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Motherboard
Rampage II
GENE
E4504
First Edition
February 2009
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................... iii
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information....................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................... x
Rampage II GENE specifications summary............................................. xii
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ROG unique features....................................................... 1-4
1.3.2
1.3.4
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-6
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-8
2.2.4
Layout contents................................................................ 2-7
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-8
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-9
2.3.1
Installing the CPU.......................................................... 2-10
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-14
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan............................... 2-13
System memory.......................................................................... 2-15
2.4.1
Overview........................................................................ 2-15
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-22
2.4.2
2.5
Hardware information
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-6
2.3.2
2.4
ASUS special features..................................................... 1-5
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
ROG Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features.... 1-3
2.4.4
Memory configurations................................................... 2-16
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-22
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-23
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-23
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-24
2.5.2
2.5.4
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-23
PCI slot.......................................................................... 2-25
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Contents
2.5.5
2.6
2.7
2.5.6
2.9
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-28
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-28
2.7.3
Onboard switches.......................................................... 2-40
2.7.4
2.9.1
Using the dual function power switch............................. 2-44
BIOS setup
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-5
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-4
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 3-7
3.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 3-7
3.2.2
3.2.4
3.2.5
3.2.6
3.2.7
3.2.8
3.2.9
Menu bar.......................................................................... 3-7
Menu items...................................................................... 3-8
Submenu items................................................................ 3-8
Configuration fields.......................................................... 3-8
Pop-up window................................................................ 3-8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 3-8
General help.................................................................... 3-8
Extreme Tweaker menu................................................................ 3-9
3.3.1
Tuning Mode.................................................................. 3-10
3.3.3
Memory Level Up . ........................................................ 3-10
3.3.2
3.3.4
3.3.5
3.3.6
3.3.7
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Using the OS shut down function................................... 2-44
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.1.2
3.3
Installing I/O shield and LCD Poster.............................. 2-42
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-44
Chapter 3:
3.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-30
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-43
2.9.2
3.1
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.............................................. 2-25
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-27
2.7.2
2.8
PCI Express x4 slot........................................................ 2-25
CPU Level Up ............................................................... 3-10
Ai Overclock Tuner ....................................................... 3-10
CPU Ratio Setting . ........................................................3-11
CPU Configuration..........................................................3-11
DRAM Frequency ......................................................... 3-12
Contents
3.3.8
DRAM Timing Control.................................................... 3-12
3.3.10
CPU Load-Line Calibration ........................................... 3-14
3.3.9
3.3.11
3.3.12
3.3.13
3.3.14
3.3.15
3.3.16
3.3.17
3.3.18
3.3.19
3.3.20
3.3.21
3.3.22
3.3.23
3.3.24
3.3.25
3.3.26
3.3.27
3.3.28
3.3.29
3.4
3.3.30
QPI Load-Line Calibration ............................................ 3-14
CPU Differential Amplitude ........................................... 3-14
NB OCP ........................................................................ 3-14
DRAM OCP . ................................................................. 3-14
Extreme OV .................................................................. 3-14
CPU Voltage ................................................................. 3-14
CPU PLL Voltage .......................................................... 3-15
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage .............................................. 3-15
IOH Voltage .................................................................. 3-15
IOH PCIE Voltage ......................................................... 3-15
ICH Voltage . ................................................................. 3-15
ICH PCIE Voltage ......................................................... 3-15
DRAM Bus Voltage ....................................................... 3-15
DRAM REF Voltages..................................................... 3-16
Debug Mode.................................................................. 3-16
Keyboard TweakIt Control . ........................................... 3-16
CPU Spread Spectrum ................................................. 3-16
PCIE Spread Spectrum ................................................ 3-16
CPU Clock Skew .......................................................... 3-17
IOH Clock Skew . .......................................................... 3-17
Main menu................................................................................... 3-18
3.4.1
System Time.................................................................. 3-18
3.4.3
Language....................................................................... 3-18
3.4.2
System Date.................................................................. 3-18
3.4.4
SATA 1–6..........................................................................................3-19
3.4.6
System Information........................................................ 3-21
3.4.5
3.5
EPU II Phase Control..................................................... 3-13
Storage Configuration.................................................... 3-20
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-22
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-22
3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration....................................... 3-25
3.5.2
3.5.4
Chipset........................................................................... 3-24
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-26
Contents
3.5.5
PCI PnP......................................................................... 3-27
3.5.7
iROG Configuration........................................................ 3-29
3.5.6
3.6
Power menu................................................................................. 3-30
3.6.1
Suspend Mode . ............................................................ 3-30
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support .......................................................... 3-30
3.6.2
3.6.4
3.6.5
3.7
3.6.6
4.2
Security.......................................................................... 3-37
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-36
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-39
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-39
3.8.3
TweakIt Batch File.......................................................... 3-41
3.8.4
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-40
AI NET 2........................................................................ 3-42
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-43
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
4.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 4-3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
4.2.8
Drivers menu.................................................................... 4-2
Make disk menu............................................................... 4-5
Manual menu................................................................... 4-5
Video menu...................................................................... 4-6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 4-6
Other information............................................................. 4-7
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.3.1
ASUS MyLogo3™............................................................ 4-9
4.3.3
ASUS PC Probe II.......................................................... 4-15
4.3.2
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Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-32
3.7.3
4.2.2
4.3
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-31
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-35
Chapter 4:
4.1
ACPI APIC Support . ..................................................... 3-30
3.7.1
3.8.2
3.9
Repost Video on S3 Resume . ...................................... 3-30
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-35
3.7.2
3.8
LCD Poster and LED Control......................................... 3-28
Sound Blaster X-Fi audio utility.......................................4-11
Contents
4.3.4 ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 4-21
4.3.6
ASUS Fan Xpert............................................................ 4-24
4.3.5
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 4-23
4.3.7
CPU Level Up................................................................ 4-26
4.3.8 4.4
ASUS EPU-6 Engine..................................................... 4-27
4.3.9
ASUS TurboV................................................................. 4-31
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-33
4.4.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-33
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-34
4.4.2
4.5
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-34
4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility.......... 4-35
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-40
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-40
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-40
Chapter 5:
5.1
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
®
5.1.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing 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............................................................ 5-5
®
5.2.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-5
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-7
5.2.2
5.2.4
Appendix:
Installing SLI-ready graphics cards.................................. 5-6
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................... 5-7
Debug code table
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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:
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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.
