prodati u EU.
Ove proizvode možete vratiti na lokalnim mestima za prikupljanje.
POLSKI
Aby chronić nasze środowisko naturalne oraz jako firma dbająca o ekologię, MSI
przypomina, że...
Zgodnie z Dyrektywą Unii Europejskiej (“UE”) dotyczącą odpadów produktów
elektrycznych i elektronicznych (Dyrektywa 2002/96/EC), która wchodzi w życie 13
sierpnia 2005, tzw. “produkty oraz wyposażenie elektryczne i elektroniczne “ nie
mogą być traktowane jako śmieci komunalne, tak więc producenci tych produktów
będą zobowiązani do odbierania ich w momencie gdy produkt jest wycofywany z
użycia. MSI wypełni wymagania UE, przyjmując produkty (sprzedawane na terenie
Unii Europejskiej) wycofywane z użycia. Produkty MSI będzie można zwracać w
wyznaczonych punktach zbiorczych.
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MSI como empresa comprometida con la protección del medio ambiente, recomienda:
TÜRKÇE
Çevreci özelliğiyle bilinen MSI dünyada çevreyi korumak için hatırlatır:
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Avrupa Birliği (AB) Kararnamesi Elektrik ve Elektronik Malzeme Atığı, 2002/96/EC
Kararnamesi altında 13 Ağustos 2005 tarihinden itibaren geçerli olmak üzere,
elektrikli ve elektronik malzemeler diğer atıklar gibi çöpe atılamayacak ve bu elektonik
cihazların üreticileri, cihazların kullanım süreleri bittikten sonra ürünleri geri toplamakla
yükümlü olacaktır. Avrupa Birliği’ne satılan MSI markalı ürünlerin kullanım süreleri
bittiğinde MSI ürünlerin geri alınması isteği ile işbirliği içerisinde olacaktır. Ürünlerinizi
yerel toplama noktalarına bırakabilirsiniz.
ČESKY
Záleží nám na ochraně životního prostředí - společnost MSI upozorňuje...
Podle směrnice Evropské unie (“EU”) o likvidaci elektrických a elektronických výrobků
2002/96/EC platné od 13. srpna 2005 je zakázáno likvidovat “elektrické a elektronické
výrobky” v běžném komunálním odpadu a výrobci elektronických výrobků, na které
se tato směrnice vztahuje, budou povinni odebírat takové výrobky zpět po skončení
jejich životnosti. Společnost MSI splní požadavky na odebírání výrobků značky
MSI, prodávaných v zemích EU, po skončení jejich životnosti. Tyto výrobky můžete
odevzdat v místních sběrnách.
MAGYAR
Annak érdekében, hogy környezetünket megvédjük, illetve környezetvédőként fellépve
az MSI emlékezteti Önt, hogy ...
Az Európai Unió („EU”) 2005. augusztus 13-án hatályba lépő, az elektromos
és elektronikus berendezések hulladékairól szóló 2002/96/EK irányelve szerint
az elektromos és elektronikus berendezések többé nem kezelhetőek lakossági
hulladékként, és az ilyen elektronikus berendezések gyártói kötelessé válnak az
ilyen termékek visszavételére azok hasznos élettartama végén. Az MSI betartja a
termékvisszavétellel kapcsolatos követelményeket az MSI márkanév alatt az EU-n
belül értékesített termékek esetében, azok élettartamának végén. Az ilyen termékeket
a legközelebbi gyűjtőhelyre viheti.
ITALIANO
Per proteggere l’ambiente, MSI, da sempre amica della natura, ti ricorda che….
In base alla Direttiva dell’Unione Europea (EU) sullo Smaltimento dei Materiali Elettrici
ed Elettronici, Direttiva 2002/96/EC in vigore dal 13 Agosto 2005, prodotti appartenenti
alla categoria dei Materiali Elettrici ed Elettronici non possono più essere eliminati
come rifiuti municipali: i produttori di detti materiali saranno obbligati a ritirare ogni
prodotto alla fine del suo ciclo di vita. MSI si adeguerà a tale Direttiva ritirando tutti i
prodotti marchiati MSI che sono stati venduti all’interno dell’Unione Europea alla fine
del loro ciclo di vita. È possibile portare i prodotti nel più vicino punto di raccolta
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日本JIS C 0950材質宣言
日本工業規格JIS C 0950により、2006年7月1日以降に販売される特定分野の電気お
よび電子機器について、製造者による含有物質の表示が義務付けられます。
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http://www.msi.com/html/popup/csr/cemm_jp.html
http://tw.msi.com/html/popup/csr_tw/cemm_jp.html
India RoHS
This product complies with the “India E-waste (Management and Handling) Rule 2011”
and prohibits use of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls
or polybrominated diphenyl ethers in concentrations exceeding 0.1 weight % and 0.01
weight % for cadmium, except for the exemptions set in Schedule 2 of the Rule.
Türkiye EEE yönetmeliği
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti: EEE Yönetmeliğine Uygundur
Україна обмеження на наявність небезпечних речовин
Обладнання відповідає вимогам Технічного регламенту щодо обмеження
використання деяких небезпечних речовин в електричному та електронному
обладнані, затвердженого постановою Кабінету Міністрів України від 3 грудня
2008 № 1057.
Việt Nam RoHS
Kể từ ngày 01/12/2012, tất cả các sản phẩm do công ty MSI sản xuất tuân thủ Thông
tư số 30/2011/TT-BCT quy định tạm thời về giới hạn hàm lượng cho phép của một số
hóa chất độc hại có trong các sản phẩm điện, điện tử”.
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▍▍Contents
Chapter 1 Getting Started���������������������������������������������������������������������������1-1
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Packing Contents������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-2
Assembly Precautions������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-3
Motherboard Specifications���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-4
Block Diagram������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-7
Connectors Quick Guide�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-8
Back Panel Quick Guide������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-10
CPU (Central Processing Unit)�������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-12
Introduction to the LGA2011-3 CPU������������������������������������������������������������ 1-12
CPU & Heatsink Installation������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-13
Memory�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-16
Up to Quad-Channel mode�������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-16
Defined Channel list������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-16
Suggestions for Multi-Channel mode population rule���������������������������������� 1-17
Dual-Channel mode������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-17
Triple-Channel mode����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-17
Quad-Channel mode����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-17
Quad-Channel mode����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-18
Mounting Screw Holes��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-19
Power Supply����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-20
JPWR1~3: ATX Power Connectors������������������������������������������������������������� 1-20
Expansion Slots������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-21
PCI_E1~5: PCIe Expansion Slots���������������������������������������������������������������� 1-21
PCIe Bandwidth Table �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-21
Video/ Graphics Cards �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-22
Single Video Card Installation���������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-22
Internal Connectors�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-23
SATA1~10: SATA Connectors�������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-23
SATA_EX1: SATA Express Connector ������������������������������������������������������� 1-24
M2_1: M.2 Port�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-24
CPUFAN1~2,SYSFAN1~3: Fan Power Connectors������������������������������������ 1-25
JFP1, JFP2: System Panel Connectors������������������������������������������������������ 1-26
JUSB3~4: USB 3.0 Expansion Connectors������������������������������������������������� 1-27
JUSB1~2: USB 2.0 Expansion Connectors������������������������������������������������� 1-28
JCI1: Chassis Intrusion Connector�������������������������������������������������������������� 1-28
JAUD2: Front Panel Audio Connector��������������������������������������������������������� 1-29
AUDPWR1: Direct Audio Power Connector������������������������������������������������ 1-29
JTPM1: TPM Module Connector ���������������������������������������������������������������� 1-30
Voltage Checkpoints������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-31
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FV1: V-Check Connectors��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-31
Button����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-32
POWER1: Power Button������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-33
RESET1: Reset Button�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-33
Jumper��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-34
JBAT1: Clear CMOS Jumper����������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-34
Switch����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-35
BIOS1: Multi-BIOS Switch��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-35
OC_SWITCH6: OC Genie Mode Switch������������������������������������������������������ 1-36
AUD_SW1: Audio Power Switch������������������������������������������������������������������ 1-36
SLOW_1: Slow Mode Booting Switch���������������������������������������������������������� 1-37
LED Status Indicators���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-38
LED Status Table����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-38
Debug Code LED Table������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-39
Drivers and Utilities�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-40
Driver/ Utilities Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-40
Chapter 2 Quick Installation������������������������������������������������������������������������2-1
CPU Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-2
Memory Installation���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-4
Motherboard Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-5
Power Connectors Installation����������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-7
SATA HDD Installation����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-9
M.2 module Installation�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-10
Front Panel Connector Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-11
JFP1 Connector Installation������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-11
Front Panel Audio Connector Installation���������������������������������������������������� 2-11
Peripheral Connector Installation����������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-12
USB2.0 Connector Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-12
USB3.0 Connector Installation��������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-12
Graphics Card Installation���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2-13
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup���������������������������������������������������������������������������������3-1
Entering Setup����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-2
Entering BIOS Setup������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-2
Overview�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-3
Operation������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-6
Updating BIOS����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-7
Updating the BIOS with M-FLASH����������������������������������������������������������������� 3-7
SETTINGS����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-8
System Status������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 3-8
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Preface
OC1: OC Genie Button ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 1-32
Advanced������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-9
Boot������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-13
Security�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-14
Preface
Save & Exit�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-14
OC���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-16
M-FLASH����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-26
OC PROFILE����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3-27
HARDWARE MONITOR������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 3-28
Appendix A Realtek Audio�������������������������������������������������������������������������� A-1
Software Configuration�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������A-2
Software panel overview��������������������������������������������������������������������������������A-2
Auto popup dialog������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������A-3
Appendix B Intel RAID�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� B-1
Introduction����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������B-2
Using Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM�������������������������������������������B-3
Degraded RAID Array����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������B-10
System Acceleration (optional)��������������������������������������������������������������������������B-12
RST Synchronization (optional)�������������������������������������������������������������������������B-14
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Chapter 1
Getting Started
Thank you for choosing the X99S GAMING 9 AC Series (MS-7882 v1.X)
EATX motherboard. The X99S GAMING 9 AC Series motherboards are
based on Intel® X99 chipset for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit
the advanced Intel® LGA2011-3 processor, the X99S GAMING 9 AC Series
motherboards deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform
solution.
Packing Contents
Chapter 1
Motherboard
Drivers & Utilities
Disc
Motherboard
User Guide
I/O Shield
SATA Cable x6
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
Driver Disc
Software & Application
User Guide
V-Check Cable x6
M-Connector
Antenna x2
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
module
SLI Cable x2
Audio Power
Adapter
eSATA Bracket
eSATA Cable
eSATA Power
Cable
IO Cover
* These pictures are for reference only and may vary without notice.
* The packing contents may vary according to the model you purchased.
Getting Started
1-2
■■The components included in this package are prone to damage from electrostatic
discharge (ESD). Please adhere to the following instructions to ensure successful
computer assembly.
■■Always turn off the power supply and unplug the power cord from the power outlet
before installing or removing any computer component.
■■Ensure that all components are securely connected. Loose connections may cause
the computer to not recognize a component or fail to start.
■■Hold the motherboard by the edges to avoid touching sensitive components.
■■It is recommended to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when
handling the motherboard to prevent electrostatic damage. If an ESD wrist strap is
not available, discharge yourself of static electricity by touching another metal object
before handling the motherboard.
■■Store the motherboard in an electrostatic shielding container or on an antistatic pad
whenever the motherboard is not installed.
■■Before turning on the computer, ensure that there are no loose screws or metal
components on the motherboard or anywhere within the computer case.
■■Do not use the computer in a high-temperature environment.
■■Do not boot the computer before installation is completed. This could cause
permanent damage to the components as well as injury to the user.
■■If you need help during any installation step, please consult a certified computer
technician.
Important
A screwdriver (not included) may be required for computer assembly.
1-3
Getting Started
Chapter 1
Assembly Precautions
Motherboard Specifications
Chapter 1
CPU
Support
■■Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition for
LGA2011-3 Socket
Chipset
■■Intel® X99 Express Chipset
Memory
Support
■■8x DDR4 memory slots supporting up to 128GB
■■Supports DDR4-2133/ 2200(OC)/ 2400(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2666(OC)/
2750(OC) / 3000(OC)/ 3110(OC)/ 3333(OC)
■■Quad channel memory architecture
■■Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Expansion
Slots
■■5x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, support up to 4-way mode
-- 1-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x0/ x0
-- 2-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x0*, 16/ x0/ x0/ x8/ x0**
-- 3-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x0**
-- 4-way mode: x8/ x8/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x4**
* For the CPU that supports 40 PCIe lanes
** For the CPU that supports 28 PCIe lanes
Streaming
Engine
■■Supports H.264 hardware video/ audio encoding up to 1920x1080@
(24p/25p/30p)
Multi-GPU
Support
■■Supports 4-Way AMD® CrossFireTM Technology*
■■Supports 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology (For the CPU that
supports 40 PCIe lanes)
■■Supports 3-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology (For the CPU that
supports 28 PCIe lanes)
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/ 8.1
Storage
■■Intel® X99 Express Chipset
■■10x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)*
-- SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
-- SATA7~10 ports only support IDE mode and AHCI mode.
-- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1)
■■1x SATA Express port*
■■1x M.2 port, supports up to 32Gb/s speed**
-- M.2 port supports 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length module
-- M.2 PCIe interface does not support RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and
RAID 10.
* The SATA Express port or SATA5~6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 SATA
interface module in the M.2 port.
** Intel RST does not support PCIe M.2 SSD with Legacy ROM.
USB
■■Intel® X99 Express Chipset
-- 6x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available
through the internal USB 3.0 connectors*)
-- 6x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available
through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
■■AsMedia ASM1042AE
-- 2x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
■■VIA VL805
-- 4x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
* Internal JUSB3 connector supports MSI Super Charger.
Audio
Getting Started
■■Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
-- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
-- Supports S/PDIF output
1-4
LAN
■■1x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
* The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by
vender.
Wireless
LAN
■■Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band WirelessAC 7260 chip.
-- Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up
to 867 Mbps speed.
Bluetooth
■■Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band WirelessAC 7260 chip.
-- Supports Bluetooth v4.0 (includes BLE* and Bluetooth 3.0+HS)
* BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy
■■1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
■■2x USB 2.0 ports
■■1x Clear CMOS button
■■8x USB 3.0 ports
■■1x LAN (RJ45) port
■■1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
■■5x OFC audio jacks
Internal
Connectors
■■1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
■■1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
■■1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
■■10x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
■■1x M.2 connector
■■1x SATA Express connector
■■2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
■■2x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)
■■2x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
■■3x 4-pin system fan connectors
■■1x Front panel audio connector
■■2x System panel connectors
■■1x TPM module connector
■■1x Chassis Intrusion connector
■■9x V-Check connectorsts
■■1x Clear CMOS jumper
■■1x Power button
■■1x Reset button
■■1x OC Genie button
■■1x Multi-BIOS switch
■■1x OC Genie mode switch
■■1x Audio power switch
■■1x Slow mode booting switch
■■1x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
■■1x Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module connector
I/O
Controller
■■NUVOTON NCT6792 Controller Chip
Hardware
Monitor
■■CPU/System temperature detection
■■CPU/System fan speed detection
■■CPU/System fan speed control
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Chapter 1
Back Panel
Connectors
Getting Started
■■2x 128 Mb flash
■■UEFI AMI BIOS
■■ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.0
■■Multi-language
Special
Features
■■Streaming Engine
■■Audio Boost 2
■■Military Class 4
■■OC Genie 4
■■CLICK BIOS 4
■■NVIDIA SLI
■■AMD CrossFire
■■Easy Button
■■V-Check Points
■■Clear CMOS Button
■■Total Fan Control
■■Gaming Device Port
■■Super Charger
■■Smart Utilities
■■Wi-Fi
■■Bluetooth
■■Command Center
■■ECO Center
Software
■■Drivers
■■MSI
-- Command Center
-- Live Update 6
-- Smart Utilities
-- Super Charger
-- Fast Boot
-- MB Gaming APP
-- ECO Center
■■XSplit Gamecaster
■■Sound Blaster Cinema2
■■Norton Internet Security Solution
■■Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
Form
Factor
■■EATX Form Factor
■■12 in. x 10.4 in. (30.5 cm x 26.4 cm)
Chapter 1
BIOS
Features
For the latest information about CPU, please visit
http://www.msi.com/cpu-support/
For more information on compatible components, please visit
http://www.msi.com/test-report/
Getting Started
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Block Diagram
Chapter 1
PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express 3.0 x8
PCI Express 3.0 x8
PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express 3.0 x8
4 Channel DDR4 Memory
Haswell-E
Processor
LGA2011-3 CPU
Switch
Switch
x1
Streaming
Engine
x1
Killer E2205
Gigabit LAN
PCI Express Bus (for 40 lanes CPU only)
Switch
x4
PCI Express Bus
1 x M.2
10 x SATA 6Gb/s
OR
(2 ports reserved for SATA Express)
x1
Switch
PCI Express Bus
1 x SATA Express
DMI 2.0
x2
x1
X99 PCH
6 x USB 3.0
Wi-Fi /
Bluetooth
VIA
VL805
PCI Express Bus
6 x USB 2.0
x2
ASMEDIA
ASM1042AE
LPC Bus
NV6792
Super I/O
4 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
Realtek
ALC1150
PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
CS-Out
Line-In/ SS-Out
RS-Out Line-Out
S/PDIF-Out
MIC
■■For detailed information, please refer to “Motherboard Specifications”.
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Getting Started
Connectors Quick Guide
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion
module connector
BIOS1
CPU
JPWR2
CPUFAN2
OC_SWITCH6
JPWR3
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM8
CPUFAN1
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
Chapter 1
OC1
FV1
POWER1
RESET1
Back
Panel
JPWR1
SYSFAN3
JUSB3
PCI_E1
Streaming
Engine
SATA1_2
PCI_E2
SATA3_4
PCI_E3
SATA5_6_7_8
PCI_E4
M2_1
AUD_SW1
SATA9_10
PCI_E5
JCI1
JBAT1
SYSFAN2
JAUD2
JFP2
AUDPWR1
JFP1
SYSFAN1
JTPM1
JUSB2
JUSB1
SLOW_1
Getting Started
1-8
JUSB4
Port Name
Port Type
Page
AUDPWR1
Direct Audio Power Connector
1-29
AUD_SW1
Audio Power Switch
1-36
Back panel 1-10
BIOS1
Multi-BIOS Switch
1-35
CPU
LGA2011-3 Socket
1-12
CPUFAN1~2,SYSFAN1~3
Fan Power Connectors
1-25
DIMM1~8
Memory slots
1-16
FV1
V-Check Connectors
1-31
JAUD2
Front Panel Audio Connector
1-29
JBAT1
Clear CMOS Jumper
1-34
JCI1
Chassis Intrusion Connector
1-28
JFP1, JFP2
System Panel Connectors
1-26
JPWR1~3
ATX Power Connectors
1-20
JTPM1
TPM Module Connector 1-30
JUSB1~2
USB 2.0 Expansion Connectors
1-28
JUSB3~4
USB 3.0 Expansion Connectors
1-27
M2_1
M.2 Port
1-24
OC1
OC Genie Button 1-32
OC_SWITCH6
OC Genie Mode Switch
1-36
PCI_E1~5
PCIe Expansion Slots
1-21
POWER1
Power Button
1-33
RESET1
Reset Button
1-33
SATA1~10
SATA Connectors
1-23
SATA_EX1
SATA Express Connector 1-24
SLOW_1
Slow Mode Booting Switch
1-37
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Getting Started
Chapter 1
Connectors Reference Guide
Back Panel Quick Guide
LAN Port
PS/2 Port*
Clear
CMOS
Button
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port*
CS-Out Line-In/ SS-Out
USB 3.0 Port
RS-Out Line-Out
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 Port
Chapter 1
* Gaming Device Port
Optical MIC
S/PDIF-Out
▶▶PS/2 Port
A PS/2® DIN connector is for a PS/2® mouse/keyboard.
▶▶Clear CMOS Button
There is CMOS RAM present on board that is powered by an external battery to store
system configuration data. Using CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot into
the operating system (OS) every time it is turned on. If you wish to clear the system
configuration, press the button to clear the data.
▶▶USB 2.0 Port
The USB 2.0 port is for attaching USB 2.0 devices such as keyboard, mouse, or other
USB 2.0-compatible devices.
▶▶USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 port is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices. It supports data transfer
rate up to 5 Gbit/s (SuperSpeed).
Important
In order to use USB 3.0 devices, you must connect to a USB 3.0 port. If a USB cable
is used, it must be USB 3.0 compliant.
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LED
LINK/ACT
LED
SPEED
LED
Link/ Activity LED
Speed LED
LED Status
Description
Off
No link
Yellow
Linked
Blinking
Data activity
Off
10 Mbps connection
Green
100 Mbps connection
Orange
1 Gbps connection
▶▶Optical S/PDIF-Out
This S/PDIF (Sony & Philips Digital Interconnect Format) connector is provided for
digital audio transmission to external speakers through an optical fiber cable.
▶▶Audio Ports
These connectors are used for audio devices.
■■ Line-In/ SS-Out: Line-In is used for connecting external audio outputting devices. SS-Out is side surround line out in 7.1 channel mode.
■■ Line out: Used as a connector for speakers or headphone.
■■ Mic: Used as a connector for a microphone.
■■ RS-Out: Rear surround sound line out in 4/ 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
■■ CS-Out: Center/ subwoofer line out in 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
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Getting Started
Chapter 1
▶▶LAN Port
The standard RJ-45 LAN jack is for connecting to a Local Area Network (LAN).
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Introduction to the LGA2011-3 CPU
Chapter 1
The surface of the
LGA2011-3 CPU has four
alignment keys and a
yellow triangle to assist in
correctly lining up the CPU
for motherboard placement.
The yellow triangle is the
Pin 1 indicator.
Alignment Key
Yellow triangle is the
Pin 1 indicator
Important
Overheating
Overheating can seriously damage the CPU and motherboard. Always make sure the
cooling fans work properly to protect the CPU from overheating. Be sure to apply an
even layer of thermal paste (or thermal tape) between the CPU and the heatsink to
enhance heat dissipation.
Replacing the CPU
When replacing the CPU, always turn off the system’s power supply and unplug the
power supply’s power cord to ensure the safety of the CPU.
Overclocking
This motherboard is designed to support overclocking. Before attempting to overclock,
please make sure that all other system components can tolerate overclocking. Any
attempt to operate beyond product specifications is not recommend. MSI does not
guarantee the damages or risks caused by inadequate operation beyond product
specifications.
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CPU & Heatsink Installation
When installing a CPU, always remember to install a CPU heatsink. A CPU heatsink
is necessary to prevent overheating and maintain system stability. Follow the steps
below to ensure correct CPU and heatsink installation. Wrong installation can damage
both the CPU and the motherboard.
Video Demonstration
1. Open hinge lever. You can identify the hinge lever as below shown, it with a
interlocking feature on the other end.
2. Open active lever.
Hinge lever
Active lever
Interlock
3. Open the load plate by pushing down on the hinge lever.
4. Grasp the tab, only it has risen away from the socket, open load plate to full open
position.
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Chapter 1
Watch the video to learn how to install CPU & heatsink.
http://youtu.be/WPhyn2C5mgs
5. Line up the CPU to fit the CPU socket. Be sure to hold the CPU by the base with
the metal contacts facing downward. The alignment keys on the CPU will line up
with the edges of the CPU socket to ensure a correct fit.
6. Carefully close the load plate and remove the plastic protective cap.
Alignment Key
Chapter 1
7. Close the active lever with a smooth uniform motion and latch to the socket.
8. Close the hinge lever with a smooth uniform motion and latch to the socket.
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9. Evenly spread a thin layer of thermal paste (or thermal tape) on the top of the
CPU. This will help in heat dissipation and prevent CPU overheating.
10. Locate the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
CPUFAN1
11. Place the heatsink on the motherboard with the fan’s wires facing towards the fan
connector and the screws matching the holes on the socket.
12. Using a screwdriver tighten the four captive screws (9 inch-pounds).
13. Finally, attach the CPU fan cable
to the CPU fan connector on the
motherboard.
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Chapter 1
Thermal paste
Memory
These DIMM slots are used for installing memory modules.
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
Chapter 1
DIMM5
Video Demonstration
Watch the video to learn how to install memory.
http://youtu.be/T03aDrJPyQs
Up to Quad-Channel mode
This motherboard supports up to four memory channels. Two DIMM slots provide a
single channel. The memory modules can transmit and receive data with four data bus
channels simultaneously to enhance system performance. Please refer the following
tables for more details.
Defined Channel list
Channel
DIMM Slot
Channel A
DIMM1, DIMM2
Channel B
DIMM3, DIMM4
Channel C
DIMM5, DIMM6
Channel D
DIMM7, DIMM8
Important
• DDR4 memory modules are not interchangeable with DDR3, and the DDR4
standard is not backward compatible. Always install DDR4 memory modules in
DDR4 DIMM slots.
• Always insert memory modules in the DIMM1 slot first.
• Due to chipset resource usage, the system will only detect up to 127+ GB of
memory (not full 128 GB) when all DIMM slots have 16GB memory modules
installed.
