Motherboard
MAXIMUS VII
IMPACT
E9439
First Edition
July 2014
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Contents
Safety information...................................................................................................... vii
About this guide........................................................................................................ viii
MAXIMUS VII IMPACT specifications summary........................................................ x
Package contents...................................................................................................... xiv
Installation tools and components........................................................................... xv
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
Product Introduction
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-1
1.1.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-1
1.1.2
ROG Gaming Features................................................................ 1-2
1.1.3
ROG Exclusive Features............................................................. 1-3
1.1.4
ASUS Special Features............................................................... 1-4
1.1.5
ROG rich bundled software.......................................................... 1-5
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 1-6
1.2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-6
1.2.2
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 1-7
1.2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 1-9
1.2.4
System memory......................................................................... 1-10
1.2.5
Expansion slot............................................................................ 1-23
1.2.6
Onboard buttons........................................................................ 1-25
1.2.7
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 1-27
1.2.8
Internal connectors.................................................................... 1-35
1.2.9ProbeIt....................................................................................... 1-44
1.2.10
Chapter 2:
2.1
SupremeFX Impact II audio card............................................... 1-45
Basic Installation
Building your PC system............................................................................ 2-1
2.1.1
Motherboard installation............................................................... 2-1
2.1.2
CPU installation........................................................................... 2-4
2.1.3
SupremeFX Impact II audio card installation............................... 2-5
2.1.4
DIMM installation......................................................................... 2-6
2.1.5
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation................................ 2-7
2.1.6
ATX Power connection.............................................................. 2-10
2.1.7
SATA device connection............................................................ 2-11
2.1.8
Front I/O Connector................................................................... 2-12
2.1.9
Expansion Card installation....................................................... 2-13
2.1.10
Impact CoolHub Card installation.............................................. 2-13
2.1.11
mPCIe Combo IV card installation............................................. 2-14
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2.2
2.3
BIOS update utility.................................................................................... 2-18
Motherboard rear and audio connections.............................................. 2-19
2.3.1
Rear I/O connection................................................................... 2-19
2.3.2
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-21
2.4
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-24
2.5 Turning off the computer......................................................................... 2-24
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-3
3.2.2
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-4
3.2.3
QFan Control............................................................................... 3-7
3.2.4
EZ Tuning Wizard........................................................................ 3-9
3.3
My Favorites.............................................................................................. 3-11
3.4
Extreme Tweaker menu............................................................................ 3-13
3.5
Main menu................................................................................................. 3-34
3.6
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-36
3.6.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-37
3.6.2
PCH Configuration..................................................................... 3-40
3.6.3
PCH Storage Configuration....................................................... 3-42
3.6.4
System Agent Configuration...................................................... 3-44
3.6.5
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-46
3.6.6
Platform Misc Configuration....................................................... 3-47
3.6.7
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-49
3.6.8APM........................................................................................... 3-51
Network Stack Configuration..................................................... 3-52
3.6.10
ROG Effects............................................................................... 3-52
3.6.11
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology............................................ 3-53
3.7
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-54
3.8
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-57
3.9
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3.6.9
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-63
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-63
3.9.2
Secure Erase............................................................................. 3-63
3.9.3
Graphics Card Information......................................................... 3-64
3.9.4
ASUS Overclocking Profile........................................................ 3-65
3.9.5
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-66
3.9.6
ROG OC Panel H-Key Configure............................................... 3-66
3.10
3.11
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-68
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-69
3.11.1
EZ Update.................................................................................. 3-69
3.11.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-70
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3........................................................... 3-71
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-2
4.3
Software information.................................................................................. 4-3
4.4
AI Suite 3...................................................................................................... 4-3
4.5 4.6
4.7 4.4.1
Dual Intelligent Processors 5....................................................... 4-7
4.4.2
USB 3.0 Boost........................................................................... 4-19
4.4.3
USB BIOS Flashback................................................................. 4-20
4.4.4
USB Charger+............................................................................ 4-22
4.4.5
Wi-Fi Engine.............................................................................. 4-23
4.4.6
EZ Update.................................................................................. 4-25
4.4.7
Push Notice................................................................................ 4-27
4.4.8
System Information.................................................................... 4-30
Wi-Fi GO!.................................................................................................... 4-32
4.5.1
Signing in to your ASUS Account.............................................. 4-33
4.5.2
Using Wi-Fi GO!......................................................................... 4-35
ASUS Media Streamer.............................................................................. 4-44
4.6.1
System requirements................................................................. 4-44
4.6.2
Using ASUS Media Streamer.................................................... 4-45
ROG Audio features.................................................................................. 4-46
4.7.1
Sonic Studio............................................................................... 4-46
4.7.2
Sonic SenseAmp....................................................................... 4-48
4.7.3
Sonic SoundStage..................................................................... 4-50
4.8
Sonic Radar II............................................................................................ 4-52
4.9
GameFirst III.............................................................................................. 4-54
4.10Keybot........................................................................................................ 4-57
4.11MemTweakIt............................................................................................... 4-59
4.12RAMDisk.................................................................................................... 4-61
4.13
ROG CPU-Z................................................................................................ 4-64
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Chapter 5:
5.1
RAID support
RAID configurations................................................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
RAID definitions........................................................................... 5-1
5.1.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks................................................... 5-2
5.1.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS..................................................... 5-2
5.1.4Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility................... 5-3
5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk....................................................................... 5-7
5.2.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS................... 5-7
5.2.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®..................................... 5-8
5.2.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation......... 5-8
Appendices
Notices..................................................................................................................... A-1
ASUS contact information....................................................................................... A-5
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet
before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables
for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all
power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not
sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power
company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
•
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the power
cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors,
slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area
where it may become wet.
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
1.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the
motherboard.
2.
Chapter 2: Basic Installation
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components.
3.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
4.
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
5.
Chapter 5: RAID support
This chapter describes the RAID configurations.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1.
ASUS website
The ASUS website (www.asus.com) provides updated information on ASUS hardware
and software products.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
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MAXIMUS VII IMPACT specifications summary
LGA1150 socket for 4th, New 4th, and 5th Generation Intel®
Core™ i7/Intel® Core™ i5/Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and Celeron®
processors
Supports 22nm CPU
CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU
types.
**Refer to www.asus.com for Intel® CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
Dual channel memory architecture
Memory
2 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 3300 (O.C.)* / 3200 (O.C.)* / 3100
(O.C.)* / 3000 (O.C.)* / 2933 (O.C.)* / 2800 (O.C.)* / 2666 (O.C.)*
/ 2600 (O.C.)* / 2500 (O.C.)* / 2400 (O.C.)* / 2200 (O.C.)* / 2133
(O.C.)* / 2000 (O.C*) / 1866 (O.C.)* / 1800 (O.C.)* / 1600 / 1333
MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of
individual CPUs. Please refer to Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List)
for details.
1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot
Expansion slots
1 x mini-PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot* on mPCIe Combo IV expansion
card
* The mini PCIe slot is pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module.
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics Processor
DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz and
3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
VGA
HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz / 2560 x 1600
@ 60Hz
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear
Video HD Technology, and Intel® Insider™
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
-Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 13 supports RAID 0, 1, 5,
and 10
-Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start
Technology, and Intel® Smart Connect Technology*
Storage
1 x M.2 (NGFF) Socket 3 with M Key**
- Supports PCI Express 3.0 x4 standard
- Supports M.2 (NGFF) Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SSD card
(up to 110mm in length)
* The supported functions depend on the CPU installed.
**The M.2 slot shares bandwidth with PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. Bandwidth on the
PCIe 2.0 x16 becomes x8 when an M.2 device is inserted.
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MAXIMUS VII IMPACT specifications summary
LAN
1 x Intel® I218-V Gigabit LAN - Dual interconnect between the
integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
ROG GameFirst III
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac supports dual frequency band 2.4/5 Ghz
Wireless
Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS
* The module is pre-installed on the mPCIe Combo IV expansion card.
ROG SupremeFX Impact II 8-Channel High Definition
Audio CODEC*
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
-ELNA® Premium Audio Capacitors
- Content Protection for Full Rate lossless DVD Audio, Blu-ray
DVD, and HD-DVD audio content playback
- Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking*
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
Audio
Audio Feature:
- Sonic SoundStage
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Sonic Studio
- Sonic Radar II
- DTS Connect
* Jack-retasking supports 8-channel audio output using a chassis with
HD audio module in the front panel.
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports at back panel [blue], 2 ports at mid-board
[red]*)
USB
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board**)
* Support ASUS USB 3.0 Boost. UASP standard on the Intel® native USB
3.0 is only supported under Windows® 8/ Windows® 8.1.
** 2 x USB 2.0 ports at mid-board (USB1213) share with ROG extension
(ROG_EXT) port.
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Q-Code LED
Back I/O Ports
1 x Sonic SoundStage button
1 x KeyBot button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x ROG Connect button
4 x USB 2.0 ports (1 port can be switched to ROG Connect)
4 x USB 3.0 ports [blue]
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1 x PS/2 Keyboard/mouse combo port
Back I/O Ports
1 x Anti-surge LAN (RJ-45) port
3 x Audio jacks*
* Audio jacks are located on SupremeFX Impact II card.
Impact CoolHub
SupremeFX Impact II
Impact Power II
- Full digital 8+2 phase CPU/DRAM power
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 60A BlackWing Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
mPCIe Combo IV (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)
KeyBot
- CPU Level Up
-X.M.P.
-DirectKey
ROG Exclusive Features
ROG Connect*
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
UEFI BIOS features
- Extreme Tweaker
- Tweaker’s Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- GPU.DIMM Post
- O.C. Profile
- Graphics Card Information Preview
ROG RAMDisk
ProbeIt
* The dedicated ROG Connect cable is sold separately.
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- Perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan
Xpert 2, and Turbo App
Special Features
ASUS Exclusive Features
- AI Suite 3
- USB 3.0 Boost
- USB Charger+
- AI Charger
- Push Notice
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS EZ DIY
- USB BIOS Flashback
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
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MAXIMUS VII IMPACT specifications summary
Special Features
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-DIMM
1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
1 x USB 2.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports sharing
with ROG_EXT header)
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
1 x ROG Extension (ROG_EXT) header
1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
3 x 4-pin Chassis fan connectors (2 x 4-pin Chassis fan on Impact
CoolHub card)
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
Internal Connectors
10 x ProbeIt measurement points
1 x LN2 Mode jumper on Impact CoolHub card
1 x Power-on button
1 x Reset button
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)*
1 x TPM connector
1 x System panel connector
1 x SupremeFX Impact II connector
1 x mPCIe Combo IV connector
1 x Impact CoolHub connector
* AAFP connector is built-in on the SupremeFX Impact II card.
BIOS Features
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM
BIOS 2.8, ACPI5.0, Multi-language BIOS
Manageability
WfM2.0, DMI2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Drivers
ROG GameFirst III
ROG RAMDisk
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Mem TweakIt
Software
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS HomeCloud
ASUS Utilities
Operating system
Windows® 8.1 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7
Form Factor
Mini-ITX form factor, 6.7” x 6.7” (17 cm x 17 cm)
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ROG MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
Cables
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s cables
Accessories
I/O Shield
1 x 12-in-1 ROG cable label
1 x Q-Cable
1 x Optional 4-in-1 washers for CPU cooler backplate
1 x SupremeFX Impact II audio card
1 x mPCIe Combo IV card with dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac +
Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module
1 x 2T2R dual-band Wi-Fi moving antennas
1 x Impact CoolHub card
Application DVD
ROG motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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Installation tools and components
Intel® LGA1150 CPU
Intel® LGA1150 compatible CPU Fan
PC chassis
SATA hard disk drive
Philips (cross) screwdriver
DIMM
1 bag of screws
Power supply unit
SATA optical disc drive (optional)
Graphics card*
The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package.
* Graphics card is optional.
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Chapter 1:
Product Introduction
Product introduction
1.1
Special features
1.1.1
Product highlights
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The Republic of Gamers offers you the best of the best. We offer the best hardware
engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovative ideas, and we welcome the best
gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging
rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions.
If your character matches our trait, then join the elite Republic of Gamers and make your
presence felt.
LGA1150 socket for 4th, New 4th, and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel®
Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and Celeron® Processors
This motherboard supports 4th, New 4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7/ Intel® Core™
i5/ Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package. It provides
great graphics and system performance with its GPU, dual-channel DDR3 memory slots, and
PCI Express 2.0/3.0 expansion slots.
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset is a single-chipset that supports the LGA1150 socket for 4th,
New 4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7/ Intel® Core™ i5/ Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and
Celeron® processors. It utilizes the serial point-to-point links, which increases bandwidth and
enhances the system’s performance. It natively supports up to six USB 3.0 ports for up to ten
times faster transfer rate than USB 2.0 and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports.
PCI Express® 3.0
Chapter 1
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the PCI Express bus standard that provides twice the
performance and speed of PCIe 2.0. It provides an optimal graphics performance,
unprecedented data speed and seamless transition with its complete backward compatibility
to PCIe 1.0/2.0 devices.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
1-1
1.1.2
ROG Gaming Features
SupremeFX Impact II
The bundled SupremeFX Impact II sound card, a dedicated audio hardware for ROG
motherboards, provides pristine effects and full-range soundtracks for a more real-feel
game. Its cutting-edge isolation technology minimizes electromagnetic interfrence (EMI) and
exceptionally premium components that deliver best audio. SupremeFX Impact II provides
finer components and superb software innovation for the best gaming and multimedia
experience.
Sonic Radar II
Sonic Radar, an audio app designed for First Person Shooting (FPS) games, shows the
precise direction and intensity of where a sound is coming from. In-game sound including
gunshots, footprints, voice call-outs, or even a ticking bomb, is visualized as radar signals
on the Sonic Radar display, providing you the advantage to know potential threats and avoid
sneaky surprises.
Sonic Studio
Sonic Studio is an audio tuning software that simulates 7.1 channels even through a stereo
(2.0-channel) headset with its virtual surround-sound function. It comes with six superb audio
controls including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity, Smart EQ (Smart Volume),
and Virtual Surround.
Sonic SoundStage
Sonic SoundStage is an on-board solution that improves audio experience when you connect
your front-panel headset. It works with any operating system and on any game. You can
choose from any of the four presets or manually fine tune your own setting to fire up your
game.
Sonic SenseAmp
Sonic SenseAmp is an exclusive ROG invention that automatically detects your headset’s
impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly. Sonic SenseAmp makes tuning your
high-quality headphones as simple as plugging them in.
KeyBot
KeyBot is a built-in microprocessor that provides instant upgrade to your keyboard. You can
configure and assign macros to specific keys on your keyboard to perform specific or several
task at the same time. You can also configure your PC to wake up in CPU Level UP, XMP, or
directly to BIOS mode.
This feature supports USB keyboards only.
Chapter 1
GameFirst III
ASUS GameFirst III is a network management software that features four preset packet
prioritized profiles (Optimization, Game, Media Streaming and File Sharing) facilitating
user’s need. Users can also manually allocate bandwidth and adjust priority settings of each
application to run faster and smoother.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Intel® Ethernet
This LAN solution from Intel features high TCP and UDP throughput with lower CPU
utilization for a smooth networking experience. It has advanced features including advanced
interrupt-handling, low-power consumption, and Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
support thanks to its compatibility with the Intel CPU and chipset.
1.1.3
ROG Exclusive Features
M.2 Support
This motherboard features the M.2 slot, which shares bandwidth with PCIe 3.0 x4 slot to
speed up data transfer rate. This helps enhance the performance of your Solid State Drive
(SSD) that is dedicated only to the operating system. The M.2 slot provides support for faster
access to data and applications, and quicker wake up time for your system.
•
Supports PCIe interface only.
•
Supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 SSD card up to 110 mm in length.
ROG Connect
ROG Connect allows you to monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters
in real time via a notebook. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a
USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your
notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.
Impact Power II
The Impact Power II’s vertical architecture provides you the same vaunted overvolting
and overclocking flexibilities just like any othe ROG boards - without sacrificing stability,
overclocking, and precision on mini-ITX form factor. For precise CPU/memory digital power
control, Impact Power II utilizes the best components such as BlackWing chokes, special fin
design, and super-premium 10K black metallic solid state capacitors.
BlackWing chokes can handle as much as 60A of power, which is twice that of generic
chokes.The special fin design, with its highly conductive and efficient gold-treated coating,
results in 3-5C lower choke temperatures for added stability and ensures minimal-loss power
delivery. Super-premium 10K Black Metallic solid state capacitors are forged for overclocking
and the most extreme demands, lasting up to five times longer than generic capacitors with
20% wider temperature tolerance.
iROG
Chapter 1
The iROG is a special IC that fully maximizes ROG’s unique functions, providing you with full
control of your motherboard at any stage. It increases your overclocking, and offers you with
advanced system control and management features purely at a hardware level.
LANGuard
ROG revolutionizes the LAN port with its advanced signal-coupling technology and
premium surface-mounted components that improve throughput, while surge-protected and
electrostatic-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning
strikes and static electricity.
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CPU Level Up
With ROG’s CPU Level Up, overclocking has never been so easy, or cost-free. Simply select
the processor that you want to overclock to, and the motherboard will do the rest.
GPU.DIMM Post
GPU.DIMM Post enables you to catch potential problems even before you enter the OS,
saving you valuable time in detecting component failure under extreme conditions. With GPU.
DIMM Post, you can easily and quickly check the status of your graphics cards, memory
modules, and overclocking settings.
BIOS Print
ROG offers a whole UEFI BIOS feature to handle the demands of an overclocking
experience. The motherboard features ROG BIOS Print that allows you to easily share your
BIOS settings to others with a press of a button.
ProbeIt
Your motherboard consists of ten (10) ProbeIt measurement points that help you detect the
amount of voltage currently running in your system. Use a multi-tester device to measure the
voltage of your system and its components and peripherals.
Extreme Tweaker
Extreme Tweaker is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance.
With Extreme Tweaker, you can adjust the system settings such as frequency, over-voltage,
memory timing, and more.
Loadline Calibration
The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It
provides the ultimate overclocking capabilities anf benchmark scores for your motherboard.
1.1.4
ASUS Special Features
AI Suite 3
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite 3 consolidates all the exclusive ASUS
features into one simple-to-use software package. It allows you to supervise fan speed
control, voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use
functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
USB BIOS FlashBack
Chapter 1
USB BIOS Flashback offers a hassle-free updating solution for your ultimate convenience.
Install a USB storage device containing the BIOS file, press the BIOS Flashback button for
about three seconds, and the UEFI BIOS is automatically updated even without entering
the existing BIOS or operating system. It also allows you to regularly check for UEFI BIOS
updates, and download the latest BIOS automatically.
USB 3.0 Boost
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, which supports USB 3.0 standard UASP (USB Attached SCSI
Protocol), significantly increases a USB device’s transfer speed up to 170% faster than the
already impressive USB 3.0 transfer speed. It automatically accelerates data speeds for
compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
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1.1.5
ROG rich bundled software
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and
home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that
are among the industry’s highest.
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It
converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies.
DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video, and photo collections on a PC, notebook,
or netbook.
ROG CPU-Z
ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version utitity authorized by Intel’s CPU Indentification
(CPUID) that allows you to gather information of the main devices of your system. It
gives you the information and status of your CPU, motherboard, memory, and the whole
component. Use the ROG look of reporting your system’s current information with ROG
CPU-Z.
MemTweakIt
MemTweakIt is a DRAM efficiency tool that allows you to read DRAM timings and allows you
to post and share your DRAM configuration scores to the ROG website.
RAMDisk
RAMDisk reserves part of system memory and turns it into actual storage, allowing you to
place favorite app and game cache files in it to enjoy high-speed RAM performance while
accessing them. With the Dynamic Memory Allocation function, it also releases the unused
memory of RAMDisk back to the system when needed. It also extends SSD lifespan, keeps
your main storage optimized for really important tasks, and automatically backs up and
restore data.
