970 Extreme3 R2.0
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published October 2012
Copyright©2012 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction................................................................. 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Package Contents......................................................................
Specifications..............................................................................
Unique Features.........................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel . .................................................................................
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2. Installation................................................................... 17
Pre-installation Precautions................................................................. 17
2.1 CPU Installation.......................................................................... 18
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink . ..................................... 18
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)..................................... 19
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)............................ 21
2.5 CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide............. 22
2.6 Surround Display Information..................................................... 25
2.7 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide.................................. 26
2.8 Jumpers Setup............................................................................ 28
2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors . ...................................... 29
2.10 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation .......................... 34
2.11 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs.................. 34
2.12 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Operation Guide. 35
2.13 Driver Installation Guide............................................................. 37
2.14 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions............................... 37
2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions........................................................................ 37
2.14.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions................................. 38
2.15 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions.......................... 39
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions........................................................................ 39
2.15.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions............................ 40
2.16 Untied Overclocking Technology ............................................ 40
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY................................................... 41
3.1 Introduction................................................................................. 41
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar.................................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys................................................................
Main Screen................................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen...................................................................
Advanced Screen.......................................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration............................................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration...............................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration..............................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration.......................................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration.....................................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration...........................................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration............................................................
3.4.8 Network Configuration......................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen................................
Boot Screen................................................................................
Security Screen..........................................................................
Exit Screen.................................................................................
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4. Software Support........................................................ 63
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System.............................................................
Support CD Information..............................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD........................................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu....................................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu....................................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information..........................................................
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 motherboard, a reliable
motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It
delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as
well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 Motherboard (ATX Form Factor)
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 Support CD
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM
/ VistaTM 64-bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage
Configuration to AHCI mode.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Audio
LAN
- ATX Form Factor
- ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time) (100%
Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Support for Socket AM3+ processors
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1)
- Digi Power Design
- 4 + 1 Power Phase Design
- Supports CPU up to 140W
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- FSB 2400 MHz (4.8 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
- Northbridge: AMD 970
- Southbridge: AMD SB950
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Support DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600(OC)/
1333/1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
(see CAUTION 2)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 3)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
(PCIE2 @ x16 mode; PCIE4 @ x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMDTM Quad CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111E
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
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Rear Panel I/O
SATA3
USB 3.0
Connector
BIOS Feature
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/
Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone
- 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
functions
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ188H, support USB
1.1/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by
Etron EJ188H, supports USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 5 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- 2 x CPU Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
- 3 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
- 1 x Power Fan connector (3-pin)
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
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Support CD
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, Google Chrome
Hardware Monitor
OS
Certifications
Browser and Toolbar
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant (see CAUTION 4)
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking,
including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking
Technology, or using third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may
affect your system’s stability, or even cause damage to the components
and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and
expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
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CAUTION!
1. ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU
activation. As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an
instant performance boost. When UCC feature is enabled, the
dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the quad-core CPU,
and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3
cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade
CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC
feature is supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition,
not every AM3/AM3+ CPU can support this function because
some CPU’s hidden core may be malfunctioned.
2. Whether 2100/1866/1800/1600MHz memory speed is supported depends on the AM3/AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want
to adopt DDR3 2100/1866/1800/1600 memory module on this
motherboard, please refer to the memory support list on our
website for the compatible memory modules. Non OC mode’s
DDR3 1866 is supported by AM3+ CPU.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
3. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size
may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with
64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
4. ASRock XFast RAM is not supported by Microsoft® Windows®
XP / XP 64-bit.
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1.3 Unique Features
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to
ne-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface,
which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking,
OC DNA, IES and XFast RAM. In Hardware Monitor, it shows
the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the
fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking,
you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system
performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as
a profile and share it with your friends. Your friends then can
load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator
can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency
when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. In XFast RAM, it fully utilizes the memory space that
cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU.