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Suggestions for Multi-Channel mode population rule
Dual-Channel mode
Installed DIMMs
(2 memory modules)
Diagram
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM1, DIMM5
Chapter 1
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
Triple-Channel mode
Installed DIMMs
(3 memory modules)
Diagram
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM1, DIMM3, DIMM5
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
Quad-Channel mode
Installed DIMMs
(4 memory modules)
Diagram
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM1, DIMM3,
DIMM5, DIMM7
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
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Quad-Channel mode
Installed DIMMs
(6 memory modules)
Diagram
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM1, DIMM2, DIMM3,
DIMM5, DIMM6, DIMM7
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
Chapter 1
Installed DIMMs
(8 memory modules)
Diagram
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
DIMM1, DIMM2,
DIMM3, DIMM4,
DIMM5, DIMM6,
DIMM7, DIMM8
DIMM8
DIMM7
DIMM6
DIMM5
Important
To ensure system stability for Dual/ Triple/ Quad channel mode, memory modules
must be of the same type, number and density. And for every channel, the odd
number DIMM slot must to be installed first.
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Mounting Screw Holes
When installing the motherboard, first install the necessary mounting stands required
for an motherboard on the mounting plate in your computer case. If there is an
I/O back plate that came with the computer case, please replace it with the I/O
backplate that came with the motherboard package. The I/O backplate should snap
easily into the computer case without the need for any screws. Align the mounting
plate’s mounting stands with the screw holes on the motherboard and secure the
motherboard with the screws provided with your computer case. The locations of the
screw holes on the motherboard are shown below. For more information, please refer
to the manual that came with the computer case.
Chapter 1
The I/O ports should be facing
toward the rear of the computer
case. They should line up with the
holes on the I/O backplate.
Important
• Install the motherboard on a flat surface free from unnecessary debris.
• To prevent damage to the motherboard, any contact between the motherboard
circuitry and the computer case, except for the mounting stands, is prohibited.
• Please make sure there are no loose metal components on the motherboard or
within the computer case that may cause a short circuit of the motherboard.
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Power Supply
Video Demonstration
Watch the video to learn how to install power supply connectors.
http://youtu.be/gkDYyR_83I4
JPWR1~3: ATX Power Connectors
These connectors allow you to connect an ATX power supply. To connect the ATX
power supply, align the power supply cable with the connector and firmly press the
cable into the connector. If done correctly, the clip on the power cable should be
hooked on the motherboard’s power connector.
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Make sure that all the power cables are securely connected to a proper ATX power
supply to ensure stable operation of the motherboard.
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Expansion Slots
This motherboard contains numerous slots for expansion cards, such as discrete
graphics or audio cards.
PCI_E1~5: PCIe Expansion Slots
The PCIe slot supports the PCIe interface expansion card.
Chapter 1
PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot
PCIe Bandwidth Table
■■3.0 = PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes, 2.0 = PCIe Gen 2.0 lanes
Bandwidth
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4-Way
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3.0 x8
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* When installing the M.2 PCIe interface module, please set the “M.2 PCH Strap” for [M.2 PCIE] in BIOS.
Important
• 28 lanes CPU does not support 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology.
• For a single PCIe x16 expansion card installation with optimum performance, using
the PCI_E1 slot is recommended.
• When adding or removing expansion cards, always turn off the power supply and
unplug the power supply power cable from the power outlet. Read the expansion
card’s documentation to check for any necessary additional hardware or software
changes.
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Video/ Graphics Cards
If available, this motherboard takes advantage of the CPU’s integrate graphics
processor, but discrete video cards can be installed by way of the motherboard’s
expansion slots. Adding on one or more discrete video cards will significantly boost
the system’s graphics performance. For best compatibility, MSI graphics cards are
recommended.
Video Demonstration
Chapter 1
Watch the video to learn how to install a graphics card on PCIe x16 slot
with butterfly lock.
http://youtu.be/mG0GZpr9w_A
Single Video Card Installation
1. Determine what type of expansion slot(s) the video card will use. Locate the
expansion slot(s) on the motherboard. Remove any protective expansion slot
covers from the computer case.
2. Line up the video card on top of the expansion slot(s) with the display ports facing
out of the computer case. For a single video card installation, using the PCI_E1
slot is recommended.
3. Push the video card into its expansion slot(s). Depending on the expansion slot(s)
used, there should be clip(s) on the expansion slot(s) that will lock in place.
4. If needed, screw the edge of the graphics card to the computer case. Some video
cards might require a power cable directly from the power supply.
5. Please consult your video card’s manual for further instructions regarding driver
installation or other special settings.
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Internal Connectors
SATA1~10: SATA Connectors
This connector is a high-speed SATA interface port. Each connector can connect to
one SATA device. SATA devices include disk drives (HDD), solid state drives (SSD),
and optical drives (CD/ DVD/ Blu-Ray).
Video Demonstration
SATA8
SATA6
SATA7
SATA5
SATA2
SATA4 SATA1
SATA3
SATA10
SATA9
■■SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.
■■SATA7~10 ports only support IDE mode and AHCI mode.
Important
• The SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing a M.2 SATA
interface module in the M.2 port.
• Many SATA devices also need a power cable from the power supply. Such devices
include disk drives (HDD), solid state drives (SSD), and optical drives (CD / DVD /
Blu-Ray). Please refer to the device’s manual for further information.
• Many computer cases also require that large SATA devices, such as HDDs, SSDs,
and optical drives, be screwed down into the case. Refer to the manual that came
with your computer case or your SATA device for further installation instructions.
• Please do not fold the SATA cable at a 90-degree angle. Data loss may result
during transmission otherwise.
• SATA cables have identical plugs on either sides of the cable. However, it is
recommended that the flat connector be connected to the motherboard for space
saving purposes.
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Chapter 1
Watch the video to learn how to Install SATA HDD.
http://youtu.be/RZsMpqxythc
SATA_EX1: SATA Express Connector
The SATA Express, a new high performance storage interface, supports to connect 1
SATA Express device with up to 10 Gb/s transfer rate. Connects the SATA Express
device to this 3-in-1 connector by a SATA Express cable.
Chapter 1
SATA Express
M2_1: M.2 Port
The M.2 port supports either M.2 SATA 6Gb/s module or M.2 PCIe module.
Video Demonstration
Watch the video to learn how to install M.2 module.
http://youtu.be/JCTFABytrYA
Important
• The SATA Express port/ SATA5~6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2
SATA interface module in the M.2 port.
• Intel RST does not support PCIe M.2 SSD with Legacy ROM.
• M.2 PCIe interface does not support RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.
• Always turn off the power supply and unplug the power cord from the power outlet
before installing or removing the M.2 module.
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CPUFAN1~2,SYSFAN1~3: Fan Power Connectors
The fan power connectors support system cooling fans with +12V. If the motherboard
has a System Hardware Monitor chipset on-board, you must use a specially designed
fan with a speed sensor to take advantage of the CPU fan control. Remember to
connect all system fans. Some system fans may not connect to the motherboard and
will instead connect to the power supply directly. A system fan can be plugged into
any available system fan connector.
CPUFAN1/
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• Please refer to your processor’s official website or consult your vendor to find
recommended CPU heatsink.
• These connectors support Smart Fan Control with liner mode. The Command
Center utility can be installed to automatically control the fan speeds according to
the CPU’s and system’s temperature.
• If there are not enough ports on the motherboard to connect all system fans,
adapters are available to connect a fan directly to a power supply.
• Before first boot up, ensure that there are no cables impeding any fan blades.
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JFP1, JFP2: System Panel Connectors
These connectors connect to the front panel switches and LEDs. The JFP1 connector
is compliant with the Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide. When
installing the front panel connectors, please use the optional M-Connector to simplify
installation. Plug all the wires from the computer case into the M-Connector and then
plug the M-Connector into the motherboard.
Video Demonstration
Watch the video to learn how to Install front panel connectors.
http://youtu.be/DPELIdVNZUI
Chapter 1
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• On the connectors coming from the case, pins marked by small triangles are
positive wires. Please use the diagrams above and the writing on the optional MConnectors to determine correct connector orientation and placement.
• The majority of the computer case’s front panel connectors will primarily be plugged
into JFP1.
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JUSB3~4: USB 3.0 Expansion Connectors
The USB 3.0 port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. It supports data
transfer rates up to 5Gbits/s (SuperSpeed).
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• Note that the VCC and GND pins must be connected correctly to avoid possible
damage.
• Please only connect one device per USB port to ensure stable charging.
• Super-Charger Technology is only available on select MSI motherboard models.
Please refer to the MSI website to check if your motherboard has Super-Charger
technology.
• For iPad, JUSB3 (red mark) can still charge iPad in S3, S4, S5 state.
• We recommend that don’t disconnect the device when you charge it in S1 state.
• To use a USB 3.0 device, you must connect the device to a USB 3.0 port through
an optional USB 3.0 compliant cable.
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The JUSB3 (red mark) connector supports MSI’s new Super-Charger technology
which provides quicker USB charging of your smartphone or other USB-powered
devices. To enable this feature, please install the MSI Super-Charger application
on your computer. When the Super-Charger application is turned on, the JUSB3
connector will convert data channels to extra power channels to quickly charge your
connected device. Please note that when the Super-Charger application is turned on,
data transmission and synchronization over the JUSB3 connector will not function. To
enable the JUSB3 connector to function as a normal USB 3.0 connector, please turn
off the Super-Charger application. When the computer is in stand-by or hibernation
mode (S3/ S4/ S5) Super-Charger mode will automatically be enabled.
JUSB1~2: USB 2.0 Expansion Connectors
This connector is designed for connecting high-speed USB peripherals such as USB
HDDs, digital cameras, MP3 players, printers, modems, and many others.
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Note that the VCC and GND pins must be connected correctly to avoid possible
damage.
JCI1: Chassis Intrusion Connector
This connector connects to the chassis intrusion switch cable. If the computer case is
opened, the chassis intrusion mechanism will be activated. The system will record this
intrusion and a warning message will flash on screen. To clear the warning, you must
enter the BIOS utility and clear the record.
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JAUD2: Front Panel Audio Connector
This connector allows you to connect the front audio panel located on your computer
case. This connector is compliant with the Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design
Guide.
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This connector is used to provide direct power to back panel audio ports. The direct
audio power can provide the better audio quality. Please connect this connector with a
power supply by an audio power adapter.
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After connecting the direct power to this connector, please note that you have to
enable the “Direct Audio Power” by adjusting the audio power switch (AUD_SW1).
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AUDPWR1: Direct Audio Power Connector
JTPM1: TPM Module Connector
This connector connects to a TPM (Trusted Platform Module). Please refer to the TPM
security platform manual for more details and usages.
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Voltage Checkpoints
These voltage checkpoints are used to measure the current system voltages. A
multimeter (not included) will be required to check voltages.
FV1: V-Check Connectors
To check the voltage, please use the optional voltage checkpoint cables included in
the motherboard package. Attach the positive lead of the multimeter to the voltage
checkpoint cable and the negative lead to the ground connector.
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GND
Chapter 1
GND
GND
CORE
VPP23
VPP01
DDR23
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Connector
Description
GND (pin 7~9)
Ground
CORE (pin 6)
CPU core power.
VPP23 (pin 5)
VPP VR power source for channel C/ D DDR memory.
VPP01 (pin 4)
VPP VR power source for channel A/ B DDR memory.
DDR23 (pin 3)
Memory voltage for channel C/ D. The DDR memory voltage
is the voltage supplied to the DDR memory modules on the
motherboard. Lower memory timings may require higher
voltages to maintain system stability.
DDR01 (pin 2)
Memory voltage for channel A/ B. The DDR memory voltage
is the voltage supplied to the DDR memory modules on the
motherboard. Lower memory timings may require higher
voltages to maintain system stability.
VCCIN (pin1)
The CPU VCCIN voltage is the CPU power source that is
shared with components of the CPU.
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Button
The motherboard has numerous on-board buttons to control various functions. This
section will explain how to change your motherboard’s functions through the use of
these on-board buttons.
OC1: OC Genie Button
This button is used to automatically overclock the system. To enable OC Genie,
Set this button to ON while the system is in power off mode. On the next boot,
the processor will be automatically overclock for optimal performance. To disable
OC Genie, Set this button to OFF while the system is in power off mode and the
configuration parameters will return to its normal values.
Chapter 1
Video Demonstration
Watch the video to learn how to use the OC Genie button.
http://youtu.be/nIpRvWkUazg
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Important
• This motherboard provides two ways to enable OC Genie: press the physical OC
Genie button on the motherboard, or click the virtual OC Genie button in BIOS. You
can specify how OC Genie to be enabled by using the "OC Genie Function Control"
item in BIOS.