SSD Secure Erase
Your ROG motherboard comes with SSD Secure Erase that deletes all data from an SSD
while recovering lost performance and restores factory speeds. The SSD Secure Erase
embedded to the UEFI BIOS for better compatibility and easy use.
DTS Connect
ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
Chapter 1
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS
Connect combines two enabling technologies, DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs,
MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound.
Consumers can connect their PC to a home theater system. DTS Interactive is capable of
performing multi-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending
encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to
deliver audio to an external decoder.
1-5
1.2
Motherboard overview
1.2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
•
Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due
to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so
may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.
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1.2.2
Motherboard layout
Chapter 1
Refer to sections 1.2.8 Internal connectors and 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection for more
information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
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Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Buttons/Slots
1. CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CHA_
FAN1)
2. LGA1150 CPU Socket
3. DDR3 DIMM slots
4. ATX Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
5. RESET button
6. START (Power-on) button
7. Front panel and speaker connectors (10-1 pin F_PANEL; 4 pin SPEAKER)
8. USB 3.0 connectors (20-1 pin USB3_12)
9.Intel® Z97 Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-4 [red])
10. ProbeIt measurement points
11. mPCIe Combo IV connector (50-1 MPCIE_COMBO_IV)
12. SupremeFX Impact II connector (20-1 pin SFX_IMPACT_II)
13. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1213)
14. ROG Extension connector (8 pin ROG_EXT)
15. TPM connector (10-1 pin TPM)
16. Impact_CoolHub connector (20-1 pin IMPACT_COOLHUB)
17. Q_Code LEDs
18. SoundStage button
19. KeyBot button
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1.2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the 4th, New
4th, and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and
Celeron® processors.
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
Ensure that you install the correct CPU designed for LGA1150 only. DO NOT install a
CPU designed for LGA1155 and LGA1156 sockets on the LGA1150 socket.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and
the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap
is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard
components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/
transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the
LGA1150 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
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1.2.4
System memory
The motherboard comes with two Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) slots.
A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT install a DDR
or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot.
Recommended memory configurations
Chapter 1
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
•
Memory module with memory frequency higher than 2133 MHz and its corresponding
timing or the loaded XMP profile is not the JEDEC memory standard. The stability and
compatibility of these memory modules depend on the CPU’s capabilities and other
installed devices.
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system
maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any
excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel
operation.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect
the CPU.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimal compatibility, we
recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or date code (D/C)
from the same vendor. Check with the retailer to get the correct memory modules.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
a) Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows OS.
b) Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at http://support.microsoft.
com/kb/929605/en-us.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less
(Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB).
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect
(SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module.
Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a
lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked or at
a higher frequency, refer to section 3.4 Extreme Tweaker menu for manual memory
frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (2 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
•
Memory modules with memory frequency higher than 2133MHz and their
corresponding timing or the loaded XMP profile is not the JEDEC memory standard.
The stability and compatibility of the memory modules depend on the CPU’s
capabilities and other installed devices.
•
Always install the DIMMS with the same CAS Latency. For an optimum compatibility,
we recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or data code
(D/C) from the same vendor. Check with the vendor to get the correct memory
modules.
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MAXIMUS VI IMPACT Motherboard Qualified Vendors List (QVL)
DDR3 3300 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
G.SKILL
FE-3300C13D-8GTXDG (XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
SS
-
-
13-15-15-35
1.65
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
2
DDR3 3200 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
AVEXIR
"AVD3UH32001304G4CI(XMP)"
16GB (4x 4GB)
SS
-
-
13-15-15-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
"F3-3200C12Q16GTXDG(XMP)"
16GB (4x 4GB)
SS
-
-
12-15-15-35
1.65
•
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
2
DDR3 3100 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
AVEXIR
"AVD3UH31001204G4CI(XMP)"
16GB (4x 4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
A-DATA
"AX3U3100W4G12DMV(XMP)"
8GB (2x 4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
2
DDR3 3000 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
AVEXIR
"AVD3UH30001204G4BZ1(XMP)"
16GB (4x 4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
"G.SKILL F3-3000C12Q16GTXDG(XMP)"
16GB (4x 4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
"F3-3000C12D8GTXDG(XMP)"
8GB (2 x 4B )
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
CORSAIR
"CMY8GX3M2A3000C12R(XMP)"
8GB (2 x 4B )
SS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 2933 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
G.SKILL
F3-2933C12D-8GTXDG(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2933C12Q-16GTXDG(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2933C12D-16GTXDG(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2933C12Q-32GTXDG(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M4A2933C12R(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
2
DDR3 2800 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
AVEXIR
AVD3UH28001208G-4BZ1(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
A_DATA
AX3U2800W4G12(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
A_DATA
AX3U2800W8G12(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C12Q-32GTXD(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C12Q-32GTXDG(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11Q-16GTXD(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11D-8GTXD(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11D-8GTXDG(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11Q-16GTXDG(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C10D-8GTXD(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C12Q-16GTXDG(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11D-16GTXDG(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11Q-32GTXDG(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-14-14-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11D-16GTXD(XMP)
16GB (2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C11Q-32GTXD(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2800C12D-16GTXD(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
APACER
78.BAGH5.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-35
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A2800C11(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-14-14-35
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A2800C12(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M4A2800C12R(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-36
1.65
•
KINGSTON
KHX28C12T2K2/8X
8GB (2x4GB)
SS
-
-
12-14-14-32
1.65
•
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DDR3 2666 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
Apacer
78.BAGFF.AFC0C(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
Apacer
78.BAGFR.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
Apacer
78.CAGFF.AFD0C(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A2666C11
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2666CL10Q16GBZHD(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
GeIL
GOC332GB2666C11QC(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-32
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX26C11T2K2/8X(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
SS
-
-
2666-11-1313-32
1.65
•
2
DDR3 2400 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
ADATA
AX3U2400W4G11-DMV(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
SS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
ADATA
AX3U2400W8G11-DMV(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
Apacer
78.BAGFL.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-12-12-30
-
•
Apacer
783BAGF3.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
-
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A2400C10
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A2400C10
(Ver5.29)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A2400C10(Ver
4.21)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A2400C10A
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB (8x2GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A2400C10R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A2400C10
(Ver4.21)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL10Q264GBZHD(XMP)
64GB (8x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL11Q-16GBZHD(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS(XMP)
4G (2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-9-28
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL9Q-16GBZMD(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2400C11Q-32GXM(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-31
1.65
•
GeIL
GOC316GB2400C10QC(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
GeIL
GOC316GB2400C11QC(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX2400C11D3K4/8GX(XMP)
8GB (4x2GB)
SS
-
-
11-13-11-30
1.65
•
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 2400 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
Kingston
KHX24C11K4/16X(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-13-13-30
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX24C11T2K2/8X(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX24C11T3K4(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
2400-11-13-13-30
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX24C11T3K4/32X(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
mushkin
997122R(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
2400-10-12-12-28
1.65
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU240NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
2400-11-13-13-32
-
•
Team
TLD38G2400HC11CBK(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
Transcend
TX2400KLN-8GK(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
2400-11-12-11-29
1.6
•
2
DDR3 2133 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
ADATA
AX3U2133W4G10-DR(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
SS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
ADATA
AX3U2133W8G10-DR(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
Apacer
78.BAGE4.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
Apacer
AHU04GFB33CAQ3R(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
11-13-13-31
-
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A2133C9
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A2133C9
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A2133C9 (Ver1.5)
(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-10-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2B2133C9 (Ver5.12)
(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMY8GX3M2A2133C11R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-27
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-17000CL11Q264GBZLD(XMP)
64GB
(8x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-10-28
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-2133C10Q-32GSR(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-2133C11Q-32GZL(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-12-11-30
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX21C11T3FK8/64X(XMP)
64GB
(8x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU213NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
2133-11-1211-30
-
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU213NSA(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
2133-11-1211-30
-
•
Team
TLD38G2133HC11ABK(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31
1.65
•
Transcend
TX2133KLH-16GK(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
2133-10-1110-27
1.6
•
Transcend
TX2133KLN-8GK(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
2133-10-1110-27
1.6
•
ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
Chapter 1
2
1-15
DDR3 2000 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
AEXEA
AXA3ES4GK2000LG28V(XMP)
4GB (2x2GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
ASint
SLA302G08-ML2HB(XMP)
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G8
3BFRH9C
9-9-9-27
-
•
GeIL
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB (2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
2
DDR3 1866 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver5.29)(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
1866 9-9-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A1866C9
(Ver4.13)(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A1866C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
16GB (4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A1866C9
(Ver3.24)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver4.13)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMT32GX3M4X1866C9
(Ver3.23)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver
4.21)(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMY8GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver3.24)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1866C10
(Ver5.29)(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1866
C9(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
1866-9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10
(Ver3.23)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1866C1
0(Ver3.23)(XMP)
32GB (4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9G
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
1866 9-10-9-27
1.5
•
crucial
BLE4G3D1869DE1TX0.
16FKR(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5
•
crucial
BLE4G3D1869DE1XT0
.16FMD(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5
•
crucial
BLE8G3D1869DE1TX0.
16FED(XMP)
16GB (2x8GB)
DS
-
-
1866-9-9-9-27
1.5
•
crucial
BLS8G3D18ADS3.16FED
8GB
DS
-
-
10-10-10-30
1.5
•
crucial
BLT8G3D1869DT1TX0.
16FED(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5
•
2
Chapter 1
(Continued on the next page)
1-16
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 1866 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL10Q32GBZL(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9D8GBSR(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q16GBXL(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q16GBZL(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q16GBZL(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C10Q264GZM(XMP)
64GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C10Q264GZM(XMP)
64GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C9Q-32GXM(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
GeIL
GEEL316GB1866C9DC(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
1866-9-10-9-28
1.65
•
Kingston
HX318C10FWK2/16
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU186NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
1866-9-11-9-27
-
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU186NSA(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
1866-9-11-9-27
-
•
Team
TED38GM1866C13BK
8GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ4
G83AFR
13-13-13-32
1.5
•
V-color
TD4G16C13-RD
4GB
DS
-
-
1866-13-1313-32
1.5
•
2
DDR3 1600 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
ADATA
AD3U1600W4G11
4GB
SS
A-DATA
3WCD-1211A
11-11-11-28
-
•
ADATA
AD3U1600W8G11
8GB
DS
A-DATA
3WCD-1211A
11-11-11-28
-
•
ADATA
ADDU1600W4G11-B
4GB
SS
A-DATA
DWND-1211A
9-9-9-24
-
•
ADATA
ADDU1600W8G11-B
8GB
DS
ELPIDA
J4208EBBG-GN-F
9-9-9-24
-
•
ADATA
AX3U1600W4G9-DB
(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
ADATA
AX3U1600W8G9-DB
(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
AMD
AE32G1609U1-U
2GB
SS
AMD
23EY4587MB6H
-
1.5
•
AMD
AE34G1609U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB6H
-
1.5
•
AMD
AP38G1608U2K(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
Apacer
78.B1GE3.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5908DEQSCK
-
1.65
•
Apacer
78.B1GET.9K00C
4GB
SS
Apacer
AM5D6008BQQSCK
11-11-11-28
-
•
Apacer
78.C1GET.9K10C
8GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D6008BQQSCK
11-11-11-31
-
•
Apacer
AHU04GFA60C9Q3R
(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
11-11-11-28
-
•
Apacer
AHU08GFA60CBT3R
(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
Chapter 1
2
(Continued on the next page)
ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
1-17
DDR3 1600 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
ASint
SLA302G08-EGG1C(XMP)
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GG1C
9-9-9-27
-
•
ASint
SLA302G08-EGJ1C(XMP)
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GJ1C
9-9-9-27
-
•
ASint
SLA302G08-EGN1C
4GB
DS
ASint
302G08-GN1C
-
-
•
ASint
SLA304G08-EGN6A
4GB
SS
ASint
304G08-GN6A
1600-1111-11-28
1.5
•
ASint
SLA304G08-EGN6B
4GB
SS
ASint
304G08-GN6B
1600-1111-11-28
1.5
•
ASint
SLA304G08-ENG1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-GN1B
9-11-11-28
-
•
ASint
SLB304G08-EGJ1B(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
-
•
ASint
SLB304G08-EGN1B
8GB
DS
ASint
304G08-GN1B
-
-
•
ASint
SLZ302G08-EGN1C
2GB
SS
ASint
302G08-GN1C
-
-
•
AVEXIR
AVD3U16000904G-2CW(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
11-1111-28
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver8.21)(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1600C8
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
1600 8-88-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver2.12)(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CML16GX3M2A1600C10
(Ver2.21)(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CML8GX3M2A1600C9 (Ver7.12)
(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9- 24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M1A1600C11
8GB
DS
-
-
11-1111-30
-
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 (Ver3.19)
(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
(Ver.3.24)(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M4A160 0C9(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
1600-9-99-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
(Ver2.2)(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 (Ver8.16)
(XMP)
4GB
(1x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
(Ver3.23)(XMP)
8GB
(1x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
(Ver8.21)(XMP)
8GB
(1x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
crucial
BLS4G3D1609DS1S00
.16FMR(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
1600-9-99-24
1.5
•
crucial
BLT4G3D1608DT1TX0.
16FM(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
crucial
CT102464BA160B .C16FED
8GB
DS
crucial
CT512X8-160B
11-1111-28
-
•
elixir
M2X2G64CB88G7N -DG(XMP)
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GNDG
9-9-9-28
-
•
elixir
M2X4G64CB8HG5 N-DG(XMP)
4GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GNDG
9-9-9-28
-
•
2
Chapter 1
(Continued on the next page)
1-18
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 1600 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-8G
BSR2(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.25
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9Q-16
GBXL(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9Q-16G
BZL(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-1600C9Q-32G
XM(XMP)
32GB
(4x8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
GeIL
GUP34GB1600C7D
C(XMP)
4GB (2x2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.6
•
KINGMAX
FLGE85FC8KL9A(XMP)
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
N/A
9-9-9-28
-
•
KINGMAX
FLGF65FC8KL9A(XMP)
4GB
DS
KINGMAX
N/A
9-9-9-28
-
•
Kingston
HX316C10FRK2/16
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
10-10-10-30
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX16009CD3K2/8
GX(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3B1/4
G(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3K3/12
GX(XMP)
12GB
(3x4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3K3/6
GX(XMP)
6GB (3x2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3K3/6
GX(XMP)
6GB (3x2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3K4/1
6GX(XMP)
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3K6/24
GX(XMP)
24GB
(6x4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3LK2/8
GX(XMP)
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.35
•
Kingston
KHX1600C9D3P1K2
/8G
8GB (2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX16C10B1K2/16X
(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX16C9K2/16
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Kingston
KHX16C9P1K2/16
16GB
(2x8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
Kingston
KVR16LN11/4(矮版)
4GB
SS
Kingston
D5128EC4
BPGGBU
11-11-11-28
1.35
•
Kingston
KVR16LN11/8
8GB
DS
Kingston
D5128EET
BPGGBU
11-11-11-28
1.35
•
Kingston
KVR16N11/4
4GB
DS
KINGSTON
D2568JPU
CPGGBU
11-11-11-28-1
-
•
Kingston
KVR16N11/4
4G
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83
CFRPBC
-
1.5
•
Micron
MT16JTF1G64AZ1G6E1
8GB
DS
Micron
D9QBJ
-
-
•
Micron
MT8JTF51264AZ1G6E1
4GB
SS
Micron
D9QBJ
-
-
•
Micron
MT8KTF25664AZ1G6M1
2GB
SS
MICRON
D9PFJ
-
-
•
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DDR3 1600 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
MIRA
PLAF8L93B-GN2
8GB
DS
-
BJE159C 3G-M
11-11-11-28
1.5
•
PATRIOT
PV316G160C9K(XMP)
16GB
(2x4GB)
SS
-
-
1600-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
PATRIOT
PV316G160C9K(XMP)
16GB
(2x8GB)
SS
-
-
1600-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
SanMax
SMD-4G28N1P-16KM
4GB
SS
ELPIDA
J4208BBB
G-GN-F
1600
-
•
SanMax
SMD-4G68HP-16KZ
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83
BFRPBC
-
1.5
•
SanMax
SMD-4G68NG-16KK
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108B DBGGN-F
-
-
•
SanMax
SMD-8G28NP-16KM
8GB
DS
ELPIDA
J4208B BBGGN-F
1600
-
•
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU160V0
2(XMP)
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT5NG
9-11-11-28
1.5
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GBLTU160V02
(XMP)
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT5NG
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU160NSA
(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
1600-9-9-9-27
-
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU160NS
A(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
1600-9-9-9-27
-
•
SK Hynix
HMT41GU6AFR8A-PB
8GB
DS
Hynix
H5TC4G83AFR
1600-11-11-11-28-1
-
•
SK Hynix
HMT451U6AFR8A-PB
4GB
SS
Hynix
H5TC4G83AFR
1600-11-11-11-28-1
-
•
SK Hynix
HMT451U6AFR8A-PB
4GB
SS
Hynix
H5TC4G83AFR
1600-11-11-11-28-1
-
•
Team
TED34GM1600C11BK
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83CFR
11-11-11-28
1.5
•
Team
TLD38G1600HC
9BK(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
Transcend
TS1GLK64W6H
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G08460
1600-11-11-11-28-2
-
•
Transcend
TS1GLK64W6H
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
11-11-11-28-1
-
•
Transcend
TS512MLK64W6H
4GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G08460
1600-11-11-11-28-1
-
•
Transcend
TS512MLK64W6H
4GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
11-11-11-28-2
-
•
UMAX
84E44G93UM16BPSYW 4GB
SS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-16
1600-11-11-11-28
-
•
UMAX
84E48G93UM16BPSYW 8GB
DS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-16
1600-11-11-11-28
-
•
V-color
TD4G8C11-H11
4GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ4G83AFR
11-11-11-28
-
•
2
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DDR3 1333 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
AMD
AE32G1339U1-U
2GB
SS
AMD
23EY4587MB
3H
-
1.5
•
AMD
AE34G1339U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB
3H
-
1.5
•
Apacer
78.B1GDE.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5908C
EHSBG
9
-
•
ASint
SLA302G08-EDJ1C
2GB
SS
ASint
302G08-DJ1C
-
-
•
ASint
SLA304G08-EDJ1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-DJ1B
9-10-10-26
-
•
ASint
SLA304G08-EDJ6A
4GB
SS
ASint
304G08-DJ6A
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
ASint
SLA304G08-EDJ6B
4GB
SS
ASint
304G08-DJ6B
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
ASint
SLB304G08-EDJ1B
8GB
DS
Asint
304G08-DJ1B
9-9-9-24
-
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-1G
1GB
SS
Elpida
J1108BFBGDJ-F
-
-
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-2G
2GB
DS
Elpida
J1108BFBGDJ-F
-
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-4G
4GB
DS
NANYA
NT5CB256M
8BN-CG
-
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M1A1333C9
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
N/A
9-9-9-24
-
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver2.12)
4GB
(1x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver5.11)
4GB
(1x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M2A13
3C9(XMP)
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
GeIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
GEIL
GL1L128M88
BA15B
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
GeIL
GVP34GB1333C9DC
4GB
(2x2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
GeIL
GVP38GB1333C9DC
8GB
(2x4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
innodisk
M3UN-2GHJBC09
2GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83C
FRH9C
9-9-9-24
-
•
innodisk
M3UN-4GHJAC09
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83C
FRH9C
9-9-9-24
-
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-C8KL9
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLBFGXX-12A
-
-
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-C8KL9
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLXFDXX-15A
-
-
•
KINGMAX
FLFF65F-C8KL9
4GB
DS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLXFDXX-15A
-
-
•
Kingston
KVR1333D3E9S/4G
4GB
DS
Elpida
J2108ECSEDJ-F
9
1.5
•
Kingston
KVR1333D3N9H/4G
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BDBGGN-F
-
1.5
•
Kingston
KVR13N9S8H/4
4GB
SS
ELPIDA
J4208BBBGGN-F
-
1.5
•
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DDR3 1333 MHz capacity
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
MACH
XTREME
MXD3U133316GQ
16GB
(4x4GB)
DS
-
-
-
-
•
MACH
XTREME
MXD3V13332GS
2GB
SS
Mach
Xtreme
C2S46D30-D313
-
-
•
Micron
MT8JTF25664AZ1G4M1
2GB
SS
MICRON
D9PFJ
-
-
•
RiDATA
C304627CB1AG22Fe
2GB
DS
RiDATA
C304627CB1A
G22Fe
9
-
•
RiDATA
E304459CB1AG32Cf
4GB
DS
RiDATA
E304459CB1A
G32Cf
9
-
•
Silicon Power
SP001GBLTU133S02
1GB
SS
S-POWER
10YT3E5
9
-
•
Silicon Power
SP002GBLTU133V02
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT3NG
9-9-9-24
-
•
Silicon Power
SP004GBLTU133V02
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT3NG
9-9-9-24
-
•
UMAX
84E44G93UM13BPSYW 4GB
SS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-13
1333-9-9-9-24
-
•
UMAX
84E48G93UM13BPSYW 8GB
DS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-13
1333-9-9-9-24
-
•
2
•
•
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided DIMMs
DIMM socket support:
Supports one (1) module inserted into any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration. We suggest that you install the module into A1 slot.