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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.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been
designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the
crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic
equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for
disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not
be placed in municipal waste.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
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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.
Appendix: Debug code table
The Appendix lists the debug code table for the LCD Poster.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
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2.
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 that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
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Rampage II GENE specifications summary
CPU
LGA1366 socket for Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme
Edition / Core™ i7 Processor
Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed 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
Triple channel memory architecture
6 x DIMM, max. 24GB, DDR3 2000 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.)
/ 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz, non-ECC,
un-buffered memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Due to Intel spec definition, DIMMs of DDR3-1333 or
above are out of spec. Refer to www.asus.com or this
user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors
Lists).
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots at
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dual x16 speed
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot
1 x PCI 2.2 slot
Multi-GPU Technology
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge:
- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
-Intel® Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID
0,1, 5, and 10
JMicron® 363 controller:
- 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA
devices
- 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
- 1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port
LAN
Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring
AI NET 2
High Definition Audio
SupremeFX X-Fi onboard
- 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 4.0
- X-Fi CMSS®-3D
- X-Fi Crystalizer™
- Creative ALchemy
- Supports Optical S/PDIF Out port on rear
IEEE 1394
2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
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USB
12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at midboard; 6 ports at back
panel)
ROG Exclusive
Overclocking Features
Power Design
- 8-phase CPU power
- 2-phase QPI/DRAM power
- 2-phase NB power
- 2-phase Memory power
CPU Level Up
Keyboard-Tweakit (adjustable frequency at 0.2MHz
increment)
Memory Level Up
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- ASUS AI Booster Utility
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ASUS O.C.
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Profile
Overclocking Protection:
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Other Special Features
MemOK!
One DIMM latch
External LCD Poster
Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at back
panel)
Q-Fan Plus
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS MyLogo 3™
BIOS Features
16 Mb AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4,
ACPI 2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, PXE
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
1 x S/PDIF (Optical)
1 x External SATA port
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x Clr CMOS switch
8-channel Audio I/O with gold-plated jack
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Internal I/O Connectors
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector for two devices
7 x SATA connectors
5 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 2 x Chassis / 2 x Optional
2 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x LCD Poster connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
24-pin EATX Power connector
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x CD audio in
1 x System panel connector
1 x SPDIF_OUT connector
Software
Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
Sound Blaster X-Fi utility
Futuremark® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
Kaspersky® Anti-virus software
ASUS TurboV utility
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Form Factor
microATX Form Factor, 9.6”x 9.6” (24.4 cm x 24.4 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
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Chapter 1: Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ROG Rampage II GENE
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ROG Rampage II GENE motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ROG Rampage II GENE
Cables
1 x SLI cable
1 x Ultra
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DMA 133/100/66 cable
2 x Serial ATA signal cables
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1 x External LCD Poster
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
1 x I/O Shield
1 x Cable ties
1 x ROG theme label
Application DVD
ROG motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ROG Rampage II GENE
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Republic of Gamers
The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best
hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we
welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are
only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making
statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then
join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction
on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision
of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
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 6.4GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6GB/s. Intel® Core™ i7 processor is
one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. See page 2-9 for
details.
Intel® X58 Chipset
The Intel® X58 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support latest
Intel® Core™ i7 Processors and Intel’s 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 2000 (O.C.) MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of
2000 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth
requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and
Internet applications. The triple-channel DDR3 architecture triples the bandwidth
of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks
with peak bandwidths of up to 43.2 GB/s. See page 2-15 for details.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
SLI and CrossFireX on Demand
Why choose when you can have both?
SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Rampage II GENE,
you’ll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFire
on Demand technology, supporting SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever
path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously
unseen.
PCIe 2.0
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 device for double speed and
bandwidth which enhances system performance. See page 2-25 for details.
1.3.2
ROG Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features
iROG
Intelligent multiple control at hand
iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlighted functions that give
you full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows advanced
user control and management to be processed at a hardware level. iROG greatly
increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it provides system
maintenance and management with more control and efficiency.
CPU Level Up
A simple click for instant upgrade!
Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no
additional cost with ROG’s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you want to
OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest for you. See the new CPU speed and
enjoy the performance instantly! Overclocking is never as easy as this. See page
3-12 and 4-26 for details.
MemOK!
Any memory is A-OK!
Memory compatibility is among the top concerns when it comes to computer
upgrades. Worry no more, MemOK! is the fastest memory booting solution today.
This remarkable memory rescue tool requires nothing but a push of a button
to patch memory issues and get you system up and running in no time. The
technology is able to determine failsafe settings that can dramatically improve
system booting success.
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Extreme Tweaker
One stop performance tuning shop
Extreme Tweaker is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal
performance. No matter if you are looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage
options, or memory timing settings, they are all here! See page 3-11 for details.
Voltiminder LED
Friendly reminder on Voltage Settings
In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky.
Acting as the “red zone” of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage
status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The
Voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers. See page 2-2 to
2-5 for details.
Component Overheat Protection-EX (COP EX)
Maximum OC with confidence with burn proof protection to chipsets and
GPU!
The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries
of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU.
The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance
achievement.
Loadline Calibration
Optimal power boost for extreme CPU overclocking!
Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking.
The Loadline calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy
loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard’s ultimate OC capabilities and
benchmark scores.
1.3.3
ROG unique features
SupremeFX X-Fi features
Listen with Absolute HD
Play in extreme fidelity!
SupremeFX X-FI delivers an excellent high definition audio experience to the
gamers of ROG. SupremeFX X-Fi features unique audio innovations for gamers
to spot enemies in 3D environment during game play. SupremeFX X-Fi combines
the technological quality design of SupremeFX and sound effect technology from
Creative Labs® to offer games exceptional game sound with absolute quality. ����
See
page 2-29 and 4-11 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
External LCD Poster
Debug and read system problems with an new external look!
The new LCD Poster now posts critical POST information in an ever friendly
and flexible external display. When system malfunction occurs, the LCD Poster
automatically detects device failure and translates the errors on the LCD during
POST. See page 2-42 and 3-30 for details.