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Boot allows you to turn on your PC in just a few
seconds, provides a much more efficient way to save energy,
time, money, and improves system running speed for your system. It leverages the S3 and S4 ACPI features which normally
enable the Sleep/Standby and Hibernation modes in Windows®
to shorten boot up time. By calling S3 and S4 at specific timing
during the shutdown and startup process, Instant Boot allows
you to enter your Windows® desktop in a few seconds.
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash
ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update
system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MSDOS or Windows®. With this utility, you can press the <F6> key
during the POST or the <F2> key to enter into the BIOS setup
menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and
save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or
hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks
without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or
hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.
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ASRock APP Charger
If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your
Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, ASRock has
prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger.
Simply install the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone
charge much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster
than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly charge
many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1),
Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5).
With APP Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience.
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The performance may depend on the properties of the
device.
ASRock XFast LAN
ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which includes the benefits listed below. LAN Application Prioritization:
You can configure your application’s priority ideally and/or add
new programs. Lower Latency in Game: After setting online
game’s priority higher, it can lower the latency in games. Traffic
Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD videos and download simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With the status
window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are
transferring currently.
ASRock XFast RAM
ASRock XFast RAM is a new function that is included into ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). It fully utilizes the memory
space that cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU.
ASRock XFast RAM shortens the loading time of previously
visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it
also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the
frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend
their lifespan.
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ASRock Crashless BIOS
ASRock Crashless BIOS allows users to update their BIOS
without fear of failing. If power loss occurs during the BIOS update process, ASRock Crashless BIOS will automatically finish
the BIOS update procedure after regaining power. Please note
that BIOS files need to be placed in the root directory of your
USB disk. Only USB2.0 ports support this feature.
ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
Administrators are able to establish an internet curfew or restrict
internet access at specified times via OMG. You may schedule
the starting and ending hours of internet access granted to other
users. In order to prevent users from bypassing OMG, guest
accounts without permission to modify the system time are required.
ASRock Internet Flash
ASRock Internet Flash searches for available UEFI firmware
updates from our servers. In other words, the system can autodetect the latest UEFI from our servers and flash them without
entering Windows® OS. Please note that you must be running
on a DHCP configured computer in order to enable this function.
ASRock On/Off Play Technology
ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great
audio experience from the portable audio devices, such like
MP3 player or mobile phone to your PC, even when the PC is
turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)! This motherboard also provides
a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that ensures users the most
convenient computing environment.
ASRock UEFI System Browser
ASRock UEFI system browser is a useful tool included in
graphical UEFI. It can detect the devices and configurations
that users are currently using in their PC. With the UEFI system
browser, you can easily examine the current system configuration in UEFI setup.
ASRock Dehumidifier Function
Users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by
enabling “Dehumidifier Function”. When enabling Dehumidifier
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Function, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state.
ASRock Fast Boot
With ASRock’s exclusive Fast Boot technology, it takes less
than 1.5 seconds to logon to Windows® 8 from a cold boot. No
more waiting! The speedy boot will completely change your user
experience and behavior.
ASRock X-Boost
ASRock’s X-Boost Technology is a smart auto-overclocking
function and is brilliantly designed to unlock the hidden power of
your CPUs. Simply press “X” when turning on the PC, X-Boost
will automatically overclock the relative components to get up to
15.77% performance boost! With the smart X-Boost, overclocking CPU can become a near one-button process.
* The functionality of “Unlock CPU Cores” feature might vary by different processors.
ASRock Restart to UEFI
Windows® 8 brings the ultimate boot up experience. The lightning boot up speed makes it hard to access the UEFI setup. ASRock Restart to UEFI technology is designed for those requiring
frequent UEFI access. It allows users to easily enter the UEFI
automatically when turning on the PC next time. Just simply
enable this function; the PC will be assured to access the UEFI
directly in the very beginning.