Supports two (2) modules inserted into the red slots as one pair of Dual-channel
memory configuration.
•
ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
•
Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Load
the X.M.P. settings in the BIOS for the hyper DIMM support.
•
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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1.2.5
Expansion slot
Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion card. Failure to do so may
cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
Slot No.
1
Slot Description
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot
Chapter 1
The PCIe 3.0 x16 slot runs at x8 speed when a devices is inserted to the M.2 slot of the
mPCIe Combo IV card.
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IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIE_x16
I.G.F.X.
Intel LAN Controller
SATA #0
SATA #1
High Definition Audio
EHCI# 0 (USB 2.0)
EHCI# 1 (USB 2.0)
XHCI (USB 3.0)
Wi-Fi
A
B
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
C
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
D
E
F
G
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
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1.2.6
Onboard buttons
Onboard buttons allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or opencase system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to
enhance system performance.
1.
Power-on button
The motherboard comes with a power-on button that allows you to power up or wake
up the system. The button also lights up when the system is plugged to a power source
indicating that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or installing any motherboard component.
2.
Reset button
Chapter 1
Press the reset button to reboot the system.
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3.
KeyBot button (KEYBOT)
The Keybot button allows you to configure and assign actions to your keyboard for a
specific task. Press this button to activate the KeyBot feature.
4.
•
The KeyBot feature only supports USB keyboards connected on the designated
USB port. For the location of the KeyBot USB port, refer to section 2.3.1 Rear I/O
connection of this user guide.
•
The KEYBOT_LED near the KEYBOT button lights up if the Keybot function is
enabled.
•
For more information about the KeyBot feature, refer to section 4.10 KeyBot of this
user guide.
Sonic SoundStage button (SOUNDSTAGE)
The Sonic SoundStage button allows you to set a preset sounds for your games. Press
this button to activate the Sonic SoundStage feature.
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•
The debug code on the Q-Code LED shows the current Sonic SoundStage profile
when you press the Sonic SoundStage button. There are four presets that have been
implemented: (01)FPS, (02)Racing, (03)Fighting, (04)Sports, and (dE)default.
•
For more information about Sonic SoundStage, refer to section 4.7.3 Sonic
SoundStage of this user guide.
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1.2.7
1.
Onboard LEDs
Hard Disk LED
The hard disk LED is designed to indicate the hard disk activity. It blinks when data
is being written into or read from the hard disk drive. The LED does not light up when
there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or when the hard disk drive
does not function.
2.
Q LED
Chapter 1
Q LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and booting devices) in
sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found, the corresponding
LED continues flashing until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides
an intuitive way to locate the root problem within seconds.
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3.
USB BIOS Flashback LED
This LED flashes when the BIOS is updating and turns off after the BIOS update.
For more information on how to update the BIOS, refer to Chapter 2 of this user guide.
4.
KeyBot LED (KEYBOT_LED)
This LED lights up when you activated the KeyBot function by pressing the onboard
KeyBot button, or when enabling the KeyBot function via the KeyBot software.
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5.
Q-Code LEDs
The Q-Code LED design provides you with a 2-digit error code that displays the system
status. Refer to the Q-Code table on the next page for details.
The Q-Code LED automatically displays the POST code upon boot and the CPU
temperature upon entering the operating system.
•
The Q-Code LED also shows the Sonic SoundStage profile when Sonic SoundStage
button is pressed.
•
For more information of the Sonic SoundStage function, refer to section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons.
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•
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Q-Code table
Code
Description
00
Not used
01
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard).
02
AP initialization before microcode loading
03
System Agent initialization before microcode loading
04
PCH initialization before microcode loading
06
Microcode loading
07
AP initialization after microcode loading
08
System Agent initialization after microcode loading
09
PCH initialization after microcode loading
0B
Cache initialization
0C – 0D
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
0E
Microcode not found
0F
Microcode not loaded
10
PEI Core is started
11 – 14
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
15 – 18
Pre-memory System Agent initialization is started
19 – 1C
Pre-memory PCH initialization is started
2B – 2F
Memory initialization
30
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
31
Memory Installed
32 – 36
CPU post-memory initialization
37 – 3A
Post-Memory System Agent initialization is started
3B – 3E
Post-Memory PCH initialization is started
4F
DXE IPL is started
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Code
Description
50 – 53
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
speed
54
Unspecified memory initialization error
55
Memory not installed
56
Invalid CPU type or Speed
57
CPU mismatch
58
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
59
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
5A
Internal CPU error
5B
Reset PPI is not available
5C – 5F
Reserved for future AMI error codes
E0
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
E1
S3 Boot Script execution
E2
Video repost
E3
OS S3 wake vector call
E4 – E7
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
E8
S3 Resume Failed
E9
S3 Resume PPI not Found
EA
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
EB
S3 OS Wake Error
EC – EF
Reserved for future AMI error codes
F0
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
F1
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
F2
Recovery process started
F3
Recovery firmware image is found
F4
Recovery firmware image is loaded
F5 – F7
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
F8
Recovery PPI is not available
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Q-Code table
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Q-Code table
Chapter 1
Code
Description
F9
Recovery capsule is not found
FA
Invalid recovery capsule
FB – FF
Reserved for future AMI error codes
60
DXE Core is started
61
NVRAM initialization
62
Installation of the PCH Runtime Services
63 – 67
CPU DXE initialization is started
68
PCI host bridge initialization
69
System Agent DXE initialization is started
6A
System Agent DXE SMM initialization is started
6B – 6F
System Agent DXE initialization (System Agent module specific)
70
PCH DXE initialization is started
71
PCH DXE SMM initialization is started
72
PCH devices initialization
73 – 77
PCH DXE Initialization (PCH module specific)
78
ACPI module initialization
79
CSM initialization
7A – 7F
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
90
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
91
Driver connecting is started
92
PCI Bus initialization is started
93
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
94
PCI Bus Enumeration
95
PCI Bus Request Resources
96
PCI Bus Assign Resources
97
Console Output devices connect
98
Console input devices connect
99
Super IO Initialization
9A
USB initialization is started
9B
USB Reset
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Code
Description
9C
USB Detect
9D
USB Enable
9E – 9F
Reserved for future AMI codes
A0
IDE initialization is started
A1
IDE Reset
A2
IDE Detect
A3
IDE Enable
A4
SCSI initialization is started
A5
SCSI Reset
A6
SCSI Detect
A7
SCSI Enable
A8
Setup Verifying Password
A9
Start of Setup
AA
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
AB
Setup Input Wait
AC
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
AD
Ready To Boot event
AE
Legacy Boot event
AF
Exit Boot Services event
B0
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
B1
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
B2
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
B3
System Reset
B4
USB hot plug
B5
PCI bus hot plug
B6
Clean-up of NVRAM
B7
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
B8– BF
Reserved for future AMI codes
D0
CPU initialization error
D1
System Agent initialization error
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Q-Code table
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Q-Code table
Code
Description
D2
PCH initialization error
D3
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
D4
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
D5
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
D6
No Console Output Devices are found
D7
No Console Input Devices are found
D8
Invalid password
D9
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
DA
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
DB
Flash update is failed
DC
Reset protocol is not available
ACPI/ASL Checkpoints
Code
Description
0x01
System is entering S1 sleep state
0x02
System is entering S2 sleep state
0x03
System is entering S3 sleep state
0x04
System is entering S4 sleep state
0x05
System is entering S5 sleep state
0x10
System is waking up from the S1 sleep state
0x20
System is waking up from the S2 sleep state
0x30
System is waking up from the S3 sleep state
0x40
System is waking up from the S4 sleep state
0xAC
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in PIC mode.
0xAA
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode.
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1.2.8
Internal connectors
1.Intel Z97 Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-4 [red])
®
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6 Gb/s
signal cables.
•
These connectors are set to [AHCI Mode] by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode item in the BIOS to [RAID
Mode]. Refer to section 3.6.3 PCH Storage Configuration for details.
•
When using NCQ, set the SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section
3.6.3 PCH Storage Configuration for details.
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If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
configuration with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology through the onboard Intel® Z97
chipset.
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2.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
This connector allows you to connect a USB 3.0 module for additional USB 3.0 front
or rear panel ports. With an installed USB 3.0 module, you can enjoy all the benefits of
USB 3.0 including faster data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gb/s, faster charging time for
USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency, and backward compatibility with
USB 2.0.
•
The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately.
•
These connectors are based on xHCI specification. We recommend you to install
the related driver to fully use the USB 3.0 ports under Windows® 7, Windows® 8, and
Windows® 8.1.
•
The plugged USB 3.0 device may run on xHCI or EHCI mode depending on the
operating system’s setting.
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3.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1213)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 MBps connection speed.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
Chapter 1
The USB 2.0 ports (USB1213) at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.
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4.
CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CHA_FAN1)
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
•
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow
inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers!
Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
•
Ensure to fully insert the 4-pin CPU fan cable to the CPU fan connector.
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power.
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5.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit
(PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a
minimum power of 350 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin/8-pin EATX12 V power plug. Otherwise, the system
will not boot.
•
We recommend that you use a PSU with a higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices. The system may become unstable or
may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
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6.
Front panel and speaker connectors (10-1 pin PANEL; 4 pin SPEAKER)
These connectors support several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDD_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The HDD LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written
to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRBTN)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns
the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS
settings. Pressing the power button for more than four seconds while the system is ON
turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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7.
ROG Extension connector (18-1 pin ROG_EXT)
This connector is for the OC Panel, Front Base, and other ROG devices.
Two (2) USB 2.0 ports (USB1213) at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT)
port.
8.
•
The OC Panel and Front Base are purchased separately.
•
Visit www.asus.com for more information about the OC Panel and Front Base.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
Chapter 1
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which securely
store keys, digital certificates, passwords and data. A TPM system also helps enhance
the network security, protects digital identities, and ensures platform integrity.
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9.
mPCIe Combo IV connector (50-1 pin MPCIE_COMBO_IV)
This connector is for the bundled mPCIE Combo IV card that offers expandability and
connectivity solutions for an optimal system performance.
Refer to section 2.1.11 mPCIe Combo IV card installation for more details.
10. SupremeFX Impact II connector (20-1 pin SFX_IMPACT_II)
This connector is for the bundled SupremeFX Impact II audio card that allows you to
connect audio devices such as speakers, microphone, or headset. It also has the front
panel audio connector for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module. Connect
your bundled SupremeFX Impact II audio card to this connector.
Chapter 1
Use only the bundled SupremeFX II audio card to install to the SupremeFX II connector of
your motherboard. Other SupremeFX audio cards may fit but they are not compatible with
the SupremeFX II connector. For installation details, refer to section 2.1.3SupremeFX
Impact II audio card installation.
For details regarding the SupremeFX II Impact audio card, refer to section 1.2.10 SupremeFX Impact II audio card.
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11. Impact_CoolHub connector (20-1 pin IMPACT_COOLHUB)
This connector is for the bundled Impact CoolHub card. Install the Impact CoolHub
card to this connector to install Chassis fans 3 and 4.
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Refer to section 2.1.10 Impact CoolHub Card installation for more details.
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1.2.9ProbeIt
The ROG ProbeIt allows you to detect your system’s current voltage and OC settings. Use a
multimeter to measure the ProbeIt points even during overclocking.
Using ProbeIt
You can connect the multimeter to Probelt points on your motherboard as shown on the
illustration below.
The illustration above is for reference only. The motherboard layout and ProbeIt measure
points may differ by models.
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1.2.10
SupremeFX Impact II audio card
The bundled SupremeFX Impact II audio card integrates all the audio functions of your
motherboard. It consists of three (3) audio ports to connect your audio devices and a front
panel audio connector (AAFP) for the front panel audio solution.
1.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel
audio I/O module cable to this connector.
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition or an AC’97 front panel audio module to this
connector, set the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD Audio] or [AC97].
Refer to section 3.6.4 System Agent Configuration for more details.
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2.
Audio ports
These high-definition audio ports allow you to connect your audio devices such as
high-definition speakers, microphone, or a headset for a superior audio experience.
Line-in port
Line-out port
Microphone port
To know more about channel configurations and connecting audio devices, refer to section
2.3 Motherboard rear and audio connections.
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Chapter 2:
Basic Installation
Basic Installation
2.1
Building your PC system
2.1.1
Motherboard installation
2
The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with
models.
Install the ASUS Q-Shield to the chassis rear I/O panel.
2.
Place the motherboard into the chassis, ensuring that its rear I/O ports are aligned to
the chassis’ rear I/O panel.
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3.
Place the motherboard into the chassis, ensuring that its rear I/O ports are aligned to
the chassis’ rear I/O panel.
4.
Place four screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
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DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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2.1.2
CPU installation
Ensure that you install the correct CPU designed for LGA1150 socket only. DO NOT install
a CPU designed for LGA155 and LGA1156 sockets on the LGA1150 socket.
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2.1.3
SupremeFX Impact II audio card installation
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The illustrations in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary
with models.
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2.1.4
DIMM installation
To remove a DIMM
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2.1.5
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation
Apply the Thermal Interface Material to the
CPU heatsink and CPU before you install
the heatsink and fan, if necessary.
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To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
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If you have difficulty in installing a CPU fan with a cooler backplate of varying design, we
suggest to use the bundled plastic washers to give space between the motherboard and
the backplate. Peel of the adhesive’s cover and attach them to the screw holes at the back
of the motherboard, as shown.
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To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
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2.1.6
ATX Power connection
OR
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2.1.7
SATA device connection
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2.1.8
Front I/O Connector
To install USB 2.0 connector
To install front panel audio connector
AAFP_PANEL
USB 2.0
To install USB 3.0 connector
USB 3.0
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2.1.9
Expansion Card installation
To install PCIe x16 cards
2.1.10
Impact CoolHub Card installation
Chapter 2
To install Impact CoolHub Card
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2.1.11
mPCIe Combo IV card installation
ROG mPCIe Combo IV card offers expandability solutions with the latest connectivity
standards via the proprietary connector onboard. It provides mini PCI Express 2.0 plus USB
2.0 which is bundled with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module and features the M.2 (NGFF) slot for
installing an SSD card.
•
The mPCIe Combo IV card supports 26.8mm x 30mm half-sized mPCIe module on
one side and M.2 (NGFF) Type 2242 (22mm x 42mm), 2260 (22mm x 60mm), 2280
(22mm x 80mm), or 22110 (22mm x110mm) SSD cards for slot B on the other side.
•
The M.2 (NGFF) SDD card is purchased separately.
•
The mPCIe Combo IV card supports the PCIe interface only.
Installing the M.2 (NGFF) SSD module
To install M.2 (NGFF) SSD module:
1.
Remove the two short screws at the
back of the mPCIe Combo IV card metal
cover.
2.
Remove the long screw at the front,
then remove the metal cover.
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3.
Align and insert the M.2 (NGFF) SSD
module into the M.2 slot.
The M.2 (NGFF) SSD module fits in one orientation only. If it does not fit, try reversing it.
4.
Replace the metal cover and secure
the back of the metal cover with the
two short screws that you removed in
step 1.
5.
Secure the front of the metal cover
with the long screw that you removed
in step 2.
Installing the mPCIe Combo IV card
1.
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To install the mPCIe Combo IV card to your motherboard:
Remove the black screw near the
50-1 pin connector.
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2.
Locate the MPCIE_COMBO_IV
connector on the motherboard then
align and insert the mPCIe Combo
IV card to the MPCIE_COMBO_IV
connector.
•
The mPCIe Combo IV fits in one orientation only.
•
The motherboard layout varies with models.
Insert the mPCIe Combo IV carefully to prevent damage to the card, connector pins, or to
the motherboard.
3. Secure the mPCIe Combo IV card either to the motherboard or the rear I/O shield
using the black screw that you removed in step 1.
OR
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The motherboard layout varies with models.
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Installing the Wi-Fi antenna connector
To install the Wi-Fi antenna connector:
1.
Remove the bolt from the Wi-Fi antenna
connector but leave the washer on the
connector.
washer
bolt
washer
2.
Insert the connector into the I/O shield’s Wi-Fi port hole.
3.
Replace the bolt on the connector to secure the antenna connector and the I/O shield
in place.
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2.2
BIOS update utility
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback allows you to easily update the BIOS without entering the existing
BIOS or operating system. Simply insert a USB storage device to the USB port, press the
ROG Connect button for three seconds, and the BIOS is updated automatically.
To use USB BIOS Flashback:
1. Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website
2.
Extract and rename the BIOS image file to M7I.CAP.
3.Copy M7I.CAP to the root directory of the USB flash disk drive.
4.
Turn off the system and insert the USB storage device to the ROG Connect port.
5.
Press the ROG Connect button and release when a flashing light appears, which
indicates that the BIOS Flashback function is enabled.
6.
Wait until the light goes out, indicating that the BIOS updating process is completed.
Clear CMOS button
ROG Connect button
KeyBot port
ROG Connect port
•
For more BIOS update utilities in BIOS setup, refer to section Updating BIOS in
Chapter 3.
•
Connect your USB keyboard on the KeyBot port if you want to use the KeyBot feature.
Updating BIOS may have risks. If the BIOS program is damaged during the process and
results to the system’s failure to boot up, please contact your local ASUS Service Center.
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2.3
Motherboard rear and audio connections
2.3.1
Rear I/O connection
Rear panel connectors
1. Optical S/PDIF OUT port
2. HDMI port
3. Clear CMOS button
4. USB 2.0 ports 7-8
5. PS/2 Keyboard/mouse combo port
6. LAN (RJ-45) port*
7. DisplayPort
8. ROG Connect button
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9. USB 3.0 port 3-4
10. USB 2.0 port 9-10 (Upper port is for the dedicated KeyBot port. The lower port supports the USB BIOS Flasback and ROG Connect.)
11. USB 3.0 port 5-6
12. Audio I/O ports**
* and ** : Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LEDs and audio port definitions.
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•
Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under
Windows® OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation.
•
USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
•
We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster
and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
•
Due to the design of the Intel® 8 series chipset, all USB devices connected to the
USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports are controlled by the xHCI controller. Some legacy USB
devices must update their firmware for better compatibility.
* LAN ports LED indications
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
ORANGE
Linked
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
** Audio 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 or 7.1-channel configuration
Port
LINEIN
LINEOUT
MIC
HEADPHONE
(Front panel)
Headset
2.1-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
4.1-channel
5.1-channel
7.1-channel
Rear Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Bass/Center
–
Rear Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Bass/Center
Side Speaker Out
•
Jack-retasking supports 4.1, 5.1, and 7.1-channel audio outputs. Launch Realtek HD
Audio Manager to configure the jack-retasking setting.
•
To support 7.1 channel audio output, ensure that your chassis has an HD audio
module on the front panel.
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Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
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Connect to Stereo Speakers
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Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
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2.4
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Ensure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.Monitor
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c.