Onboard Switches
No more shorting pins or moving jumpers
With an easy press during overclocking, this exclusive onboard switch allows
gamers to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or
moving jumpers. See page 2-40 for details.
Q-Fan Plus
Optimized quietness and cooling for more devices!
The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan speed
accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling.
1.3.4
ASUS special features
ASUS Power Saving Solution
ASUS Power Saving solution intelligently and automatically provides balanced
computing power and energy consumption.
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
System Level Energy Saving
The new ASUS EPU—the world’s first power saving engine, has been
upgraded to a new 6-engine version, which provides total system power
savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power
in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes
the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, drives and system fan), the EPU
automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent
acceleration and overclocking—helping save power and money. See page
4-27 for details.
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
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ASUS Q-Connector
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front
panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique
adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making
connection quick and accurate. See page 2-39 for details.
ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to
conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be
stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and
distribute their favorite settings. See page 3-42 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and
update BIOS using a USB flash disk without entering the OS. You can update
your BIOS in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or
using an OS-based flash utility. See page 3-6 for details.
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
The best protection from viruses and spyware
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual
users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The
product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for
malicious program detection rates that are among the industry’s highest.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the
system chassis to clear CMOS data. Simply reboot the system, and the BIOS
automatically restores the CPU default settings for each parameter.
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required before using C.P.R.
function.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 2:
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-9
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-6
System memory.......................................................................... 2-15
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-23
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-27
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-28
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-43
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-44
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Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components to
avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic
pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power
supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, and/or components.
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Onboard LEDs
The motherboard comes with LEDs that indicate the voltage conditions of CPU,
memory, northbridge, and southbridge. You may adjust the voltages in BIOS. There
are also an LED for hard disk drive activity and an onboard switch for power status. For
more information about voltage adjustment, refer to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker menu.
1.
CPU LED
The CPU LED has three voltage displays: CPU Voltage, CPU PLL Voltage
and QPI/DRAM Core voltage; you can select the voltage to display in BIOS.
Refer to the illustration below for the location of the CPU LED and the table
below for LED definition.
CPU Voltage
CPU PLL Voltage
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
2-2
Normal (green)
0.85000–1.5000
1.81592–1.89542
1.20000–1.39375
High (yellow)
1.50625–1.59375
1.90867–1.94842
1.40000–1.65625
Crazy (red)
1.60000–
1.96167–
1.66250–
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2.
Northbridge/Southbridge LEDs
The northbridge and southbridge LEDs each have two different voltage
displays. The northbridge LED displays either the IOH Voltage or the IOH
PCIE Voltage. The southbridge LED shows either the ICH Voltage or the ICH
PCIE Voltage. You can select the voltage to display in BIOS. Refer to the
illustration below for the location of the northbridge/southbridge LEDs and the
table below for LED definition.
IOH Voltage
IOH PCIE Voltage
ICH Voltage
ICH PCIE Voltage
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Normal (green)
High (yellow)
Crazy (red)
1.51106–1.69656
1.70981–1.84231
1.85556–
1.11341–1.39166
1.11341–1.59041
1.51106–1.61706
1.40491–1.64341
1.60366–1.84216
1.63031–1.80256
1.65666–
1.85541–
1.81581–
2-3
3.
Memory LED
Refer to the illustration below for the location of the memory LED and the
table below for LED definition.
DRAM Bus Voltage
4.
2-4
Normal (green)
1.51106–1.72306
High (yellow)
1.73631–2.31931
Crazy (red)
2.33256–
Hard Disk LED
The hard disk LED is designed to indicate the hard disk activity. It blinks when
data is being written into or read from the hard disk drive. The LED does not
light up when there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or
when the hard disk drive does not function.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
5.
Power LED
The motherboard comes with a power-on switch that lights up to indicate
that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a reminder
that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below
shows the location of the onboard power-on switch.
When you turn on the ATX power supply, the Power LED flashes three times
to indicate that the system is ready to boot. Wait till the flash stops before you
press the power-on switch.
6.
MemOK! LED
The MemOK! LED blinks while the system is loading failsafe settings for
memory compatibility after pressing the MemOK! switch.
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2-6
2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Switches/Slots
1.
CPU, chassis, and optional fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN;
3-pin CHA_FAN1–2; 3-pin OPT_FAN1–2)
2.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
3.
LGA1366 CPU Socket
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
5.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_EIDE)
6.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1–6 [blue])
7.
JMicron JMB363® Serial ATA connector (7-pin SATA_E1 [black])
8.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC_SW)
9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
10.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; USB910; USB1112)
11.
MemOK! switch
12.
Reset switch
13.
Power-on switch
14.
Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1–2)
15.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
16.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
17. IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
18.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
19.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
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2-35
2-37
2-10
2-15
2-30
2-31
2-32
2-27
2-38
2-32
2-41
2-40
2-40
2-36
2-36
2-33
2-33
2-34
2-34
Refer to 2.7 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place eight (8) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
2-8
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.
•
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
Connect the chassis fan cable to the CHA_FAN1 connector to ensure
system stability.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on
the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer
immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP
cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost
of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes
with the cap on the 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.
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2.3.1
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.
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.
2-10
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
Chapter 2: Hardware information
3.
4.
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
3
5.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket.
PnP cap
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!
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Gold
triangle
mark
CPU notch
Alignment key
2-11
7.
Apply several drops of thermal paste
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 preapplied thermal paste. If so, skip
this step.
The thermal paste is toxic and
inedible. If it gets into your eyes
or touches your skin, ensure to
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), and then
push the load lever (B) until it snaps
into the retention tab.
A
B
2-12
Chapter 2: Hardware information
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.
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install
the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.
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.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
2.
Place the heatsink on top of the
installed CPU, ensuring that the four
fasteners match the holes on the
motherboard.
A
B
B
Push down two fasteners at a time
in a diagonal sequence to secure
the heatsink and fan assembly in
place.
A
A
B
1
B
A
1
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to
the CPU fan connector.
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3.
Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled
CPU_FAN.
DO NOT forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors
can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from
the connector on the motherboard.
2.
3.
4.
