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Asus P6X58-E PRO Specifications
Motherboard
P6X58-E PRO
E6356
First Edition (V1)
March 2011
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Contents
Notices...................................................................................................................... viii
Safety information....................................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................................... x
P6X58-E PRO specifications summary.................................................................... xii
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
Package contents....................................................................................... 1-1
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features............................................................ 1-3
1.3.2
1.3.4
1.3.5
1.3.6
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
ASUS EZ DIY............................................................................... 1-4
Other special features.................................................................. 1-5
Hardware information
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 2-2
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Placement direction..................................................................... 2-4
2.2.4
Layout contents............................................................................ 2-3
Screw holes................................................................................. 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................................. 2-5
2.3.1
Installing the CPU........................................................................ 2-5
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan........................................ 2-9
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan............................................. 2-8
System memory........................................................................................ 2-10
2.4.1
Overview.................................................................................... 2-10
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM....................................................................... 2-17
2.4.2
2.5
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions.................................................... 1-4
2.2.1
2.3.2
2.4
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM............................ 1-3
Before you proceed.................................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
Product introduction
Welcome!..................................................................................................... 1-1
2.4.4
Memory configurations............................................................... 2-11
Removing a DIMM..................................................................... 2-17
Expansion slots........................................................................................ 2-18
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card...................................................... 2-18
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments................................................................ 2-19
2.5.2
2.5.4
2.5.5
2.5.6
Configuring an expansion card.................................................. 2-18
PCI slots..................................................................................... 2-20
PCI Express x1 slot.................................................................... 2-20
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.......................................................... 2-20
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Contents
2.6
Jumpers..................................................................................................... 2-22
2.8
Onboard LEDs........................................................................................... 2-26
2.7
2.9
Onboard switches..................................................................................... 2-23
Connectors................................................................................................ 2-27
2.9.1
Rear panel connectors............................................................... 2-27
2.9.3
Internal connectors.................................................................... 2-31
2.8.2
2.10
2.11
2.9.4
3.2
Turning off the computer.......................................................................... 2-40
Updating BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
3.2.1
ASUS Update utility..................................................................... 3-2
3.2.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility................................................... 3-5
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-6
BIOS menu screen....................................................................... 3-6
3.3.3
Navigation keys............................................................................ 3-7
3.3.4
3.3.5
3.3.6
3.3.7
3.3.8
3.3.9
Menu items.................................................................................. 3-7
Submenu items............................................................................ 3-7
Configuration fields...................................................................... 3-7
Pop-up window............................................................................ 3-7
Scroll bar...................................................................................... 3-7
General help................................................................................ 3-7
3.4.1
SATA 1–6..................................................................................... 3-8
3.4.3
AHCI Configuration.................................................................... 3-11
3.4.4
Storage Configuration................................................................ 3-10
System Information.................................................................... 3-11
Ai Tweaker menu....................................................................................... 3-12
3.5.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto].......................................................... 3-13
3.5.3
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled].................................... 3-13
3.5.2
3.5.4
3.5.5
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Menu bar...................................................................................... 3-6
Main menu................................................................................................... 3-8
3.4.2
3.5
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility................................................................ 3-4
3.3.1
3.3.2
3.4
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
3.2.2
3.3
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)........................................... 2-39
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-40
Chapter 3:
3.1
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-28
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]........................................................... 3-13
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]........................................... 3-13
Vcore Power Phase [Enabled]................................................... 3-14
Contents
3.5.6
BCLK Frequency [XXX]............................................................. 3-14
3.5.8
DRAM Frequency [Auto]............................................................ 3-14
3.5.7
3.5.9
3.5.10
3.5.11
3.5.12
3.5.13
3.5.14
3.5.15
3.5.16
3.5.17
3.5.18
3.5.19
3.5.20
3.5.21
3.5.22
3.5.23
3.5.24
3.5.25
3.5.26
3.5.27
3.5.28
3.5.29
3.5.30
3.5.31
3.5.32
3.6
3.5.33
UCLK Frequency [XXX]............................................................. 3-14
QPI Link Data Rate [Auto].......................................................... 3-14
Start auto tuning......................................................................... 3-14
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]...................................................... 3-14
CPU Voltage Control [Manual]................................................... 3-16
CPU Voltage [Auto] ................................................................... 3-16
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]............................................................. 3-17
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]................................................. 3-17
IOH Voltage [Auto]..................................................................... 3-17
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]............................................................ 3-17
ICH Voltage [Auto]..................................................................... 3-17
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]............................................................ 3-17
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto].......................................................... 3-17
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto].......................... 3-18
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto].......................... 3-18
Duty Control [T.Probe]................................................................ 3-18
Phase Control [Extreme]............................................................ 3-18
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]...................................................... 3-18
CPU Current Capability [100%]................................................. 3-19
VRM Frequency [Auto]............................................................... 3-19
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto].............................................. 3-19
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]............................................................. 3-19
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto].................................................... 3-19
IOH Clock Skew [Auto].............................................................. 3-19
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]................................................... 3-19
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-20
3.6.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-20
3.6.3
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-24
3.6.2
3.6.4
3.7
PCIE Frequency [XXX].............................................................. 3-14
3.6.5
Chipset....................................................................................... 3-23
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-26
PCIPnP...................................................................................... 3-27
Power menu............................................................................................... 3-28
3.7.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]................................................................ 3-28
3.7.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]...................................................... 3-28
3.7.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]............................................. 3-28
Contents
3.7.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled].................................................... 3-28
3.7.6
Hardware Monitor...................................................................... 3-30
3.7.5
3.8
3.7.7
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-32
Boot Device Priority................................................................... 3-32
3.8.3
Security...................................................................................... 3-34
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-36
3.9.3
AI NET 2..................................................................................... 3-38
3.9.4
4.2
4.3
4.2.2
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-2
Software information.................................................................................. 4-3
4.3.1
AI Suite II..................................................................................... 4-3
4.3.3
BT GO!......................................................................................... 4-5
4.3.5
4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.8
DIGI+ VRM................................................................................... 4-4
TurboV EVO................................................................................. 4-6
EPU.............................................................................................. 4-9
FAN Xpert.................................................................................. 4-10
Probe II...................................................................................... 4-11
Audio configurations.................................................................. 4-12
RAID configurations................................................................................. 4-13
4.4.1
RAID definitions......................................................................... 4-13
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS................................................... 4-14
4.4.2
4.4.4
Installing Serial ATA hard disks.................................................. 4-14
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility................. 4-15
Creating a RAID driver disk..................................................................... 4-19
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS................. 4-19
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation....... 4-19
4.5.2
4.5.4
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Software support
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
4.3.4
4.5
Drive Xpert Configuration........................................................... 3-39
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
4.3.2
4.4
ASUS O.C. Profile...................................................................... 3-37
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-40
Chapter 4:
4.1
Boot Settings Configuration....................................................... 3-33
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-36
3.9.2
3.10
EuP Ready [Disabled]................................................................ 3-31
3.8.1
3.8.2
3.9
APM Configuration..................................................................... 3-29
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®.................................. 4-19
Using a USB floppy disk drive.................................................... 4-20
Contents
Chapter 5:
5.1
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology................................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards................................. 5-2
5.1.2
Before you begin.......................................................................... 5-1
5.1.4
5.2
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-3
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology................................ 5-3
NVIDIA SLI™ technology.......................................................................... 5-4
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5.2.1
Requirements............................................................................... 5-4
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 5-5
5.2.2
5.2.4
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards....................................... 5-4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology...................................... 5-5
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH
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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
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waste.
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information in different regions.
Safety information
Electrical safety
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To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet
before relocating the system.
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables
for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all
power cables are unplugged.
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not
sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power
company.
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
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Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the power
cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors,
slots, sockets and circuitry.
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area
where it may become wet.
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:
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and
connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.
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ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means ��
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that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or ��
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Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3> If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
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P6X58-E PRO specifications summary
CPU
Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/
Core™ i7 Processors
Supports Intel® 32nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® X58 / ICH10R
System bus
Up to 6.4GT/s; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
Memory
6 x DIMM, max. 48GB*, DDR3 2200(O.C.)**/ 2133(O.C.)/
2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/ 1600/ 1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC,
un-buffered memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory
QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
** Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics
of individual CPUs.
Expansion slots
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (at x16/x8/x8 or x16/x16/x1 mode)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Multi-GPU support
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
-Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports SATA RAID 0, 1,
5, and 10
Marvell® PCIe 9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller with Hyper Duo
function
- 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue)
JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller*
- 2 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
*These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices
are not supported.
LAN
Intel® 82567 Gigabit LAN- Dual interconnect between the
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Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
ASUS BT GO! Utility
Audio
Realtek® ALC889 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- BD audio layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
IEEE 1394
VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at mid�������������������������
board; one at back panel)
USB
NEC® USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (at back panel)
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
-10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
(4 ports at midboard; 6 ports at back panel)
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P6X58-E PRO specifications summary
ASUS unique features
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors II:
ASUS Digital Power Design
- Industry leading Digital 8+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
ASUS TPU
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch
ASUS EPU
- EPU
ASUS BT GO!
- Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net, Music
Player, Personal Manager
ASUS BT Turbo Remote
- Exclusive Smartphone Interface supporting iPhone,
Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian systems
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-LED (DRAM LED)
ASUS Q-Slot
Back panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output port
1 x Bluetooth module
2 x eSATA ports
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x RJ45 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
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Internal I/O connectors
2 x USB 2.0/1/1 connectors support additional 4 USB ports
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (navy blue)
6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)
2 x CPU Fan connectors (2 x 4-pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connectors (3 x 4-pin)
1 x Power Fan connectors (3-pin)
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x TPU switch
BIOS features
16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0,
SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS,
ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support DVD contents
Drivers
ASUS Utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P6X58-E PRO motherboard!
Chapter 1
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another
standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in
your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
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User Ma
1 x ASUS P6X58-E PRO motherboard
1 x User guide
1 x Support DVD
2 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s cables
2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s cables
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector kit
1 x Q-shield
1 x 3-way SLI Bridge
1 x SLI Bridge
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If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may
vary with different models.
ASUS P6X58-E PRO
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Chapter 1
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™ i7 Processor support
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors in LGA1366 package with
integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel®
QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4 GT/s and a max bandwidth of
up to 25.6 GB/s. Intel® Core™ i7 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient
CPUs in the world.
Intel® X58 Chipset
The Intel® X58 Express Chipset is one of the most powerful chipset designed to support
the Intel® Core™ i7 Processors with LGA1366 package and Intel® next generation system
interconnect interface, Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), providing improved performance
by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also
supports up to 36 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing better graphics performance.
Triple-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/ 2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/ 1600/
1333/ 1066 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of
2200(O.C.)/ 2133(O.C.)/ 2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066MHz to meet the higher
bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The
triple-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost
system performance.
PCIe 2.0
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth
which enhances system performance.