ASRock Good Night LED
ASRock Good Night LED technology can offer you a better environment by extinguishing the unessential LED. By enabling
Good Night LED in BIOS, the Power / HDD / LAN LED will be
switched off when system is on. Not only this, Good night LED
will automatically switch off Power and Keyboard LED when the
system enters into Standby / Hibernation mode as well.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
CPU_FAN2
CPU_FAN1
Optical
SPDIF
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
DDR3 2100+
eSATA3
SOCKET AM3b
RJ-45 LAN
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
AM3+ 140W CPU
USB 3.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
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USB3_2_3
Center:
FRONT
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
MIC IN
Front USB 3.0
Top:
SIDE SPK
Center:
REAR SPK
Bottom:
CTR BASS
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AMD
970
Chipset
PCIE1
FSB800
Coaxial
SPDIF
ATX12V1
LAN
PHY
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
CHA_FAN3
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7
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
6
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
PS2
Mouse
PS2
Keyboard
5
4
Support 8-Core CPU
3
FSB800
2
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
1
9
10
PWR_FAN1
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PCIE2
35
X
CMOS
BATTERY
PCIE3
Fast LAN
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AMD
SB950
Chipset
AUDIO
CODEC
PCIE4
CHA_FAN1
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970 Extreme3
Super
I/O
X
PCI1
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Fast RAM
X
RoHS
ErP/EuP Ready
SPEAKER1
PLED1
1
1
Fast USB
CLRCMOS1
15
32Mb
BIOS
CHA_FAN2
1
SATA3_3
SATA3_1
SATA3_4
SATA3_2
PCI2
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PANEL 1
COM1
USB_8_9
HD_AUDIO1
PLED PWRBTN
USB_4_5
USB_6_7
SATA3_5
IR1
HDMI_SPDIF1
1
1
1
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17
1
1
1
1
1
HDLED
1
RESET
18
CIR1
32 31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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29
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27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
AM3+ CPU Socket
CPU Heatsink Retention Module
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots (Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1) 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2)
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24
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SATA3 Connector (SATA3_4)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_5)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1)
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER1)
Consumer Infrared Module Header (CIR1)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_4_5)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_6_7)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_8_9)
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ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
Northbridge Controller Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Southbridge Controller
SPI Flash Memory (32Mb)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_3)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_1)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_2)
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Infrared Module Header (IR1)
COM Port Header (COM1)
HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1)
Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1)
PCI Slots (PCI1-2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_2_3)
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1.4 I/O Panel
1
* 2
3
4
5
6
7
** 8
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
Side Speaker (Gray)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Central / Bass (Orange)
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
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14
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Microphone (Pink) USB 3.0 Port (USB01)
eSATA3 Connector
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Status
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”. See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 8)
(No. 5)
2
V
--
4
V
V
6
V
V
8
V
V
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Central / Bass
(No. 6)
--
--
V
V
Side Speaker
(No. 4)
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To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.
Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”.
Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA
Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.
*** eSATA3 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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2. Installation
This is an ATX form factor motherboard. Before you install the motherboard, study
the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the
power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the
like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety
grounded object before you handle components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
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2.1 CPU Installation
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Step 1. Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Step 2. Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Step 3. Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4. When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socker Corner
Small Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock
To The Socket Corner Small
The Socket Lever
Triangle
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened
and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the
CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 14, No. 6 or CPU_FAN2,
see Page 14, No. 5). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the
instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type)
DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots. In other words, you have to install identical DDR3
DIMM pair in Dual Channel (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Black slots; see p.14 No.7)
or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel (DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2; Black
slots; see p.14 No.8), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can be activated.
This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 DIMMs for dual channel
configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots. You may
refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below.
Dual Channel Memory Configurations
(1)
(2)
(3)*
DDR3_A1
(Black Slot)
Populated
-
Populated
DDR3_A2
(Black Slot)
-
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B1
DDR3_B2
(Black Slot) (Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
* For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots.
1. Please install the memory module into the slots DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2 for the first priority.
2. If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them either in the set of
slots DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1, or in the set of slots DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2.