2-14
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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with six Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is
notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules
are developed for better performance with less power consumption.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Channel
Sockets
Channel A
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
Channel C
DIMM_C1 and DIMM_C2
Channel B
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Recommended memory configuration for better performance
Mode
Sockets
DIMM_A2
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_C2
DIMM_C1
2 DIMMs
-
Populated
-
Populated
-
-
3 DIMMs
-
Populated
-
Populated
-
Populated
4 DIMMs
Populated
Populated
-
Populated
-
Populated
6 DIMMs
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
Due to Intel CPU spec definition, the system will not boot if only one DIMM is
installed in DIMM slot A2, B2, or C2. Follow the table above for recommended
memory configuration.
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2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB and 4GB unbuffered non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
2-16
•
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, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility,
we recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you
install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory
for the OS can be about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we
recommend that you install a 64-bit Windows OS when having 4GB or more
memory installed on the motherboard.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 256 megabit (Mb)
chips or less.
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its SPD. 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, see section 3.3 Extreme 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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-2000MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Voltage
9-9-9-28
1.9
•
A*
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB1(EPP)
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-28
(1333-9-9-9-24)
2.0
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009-8SFB3(EPP)
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-28
(1333-9-9-9-24)
2
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
2GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-28
(1333-9-9-9-24)
2
•
F3-16000CL9T-3GBDI-B(XMP)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(2000-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
OCZ3FXT20002GK
2GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8
1.9
•
G.SKILL
OCZ
SS
SS
B*
•
•
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1800MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM (BIOS)
7
8-8-8-24
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1800C7DIN(XMP)
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1800C8DF
(CM3X2G1800C8D)Ver4.1
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
KINGSTON
KHX14400D3/1G
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
1.9
KINGSTON
KHX14400D3K2/2GN(EPP)
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
1.9
•
•
KHX14400D3K3/3GX(XMP)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
TX1800KLU-2GK(XMP)
2GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8
•
•
KINGSTON
Transcend
SS
SS
•
1.80
•
•
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slot A1 and B1 as one pair of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports three (3) modules inserted into the orange slots (A1, B1 and
C1) as one set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
•
ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
•
Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual
CPUs.
•
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1600MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Voltage
A*
B*
C*
D*
A-DATA
AD31600E001GMU(XMP)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.651.85
•
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD31600F002GMU(XMP)
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.751.85
•
•
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1600C7DHXIN
(CM3X1024-1600C7DHXIN)(XMP)Ver3.1
2GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.80
•
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D(XMP)Ver2.1
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C9(XMP)Ver1.1
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1601-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV
(CM3X2G1600C9DHXNV)Ver4.1
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1333-9-9--9-24)
1.80
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X4096-1600C7DHXIN
(CM3X2048-1600C7DHXIN)Ver3.1
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-7-7-7-20)
1.90
•
TR3X6G1600C8D(XMP)Ver2.1
6GB
(Kit of 3)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9(XMP)Ver2.1
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.8
•
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-7-7-7-18)
1.9
•
•
•
•
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
2GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-4GBPI
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-18
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.9
•
G.Skill
F3-12800CL8T-6GBHK(XMP)
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-21
(1333-8-8-8-21)
1.61.65
•
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1601-9-9-9-24)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX(XMP)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
•
KHX12800D3K2/4G
4GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.9
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX12800D3LLK/6GX(XMP)
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
1600-8-8-8-20
1.65
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB1G
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-6-6-24
(1333-7-7-7-20)
•
OCZ
OCZ3T1600XM2GK(XMP)
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-8-8-8-28)
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV3GK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
OCZ3P16004GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7
(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.9
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB4GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-6
(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.8
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
Aeneon
AXH760UD10-16H
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-9-9-9-28)
•
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
(1601-9-9-9-28)
•
CORSAIR
G.SKILL
KINGSTON
OCZ
Aeneon
2-18
AXH860UD20-16H
2GB
SS
DS
SS
SS
DS
DS
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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Rampage II GENE Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1600MHz capability (continued)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Voltage
Cell Shock
CS322271
2GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-14
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.7-1.9
Elixier
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-DG
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80ANDG
996657
4GB
(Kit of 2)
Patriot
PVT33G1600ELK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLKN
Patriot
Patriot
Mushkin
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
A*
B*
C*
•
•
•
9
(1333-9-9-9-28)
•
•
•
•
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-20
•
•
•
•
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-20
(1066-7-7-7-20)
2.0
•
•
•
•
PVT36G1600ELK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
PVT36G1600ELK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1600-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
DS
D*
Rampage II GENE Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1333MHz capability
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM (BIOS)
Voltage
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.651.85
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E(ECC)
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
78.A1GC8.423
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1GB
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9
(CM3X1024-1333C9)Ver1.1
2GB
(Kit of 2)
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
Crucial
Crucial
Vendor
SS/
DS
Part No.
Size
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
Apacer
78.01GC6.420
1GB
Apacer
78.01GC8.422
1GB
Apacer
78.A1GC6.421
Apacer
Chip
Brand
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
C*
D*
•
•
•
•
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
J1108BABG-DJ-E(ECC)
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.1
•
•
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.70
•
•
•
•
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
CT12864BA1339.8SFB
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9GTS
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JF12864AY-1G4D1
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNM
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-DJ-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ11UD8BAFA-DJ-E
1GB
DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-DJ-E
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-7-7-7-18)
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-8-8-8-22)
1.65
•
•
•
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•
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1333MHz capability (continued)
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM (BIOS)
Voltage
A*
B*
C*
D*
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ
2GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.51.65
•
•
•
•
G.Skill
F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)
2GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-18
(1333-7-7-7-18)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
•
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)
4GB
(Kit of 2)
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-21
(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6BFR8C-H9
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFD45F-B8EE9
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/1G
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G4BYES
1GB
SS
MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G4BYES
2GB
DS
MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5-20)
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
OCZ
OCZ3G13334GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9 (1066-8-9-9-20)
1.7
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV6GK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
Qimonda
IMSH2GU13A1F1C-13H
2GB
DS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-13H
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLK64V3U
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3U
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Aeneon
AEH760UD00-13H
1GB
DS
AENEON
AEH93R13H
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJ
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJ
2GB
DS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
ASUS
N/A
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-CG
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-CG
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Patriot
PDC32G1333LLK
1GB
SS
PATRIOT
Heat-Sink Package
7 (1337-7-7-7-20)
1.7
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT33G1333ELK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1333ELK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
G.Skill
2-20
DS
N/A
•
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•
Rampage II GENE Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1067MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
DIMM (BIOS)
Voltage
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1066C7
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7
1.1
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFB
1GB
SS
MICRON
Z9HWQ
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9JNL
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
EBJ11RD8BAFA-AE-E
1GB
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-AE-E
2GB
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
Hynix
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
C*
•
•
•
7
•
•
•
7
•
•
•
•
D9JNL
7
•
•
•
•
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E(ECC)
7
•
•
•
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
1GB
SS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
•
•
•
•
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1GB
SS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7
7
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6AFP8CG7N0
2GB
DS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
•
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
2GB
DS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7
7
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1066D3N7/1G
1GB
DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1066D3N7/2G
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846C-ZCF8
1.5
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G1D1
1GB
SS
MICRON
7VD22
•
•
7
D*
•
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slot A1 and B1 as one pair of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports three (3) modules inserted into the orange slots (A1, B1 and
C1) as one set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
• C*: 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.