• Please install DDR4 2133 or faster memory and equip a better heatsink/cooler to
use the OC Genie function.
• We do not guarantee the OC Genie overclocking range or the damages/risks
caused by overclocking behavior.
• It is possible to disable the OC Genie function in the BIOS setup. Please refer to the
BIOS section of the manual for instructions on how to turn off OC Genie from the
BIOS.
• The usage of OC Genie is at the user’s own risk. Overclocking is never guaranteed
by MSI.
• To ensure successfully OC Genie usage, MSI components are recommended.
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POWER1: Power Button
Chapter 1
This button is used to turn-on and turn-off the system. Press the button once to turn-on
or turn-off the system.
RESET1: Reset Button
This reset button is used to reset the system. Press the button to reset the system.
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Jumper
JBAT1: Clear CMOS Jumper
There is CMOS RAM onboard that is external powered from a battery located on the
motherboard to save system configuration data. With the CMOS RAM, the system can
automatically boot into the operating system (OS) every time it is turned on. If you
want to clear the system configuration, set the jumpers to clear the CMOS RAM.
Chapter 1
1
Keep Data
1
Clear Data
Important
You can clear the CMOS RAM by shorting this jumper while the system is off.
Afterwards, open the jumper . Do not clear the CMOS RAM while the system is on
because it will damage the motherboard.
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Switch
BIOS1: Multi-BIOS Switch
This motherboard has two built-in BIOS ROMs (Labeled A and B, default BIOS ROM
is A). If one is crashed, you can shift to the other for booting by sliding the switch.
BIOS B
Blue LED
BIOS recovery with AFUDOS command
When BIOS updating fails or causes the computer non-bootable, you can recover the
failed BIOS by the steps below.
Preparation:
1. Prepare a bootable USB flash drive.
2. Download the latest BIOS file from the MSI official website at www.msi.com, and
then decompress the file.
3. Copy the AFUDE238.exe and the BIOS file to the bootable USB flash drive
BIOS recovery steps:
1. Power off the computer.
2. Set the Multi-BIOS switch to the functional BIOS ROM.
3. Insert the bootable USB flash drive you have made to the USB port.
4. Boot the computer into the bootable USB flash drive.
5. Set the Multi-BIOS switch to the failed BIOS ROM.
6. Execute the below command to flash the BIOS:
For example: AFUDE238 EXXXXIMS.XXX
7. Restart the computer after the BIOS flashing is complete.
Important
Do not use the Multi-BIOS switch when system is booting up.
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Green LED
BIOS A
OC_SWITCH6: OC Genie Mode Switch
This swtich provides two overclocking modes (Gear 1 and Gear 2) for OC Genie
operation. When you press the OC Genie button, the overclocking procedure will
be performed according to the setting of this switch. The Gear 1 Mode is the default
setting. The Gear 2 Mode allows the OC Genie function to overclock the CPU/ system
frequency higher then Gear 1 Mode.
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Blue LED
Red LED
Gear 1
(Default)
Gear 2
Important
• Gear 1 Mode: For normal users using original fan.
• Gear 2 Mode: For OCers using better heat dissipation fan such as liquid cooling or
customized one.
AUD_SW1: Audio Power Switch
This switch specifies the power mode for back panel audio ports.
Direct Power mode
Onboard Power mode
(Default)
Important
• Before switching to "Direct Power mode", please make sure the “Direct Audio Power
Connector” (AUDPWR1) has been connected to the power supply.
• Do not use the audio power switch while the system is on because it will damage
the motherboard.
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SLOW_1: Slow Mode Booting Switch
Normal
(Default)
Enabled
(Please enable this
swtich during BIOS
POST.)
Important
• Users will try extreme low temperature overclocking at their own risks. The
overclocking results will vary according to the CPU version.
• Please don’t switch to “Enabled” when power-off or the system will be un-bootable.
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This switch is used for LN2 cooling solution, that provides the extreme overclocking
conditions, to boot at a stable processor frequency and to prevent the system from
crashing.
LED Status Indicators
OC Switch Gear 1 LED
OC Switch Gear 2 LED
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Debug code LED
BIOS A LED
BIOS B LED
LED Status Table
The following table describes the status of LED indicators.
LED
LED Status
Description
OC Switch Gear 1
Blue
Gear 1 OC Genie mode
OC Switch Gear 2
Red
Gear 2 OC Genie mode
BIOS B
Green
BIOS B in operation
BIOS A
Blue
BIOS A in operation
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Debug Code LED Table
Please refer to the table below to get more information about the Debug Code LED
message.
Status
02,07
Power on CPU Initialization
03,08
Power on North Bridge Initialization
04,09
Power on South Bridge Initialization
0B
Power on Cache Initialization
11~14,32~36,56~5A
Early CPU Initialization
15~18,37~3A
Early North Bridge Initialization
19~1C,3B~3E
Early South Bridge Initialization
1D~2F,31,3F~4E,50~55
Early Memory Initialization
63~67,D0
Late CPU Initialization
69~6F,D1
Late North Bridge Initialization
70~77,D2
Late South Bridge Initialization
92~96,B5,D4
PCI bus Initialization
97,98,99,B2,D5~D7
Console Output/Input devices/Console initialization and
Load Option ROM (VGA, RAID, parallel ports, serial
ports……)
9A~A7,B4
Onboard devices Initialize and Detect (USB/ SATA/
SCSI……)
A8,A9,AB
Start of Setup. BIOS setup if needed/ requested.
AD/AE
Ready To Boot event/Legacy Boot event
CPU temperature
Fully boot
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Drivers and Utilities
After you install the operating system you will need to install drivers to maximize the
performance of the new computer you just built. MSI motherboard comes with a Driver
Disc. Drivers allow the computer to utilize your motherboard more efficiently and take
advantage of any special features we provide.
You can protect your computer from viruses by installing the bundled security
program. The bundle also includes a variety of powerful and creative utilities.
Driver/ Utilities Installation
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Please follow the steps below to install drivers and utilities for your new computer.
1. Insert MSI Driver Disc into the optical drive. The installer will automatically appear
if autorun is enabled in OS.
2. Installer will automatically find and list all necessary drivers.
3. Click Install button.
Click here
4. The software installation will then be in progress, after it has finished it will prompt
you to restart.
5. Click OK button to finish.
6. Restart your computer.
You can also use the same method to install the utilities.
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Quick Installation
This chapter provides demonstration diagrams about how to install your
computer. Some of the installations also provide video demonstrations.
Please link to the URL to watch it with the web browser on your phone or
tablet. You may have even link to the URL by scanning the QR code.
Important
The diagrams in this chapter are for reference only and may vary from the
product you purchased.
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BIOS Setup
CLICK BIOS is a revolutionary UEFI interface that allows you to setup and
configure your system for optimum use. Using your mouse and keyboard,
users can change BIOS settings, monitor CPU temperature, select the boot
device priority and view system information such as the CPU name, DRAM
capacity, the OS version and the BIOS version. Users can import and export
parameter data for backup or for sharing with friends.
Important
• The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are
under continuous update for better system performance. Therefore, the
description may be slightly different from the latest BIOS and should be held
for reference only.
• The pictures in this chpater are for reference only and may vary from the
product you purchased. Please refer to the actual screens of your system
for detailed information.
• Please clear the CMOS data and restore the default settings if the system
becomes unbootable after changing BIOS settings. (Refer to the Clear
CMOS jumper/ button section to clear the CMOS data, select the "Restore
Defaults" and press <Enter> in BIOS to load the default settings.)
Entering Setup
The default settings offer the optimal performance for system stability in normal
conditions. You may need to run the Setup program when:
■■ An error message appears on the screen during the system booting up, and
requests you to run SETUP.
■■ You want to change the default settings for customized features.
Important
• Please clear the CMOS data and restore the default settings if the system becomes
unbootable after changing BIOS settings. (Refer to the Clear CMOS jumper/ button
section to clear the CMOS data, select the "Restore Defaults" and press <Enter> in
BIOS to load the default settings.)
• If you are unfamiliar with the BIOS settings, we recommend that you keep the
default settings to avoid possible system damage or failure booting due to
inappropriate BIOS configuration.
Entering BIOS Setup
Power on the computer and the system will start the Power On Self Test (POST)
process. When the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter
BIOS:
Press <Del> to run BIOS setup, or <F11> to run boot menu
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If the message disappears before you respond and you still need to enter BIOS,
restart the system by turning the computer OFF then back ON or pressing the RESET
button. You may also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and
<Delete> keys.
MSI additionally provides two methods to enter the BIOS setup. You can click the
“GO2BIOS” tab on “MSI Fast Boot” utility screen or press the physical “GO2BIOS"
button (optional) on the motherboard to enable the system going to BIOS setup
directly at next boot.
Click "GO2BIOS" tab on
"MSI Fast Boot" utility
screen.
Important
Please be sure to install the “MSI Fast Boot” utility before using it to enter the BIOS
setup.
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Overview
After entering BIOS, the following screen is displayed.
Temperature monitor
My Favorites
Language
System
information
Boot device
priority bar
Virtual OC
Genie Button
BIOS menu
selection
BIOS menu
selection
▶▶BIOS menu selection
The following options are available:
■■ SETTINGS - Uses this menu to specify the parameters for chipset and boot
devices.
■■ OC - This menu contains the frequency and voltage adjustments. Increasing
the frequency can get better performance, however high frequency and heat
can cause instability, we do not recommend general users to overclock.
■■ M-FLASH - This menu provides the way to update BIOS with a USB flash
disk.
■■ OC PROFILE -This menu is used to set various overclocking profiles.
■■ HARDWARE MONITOR - This menu is used to set the speeds of fans and
monitor voltages of system.
■■ BOARD EXPLORER - It provides the information of the installed devices on
the motherboard.
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Menu display
▶▶Virtual OC Genie Button
Enables or disables the OC Genie function by clicking on this button. When enabled,
this button will be light. Enabling OC Genie function can automatically overclock with
MSI optimized overclocking profile.
Important
We recommend that you do not to make any modification in OC menu mode and do
not to load defaults after enabling the OC Genie function.
▶▶Menu display
This area provides BIOS setting items and information to be configured.
▶▶Boot device priority bar
You can move the device icons to change the boot priority.
High priority
Low priority
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▶▶System information
Shows the time, date, CPU name, CPU frequency, DRAM frequency, DRAM capacity
and the BIOS version.
▶▶Language
Allows you to select the language of the BIOS setup.
▶▶Temperature monitor
Shows the temperatures of the processor and the motherboard.
▶▶My Favorites
Allows you to create your personal BIOS menu where you can save and access your
favorite/ frequently-used BIOS setting items.
■■ Default HomePage - Allows you to select a BIOS menu (e.g. Settings,
OC...,etc) as the BIOS home page.
■■ Favorite1~5 - Allows you to add the frequently-used/ favorite BIOS setting
items in one page.
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Adding BIOS item to Favorite 1~5
1. Move the mouse cursor to highlight a BIOS setting item.
2. Right-click (or press "F2" key) and then choose a favorite menu (Favorite 1~5) to
add the BIOS item.
Choose a favorite menu
to add the BIOS item
Deleting BIOS item from Favorite 1~5
1. Move the mouse cursor to highlight a BIOS item in the Favorite 1~5 menu.
2. Right-click (or press "F2" key) and then click "Delete" to delete the BIOS item.
Click “Delete” to delete the BIOS item
Changing the order of BIOS items on Favorite 1~5
1. Enter the Favorite 1~5 menu.
2. Right-click (or press "F2" key) and then click "Menu lock".
3. Highlight an item and then click the arrow buttons (or press the up/ down arrow
keys) to change the item order.
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4. Finally, click the lock button to fix the order.
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Operation
You can control BIOS settings with the mouse and the keyboard. The following table
lists and describes the hot keys and the mouse operations.
Hot key
Mouse
<↑↓→← >
Description
Select Item
.
Move the cursor
Select Icon/ Field
<Enter>
Click/ Double-click
the left button
<Esc>
Jump to the Exit menu or return to the previous
from a submenu
Click the right button
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<+>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<->
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F1>
General Help
<F2>
Favorites assistant
<F3>
Enter My Favorites menu
<F4>
CPU Specifications
<F5>
Enter Memory-Z
<F6>
Load optimized defaults
<F8>
Load Overclocking Profile
<F9>
Save Overclocking Profile
<F10>
Save Change and Reset
<F12>
Save a screenshot to a FAT/FAT32 USB drive
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Updating BIOS
Updating the BIOS with M-FLASH
▶▶Before updating
Please download the latest BIOS file that matches your motherboard model from MSI
website. And then save the BIOS file into the USB flash disk.