3-Way SLI™ and Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ support
The P6X58-E PRO breaks the boundaries to bring you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI™
or CrossFireX™. The motherboard features a dedicated graphics engine on the most powerful
Intel® X58 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brandnew gaming style you’ve never experienced before! Refer to chapter 5 for details.
True USB 3.0 Support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 5.0 Gb/s with USB 3.0–the latest connectivity standard.
Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers
data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
True Serial ATA 6Gb/s support
Supporting the next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard
delivers up to 6Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data
retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
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1.3.2
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Chapter 1
The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard
chips—EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). New generation
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM digital power design launch control into a new
era, empowering users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized
performance and greater power efficiency
DIGI+ VRM
The new ASUS DIGI+ VRM design upgrades motherboard power delivery to a digital
standard. The 8+2 digital architecture delivers precision power, intelligently adjusting PWM
voltage and frequency modulation with minimal power loss. Users can increase overclocking
range and maximize performance through BIOS tuning and exclusive user interface features.
Super Alloy Power chokes contain a metal compound instead of standard iron, supporting
of up to a massive 40A of rated current, or 25% higher than conventional chokes. Unibodyconstructed chokes also eliminate vibration noise, delivering improved performance and
durability even under extreme conditions. DIGI+ VRM digital power design with Super Alloy
Power enables users through superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized
performance and greater power efficiency.
TPU
Unleash your performance with ASUS' simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. The TPU
chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV
functions. Auto Tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast,
yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies
and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.
EPU
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a user-friendly interface.
Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings
and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends
component longevity!
1.3.3
ASUS Exclusive Features
BT GO! (Bluetooth)
Onboard Bluetooth wireless design enables smart connectivity to Bluetooth devices with
no additional adapter. ASUS BT GO! comes with 7 special functions that offer significant
breakthrough in Bluetooth evolution, including Folder Sync, BT Transfer, BT Turbo Remote,
BT-to-Net, Music Player, Shot and Send, and Personal Manager. All are accessible through
the exclusive, user-friendly ASUS interface.
MemOK!
Memory compatibility is among the top concerns during computer upgrades. Worry no more.
MemOK! is the fastest memory booting solution today. This remarkable memory rescue tool
requires nothing but a push of a buttton to patch memory issues and get your system up and
running in no time. The technology is able to determine failsafe settings that can dramatically
improve your system booting success.
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AI Suite II
Chapter 1
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features
into one simple to use software package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy
management, fan speed control, voltage and sensor readings, and even interact with mobile
devices via Bluetooth. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use functions, with
no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
1.3.4
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions
Fanless Design—Heat-pipe solution
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to the heatsink
near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing airflow from CPU fan. The
purpose of the innovative heat pipe design on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking
fanless design does not have lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. Furthermore, it
provides options for users to install side-flow fan or passive cooler. The Heat Pipe design is
the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and affect the
heat dissipation performance.
Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds
according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different
geographic regions and your PC’s loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible
controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
1.3.5
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS Onboard Switch
With an easy press during overclocking, the exclusive onboard switches allow gamers to
effortless fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins! Refer to page 2-23 for
details.
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-LED and Q-Slot design speed up
and simplify the DIY process!
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis front panel cables
to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the trouble of connecting the system
panel cables one at a time and avoiding wrong cable connections.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly utility that allows you to update the BIOS without using a
bootable floppy disk or an OS-based utility.
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ASUS O.C. Profile
1.3.6
Chapter 1
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows you to conveniently store or
load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file,
giving you the freedom to share and distribute your favorite settings.
Other special features
DTS Surround Sensation Ultra PC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the
most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition
to virtual surround, “Bass enhancement” provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and
“Voice clarification” provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With
these technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.
ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union’s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires
products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions.
This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products
through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus
mitigate environmental impacts.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter 2:
Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
•
Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due
to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so
may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.
Chapter 2
•
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2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2
Refer to 2.9 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and internal
connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2-37
2.
LGA1366 CPU Socket
2-5
3.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CPU_OPT,
4-pin CHA_FAN1–3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
2-35
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
2-10
5.
MemOK! switch
2-25
6.Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA_6G_E1, 7-pin SATA_6G_E2 [navy blue])
2-32
7.
ICH10R Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA1–6 [blue])
2-31
8.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-38
9.
DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage settings ( 3-pin OV_DRAM_BUS;
3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
2-22
10.
TPU switch
2-24
11.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB910, USB1112)
2-33
12.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
2-34
13.
Clear RTC RAM switch
2-24
14.
Rest switch
2-23
15.
Power-on switch
2-23
16.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
2-36
17.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
2-36
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2.2.2
2-3
2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in the correct
orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in
the image below.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place nine screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Chapter 2
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
2-4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1366 socket designed for the Intel®
Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™ i7 Processor.
2.3.1
•
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
LGA1366 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
Chapter 2
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
Before installing the CPU, ensure that the cam box is facing towards you and the load lever
is on your left.
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2.
Press the load lever with your thumb
(A), then move it to the left (B) until it is
released from the retention tab.
To prevent damage to the socket pins,
do not remove the PnP cap unless
you are installing a CPU.
3.
4.
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
Lift the load lever in the direction of the
arrow to a 135º angle.
Load plate
Lift the load plate with your thumb and
forefinger to a 100º angle.
4
Chapter 2
3
5.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket.
PnP cap
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6.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the gold triangle is on the
bottom‑left corner of the socket, and then
fit the socket alignment key into the CPU
notch.
The CPU fits in only one correct
orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to prevent bending
the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
Gold
triangle
mark
CPU notch
7.
Chapter 2
Alignment key
Apply some Thermal Interface Material
to the exposed area of the CPU that the
heatsink will be in contact with, ensuring
that it is spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with pre-applied
thermal paste. If so, skip this step.
The Thermal Interface Material is
toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it. If
it gets into your eyes or touches your
skin, wash it off immediately, and seek
professional medical help.
To prevent contaminating the paste, DO NOT spread the paste with your finger directly.
8.
Close the load plate (A), then push
the load lever (B) until it snaps into the
retention tab.
A
B
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2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel LGA1366 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to
ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
®
•
When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan and
heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use only Intel®‑certified
multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
•
Your Intel® LGA1366 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin design and
requires no tool to install.
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that the Thermal
Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install the
heatsink and fan assembly.
Chapter 2
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install the CPU
fan and heatsink assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
2.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed
CPU, ensuring that the four fasteners
match the holes on the motherboard.
A
B
B
Push down two fasteners at a time in
a diagonal sequence to secure the
heatsink and fan assembly in place.
A
B
B
A
A
1
1
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to the CPU fan
connector.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
Chapter 2
3.
DO NOT forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors can occur if
you fail to plug this connector.
Refer to page 2-35 for details.
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. 2.
3.
4.
Disconnect the CPU fan cable from the
connector on the motherboard.
Rotate each fastener counterclockwise.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to disengage the
heatsink and fan assembly from the
motherboard.
A
B
B
A
A
B
B
A
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
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2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with six Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is notched
differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules are developed for
better performance with less power consumption.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Chapter 2
Recommended memory configurations
One DIMM:
You may install one memory module in slot A1, B1 or C1 as a single-channel operation.
Two DIMMs (dual-channel operation):
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
Four DIMMs (triple-channel operation):
DIMM A2
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM
DIMM A2
C1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
2-10
DIMM A2
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
A2
DIMM
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
DIMM A2
DIMM A1
DIMM B2
DIMM B1
DIMM A2
C2
A1
DIMM C1
DIMM B2
DIMM B1
DIMM C2
DIMM C1
definition,
Three DIMMs (triple-channel operation):
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
DIMM A1
DIMM B1
DIMM C1
Six DIMMs (triple-channel operation):
DIMM A2
DIMM A1
DIMM B2
DIMM B1
DIMM C2
A2
DIMM
DIMM C1
A1
DIMM
DIMM B2
DIMM B1
DIMM C2
DIMM will
C1
system
Due to Intel CPU spec
the
not boot if only one DIMM is installed
in DIMM slot A2, B2, or C2. Follow the illustrations above for recommended memory
configuration.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4.2
Memory configurations
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A, Channel B and Channel C. The
system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel or
triple-channel configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then
mapped for single-channel operation.
•
Due to Intel spec definition, X.M.P. DIMMs and DDR3-1600 are supported for one
DIMM per channel only.
•
According to Intel® CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect
the CPU.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
•
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 3.5 Ai Tweaker menu for manual memory
frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (6 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
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You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB unbuffered non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM
sockets.