• D*: Supports six (6) modules inserted into both the orange slots and the
black slots as two set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
•
According to Intel spec definition, DDR3-1600 is supported for one DIMM
per channel only. ASUS exclusively provides two DDR3-1600 DIMM
support for each memory channel.
•
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
1.
2.
2
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clip
outward.
DIMM notch
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
1
Unlocked retaining clip
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force
a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clip
snaps back in place and the
DIMM is properly seated.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
Press the retaining clip outward
to unlock the DIMM.
2
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.
2.
2-22
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards.
Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
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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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
IOH
PCIE16_1
PCIE16_2
24
shared
–
25
–
–
26
–
–
27
–
–
28
–
–
29
–
–
30
–
shared
31
–
–
ICH
PCIE4_1
LAN
PCI_1
USB controller 1
USB controller 2
USB controller 3
USB controller 4
USB controller 5
USB controller 6
USB 2.0 controller 1
USB 2.0 controller 2
SATA controller 1
SATA controller 2
Audio Azalia
2-24
A
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
B
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
C
D
E
F
G
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.5.4
PCI slot
The PCI slot supports 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 slot.
2.5.5
PCI Express x4 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x4 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.
Install a PCIe x4 or PCIe x1 device to a PCIe x4 slot prior to a PCIe x16 slot.
2.5.6
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
This motherboard has two 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.
PCI slot
PCI Express 2.0 x16_2 slot
PCI Express x4 slot
PCI Express 2.0 x16_1 slot
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•
In single VGA card mode, use first the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot for a PCI
Express x16 graphics card to get better performance.
•
In CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 and
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 (blue) slots for PCI Express x16 graphics cards to get
better performance.
•
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
CrossFireX™ or �������������������������������������
SLI™ mode.
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See page 2-37 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2
when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment. See
page 2-35 for details.
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2.6
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC_SW)
This jumper allows you to enable the clr CMOS switch on the back I/O. You can
clear the CMOS memory and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC
RAM data. The clr CMOS switch on the back I/O helps you easily clear the system
setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1.
2.
Press down the clr CMOS switch on the back I/O.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to
re-enter data.
clr CMOS switch behavior
System power state
Clearing CMOS
G3*
S5*
S0 (DOS mode)
S0 (OS mode)
S1
S3
S4
**
*G3: Power off without +5VSB power (AC power loss); S5: Power off with +5VSB power
**The system shuts dowm immediately.
•
The clr CMOS switch will not function if the CLRTC_SW jumper is moved
to the Disable position, but the shutdwon function in S0 mode (DOS mode)
still works.
•
Ensure to re-enter your previous BIOS settings after you clear the CMOS.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to CPU
overclocking. With the C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) feature, shut down
and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset CPU parameter
settings to default values. If the system hangs due to overclocking of
memory timing or chipset voltage and the power button fails to function,
pressing down the clr CMOS switch will shut down the system and clear
CMOS simultaneously.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1.
2.
3.
PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN
port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link
OFF
YELLOW*
YELLOW*
YELLOW*
Speed LED
OFF
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
Description
Soft-off Mode
During Power ON/OFF
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
ACTIVITY/ SPEED
LINK LED LED
LAN port
* Blinking
4.
5.
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USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
Clear CMOS switch. Press the clear CMOS switch to clear setup information
when the system hangs due to overclocking.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
6.
IEEE 1394a port. This 6-pin IEEE 1394a port provides high-speed
connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, PCs, or portable
devices.
7. External SATA port. This port connects to an external Serial ATA hard disk
drive.
8.
9.
•
DO NOT insert a SATA connector into this external SATA port.
•
To enable hot-plugging, set the Controller Mode item in the BIOS setting
to [AHCI], and then reboot the system. See section 3.5.3 Onboard Device
Configuration for details.
Optical S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an optical S/PDIF cable.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
10. Audio I/O ports. These ports connect to a 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel audio
system.
Refer to the audio configuration table on the next page for the function of the
audio ports in 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
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6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Ou
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_EIDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable.
There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable:
blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to the motherboard’s IDE
connector, then select one of the following modes to configure your device.
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Two devices
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Cable connector
Black
Black
Gray
Black or gray
•
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you
connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” ensure all other device jumpers
have the same setting.
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2.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA 1-6 [blue])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5,
and 10 configuration with the Intel® Matrix Storage Technology through the
onboard Intel® ICH10R RAID controllers.
•
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 3.4.5 Storage Configuration for details.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 1 or later version before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP1 or later version.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. See section 3.4.5 Storage Configuration for details.
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3.
JMicron JMB363® Serial ATA connector (7-pin SATA_E1 [black])
This connector is for a Serial ATA signal cable for an external Serial ATA hard
disk drive.
To enable hot-plugging, set the Controller Mode item in the BIOS setting
to [AHCI], and then reboot the system. See section 3.5.3 Onboard Device
Configuration for details.
4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; 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.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the USB cable to ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard.
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5.
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.
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage
the motherboard!
6.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install
the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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7.
8.
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Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that
supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio
capability.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector, set the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD Audio];
if you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector,
set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set to [HD Audio].
Chapter 2: Hardware information
9.
CPU, chassis, and optional fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1–2, 3-pin OPT_FAN1–2)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA–2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A–7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable
matches the ground pin of the connector.