System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up.
For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a
“power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green
after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests (POST). While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (refer to the BIOS beep codes table) or additional messages appear on
the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on
the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and
connections or call your retailer for assistance.
7.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
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At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
2.5 Turning off the computer
While the system is ON, press the power button for less than four seconds to put the system
on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Press the power switch
for more than four seconds to let the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS
setting.
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Chapter 3:
BIOS setup
BIOS setup
3.1
Knowing BIOS
3
The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is a Unified Extensible Interface that complies with UEFI
architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboardonly BIOS controls to enable a more flexible and convenient mouse input. You can easily
navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as your operating system. The
term “BIOS” in this user manual refers to “UEFI BIOS” unless otherwise specified.
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings such as storage
device configuration, overclocking settings, advanced power management, and boot
device configuration that are needed for system startup in the motherboard CMOS. In
normal circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure
optimal performance. DO NOT change the default BIOS settings except in the following
circumstances:
•
An error message appears on the screen during the system bootup and requests you
to run the BIOS Setup.
•
You have installed a new system component that requires further BIOS settings or
update.
Inappropriate BIOS settings may result to instability or boot failure. We strongly
recommend that you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service
personnel.
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When downloading or updating the BIOS file, rename it as M7I.CAP for this motherboard.
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3.2
BIOS setup program
Use the BIOS Setup to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS screen
include navigation keys and brief onscreen help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup
program.
Entering BIOS at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup, press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If
you do not press <Delete>, POST continues with its routines.
Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:
•
Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you
failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.
After doing either of the three options, press <Delete> key to enter BIOS.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and
may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
•
If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS setting, load the default
settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Optimized
Defaults item under the Exit menu or press hotkey <F5>. See section 3.10 Exit
menu for details.
•
If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and
reset the motherboard to the default value. See section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons for
information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
•
The BIOS setup program does not support the Bluetooth devices.
BIOS menu screen
The BIOS Setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode.
You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode screen.
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3.2.1
EZ Mode
By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ
Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select
the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the
Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode or press <F7> hot
key for the advanced BIOS settings.
The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed between EZ Mode
or Advanced Mode. Refer to the Setup Mode item in section 3.8 Boot menu for details.
Displays the system properties of the selected mode.
Click < or > to switch EZ System Tuning modes
Enables or disables the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology
Displays the CPU Fan’s speed. Click
the button to manually tune the fans
Selects the display language
of the BIOS setup program
Creates storage RAID and
configures system overclocking
Shows the
bootable devices
Loads optimized
default settings
Displays the
Advanced mode
menus
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Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU voltage output, CPU/chassis/power fan
speed, and SATA information
Selects the boot
device priority
Saves the changes and
resets the system
The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
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3.2.2
Advanced Mode
The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure
the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the
following sections for the detailed configurations.
To switch from EZ Mode to Advanced Mode, click Advanced Mode or press F7 hotkey.
Q-Fan control
EZ Tuning Wizard
MyFavorite
Quick Note
Language
Hot Keys
Menu bar
Sub-menu item
Menu items
Item description
Configuration fields
Scroll bar
Last modified settings
Goes back to EZ Mode
Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU and memory voltage output
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Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
My Favorites
For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration.
Extreme Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing
the fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tool
For configuring options for special functions
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (My Favorites, Extreme Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit)
on the menu bar have their respective menu items.
Submenu items
A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
Language
This button above the menu bar contains the languages that you can select for your BIOS.
Click this button to select the the language that you want to display in your BIOS screen.
MyFavorites (F3)
This button above the menu bar shows all BIOS items in a Tree Map setup. Select frequentlyused BIOS settings and save it to MyFavorites menu.
Refer to section 3.3 My Favorites for more information.
Q-Fan Control (F6)
This button above the menu bar displays the current settings of your fans. Use this button to
manually tweak the fans to your desired settings.
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Refer to section 3.2.3 QFan Control for more information.
EZ Tuning Wizard (F11)
This button above the menu bar allows you to view and tweak the overclocking settings of
your system. It also allows you to change the motherboard’s SATA mode from AHCI to RAID
mode.
Refer to section 3.2.4 EZ Tuning Wizard for more information.
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Quick Note (F9)
This button above the menu bar allows you to key in notes of the activities that you have
done in BIOS.
•
The Quick Note function does not support the following keyboard functions: delete,
cut, copy and paste.
•
You can only use the alphanumeric characters to enter your notes.
Hot keys
This button above the menu bar contains the navigation keys for the BIOS setup program.
Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit
on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display
the other items on the screen.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. Use
<F12> key to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device.
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and
press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Last Modified button
This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup.
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3.2.3
QFan Control
The QFan Control allows you to set a fan profile or manually configure the operating speed of
your CPU and chassis fans.
Click to select a fan to be
configured
Select a profile to apply to
your fans
Click to activate
PWM Mode*
Click to activate DC Mode*
Click to apply the fan setting
Click to undo the
changes
Click to go back to main menu
Select to manually configure
your fans
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Configuring fans manually
Select Manual from the list of profiles to manually configure your fans’ operating speed.
Speed points
Click or tap to manually
configure your fans
To configure your fans:
1.
Select the fan that you want to configure and to view its current status.
2.
Click and drag the speed points to adjust the fans’ operating speed.
3.
Click Apply to save the changes then click Exit (ESC).
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3.2.4
EZ Tuning Wizard
EZ Tuning Wizard allows you to overclock your CPU and DRAM, computer usage, and CPU
fan to their best settings. You can also easily set RAID in your system using this feature.
System OC setup
RAID setup
Tuning your system settings
To tune your settings:
Press <F11> on your keyboard or click
EZ Tuning Wizard screen, then click Next.
from the BIOS screen to open
2.
Select a PC scenario Daily Computing or Gaming/Media Editing, then click Next.
3.
Select the CPU fan type (Box cooler, Tower cooler, or Water cooler) that you
installed then click Next.
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1.
If you are not sure of the CPU fan type, click I’m not sure. The system automatically
detects the CPU fan type.
4.
Click Next then click Yes to confirm auto-tuning.
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Creating RAID
To create RAID:
1.
Press <F11> on your keyboard or click
EZ Tuning Wizard screen.
2.
Click RAID then click Next.
3.
from the BIOS screen to open
•
Ensure that your HDDs have no existing RAID volumes.
•
Ensure to connect your HDDs to Intel® SATA connectors.
Select the type of storage for your RAID Easy Backup or Super Speed, then click
Next.
a.
For Easy Backup, click
Next then select from Easy
Backup (RAID1) or Easy
Backup (RAID10).
You can only select Easy
Backup (RAID 10) if you
connect four (4) HDDs.
b.
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For Easy Backup, click Next
then select from Super
Speed (RAID0) or Super
Speed (RAID5).
4.
After selecting the type of RAID, click Next then click Yes to continue the RAID setup.
5.
After the RAID setup is done, click Yes to exit the setup then click OK to reset your
system.
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My Favorites
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My Favorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite
BIOS items.
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Adding items to My Favorites
To add BIOS items:
1.
Press <F3> on your keyboard or click
Setup Tree Map screen.
from the BIOS screen to open
2.
On the Setup Tree Map screen, select the BIOS items that you want to save in
MyFavorites screen.
Main menu panel
Selected shortcut
items
Submenu panel
3.
Select an item from main menu panel, then click the submenu that you want to save
as favorite from the submenu panel and tap or click
or press <Enter> on your
keyboard.
You cannot add the following items to My Favorite items:
•
Items with submenu options
•
User-managed items such as language and boot order
•
Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date.
4.
Click Exit (ESC) or press <esc> key to close Setup Tree Map screen.
5.
Go to My Favorites menu to view the saved BIOS items.
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Extreme Tweaker menu
The Extreme Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Extreme Tweaker menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Scroll down to display other BIOS items.
Overclocking Presets [Auto]
This item allows you to load various default overclocking presets. You can select an
overclocking preset from these options:
Load Gamer’s OC Profile
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Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 82 BCLK Profile
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 190 BCLK Profile
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 195 BCLK Profile
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
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Load 200 BLCK Profile
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 3700 DRAM Freq. with 2x4GB in CHA
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 3800 DRAM Freq. with 2x4GB in CHA
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 3842 DRAM Freq. with 2x4GB in CHA
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 3900 DRAM Freq. with 2x4GB in CHA
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Load 3930 DRAM Freq. with 2x4GB in CHA
Configuration options: [OK] [Cancel]
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
This item allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU
internal frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
[Auto]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
[Manual]
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
[X.M.P.]
If you install memory modules supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile
(X.M.P.) Technology, choose this item to set the profiles supported by your
memory modules for optimizing the system performance.
•
The [X.M.P.] configuration option appears only when you install memory modules
supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology.
•
The following items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] or
[X.M.P.].
CPU Strap [Auto]
This item allows you to select a strap close to your target BCLK (base clock) for an
extreme overclocking, or leave it at [Auto] for the BIOS to upgrade.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100MHz] [125MHz] [167MHz] [250MHz]
PLL Selection [Auto]
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This item is set to LC PLL by default for better stability. Select SB PLL when the BCLK
(base clock) frequency is far away from 100 MHz. This may affect the function of other
devices that need precise clock jitters.
Configuration options: [Auto] [LC PLL] [SB PLL]
Filter PLL [Auto]
This item allows you to select a BCLK (base clock) mode when using a very high BCLK
to improve the overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Low BCLK Mode] [High BCLK Mode]
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BCLK Frequency [100.0]
This item allows you to configure a higher BCLK (base clock) frequency to enhance the
system performance. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range from
80.0MHz - 300.0MHz.
We recommend you to set the value based on the CPU specification. High BCLK
frequencies may damage the CPU permanently.
When Ai Overclock Tuner is set to [XMP], the XMP mode supported by the installed
memory module is displayed.
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Auto]
[Auto]
This item allows you to maximize the oveclocking performance optimized
by ASUS core ratio settings.
[Disabled]
This item allows you to set to default core ratio settings.
CPU Core Ratio [Sync All Cores]
This item allows you to set the CPU core ratio limit per core or synchronize automatically to
all cores.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Sync All Cores] [Per Core]
When the CPU Core Ratio is set to [Sync All Cores], the following item appears.
1-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 1-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 2-Core
Ratio Limit.
When the CPU Core Ratio is set to [Per Core], the following item appears:
1-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 1-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 2-Core
Ratio Limit.
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2-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 2-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 2-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit to [Auto].
3-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 3-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 4-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 3-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit and 2-Core
Ratio Limit to [Auto].
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4-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 4-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 4-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit, 2-Core Ratio
Limit, and 3-Core Ratio to [Auto].
Min. CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
This item allows you to set the minimum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor.
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Max. CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
This item allows you to set the maximum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor.
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Internal PLL Overvoltage [Auto]
This item allows you to enable the internal PLL voltage for K-SKU CPUs to get the extreme
overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
BCLK Frequency: DRAM Frequency Ratio [Auto]
This item allows you to set the base clock frequency of the DRAM frequency ratio.
[Auto]
The DRAM ratio is set to its optimized settings.
[100:100]
The DRAM ratio is set to 100:100.
[100:133]
The DRAM ratio is set to 100:133.
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configuration options vary with the
BCLK Frequency Ratio item settings.
Xtreme Tweaking [Disabled]
This item helps improve some benchmarks performance.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU Level Up [Auto]
This item allows you to select a CPU level. The related parameters automatically adjusts
according to the selected CPU level.
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The CPU level values depends on the CPU installed in your system.
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
This item allows you to set the CPU in its minimum power consumption settings. Enable
this item to set lower CPU VCCIN and VCore voltages and achieve the best energy saving
condition.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DRAM Timing Control
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the
<+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the
keyboard and press the <Enter> key.
Memory Presets
The items in this sub-menu allow you to select a preset memory setting for different
memory modules.
Load 2x2GB Elpida Hyper 1.8V 2133
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB PSC 1.65V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB 1T PSC 1.85V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB PSC 1.85V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB LN2 PSC 1.85V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB BBSE 1.65V 2200
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB BBSE 1.85V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x2GB LN2 BBSE 2.0V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Samsung 1.65V 2666
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Samsung 1.85V 2666
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Samsung 1.85V 2666
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Samsung 1.85V 2800
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix 1.65V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix 1.85V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Load 2x4GB Hynix 1.85V 2750
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB LN2 Hynix 2.0V 2800
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix Single-sided 1.65V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix Single-sided 1.85V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Load 2x4GB New Single-sided 1.85V 3000
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x8GB Samsung 1.65V 2400
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x8GB Samsung 1.80V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x8GB Hynix 1.85V 2600
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x8GB New Hynix 1.85V 2933
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix MRF 1.75V 2933
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2x4GB Hynix MRF 1.75V 3100
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 2GB RAW MHz
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load 4GB/8GB RAW MHz
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Maximus Tweak [Auto]
[Auto]
Allows the system to set the memory compatibility, overclocking, and
system performance.
[Mode 1]
Helps memory compatibility in your system.
[Mode 2]
Helps overclocking and stabilizes system performance.
Primary Timings
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [63]
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DRAM COMMAND Rate [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [2]
Latency Boundary A [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [28]
Latency Boundary B [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [14]
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Latency Compensator [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] to improve performance and overclocking.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
Secondary Timings
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [511]
DRAM Refresh Interval [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [65535]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [16]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [255]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CKE Minimum Pulse Width [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CAS# Write Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
RTL IOL control
DRAM RTL Initial Value [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
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DRAM RTL (CHA_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
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DRAM RTL (CHB_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
Third Timings
tRDRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [7]
tRDRD_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tRDRD_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [63]
tWRRD_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRRD_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
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tWRWR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [7]
tWRWR_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRWR_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
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Dec_WRD
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] – [1]
tRDWR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
MISC
Eventual DRAM Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the DRAM voltage to be reapplied before entering OS. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
MRC Fast Boot [Auto]
This item allows you to enable, disable, or automatically set the MRC fast boot.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
DRAM CLK Period [Auto]
This item allows you to select the DRAM clock period.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [14]
Channel A DIMM Control [Enable Bot...]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Channel A DIMM slots.
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Channel B DIMM Control [Enable Bot...]
Allows you to enable or disable the Channel B DIMM slots.
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Scrambler Setting [Optimized ASUS]
Set this item to [Optimized (ASUS)] to enhance system stability.
Configuration options: [Optimized (ASUS)] [Default (MRC)]
MCH Full Check [Auto]
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Set this item to [Enabled] to enhance the system stability. Set to [Disabled] to
enhance the DRAM overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
DQ Sense Amplifier [Auto]
Reducing the value helps in overclocking and over-voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [+8] – [-29]
DQS Sense Amplifier [Auto]
Reducing the value helps in overclocking and over-voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [+8] – [-29]
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CMD Sense Amplifier [Auto]
Reducing the value helps in overclocking and over-voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [+8] – [-29]
DRAM Swizzling Bit 0-4 [Auto]
Set these items to [Enabled] to enhance overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
RAW MHz Aid [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] to help overclocking but compromises the system
performance.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
IC Optimizer [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] to help overclocking when using a particular IC memory
modules.
Configuration options: [Auto] [4GB Samsung] [4GB New Hynix] [4GB Old Hynix]
[Samsung 1T] [PSC 1T]
DRAM Additional Training [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] to enhance the DRAM overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Skew Control
The items in this sub-menu allow you to achieve better DRAM overclocking capability
and stability.
Transmitter Rising Slope [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
Transmitter Falling Slope [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
Transmitter Control Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
Receiver Rising Slope [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
Receiver Falling Slope [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
Receiver Control Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] - [31]
ODT RTT WR (CHA) [Auto]
ODT RTT NOM (CHA) [Auto]
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ODT RTT WR (CHB) [Auto]
ODT RTT NOM (CHB) [Auto]
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GPU.DIMM Post
The GPU.DIMM Post automatically detects and displays the information about the devices or
memory installed on the PCIe and DIMM slots. The field shows N/A if there are no devices
installed on the slots.
External DIGI+ Power Control
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line is defined by Intel® VRM specification and affects CPU power voltage. The
CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher load-line
calibration could get higher voltage and good overclocking performance but increases
the CPU and VRM thermal conditions.
Select from Level 1 to Level 9 to adjust CPU power voltage from 0% to 100%.
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions must be monitored.
CPU VRM Switching Frequency [Auto]
This item affects the VRM transient response speed and the component thermal
production. Select [Manual] to configure a higher frequency for a quicker transient
response speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU VRM Switching Frequency to
[Manual].
Fixed CPU VRM Switching Frequency (KHz) [300]
This item allows you to set a higher frequency for a quicker transient
response speed. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range
from 300 KHz to 500 KHz with an interval of 50 KHz.
Do not remove the thermal module when the manual mode is selected. The thermal
conditions should be monitored.
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The following item appears only when the CPU VRM Switching Frequency is set to [Auto].
VRM Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
This item allows to enhance the system stability.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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CPU Power Phase Control [Auto]
This item allows you to set the power phase control of the CPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Standard] [Optimized] [Extreme] [Manual Adjustment]
[Auto]
Set the phase control on its default setting.
[Standard]
Set the phase control based on the CPU command.
[Optimized]
Set the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
[Extreme]
Set the full phase mode
[Power Phase
Response]
Set manually to a faster phase response to increase system
performance or to slower phase response to increase DRAM
power efficiency.
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Extreme] and [Manual
Adjustment]. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
•
The item VRM Spread Spectrum disappears when you set the CPU Power Phase
Control to [Extreme].
•
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Power Phase Control to
[Power Phase Response].
Power Phase Response [Fast]
This item allows you to set a response for the CPU power phase response.
The reaction time will take longer when the regular mode is selected.
Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
CPU Power Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal
conditions of every phase component.
[T. Probe]
Select to maintain the VRM thermal balance.
[Extreme]
Select to maintain the current VRM balance.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Current Capability [Auto]
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DIGI + VRM CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking.
A higher value setting gets higher VRM power consumption delivery and extends the
overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
Choose a higher value when overclocking or under a high CPU loading for extra power
support.
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CPU Power Thermal Control [130]
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge the O.C. potential. Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. The values range from 120 to 141.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Input Boot Voltage [Auto]
Set a VCCIN for the CPU right at boot. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 0.80V to 2.440 with a 0.010V interval.
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
This item allows you to adjust the total power range for DRAM overclocking. A higher
value provides a wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency
change simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
DRAM Switching Frequency [Auto]
This item affects the overlocking range and system stability. Configure to a higher
frequency to increase the overclocking range or a lower frequency to enhance the
system stability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
Tweakers’ Paradise
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and features.
BCLK Tuning
VCCIN Shadow Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set a pseudo voltage for VCCIN. Use the <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.800V to 2.440V at 0.010V increment.
Termination Anti-Aliasing [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] to smooth out the change of the PLL Termination Voltage,
which helps yield a better overclocking result.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Initial PLL Termination Voltage [Auto]
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Initial Voltage at which CPU BCLKs are terminated. Maintaining a level close to CPU
Input Voltage helps base clock overclocking. Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the
value. The values range from 0.00V to 3.00V at 0.00625V increment.
PLL Termination Reset Voltage [Auto]
Set a phase-locked loop termination reset voltage. Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the
value. The values range from 0.00V to 3.00V at 0.00625V increment.
Eventual PLL Termination Voltage [Auto]
Set an eventual phase-locked loop termination voltage. Use the <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.00V to 3.00V at 0.00625V increment.
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PCH ICC Voltage [Auto]
Power Supply for the Integrated Clock Controller. Lower may be better.
Clock Crossing VBoot [Auto]
This item allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing voltage boot when
the rising edge of BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK DP. Use the
<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V at 0.00625V
increment.
Clock Crossing Reset Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing reset voltage when
the rising edge of BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK DP. Use the
<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V at 0.00625V
increment.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.1000] - [1.9000]
Clock Crossing Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing voltage when the rising
edge of BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK DP. Use the <+> or <-> key
to adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V at 0.00625V increment.