Important
Only the FAT32/ NTFS format USB flash disk supports updating BIOS by M-FLASH.
▶▶Updating BIOS
1. Insert the USB flash disk that contains the BIOS update file into the computer.
2. Restart the system, and then press "Del" key to enter the BIOS Setup during
POST.
3. Enter the M-FLASH menu and then select the "Select one file to update BIOS and
ME”, and then select the BIOS update file to begin the BIOS update.
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SETTINGS
System Status
▶▶System Date
Sets the system date. Use tab key to switch between date elements.
The format is <day> <month> <date> <year>.
<day>
Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by BIOS. Read-only.
<month>
The month from Jan. through Dec.
<date>
The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.
<year>
The year can be adjusted by users.
▶▶System Time
Sets the system time. Use tab key to switch between time elements.
The time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.
▶▶SATA PortX
Show the information of connected SATA device.
Important
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If the connected SATA device is not displayed, turn off computer and re-check SATA
cable and power cable connections of the device and motherboard.
▶▶System Information
Shows detailed system information, including CPU type, BIOS version, and Memory
(read only).
▶▶DMI Information
Shows system information, desktop Board Information and chassis Information. (Read
only).
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▶▶PCI Subsystem Settings
Sets PCI, PCI express interface protocol and latency timer. Press <Enter> to enter the
sub-menu.
▶▶PEGX - Gen X [Auto]
Sets PCI Express protocol for matching different installed devices.
[Auto]
Enables all PCIe Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3. supports.
[Gen1]
Enables PCIe Gen1 support only.
[Gen2]
Enables PCIe Gen2 support only.
[Gen3]
Enables PCIe Gen3 support only.
▶▶PCI Latency Timer [32]
Sets latency timer of PCI interface device.
[Options: 32, 64, 96, 128, 160, 192, 224, 248 PCI Bus clocks]
▶▶ACPI Settings
Sets ACPI parameters of onboard power LED behaviors. Press <Enter> to enter the
sub-menu.
▶▶Power LED [Blinking]
Sets shining behaviors of the onboard Power LED.
[Dual Color] The power LED turns to another color to indicate the S3 state.
[Blinking] The power LED blinks to indicate the S3 state.
▶▶Integrated Peripherals
Sets integrated peripherals' parameters, such as LAN, HDD, USB and audio. Press
<Enter> to enter the sub-menu.
▶▶LAN Option ROM [Disabled]
Enables or disables the legacy network Boot Option ROM for detailed settings.
This item will appear when "Onboard LAN Controller" is enabled.
[Enabled] Enables the onboard LAN Boot ROM.
[Disabled] Disables the onboard LAN Boot ROM.
▶▶Network Stack [Disabled]
Sets UEFI network stack for optimizing IPv4 / IPv6 function.
[Enabled] Enables UEFI network stack.
[Disabled] Disables UEFI network stack.
▶▶SATA Mode [AHCI Mode] (For SATA1~6)
Sets the operation mode of the onboard 1st SATA controller.
[IDE Mode] Specify the IDE mode for SATA storage devices.
[AHCI Mode] Specify the AHCI mode for SATA storage devices. AHCI (Advanced
Host Controller Interface) offers some advanced features to enhance
the speed and performance of SATA storage device, such as Native
Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-plugging.
[RAID Mode] Enables RAID function for SATA storage devices.
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▶▶Onboard LAN Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onboard LAN controller.
▶▶sSATA Mode [AHCI Mode] (For SATA7~10)
Sets the operation mode of the onboard 2nd SATA controller.
[IDE Mode] Specify the IDE mode for SATA storage devices.
[AHCI Mode] Specify the AHCI mode for SATA storage devices. AHCI (Advanced
Host Controller Interface) offers some advanced features to enhance
the speed and performance of SATA storage device, such as Native
Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-plugging.
▶▶SATAX Hot Plug [Disabled]
Allows user to enable or disable the SATA hot plug support. This item will appear
when the “SATA Mode” set to [AHCI].
[Enabled] Enables hot plug support for the SATA ports.
[Disabled] Disables hot plug support for the SATA ports.
▶▶HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onboard High Definition Audio controller.
▶▶HPET [Enabled]
Enables or disables the HPET (High Precision Event Timers) support.
▶▶USB Configuration
Sets the onboard USB controller and device function. Press <Enter> to enter the submenu.
▶▶USB Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables all USB controller.
▶▶External USB Power Control [Enabled]
Enables or disables independent USB power for the USB ports next to the LAN
port. An independent USB power can provide the best audio quality for external
USB DACs.
▶▶XHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Enables or disables XHCI hand-off support for the operating system without XHCI
hand-off feature.
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▶▶EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Enables or disables EHCI hand-off support for the operating system without EHCI
hand-off feature.
▶▶Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
Sets Legacy USB function support.
[Auto]
The system will automatically detect if any USB device is connected
and enables or disables the legacy USB support.
[Enabled] Enables the USB support for legacy operating systems that do not
support USB.
[Disabled] The USB devices are available only for UEFI applications.
▶▶Power Management Setup
Sets system Power Management of EuP2013 and AC Power Loss behaviors. Press
<Enter> to enter the sub-menu.
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▶▶EuP 2013 [Disabled]
Enables or disables the system power consumption according to EuP 2013
regulation.
[Enabled] Optimize the system power consumption according to EuP 2013
regulation.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
Note: When enabled, the system will not support S4 & S5 wake up by USB, PCI
and PCIe devices.
▶▶Restore after AC Power Loss [Power Off]
Sets the system behaviors while encountering the AC power loss.
[Power Off] Leaves the system in power off state after restoring AC power.
[Power On] Boot up the system after restoring AC power.
[Last State] Restores the system to the previous state (power on/ power off)
before AC power loss.
▶▶On board Function LED Control [On]
Enables or disables the onboard function LEDs.
[On]
Enables onboard function LEDs.
[Off]
Disables onboard function LEDs.
▶▶Windows 8/ 8.1 Configuration
Sets Windows 8/ 8.1 detailed configuration and behaviors. Press <Enter> to enter the
sub-menu.
▶▶MSI Fast Boot [Disabled]
MSI Fast Boot is the fastest way to boot the system. It will disable more devices to
speed up system boot time which is faster than the boot time of “Fast Boot”.
[Enabled] Enables the MSI Fast Boot function to speed up booting time. And
the following "Fast Boot" will be disabled and fixed.
[Disabled] Disables MSI Fast Boot.
▶▶Fast Boot [Disabled for Windows 7, Enabled for Windows 8/ 8.1]
Enables or disables the Windows 8/ 8.1 fast boot feature. This item will only be
available when "MSI Fast Boot" is disabled.
[Enabled] Enables the Fast Boot configuration to accelerate system boot time.
[Disabled] Disables the Fast Boot configuration.
Important
If you want to enter BIOS with enabled “MSI Fast Boot” mode or enabled "Fast Boot"
mode, you have to click the "GO2BIOS" tab on MSI Fast Boot utility screen or press
the "GO2BIOS" button (optional) on the motherboard. And then the system will enter
to BIOS setup directly at next boot.
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▶▶Windows 8/ 8.1 Feature [Disabled]
Enables the supports for Windows 8/ 8.1 or disables for other operating systems.
Before enabling this item, make sure all installed devices & utilities (hardware &
software) should meet the Windows 8/ 8.1 requirements.
[Enabled] The system will switch to UEFI mode to meet the Windows 8/ 8.1
requirement.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
▶▶Secure Boot
Sets the Windows secure boot to prevent the unauthorized accessing. Press
<Enter> to enter the sub-menu. This sub-menu will appear when “Windows 8/ 8.1
Feature” is enabled.
▶▶Secure Boot Support [Disabled]
Enables or disables secure boot support.
[Enabled] Enables the secure boot function and allow you to set the secure
boot settings.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Secure Boot Mode [Standard]
Selects the secure boot mode. This item is to select how the secure boot keys
be loaded. This item appears when "Secure Boot" is enabled.
[Standard] The system will automatically load the secure keys from BIOS.
[Custom] Allows user to configure the secure boot settings and manually
load the secure keys.
▶▶Key Management
Manages the secure boot keys. Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. This submenu will appear when “Secure Boot Mode” sets to [Custom].
▶▶Wake Up Event Setup
Sets system wake up behaviors for different sleep modes. Press <Enter> to enter the
sub-menu.
▶▶Wake Up Event By [BIOS]
Selects the wake up event by BIOS or operating system.
[BIOS] Activates the following items, and use these items to set the wake up
events.
[OS] The wake up events will be defined by OS.
▶▶Resume By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Disables or enables the system wake up by RTC Alarm.
[Enabled] Enables the system to boot up on a scheduled time/ date.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
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▶▶Date (of month) Alarm/ Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
Sets RTC alarm date/ Time. If Resume By RTC Alarm is set to [Enabled], the
system will automatically resume (boot up) on a specified date/hour/minute/second
in these fields (using the <+> and <-> to select the date & time settings).
▶▶Resume By PCI-E Device [Disabled]
Disables or enables the system wake up by PCI express device.
[Enabled] Enables the system to be awakened from the power saving modes
when activity or input signal of PCIe device is detected. Note:
enables this Item to support “Resume By USB Device” with third
party USB 3.0 port.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
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▶▶Resume By USB Device [Disabled]
Disables or enables the system wake up by USB devices.
[Enabled] Enables the system to be awakened from sleep state when activity
of USB device is detected.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Resume From S3/S4/S5 by PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
Disables or enables the system wake up by PS/2 mouse.
[Enabled] Enables the system to be awakened from S3/ S4/ S5 state when
activity of PS/2 mouse is detected.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Resume From S3/S4/S5 by PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Disables or enables the system wake up by PS/2 keyboard.
[Any Key] Enables the system to be awakened from S3/ S4/ S5 state when
activity of any key on PS/2 keyboard is detected.
[Hot Key]
Enables the system to be awakened from S3/ S4/ S5 state when
activity of hot key on PS/2 keyboard is detected.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
Boot
Sets the sequence of system boot devices.
▶▶Full Screen Logo Display [Enabled]
Enables or disables to show the full screen logo while system POST.
[Enabled]
The OS boots straight to the GUI without showing the POST screen.
[Disabled]
Shows the POST messages at booting.
▶▶AUTO CLR_CMOS [Disabled]
Enables or disables auto-clear CMOS function.
[Enabled]
When the booting process hang-up over 5 seconds and then the CMOS
data will be cleared automatically.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Boot Mode Select [LEGACY+UEFI]
Sets the system boot mode from legacy or UEFI architecture depending on OS
installation requirement. This item will become unselectable and will be configured
automatically by BIOS when “Windows 8/ 8.1 Feature” is enabled.
[UEFI]
Enables UEFI BIOS boot mode support only.
[LEGACY+UEFI] Enables both Legacy BIOS boot mode and UEFI BIOS boot mode.
▶▶FIXED BOOT ORDER Priorities
Sets device priority for system boot.
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▶▶GO2BIOS [Disabled]
Enables or disables the system to power on and go to the BIOS setup directly by long
pressing the power button about 4 seconds when the system is off.
[Enabled]
The system boots straight to the BIOS setup by long pressing the power
button about 2~4 seconds when the system is off.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Boot Option #1~N
These items are used to prioritize the installed boot devices.
Security
▶▶Administrator Password
Sets administrator password for system security. Enters the administrator password if
set; user has full rights to change the BIOS items.
▶▶User Password
Sets User Password for system security. Enters the user password if set; but user
might have limited rights to change the BIOS items.
Important
When selecting the Administrator / User Password items, a password box will appear
on the screen. Type the password then press <Enter>. The password typed now will
replace any previous set password from CMOS memory. You will be prompted to
confirm the password. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection.
To clear a set password, press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter a new
password. A message will confirm the password is being disabled. Once the password
is disabled, you can enter the setup and OS without authorization.
▶▶Trusted Computing
Sets TPM (Trusted Platform Module) function.
▶▶TPM SUPPORT [Disabled]
Enables or disables the TPM function to build the endorsement key for accessing
the system.
▶▶Chassis Intrusion Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu.
▶▶Chassis Intrusion [Disabled]
This function will be available if the chassis equips a chassis intrusion switch.
Once the chassis is opened, the system will record and issue a warning message.
To clear the warning message, set the item to [Reset], then it will return to
[Enabled] later. [Options: Disabled, Enabled, Reset]
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Save & Exit
▶▶Discard Changes and Exit
Exit BIOS setup without saving any change. This it is used to abandon all changes
and exit BIOS setup.
▶▶Save Changes and Reboot
This item is used to save all changes and reboot the system.
▶▶Save Changes
This item is used to save current changes.