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the chassis fan
cable to the motherboard connector labled OPT_FAN1/2 for better thermal
environment.
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10. Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1/2)
These connectors are for temperature monitoring. Connect the thermal
sensor cables to these connectors and place the other ends to the devices
which you want to monitor temperature. The optional fan1/2 can work with
the temperature sensors for a better cooling effect.
Enable OPT FAN1/2 overheat protection in BIOS if you connect thermal
sensor cables to these connectors. Refer to page 3-34 for details.
11. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
By default, the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
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12. 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.
•
Ensure to remove the cap on the EATX12V connector before connecting an
8-pin EPS +12V power plug.
•
Use only an 8-pin EPS +12V power plug for the EATX12V connector.
•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 600 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
•
If you want to use two high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
PSU suggested list
PSU suggested list
SilverStone ST1000
Seasonic SS-600HT
Thermaltake W0083RE
Thermaltake PUREPower-600AP
Silverstone SST-ST75ZF
EnerMAX EG701AX-VE (E)(24P)
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This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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.
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.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
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.
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
You can use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect chassis front panel
cables in a few steps. Refer to the instructions below to install the ASUS
Q-Connector.
1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the Q-Connector
to know the detailed pin definitions, then
match them to the respective front panel
cable labels.
The labels of the front panel
cables may differ from chassis
made by different manufacturers.
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 properly installed on the
motherboard.
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2.7.3
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.
1.
2.
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Power-on switch
Press the power-on switch to wake/power up the system.
Reset switch
Press the reset switch to reboot the system.
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3.
MemOK! switch
Press the MemOK! switch to load failsafe settings for memory compatibility
and improving system boot success.
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Installing I/O shield and LCD Poster
1.
Install the I/O shield to the
chassis by snaping it in place
from inside.
2.
Orient the motherboard and install
it to the chassis. Ensure that the
motherboard external ports fit the
shield openings.
3.
Thread the LCD Poster cable
through the back I/O shield
opening until the stopper fits the
opening.
4.
Locate and connect the LCD
Poster cable to the LCD_CON
connector.
5.
Place the LCD Poster on the
chassis or to wherever you like.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.8
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.
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
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional
messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed
a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your
retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
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2.9
Turning off the computer
2.9.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® Vista™:
1. Click the Start button then select Shut Down.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
2.9.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section 3.6 Power Menu in
Chapter 3 for details.
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This chapter tells how to change the
system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
3
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
3.1
3
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.4
Main menu................................................................................... 3-18
3.3
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
Extreme Tweaker menu................................................................ 3-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-22
Power menu................................................................................. 3-30
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-35
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-39
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-43
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
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.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.)
2.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash drive in case
you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS
using the ASUS Update utility.
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
•
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
3-2
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
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4.
5.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
RAMIIGEN.ROM
RAMIIGEN
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ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to
use a DOS‑based utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built in the BIOS chip so it is
accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port,
and then launch EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash
2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.34
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: RampageII GENE
VER: 0205
DATE: 01/13/2009
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
2.
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
Press <Tab> to switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is
found. When found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16
format and single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and
stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See
section 3.9 Exit Menu for details.
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3.1.3
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.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while recovering the BIOS! Doing so
can cause system boot failure!
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3.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports two programmable firmware chips that you can update
using the provided utility described in section 3.1 Managing and updating your
BIOS.
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
firmware chip.
The firmware chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up
the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program.
Press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility;
otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
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•
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the
Exit Menu. See section 3.9 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Menu bar
Extreme Tweaker
Main
Configuration fields
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
Storage Configuration
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System Information
General help
Tools
Exit
[13:51:25]
[Wed 02/04/2009]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD D DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Sub-menu items
3.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Extreme Tweaker For changing the overclocking settings
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Tools
For Configuring options for special functions
Advanced
Boot
Exit
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the system boot configuration
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
3.2.3
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.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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3.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For
example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
3.2.5
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
3.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to 3.2.7 Pop-up window.
3.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
3.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side
of a menu screen when there are items
that do not fit on the screen. Press the
Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> /
<Page Down> keys to display the other
items on the screen.
3.2.9
Main
Advanced
Power
Suspend Mode
ACPI Version Features
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
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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3.3
Extreme Tweaker menu
The Extreme Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related
items.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Extreme Tweaker menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
Extreme Tweaker
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Configure System Performance Settings
Target CPU Frequency: 2660MHz
Target DRAM Frequency: 1066MHz
Tuning Mode [Extreme OC]
CPU Level Up [Auto]
Memory Level Up [Auto]
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Ratio Status:(Min:12, Max: 20)
Ratio Actual Value:20
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
CPU Configuration
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
DRAM Timing Control
EPU II Phase Control
CPU Load-Line Calibration
QPI Load-Line Calibration
[Full Phase]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Tools
Exit
Tuning Mode is the
BIOS menu switch for
different purpose.
Extreme OC offers
the max tuning degree
of freedom to the
extreme.
Gaming provides the
major tuning settings
for system
performance boot.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
NB OCP [Enabled]
DRAM OCP [Enabled]
*** Please key in numbers or select voltage! ***
Extreme OV [Disabled]
Current Voltage: 1.184V 1.819V 1.230V
CPU Temperature: 43.5˚C/110˚F
CPU Voltage [Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
Current Voltage: 1.085V 1.508V 1.111V 1.508V
NB/SB Temperature: 45˚C/113˚F 52˚C/125.5˚F
IOH Voltage [Auto]
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
ICH Voltage [Auto]
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Current Voltage: 1.508V
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
DRAM REF Voltages
Read POST Code from LCD Poster/iROG Control Plus
Debug Mode [String]
Keyboard TweakIt Control [Disabled]
******** Spread Spectrum and
CPU Spread Spectrum PCIE Spread Spectrum CPU Clock Skew
IOH Clock Skew
Clock Skew ********
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Configure System Performance Settings
The configuration options may vary depending on your CPU/memory model.