Internal CPU Power Management
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and features.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
This item allows the operating system to dynamically adjust the processor voltage and
cores frequency which decreases the average power consumption the average heat
production.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable your core processor’s speed to run faster than the
base operating frequency when it is below operating power, current and temperature
specification limit.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Turbo Mode to [Enabled].
Turbo Mode Parameters
Long Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
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This item allows you to limit the Turbo Ratio’s time duration thay exceeds the TDP
(Thermal Design Power) for maximum performance. Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. The values range from 1W to 4096W.
Package Power Time Window [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 1, this item allows you to maintain the time window for
Turbo Ratio over TDP (Thermal Design Power). Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust
the value. The values range from 1 second to 127 seconds.
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Short Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 2, this item allows you to provide rapid protection when the
package power exceeds the Power Limit 1. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 1W to 4096W.
CPU Integrated VR Current Limit appears when you set the Turbo Mode to [Enabled] or
[Disabled].
CPU Integrated VR Current Limit [Auto]
This item allows you to set a higher current limit to prevent frequency and power
throttling when overclocking. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The values
range from 0.125 to 1023.875 with a 0.125 interval.
CPU Internal Power Switching Frequency
Frequency Tuning Mode [Auto]
This item allows you to increase or decrease the switching frequency of the internal
regulator. Decrease to help consume less power or increase to help voltage stability.
When this item is set to [+] or [-], the Frequency Tuning Offset appears and allows you
to set its value from 0% to 6%.
CPU Internal Power Fault Control
Thermal Feedback [Auto]
This item allows the CPU to take precautionary actions when the thermal conditions of
the external regulator exceeds the threshold.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Integrated VR Fault Management [Auto]
This item allows you to prevent tripping the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator when
doing over-voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
We recommend to set this item to [Disabled] when overclocking.
CPU Internal Power Configuration
CPU Integrated VR Efficiency Management [Auto]
This item allows you to improve power saving when the processor is in low power
state. Disable this item to make the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator work in high
performance at all times.
Configuration options: [Auto] [High Performance] [Balanced]
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Power Decay Mode [Auto]
Enable this item to improve the power saving of the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator
as the processor goes into low current state.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Idle Power-in Response [Auto]
This item allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator
when it enters manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Idle Power-out Response [Auto]
This item allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator
when it exits manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Power Current Slope [Auto]
This item allows you to set a higher power current slope to enhance the power saving
condition. Set this item to a lower power current slope level to enhance the system
overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [LEVEL -4] - [LEVEL 4]
Power Current Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to select higher power current offset percentages to enhance the
power saving condition. Select lower power current offset percentages to enhance the
system overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [87.5%] [75.0%] [62.5%] [50.0%] [37.5%] [25.0%]
[12.5%] [0%] [-12.5%] [-25.0%] [-37.5%] [-50.0%] [-62.5%] [-75.0%] [-87.5%] [-100%]
Power Fast Ramp Response [Auto]
This item allows you to increase to enhance the response of the voltage regulator
during the load transient.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.00] - [1.50]
CPU Internal Power Saving Control
Power Saving Level 1 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use the <+> or <-> key
to adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 80A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 2 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use the <+> or <-> key
to adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 50A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 3 Threshold [Auto]
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Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use the <+> or <-> key
to adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 30A at 1Amp increment.
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Fully Manual Mode [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to support voltage control via ROG Connect and OC Panel.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set Fully Manual Mode item to [Enabled].
CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the CPU graphics.
Increase the voltage when configuring a high CPU graphics frequency. Use the <+> or
<-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.8V to 1.920V at 0.01V increment.
CPU System Agent Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the system agent of the
CPU including the PCI-E controller and the PCU (power control unit). Configure a high
system agent voltage to enhance the overclocking capability. Use the <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.85V to 2.20V at 0.003125V increment.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the analog portion of
the I/O on the CPU. Configure a high analog I/O voltage to enhance the overclocking
capability. Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 1.0V to
2.20V at 0.003125V increment.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the digital portion of
the I/O on the CPU. Configure a high digital I/O voltage to enhance the overclocking
capability. Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 1.0V to
2.20V at 0.003125V increment.
The following items appear only when you set the Fully Manual Mode item to [Disabled].
CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of Voltage fed to the CPU cores. Increase
the voltage when configuring a high CPU core frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual Mode].
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CPU Core Voltage Override [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the CPU core voltage. Use<+> or <->
key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V at 0.001V
increment.
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Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[-]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Core Voltage Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the CPU core voltage offset value.
Use<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to
0.999V at 0.001V increment.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Adaptive Mode].
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the CPU cores
when running in turbo mode. Increase the voltage when configuring a high
CPU core frequency. The voltage you set is affected by the offset value.
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V
to 1.920 V with a 0.001 V interval.
Total Adaptive Mode CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
This item sums up the voltages of the CPU Core Voltage offset and
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Core Voltage options.
CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the CPU uncores
including it is cache. Increase the voltage when configuring a high CPU cache
frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Manual Mode].
CPU Cache Voltage Override [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the CPU cache voltage. Use<+> or <->
key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V at 0.001V
increment.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode].
Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[-]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
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CPU Cache Voltage Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the CPU cache voltage offset value.
Use<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to
0.999V at 0.001V increment.
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The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Adaptive Mode].
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the CPU cores
when running in turbo mode. Increase the voltage when configuring a high
CPU core frequency. The voltage you set is affected by the offset value.
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V
to 1.920 V with a 0.001 V interval.
Total Adaptive Mode CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
This item sums up the voltages of the CPU Cache Voltage offset and
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Cache Voltage options.
CPU System Agent Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[-]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU System Agent Voltage Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the system agent of the
processor including its PCIE controller and power control unit (PCU). Setting a high
system agent voltage may enhance the overclocking capability.Use the <+> or <-> key
to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V at 0.001V increment.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[-]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed for the analog portion of the I/O
on the CPU. Setting a high analog I/O voltage may enhance overclocking capability.
Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V at
0.001V increment.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[-]
To offset the voltage by a negative value
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
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This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed for the digital portion of the I/O
on the CPU. Setting a high digital I/O voltage may enhance the overclocking capability.
Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V at
0.001V increment.
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SVID Support [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] when overclocking. Disabling this item prevents the CPU from
communicating with the external voltage regulator.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Auto] or
[Disabled].
Initial CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set a VCCIN for the CPU during initial part of POST. Use the
<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.80V to 2.440V at 0.010V
increment.
Eventual CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set a VCCIN for the CPU before OS loading. Use the <+>
or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.80V to 2.440V at 0.010V
increment.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the voltage for the system memory. Use the <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 1.20V to 2.40V at 0.005V increment.
According to Intel® CPU specifications, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65 V may
damage the CPU permanently. We recommend that you install the DIMMs with the voltage
requirement below 1.65 V.
PCH Core Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the Core voltage for the PCH (Platform Controller Hub). You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.70 V to 1.80 V with a
0.0125 V interval.
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The values of the CPU PLL Voltage, CPU Manual Voltage, CPU Offset Voltage,
iGPU Manual Voltage, iGPU Offset Voltage, DRAM Voltage, VCCSA Voltage, VCCIO
Voltage, and PCH Voltage items are labeled in different color, indicating the risk levels
of high voltage settings.
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The system may need better cooling system for a more stable performance under high
voltage.
PCH VLX Voltage [Auto]
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This item allows you to set the I/O voltage of the PCH VLX. Use the <+> or <-> key to adjust
the value. The values range from 0.8000V to 2.0000V at 0.00625V increment.
VTTDDR Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the termination voltage for the system memory. Use the <+>
or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.6000V to 1.4000V at 0.00625V
increment.
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DRAM CTRL REF Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the DRAM reference voltage on the control lines. The
reference voltage is the DRAM voltage times the configured value. Use the <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300 at 0.0050x increment.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/CHB [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the DRAM reference voltage on the data lines of channels
A and B. The reference voltage is the DRAM voltage times the configured value. Use the
<+> or <-> key to adjust the value. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300 at 0.0050x
increment.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
This item allows you to enhance the BCLK overclocking capability or reduce the EMI
(electromagnetic disturbance) generated by the BCLK.
[Auto]
Default configuration
[Enabled]
Reduces the EMI generated by the BCLK.
[Disabled]
Enhances the BCLK (base clock) overclocking ability.
BCLK Recovery [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the BCLK (base clock) recovery feature.
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Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] [Ignore]
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3.5
Main menu
The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup
program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and
allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
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If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons for information
on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
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The Administrator or User Password items on top of the screen show the default [Not
Installed]. After you set a password, these items show [Installed].
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Administrator Password
If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator
password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only
selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator
password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear
the password, the Administrator Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
User Password
If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing the system.
The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a user password:
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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To change a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press
<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the
User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
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Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
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3.6.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
The items in this menu may vary based on the CPU installed.
Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]
This item allows you to protect the CPU by decreasing its frequency as it reaches the thermal
throttle point. The thermal monitor includes TM1 (Thermal monitor 1), TM2 (Thermal monitor
2), and EMTTM (Enhanced Multi-threaded Thermal Monitoring).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Active Processor Cores [All]
This item allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor
package.
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Configuration options: [All] [1]
Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this item allows the legacy OS to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
Execute Disable prevents certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined
with a supporting OS (SuSE Linux 9.2, RedHat Enterprise 3 Update 3).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel® Virtualization Technology [Disabled]
This item makes a single system appear as multiple independent systems to software. This
allows multiple or independent operating systems to run simultaneously on a single system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher (L2 Cache) [Enabled]
This item allows the CPU to prefetch commands and data in the L2 cache, reduces the
DRAM loading time and improves the system performance.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher [Enabled]
This item allows the mid level cache (L2) to prefetch adjacent cache lines, reducing the
DRAM loading time and improves the system performance.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Performance Mode [Max Non-Turbo Performance]
This item allows you to select the CPU performance state during system boot before the
operating system takes control. The CPU runs at a selected performance ratio based on CPU
configuration.
Configuration options: [Max Non-Turbo Performance] [Max Battery] [Turbo Performance]
Dynamic Storage Accelerator [Disabled]
This item allows you to accelerate the performance of the SSDs (Solid-State Drives) by
dynamically adjusting the power management during heavy multitasking.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU Power Management Configuration
The subitems in this menu allows you to manage and configure the CPU’s power.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
This item allows your system to adjust the CPU’s voltage and cores frequency,
resulting in decreased power consumption and heat production.
[Disabled]
The CPU runs at its default speed.
[Enabled]
The system controls the CPU speed.
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CPU C-States [Auto]
This item allows you to set the power saving of the CPU states.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the CPU C States to [Enabled].
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Enhanced C1 State [Enabled]
This item allows your CPU to reduce power consumption when the system
is in idle mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C3 Report [Enabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to the
operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to the
operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
C6 Latency [Short]
This item allows you to set the duration of C6 latency for C6 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
CFG lock
This item allows you to enable or disable the MSR 0xE2 [15] CFG lock bit.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Package C-States Support [Auto]
This item allows you to set the a C-state support for the CPU package.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [C0/C1] [C2] [C3] [C6] [CPU C7]
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PCH Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
This item allows you to configure the PCI Express slots.
PCI-E Speed [Auto]
This item allows your system to automatically select the PCI-E port speed.
Configuration options: []Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2]
Intel (R) Rapid Start Technology [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable Intel Rapid Start Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Intel® Rapid Start Technology to
[Enabled].
Entry on S3 RTC Wake [Enabled]
The system automatically wakes up and set to Rapid Start Technology S4 mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled
Entry After [0]
This item appears only when you set the Entry on S3 RTC Wake to
[Enabled]. This item allows you to enable the RTC wake timer at S3 entry.
The value ranges from 0 (Immediately) to 120 minutes
Active Page Threshold Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the IRST with additional partition size.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Ensure that the caching partition size is larger than the total memory size.
Active Memory Threshold [0]
This item appears only when you set the Active Page Threshold Support
to [Enabled].This item allows you to allocate a partition size for Active
Page Threshold.
Hybrid Hard Disk Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable Hybrid Hard Disk support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Intel (R) Smart Connect Technology
ISCT Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Intel® Smart Connect Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
High Precision Timer [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the High Precision Event Timer.
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Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.6.3
PCH Storage Configuration
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The
SATA Port items show Empty if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA port.
Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
SATA Mode Selection [AHCI]
This item allows you to set the SATA configuration.
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[Disabled]
Disables the SATA function.
[IDE]
Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[AHCI]
Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the AHCI
(Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard storage
driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases storage
performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to internally
optimize the order of commands.
[RAID]
Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the
SATA hard disk drives.
The following item appears only when you set the SATA Mode Selection to [RAID].
Alternate ID [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable Report alternate ID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Aggressive LPM Support [Disabled]
This item is designed for LPM (link power management) support with a better energy saving
conditions. When set to [Enabled], the hot plug function of SATA ports are disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system that
shows a warning message during POST (Power-on Self Test) when an error occurs in the
hard disks. Press <Enter> to set this item On or Off.
Configuration options: [On] [Off]
Hot Plug [Disabled] (SATA6G_1 - SATA6G_4 [Red])
These items appear only when you set the SATA Mode Selection item to [AHCI] or [RAID],
and allow you to enable/disable SATA Hot Plug Support.
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Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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System Agent Configuration
CPU Display Audio [Enabled]
Enable this item for the CPU display audio support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Graphics Configuration
The items in this sub-menu allows you to select a primary display from iGPU, and PCIe
graphical devices.
Primary Display [Auto]
This item allows you to select a primary display from iGPU, and PCIe graphical
devices.
[Auto] The primary display is set to PCI-E when a PCI-E graphic card is
detected.
[CPU Graphics] Force the primary display to be from the CPU Graphics.
[PCIE]
Force the primary display to be from the PCI-E graphic cards.
CPU Graphics Memory [Auto]
This item allows you to select the amount of system memory allocated to DVMT 5.0
used by the CPU graphics.
Configuration options: [Auto] [32M] [64M] [96M] [128M] [160M] [192M] [224M] [256M]
[288M] [320M] [352M] [384M] [416M] [448M] [480M] [512M]
Render Standby [Auto]
This item allows you to enable the Intel® Graphics Render Standby support to reduce
iGPU power use when the system is idle.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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CPU Graphics Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
Enable this item for the Intel graphics render standby support to reduce the iGPU
power consumption when the system is idle.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DMI Configuration
Enable this item for the DMI (Direct media interface) to run at PCI-E 2.0 speed.
DMI Gen 2 [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
NB PCI-E Configuration
This item allows you to configure the NB PCI Express settings.
PCIEx16 Link Speed [Auto]
This item allows you to select the operating speed of the PCI-EX16 speed.
Configuration options:
[Auto] The system automatically selects the PCI-E x16 port speed.
[Gen1] The PCI-EX16 port runs at PCI-E 1.0 speed.
[Gen2] The PCI-EX16 port runs at PCI-E 2.0 speed.
[Gen3]
The PCI-EX16 port runs at PCI-E 3.0 speed.
Memory Configuration
This item allows you to configure the memory configuration parameters.
Memory Scrambler [Enabled]
This item allows you to support high frequency DRAMs for better stability.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Remap [Enabled]
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This item allows you to support the DRAM address remapping function for 64-bit
operating systems.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.6.5
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Disabled]
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program. It cannot
be recognized in boot devices list.
[Enabled]
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
[Auto]
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Intel xHCI Mode [Smart Auto]
[Smart Auto]
Once the xHCI driver has been detected, the USB 3.0 mode will be
supported during both POST and operating system.
[Auto]
xHCI controller will be enabled and run at USB 3.0 mode when the xHCI
driver is installed in the operating system.
[Enabled]
Enables the xHCI controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the xHCI controller.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
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This item is set to [Disabled] by default for the EHCI (enhanced host controller interface)
support by EHCI drivers in operating systems.
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[Enabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
[Disabled]
Disables the EHCI Hand-off support.
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USB Single Port Control
Allows you to enable or disable the individual USB port.
Refer to section 1.2.2 Motherboard layout for the location of the USB ports.
3.6.6
Platform Misc Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to configure the platform-related features.
PCI Express Native Power Management [Disabled]
This item allows you to enhance the power saving feature of PCI Express and perform ASPM
operations in the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the PCI Express Native Power Management
to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
Vista controls the ASPM support for the device.
[Disabled]
BIOS controls the ASPM support for the device.
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DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
This item is for the control of the Active State Power Management on both NB and SB side of
the DMI link.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
ASPM Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to select an ASPM (Active State Power Management) state for energy
saving conditions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1] [Auto]
SA - PCI Express
DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
Enable the PCH side ASPM for energy saving support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1s] [L0sL1]
PEG ASPM Control [Disabled]
Select the ASPM states for energy saving conditions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [ASPM L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
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Onboard Devices Configuration
Scroll down to view the other BIOS items.
HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the controller.
The following items appear only when you set the HD Audio Controller to [Enabled].
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
This item allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy
AC’97 or high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel
audio module supports.
[HD Audio]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition
audio.
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
Bluetooth Controller [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Bluetooth controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Wi-Fi Controller [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Wi-Fi controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
M.2 [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable M.2 feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Intel LAN Controller [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Intel LAN Controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel LAN PXE Option ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when Intel LAN Controller is set to [Enabled].This item allows
you to enable or disable the Intel LAN preboot execution environment (PXE) option
ROM. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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ErP Ready [Disabled]
This item allows you to switch off some power at S4+S5 or S5 to get the system ready for
ErP requirement. When set to [Enabled], all other PME options are switched off.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled (S4+S5)] [Enabled (S5)]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
The system goes into ON state after an AC power loss.
[Power Off]
The system goes into OFF state after an AC power loss.
[Last State]
The system goes into either OFF or ON state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
Power On By PCI-E/PCI [Disabled]
[Disabled] Disables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
Intel®/Realtek LAN device or other installed PCIE LAN devices.
[Enabled] Enables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
PCIE LAN devices.
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
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Network Stack Configuration
Network Stack [Disabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the UEFI network stack.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
The following items appear only when you set the Network Stack to [Enabled].
Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE boot option.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.6.10
ROG Effects
Onboard LED [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable all the onboard LEDs.
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Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
Create RAID Volume
This item allows you to create a RAID volume.
This item only appears when at least one HDD is connected to the Intel® SATA ports and
set to RAID mode.
Name [Volume1]
This item allows you to key in a volume name for your RAID setup.
Use only alphanumeric characters for your RAID volume name. It should be 16 characters
or less.
RAID Level [RAID0(Stripe)]
This item allows you to select the RAID level.
Configuration options: [RAID0(Stripe] [RAID1(Mirror)] [RAID5(Parity)] [Recovery]
Select Disks
This item shows the connected SATA devices compatible for setting up RAID. On their
dropdown lists, select X to set up the RAID.
Strip Size: [32KB]
This item allows you to strip the size of your RAID setup.
Configuration options: [4KB] [8KB] [16KB] [32KB] [64KB] [128KB]
Capacity (MB): [0]
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3.7
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
Qfan Tuning
Click this item to automatically detect the lowest speed and configure the minimum duty cycle
for each fan.
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Voltage Monitor
CPU Core 0-1 Voltage; CPU Cache Voltage; CPU System Agent Voltage; CPU
Analog I/O Voltage; CPU Digital I/O Voltage; CPU Input Voltage; DRAM Voltage;
PCH Voltage; 3.3V Voltage; 5V Voltage; 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the
onboard voltage regulators. Press <Enter> and select [Ignore] if you do not wish to
display the detected temperatures.
Temperature Monitor
CPU Temperature; MB Temperature; VRM Temperature [xxx°C/xxx°F]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, voltages,
and motherboard. Press <Enter> and select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the
detected temperatures.
Fan Speed Monitor
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CPU FAN Speed Chassis FAN1/2/3 Speed [XXXX RPM]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU fan and
chassis fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If any of the fans is not connected to
the motherboard, the field shows [N/A]. These items are not user‑configurable. Press
<Enter> and select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
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CPU Q-Fan Control [Auto]
This item allows you to set the CPU Q-Fan operating mode.
[Auto]
Detects the type of CPU fan installed and automatically switches the
control modes.