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P6X58-E PRO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3-2200 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
G.SKILL
F3-17600CL7D-4GBFLS(XMP) 4G ( 2x 2G )
GEIL
GET34GB2200C9DC(XMP)
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KHA(XMP)
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Timing
DS -
7-10-10-28 1.65
DS -
-
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS 4G ( 2x 2G )
KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KJAA-FEIS(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS Kingmax
Voltage
9-10-9-28
1.65
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2 DIMM
3 DIMM
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DDR3-2000 MHz capability
Chapter 2
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(Optional)
A-DATA
AX3U2000GB2G9-2G(XMP)
2GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
A-DATA
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.55�
—
1.65
Apacer
78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
9-9-9-24
1.65
A-DATA
Crucial
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
AX3U2000GC4G9B-DG2(XMP)
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH(XMP)
F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
F3-16000CL7T-6GBPS(XMP)
F3-16000CL9T-6GBPS(XMP)
F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD(XMP)
F3-16000CL7Q-8GBFLS(XMP)
GE38GB2000C9QC(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/3GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9D3T1K2/4GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
1GB
4GB(2 x 2GB)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
8GB(4 x 2GB)
SS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
3GB ( 3x 1GB ) SS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
AEXEA
AXA3ES2G2000LG28V(XMP)
2GB
DS
Gingle
9CAASS37AZZ01D1
2GB
DS
2GB
DS
AEXEA
Patriot
Silicon
Power
AXA3ES4GK2000LG28V(XMP)
PVT36G2000LLK(XMP)
SP002GBLYU200S02(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
-
-
-
9-9-9-28
-
-
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
-
7-8-7-20
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9-9-9-24
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9-9-9-24
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7-9-7-24
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9-9-9-28
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9-9-9-24
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8-8-8-24
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•
1.65
1.65
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1.65
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TXD32048M2000C9(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288RT-20 9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
Team
TXD32048M2000C9-L(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288RT-20 9-9-9-24
1.6
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•
•
TXD32048M2000C9-L(XMP)
2GB
DS
Team
T3D1288LT-20
9-9-9-24
1.5
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DDR3-1866 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket support
(Optional)
A-DATA
AX3U1866PB2G8-DP2(XMP)
2GB
DS -
-
8-8-8-24
G.SKILL
F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH (XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -
-
9-9-9-24
1.55�
—
1.75
KINGSTON KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -
-
9
G.SKILL
4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -
OCZ
OCZ3P1866C9LV6GK
6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -
Super
Talent
W1866UX2G8(XMP)
2GB(2 x 1GB) SS -
OCZ
Team
2-12
F3-15000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
OCZ3RPR1866C9LV6GK
TXD32048M1866C9(XMP)
6GB(3 x 2GB) DS 2GB
DS Team
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9-9-9-24
9-9-9
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1.65
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1.65
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1.65
1.65
9-9-9
8-8-8-24
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2
3
4
6
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1.65
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1.65
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
P6X58-E PRO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3-1600 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
A-DATA
AX3U1600GC4G9-DG2(XMP)
CORSAIR
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Crucial
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Crucial
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
HX3X12G1600C9(XMP)
CMD4GX3M2B1600C8
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
CMX4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
CMD4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
CMG4GX3M2A1600C7(XMP)
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP)
CMX6GX3M3A1600C9(XMP)
TR3X6G1600C8D(XMP)
CMP8GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)
CMD8GX3M4A1600C8(XMP)
CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
BL12864BN1608.8FF(XMP)
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)
F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ(XMP)
F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM(XMP)
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Timing
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
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4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB(2 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
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6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
6GB(3 x 2GB)
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8GB(4 x 2GB)
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2GB
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4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
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F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)
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4GB(2 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
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DS
GET316GB1600C9QC(XMP)
16GB(4x 4GB ) DS
GE34GB1600C9DC(XMP)
4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
GUP34GB1600C7DC(XMP)
GV34GB1600C8DC(XMP)
GVP38GB1600C8QC(XMP)
FLGD45F-B8MF7(XMP)
FLGE85F-B8MF7(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C7D3K2/4GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB(2 x 2GB)
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1GB
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2GB
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12GB(3x 4GB ) DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
OCZ
OCZ3P1600LV3GK
3GB(3 x 1GB)
OCZ
OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
OCZ3P1600LV4GK
OCZ3X1600LV4GK(XMP)
OCZ3FXE1600C7LV6GK
OCZ3FXE1600C7LV6GK
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
Super Talent WP160UX4G8(XMP)
Super Talent WP160UX4G9(XMP)
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
Super Talent WB160UX6G8(XMP)
ASUS P6X58-E PRO
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4GB(2 x 2GB)
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4GB(2 x 2GB)
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4GB(2 x 2GB)
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6GB ( 3x 2GB ) DS
6GB(3 x 2GB)
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6GB(3 x 2GB)
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6GB(3 x 2GB)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
6GB(3 x 2GB)
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Chapter 2
Vendors
AEXEA
AXA3PS2G1600S18V(XMP)
2GB
DS
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SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D(XMP)
2GB
DS
Asint
3128M8-GJ1D
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DS
AEXEA
AXA3PS4GK1600S18V(XMP)
EK Memory EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
EK Memory EKM324L28BP8-I16(XMP)
GoodRam
GR1600D364L9/2G
Mushkin
996805(XMP)
Mushkin
998659(XMP)
KINGTIGER KTG2G1600PG3(XMP)
Mushkin
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
PATRIOT
Patriot
Team
Team
Team
998805(XMP)
PGS34G1600LLKA2
PVV34G1600LLK(XMP)
PGS34G1600LLKA
PGS34G1600LLKA
PVT36G1600LLK(XMP)
TXD31024M1600C8-D(XMP)
TXD32048M1600C8-D(XMP)
TXD32048M1600HC8-D(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
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4GB( 2x 2GB ) DS
2GB
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DS
SS
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2GB
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1GB
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6GB(3 x 2GB)
9
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4GB(2 x 2GB)
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GoodRam GF1008KC-JN
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
6GB(3 x 2GB)
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Team
DS
Team
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P6X58-E PRO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3-1333 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand
DS
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
SAMSUNG
M378B1G73AH0-CH9
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846A-HCH9
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SAMSUNG
M378B2873FHS-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
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SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Crucial
Crucial
Crucial
Crucial
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
2-14
M378B2873EH1-CH9
M378B5773DH0-CH9
M378B5673EH1-CH9
M378B5673FH0-CH9
M378B5273BH1-CH9
M378B5273CH0-CH9
M378B5273DH0-CH9
78.01GC6.9L0
78.A1GC6.9L1
78.A1GC6.9L1
CM3X2G1333C9
TW3X4G1333C9A
CMX8GX3M2A1333C9(XMP)
CMX8GX3M4A1333C9
CT12864BA1339.8FF
BL25664BN1337.16FF(XMP)
CT25664BA1339.16FF
CT25672BA1339.18FF
EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F
EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F
EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F
F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)
F3-10666CL7D-4GBPI(XMP)
F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB(2x 2GB )
8GB(2x 4GB )
8GB(4 x 2GB)
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
4GB(2x 2GB )
4GB(2x 2GB )
4GB(2 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
F3-10666CL8D-4GBECO(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)
F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH(XMP)
8GB(2x 4GB )
F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
8GB(2x 4GB )
F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
GET316GB1333C9QC
GG34GB1333C9DC
GB34GB1333C7DC
GG34GB1333C9DC
8GB(2x 4GB )
SS
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DS
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SS
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DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
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4GB(2x 2GB )
DS
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS
SAMSUNG
Samsung
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Samsung
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
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MICRON
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
G.SKILL
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GEIL
GEIL
K4B1G0846E
K4B2G08460
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K4B2G0846B-HCH9
K4B2G0846C
K4B2G08460
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AM5D5808FEQSBG
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J1108BDSE-DJ-F
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J1108BDSE-DJ-F
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D3 128M8CE9 2GB
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GVP38GB1333C7QC
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Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
PSC
PSC
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PSC
GV34GB1333C9DC
HMT112U6TFR8A-H9
HMT325U6BFR8C-H9
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
HMT125U6TFR8A-H9
HMT351U6BFR8C-H9
FLFD45F-B8KL9
FLFE85F-C8KM9
FLFE85F-B8KL9
FLFF65F-C8KM9
KVR1333D3N9/1G
KVR1333D3N9/2G
KVR1333D3N9/2G
KHX1333C9D3UK2/4GX(XMP)
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1
MT16JF25664AZ-1G4F1
MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1
OCZ3RPR13332GK
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
OCZ3G1333LV4GK
OCZ3P1333LV4GK
OCZX1333LV6GK(XMP)
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
OCZ3RPR1333C9LV8GK
AL7F8G73D-DG1
PC310600U-9-10-A0
AL8F8G73D-DG1
PC310600U-9-10-B0
Super Talent W1333UX2G8(XMP)
ACTICA
ACT1GHU64B8F1333S
ACTICA
ACT2GHU64B8G1333M
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
BUFFALO
EK Memory
Elixir
Elixir
Elixir
GoodRam
KINGTIGER
KINGTIGER
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
PQI
ACT1GHU72C8G1333S
ACT2GHU64B8G1333S
ACT2GHU72D8G1333M
ACT2GHU72D8G1333S
ACT4GHU64B8H1333H
ACT4GHU72D8H1333H
FSH1333D3G-T3G(XMP)
EKM324L28BP8-I13
M2F2G64CB88B7N-CG
M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-CG
M2F4G64CB8HB5N-CG
GR1333D364L9/2G
F10DA2T1680
KTG2G1333PG3
PSD31G13332
PGS34G1333LLKA
PVS34G1333LLK
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Silicon Power SP001GBLTE133S01
Silicon Power SP001GBLTU1333S01
Silicon Power SP002GBLTE133S01
Silicon Power SP002GBLTU133S02
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Team
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Team
UMAX
TXD31048M1333C7-D(XMP)
TXD32048M1333C7-D(XMP)
E41302GP0-73BDB
ASUS P6X58-E PRO
4GB(2 x 2GB)
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
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DS
DS
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SS
DS
DS
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DS
DS
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2GB
SS
2GB
2GB
4GB
SS
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DS
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3GB(3 x 1GB)
SS
4GB(2 x 2GB)
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4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB ) DS
1GB
SS
2GB
DS
1GB
2GB
2GB(2 x 1GB)
1GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
4GB
3GB(3 x 1GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
2GB
2GB
4GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
4GB(2 x 2GB)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
2GB
1GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
SS
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DS
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DS
DS
DS
DS
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DS
DS
SS
SS
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DS
DS
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Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
KINGMAX
Kingmax
KINGMAX
Kingmax
Elpida
Elpida
Kingston
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Micron
Micron
MICRON
Micron
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PSC
PSC
PSC
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Samsung
Micron
Samsung
H5TC1G83TFR
H5TQ2G83BFR
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
H5TC1G83TFR
H5TQ2G83BFR
KFB8FNLXF-BNF-15A
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
KFB8FNLXL-BNF-15A
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
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Chapter 2
GEIL
P6X58-E PRO Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3-1067 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand Chip NO.
DS
Timing
Voltage
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT
7
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Crucial
CT12872BA1067.9FF
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9KPT(ECC)
7
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Crucial
Crucial
Crucial
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
GEIL
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Chapter 2
Hynix
Kingston
Kingston
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
CT25664BA1067.16FF
CT25664BA1067.16SFD
CT25672BA1067.18FF
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F
EBJ21UE8BAW0-AE-E
EBJ21UE8EDF0-AE-F
GG34GB1066C8DC
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
HMT125U6AFP8C-G7N0
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
KVR1066D3N7/1G
KVR1066D3N7/2G
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7K2/4G
1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
SS
DS
DS
DS
SS
SS
DS
DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
1GB
SS
2GB
DS
1GB
2GB
1GB
2GB
SS
DS
SS
DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
1GB
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MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1 2GB
DS
MICRON
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
1GB
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1 2GB
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CF8
4GB
Elixir
2GB
Elixir
M2Y2G64CB8HC5N-BE
WINTEC
3DU3191A-10
M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-BE
2GB
1GB
SS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
GEIL
D9JNL
D9KPT
D9JNL
D9KPT(ECC)
J1108BABG-DJ-E
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
J1108BABG-DJ-E
J1108EDSE-DJ-F
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HYNIX
HYNIX
HYNIX
Kingston
Elpida
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
J1108BDSE-DJ-F
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
MICRON
MICRON
D9KPT
D9KPT
SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
Elixir
N2CB1G80CN-BE
Qimonda
IDSH51-03A1F1C-10F
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2 DIMM: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slot A1 and B1 as one pair of Dualchannel memory configuration
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3 DIMM: Supports three (3) modules inserted into the orange slots (A1, B1 and C1) as
one set of Triple-channel memory configuration
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4 DIMM: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the orange slots (A1, B1 and C1) and
the black slot A2 as one set of Triple-channel memory configuration
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6 DIMM: Supports six (6) modules inserted into both the orange slots and the black
slots as two set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
•
When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation
system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less
than 3GB is recommended.
•
It is recommended to install the memory modules from the slots for better overclocking
capability.
•
The default DIMM frequency depends 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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system
components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both the motherboard and the
components.
1.
2.
DIMM notch
Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing
the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the socket such that
the notch on the DIMM matches the
DIMM slot key on the socket.
1
2
1
DIMM slot key
Unlocked retaining clip
3.
Hold the DIMM by both of its ends,
then insert the DIMM vertically into
the socket. Apply force to both ends
of the DIMM simultaneously until the
retaining clips snap back into place,
and the DIMM cannot be pushed in
any further to ensure proper sitting of
the DIMM.