3.3.1
Tuning Mode [Extreme OC]
The Tuning Mode item is the Extreme Tweaker menu item switch for different
purpose. The Extreme OC mode offers the maximum tuning degree of freedom
to the extreme. The Gaming mode provides the major tuning settings for system
performance boost. Configuration options: [Extreme OC] [Gaming]
3.3.2
CPU Level Up [Auto]
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters will be automatically
adjusted according to the selected CPU level. If you want to manually configure
the settings in detail, set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] after selecting a CPU
level. Configuration options: [Auto] [i7-940-2.93G] [i7-965-3.20G] [i7-crazy-3.60G]
[i7-crazy-4.00G]
3.3.3
Memory Level Up [Auto]
Allows you to select a memory level, and the related parameters will be
automatically adjusted according to the selected memory level. If you want to
manually configure the settings in detail, set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] after
selecting a memory level.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-2000MHz]
You are allowed to select either a CPU level or a memory level at one time.
3.3.4
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU/memory overclocking options to achieve desired CPU/
memory internal frequency. Select any of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the standard settings for the system.
X.M.P.
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
CPU Level Up
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters
will be adjusted automatically.
Memory Level Up
Allows you to select a memory level, and the related
parameters will be adjusted automatically.
ROG Memory Profile
Allows you to select a memory profile, and the related
parameters will be adjusted automatically.
The following two items appear when you set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual].
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OC From CPU Level Up [Auto]
After you select a CPU level and set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual], the related
parameters will be adjusted accordingly.
Configuration options: [Auto] [i7-940-2.93G] [i7-965-3.20G] [i7-crazy-3.60G]
[i7-crazy-4.00G]
OC From Memory Level Up [Auto]
After you select a memory level and set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual], the
related parameters will be adjusted accordingly.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz]���������������
[DDR3-2000MHz]
The following item appears only when you set Ai Overclock Tuner to [X.M.P].
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]
Allows you to select the memory profile during overclocking between [Profile
#1] (high performance) and [Profile #2] (high frequency).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Profile #1] [Profile #2]
The following item appears only when you set Ai Overclock Tuner to [ROG
Memory Profile].
R.O.G. Memory Profile [Speedy]
Allows you to select the memory profile mode supported by your memory
module. Configuration options: [Speedy] [Flying] [Lightning]
3.3.5
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.������������������������������������
The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
3.3.6
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects. Refer to section 3.5.1 for details.
The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item
to [Manual] or [X.M.P.].
BCLK Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the Internal Base Clock (BCLK). Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. You can also type the desired value using the numeric keypad.
The values range from 100 to 500.
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PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust
the PCIE frequency. You can also type the desired value using the numeric
keypad. The values range from 100 to 200.
3.3.7
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz]
[DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency
item settings.
A very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
3.3.8
DRAM Timing Control
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: 6-6-6-15-4-36-6-3-16-4���������������������������������
(These values are auto-detected)
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [11 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 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]
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]
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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-66-0-0 ��������������������������������
(These values are auto-detected)
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N] [3N]
DRAM Round Trip Latency on CHA/B/C [Auto]
[Auto] [Advance 15 Clock]–[Advance 1 Clock] [Normal]
[Delay 1 Clock]�����������������
–����������������
[Delay 15 Clock]
3rd Information: 6-6-13-9-9-9-7-6-4-7-7-4 ��������������������������������
(These values are auto-detected)
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
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]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
3.3.9
EPU II Phase Control [Full Phase]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Full Phase]
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3.3.10
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU Load-Line mode. Set to [Disabled] to follow Intel
specifications, or to [Enabled] to improve CPU VDroop directly.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.11
QPI Load-Line Calibration [Disabled]
Allows you to select the QPI Load-Line mode. Set to [Disabled] to follow Intel
specifications, or to [Enabled] to improve QPI VDroop directly.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.12
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.3.13
NB OCP [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the NorthBridge over current protect
function. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.14
DRAM OCP [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the DRAM over current protect function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.15
Extreme OV [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], you can choose high level voltage to overclock, but not
guaranteed CPU life. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following eight (8) 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.
3.3.16
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU VCore voltage. The text color in the configuration
field corresponds to the onboard CPU LED color, both of which indicate voltage
condition. When you set the CPU LED Selection item to [Vcore], the onboard
CPU LED displays CPU VCore voltage condition. Refer to page 2-2 for CPU LED
definition. The values range from 0.85000V to 2.50000V with a 0.00625V interval.
The CPU voltage could be set only up to 1.8V when the Extreme OV item is set
to [Disabled].
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Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU VCore voltage. Setting
a high voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage
may make the system unstable.
3.3.17
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU PLL voltage. The text color in the configuration
field corresponds to the onboard CPU LED color, both of which indicate voltage
condition. When you set the CPU LED Selection item to [CPU PLL], the onboard
CPU LED displays CPU PLL voltage condition. Refer to page 2-2 for CPU LED
definition. The values range from 1.81592V to 2.50492V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.18
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the QPI/DRAM Core voltage. The text color in the
configuration field corresponds to the onboard CPU LED color, both of which
indicate voltage condition. When you set the CPU LED Selection item to [QPI/
DRAM Core], the onboard CPU LED displays QPI/DRAM Core voltage condition.
Refer to page 2-2 for CPU LED definition. The values range from 1.20000V to
2.50000V with a 0.00625V interval.
The QPI/DRAM Core voltage could be set only up to 1.8V when the Extreme
OV item is set to [Disabled].
3.3.19
IOH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Hub (IOH) voltage. The values range from 1.11341V to
2.19991V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.20
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the IOH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.51106V to
2.78306V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.21
ICH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Controller Hub (ICH) voltage. The values range from
1.11341V to 2.00116V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.22
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the ICH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.51106V to
2.05431V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.23
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.51106V to 2.50481V
with a 0.01325V interval.
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•
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 below table for details.
•
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high
voltage settings.
CPU Voltage
CPU PLL Voltage
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
IOH Voltage
IOH PCIE Voltage
ICH Voltage
ICH PCIE Voltage
DRAM Bus Voltage
3.3.24
Blue
0.85000–1.5000
1.81592–1.89542
1.20000–1.39375
1.11341–1.39166
1.51106–1.69656
1.11341–1.59041
1.51106–1.61706
1.51106–1.72306
Yellow
1.50625–1.59375
1.90867–1.94842
1.40000–1.65625
1.40491–1.64341
1.70981–1.84231
1.60366–1.84216
1.63031–1.80256
1.73631–2.31931
Red
1.60000–
1.96167–
1.66250–
1.65666–
1.85556–
1.85541–
1.81581–
2.33256–
DRAM REF Voltages
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM Reference Voltage.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C.