[PWM Mode]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature in PWM mode for 4-pin CPU fan.
[DC Mode]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature in DC mode for 3-pin CPU fan.
[Disabled]
Disables the Q-Fan control.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Q-Fan Control to [Auto], [PWM
Mode], and [DC Mode].
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
This item allows you to set the low limit warning for CPU Fan speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the CPU fan adjust automatically depending on the CPU
temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign the detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Fan Profile to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 20°C to 75°C.
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
CPU Middle Temperature [25]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to set the value for CPU Middle Temperature. The
range of the values depends on the CPU installed.
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CPU Fan Middle Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the CPU fan middle duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the CPU fan’s lower temperature. The
values range from 20% to 75%.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
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Chassis Fan 1-3 Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
These items allow you to enable or disable the chassis fans’ Q-Fan control feature of your
motherboard.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Chassis Fan 1-3 Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
This item allows you to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Chassis Fan 1-3 Profile [Standard]
This item allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the chassis fan adjust automatically depending on the
chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Fan Profile to [Manual].
Chassis Fan 1-3 Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40°C to 90°C.
Chassis Fan 1-3 Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1-3 Middle Temperature [45]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to set the value for Chassis Fan Middle
Temperature.
Chassis Fan 1-3 Middle Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the chassis fan middle duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1-3 Lower Temperature [40]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the chassis fans’ lower temperature. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1-3 Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
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Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
Boot Configuration
Fast Boot [Enabled]
[Disabled]
This item allows your system to go back to its normal boot speed.
[Enabled]
This item allows your system to accelerate the boot speed.
The following items appear only when you set the Fast Boot to [Enabled].
[All Devices]
All devices connected to SATA ports are available during POST.
This process extends the POST time.
[Hard Drive Only]
Only hard drives connected to SATA ports are detected during
POST.
[Boot Drive Only]
Only boot drives connected to a SATA ports are detected during
POST.
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SATA Support [All Devices]
USB Support [Partial Initialization]
[Disabled]
All USB devices will not be available until OS boot up for a
fastest POST time.
[Full Initialization]
All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will
extend the POST time.
[Partial
Initialization]
For a faster POST time, only USB ports with keyboard and
mouse connections will be detected.
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PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Support [Auto]
This item allows you to disable or have full system control of the PS/2 devices’
availability during POST.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Full Initialization]
Network Stack Driver Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select to skip the network stack driver from loading during POST.
[Enabled]
Select to load the network stack driver during POST.
Next Boot after AC Power Loss [Normal Boot]
[Normal Boot] Returns to normal boot on the next boot after an AC power loss.
[Fast Boot]
Accelerates the boot speed on the next boot after an AC power loss.
Boot Logo Display [Auto]
[Auto]
Sets the boot logo to display during POST.
[Full Screen]
Sets the boot logo display in full screen during POST.
[Disabled]
Disables the boot logo display during POST.
The following item appears only when you set the Boot Logo Display to [Auto] and [Full
Screen].
Post Delay Time [3 sec]
This item allows you to select a desired additional POST waiting time to easily enter
the BIOS Setup. You can only execute the POST delay time during normal boot. The
values range from 0 to 10 seconds.
This feature only works when set under normal boot.
The following items appear only when you set the Boot Logo Display to [Disabled].
Post Report [5 sec]
This item allows you to select a desired POST report waiting time.
Configuration options: [1 sec] - [10 sec] [Until Press ESC]
Bootup NumLock State [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable power-on state of the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
This item allows your system to wait for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Option ROM Messages [Enabled]
[Enabled]
The option ROM messages are shown during POST (Power-on Self-Test).
[Disabled]
Only the ASUS logo is shown during POST.
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], it allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Above 4G Decoding [Disabled]
This item enables or disables 64-bit capable devices to be decoded in above 4G address
space if your system supports 64-bit PCI Decoding.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Setup Mode [Advanced Mode]
[Advanced
Mode]
Sets Advanced Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup
program.
[EZ Mode]
Sets EZ Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program.
CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
Allows you to configure the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) items to fully support the
various VGA, bootable devices and add-on devices for better compatibility.
Launch CSM [Enabled]
[Auto]
The system automatically detects the bootable devices and the addon devices.
[Enabled]
For better compatibility, enable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI
driver add-on devices or the Windows® UEFI mode.
[Disabled]
Disable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI driver add-on devices
or the Windows® UEFI mode.
The following items appear when you set the Launch CSM to [Enabled].
Boot Devices Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
This item allows you to select the type of devices that you want to boot.
Configuration options: [UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only]
[UEFI only]
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This item allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to
launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
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Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
This item allows you to select the type of storage devices that you want to
launch.
Configuration options: [Both, Legacy OpROM first] [Both, UEFI first]
[Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from PCI-E/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
This item allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that
you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
Secure Boot
This item allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to
protect the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
OS Type [Windows UEFI Mode]
[Windows UEFI
Mode]
This item allows you to select your installed operating system.
Execute the Microsoft® Secure Boot check. Only select
this option when booting on Windows® UEFI mode or other
Microsoft® Secure Boot compliant OS.
[Other OS]
Get the optimized function when booting on Windows® nonUEFI mode. Microsoft® Secure Boot only supports Windows®
UEFI mode.
The following item appears only when you set the OS Type to [Windows UEFI mode].
Key Management
This allows you to manage the Secure Boot keys.
Install Default Secure Boot keys
This item allows you to immediately load the default Security Boot keys,
Platform key (PK), Key-exchange Key (KEK), Signature database (db), and
Revoked Signatures (dbx). When the default Secure boot keys are loaded,
the PK state will change from Unloaded mode to loaded mode.
Clear Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This
item allows you to clear all default Secure Boot keys.
Save Secure Boot Keys
This item allows you to save the PK (Platform Keys) to a USB storage
device.
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PK Management
The Platform Key (PK) locks and secures the firmware from any permissible changes.
The system verifies the PK before your system enters the OS.
Delete PK
This item allows you to delete the PK from your system. Once the PK is
deleted, all the system’s Secure Boot keys will not be active.
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Load PK from File
This item allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage
device.
The PK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
KEK Management
The KEK (Key-exchange Key or Key Enrollment Key) manages the Signature database
(db) and Revoked Signature database (dbx).
Key-exchange Key (KEK) refers to Microsoft® Secure Boot Key-Enrollment Key (KEK).
Delete the KEK
This item allows you to delete the KEK from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load KEK from File
This item allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage
device.
Append KEK from File
This item allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for
an additional db and dbx loaded management.
The KEK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DB Management
The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI
applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the
single computer.
Delete the db
This item allows you to delete the db file from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load db from File
This item allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage
device.
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Append db from File
This item allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that
more images can be loaded securely.
The db file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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DBX Management
The dbx (Revoked Signature database) lists the forbidden images of db items that are
no longer trusted and cannot be loaded.
Delete the dbx
This item allows you to delete the dbx file from your system.
Load dbx from File
This item allows you to load the downloaded dbx from a USB storage
device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Append dbx from File
This item allows you to load the additional dbx from a storage device so
that more db’s images cannot be loaded.
The dbx file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
Boot Option Priorities
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system.
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To access Windows® OS in Safe Mode, press <F8 > after POST (Windows® 8 not
supported).
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To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo
appears.
Boot Override
These item displays the available devices. The number of device items that appear on the
screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to start
booting from the selected device.
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Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
This item allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press
<Enter> to confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.9.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility.
3.9.2
Secure Erase
SSD speeds may lower over time as with any storage medium due to data processing.
Secure Erase completely and safely cleans your SSD, restoring it to factory performance
performance levels.
Secure Erase is only available in AHCI mode. Ensure to set the SATA mode to AHCI. Click
Advanced > SATA Configuration > AHCI.
To launch ROG SSD Secure Erase, click Tool > ROG SSD Secure Erase on the Advanced
mode menu.
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The time to erase the contents of your SSD may take a while depending on its size. Do not turn off the system during the process.
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Secure Erase is only supported on Intel SATA port. For more information about Intel
SATA ports, refer to section 1.2.2 Motherboard layout of this manual.
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available SSDs
Status definition:
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Frozen. The frozen state is the result of a BIOS protective measure. The BIOS guards
drives that do not have password protection by freezing them prior to booting. If the
drive is frozen, a power off or hard reset of your PC must be performed to proceed
with the Secure Erase.
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Locked. SSDs might be locked if the Secure Erase process is either incomplete or
was stopped. This may be due to a third party software that uses a different password
defined by ASUS. You have to unlock the SSD in the software before proceeding with
Secure Erase.
Graphics Card Information
This item displays the information about the graphics card installed in your system.
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ASUS Overclocking Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
The O.C. Profile Configuration items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Profile Name
Allows you to input a profile name to save the current BIOS settings.
Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load from Profile
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the
system boot failure!
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We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/
CPU configuration and BIOS version.
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Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile
number that saved your BIOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load/Save CMOS Profile From/To USB drive
This item allows you to load or save CMOS profiles from or to the USB drive when clicked or
selected.
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ASUS SPD Information
Allows you to view the DRAM SPD information.
3.9.6
ROG OC Panel H-Key Configure
The ROG OC Panel H-Key Configure allows you to input and save values on the CPU core
voltage, CPU input voltage, BCLK Frequency, and CPU ratio in the UEFI BIOS. The saved
values can be synchronized to a compatible OC Panel device and these values can be
tweaked or configured using the OC Panel without going to the BIOS menu.
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CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the Cores of the processor.
Increase the value when increasing Core Frequency. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value.
The values range from 1.050000V to 2.200000V with a 0.003125V interval.
CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the input voltage to the cores of the processor. Use the <+>
or <-> key to raise the voltage by an increment of 0.010V. The minimum voltage is 0.800V
and the maximum voltage is 3.040V.
BCLK Frequency [Auto]
This item allows you to input values to the Base Clock (BCLK) Frequency that ranges from
60 MHz to 300 MHz.
CPU Ratio [Auto]
This item allows you to the adjust the CPU ratio. The CPU ratio may vary according to the
model of the processor.
Load Default
This item allows you to load the default values of the CPU Core Voltage, CPU Input Voltage,
BCLK Frequency, and CPU Ratio. The Load Default resets all values to [Auto].
Save Above Settings
This item allows you to save the new values of the CPU Core Voltage, CPU Input Voltage,
BCLK Frequency, and CPU Ratio.
Load from profile
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This item allows you to load the previous values of the CPU Core Voltage, CPU Input
Voltage, BCLK Frequency, and CPU Ratio.
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Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and
save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load the default values.
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of
the available filesystem devices.
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Updating BIOS
The ASUS website publishes the latest BIOS versions to provide enhancements on system
stability, compatibility, or performance. However, BIOS updating is potentially risky. If there
is no problem using the current version of BIOS, DO NOT manually update the BIOS.
Inappropriate BIOS updating may result in the system’s failure to boot. Carefully follow the
instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
1.
EZ Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard support DVD or a
USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
4.
ASUS BIOS Updater: Updates and back ups the BIOS in DOS environment using the
motherboard support DVD and a USB flash disk drive.
3.11.1
EZ Update
The EZ Update is a utility that allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment.
EZ Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an ISP
(Internet Service Provider).
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This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
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Refer to section 4.4.6 EZ Update of this user guide for more information.
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3.11.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a bootable floppy disk
or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website
at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
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1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tool menu to select
ASUS EZ Flash Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
3.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
4.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
6.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform
the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.
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This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system
boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 3.10 Exit menu for
details.
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the
BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a
corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains
the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published
on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at
support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash drive
containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 automatically.
4.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover the BIOS setting. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default
BIOS values.
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
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3.11.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update the BIOS in DOS environment.
The screen captures used in this section are for reference only and may not be exactly the
same as actually shown on your computer screen.
Before updating BIOS
•
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive.
•
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from http://support.asus.com and
save them in your USB flash drive.
NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Ensure that your USB flash drive is in
single partition and in FAT32/16 format.
•
Turn off the computer.
•
Ensure that your computer has a DVD optical drive.
Booting the system in DOS environment
To boot the system in DOS:
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer then press <F8> to launch the select boot device screen.
3.
When the select boot device screen appears, insert the Support DVD into the optical
drive then select the optical drive as the boot device.
Please select boot device:
E1: ASUS DVD-E818A6T (4069MB)
USB DISK 2.0 (3824MB)
UEFI: (FAT) USB DISK 2.0 (3824MB)
Enter Setup
 and  to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
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4. When the booting message appears, press <Enter> within five (5) seconds to enter
FreeDOS prompt.
ISOLINUX 3.20 2006-08-26 Copyright (C) 1994-2005 H. Peter Anvin
A Bootable DVD/CD is detected. Press ENTER to boot from the DVD/CD.
If no key is pressed within 5 seconds, the system will boot next priority
device automatically. boot:
5.
On the FreeDOS prompt, type d: then press <Enter> to switch the disk from Drive C
(optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).
Welcome to FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org)!
C:/> d:
D:/>
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file:
1.
On the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
D:/> bupdater /pc /g
2.
On the BIOS Updater screen, press <Tab> to switch from Files panel to Drives panel
then select D:.
ASUSTeK BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30 [2014/01/01]
Current ROM
BOARD: M7I
VER: 0210 (H :00 B :00)
DATE: 06/12/2014
PATH:
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
C:\
C:
D:
FORMAN~1
M7I.CAP
<DIR>
8390626
2014-02-10
21:14:34
Drives panel
Files panel
3.
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[Tab] Switch
[Esc] Exit
[V] Drive Info
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Note
Press <Tab> to switch from Drives panel to Files panel then press <Up/Down or Home/
End> keys to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>.
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4.
After the BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file, select Yes to confirm the BIOS
update.
Are you sure you want to update the BIOS?
Yes
No
The BIOS Backup feature is not supported due to security regulations.
5.
Select Yes then press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater.
6.
Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure.
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See section 3.10 Exit menu
for details.
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Software support
Software support
4.1
Installing an operating system
4.2
4
•
This motherboard supports Windows® 8 32/64-bit and Windows® 7 32/64-bit operating
systems (OS).
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup procedures presented
in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for detailed
information.
Support DVD information
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Ensure that you have an Administrator account before running the support DVD in
Windows® 7 or Windows® 8 OS.
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive.
2. In the AutoPlay dialog box, click Run ASSETUP.exe.
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To run the support DVD:
If the AutoPlay dialog box does not appear, browse the contents of the support DVD and
double-click or tap \\bin\ASSETUP.EXE to launch the ASUS motherboard support DVD
main menu.
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Support DVD main menu
The Drivers menu shows the available
device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary
drivers to use the devices.
The Manual menu contains the list
of supplementary user manuals.
Click an item to open the folder of
the user manual.
The Utilities
menu shows
the applications
and other
software that
the motherboard
supports.
The Video menu contains
ROG related videos.
Click the
Contact tab
to display the
ASUS contact
information.
Click an icon
to display DVD/
motherboard
information
Click an item
to install
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions below to get
the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the Adobe®
Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities tab before opening the files.
To read about your motherboard’s utility guide:
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1.
Click Manual tab > ASUS
Motherboard Utility Guide.
2.
From the Manual folder, open the
folder of the software manual that
you wish to read.
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3.
Some software manuals are
provided in different languages.
Open the language’s folder to view
the software manual.
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary by models.
4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently guide you
through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the software
application for more information.
4.4
AI Suite 3
AI Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite 3
Ensure that you have an Administrator account before installing AI Suite 3 in
Windows® 7 or Windows® 8 OS.
•
To install the Wi-Fi-enabled features of AI Suite 3, ensure that you install the Wi-Fi
module driver from the bundled support DVD. To do this, go to Drivers tab > ASUS
Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi Driver and follow the succeeding onscreen instructions.
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To install AI Suite 3 on your computer:
Windows® 7 OS
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive.
2. In the AutoPlay dialog box, click Run ASSETUP.exe then select the Utilities tab
3. From the Utilities tab, click AI Suite 3 then follow the succeeding onscreen
instructions.
Windows® 8 OS
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive then follow onscreen instructions.
2.
From the ASUS motherboard support DVD main menu, select the Utilities tab and
click AI Suite 3.
3. Follow the succeeding onscreen instructions.
If the ASUS motherboard support DVD main menu did not appear, try the following
steps:
a.
Go to the Start Screen then click or tap the Desktop app.
b.
On the lower left corner of the Desktop, click or tap File Explorer
select your DVD drive and tap or double-click the Setup application.
then
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Launching AI Suite 3
Windows® 7 OS
From the Desktop, click Start > All Programs > ASUS > AI Suite 3 > AI Suite 3.
You can also launch AI Suite 3 in Windows® 7 by clicking
on the Notification area.
Windows® 8 OS
To launch AI Suite 3 in Windows® 8, tap the AI Suite 3 app on the Start
Screen (or if you’re using a mouse, click the AI Suite 3 app on the Start
screen).
AI Suite 3 Main menu
The AI Suite 3 main menu gives you easy-access controls and insight to what’s going on
with your computer - allowing you to optimize performance settings while at the same time
ensuring system stability.
The AI Suite main menu includes is a quick-access menu bar that allows you to swiftly launch
any of the integrated ASUS utilities. Click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu to
launch the menu bar.
The AI Suite 3 screenshots in this section are for reference only and can vary depending
on motherboard model..
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Click to launch AI Suite 3 menu bar
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AI Suite 3 main menu bar
5-Way Optimization
Ai Charger+
USB 3.0 Boost
EZ Update
System
Information
USB BIOS
Flashback
USB Charger+
Push Notice
Version
•
Some functions in the AI Suite 3 main menu in this user guide may vary depending on
the motherboard model.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.4.1
Dual Intelligent Processors 5
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5 combines TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert
2, and Turbo App functions to push the system’s performance to its optimal potential. It
automatically balances the system’s performance, power saving, levels, and fan settings via
the user-friendly AI Suite 3 utility.
5-Way Optimization
The 5-Way Optimization function dynamically optimizes your computer based on realtime usage to provide the best system status. It covers the essential areas such as CPU
performance, energy saving, stable digital power, cool and quiet fan control, and includes
tailored settings for your apps to ensure your computer is ready for gaming, entertainment,
productivity, or just about anything.
5-Way Optimization screen
Click or tap this 5-Way Optimization button to auto-detect and tune the best settings
for your system
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Using 5-Way Optimization
Click or tap the 5-Way Optimization button then click or tap Start to auto-detect the best
settings based on actual usage.
Click or tap to view
more settings
Click or tap to go back to
the 4-Way Optimization
main screen
Click or tap to start
auto-tuning
•
The system may reboot two or three times during the auto-tuning process.
•
For Windows® 8 OS, click or tap Desktop app to monitor the auto-tuning process after
every system reboot.
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TurboV Processing Unit (TPU)
TPU allows you to manually adjust the CPU frequency, CPU cache, core frequencies, DRAM
frequency, and related voltages for an enhanced system stability and a performance boost.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting a high
voltage may damage the CPU permanently and setting a low voltage may lead to an
unstable system.
For system stability, the TPU settings are not saved in the BIOS and are not loaded during
system bootup. Save your overclocking settings as a TPU profile and manually load this
profile after system bootup.
Using TPU
CPU Frequency
Click or tap or to adjust the
Base Clock Frequency, CPU Ratio,
and CPU Cache Ratio
Click or tap or to select the
number of cores to adjust
Tick to enable
Group Tuning
Scroll down to
view other items
CPU Cache Voltage
adjustments
Click to load the
Click or tap to apply the
default values
adjustments
Click or tap to undo the adjustments
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU Frequency in
TPU. Refer to the BIOS chapter of your motherboard’s user guide for details.
•
The CPU Frequency bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your
CPU model.
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Click or tap to load
CPU Core Voltage
the saved profile
adjustments
Click or tap to save the adjustment into a profile
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CPU Strap
Click to apply the
adjustments
Click to load the
saved profile
Click to save the
Click to enable the
adjustment into a profile
default settings
Click to undo the
adjustments
•
The overclocking result varies with the CPU model and the system configuration.