Chapter 2
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a DIMM into
a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3
3
Locked Retaining Clip
Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM notch damage.
2.4.4
1.
2.
Removing a DIMM
Simultaneously press the retaining
clips outward to unlock the DIMM.
2
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
1
1
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips. The DIMM
might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following subsections describe the
slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do
so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
2.
Chapter 2
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and
make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later
use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely
seated on the slot.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 3 for
information on BIOS setup.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that
the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI
groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable. Refer to the table on the next
page for details.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
Priority
0
1
Standard function
System Timer
1
2
Keyboard Controller
2
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4
12
Communications Port (COM1)*
5
13
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
6
14
Floppy Disk Controller
7
15
Reserved
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3
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9
4
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
10
5
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
11
6
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
12
7
Reserved
13
8
Numeric Data Processor
14
9
Primary IDE Channel
Chapter 2
IRQ
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
IOH
NEC USB 3.0
Marvell 9128
PCIEX16_1
PCIEX16_2
ICH
PCIEX16_3
PCIEX1_1
LAN1 (Gbe)
JMicro ESATA_1
JMicro ESATA_2
PCI_1
PCI_2
USB_1
USB_2
USB_3
USB_4
USB_5
USB_6
USB 2.0_1
USB 2.0_2
SATA_1
SATA _2
Audio
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2.5.4
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that
comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location of the slots.
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards and other cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location of the
slots.
2.5.6
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
This motherboard has three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots that support PCI Express x16 2.0
graphic cards complying with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for the
location of the slots.
Chapter 2
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 1
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot (gray, at max. x8 link)
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot (blue, at max. x16 link)
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (blue, at x16 link)
PCIe x1_1 slot
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
PCI Express operating mode
PCIe x16_1
PCIe x16_2
PCIe x16_3
Single VGA/PCIe card
x16 (Recommend for
single VGA)
x16 (Single VGA)
N/A
Dual VGA/PCIe card
x16
x16
x1
x16
x16
x1
x16
x8
x8
Triple VGA/PCIe card
•
In single VGA card mode, use first the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (blue) or PCIe 2.0 x16_2
slot (blue) for a PCI Express x16 graphics card to get better performance.
•
In CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 (blue) and PCIe 2.0 x16_2
(blue) slots for PCI Express x16 graphics cards to get better performance.
•
Use the three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots for 3-Way SLI or CrossFireX™ mode.
•
If you install a PCIe x16 graphics card on to the PCIe x16_1 slot, a PCIe device with
a bandwidth faster than x8 link to the PCIe x16_2 slot, and a PCIe device with a
bandwidth slower than x4 link to the PCIe x16_3 slot, the three PCIe x16 slots will
work at x16, x16, x1 link as the default.
•
If you install a PCIe x16 graphics card on to the PCIe x16_1 slot, a PCIe device with
a bandwidth slower than x8 link to the PCIe x16_2 slot, and a PCIe device with a
bandwidth faster than x4 link to the PCIe x16_3 slot, the three PCIe x16 slots will work
at x16, x8, x8 link as the default.
•
You may manually reassign the link width of PCIe x16_2 and PCIe x16_3 slots in
BIOS settings. See page 3-23 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2/3 when
using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment. See page 2-35 for
details.
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Chapter 2
VGA configuration
2-21
2.6
Jumpers
DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting
(3-pin OV_DRAM_BUS, 3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
These jumpers allow you to enable or disable the advanced DRAM Bus, and QPI DRAM
overvoltage settings in BIOS. Read the following information before you change the jumper
settings.
Chapter 2
2-22
OV_DRAM_BUS
OV_QPI_DRAM
Pins 1-2 (Default)
up to 2.00V
up to 1.70V
Pins 2-3 (OV Enabled)
up to 2.46V
up to 1.90V
•
Before you change the jumper settings for extra-high overvoltage ability, use the BIOS
items first to adjust the desired DRAM, and QPI performance. Ensure that your system
functions well under the highest BIOS voltage settings before you change the setting
of these three jumpers.
•
The system may need a better cooling system (for example, a water-cooling system)
to work stably under high voltage settings.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.7
Onboard switches
Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or open-case
system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to enhance
system performance.
Power-on switch
The motherboard comes with a power-on switch that allows you to power up or wake
up the system. This switch 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 plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the
location of the onboard power-on switch.
Chapter 2
1.
2.
Reset switch
Press the reset switch to reboot the system.
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switch
To erase the RTC RAM:
2. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter data.
Chapter 2
4.
1.
Press down the CLR_CMOS switch.
TPU switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable
clock speeds.
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
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The TPU LED (O2LED1) near the TPU switch lights when the switch setting is turned
to Enable. Refer to section 2.8 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the TPU LED.
•
If you change the switch setting to Enable under the OS environment, the TPU
function will be activated after the next system bootup.
•
You may use the TurboV Auto Tuning, overclock in the BIOS setup program, and
enable the TPU function at the same time. However, the system will use the last
setting you have made.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
MemOK! switch
Installing DIMMs that are incompaible with the motherboard may cause system boot
failure, and the DRAM_LED near the MemOK! switch lights continuously. Press and
hold the MemOK! switch until the DRAM_LED starts blinking to begin automatic
memory compatibility tuning for successful boot.
Chapter 2
5.
•
The DRAM_LED also lights when the DIMM is not properly installed. Turn off the
system and reinstall the DIMM before using the MemOK! function.
•
Pressing the MemOK! switch under Windows® OS environment will reboot the
computer and start the memory tuning.
•
During the tuning process, the system loads and tests failsafe memory settings. It
takes about 30 seconds for the system to test one set of failsafe settings. If the test
fails, the system reboots and test the next set of failsafe settings. The blinking speed
of the DRAM_LED increases, indicating different test processes.
•
Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when each
timing set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the whole tuning
process, the DRAM_LED lights continuously. Replace the DIMMs with ones
recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or on
the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the system
continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop memory tuning, turn
off the computer and unplug the power cord for about 5–10 seconds.
•
If your system fail to boot due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK! switch to boot
and load BIOS default settings. A messgae will appear during POST reminding you
that the BIOS has been restored to its default settings.
•
We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version from the
ASUS website at www.asus.com after using the MemOK! function.
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2.8
1.
Onboard LEDs
DRAM LED
The POST State LED of DRAM indicates the DRAM status during POST (Power-on
Self Test). If an error is found , the LED will continue lighting until the problem is solved.
This user-friendly design provides an intuitional way to locate the root problem within a
second.
Chapter 2
2.
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TPU LED
The TPU LED lights when the TPU switch is turned to Enable.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connectors
2.9.1
Rear panel connectors
Chapter 2
2.9
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo port
7.
Optical S/PDIF Out port
2.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
8.
External SATA port 3G 2
3.
Bluetooth module*
9.
External SATA port 3G 1
4.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
10. IEEE 1394a port
5.
LAN1 (RJ-45) port**
11. USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2
6.
USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
12. Audio I/O ports***
**and ***: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port and audio port definitions.
* Bluetooth module LED indications
Status
Description
Off
No link
Blue
Linked
Blinking
Data activity
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* LAN port 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, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Chapter 2
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
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Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
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2.8.2
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
Connect to Stereo Speakers
Chapter 2
Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Chapter 2
Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
When the DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC function is enabled, ensure to connect the rear
speaker to the gray port.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.9.3
1.
Internal connectors
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA3G_1–6 [blue])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
Chapter 2
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®
ICH10R RAID controller.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard IDE mode,
you can connect Serial ATA boot/data hard disk drives to these connectors. If you
intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the Configure
SATA as item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See section 3.4.2 Storage Configuration for
details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or the manual
bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later version before using Serial
ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using
Windows® XP SP 2 or later version.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to [AHCI].
See section 3.4.2 Storage Configuration for details.
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2.
Marvell® Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA_6G_E1, 7-pin SATA_6G_E2 [navy blue])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA 6Gb/s signal cables for Serial ATA 6Gb/s hard
disk drives.
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•
These connectors are set to AHCI Mode by default.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives.
•
Press <Ctrl> + <M> during POST to enter the Marvell RAID utility to create or delete a
RAID configuration.
•
If you want to install a Windows operating system to a RAID configuration created
using the Marvell SATA controller, you have to create a RAID driver disk using the
motherboard support DVD and load the driver during OS installation. For 32/64bit
Windows XP OS, load first the Marvell shared library driver, and then load Marvell
91xx SATA Controller Driver. For Windows Vista / Windows 7 OS, load only the
Marvell 91xx SATA Controller Driver.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB910; USB1112)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 Mbps connection speed.
Chapter 2
3.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!
You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis supports
front panel USB ports.
The USB module cable is purchased separately.
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4.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module cable
to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis.
Chapter 2
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The IEEE 1394a module cable is purchased separately.
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5.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1–3; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
Chapter 2
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!
•
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
•
Only the CPU_FAN, CPU_OPT, CHA_FAN 1, CHA_FAN 2, and CHA_FAN 3
connectors support the ASUS Fan Xpert feature.
•
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable
to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2/3 for better thermal environment.
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6.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. Connect
the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening
at the back of the system chassis.
Chapter 2
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
7.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel
audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
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If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD Audio]; if you want to connect an
AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default,
this connector is set to [HD Audio].
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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.
Chapter 2
8.
•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit
(PSU) that complies with ATX 12V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a
minimum power of 350W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12V power plug; otherwise, the system will not
boot.
•
We recommend that you use a PSU with 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.
•
If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system,
refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.
com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
PSU suggested list:
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Seventeam ST-522HLP
Seventeam ST550EAJ-05F
Antec SG-850
ASUS P-50GA
ASUS U-75HA
Be quiet P6-PRO-850W
Be quiet BN077
CoolerMaster RS-850EMBA
Corsair CMPSU-620HX
EnerMAX EGX1000EWL
HECHUAN ST-ATX330
HUNTKEY 磐石500
Be quiet P6-PRO-850W
OCZ OCZGXS850
OCZ OCZ1000PXS
Seasonic SS-850EM
Silverstone SST-ST85F
Tagan TG1100-U33
Thermaltake W0132RE
Thermaltake W0133RU
Aelta GPS-550AB
Antec EA-380
OCZ OCZ780MXS
Seasonic SS-351HT
Seasonic SS-460HS
Seasonic SS-500GB
Seasonic SS-500HM
Seasonic SS-550HT
Seasonic SS-600HT
Seventeam ST-420BKP
Snake PSH500V
Silverstone SST-ST50EF
Silverstone PSU ST56ZF
T.C.STAR D420
Thermaltake TWV500W-AP
Thermaltake PUREPower-600AP
Zalman ZM600-HP
Zippy HP2-6500PE (G1)
Zippy PSL6720P
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9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
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•
•
•
•
•
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System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS settings.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the
system OFF.
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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2.9.4
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
Use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect the chassis front panel cables.
To install the ASUS Q-Connector:
Connect the front panel cables to the ASUS
Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the Q-Connector to
know the detailed pin definitions, and then
match them to their respective front panel
cable labels.