3. If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate
the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
4. If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in
DDR3_A1 and DDR3_A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
Memory Technology .
5. It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
6. If you adopt DDR3 2100/1866/1800/1600 memory modules on this
motherboard, it is recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2 slots.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break on the slot.
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 4 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot) is used for PCI Express cards with x1
lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card.
PCIE2 (PCIE x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support
CrossFireXTM function. PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width cards,
or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support CrossFireXTM
function.
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics
cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 slot will work at
x16 bandwidth while PCIE4 slot will work at x4 bandwidth.
3. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector (CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireX TM and Quad CrossFireX TM feature.
CrossFireX TM technology offers the most advantageous means available of
combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) in a single
PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with intelligent software design
and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM enables the highest
possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D application. Currently
CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 / VistaTM /
7 / 8 OS. Quad CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 / 8 OS
only. Please check AMD website for AMD CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the
performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly
to benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both
cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.5.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM feature. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMD has released or will release
in the future, please refer to AMD graphics card manuals for detailed installation
guide.
Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2. Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing a CrossFire Bridge on
the CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of the Radeon graphics
cards. (The CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics
card vendor for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3. Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.5.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1. Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Step 2. Remove the AMD driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for AMD driver updates.
Step 3. Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. AMD recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Step 4. Restart your computer.
Step 5. Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6. Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically
reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option
“Enable CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not;
if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of
CrossFireXTM feature.
Step 7. You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM or Quad CrossFireXTM
feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for updates and details.
2.6 Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on PCI
Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature.
For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following path in the
Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
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2.7 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide
ASRock Smart Remote is only used for ASRock motherboard with CIR header.
Please refer to below procedures for the quick installation and usage of ASRock
Smart Remote.
Step1.
Find the CIR header located next to the USB 2.0 header on ASRock
motherboard.
USB 2.0 header (9-pin, black)
CIR header (4-pin, gray)
Step2.
Connect the front USB cable to the
USB 2.0 header (as below, pin 1-5)
and the CIR header. Please make
sure the wire assignments and the
pin assignments are matched
correctly.
USB_PWR
PP+
GND
DUMMY
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
Step3.
Install Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to the front USB port.
Step4. Boot up your system. Press <F2> or <Del> to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
Make sure the option "CIR Controller" is setting at [Enabled].
(Advanced -> Super IO Configuration -> CIR Controller -> [Enabled])
If you cannot find this option, please shut down your system and install
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to the other front USB port then try again.
Step5.
Enter Windows. Execute ASRock support CD and install CIR Driver. (It is
listed at the bottom of driver list.)
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3 CIR sensors in different angles
1.
2.
3.
Only one of the front USB port can support CIR function. When
the CIR function is enabled, the other port will remain USB function.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver is used for front USB only. Please do
not use the rear USB bracket to connect it on the rear panel. Multi-Angle CIR Receiver can receive the multi-direction infrared
signals (top, down and front), which is compatible with most of
the chassis on the market.
The Multi-Angle CIR Receiver does not support Hot-Plug
function. Please install it before you boot the system.
* ASRock Smart Remote is only supported by some of ASRock motherboards. Please refer to
ASRock website for the motherboard support list: http://www.asrock.com
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2.8 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.14, No. 21)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot
up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
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2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA3_1: see p.14, No. 17) (SATA3_2: see p.14, No. 18)
(SATA3_3: see p.14, No. 16)
(SATA3_4: see p.14, No. 19) SATA3_5
(SATA3_5: see p.14, No. 20)
SATA3_3
SATA3_1
SATA3_4
SATA3_2
These five Serial ATA3 (SATA3) connectors support SATA data cables for internal storage devices. The current SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
(Optional)
Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 hard disk or the SATA3 connector on
this motherboard.