•
We recommend that you set up a better thermal environment to prevent overheating
from damaging the motherboard.
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Energy Processing Unit (EPU)
EPU is an energy-processing utility that allows you to adjust the CPU, GPU, and Fan Control
settings to their power-saving conditions.
Using EPU
Auto
Tick to select Voltage
Decrement setting
Tick to enable Away
Mode and move the
sliders to adjust
monitor and system
sleep time
Click or tap to
select a fan profile
Click or tap to apply
the adjustments
Click or tap to apply the
default settings
Click or tap to undo the
adjustments
Performance
Tick to enable
Away Mode and
move the sliders to
adjust monitor and
system sleep time
Click or tap to apply the
default settings
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Click or tap
to apply the
adjustments
Click or tap to undo the
adjustments
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Power Saving
Move the slider
to adjust the
maximum CPU
power
Tick to select Voltage
Decrement setting
Tick to enable
Away Mode then
move the sliders
to adjust monitor
and system sleep
time
Click or tap
to apply the
adjustments
Click or tap to select a
fan profile
Click or tap to apply the
default settings
Click or tap to undo the
adjustments
•
When you enable the Configured Max CPU Power to boost the energy saving
condition, the CPU frequency is displayed at 800 MHz in the Windows® OS
information of your computer. However, the actual CPU frequency varies depending
on the wattage that you manually set. You can adjust the CPU wattage from the
lowest point to your preferred value.
•
Configured Max CPU Power may decrease the total power delivery to the CPU and
affects the CPU performance under a heavy system. To restore your system to its
default settings, reboot your computer.
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Away Mode
Tick to select Voltage
Decrement setting
Move the slider
to adjust the CPU
Input Voltage
Move the
slider to adjust
the maximum
CPU power
Click or tap
to select a fan
profile
Click or tap
to apply the
adjustments
Click or tap to apply the
default settings
Click or tap to undo the
adjustments
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Tick to mute the
system’s sound
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DIGI+ Power Control
DIGI+ Power Control utility allows you to adjust the CPU and DRAM power settings for
optimal system efficiency, and overall system stability and performance.
Adjusting the CPU Power
Click or tap to switch
between screens
Click or tap to undo
the changes
Click or tap to
apply the changes
CPU Power Phase Control
Increase the phase number under a heavy system load to get more transient and
better thermal performance. Reduce the phase number under a light system load
to increase the VRM efficiency.
* The system automatically sets the default to [Extreme] when using the Intel® iGPU.
CPU VRM Switching Frequency
Enables spread spectrum to enhance system stability.
CPU Current Capability
CPU Current Capability provides a wider total power range for overclocking.
A higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking
frequence range simultaneously.
CPU Power Thermal Control
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking potential.
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CPU Load-line Calibration
It allows you to adjust the voltage range to control the CPU Load-line. Adjust to a
high value for system performance or to a low value for power efficiency.
CPU Power Duty Control
CPU Power Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal
conditions of every phase component.
Active Frequency Mode
Active Frequency Mode allows you to enhance the power saving condition of the
CPU. Tick ON to get a quicker transient response while saving the CPU power.
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Adjusting the DRAM Power
Click or tap to undo
the changes
Click or tap to
apply the changes
DRAM Voltage Frequency
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency to stabilize the system or to
increase the overclocking range.
DRAM Current Capability
A higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking
frequency range simultaneously.
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
•
Ensure that the cooling modules are properly installed in your motherboard to monitor
the thermal conditions.
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Fan Xpert 2
Fan Xpert 2 automatically detects and tweaks the fan speeds and provides you with
optimized fan settings based on the fans’ specifications and positions.
Using Fan Xpert 2
Click or tap to set the fan’s speed
to silent mode
Select a screen to
select the type of
fan that you want
to customize
Click or tap to
increase the fan’s
speed for a high
cooling capability
Click or tap to
maximize the
fan speed
Click or tap to autotune the fans to their
best settings
Click or tap to set the
balanced configuration
between the fan’s noise
level and speed
Click or tap to
load a profile
Click or tap to switch
between fan screens
Click or tap to save
the settings into a
profile
DO NOT remove your fan during the Fan Auto Tuning process.
Customizing the fan settings
Smart Mode
Smart Mode allows you to customize the fans’ rotation speeds and responses based on your
system’s temperature.
Click and drag to set the fan’s rotation speed
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Click and drag the
sliders to adjust the
fan’s response
Click or tap to
undo the changes
Click or tap to
apply the changes
Click or tap to go back
to the previous screen
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Click or tap to switch between the CPU
and chassis fan screens
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RPM Mode
RPM Mode allows you to set the fan speed at its fixed value when the CPU temperature
drops 75oC and below.
Drag the slider up or down to adjust
the fan’s speed
Click or tap to go back to
the previous screen
Click or tap to switch between the
CPU and chassis fan screens
When the CPU temperature reaches 75° C, the fan automatically runs at full speed to
protect the CPU.
•
Fan Xpert 2 may not be able to detect the fan speed if you install the fan with an
external control kit for rotation speed.
•
Fan Xpert 2 only supports fans with 4-pin and 3-pin connectors. If you install a 2-pin
fan, it can only run at its full speed.
•
If you change the CPU or chassis fans, you must repeat the Fan Auto Tuning process.
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Turbo App
Turbo App allows you customize the system performance, network priority, and audio setting
of an application.
When an application is on the Turbo App List, you can allocate the CPU frequency, assign a
network priority, and define the audio setting of the selected application.
Click or tap to refresh the list of running applications
Click or tap to assign a specific application (.exe)
into Turbo App list
Click to apply
the changes
Click to undo
the changes
Applications list pane
Displays all the running applications on your system.
Turbo App List pane
Displays the applications added to the Turbo App List.
* Only applications on the Turbo App List can be configured.
Performance pane
Allows you to assign the CPU performance to a selected application.
Audio pane
Allows you to manually assign a preset audio configuration to a selected
application.
LAN pane
Allows you assign the network priority to a selected application.
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4.4.2
USB 3.0 Boost
USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) that automatically
speeds up the transfer rates of your USB storage devices.
Launching USB 3.0 Boost
To launch USB 3.0 Boost, click or tap the
main menu, then select USB 3.0 Boost.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3
Using the USB 3.0 Boost
Click or tap to enable the
USB device’s normal data
transfer rate
Click or tap to select a
USB device
Click or tap to enable
UASP or Turbo Mode for a
faster data transfer rate
Ensure to connect your USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 ports that support USB 3.0 Boost.
Refer to section 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection for more details.
USB 3.0 Boost automatically detects the USB 3.0 devices that support UASP. For a
list of UASP-supported USB 3.0 devices, visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
The data transfer speed varies with USB devices. For a higher data transfer
performance, use a USB 3.0 device.
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4.4.3
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback allows you to check and save the latest BIOS version to a USB
storage device. Use this utility to quickly check for the latest available BIOS and set the BIOS
download schedule.
Launching USB BIOS Flashback
To launch USB BIOS Flashback, click or tap the
3 main menu, then select USB BIOS Flashback.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite
USB BIOS Flashback is available only in selected motherboard models.
Using USB BIOS Flashback
Set a schedule for the BIOS
Update download
Click or tap to cancel
the download schedule
setting
Click or tap to check for a
new BIOS update available for
download
Click or tap to apply
the download schedule
setting
Scheduling the BIOS download
1.
In the Download Setting field, tick Schedule (days) then select the number of days for
the BIOS download schedule.
2.
Click or tap Apply to save the BIOS download schedule. Click or tap Cancel to cancel
the download schedule.
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Downloading the latest BIOS
Before you start downloading, ensure that you have installed the USB storage device to
your computer’s USB port that supports USB BIOS Flashback. Refer to section 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection of your user manual for more details.
To download the updated BIOS:
From the USB BIOS Flashback screen,
click or tap Check for New BIOS
Update.
Wait for the system to check the latest
BIOS version.
2.
After the utility detects a new BIOS,
click or tap
from the Save to: field,
select the USB flash drive, then click or
tap Download.
3.
After the download is complete, click or
tap OK.
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4.4.4
USB Charger+
USB Charger+ allows you to quick-charge your portable USB devices even if your computer
is off, in sleep mode or hibernate mode.
Before using USB Charger+, ensure to disable the ErP Ready item in the BIOS. To do
this, go to Advanced > APM > ErP Ready in the Advanced mode then set this item to
[Disabled].
USB Charger+ is available only in selected motherboard models.
Launching USB Charger+
To launch USB Charger+, click or tap the
main menu, then select USB Charger+.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3
Using USB Charger+
Click or tap to detect the connected USB device
Click or tap to
fast-charge your
USB device
Click or tap to stop
charging your USB
device
Click or tap
to apply the
settings
Indicates that the
connected USB
device is in charging
mode
Click or tap to select the type of USB device
that you wish to charge when the system is off
Click or tap to
disregard the
settings
Ensure to connect your USB device into the USB port that supports this utility. Refer to
section 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection of your user manual for more details.
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USB Charger+ does not support USB hubs, USB extension cables, and generic USB
cables.
•
USB Charger+ may not recognize some ASUS devices due to varying design.
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4.4.5
Wi-Fi Engine
Wi-Fi Engine allows you to connect to a wireless network and set up your computer as an
access point for Internet connection sharing among Wi-Fi enabled devices.
To use Wi-Fi Engine, click or tap the
menu, then select Wi-Fi Engine.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
Wi-Fi Engine is available only in selected motherboard models.
Using Wi-Fi Engine
Click or tap
to set up your
computer as
a wireless
access point
Click or tap
to connect
to a wireless
access point
Using the Client Mode
The Client mode allows you to connect your system to a wireless network.
To use the client mode:
Click or tap Client Mode to launch Network Connections.
2.
From the Network Connections window,
select a network adapter.
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3.
From the list of available networks, select a network that you
want to connect to.
Some networks may require you to key in a password.
Using the AP Mode
The AP mode allows you to set your system as an access point for other wireless-enabled
devices.
To use AP mode, click or tap AP Mode on the Wi-Fi Engine menu.
Key in a network
name
Key in your
password
Key in your
password for
confirmation
Click or tap to go back
to previous screen
Click or tap to
select a network
Click or tap
to disable AP
mode
Click or tap
to enable AP
mode
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4.4.6
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s softwares,
drivers and the BIOS version easily.
With this utlity, you can also manually update the BIOS and select the boot logo that will
display during POST.
Launching EZ Update
To launch EZ Update, click or tap the
menu, then select EZ Update.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
Using EZ Update
Click or tap to automatically update your
motherboard driver, software and firmware
Click or tap to select a
boot logo
Click or tap to
update the BIOS
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Click or tap to search and
select the BIOS file
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Manually update the BIOS and selecting a boot logo
Click or tap to search an image file for your boot logo
Click or tap to
go back to EZ
Update main
screen
Click or tap to
proceed the
updating BIOS
and boot logo
After you click or tap BIOS Update button, click or tap Flash to update the BIOS and upload
the boot logo in your system.
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4.4.7
Push Notice
This utility allows you get the detailed status of your system to your smart device. You can
also send messages to your smart device using this utility.
Before using this utility, ensure that you pair your computer with your smart device. For
pairing information, refer to section Pairing your computer and smart device.
Launching Push Notice on your computer
To launch Push Notice, click or tap
menu, then select Push Notice.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
Push Notice screen
Click or tap to enable Push Notice
Tick to select the
smart device
Click or tap to
discard the settings
Click or tap to
apply the settings
You can also enable the Push Notice via the Push Notice shortcut on the lower-right corner
of your screen. To do this, click or tap << then click or tap
then select
.
Pairing your computer and smart device
To pair your computer and smart device:
On your smart device, tap
2.
Tap Push Scan then tap the name of your computer that you want to pair with.
to launch Push Notice.
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Push Notice
To pair your computer and smart device, ensure that both are connected to the same
wireless network.
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Setting up PC Mode alerts of your computer
This feature allows you to restart, shut down, or put your computer to sleep mode and sends
an alert to your smart device.
Tick these to
enable mode alerts
Tick to select the
smart device
Set the day and time to
enable the PC modes
Set the minutes to send
the alert before the PC
mode/s activation
Key in your messages for
more information
Setting up PC Status alerts
This feature allows you to send alerts of the unusual activities of the voltage, temperature,
and fan settings of your computer to your smart device.
Tick to select the
smart device
Tick to select and send
alerts to your smart
device
Tick to send alert when the selected
items are back to its normal status
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Sending messages to your smart device
This feature allows you to send messages to your smart device.
You can also send messages via the Push Notice messaging shortcut on the lower-right
corner of your screen. To do this, click or tap << then click or tap
then select
.
Tick to select the
smart device
Click or tap to send
your message
Click or tap to key in your message
Viewing your computer status on your smart device
Tap
on your smart device to launch Push Notice.
Push Notice
Tap to view PC
mode alerts
Tap to view PC
status alerts
Tap to delete PC
alerts
Tap to view PC
sent messages
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Tap to scan more
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System Information
This utility allows you get the detailed information of the motherboard, CPU, and memory
settings.
Launching the System Information
To launch System Information, click or tap the
on the top-right corner of the menu to
launch the menu bar., then select System Information.
Viewing the motherboard information
Click or tap the MB tab to view the motherboard’s information.
Viewing the CPU information
Click or tap the CPU tab to view the processor’s information.
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Viewing the SPD information
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4.5 Wi-Fi GO!
Wi-Fi GO! is ASUS-exclusive Wi-Fi utility that allows you to wirelessly stream your media
files to wireless devices, control your computer using your smart device, transfer files to your
smart device, and provides access to your files stored in your cloud storage.
•
To use Wi-Fi GO! functions across different networks, log into your ASUS account on
your computer and smart device.
•
The screenshots used in this section are for reference only and can appear from the
actual software you are using. Refer to the ASUS Support site at http://support.asus.com for updated documentations on this motherboard.
The user interface of your smart device may vary with the operating system and the screen
resolution.
Wi-Fi GO! System requirements
System requirements
Computer
Smart device
OS
Windows 7/Windows 8
Android 2.3 or higher versions
iOS5 or later versions
Utilities
ASUS AI Suite 3
ASUS Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote
®
®
•
For Android devices, download the ASUS Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote from Google
Play. For iOS devices, download it from App Store.
•
Install the Wi-Fi GO! card driver and ASUS HomeCloud utility from the support DVD
bundled with your ASUS motherboard or visit www.asus.com.
•
If you upgrade from Windows® 8 to Windows® 8.1, ensure to reinstall the Wi-Fi GO!
card driver to fully utilize the Wi-Fi GO! functions.
Smart device supported screen resolutions
Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote supports the following screen resolutions of smart devices:
Screen
type
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Low density
(120 ldpi)
1024 x 600
Medium density
(160 mdpi)
High density
(240 hdpi)
Extra high density
(320 xhdpi)
WXGA
(1280 x 800)
1536 x 1152
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
1920 x 1152
2560 x 1536
1280 x 768
1920 x 1200
2560 x 1600
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Signing in to your ASUS Account
Wi-Fi GO! gives you complete control of your computer anytime and anywhere. Create and
login the same ASUS Account on your computer and smart devices for public-to-private
network functions.
Remote Desktop and File Transfer support public-to-private networks feature.
Creating an ASUS account
Ensure that you have an internet connection before you create an account.
To create a new ASUS Account:
1.
Launch ASUS HomeCloud then click or tap
.
2.
From the Wi-Fi GO! screen, click or tap
> Create a New Account. The browser
then directs you to the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
3. From the ASUS website, click or tap Sign Up Now! then follow onscreen instructions
to complete the registration.
Logging in to your ASUS account
To log-in using your computer:
1.
Launch ASUS HomeCloud then click or tap
.
A login notice is displayed when you launch Wi-Fi GO! for the first time on your computer.
To stop this notice from appearing again, tick Don’t remind me again then click or tap Go
to Login.
From the log-in window, key in your ASUS account and password (A) then click Login
(B).
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To log-in using your smart device:
1. Launch
2. From Wi-Fi GO! and NFC Remote screen, tap ASUS Account (A), key in your ASUS
Account and password, then click or tap Login (C).
Wi-Fi GO!
& NFC Remote
on your smart device then tap Enter.
•
The systems with the same ASUS account logged in will show up in the device list.
•
The public-to-private network functions for the iOS system will be available from Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote V2.00.00 or later versions.
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4.5.2
Using Wi-Fi GO!
From your desktop, launch ASUS HomeCloud then click or tap
.
Click to set a password or log in using your ASUS Account
Wi-Fi GO! menu
Use your smart device to scan QR
Codes for more information
To protect your Wi-Fi GO! utility from unauthorized remote access, click
password.
then set a
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Launch Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote on your smart device to use the Wi-Fi GO! & NFC
remote control functions. For more details, refer to section Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote (App
for smart devices) of this user manual for more details.
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Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote (App for smart devices)
Using Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote
To use the Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote:
1.
2.
Launch
Wi-Fi GO!
& NFC Remote
on your smart device then tap Enter.
Connect your smart device with your computer. You can do this in two ways:
a.
To connect to the same network, tap LAN.
b.
To connect using your ASUS account, tap ASUS account then key in your user
name and password and tap Login.
When you connect your smart device to your computer using your ASUS account, you can
only use Remote Desktop and File Transfer features.
3.
From the list of scanned computers, tap to select the computer that you want to
connect with your smart device.
When done, the Wi-Fi GO & NFC Remote interface appears on your smart device.
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Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote interface main page
Cloud GO!
File Transfer
Remote Desktop
Remote Keyboard & Mouse
The screenshots are for reference only and vary with the type of smart device.
Using the Wake-on-LAN
If you want to wake up your computer using the smart device, ensure that you enable the
computer’s Wake-on-LAN settings.
1.
From BIOS Setup, go to Advanced > APM Configuration then set Power On By
PCI-E/PCI item to [Enabled].
2.
From Windows® OS, do the following:
a.
On your desktop, click Start, right-click Computer > Manage to launch the
Computer Management screen.
b.
Click Device Manager to view all the installed devices.
c.
Click Network Adapters, right-click the installed module card (Broadcom or
Atheros) then click Properties > Power Management tab.
d.
Tick these items Allow this device to wake up the computer and Only allow a
magic packet to wake the computer.
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To configure your computer’s Wake-on-LAN settings:
For 802.11ac standard Wi-Fi GO! Card, the Wake-on-LAN function will be supported in the
later version for Windows® 8 operating system.
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Cloud GO!
Cloud GO! allows you to control and synchronize your files across multiple cloud services
such as ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox®, Google Drive™, and SkyDrive®.
•
Ensure to set the correct system date and time of your computer and smart device
when using Cloud GO! •
Due to the cloud storage limitation, you can only upload or synchronize files with a
maximum size of 100 MB.
•
The synchronized files will be saved under the Wi-Fi GO! folder of each cloud storage.
For the backed up files, you can find them in C://MyFavorites folder.
•
Log into the cloud storages accounts first in your computer and stay signed in to allow
smart device control.
To use Cloud GO!:
1.
From the Wi-Fi GO! screen, click or tap Cloud GO!
2.
Tick EULA box then click or tap Enter.
3.
Log in to your cloud account then click or tap Sign In.
To log in to your Google Drive™, Dropbox®, or SkyDrive® accounts, click or tap Sign in.
Cloud GO! directs you to the Google Drive™, Dropbox®, or SkyDrive® website to log in to
your account.
Click or tap a specific icon to move, upload, rename, create folder, download, delete or
refresh your cloud contents
Click or tap to open a
cloud storage account
Tick to select contents
Click or tap to sign out
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Click or tap to go back
to the previous screen
Click or tap to synchronize cloud contents or to
create a back up to your local drive
Click or tap to go back to Wi-Fi GO!/Remote GO! screen
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Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop allows you to remotely control your desktop in real-time using your smart
device.
The System User Account Control (UAC) must be set to Never Notify when using Remote
Desktop function. The UAC level returns to your previous settings after you exit Remote
Desktop.
Using Remote Desktop
From the Wi-Fi GO! screen of your smart device, tap Remote Desktop.