The labels on the front panel cables
may vary depending on the chassis
model.
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the system
panel connector, ensuring the orientation
matches the labels on the motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now enabled.
The figure shows the Q-Connector is properly
installed on the motherboard.
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IDE_LED
R SW
POWE
RESET
SW
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2.10 Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
Chapter 2
7.
Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.
Monitor
c.
System power
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up.
For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a
“power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green
after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (see the BIOS beep codes table below) or additional messages appear on
the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on
the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and
connections or call your retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two short
beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three short
beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four short
beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
2.11 Turning off the computer
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts the system
on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch
for more than four seconds lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS
setting. Refer to section 3.7 Power menu in Chapter 3 for details.
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Chapter 3
Chapter 3:
3.1
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings such as storage
device configuration, overclocking settings, advanced power management, and boot device
configuration that are needed for system startup in the motherboard CMOS. In normal
circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure optimum
performance. We recommend that you 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 settings of the BIOS may result to instability or failure to boot. We strongly
recommend that you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service
personnel.
3.2
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.
Chapter 3
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
1.
ASUS Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard support
DVD or a USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates
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the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need
to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS
Update utility.
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3.2.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
•
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet
View the BIOS version information
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive.
From the Main menu, click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
Chapter 3
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
1.
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From the Windows® desktop, click
Start > Programs > ASUS >
ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The
ASUS Update main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet from the drop‑down menu,
and then click Next.
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3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or click
Auto Select. Click Next.
4.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download. Click
Next.
5.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update
the utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
2.
Fom the Windows® desktop, click
Start > Programs > ASUS >
ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The
ASUS Update main window appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
from the dropdown menu, then click
Next.
3.
4.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
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1.
Follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the update process.
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Ensure to load the BIOS default
settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the
Load Setup Defaults item under
the Exit menu. See section 3.10 Exit
Menu for details.
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3.2.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a
bootable floppy disk or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website
at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port, and then
launch EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash 2 and
press <Enter> to enable it.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.22
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25P/X16
Current ROM
BOARD: P6X58-E-Pro
VER: 0201
DATE: 01/26/2011
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
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Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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Press <Tab>
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switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is found. �����
When
the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system
boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
the Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 3.10 Exit Menu for
details.
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3.2.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the
BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a
corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains
the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published
on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at
support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Turn on the system.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash drive
containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
Turn off the system after the utility completes the updating process and power on
again.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS setting. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F2> to load default
BIOS values.
Chapter 3
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
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3.3
BIOS setup program
A BIOS Setup program is provided for BIOS item modification. When you start up the
computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press <Del>
during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility. Otherwise, POST continues
with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Delete>,
or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can also restart by turning the
system off and then back on. Do this last option only if the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a menu-driven
program, it lets you scroll through the various submenus and select from the available options
using the navigation keys.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and
may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS setting, load the default
settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults
item under the Exit menu. See section 3.10 Exit Menu for details.
•
3.3.1
If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and
reset the motherboard to the default value. ������������
See section 2.8.1 Rear panel connectors
for information on how to erase the RTC RAM�.
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Ai Tweaker
System Time
System Date
Language
Chapter 3
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
Configuration fields
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
General help
Tools
Exit
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[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
System Information
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.3.2
Submenu items
Menu bar
Navigation keys
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Ai Tweaker
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
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For changing the overclocking settings
For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration
For changing the system boot configuration
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
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3.3.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that particular menu.
Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
The navigation keys may differ from one screen to another.
3.3.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Power, Boot, Tools, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
3.3.5
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a submenu. To
display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
3.3.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not
user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To change the
value of a field, select it and press <Enter> to display a list of options. Refer to 3.3.7 Pop-up
window.
Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to
display a pop-up window with the configuration
options for that item.
3.3.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a
menu screen when there are items that do not
fit on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow
keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to
display the other items on the screen.
3.3.9
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Ai Tweaker
Suspend Mode
ACPI Version Features
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
Tools
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3.3.7
Exit
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
←→
↑↓
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Scroll bar
Pop-up window
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
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3.4
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving you an
overview of the basic system information. Select an item and press <Enter> to display the
submenu.
Refer to section 3.3.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen items and
how to navigate through them.
Main
Ai Tweaker
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
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[Tue 02/08/2011]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Storage Configuration
System Information
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.4.1
SATA 1–6
Chapter 3
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. There
is a separate submenu for each SATA device. Select a device item and press <Enter> to
display the SATA device information.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
SATA 1
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: HDT722516DLA380
Size
: 164.7GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-6
SMART Monitoring:Supported
Type [Auto]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
DMA Mode [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor, Size,
LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART Monitoring). These
values are not user-configurable. These items show N/A if no SATA device is installed in the
system.
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Type [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of device installed.
[Not Installed]
[Auto]
[CDROM]
[ARMD]
Select this option if no device is installed.
Allows automatic selection of the appropriate device type.
Select this option if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive.
Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is either a
ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
This item appears in SATA 1–SATA 4 only.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Select [Auto] to enable the LBA mode (Logical Block Addressing mode)
if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously
formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Disables this function.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
When set to [Auto], the data transfer from and to the device occurs in
multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector transfer feature.
When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one
sector at a time.
PIO Mode [Auto]
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[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the PIO (Programmed input/output) modes,
which correspond to different data transfer rates.
[0] [1] [2] [3] [4]Sets the PIO mode to Mode 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
DMA Mode [Auto]
DMA (Direct Memory Access) allows your computer to transfer data to and from the hardware
devices installed with much less CPU overhead.
The DMA mode consists of SDMA (single-word DMA), MDMA (multi-word DMA), and UDMA
(Ultra DMA). Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the DMA mode.
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the S.M.A.R.T (Smart Monitoring, Analysis,
and Reporting Technology).
[Enabled]Enables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
[Disabled]Disables the S.M.A.R.T feature.
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
[Enabled]Sets the controller to combine two 16-bit reads from the hard disk into
a single 32-bit double word transfer to the processor. This makes more
efficient use of the PCI bus as fewer transactions are needed for the
transfer of a particular amount of data.
[Disabled]Disables this function.
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Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage devices. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuration
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect
SATA Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration. This item appears only when you set the
SATA Configuration item to [Enhanced] or [Compatible].
[IDE]
[RAID]
[AHCI]
Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA
hard disk drives.
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.
Chapter 3
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables device write protection. This function will be effective only if the
device is accessed through BIOS.
Disables this function.
SATA Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices from the following options: [0] [5]
[10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
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3.4.3
AHCI Configuration
This menu is the section for AHCI configuration. It appears only when you set the item
Configure SATA as from the submenu of SATA Configuration to [AHCI].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Settings
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[35]
Some SATA CD/DVD in
AHCI mode need to
wait ready longer.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out [35]
Selects the boot time out value for SATA CD/DVD devices in AHCI mode from the following
options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
SATA Port1-6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
SATA Port1-6 [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the device type connected to the
system.
[Not Installed]
Selects this option if no SATA devices are installed.
SMART Monitoring [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system.
When read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to
report warning messages during the POST.
3.4.4
Enables the SMART monitoring feature.
Disables the SMART monitoring feature.
Chapter 3
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS automatically
detects the BIOS information, CPU specification, and system memory in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
BIOS Information
Version
: 0020
Build Date: 12/28/10
EC BIOS Version
: MBECF-0002
Processor
Type
: Genuine Intel(R) CPU 000 @ 3.20GHz
Speed
: 3200MHz
System Memory
Usable Size
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3.5
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this chapter vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Configure System Performance Settings
Target CPU Frequency: 3192MHz
Target DRAM Frequency: 1066MHz
Ai Overclock Tuner
CPU Ratio Setting
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech
Vcore Power Phase
DRAM Frequency
UCLK Frequency
QPI Link Data Rate
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Start auto tuning
DRAM Timing Control
******* Please key in numbers directly! *******
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
Tools
Exit
[D.O.C.P]
It’s designed to
overclock DRAM
frequency by adjusting
BCLK frequency.
[X.M.P.]
When X.M.P. is enabled
BLCK frequency,
CPU ratio and memory
parameters will be
auto optimized.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Chapter 3
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[ 1.853V]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
[Auto]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
[ 1.165V]
IOH Voltage
[Auto]
IOH Voltage
[ 1.137V]
IOH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
ICH Voltage
[Auto]
ICH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM Bus Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM Bus Voltage
[ 1.518V]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
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DIGI+ VRM
Duty Control
[T.Probe]
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Phase Control
[Extreme]
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Current Capability
[100%]
VRM Frequency
[Auto]
*************************************************
CPU Differential Amplitude
[Auto]
CPU Clock Skew
[Auto]
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
IOH Clock Skew
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
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3.5.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
D.O.C.P
Overclocks DRAM frequency by adjusting BCLK frequency.
X.M.P.
If you install memory 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 configuration options for the following sub-items vary depending on the DIMMs you
install on the motherboard.
DRAM O.C. Profile [DDR3-1805MHz]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [D.O.C.P.] and allows
you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, which applies different settings to DRAM frequency,
DRAM timing and DRAM voltage. Configuration options: [DDR3-1805MHz] [DDR3-2006MHz]
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [X.M.P.] and allows you
to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
You are not allowed to select the memory profile.
Allows your memory to work in high performance.
Allows your memory to work in high frequency.
Chapter 3
[Disabled]
[High Performance]
[High Frequency]
To obtain the best performance of the X.M.P. DIMM or 1600MHz DIMM, install only one
DIMM on each memory channel.
3.5.2
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency. Use <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.
3.5.3
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
3.5.4
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
The CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
The CPU runs at its default speed.
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]
Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition.
Disables this function.
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[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Vcore Power Phase [Enabled]
2 Phase.
1 Phase.
The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [Manual],
[D.O.C.P.] or [X.M.P.].
3.5.6
BCLK Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the CPU operating frequency to enhance the system performance. Use
the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. You can also key in the desired value using the
numeric keypad. The values range from 100 to 500.
3.5.7
PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the PCIE
frequency. You can also key in the desired value using the numeric keypad. The values range
from 100 to 200.
3.5.8
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency. ����������������������������������������
The configuration options vary with the
BCLK Frequency item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
3.5.9
UCLK Frequency [XXX]
Chapter 3
Allows you to set the CPU Uncore frequency to increase the transmission bandwidth between
the memoy controller and memory modules. The configuration options vary with the DRAM
Frequency item settings.
3.5.10
QPI Link Data Rate [Auto]
Allows you to set the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) frequency to enhance the system
performance. Configuration options: [Auto] [Slow Mode] [4800MT/s] [5866MT/s] [6400MT/s]
3.5.11
Start auto tuning
Press <Enter> to start auto tuning.
3.5.12
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features.
The configuration options for some of the following items vary depending on the DIMMs
you install on the motherboard.