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB_4_5)
(see p.14 No. 26)
Besides four default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there
are three USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
(9-pin USB_6_7)
(see p.14 No. 27)
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB_8_9)
(see p.14 No. 28)
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
Infrared Module Header
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.14 No. 29)
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
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Consumer Infrared Module Header
(4-pin CIR1)
(see p.14 No. 25)
This header can be used to connect the remote controller receiver.
Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.14 No. 32)
This is an interface for the front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices.
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the “FrontMic” Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust “Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.14 No. 23)
This header accommodates
several system front panel functions.
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator
on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below.
Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
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PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front
panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the
pin assign-ments are matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.
(see p.14 No. 24)
Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.14 No. 22)
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is off in S3/S4 state or S5 state (power off).
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.14 No. 12)
Please connect the fan cables to the fan connectors and match the black wire to the ground pin. CHA_FAN1/2/3 fan
speed can be controlled through
UEFI or AXTU.
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.14 No. 15)
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.14 No. 2)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.14 No. 10)
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CPU Fan Connectors FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
CPU_FAN_SPEED
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
+12V
(see p.14 No. 6)
GND
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the ground pin.
1 2 3 4
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.14 No. 5)
ATX Power Connector
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
GND
+12V
CPU_FAN_SPEED
12
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1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.14 No. 9)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
(8-pin ATX12V1)
5
1
(see p.14 No. 1)
8
4
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
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1
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the
4-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with
Pin 1 and Pin 5.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
Serial port Header
8
4
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
(9-pin COM1)
(see p.14 No.30)
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HDMI_SPDIF Header
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing SPDIF audio output to HDMI
(see p.14 No. 31)
VGA card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to this header.
USB 3.0 Header
(19-pin USB3_2_3)
(see p.14 No. 38)
Vbus
Vbus
IntA_P3_SSRX-
IntA_P2_SSRX-
IntA_P3_SSRX+
IntA_P2_SSRX+
GND
GND
IntA_P2_SSTXIntA_P2_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P3_SSTXIntA_P3_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P3_D-
IntA_P2_D-
IntA_P3_D+
IntA_P2_D+
DUMMY
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Besides two default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 3.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 3.0
header can support two USB 3.0
ports.
2.10 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD SB950 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10) functions. You may
install SATA3 hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
2.11 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID
/ AHCI mode. AMD SB950 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has
been installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot
Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
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2.12 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA3 HDD in RAID / AHCI
mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you
process the SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the
motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA3 HDD
Caution
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA3 Hot Plug cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause
the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of its limitation, the SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is
indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA3 driver is installed into system properly. The latest SATA3 driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our
motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or
data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin
Step 2
end (White) to the power supply 1x4-pin
cable.
Connect SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3
connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 4
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable
connector (Black) end to SATA3 HDD.
Connect SATA data cable to the
SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA3 HDD side.
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2.13 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.14 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions,
please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or
more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. (Please use an USB floppy or a floppy
disk.)
A. Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as
the boot device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver diskette
[YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA3 drivers into
the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your
system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD RAID
driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to
install according to the OS you install.
2.14.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a
RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow
below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. (Please use an USB floppy or a floppy
disk.)
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.14.1 step 2 on page 38.
STEP 4: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
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2.15 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit OS on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below
procedures according to the OS you install.
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID
functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. (Please use an USB floppy or a floppy
disk.)
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.14.1 step 2 on page 38.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver. After reading
the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to
the OS you install.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.15.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on
your SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
2.16 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can
operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 8 for the possible overclocking risk before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following
UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only,
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/ + / -
<Tab>
<Enter>
<PGUP>
<PGDN>
<HOME>
<END>
<F1>
<F7>
<F9>
<F10>
<F12>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
Switch to next function
To bring up the selected screen
Go to the previous page
Go to the next page
Go to the top of the screen
Go to the bottom of the screen
To display the General Help Screen
Discard changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Load optimal default values for all the settings
Save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Print screen
Jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
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3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
System Browser
System Browser can let you easily check your current system
configuration in UEFI setup.