▶▶Discard Changes
This item is used to discard current all changes and restore to the previous values.
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▶▶Restore Defaults
This item is used to restore/ load all default values by the BIOS vendor.
Chapter 3
▶▶Boot Override
The installed boot-able devices will appear on this menu, you can select one of them
be a boot device to start booting.
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Important
• Overclocking your PC manually is only recommended for advanced users.
• Overclocking is not guaranteed, and if done improperly, can void your warranty or
severely damage your hardware.
• If you are unfamiliar with overclocking, we advise you to use OC Genie for easy
overclocking.
▶▶Simple/Advanced Mode [Simple]
Enables or disables the advanced OC settings in BIOS.
[Simple]
Provides the regular OC settings in BIOS setup.
[Advanced] Provides the advanced OC settings for experienced users to configure
in BIOS setup.
Note: We use * as the symbol for the OC settings of Advanced mode.
< CPU Setting >
Chapter 3
▶▶CPU Ratio Apply Mode [All Core]*
Sets the applying mode for adjusted CPU ratio. This item only appears when a CPU
that support “Turbo Boost” is installed.
[All Core]
Enables the "CPU Ratio". All CPU cores will run the same CPU ratio
that be set in " Adjust CPU Ratio".
[Per Core] Enables the "X-Core Ratio Limit". Sets each CPU core ratio separately
in "X-Core Ratio Limit".
▶▶CPU Ratio [Auto]
Sets the CPU ratio that is used to determine CPU clock speed for all cores. This item
can only be changed if the processor supports this function.
▶▶X-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]*
These items only appear when a CPU that support this function is installed. These
items allow you to set the CPU ratios for different number of active cores.
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▶▶Adjusted CPU Frequency
Shows the adjusted CPU frequency. Read-only.
▶▶CPU Ratio Mode [Dynamic Mode]*
Selects the CPU Ratio operating mode. This item will appear when you set the CPU
ratio manually.
[Fixed Mode]
Fixes the CPU ratio.
[Dynamic Mode] CPU ratio will be changed dynamically according to the CPU loading.
▶▶EIST [Enabled]*
Enables or disables the Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep Technology.
[Enabled] Enables the EIST to adjust CPU voltage and core frequency
dynamically. It can decrease average power consumption and average
heat production.
[Disabled] Disables EIST.
▶▶Intel Turbo Boost [Enabled]*
Enables or disables the Intel® Turbo Boost. This item appears when the installed CPU
supports this function.
[Enabled] Enables this function to boost CPU performance automatically above
rated specifications when system request the highest performance
state.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
▶▶OC Genie Function Control [By Onboard Button]
Enables the OC Genie function by virtual button in BIOS or physical button on
motherboard. Enabling OC Genie function can automatically overclock the system
with MSI optimized overclocking profile.
[By BIOS Options] OC Genie function is enabled by clicking the virtual OC Genie button at the top left corner of BIOS setup screen.
[By Onboard Button]OC Genie function is enabled by pressing the physical OC Genie
button on the motherboard.
▶▶Ring Ratio [Auto]
Sets the ring ratio. The valid value range depends on the installed CPU.
▶▶Adjusted Ring Frequency
Shows the adjusted Ring frequency. Read-only.
< CPU BCLK Setting >
▶▶CPU Base Clock (MHz) [Default]
Sets the CPU Base clock. You may overclock the CPU by adjusting this value. Please
note that overclocking behavior and stability is not guaranteed. This item appears
when the installed processor supports this function.
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▶▶Enhanced Turbo [Auto]
Enables or disables Enhanced Turbo function for all CPU cores to boost CPU
performance. This item appears when the installed CPU supports this function.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled] All CPU cores would be increased to maximum turbo ratio.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
▶▶CPU Base Clock Apply Mode [Auto]*
Sets the applying mode for adjusted CPU base clock.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Next Boot] CPU will run the adjusted CPU base clock at next boot.
[Immediate] CPU runs the adjusted CPU base clock immediately.
[During Boot]
CPU will run the adjusted CPU base clock during boot.
< DRAM Setting >
▶▶DRAM Reference Clock [Auto]*
Sets the DRAM reference clock. The valid value range depends on the installed CPU.
This item appears when a CPU that supports this adjustment is installed.
▶▶DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Sets the DRAM frequency. Please note the overclocking behavior is not guaranteed.
▶▶Adjusted DRAM Frequency
Shows the adjusted DRAM frequency. Read-only.
▶▶Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P) [Disabled]
X.M.P. (Extreme Memory Profile) is the overclocking technology by memory module.
This item will be available when you install the memory modules that support X.M.P.
technology.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
[Profile 1]
Uses profile1 over-clocking settings of installed XMP memory module.
[Profile 2]
Uses profile2 over-clocking settings of installed XMP memory module.
▶▶Memory Try It ! [Disabled]
It improve memory compatibility or performance by choosing optimized memory
preset.
Chapter 3
▶▶DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Selects the memory timing mode.
[Auto]
DRAM timings will be determined based on SPD (Serial Presence
Detect) of installed memory modules.
[Link]
Allows user to configure the DRAM timing manually for all memory
channel.
[UnLink]
Allows user to configure the DRAM timing manually for respective
memory channel.
▶▶Advanced DRAM Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. This sub-menu will be activated after setting
[Link] or [Unlink] in “DRAM Timing Mode”. User can set the memory timing for each
memory channel. The system may become unstable or unbootable after changing
memory timing. If it occurs, please clear the CMOS data and restore the default
settings. (Refer to the Clear CMOS jumper/ button section to clear the CMOS data,
and enter the BIOS to load the default settings.)
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▶▶Memory Fast Boot [Auto]
Enables or disables the initiation and training for memory every booting.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled] Memory will completely imitate the archive of first initiation and first
training. After that, the memory will not be initialed and trained when
booting to accelerate the system booting time.
[Disabled]
The memory will be initialed and trained every booting.
< Voltage Setting >
▶▶DigitALL Power
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. Controls the digital powers related to CPU
PWM.
▶▶VR 12VIN OCP Expander [Auto]
Expands the limitation of VR Over Current Protection with 12V input voltage. The
higher expanding value indicates less protection. Therefore, please adjust the
current carefully if needed, or it may damage the CPU/ VR MOS. If set to "Auto",
BIOS will configure this setting automatically.
▶▶CPU Phase Control [Auto]
Controls PWM phase proportionally to the CPU loading. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
optimize the CPU PWM phase automatically.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Normal]
Sets the normal power phase profile for CPU, it could provide a
stable system proformance and effective power-saving capability.
[Optimized] Sets the optimum power phase profile for CPU, it could provide the
system with an optimum power-saving capability.
[Disabled]
Disables the PWM power phase switching feature.
▶▶CPU Over Voltage Protection [Auto]
Sets the voltage limit for CPU over-voltage protection. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
configure this setting automatically. Higher voltage provides less protection and
may damage the system.
▶▶CPU Under Voltage Protection [Auto]
Sets the voltage limit for CPU under-voltage protection. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
configure this setting automatically. Higher voltage provides less protection and
may damage the system.
▶▶CPU Over Current Protection [Auto]
Sets the current limit for CPU over-current protection. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
configure this setting automatically. Higher values provides less protection and may
damage the system.
▶▶CPU Switching Frequency [Auto]
Sets the PWM working speed to stabilize CPU Core voltage and minimize ripple
range. Increasing the PWM working speed will cause higher temperature of
MOSFET. So please make sure a cooling solution is well-prepared for MOSFET
before you increase the value. If set to "Auto", BIOS will configure this setting
automatically.
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▶▶CPU Vdroop Offset Control [Auto]
Sets a percentage of offset voltage for CPU vdroop. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
configure this setting automatically.
▶▶CPU VRM Over Temperature Protection [Enabled]
Enables or disables the CPU VRM over-temperature protection.
[Enabled]
Sets the temperature limit on CPU VRM for over-temperature
protection. The CPU frequency may be throttled when CPU
temperature over the specified temperature.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D Phase Control [Auto]
Controls PWM phase proportionally to the DRAM loading. If set to "Auto", BIOS
will optimize the DRAM PWM phase automatically.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Optimized] Sets the optimum power phase profile.
[Disabled]
Disables the PWM power phase switching feature.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D Over Voltage Protection [Auto]
Sets the voltage limit for DRAM over-voltage protection. If set to "Auto", BIOS will
configure this setting automatically. Higher voltage provides less protection and
may damage the system.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D Under Voltage Protection [Auto]
Sets the voltage limit for DRAM under-voltage protection. If set to "Auto", BIOS
will configure this setting automatically. Higher voltage provides less protection and
may damage the system.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D Over Current Protection [Auto]
Sets the current limit for DRAM over-current protection.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enhanced] Extends the limitation of memory over-current protection.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D Switching Frequency [Auto]
Sets the PWM working speed to stabilize DRAM voltage and minimize ripple range.
If set to "Auto", BIOS will configure this setting automatically.
▶▶DRAM CH_A/B, CH_C/D VRM Over Temperature Protection [Auto]
Sets the temperature limit on DRAM VRM for over-temperature protection.
The DRAM frequency may be throttled when DRAM VRM over the specified
temperature.If set to "Auto", BIOS will configure this settings.
Chapter 3
▶▶SVID Communication [Auto]*
Enables or disables SVID (Serial Voltage Identification) support.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled] PWM phase will be changed dynamically according to the CPU SVID
(Serial Voltage Identification).
[Disabled]
Disables SVID (Serial Voltage Identification) support.
▶▶VCCIN Voltage [Auto]
Sets the CPU input voltage. The CPU input voltage is the CPU power source that is
shared with components of the CPU.
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▶▶CPU Core/Ring Voltage Mode [Auto]*
Selects the control mode for CPU Core/ Ring voltages.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Adaptive Mode] Sets the adaptive voltage automatically for optimizing the system performance.
[Override Mode]
Allows you to set the voltage manually.
[Offset Mode]
Allows you to set the offset voltage and select the voltage offset mode.
[Adaptive + Offset ] Sets the adaptive voltage automatically and allows you to set the offset voltage.
[Override + Offset ] Allows you to set the voltage and the offset voltage manually.
▶▶CPU Core Voltage/ CPU Ring Voltage [Auto]
Sets the CPU Core/ Ring voltages. If set to "Auto", BIOS will set these voltages
automatically or you can set it manually. This item appears when "CPU Core/Ring
Voltage Mode" sets to [Auto]/ [Adaptive Mode]/ [Override Mode].
▶▶CPU Core/ Ring Voltage Offset Mode [Auto]*
Selects the offset mode for CPU Core/ Ring voltage. This item appears when "CPU
Core/Ring Voltage Mode" sets to [Offset Mode]/ [Adaptive + Offset]/ [Override +
Offset].
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[+]
Allows you to offset the voltage by positive value mode.
[-]
Allows you to offset the voltage by negative value mode.
▶▶CPU Core/ Ring Voltage Offset [Auto]
Sets the offset value for CPU Core/ Ring voltage. If set to "Auto", BIOS will set these
voltages automatically or you can set it manually. This item appears when "CPU Core/
Ring Voltage Mode" sets to [Offset Mode]/ [Adaptive + Offset]/ [Override + Offset].
▶▶CPU SA Offset Mode [Auto]*
Selects the offset mode for CPU SA voltage. This item appears when "CPU SA
Voltage Mode" sets to [Offset Mode].
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[+]
Allows you to offset the voltage by positive value mode.
[-]
Allows you to offset the voltage by negative value mode.
▶▶CPU SA Voltage Offset [Auto]*
Sets the offset value for CPU SA voltage. If set to "Auto", BIOS will set these voltages
automatically or you can set it manually. This item appears when "CPU SA Voltage
Mode" sets to [Offset Mode].
▶▶CPU SA Voltage [Auto]
Sets the CPU SA voltage. If set to "Auto", BIOS will set these voltages automatically
or you can set it manually. This item appears when "CPU SA Voltage Mode" sets to
[Manual Mode].
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▶▶CPU SA Voltage Mode [Manual Mode]*
Selects the control mode for CPU SA voltage.
[Manual]
Allows you to set the voltage manually.
[Offset]
Allows you to set the offset voltage and select the voltage offset mode.
▶▶XXX Voltage [Auto]* (optional)
Sets the voltages related to memory/ PCH. If set to "Auto", BIOS will set the voltage
automatically or you can set it manually.
< Other Setting >
▶▶CPU Memory Changed Detect [Enabled]*
Enables or disables the system to issue a warning message during boot when the
CPU or memory has been replaced.
[Enabled]
The system will issue a warning message during boot and than needs
to load the default settings for new devices.
[Disabled]
Disables this function and keeps the current BIOS settings.