1st Information: 9-9-9-24-4-74-10-7-20-0
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
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DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [10 DRAM Clock]
[11 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
[15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
[15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [30 DRAM Clock]
[31 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [30 DRAM Clock] [36 DRAM Clock]
[48 DRAM Clock] [60 DRAM Clock] [72 DRAM Clock] [82 DRAM Clock]
[88 DRAM Clock] [90 DRAM Clock] [100 DRAM Clock] [110 DRAM Clock]
[124 DRAM Clock] [132 DRAM Clock] [140 DRAM Clock] [150 DRAM Clock]
[160 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
Chapter 3
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [63 DRAM Clock]
DRAM Back-To-Back CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [32 DRAM Clock]
2nd Information: 1N-57-59-59
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N] [3N]
DRAM Round Trip Latency on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [175 DRAM Clock]
3rd Information: 5-5-16-10-10-11-7-6-4-7-7-4
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [10 DRAM Clock] – [22 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
Chapter 3
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
3.5.13
[Manual]
[Offset]
CPU Voltage Control [Manual]
Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage.
Allows you to set the Offset voltage.
The following ten (10) items are adjusted by typing the desired values using the numeric
keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the
value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter>
key.
3.5.14
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VCore voltage. The values range from 0.85000V to 2.30000V*
with a 0.00625V interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting a high
VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low VCore voltage may
make the system unstable.
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3.5.15
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.80V to 2.50V with a 0.02V
interval.
3.5.16
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the QPI/DRAM Core voltage. The values range from 1.20000V to
1.90000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
The value [1.90000V] of the QPI/DRAM Core Voltage item is supported only if the
OV_QPI_DRAM jumper is enabled. Otherwise the maximum voltage supported is [1.70000V].
See CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting on page 2-22 for details.
3.5.17
IOH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Hub (IOH) voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.70V with a
0.02V interval.
3.5.18
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the IOH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 2.76V with a 0.02V
interval.
3.5.19
ICH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Controller Hub (ICH) voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.40V
with a 0.10V interval.
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Chapter 3
3.5.20
Allows you to set the ICH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 1.80V with a 0.10V
interval.
3.5.21
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.20V to 2.46V* with a 0.02V
interval.
•
The value [2.46V] of the DRAM Bus Voltage item is supported only if the
OV_DRAM_BUS jumper is enabled, otherwise the maximum voltage supported is [2.0V].
See CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting on page 2-22 for details.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may
damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs with the voltage
requirement below 1.65V.
•
The values of the CPU Voltage, CPU PLL Voltage, QPI/DRAM Core Voltage, IOH
Voltage, IOH PCIE Voltage, ICH Voltage, ICH PCIE Voltage, and DRAM Bus
Voltage items are labeled in different color, indicating the risk levels of high voltage
settings. Refer to the table below for details.
•
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high voltage
settings.
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Blue
Yellow
Purple
Red
CPU Voltage
0.85000V–
1.22500V
1.23125V–
1.29375V
1.30000V–
1.35000V
1.35625V
1.70000V
CPU PLL Voltage
1.80V–1.90V
1.92V–2.00V
2.02V–2.10V
2.12V–2.50V
QPI/DRAM Core
Voltage
1.20000V–
1.26875V
1.27500V–
1.32500V
1.33125V–
1.40000V
1.40625V–
1.70000V
IOH Voltage
1.10V–1.18V
1.20V–1.24V
1.26V–1.30V
1.32V–1.70V
IOH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.58V
1.60V–1.66V
1.68V–1.74V
1.76V–2.76V
ICH Voltage
1.10V–1.20V
1.30V–1.40V
N/A
N/A
ICH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.60V
1.70V–1.80V
N/A
N/A
DRAM Bus Voltage
1.50V–1.64V
N/A
N/A
1.66V–2.46V
3.5.22
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The values
range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might enhance DRAM
overclocking ability.
3.5.23
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM Control Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The values
range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might enhance DRAM
overclocking ability.
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3.5.24
[Extreme]
[T.Probe]
3.5.25
[Standard]
[Extreme]
Duty Control [T.Probe]
Unleashes the power system to push the limit for extreme overclocking.
Manages to achieve the optimum thermal performance for longer
components life.
Phase Control [Extreme]
Uses the standard settings.
Uses the extreme settings.
Refer to 4.3.2 DIGI+ VRM for details.
3.5.26
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
BIOS automatically adjusts the voltage.
Follows the Intel specifications.
Improves the CPU VDroop directly.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.5.27
CPU Current Capability [100%]
Allows you to the CPU current capability.
Configuration options: [100%] [125%] [150%]
3.5.28
VRM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the VRM frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [250KHz] [300KHz] [350KHz] [400KHz] [450KHz] [500KHz]
3.5.29
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.5.30
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need to adjust
the IOH Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps] [Delay 200ps] – [Delay 1400ps]
[Delay 1500ps]
3.5.31
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance BCLK overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.5.32
IOH Clock Skew [Auto]
3.5.33
Chapter 3
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need to adjust
the CPU Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps] [Delay 200ps] – [Delay 1400ps]
[Delay 1500ps]
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance PCIE overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6
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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Tools
Exit
Configure CPU.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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 shown in this screen may be different due to the CPU you installed.
Chapter 3
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Module Version:01.0D
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Genuine Intel(R) CPU 000 @ 3.20GHz
Frequency
:3.20GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1
:256 KB
Cache L2
:1024 KB
Cache L3
:8192 KB
Ratio Status:(Min:12, Max:63)
Ratio Actual Value:24
CPUID
:106A4
CPU Ratio Setting
C1E Support
Hardware Prefetcher
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
MPS and ACPI MADT ordering
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Modern ordering]
[Enabled]
Sets the ratio between
CPU Core Clock and the
FSB Frequency.
NOTE: If an invalid
ratio is set in CMOS
then actual and
setpoint values may
differ.
NOTE: Please key in
ratio numbers directly
←→
↑↓
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU TM Function
Execute-Disable Bit
Intel(R) HT Technology
Active Processor Cores
A20M
Intel PPM Configuration
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[All]
[Disabled]
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CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency. Use <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.
C1E Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in order to
enable the Enhanced Halt Sate.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The processor fetches data and instructions from the memory into the
cache that are likely to be required in the near future. This reduces the
latency associated with memory reads.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The processor fetches the currently requested cache line, as well as the
subsequent cache line. This reduces the cache latency by making the next
cache line immediately available if the processor requires it as well.
The processor fetches only the currently requested cache line.
MPS and ACPI MADT ordering [Modern ordering]
[Modern ordering]Selects this ordering for Windows XP or later version operating systems.
[Legacy ordering]Selects this ordering for Windows 2000 or earlier version operating
systems.
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately
and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several
systems.
Disables this function.
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[Enabled]
CPU TM function [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
Disables this function.
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Intel(R) HT Technology [Enabled]
The Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows a hyper-threading processor to appear as two
logical processors to the operating system, allowing the operating system to schedule two
threads or processes simultaneously.
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Two threads per activated core are enabled.
Only one thread per activated core is enabled.
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Active Processor Cores [All]
Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package.
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2]
A20M [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows Legacy OSes to be compatible with APs.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
The CPU runs at its default speed.
Intel(R) TurboMode Tech [Enabled]
This item appears only when you enable the Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech item.
[Enabled]
Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Disabled]
The Intel® C-State Technology allows the CPU to save more power under idle mode.
[Enabled]
Enable this item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported
CPU.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
C State package limit setting [Auto]
Chapter 3
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled]. We
recommend that you set this item to [Auto] for BIOS to automatically detect the C-State mode
supported by your CPU. Configuration options: [Auto] [C1] [C3] [C6]
C1 Auto Demotion [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
When enabled, CPU will conditionally demote C3/C6/C7 requests to C1
based on uncore auto-demote information.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
C3 Auto Demotion [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
When enabled, CPU will conditionally demote C6/C7 requests to C3 based
on uncore auto-demote information.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
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3.6.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an item and
press <Enter> to display the submenu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARMING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Configure North Bridge
features.
North Bridge Configuration
Intel VT-d Configuration
North Bridge Chipset Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
North Bridge Chipset Configuration
Revision
:B3
PCI Express Selector
[Auto]
Select PCIE Slot#2
and PCIE Slot#3 Link
Width x8 + x8 or
x16 + x1
Chapter 3
PCI Express Selector [Auto]
Allows you to decide the Link Width of the PCIe x16_2 slot and PCIe x16_3 slot.
Configuration options: [Auto] [x8 x8 Mode] [x16 x1 Mode]
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Intel VT-d Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d
[Disabled]
Intel Virtualization
Technology for
Directed I/O.
Intel VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.6.3
Onboard Devices Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuration
GbE Controller
GbE LAN Boot
GbE Wake Up From S5
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
SPDIF OUT Mode Setting
Onboard Bluetooth Controller
Onboard 1394 Controller
Marvell SATA6G Controller
JMB 36x ATA Controller
JMB 36x OptionRom
Options
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[SPDIF]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[AHCI Mode]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enabled
Disabled
Chapter 3
GbE Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the GbE Controller.
Disables the controller.
The following item appears only when you set GbE Controller to [Enabled].
GbE LAN Boot [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the GbE LAN boot.
GbE Wake Up From S5 [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the GbE Wake Up from S5.
High Definition Audio [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
Disables the controller.
The following item appears only when you set the High Definition Audio item to [Enabled].
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Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
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.
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
[HD Audio] Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
SPDIF_OUT Mode Setting [SPDIF Output]
[SPDIF Output] Sets to [SPDIF Output] for SPDIF audio output.
[HDMI Output]
Sets to [HDMI Output] for HDMI audio output.
Onboard Bluetooth Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard Bluetooth controller.
Disables the controller.
Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Disables the controller.
Marvell SATA6G Controller [AHCI Mode]
Allows you to select the Marvell SATA6G controller operating mode.
Disables the controller.
Set to [AHCI Mode] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard
storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases
storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to
internally optimize the order of commands.
Chapter 3
[Disabled]
[AHCI Mode]
JMB 36x ATA Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the JMB 36x ATA controller.
Disables the controller.
JMB 36x OptionRom [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled].
[Enabled] Enables the JMB 36x OptionRom.
[Disabled] Disables the JMB 36x OptionRom.
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3.6.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features. Select an item and
press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
1 Mouse
USB Functions NEC USB 3.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Disabled
Enabled
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is
detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB Host Controllers.
Disables the controllers.
The following two items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
NEC USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB 3.0 controller.
Disables the controller.
Chapter 3
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB 2.0 controller.
Disables the controller.
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
[FullSpeed]
[HiSpeed]
Sets the USB 2.0 controller mode to FullSpeed (12 Mbps).
Sets the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps).
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
Disables the function.
The following item appears only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
Disables the function.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.6.5
PCIPnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
Plug And Play O/S [No]
[Yes]
Chapter 3
[No]
When set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the
operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for
boot.
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system.
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3.7
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Tools
Exit
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
EuP Ready
[Disabled]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.7.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state to be used
for system suspend.
[S1 (POS) only] Sets the ACPI suspend mode to S1/POS (Power On Suspend).