OMG (Online Management Guard)
Administrators are able to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet
access at specified times via OMG. You may schedule the starting and
ending hours of internet access granted to other users. In order to prevent
users from bypassing OMG, guest accounts without permission to modify
the system time are required.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
OC Mode
Use this to select OC Mode. Configuration options: [Manual] and [CPU
OC Mode]. The default value is [Manual].
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and
[Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
ASRock UCC
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation.
As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can
unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When
UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the
quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade
CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is
supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
CPU Active Core Control
This allows you to adjust CPU Active Core Control feature. The configuration options depend on the CPU core you adopt. The default value is [Disabled].
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AMD Turbo Core Technology
This item appears only when the processor you adopt supports this fea-
ture. Use this to select enable or disable AMD Turbo Core Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] and [Disabled]. The default value is [Auto].
AMD IO C-State Support
This allows you to enable or disable AMD IO C-State Support. The default
value is [Enabled].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
HT Bus Speed
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed. Configuration options: [Auto], [200MHz] to [2400MHz].
HT Bus Width
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width. Configuration
options: [Auto], [8 Bit] and [16 Bit].
DRAM Timing Configuration
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
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DRAM Timing Control
DRAM Slot
Use this to select DRAM slot to view SPD data. The default value is
[DDR3_A1].
DRAM Timing Control
Use this to select DRAM control. The default value is [Auto].
Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration options: [Disabled] and [Auto]. The default value is [Auto].
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Voltage Configuration
CPU Load-line Calibration
CPU Load-line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load.
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
NB Voltage
Use this to select NB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
HT Voltage
Use this to select HT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU VDDA Voltage
Use this to select CPU VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCIE VDDA Voltage
Use this to select PCIE VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Nouth Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, USB Configuration and Network
Configuration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just save the new
UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive and launch this
tool, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after the UEFI update process is
completed.
Internet Flash
Internet Flash searches for available UEFI firmware updates from our
servers. In other words, the system can auto-detect the latest UEFI from
our servers and flash them without entering Windows® OS. Please note
that you must be running on a DHCP configured computer in order to enable this function.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
If you install Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this function,
please set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function
may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies.
Please set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
Secure Virtual Machine
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
Core C6 Mode
Use this item to enable or disable Core C6 mode. The default value is
[Enabled].
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep
the CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Configuration options: [PCI] and [PCI Express].
IOMMU
Use this to enable or disable IOMMU. The default value of this feature is
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
On/Off Play
Use this item to enable or disable On/Off Play Technology. The default value is [Enabled]. When On/Off Play is enabled, Deep Sx will be disabled. If
you want to enable Deep Sx, please disable On/Off Play first.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature.
Good Night LED
Enable this option to turn off Power LED and LAN LED when the system
is power on. The keyboard LED will also be turned off in S1, S3 and S4
state. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Mode
Use this item to adjust SATA Mode. The default value of this option is [IDE
Mode]. Configuration options: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Mode].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install SATA ODD
driver on SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports. Use this item to enable or disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled].
If you want to build RAID on SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports, please disable
this item.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled],
[Auto] and [Enabled].
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration
options: [3F8h / IRQ4] and [3E8h / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port. Configuration options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
ACPI HPET table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® certification.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system
starts to boot up when the power recovers.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
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USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Keyboard/Remote.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Mouse.
CSM
Please disable CSM when you enable Fast Boot option. The default value
is [Enabled].
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Enabled].
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3.4.8 Network Configuration
Internet Setting
Use this item to set up the internet connection mode. Configuration
options: [DHCP (Auto IP)] and [PPPOE].
UEFI Download Server
Use this item to select UEFI firmware download server for Internet Flash.
Configuration options: [Asia], [Europe], [USA] and [China].
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On], [Manual Mode] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Dehumidifier Function
Users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling
“Dehumidifier Function”. When enabling Dehumidifier Function, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering
S4/S5 state.