▶▶CPU Specifications
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. This sub-menu displays the information of
installed CPU. You can also access this information menu at any time by pressing
[F4]. Read only.
▶▶CPU Technology Support
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. The sub-menu shows what the key features
does the installed CPU support. Read only.
▶▶MEMORY-Z
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. This sub-menu displays all the settings and
timings of installed memory. You can also access this information menu at any time by
pressing [F5].
▶▶DIMMX Memory SPD
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. The sub-menu displays the information of
installed memory. Read only.
▶▶CPU Features
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu.
Chapter 3
▶▶Hyper-Threading [Enabled]
The processor uses Hyper-Threading technology to increase transaction rates
and reduces end-user response times. Intel Hyper-Threading technology treats
the multi cores inside the processor as multi logical processors that can execute
instructions simultaneously. In this way, the system performance is highly
improved. This item appears when the installed CPU supports this setting.
[Enable]
Enables Intel Hyper-Threading technology.
[Disabled] Disables this item if the system does not support HT function.
▶▶Active Processor Cores Control [Disabled]
Enables or disables the following items (Core0~X).
▶▶Core0~X [Enabled]
Enables or disables the CPU core. These items only appear when “Active
Processor Cores Control” is enabled.
▶▶Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
Enables or disables the extended CPUID value.
[Enabled]
BIOS will limit the maximum CPUID input value to circumvent
boot problems with older operating system that do not support the
processor with extended CPUID value.
[Disabled]
Use the actual maximum CPUID input value.
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▶▶Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
Intel’s Execute Disable Bit functionality can prevent certain classes of malicious
“buffer overflow” attacks where worms attempt to execute code to damage the
system. It is recommended that keeps this item enabled always.
[Enabled]
Enables NO-Execution protection to prevent the malicious attacks
and worms.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Intel Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel Virtualization technology.
[Enabled]
Enables Intel Virtualization technology and allows a platform to run
multiple operating systems in independent partitions. The system
can function as multiple systems virtually.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Intel VT-D Tech [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel VT-D (Intel Virtualization for Direct I/O) technology.
[Enabled]
Enables Intel VT-D technology and allows a platform to run multiple
operating systems in independent partitions. The system can
function as multiple systems virtually.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher (MLC Streamer prefetcher).
[Enabled]
Allows the hardware prefetcher to automatically pre-fetch data
and instructions into L2 cache from memory for tuning the CPU
performance.
[Disabled]
Disables the hardware prefetcher.
▶▶CPU AES Instructions [Enabled]
Enables or disables the CPU AES (Advanced Encryption Standard-New
Instructions) support. This item appears when a CPU supports this function.
[Enabled]
Enables Intel AES support.
[Disabled]
Disables Intel AES support.
▶▶Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Intel adaptive thermal monitor function to protect the CPU
from overheating.
[Enabled]
Throttles down the CPU core clock speed when the CPU is over the
adaptive temperature.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
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▶▶Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
Enables or disables the CPU hardware prefetcher (MLC Spatial prefetcher).
[Enabled]
Enables adjacent cache line prefetching for reducing the cache
latency time and tuning the performance to the specific application.
[Disabled]
Enables the requested cache line only.
▶▶Intel C-State [Enabled]
C-state is a processor power management technology defined by ACPI.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled]
Detects the idle state of system and reduce CPU power consumption
accordingly.
[Disabled] Disable this function.
▶▶C1E Support [Disabled]
Enables or disables the C1E function for power-saving in halt state. This item
appears when "Intel C-State" is enabled.
[Enabled]
Enables C1E function to reduce the CPU frequency and voltage for
power-saving in halt state.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶Package C State limit [Auto]
This item allows you to select a CPU C-state mode for power-saving when system
is idle. This item appears when "Intel C-State" is enabled.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[C0~C6] The power-saving level from high to low is C6, C2, then C0.
▶▶EIST [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep Technology. This item will
appear when "Simple/ Advanced Mode" is set to [Simple].
[Enabled] Enables the EIST to adjust CPU voltage and core frequency
dynamically. It can decrease average power consumption and
average heat production.
[Disabled] Disables EIST.
▶▶Intel Turbo Boost [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Intel® Turbo Boost. This item is for Simple mode and
appears when the installed CPU supports this function.
[Enabled] Enables this function to boost CPU performance automatically above
rated specifications when system request the highest performance
state.
[Disabled] Disables this function.
Chapter 3
▶▶Long Duration Power Limit (W) [Auto]
Sets the long duration TDP power limit for CPU in Turbo Boost mode.
▶▶Long Duration Maintained (s) [Default]
Sets the maintaining time for "Long duration power Limit(W)".
▶▶Short Duration Power Limit (W) [Auto]
Sets the short duration TDP power limit for CPU in Turbo Boost mode.
▶▶CPU Current Limit (A) [Auto]
Sets maximum current limit of CPU package in Turbo Boost mode. When the
current is over the specified limit value, the CPU will automatically reduce the core
frequency for reducing the current.
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▶▶Internal VR OVP OCP Protection [Auto]
Enables or disables the over-voltage protection and over-current protection for
CPU internal VR (Voltage Regulator).
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled]
Enables the limitation of internal VR for over-voltage protection and
over-current protection.
[Disabled]
Disables this function for overclocking.
▶▶Internal VR Efficiency Management [Auto]
Enables or disables the CPU internal VR efficiency management.
[Auto]
This setting will be configured automatically by BIOS.
[Enabled]
Enables the VR effciency management for power-saving control.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
▶▶DMI Gen 2 [Enabled]
Enables or disables DMI (Direct Media Interface) generation 2.
Chapter 3
▶▶DMI De-emphasis Control [-6dB]
Sets the de-emphasis value to improve DMI margins. However, the default usually
works best.
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M-FLASH
Important
M-Flash funcion allows you to update BIOS from USB flash disk (FAT32/ NTFS format
only), or allows the system to boot from the BIOS file inside USB flash disk (FAT/
FAT32 format only).
▶▶BIOS Boot Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the system to boot form USB flash disk with BIOS file.
[Enabled]
Enables the system to boot from the BIOS within USB flash disk.
[Disabled]
Enables the system to boot from the BIOS within ROM on motherboard.
*This may cause system unstable, MSI recommend it only for power users.
▶▶Select one file to boot
Selects a BIOS file in the USB flash disk (FAT/ FAT32 format) to boot the system. This
item will selectable when the “BIOS Boot function” is enabled.
▶▶Save BIOS to storage
Saves the current BIOS file to the USB flash disk. The USB flash disk drive should be
in FAT32 format.
Chapter 3
▶▶Select one file to update BIOS and ME
Selects a BIOS file, includes the ME management settings, in the USB flash disk
(NTFS/ FAT 32 format) to update the BIOS and ME. The system will reboot after
updating.
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▶▶Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6
Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6 management. Press <Enter> to enter the submenu.
▶▶Set Name for Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6
Names the current overclocking profile.
▶▶Save Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6
Saves the current overclocking profile.
▶▶Load Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6
Loads the current overclocking profile.
▶▶Clear Overclocking Profile 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6
Clears the current overclocking profile.
▶▶OC Profile Save to USB
Saves OC profile to the USB flash disk drive. The USB flash disk should be FAT32
format only.
▶▶OC Profile Load from USB
Loads OC profile from the USB flash disk drive. The USB flash disk should be FAT32
format only.
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▶▶OC Profile Load from ROM
Loads OC profile from ROM.
HARDWARE MONITOR
Current Temperature & Speed
information
Fan
control field
Setting
Buttons
Voltage
display
▶▶Current Temperature & Speed information
Shows the current CPU temperature, system temperature and fans' speeds.
Chapter 3
▶▶Fan control field
This motherboard provides a fan speed control feature call “Smart Fan Mode”.
Please check the “Smart Fan Mode” to enable the Smart Fan Mode. Smart Fan Mode
automatically controls fan speed depending on the current CPU temperature and to
keep it with a specific operating speed. When the current CPU temperature is over/
under the setting temperature, the CPU/ system fan will run at the corresponding
speed. In this field, you can set the CPU/ system fan speed and the target
temperatures by moving the square.
Important
The changed settings will become effective after you save the changes and reboot the
system.
▶▶Function Buttons
[All Full Speed]
Sets all CPU/ system fans to run at full speed.
[All Set Default]
Sets all CPU/ system fans to run at default speed.
[All Set Cancel]
Discards current all changes and restore to the previous values.
▶▶Voltage display
Shows the current voltages of CPU, system and memory.
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Appendix A
Realtek Audio
The Realtek audio provides 10-channel DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1
sound playback and 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple
streaming) through the Front-Out-Left and Front-Out-Right channels.
Software Configuration
Appendix A
After installing the audio driver (see Chapter 1 - Driver and Utilities), the “Realtek HD
Audio Manager” icon will appear at the notification area (lower right of the screen).
You may double click the icon and the GUI will pop up accordingly.
double click the icon
It is also available to enable the audio driver by clicking the Realtek HD Audio
Manager from the Control Panel.
Software panel overview
The following figure describes the function of the Realtek HD Audio Manager panel.
Application Enhancement
Device Selection
Volume Adjustment
Realtek Audio
Jack status panel
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▶▶Volume Adjustment
You can control the volume or balance the right/left side of the speakers that you
plugged in front or rear panel by adjust the bar.
▶▶Application Enhancement
The array of options will provide you a complete guidance of anticipated sound effect
for both output and input device.
▶▶Jack status panel
This panel depicts all render and capture devices currently connected with your
computer.
Auto popup dialog
When you plug into the device at the jack, a dialogue window will pop up asking you
which device is current connected.
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Realtek Audio
Appendix A
▶▶Device Selection
Here you can select a audio output source to change the related options. The “check”
sign indicates the devices as default.
Appendix B
Intel RAID
This appendix will assist users in configuring and enabling RAID functionality
and accelerating system on platforms
Introduction
The motherboard comes with the Intel RAID controller that allows you to configure
SATA hard drives as RAID sets.
SATA hard drives deliver blistering transfer speeds up to 6 Gb/s. Serial ATA uses
long, thin cables, making it easier to connect your drive and improving the airflow
inside your PC. The most outstanding features are:
1. Supports 3 Gb/s or 6 Gb/s transfers with CRC error checking.
2. Supports Hot-plug-n-play feature.
3. Data handling optimizations including tagged command queuing, elevator seek
and packet chain command.
Appendix B
Intel® RAID controller offers RAID level 0 (Striping), RAID level 1 (Mirroring and
Duplexing), RAID level 5 (Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID level 10 (A Stripe
of Mirrors) , Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.
RAID 0 breaks the data into blocks which are written to separate hard drives.
Spreading the hard drive I/O load across independent channels greatly improves I/O
performance.
RAID 1 provides data redundancy by mirroring data between the hard drives and
provides enhanced read performance.
RAID 5 Provides data striping at the byte level and also stripe error correction
information. This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is
one of the most popular implementations of RAID.
RAID 10 Not one of the original RAID levels, multiple RAID 1 mirrors are created, and
a RAID 0 stripe is created over these.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology is the advanced ability for two RAID volumes to share
the combined space of two hard drives being used in unison.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology utilizes RAID 1 functionality to copy data from a
designated Master drive to a designated Recovery drive. The size of the Master drive
must be less than or equal to the size of the Recovery drive. When a Recovery volume
is created, complete capacity of the Master drive will be used as the Master volume.
Only one Recovery Volume can exist on a system. There are 2 methods of updating
the data on the Master to the Recovery drive. They are Continuous Update Policy and
On Request Update Policy.
Important
The least number of hard drives for RAID 0, RAID 1, Recovery or Matrix mode is 2.
The least number of hard drives for RAID 10 mode is 4. And the least number of hard
drives for RAID 5 mode is 3.
All the information/ volumes/ pictures listed in your system might differ from the
illustrations in this appendix.
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Using Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM
Creating, Deleting and Resetting RAID Volumes:
The Serial ATA RAID volume may be configured using the RAID Configuration utility
stored within the Intel RAID Option ROM. During the Power-On Self Test (POST), the
following message will appear for a few seconds.
Important
The “Device Model”, “Serial #” and “Size” in the following example might be different
from your system.
RAID Volumes
None defined.
Physical Disks:
Port Device Model
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
2
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Serial #
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Size
XXX.XGB
XXX.XGB
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Press <CTRL-I> to enter Configuration Utility..
After the above message shows, press <Ctrl> and <I> keys simultaneously to enter
the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM.
Important
The following procedure is only available with a newly-built system or if you are
reinstalling your OS. It should not be used to migrate an existing system to RAID.