[S3 only]
Sets the ACPI suspend mode to S3/STR (Suspend To RAM).
[Auto]The system automatically configures the ACPI suspend mode.
3.7.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Chapter 3
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
[No]
[Yes]
3.7.3
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.7.4
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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The system will not invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
The system invokes VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
The system will not add additional tables as per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
The system adds additional tables as per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
The system disables the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).
The ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.7.5
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
Power
Power
Power
Power
On
On
On
On
[Power Off]
By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
By PCI Devices [Disabled]
By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Options
Power Off
Power On
Last State
Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power Off]
[Power On]
[Last State]
The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was
before the AC power loss.
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and System
Time will become user-configurable with set values.
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI LAN or modem card. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead.
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Chapter 3
[Disabled]Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.
Sets specific keys on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
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3.7.6
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[44ºC/111ºF]
[35ºC/95ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Q-Fan Control
[1534RPM]
[Disabled]
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
[N/A]
[N/A]
[N/A]
[Disabled]
Fan 1
Fan 2
Fan 3
Q-Fan
Speed
Speed
Speed
Control
OPT Fan Speed
[N/A]
CPU
3.3V
5V
12V
[ 1.120V]
[ 3.200V]
[ 5.214V]
[13.092V]
Voltage
Voltage
Voltage
Voltage
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU/MB Temperature �������������
[xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
Chassis Fan 1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
OPT Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis,
and power�����������������������������������������������������������������������������
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected
speed.
Chapter 3
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust depending on
the CPU temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual] Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Q-Fan Profile item to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70ºC/158ºF]
Sets the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
Configuration options: [40ºC/104ºF] [50ºC/122ºF] [60ºC/140ºF] [70ºC/158ºF] [80ºC/176ºF]
[90ºC/194ºF]
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CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle [100%]
Sets the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit, the
CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Configuration options: [20%] [30%] [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%] [100%]
CPU Lower Temperature [40ºC/104ºF]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle [20%]
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust depending
on the chassis temperature.
[Silent]Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.
[Turbo]
Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select Ignored if you do not want to detect this item.
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
EuP Ready [Disabled]
Disables the Energy Using Products (EuP) Ready function.
Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system ready for
the EuP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for WOL, WO_USB,
audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at S5 state.
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3.8
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the submenu.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.8.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[Removable Dev.]
[Hard Drive]
[ATAPI DVD-ROM]
1st – xxth Boot Device [Removable Dev.]
Chapter 3
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system.
Configuration options: �������������������������������������������������������
[Removable Dev.] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM] [Disabled]
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•
To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo
appears.
•
To access Windows® OS in Safe Mode, do any of the following:
•
Press <F8> after POST.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.8.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display Mode
Bootup Num-Lock
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Force BIOS]
[On]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Quick Boot [Enabled]
[Disabled]
When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items.
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], BIOS skips some power on self tests (POST) while
booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system.
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the full screen logo display feature.
Disables the full screen logo display feature.
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
The third-party ROM messages will be forced to display during the boot
sequence.
[Keep Current] The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
[Off]
[On]
Chapter 3
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables this function.
The system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables this function.
The system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup” during POST.
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3.8.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select an item
and press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disable password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Passward
Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor Password item
on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item
shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, key in a password composed of at least six letters and/or
numbers, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you successfully set your password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then press
<Enter>. The message Password Uninstalled appears.
Chapter 3
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, you can clear clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumpers for information on how to erase the RTC
RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to change
other security settings.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Installed
: Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
[No Access]
[View Only]
[Limited]
[Full Access]
Prevents user access to the Setup utility.
Allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the
screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
Chapter 3
The message Password Installed appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
[Setup]
[Always]
BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup utility.
BIOS checks for user password both when accessing Setup and booting
the system.
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3.9
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Exit
Press ENTER to run
the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility supports:
1.FAT 12/16/32 (r/w)
2.NTFS (read only)
3.CD-DISC (read only)
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NET 2
Drive Xpert Configuration
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to
confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.2.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
Chapter 3
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.22
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25P/X16
Current ROM
BOARD: P6X58-E-Pro
VER: 0201
DATE: 01/25/2011
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
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[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.9.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Tools
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
Status:
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
←→
↑↓
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Start O.C. Profile
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Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item, key in
your profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to save your CMOS
settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles.
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press <Enter> to
load the file.
Chapter 3
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the utility.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V2.22
Current CMOS
BOARD: P6X58-E-Pro
VER: 0201
DATE: 01/25/2010
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
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[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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3.9.3
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the
system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/CPU
configuration and BIOS version.
•
Only the CMO file can be loaded.
AI NET 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
AI NET 2
Pair Status
Check Marvell LAN
cable during POST.
Length
Check Marvell LAN cable
Tools
[Disabled]
Check Marvell LAN cable [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
BIOS will not check the Marvell LAN cable during the Power-On Self-Test
(POST).
BIOS checks the Marvell LAN cable during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
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3.9.4
Drive Xpert Configuration
``````````````````````````````````````````````````````
`````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Drive Xpert Configuration
BIOS2
Drive Xpert Group:
Current Mode
:Normal Mode
Driver
Update
Update
Update
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Xpert Mode Update:
To Super Speed
To EZ Backup
To Normal Mode
Drive Xpert Device(s) List:
Port 0
Port 1
: [Not Detected]
: [Not Detected]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Update To Super Speed [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use Super Speed function. Plug two identical SATA hard drives in the
SATA_E1 (orange, port 0) and SATA_E2 (white, port 1) connectors on the motherboard and
press the <Enter> key.
Update To EZ Backup [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use EZ Backup function. Plug two identical SATA hard drives in the
SATA_E1 (orange, port 0) and SATA_E2 (white, port 1) connectors on the motherboard and
press the <Enter> key.
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Update To Normal Mode [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use the SATA_E1 (orange, port 0) and SATA_E2 (white, port 1)
connectors as normal SATA connectors.
Port 0/1 [XXXXX]
While entering BIOS setup, BIOS automatically detects the connected IDE/SATA devices.
These items display the status of the detected IDE/SATA devices.
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3.10 Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the BIOS
items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Ai Tweaker
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options from this
menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard backup battery
sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned off. When you select this
option, a confirmation window appears. Select Ok to save changes and exit.
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If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the program prompts
you with a message asking if you want to save your changes before exiting. Press <Enter>
to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to the
Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System Time, and
Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved
values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select Ok to discard any changes
and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Ok to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes before
saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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Chapter 4:
4.1
Software support
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/ 64-bit XP/ Vista / 64-bit
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Vista / 7 / 64-bit 7�
operating systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to
maximize the features of your hardware.
4.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup procedures presented
in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for detailed
information.
•
Ensure that you install the Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before
installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if
Autorun is enabled in your computer. Click each menu tab and select the items you want to install.
The Drivers menu shows the available
device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary
drivers to use the devices.
The Utilities
menu shows the
applications and
other software that
the motherboard
supports.
The Make Disk menu
contains items to
create the RAID/AHCI
driver disk.
The Manual menu contains
the list of supplementary user
manuals. Click an item to open
the folder of the user manual.
Click the Contact
tab to display the
ASUS contact
information.
Click an icon
to display DVD/
motherboard
information
Chapter 4
Click an item
to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions below to get
the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the Adobe®
Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files.
1.
Click the Manual tab. Click ASUS
Motherboard Utility Guide from
the manual list on the left.
2.
The Manual folder of the support
DVD appears. Double-click the
folder of your selected software.
3.
Some software manuals are
provided in different languages.
Double-click the language to
show the software manual.
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The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently guide you
through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the software
application for more information.
4.3.1
AI Suite II
AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows users to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite II
To install AI Suite II on your computer
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if your
computer has enabled the Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite II.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
Using AI Suite II
AI Suite II automatically starts when you enter the Windows® operating system (OS). The AI
Suite II icon appears in the Windows® notification area. Click the icon to open the AI Suite II
main menu bar.
Click each button to select and launch a utility, to monitor the system, to update the motherboard
BIOS, to display the system information, and to customize the settings of AI Suite II.
Click to customize
the interface settings
Click to show the
system information
Click to update the motherboard BIOS
Click to monitor sensors
or CPU frequency
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Click to select a utility
Shortcut to the Auto Tuning
Mode under TurboV EVO
•
The Auto Tuning button appears only on models with the TurboV EVO function.
•
The screeshots of AI Suite II in this user manual are for reference only. The actual
screenshots vary with models.
•
•
The applications in the Tool menu vary with models.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website
at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.2
DIGI+ VRM
ASUS DIGI+ VRM allows you to adjust VRM voltage and frequency modulation to enhance
reliability and stability. It also provides the highest power efficiency, generating less heat to
longer component lifespan and minimize power loss.
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch DIGI+ VRM by
clicking Tool > DIGI+ VRM on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
4
1
2
Application helps
3
Apply all changes
immediately
5
Undo all changes
without applying
Function no.
Function description
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1
DIGI+ VRM Load-line Calibration
Higher load-line calibration could get higher voltage and good overclocking
performance but increase the CPU and VRM thermal.
2
DIGI+ VRM CPU Current Capability
DIGI+ VRM CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for
overclocking. A higher value setting gets higher VRM power consumption delivery.
3
DIGI+ VRM Frequency
Switching frequency will affect the VRM transient response and component thermal.
Higher frequency gets quicker transient response.
4
DIGI+ VRM Phase Control
Increase phase number under heavy system loading to get more transient and
better thermal performance. Reduce phase number under light system loading to
increase VRM efficiency.
5
DIGI+ VRM Duty Control
DIGI+ VRM Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal of
every phase component.
•
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
•
Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.3
BT GO!
BT GO! connects a bluetooth (BT) device with the motherboard through Bluetooth connection
for file transferring, file synchronization, music playback, personal manager, and multiple
remote functions.
Launching BT GO!
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch BT GO! by clicking
Tool > BT GO! on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using BT GO!
Device list
Function list
Lights when the
function is enabled
•
Click
•
Click any of the device / function icons to connect the selected device and enable /
disable the selected function.
•
and
to scroll the device list and the function list.
Click to show the
corresponding setting
pane on the right side
Click any of the device icons to select the device as the connected BT device and BT
GO! will automatically search for the supported functions for the selected device.
Function introduction
Shot & Send: allows
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you to snap and transfer the screenshot to the connected BT device.
BT Transfer: allows
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you to share the files stored in the host BT device to another
connected BT devices.
Folder Sync: allows you to sync or back up the selected folder between the selected BT devices and the computer.
Personal Manager: allows you to synchronize the personal contacts and calendar
information between the BT device and the system.
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BT to Net: allows the system to access the Internet via the network shared by the
Bluetooth device.
Music Player: allows you to play the selected music files in the BT device through the
computer’s speakers.