Dehumidifier Period
This allows users to configure the period of time until the computer powers
on and enables “Dehumidifier” after entering S4/S5 state.
Dehumidifier Duration
This allows users to configure the duration of the dehumidifying process
before it returns to S4/S5 state.
Dehumidifier CPU Fan Setting
Use this setting to configure CPU fan speed while “Dehumidifier” is enabled.
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Fast Boot
Fast Boot minimizes your computer’s boot time. There are three configuration options: [Disabled], [Fast] and [Ultra Fast]. The default value is
[Disabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the details of these three
options:
[Disabled] - Disable Fast Boot.
[Fast] - The only restriction is you may not boot by using an USB flash
drive.
[Ultra Fast] - There are a few restrictions.
1. Only supports Windows® 8 UEFI operating system.
2. You will not be able to enter BIOS Setup (Clear CMOS or run utility in Widows® to enter BIOS Setup).
3. If you are using an external graphics card, the VBIOS must support UEFI GOP in order to boot.
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0xFFFF) means indefi nite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
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Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [En
abled]. AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
Secure Boot
Use this to enable or disable Secure Boot. The default value is [Disabled].
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
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4. Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 8 / 8
64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard
settings and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for
general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on
the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the
menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed
on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above),
Windows® 7 64-bit or Windows® 8 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
(“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation files. Normally it is an optical drive.) You can also press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST
and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
4. Start Windows® installation.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in RAID Mode
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed
on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above),
Windows® 7 64-bit or Windows® 8 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set RAID Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose onboard RAID 3TB+ unlocker > UEFI Mode For GPT partition. Press
<F10> to save the change and exit.
4. Press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI : Built - in EFI Shell.
5. Key in drvcfg, for example you will see below:
Drv[4E] Ctrl[B5] Lang[eng]
6. Key in dh [Drv number], for example: key in dh 4E.
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7. And then key in drvcfg –s [Drv number] [Ctrl number] to enter Raid Utility.
For example: key in drvcfg –s 4E B5.
8. Choose Logical Drive Main Menu to set up Raid Drive.
9. Choose Logical Drive Create Menu to create a Raid Drive.
10. Choose Usable Physical Drive List to select Raid HDD.
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11. Press Space on keyboard to toggle checkbox.
12. Choose Ld Size setting, and key in the Raid size.
13. After set up Raid size, please click Start to Create.
14. Press <F10> to exit Utility.
15. During reboot, please press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI: SCSI
CD/DVD Drive.
* This option only shows on Windows® 8 64-bit, 7 64-bit and VistaTM 64-bit OS.
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16. Follow Windows® Installation Guide to install OS.
If you install Windows® 8 64-bit / 7 64-bit / VistaTM 64-bit in a large hard
disk (ex. Disk volume > 2TB), it may take more time to boot into Windows®
or install driver/utilities. If you encounter this problem, you will need to
following instructions to fix this problem.
Windows® VistaTM 64-bit:
Microsoft ® does not provide hotfix for this problem. Below steps are
Microsoft® suggested solution:
A. Disable System Restore.
a. Type “systempropertiesprotection” in the Start Menu. Then press "Enter".
b. De-select Local Disks for System Restore. Then Click “Turn System
Restore Off” to confirm. Then Press “Ok”.
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B. Disable “Volume Shadow Copy” service.
a. Type “computer management” in the Start Menu, then press “Enter”.
b. Go to “Services and Applications>Services”; Then double click “Volume
Shadow Copy”.
c. Set “Startup type” to “Disable” then Click “OK”.
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C. Reboot your system.
D. After reboot, please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
Windows® 8 64-bit / 7 64-bit:
A. Please request the hotfix KB2505454 thru this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505454/
B. After installing Windows® 8 64-bit / 7 64-bit, install the hotfix kb2505454.
(This may take long time; >30 mins.)
C. Reboot your system. (It may take about 5 mins to boot.)
D. The Windows® will install this hotfix then reboot by itself.
E. Please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
17. Finish.
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