Remote Desktop interface for Windows® 8
Tap to view the cursor
Tap to launch the
Charms bar
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Tap to launch the smart device’s keypad. Long press to
switch between multitouch and mouse mode.
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Remote Desktop
function keys
•
Select multitouch mode to support Microsoft multitouch functions on Windows® 8 /
Windows® 8.1.
•
Select mouse mode to support zoom-in and normal mouse functions.
•
The Extended Mode support varies with the VGA driver installed in your computer.
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Remote Desktop Control Notification
This function allows you to send the control authorization to a smart device and directly start
using Remote Desktop in your device.
1. Click Select Device.
2. Select a device from the drop list.
3. Click Send to send the Remote Desktop control authorization to the selected device.
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To use Remote Desktop Control Notification:
This function requires the Push Notice feature to be installed. Install the Ai Suite 3 from the
bundled support DVD or download the latest software from www.asus.com.
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File Transfer
File Transfer allows you to sync and share files between your computers and smart devices
with just a click in public-to-private networks.
Transferring files from computer to smart device
To transfer files from computer to smart device:
1.
Click or tap File Transfer.
2.
Click or tap Setting to select the destination for your transferred files.
3.
Right-click the file then select Send to > [Device Name].
4.
After the file transfer is complete, click or tap OK.
•
To receive files on your iOS device, go to Settings > Privacy > Photos then turn on
the Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote.
•
Find your transferred files from <SD Card>\Wi-Fi GO! for Android devices and Camera
roll for iOS devices.
Transferring files from smart device to computer
To transfer files from smart device to computer:
1.
Tap File Transfer > Enter.
2.
Tick the files that you want to send to your computer, then tap Send.
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Find your transferred files from X:\Users\Documents\ASUS HomeCloud\Wi-Fi GO!\File
Transfer\ or click Setting to select a new storage location.
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Remote Keyboard & Mouse
Remote Keyboard & Mouse allows you to use your smart device’s touch panel as a remote
keyboard and mouse for your computer.
Tap to switch between zoom
and magnifier function
Input field
Control keys
Tap to display the
Start menu
Tap to switch between
running tasks and apps
Mouse tap area
Tap to mimic leftclick function
Tap to mimic rightclick mouse function
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4.6
ASUS Media Streamer
The ASUS Media Streamer allows you to enjoy your multimedia content anywhere. You
can pipe music from your computer or stream your favorite movie to a smart TV using your
computer or smart device.
4.6.1
•
Ensure to enable the DLNA setting of your devices first.
•
ASUS Media Streamer supports NFC function. Some functions may require you
to install NFC EXPRESS 2. Visit www.asus.com for more information about NFC
EXPRESS 2.
•
For Android devices, download the ASUS Media Streamer from Google Play. For iOS
devices, download it from App Store.
•
The public-to-private network functions for the iOS system will be available from Media
Streamer V2.00.00 or later versions.
•
The iOS system only supports photo and video streaming for Media Streamer.
System requirements
System requirements
Computer
Smart device
OS
Windows® 7/Windows® 8/
Windows® 8.1
Android 4.0 or higher versions
iOS7 or later versions
Utilities
ASUS HomeCloud
ASUS Media Streamer
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4.6.2
Using ASUS Media Streamer
To use ASUS Media Streamer, launch ASUS HomeCloud from your desktop then click or tap
. On your smart device, click or tap Media Streamer.
Click or tap to edit media files
Log in ASUS account to stream
play in different networks
Click or tap to select media type
Click or tap a media file to play
Select the device you want to
stream your media file
Adding and deleting media files
Click to add or create a new folder
Click to add the selected files
Click to delete selected files
Drag and drop or tick files to add or delete.
Click to cancel changes
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Click to proceed with the deletion or
addition of files
The following media formats are supported by Android and iOS devices:
•
Android: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .xmf, .mxmf, .rtttl, .rtx, .ota,
.imy, .ogg, .mkv, .wav, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .webp, .webm
•
iOS: .mov, .mp4, .mpv, .3gp.
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4.7 ROG Audio features
Installing the Software
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Manager driver from the support
DVD that is bundled with the motherboard.
If the Realtek® audio software is correctly installed, you will find the Realtek® HD Audio
Manager icon on the taskbar. Double-click or tap on the icon to display the Realtek® HD
Audio Manager.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
4.7.1
Sonic Studio
Sonic Studio is an audio suite that offers six audio controls: Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer,
Voice Clarity, Smart EQ (Smart Volume), and Virtual Surround. Virtual Surround is dedicated
for 2-channel headset and offers one of the best virtual surround technology for gaming.
The Sonic Studio application does not have its independent installer. It is automatically
installed when the Realtek® Audio Driver is installed in your system.
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Equalizer switch
Click or tap to enable the equalizer. This item allows you to adjust the parametric
EQ settings according to your preference.
Equalizer advanced settings
This item is available only when you enable the Equalizer. This item allows you to
configure the Equalizer settings. You can manually set or customize your setting,
or choose from any of the available preset equalizer settings.
Equalizer presets
Displays the current or selected equalizer preset.
Bass Boost switch
Click or tap to boost the bass effect. Use the slider to adjust the sound of the bass
effect.
Voice Clarity switch
Click or tap to enable this item. Voice clarity extracts human voice for better
dialog/audio communication or to hear vocals more clearly when listening to a
music.
Smart EQ (Smart Volume) switch
Dynamically adjusts the EQ so you can hear more details.
Virtual Surround switch
This item lets you experience 7.1 CH virtual surround from your headset when
enabled.
Reverb switch
The Reverb effect is part of the Virtual Sound Stage effects that lets you choose
other reverb presets.
Reverb presets
Click to choice and select a reverb effect from the different environmental spaces
for reverb effects. This item is only available when the Reverb switch is enabled.
Test tone
Click this button to start the test for the selected preset profile.
Preset profiles
Click any of the preset profiles. Choose from Gaming, music, movie, or
communication.
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Profile import/export
Allows you to Import, export, or revert to the default setting of a profile.
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4.7.2
Sonic SenseAmp
Sonic SenseAmp is an exclusive ROG invention that is a built-in headphone AMP on onboard
audio with three AMP levels adjustment. It detects your headphone’s impedance and adjusts
the built-in AMP accordingly.
•
Sonic SenseAmp only works on the front panel.
•
Maximize the volume of your headphone’s volume control for an accurate impedance
detection.
When you plug a headphone into the front headphone jack, Sonic SenseAmp displays a popup window that displays Detecting headphone impedance.
After detecting the headphone’s impedance, Sonic SenseAmp displays another pop-up
window similar to the one shown below.
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of the detected headphone:
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65 ohm or below
Amplify Level is automatically set at Performance
65 ohm to 150 ohm
Amplify Level is automatically set at Powerful
> 150 ohm
Amplify Level is automatically set at Extreme
Other device
The device plugged in detected as other device
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After you close the pop-window, Sonic SenseAmp enters speaker configuration and displays
the adjusted headphone impedance.
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Click to manually adjust the
amplify level
Displays the impedance of
your headphone
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4.7.3
Sonic SoundStage
Sonic SoundStage is a hardware based sound solution for virtual Sound Stage that offers
four preset gaming profiles: FPS, Racing, Fighting and Sports.
•
This feature is only available for front panel Headphone output.
•
You can enable this feature by enabling the dedicated SoundStage button on your
motherboard. Refer to section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons of this user guide for more
information.
Click any of the
four preset gaming
profiles
Use the slider to
manually adjust the
setting of an item
Crossing
Move the slider to adjust the amount of cross channel mixing.
Revert
Move the slider to revert the main audio source.
Space
Move the slider to adjust and virtualize the space sound.
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Crossing gain
This item only works when Crossing and Revert is enabled. Move the slider to
adjust the hardness of the wall.
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DTS Connect
DTS Connect delivers excellent audio entertainment across all formats and works with 4, 5.1
and 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound . It also allows you to connect your computer
to a home theatre system.
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4.8
Sonic Radar II
Sonic Radar II is designed for First Person Shooting (FPS) games and shows the precise
direction and intensity of where a sound is coming from. It features a simple and friendly
user-interface and also features sound enhancers to amplify desired sound effects.
•
The Sonic Radar II application does not have its independent installer. It is
automatically installed when the Realtek® Audio Driver is installed in your system.
•
Sonic Radar II will not launch after its installation. Launch the application fron your
desktop or from All Programs menu.
You can also enable or launch Sonic Radar II after system startup. To do this, click
from the taskbar then right-click
and click Enable Sonic Radar or Enable Launch at
Startup.
Display Menu
Customize the settings for each game including Transparency, Signal, Size, and Remanency.
Displays the options
available. Click a tab to select
an option. Each option has its
own settings and menus.
Click to reset to the
default settings
Click to start the test tone
Use the sliders to adjust
the settings
Displays the list of games
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Control Menu
Allows you to configure shortcut keys.
Audio Mode/Radar Selection menu
Allows you to configure the sound enhancers.
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Tick to choose the
desired sound enhancer
Audio Mode/Radar Selection are enabled with shortcut keys in the game. Refer to the
Controls tab for more information about the shortcut key settings.
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4.9
GameFirst III
GameFirst III is a network management software that features four preset packet prioritized
profiles (Optimization, Game, Media Streaming and File Sharing) facilitating different user
scenarios. Users can also manually allocate bandwidth and adjust priority settings of each
application to run faster and smoother.
To use GameFirst III, double-click
on the desktop.
Click any item for quick view
Click to open the tabs for different functions
Use the bar to adjust
the bandwidth
speed settings or
key in the value of
the input field
Click to load a preset
priority profile and
configure its settings
Tick to toggle the
preset priority profile
function on/off
Tick to display all the applications
Click to reset and load the default
settings of the selected profile
Allows you to block traffic of the
application or set priority
Optimization Mode
Game packets are prioritized and other packets also optimized.
Game Mode
Game packets given top priority.
Media Streaming Mode
Media-streaming packets given top priority.
File Sharing Mode
File-sharing packets given top priority.
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Network Monitor
Top 5 application
Displays the top 5 bandwidth consuming applications currently used.
Application usage
Displays the individual downloading and uploading bandwidth of currently used applications.
Total usage
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Bandwidth Test
You can use this feature to test the Internet Service Provider (ISP) speed or manually key in
the desired uploading/downloading speed and apply the speed if needed.
Key in the upload/
download speed
Click to begin the
speed test
Click to apply the speed after manually keying in the
desired speed or after you performing the speed test
Network Information
Displays information about the physical network card such as speed, physical address, IP
address, subnet mask, and default gateway.
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4.10Keybot
KeyBot is a built-in microprocessor that provides instant upgrade to your keyboard. You can
configure and assign macros to specific keys on your keyboard to perform specific or several
task at the same time. You can also configure your computer to wake up in CPU Level UP,
XMP, or directly to BIOS mode.
To use KeyBot:
1.
Press the KeyBot button on the motherboard.
The KeyBot feature is enabled when the KEYBOT_LED light is on.
2. Connect the USB keyboard into the dedicated KeyBot USB port.
Refer to sections 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection or 2.2 BIOS update utility or more
information about the location of the KeyBot USB port.
3.
Double-click
on the desktop to launch the KeyBot application on your computer.
Click to import or export configuration files
Click to configure Macro keys, Smart login,
Function keys, and Shortcut settings
Tick to toggle the KeyBot
function on/off
Click any of the items to perform a specific tasks, or click
their corresponding keys on the keyboard
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Shortcut
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4.11MemTweakIt
MemTweakIt is a software that you can use to view all levels of memory timings. You can
validate your MemTweakIt settings to generate a memory efficiency score that you can share
and compare with other users on the ROG website.
MemTweakIt functions depends on the chipset on the motherboard. Each chipset has
differernt options.
To use MemTweakIt, double-click
on the desktop.
Click a tab to configure the memory timing
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Click About tab then click REPUBLIC OF GAMERS to
access the official ROG website
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Validating and saving your MemTweakIt settings
To validate and save your configuration online:
1.
Launch MemTweakIt and click Validate.
2.
In Online Mode, key in your ASUS account ID and password, and click Submit.
Your configuration will be displayed in MemTweakIt webpage.
To validate and save your configuration manually:
1.
Launch MemTweakIt and click
Validate.
2.
In Manual Mode, click Save Validation
File.
3.
Key in a file name for your configuration
file and click Submit.
4.
Click validation webpage.
5.
In MemTweakIt - Validation File
Upload window, key in your ASUS
account ID and password.
6.
Click Browse, locate the saved .cvf file,
and click Open.
7.
Click Submit.
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4.12RAMDisk
RAMDisk is a data-storage software that reserves a part of your system’s memory and
turns it into a high-speed virtual drive where you can store cache files and game apps for
instant access. The Dynamic Memory Allocation function can release the unused memory
of RAMDisk back to the system when needed and helps extend the lifespan of your SSD or
HDD.
The following folders are not suitable for RAMDisk optimization. Moving them into the
RAMDisk might negatively affect the performance of your system.
•
Swap file/Page file: The swap file is a permanent storage space used as the virtual
memory expansion of the system memory. Moving the swap file into the RAM
Disk simply defects the whole purpose of having it and may affect your system’s
performance.
•
Startup folders: Since RAMDisk loads during boot up together with the contents of
the Junction folders, changing the location of the startup folders may cause system
error and disable loading your RAMDisk.
To launch RAMDisk, click
.
Creating/Deleting a RAMDisk drive
Your RAMDisk drive allows you to place your favorite applications and files into RAM so you
can utilize your RAM speed for better read/write performance. The files that are stored inside
the RAMDisk are automatically backed up every time your computer is turned off.
The startup time may take a while, depending on the size of your RAMDisk drive.
To create RAMDisk drives:
Click to create
RAMDisk drives
Tick to enable Dynamic
Memory Allocation function
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right to set the size
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Click to finish creating
the RAMDisk drive
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Click the drop-down
arrow to choose a drive
name for your RAMDisk
To delete or format an existing RAMDisk drive:
Click to delete the existing
RAMDisk drive
Click to format the existing
RAMDisk drive
The format function is available only if you enable the Dynamic Memory Allocation function
on your disk.
Creating/Deleting a Junction Point
A junction point creates a link that remaps the original contents into the RAMDisk, enabling
access to the desired application or data to be done purely within the original file location.
Select the Junction tab to create your
junction point
Click the drop-down
arrow to select your
RAMDisk drive and its
available storage space.
Click to select where to
create a junction point.
Click to finish adding
the new junction point.
Click to delete the
existing junction point.
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Synchronizing backup files
After creating a junction point, RAMDisk automatically creates a backup folder in the file’s
original location. Use RAMDisk to manually synchronize updates with these backup files.
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Click Synchronize to
update your files
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4.13
ROG CPU-Z
This utility gathers information about the main devices installed in your system and displays
it in an ROG custom layout. ROG CPU-Z provides you information and status of your CPU,
motherboard, memory, graphics card, and other components installed in your system. You
can generate a report about your system info and send or post it on the CPU-Z website.
To use ROG CPU-Z, double-click
on the desktop.
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Chapter 5:
RAID support
RAID support
5.1
RAID configurations
5
The motherboard comes with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology that supports RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10, and RAID 5 configuration.
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive included in a RAID
set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the RAID driver during OS installation.
Refer to section 5.2 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
5.1.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write data in
parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a
sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access
and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one drive to
a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software directs all applications
to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use
two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be
of the same size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk drives. Among
the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better HDD performance, fault tolerance, and
higher storage capacity. The RAID 5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing,
relational database applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
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RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy data) having
to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 configuration you get all the benefits of both
RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive
and three new drives for this setup.
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5.1.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install
identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
5.1.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID sets using SATA
HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
2.
Go to the Advanced menu > SATA Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Set the SATA Mode item to [RAID Mode].
4.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS Setup
Due to chipset limitation, when SATA ports are set to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at
RAID mode together.
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5.1.4Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Devices:
Port
Device Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through the menus
and select the menu options.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and may not
exactly match the items on your screen.
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The utility supports maximum four hard disk drives for RAID configuration.
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Creating a RAID set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Name: Volume 0
RAID Level: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Disks: dssdsdsds
Strip Size:aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Capacity:aaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Sync:aaaaaaaaaa
Create volume
[HELP]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters
and is 16 characters or less.
2.
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to select a RAID
level to create, and then press <Enter>.
4.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives you want
to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears:
[SELECT DISKS]
Port
0
1
2
3
Device Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next
[SPACE]-SelectDisk
[ENTER]-Done
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5.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space> to select. A
small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10
and 5 only),then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4 KB to
128 KB. The following are typical values:
-
RAID 0: 128 KB
-
RAID 10: 64 KB
-
RAID 5: 64 KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that you want
and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum allowed capacity.
8.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N)
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to go back
to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Be cautious when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives when
you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Name
Volume0
[DELETE VOLUME MENU]
Level
Drives
RAID0 (Stripe)
2
Capacity
298.0GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[HELP]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[↑↓]-Select
2.
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[DEL]-Delete Volume
Use the up/down arrow key to select the RAID set you want to delete, and then press
<Delete>. The following warning message appears:
[DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press <N> to
return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
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Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, then press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
[CONFIRM EXIT]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating system
on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have to use a USB floppy
disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
5.2.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS:
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Delete> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press <Enter>.
8. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
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5.2.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Intel AHCI/RAID Driver menu then click Intel AHCI/RAID Driver path to
open the RAID driver folder.
5. Select 32bit or 64bit folder depending on your operating system. Copy the files of the
selected folder to the root path of your USB floppy disk drive.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
5.2.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS
installation
To install the RAID driver for Windows® 7:
1.
During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation
media containing the RAID driver.
2. Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD into
the optical drive, and then click Browse.
3. Click the name of the device you’ve inserted, go to Drivers > RAID, and then select
the RAID driver for the corresponding OS version. Click OK.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer
to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive.
To set up a Windows® UEFI operating system under RAID mode, ensure to load the UEFI
driver for your optical drive.
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Appendices
Appendices
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference.
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
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IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS
210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian
interference-causing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer
un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
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REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards
for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to
responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging
materials. Please go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for detailed recycling
information in different regions.
RF Equipment Notices
CE: 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 (0–300 GHz). This wireless device complies with the R&TTE Directive.
Wireless Radio Use
This device is restricted to indoor use when operating in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency
band.
Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy
The radiated output power of the Wi-Fi technology is below the FCC radio frequency
exposure limits. Nevertheless, it is advised to use the wireless equipment in such a manner
that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.
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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.
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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.
NCC: Taiwan Wireless Statement
Japan RF Equipment Statement
KC (RF Equipment)
Google™ License Terms
Copyright© 2014 Google Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file
except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at:
http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the
License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF
ANY KIND, either express or implied.
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See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the
License.
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
Telephone +886-2-2894-3447
Fax +886-2-2890-7798
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info@asus.com.tw
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Telephone Fax Online support
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Address
Telephone
Fax Web site
Technical Support
Support fax
Telephone Online support
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-510-739-3777
+1-510-608-4555
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Address
Fax Web site
Online contact
Technical Support
+49-1805-010923*
+49-2102-9599-11
http://www.asus.com/de/support/
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Telephone
Support Fax
Online support
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
http://www.asus.com/de
http://eu-rma.asus.com/sales
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(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Date :
Signature :
Representative Person’s Name :
July. 31, 2014
Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators
Conforms to the following specifications:
Model Number : MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
Product Name : Motherboard
hereby declares that the product
Phone/Fax No:
Address:
Responsible Party Name:
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
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GERMANY
Country:
MAXIMUS VII IMPACT
Model name :
Regulation (EC) No. 617/2013
Declaration Date: 31/07/2014
Year to begin affixing CE marking: 2014
CE marking
Signature : __________
Position : CEO
Name :
Jerry Shen
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
EN 60065:2002 / A12:2011
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conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Motherboard
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
Address, City:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Authorized representative in Europe:
Address:
Manufacturer:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
EC Declaration of Conformity
We, the undersigned,
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