BT Turbo Remote: provides a user-friendly interface that allows you to use your smartphone
as the remote controller via the bluetooth connection for the BT Turbo Key, Pocket Media,
and Reset/Off functions.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.4
TurboV EVO
ASUS TurboV EVO introduces TurboV that allows you to manually adjust the CPU frequency
and related voltages as well as Auto Tuning function that offers automatic and easy
overlocking and system level up. After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support
DVD, launch TurboV EVO by clicking Tool > TurboV EVO on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
TurboV
TurboV allows you to overclock the BCLK frequency, CPU voltage, IMC voltage, and DRAM
Bus voltage in WIndows® environment and takes effect in real-time without exiting and
rebooting the OS.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting a high
voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may make the
system unstable.
For system stability, all changes made in TurboV will not be saved to BIOS settings and
will not be kept on the next system boot. Use the Save Profile function to save your
customized overclocking settings and manually load the profile after Windows starts.
Auto Tuning Mode
TurboV
Load profile
Target values
Current values
Click to show
/ hide more
settings
Save the current
settings as a
new profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Undoes all changes
without applying
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
Applies all changes
immediately
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For advanced overclock ability, adjust first the BIOS items, and then proceed more detailed
adjustments in More Settings.
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Using Advanced Mode
Click More Settings, and then click the Advanced Mode tab to adjust the advanced voltage
settings.
Advanced mode
Target values
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Undoes all changes
without applying
Applies all changes
immediately
Current values
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
CPU Ratio
Allows you to manually adjust the CPU ratio.
1.
2.
Click More Settings, and then click the CPU Ratio tab.
Drag the adjustment bar upwards or downwards to the desired value.
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU Ratio function
in TurboV. Refer to Chapter 3 of your motherboard user manual for details.
•
The CPU Ratio bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your CPU
model.
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Auto Tuning
•
The overclocking result varies with the CPU model and the system configuration.
•
To prevent overheating from damaging the motherboard, a better thermal environment
is strongly recommended.
1.
Click the Auto Tuning tab and
then click Start.
2.
Read through the warning
messages and click Start to
perform auto-overclocking.
3.
TurboV automatically overclocks
the CPU, saves BIOS settings
and restarts the system. After
re-entering Windows, a message
appears indicating auto tuning
success. Click OK to exit.
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4.3.5
EPU
EPU is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing needs. This utility provides
several modes that you can select to save system power. Selecting Auto mode will have the
system shift modes automatically according to current system status. You can also customize
each mode by configuring settings like CPU frequency, GPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and
Fan Control.
Launching EPU
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch EPU by clicking
Tool > EPU on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Displays the following message
if no VGA power saving engine is
detected.
Displays current mode
The items lighting up
means power saving
engine is activated
Displays the amount
of CO2 reduced
*Shifts between the
display of Total and
Current CO2 reduced
Displays the current
CPU power
Advanced settings for each mode
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Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced since you
installed EPU.
*•
Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced since you
click the Clear button
.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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Multiple system
operating modes
Displays the system
properties of each mode
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4.3.6
FAN Xpert
Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds according
to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different
geographic regions and your PC’s system loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles
offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Launching FAN Xpert
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch FAN Xpert by clicking
Tool > Fan Xpert on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using FAN Xpert
Click Fan Name to select a fan and then click Setting to select a preset mode for your
selected fan.
Click to select a fan type
Click to select a fan profile
Click to apply the settings
Click to discard the settings
Fan setting
•
Disable: disables the Fan Xpert function.
•
Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
•
•
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•
•
Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
Intelligent: automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed according to the ambient
temperature.
Stable: fixes the CPU fan speed to avoid noise caused by the unsteady fan rotation.
However, the fan will speed up when the temperature exceeds 70°C.
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.7
Probe II
Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects and alerts you
of any problem with these components. Probe II senses fan rotations, CPU temperature,
and system voltages, among others. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is
always at a healthy operating condition.
Launching Probe II
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch Probe II by clicking
Tool > Probe II on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Configuring Probe II
Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs to activate the sensors or to adjust the
sensor threshold values. The Preference tab allows you to customize the time interval of
sensor alerts, or change the temperature unit.
Saves your
configuration
Loads your saved
configuration
Loads the default
threshold values
for each sensor
Applies your
changes
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Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.8
Audio configurations
The Realtek® audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio
experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Detection function, S/PDIF Out
support, and interrupt capability. The CODEC also includes the Realtek® proprietary UAJ®
(Universal Audio Jack) technology for all audio ports, eliminating cable connection errors and
giving users plug and play convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the support DVD that
came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you will find
the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar. Doubleclick on the icon to display the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
A.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows Vista™
®
Set default device
button
Minimize
button
Exit button
Device
advanced
settings
Configuration
option tabs
Connector
settings
Analog
and digital
connector
status
Control
settings
window
Information
button
B.
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows XP
Configuration
options
Control settings
window
Exit button
Minimize button
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Information button
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the Intel® ICH10R Southbridge controller that allows you to
configure Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following
RAID configurations: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5.
4.4.1
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using Serial
ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using
Windows® XP SP2 or later versions.
•
Due to Windows® XP / Vista limitation, a RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB
cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk
only.
•
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive included in a
RAID set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the RAID driver during OS
installation. Refer to section 4.5 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write data in
parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a
sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access
and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one drive to
a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software directs all applications
to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use
two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be
of the same size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk drives. Among
the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better HDD performance, fault tolerance, and
higher storage capacity. The RAID 5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing,
relational database applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy data) having
to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 configuration you get all the benefits of both
RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive
and three new drives for this setup.
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Intel® Matrix Storage. The Intel® Matrix Storage technology supported by the ICH10R chip
allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 functions to improve both
system performance and data safety. You can also combine two RAID sets to get higher
performance, capacity, or fault tolerance provided by the difference RAID function. For
example, RAID 0 and RAID 1 set can be created by using only two identical hard disk drives.
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4.4.2
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.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s) using
SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
3.
Set the Configure SATA as item to [RAID].
2.
4.
Go to the Main menu > Storage Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS Setup.
Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA ports to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at
RAID mode together.
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4.4.4
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility:
1.
2.
Turn on the system.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.1.0.1008
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
[ MAIN MENU ]
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Devices:
Port Device Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
[↑↓]-Select
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
[ESC]-Exit
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
[ENTER]-Select Menu
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:
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.1.0.1008
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Sync:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
0.0
GB
N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change
2.
3.
4.
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to select a RAID
level to create, and then press <Enter>.
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:
Port
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Serial #
Size
9LS0HJA4
149.0GB
9LS0F4HL
149.0GB
3LS0JYL8
149.0GB
9LS0BJ5H
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
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5.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space> to select. A small
triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10
and 5 only),and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4KB
to 128KB. The following are typical values:
RAID 0: 128KB
RAID 10: 64KB
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
8.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that you want
and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum allowed capacity.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to go back
to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives when
you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.1.0.1008
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name
Volume0
Level
RAID0(Stripe)
Drives
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
<Del>. The following warning message appears:
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press <N> to
return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
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To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears:
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
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Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
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4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating system
on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
4.5.1
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The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have to use a
USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
•
Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive due to Windows® XP
limitation. To work around this OS limitation, refer to section 4.5.4 Using a USB
floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID/SATA driver disk without entering the OS
1.
Boot your computer.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
2.
4. 5.
6. 7. 8. Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
When the Make Disk menu appears, press <a> or <b> to create a 32/64bit
Intel ICH10R RAID driver disk.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press <Enter>.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®
1.
Start Windows®.
3. Go to the Make disk menu, and then click Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit RAID Driver Disk to
create an Intel® ICH10R RAID driver disk.
2. 4. 5. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation
1. 2. 3.
4. Chapter 4
To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to install thirdparty SCSI or RAID driver.
Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, ensure that you select Intel(R)
SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH10R).
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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To install the RAID driver in Windows® Vista
1. Insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive.
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH10R).
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive
Due to OS limitation, Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive when you
install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation.
To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) to
the floppy disk containing the RAID driver. Refer to the steps below:
1.
Using another computer, plug the USB floppy disk drive, and insert the floppy disk
containing the RAID driver.
2.
Right-click My Computer on the
Windows® desktop or start menu,
and then select Manage from the
pop-up window.
or
3.
Select Device Manager. From the
Universal Serial Bus controllers,
right-click xxxxxx USB Floppy, and
then select Properties from the pop-up
window.
The name of the USB floppy disk
drive varies with different vendors.
4.
Click Details tab. The Vendor ID (VID)
and Product ID (PID) are displayed.
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6.
Browse the contents of the RAID driver
disk to locate the file txtsetup.oem.
Double-click the file. A window appears,
allowing you to select the program for
opening the oem file.
7.
Use Notepad to open the file.
8.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_ICH10R] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iastor_ICH8RICH9RICH10RDO] sections in the txtsetup.oem file.
9.
Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections:
id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor”
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Add the same line to both sections.
The VID and PID vary with different vendors.
10. Save and exit the file.
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Chapter 5
Chapter 5:
Multiple GPU technology support
5.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to install
multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in
this section.
5.1.1
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•
•
Requirements
In Dual CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are ATI® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power
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See Chapter 2 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the ATI Game website (http://game.amd.com) for the latest certified graphics card
and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For ATI CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card drivers
before installing ATI CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Close all current applications.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
Turn off your computer.
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5.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics
cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the CrossFireX
bridge connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
CrossFireX bridge
(bundled with
graphics cards)
5. 6.
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goldfingers
Connect two independent auxiliary power
sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
5.1.5
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Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the ATI® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the ATI Catalyst Control Center
To launch the ATI Catalyst Control Center:
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select
Catalyst(TM) Control Center. You can also
right-click the ATI icon in the Windows notification
area and select Cayalist Control Center.
2.
The Catalyst Control Center Setup
Assistant appears when the system
detects the existance of multi-graphics
cards. Click Go to continue to the
Catalyst Control Center Advanced
View window.
Enabling Dual CrossFireX technology
1.
2.
3.
4.
In the Catalyst Control Center window,
click Graphics Settings > CrossFireX >
Configure.
From the Graphics Adapter list, select
the graphics card to act as the display
GPU.
Select Enable CrossFireX.
Click Apply, and then click OK to exit
the window.
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5.2
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology that
allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the
installation procedures in this section.
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5.2.1
•
•
•
Requirements
In SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA®
certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI technology. Download
the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power
required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.2.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website (http://www.nzone.com) for the latest certified graphics
card and supported 3D application list.
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
1. 2.
3.
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Prepare two SLI-ready graphics cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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5. 6.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge connector to the goldfingers on each graphics
card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place.
Connect two independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to the two
graphics cards separately.
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Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.
Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
5.2.4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the SLI feature in NVIDIA®
Control Panel under the Windows® Vista™ operating system.
Launching the NVIDIA Control Panel
You can launch the NVIDIA Control Panel by the following two methods.
A.
Right click on the empty space of the Windows® desktop
and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
The NVIDIA Control Panel window appears (See Step B5).
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B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item in step
(A), select Personalize.
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B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog box,
click Advanced Settings.
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B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling SLI settings
From the NVIDIA Control Panel window, select
Set SLI Configuration. Click Enable SLI
and set the display for viewing SLI rendered
content. When done, click Apply.
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