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Intel RAID
Appendix B
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM should be integrated with the
system BIOS on all motherboards with a supported Intel chipset. The Intel Rapid
Storage Technology Option ROM is the Intel RAID implementation and provides BIOS
and DOS disk services. Please use <Ctrl> + <I> keys to enter the “Intel® RAID for
Serial ATA” status screen, which should appear early in system boot-up, during the
POST (Power-On Self Test). Also, you need to enable the RAID function in BIOS to
create, delete and reset RAID volumes.
After pressing the <Ctrl> and <I> keys simultaneously, the following window will
appear:
[ [ MAIN
MAIN MENU ] ]
1.
2.
3.
4.
Recovery Volume Options
Create RAID Volume
5.
Acceleration Options
Delete RAID Volume
6.
Exit
Reset Disks to Non-RAID
[ DISK / VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes :
None defined.
Appendix B
Physical Devices :
Port Device Model
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
2
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
[ ↑↓] - Select
Serial #
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
[ESC] - Exit
Size Type/Status (Vol ID)
XXX.XGB Non-RAID Disk
XXX.XGB Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER] - Select Menu
■■ Create RAID Volume
1. Select option 1 “Create RAID Volume” and press <Enter> key. The following
screen appears. Then in the Name field, specify a RAID Volume name and then
press the <TAB> or <Enter> key to go to the next field.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the RAID level best suited to your usage model in
RAID Level.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name :
RAID Level :
Disks :
Strip Size :
Capacity :
Sync :
Volume0
RAID1(Mirror)
Select Disks
N/A
XXX.X GB
N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
RAID 1 : Mirrors data (redundancy) .
[ ↑↓] - Change
Intel RAID
[TAB] - Next
[ESC] - Previous Menu
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[ENTER] - Select
3. In the Disk field, press <Enter> key and use <Space> key to select the disks you
want to create for the RAID volume, then click <Enter> key to finish selection. This
field will become available according to the selected RAID level.
4. Then select the strip size for the RAID array by using the “upper arrow” or “down
arrow” keys to scroll through the available values, and pressing the <Enter> key
to select and advance to the next field. The available values range from 4KB to
128 KB in power of 2 increments. The strip size should be chosen based on the
planned drive usage. Here are some typical values:
RAID0 -128KB / RAID10 - 64KB / RAID5 - 64KB. This field will become available
according to the selected RAID level.
Appendix B
5. Then select the capacity of the volume in the Capacity field. The default value is
the maximum volume capacity of the selected disks.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name :
RAID Level :
Disks :
Strip Size :
Capacity :
Sync :
Volume0
RAID1(Mirror)
Select Disks
N/A
XXX.X GB
N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
The default value indicates the maximum capacity using the selected
disks. Entering a lower capacity allows you to create a second
volume on these disks.
[ ↑↓] - Change
[TAB] - Next
[ESC] - Previous Menu
[ENTER] - Select
Important
Since you want to create two volumes, this default size (maximum) needs to be
reduced. Type in a new size for the first volume. As an example: if you want the
first volume to span the first half of the two disks, re-type the size to be half of what
is shown by default. The second volume, when created, will automatically span the
remainder of two hard drives.
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Intel RAID
6. Go to the Create Volume field and press <Enter>, the following screen appears for
you to confirm if you are sure to create the RAID volume. Press <Y> to continue.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Volume0
RAID1(Mirror)
Select Disks
N/A
XXX.X GB
N/A
Create Volume
WARNING : ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
HELP
[
Are you sure you want to create] this volume? (Y / N) :
Name :
RAID Level :
Disks :
Strip Size :
Capacity :
Sync :
Appendix B
Press ENTER to create the specified volume.
[ ↑↓] - Change
[TAB] - Next
[ESC] - Previous Menu
[ENTER] - Select
7. Then the following screen appears to indicate that the creation is finished.
[ [ MAIN
MAIN MENU ] ]
1.
2.
3.
4.
Recovery Volume Options
Create RAID Volume
5.
Acceleration Options
Delete RAID Volume
6.
Exit
Reset Disks to Non-RAID
[ DISK / VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes :
ID
Name
0
Volume0
Physical Devices :
Port Device Model
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
2
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
[ ↑↓] - Select
Intel RAID
Level
RAID1(Mirror)
Strip
N/A
Serial #
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
[ESC] - Exit
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Size Status
XXX.XGB Normal
Bootable
Yes
Size Type/Status (Vol ID)
XXX.XGB Member Disk(0)
XXX.XGB Member Disk(0)
[ENTER] - Select Menu
■■ Delete RAID Volume
Here you can delete the RAID volume, but please be noted that all data on RAID
drives will be lost.
Important
Select option 2 Delete RAID Volume from the main menu screen and press
<Enter> key to select a RAID volume for deletion. Then press <Delete> key to
delete the selected RAID volume. The following screen appears.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name
Volume0
Level
RAID1(Mirror)
Drives
2
Capacity
XXX.XGB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
HELP “Volume0”?
]
Are you sure you want to[ delete
(Y / N) :
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
Press <Y> key to accept the volume deletion.
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Intel RAID
Appendix B
If your system currently boots to RAID and you delete the RAID volume in the Intel
RAID Option ROM, your system will become un-bootable.
■■ Reset Disks to Non-RAID
Select option 3 Reset Disks to Non-RAID and press <Enter> to delete the RAID
volume and remove any RAID structures from the drives. The following screen appears:
[ MAIN MENU
]
4.
Recovery Volume Options
Create RAID Volume
4. ] Recovery Volume Options
Delete RAID Volume [ RESET RAID DATA
5. remove
Exit its RAID structures
Resetting RAID disk will
VOLUME INFORMATION
and revert [ it DISK
to a / non-RAID
disk.
]
1.
2.
RAID VolumesWARNING
:
: Resetting a disk causes all data on the disk to be lost.
None defined.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Appendix B
PortDevices
Drive : Model
Serial #
Physical
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
Port Device
Model
Serial
# XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
2
XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
2
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Size Status
XXX.XGB
Member Disk
Size Type/Status
(Vol ID)
XXX.XGB
MemberDisk
Disk
XXX.XGB
Non-RAID
XXX.XGB Non-RAID Disk
Select the disks that should be reset.
[ ↑↓] - Previous/ Next
[ ↑↓] - Select
[SPACE] - Selects
[ESC] - Exit
[ENTER] - Selection Complete
[ENTER] - Select Menu
Use the <Space> key to select the disks and press <Enter> key. A confirmation
sentence will appear below, and then press <Y> key to accept the selection.
Important
• You will lose all data on the RAID drives and any internal RAID structures when you
perform this operation.
• Possible reasons to “Reset Disks to Non-RAID” could include issues such as
incompatible RAID configurations or a failed volume or failed disk.
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■■ Recovery Volume Options
Select option 4 Recovery Volume Options and press <Enter> to change recovery
volume mode. The following screen appears:
[ RECOVERY VOLUME OPTIONS ]
1.
2.
Enable Only Recovery Disk
Enable Only Master Disk
[ HELP ]
[ ↑↓] - select
[ESC] - Previous Menu
Appendix B
Enable Only Recovery Disk - enables recovery disk if available and
disables master disk.
Enable Only Master Disk - enables master disk if available and
disables recovery disk.
Actions will result in change from Continuous Update mode to On-Request.
[ENTER] - Select
Recovery mode will change from Continuous Update to On-Request after you
enable “Only Recovery Disk” or “Only Master Disk”.
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Degraded RAID Array
A RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 10 volume is reported as degraded when one of its hard
drive members fails or is temporarily disconnected, and data mirroring is lost. As a
result, the system can only utilize the remaining functional hard drive member. To
re-establish data mirroring and restore data redundancy, refer to the procedure below
that corresponds to the current situation.
Missing Hard Drive Member
1. Make sure the system is powered off.
2. Reconnect the hard drive.
3. Reboot the system to Windows; the rebuild will occur automatically.
Appendix B
Failed Hard Drive Member
1. Make sure the system is powered off.
2. Replace the failed hard drive with a new one that is of equal or greater capacity.
3. Reboot the system to Intel RAID Option ROM by press <Ctrl> and <I> keys
simultaneously during the Power-On Self Test (POST).
RAID Volumes
ID
Name
0
Volume0
Level
RAID 1(Mirror)
Physical Disks:
Port Device Model
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
2
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Strip
N/A
Size
XXX.XGB
Serial #
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Status
Degraded
Size
XXX.XGB
XXX.XGB
Bootable
Yes
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Member Disk (0)
Member Disk (0)
Press <CTRL-I> to enter Configuration Utility..
4. Select the port of the destination disk for rebuilding, and then press ENTER.
[ MAIN MENU
1.
2.
]
4.
Recovery Volume Options
Create RAID Volume
[ DEGRADED VOLUME DETECTED ]
4.
Recovery Volume Options
Delete RAID Volume
“Degraded” volume and disk available
for rebuilding detected. Selecting
5.
Exit
a disk initiates a rebuild.
Rebuild
completes
in
the
operating
system.
[ DISK / VOLUME INFORMATION
]
RAID Volumes :
Select the port of the destination disk for rebuilding (ESC to exit):
None defined.
Port Drive Model
Serial #
Size
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XGB
Physical Devices :
Port Device Model
Serial #
Size Type/Status (Vol ID)
1
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XGB Non-RAID Disk
[ ↑↓] - Previous/ Next [ENTER] - Select [ESC] - Exit
2
XXXX-XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XGB Non-RAID Disk
[ ↑↓] - Select
Intel RAID
[ESC] - Exit
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[ENTER] - Select Menu
5. Exit Intel RAID Option ROM, and then reboot to Windows system.
6. When prompted to rebuild the RAID volume, click ‘Yes’.
Appendix B
7. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology application will be launched. Right-click
the new hard drive and select ‘Rebuild to this Disk’. The ‘Rebuild Wizard’ will be
launched which will guide you through the process of rebuilding to the new hard
drive.
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System Acceleration (optional)
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology use a SSD as a cache. Which can store frequently
used data without having to use a slow virtual disk or depend on RAM. The SSD
cache with the advantages of high-speed read/write and non-volatile memory to
accelerate the system performance.
Important
Check your SSD manufacturer's website, upgrade firmware in order to support Intel®
Rapid Storage Technology.
Appendix B
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology can only work with RAID mode. Even though there is
only one hard drive, you must set the SATA Mode to RAID in BIOS. The OS must be
installed in the RAID ready disk in order to use the SSD caching.
Follow these steps to enable system acceleration. If Windows has been installed in
RAID mode, skip to the step 5.
1. Reboot and enter the BIOS steup.
2. Set the SATA Mode to RAID in BIOS.
3. Install Windows operating system.
4. Insert the MSI Driver DVD into the DVD-ROM drive.
5. Install Intel RAID driver
6. Powered off.
7. Connect the SSD.
8. Reboot the system to Windows.
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9. Run Intel Rapid Storage Technology application.
10. Click "Enable acceleration" under Performance tab.
Click here
Appendix B
11. Select the acceleration mode options.
12. Click OK and reboot the system.
The page refreshes and reports the new acceleration configuration in the Acceleration
View.
Important
You can click “More help on this page” or "More help" of the Intel® Rapid Storage
Technology application to view more information.
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RST Synchronization (optional)
If you are using Maximized mode as the Acceleration mode, the data on the hard disk
is not always synchronized with the data in the SSD cache. In some situations, you
may want to manually sync the disks for avoiding data loss.
Follow these steps to sync manually.
1. Reboot system, during the Power-On Self Test (POST) press, press <Ctrl> and
<I> keys simultaneously to enter the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM.
2. Select option 5 “Acceleration Options” and press <Enter> key. The following
screen appears.
Appendix B
[ ACCELERATION OPTIONS ]
Name
DISK PORT 0
Type
Non-RAID Disk
Capacity Mode
153.4GB Maximized
Status
No Sync
[ HELP ]
Press 's' to synchronize data from the cache device to
the Accelerated Disk/Volume.
Press 'r' to remove the Disk/Volume Acceleration.
WARNING: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU [ERFORM A SYNCHRONIZATION
BEFORE REMOVING ACCELERATION.
[ ↑↓] - Select
[ESC] - Previous Menu
3. Press <S> to synchronize data.
[ SYNCHRONIZATION VERIFICATION ]
5. MAY
Exit TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES.
SYNCHRONIZING THE DATA
/ VOLUME INFORMATION
[ DISK
]
DO
NOT INTERRUPT
THE PROCESS!
Are you sure you want to synchronize data to
"DISK PORT 0"? (Y/N):
4. When prompted, press <Y> to confirm.
[ ACCELERATION OPTIONS ]
Name
DISK PORT 0
Type
Non-RAID Disk
Capacity Mode
153.4GB Maximized
Status
In Sync
5. Once synchronization is complete, the status will change to In Sync.
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