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM Control Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C.
3.3.25
Debug Mode [String]
Allows you to select the debug mode. Configuration options: [String] [Code]
3.3.26
Keyboard TweakIt Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the keyboard TweakIt control.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.27
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance BCLK overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.28
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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3.3.29
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 1500ps]
3.3.30
IOH Clock Skew [Auto]
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 1500ps]
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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.
Refer to section 3.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
Extreme Tweaker
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
1
2
3
4
5
6
[10:55:25]
[Thu 01/20/2009]
[English]
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Storage Coniguration
System Information
Tools
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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3.4.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.4.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.4.3
Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options.
Configuration options: [Chinese BIG5] [Chinese (GB)] [Japanese] [Français]
[Deutsch] [English]
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3.4.4
SATA 1–6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial ATA
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a device item
then 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-5
SMART Monitoring:Supported
Type
[Auto]
LBA/Large Mode
[Auto]
Block(Multi-Sector Transfer)M [Auto]
PIO Mode
[Auto]
DMA Mode
[Auto]
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer
[Enabled]
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
←→
↑↓
+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
[Auto] if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of SATA drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the
appropriate SATA device type. Select [CDROM] 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.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA
mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs 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.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.5
Storage Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurations for the SATA
devices installed in the system. Select an item then press <Enter> if you want to
configure the item.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuraton
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
Set [Compatible Mode]
when Legacy OS (i.e.
WIN ME, 98, NT4.0, MS
DOS) is used.
Set [Enhanced Mode]
when Native OS (i.e.
WIN2000, Win XP, Vista
is used.
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the
Southbridge chip.
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, keep the defaul setting [IDE].
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host
Controller Interface (AHCI), set this item to [AHCI]. The AHCI allows the
onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases
storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to internally
optimize the order of commands.
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or the Intel® Matrix
Storage Technology configuration from the Serial ATA hard disk drives, set
this item to [RAID].
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Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Disables or enables device write protection. This will be effective only if device is
accessed through BIOS. Confiuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices.
Configuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
3.4.6
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
BIOS Information
Version
: 0208
Build Date: 02/03/09
Processor
Type
: Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 2.67GHz
Speed
: 2666MHz
System Memory
Usable Size
: 1016MB
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Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
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Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
LCD Poster and LED Control
iROG Configuration
Tools
Exit
Configure CPU.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1
General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.5.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
The items shown in this screen may be different due to the CPU you installed.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Module Version:3F.11
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Genuine Intel(R) CPU 000 @ 3.20GHz
Frequency
:3.20GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1
:128 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
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech
CPU TM function
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[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
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Execute Disable Bit
Intel(R) HT Technology
*Active Processor Cores
A20M
*Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech
*Intel(R) Turbo Mode tech
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[All]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
C1E Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Enhanced Halt State support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Hardware Prefetcher function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
The Intel® Virtualization Technology allows a hardware platform to run multiple
operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually
function as several systems. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU TM Function [Enabled]
This function enables the overheated CPU to throttle the clock speed to cool down.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Setting this item to [Disabled] forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) HT Technology [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology function.
When disabled, only one thread per activated core is enabled.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
*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]
Legacy OSes and APs may need A20M enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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*Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
When set to [Disabled], the CPU runs at its default speed. When set to [Enabled],
the CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
*Intel(R) TurboMode tech [Enabled]
Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Disabled]
Allows you enable or disable the Intel® C-STATE Technology. When enabled, the
CPU idle is set to C2/C3/C4. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set Intel(R) C-STATE Tech to
[Enabled].
C State package limit setting [Auto]
Allows you to select the C State package limit setting.
Configuration options: [Auto] [C1] [C3] [C6] [C7]
3.5.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARMING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
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]
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3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Device Configuration
Onboard Device
[Standard]
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
J-Micron eSATA/PATA Controller
Controller Mode
Realtek LAN
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Enabled]
[IDE]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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Onboard Device [Standard]
Allows you to disable all the onboard device controllers except the LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Disabled]
High Definition Audio [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the High Definition Audio Controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
J-Micron eSATA/PATA Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard JMicron eSATA/PATA controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Controller Mode [IDE]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [IDE] [AHCI]
If you want to use the hard disk drive as a Parallel ATA physical storage
device, keep the defaul setting [IDE].
If you want the hard disk drive to use the Advanced Host Controller Interface
(AHCI), set this item to [AHCI].
Realtek LAN [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enabled or disable the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.5.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
None
USB Functions
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-off
Legacy USB Support Disabled
Enabled
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB functions. The following sub-items appear
when this item is set to [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
The USB 2.0 Controller Mode item appears only when you enable the USB
2.0 Controller.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the support for legacy USB devices. Setting to
[Auto] allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected,
the legacy USB support is disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
3.5.5
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and
Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. 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.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
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3.5.6
LCD Poster and LED Control
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
LCD Poster and LED Control
LCD Poster Backlight
LCD Poster Backlight(S5)
LCD Poster Mode
[Turn Off]
[Turn Off]
[Current Time]
All LED Control
Voltiminder LED
CPU LED Selection
NB LED Selection
SB LED Selection
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[CPU]
[IOH]
[ICH]
Turn On/Turn Off LCD
Poster when system
is working
LCD Poster Backlight [Turn Off]
Allows you to turn on/off the LCD Poster backlight when the system is working.
Configuration options: [Turn On] [Turn Off]
LCD Poster Backlight (S5) [Turn Off]
Allows you to turn on/off the LCD Poster backlight when the system is in soft-off
state. Configuration options: [Turn Off] [Turn On]
LCD Poster Mode [Current Time]
Allows the LCD Poster to display either hardware information or time.
Configuration options: [Current Time] [HWM Information]
The following item becomes configurable when you set LCD Poster Mode to
[HWM Information].
HWM Select Mode
Allows you to select which hardware information to display on the LCD
Poster. Configuration options: [All Voltage] [All Temperature] [All Fan Speed]
All LED Control [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LEDs control.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set All LED Control to [Enabled].
Voltiminder LED [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Voltiminder LED.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set Voltiminder LED to [Enabled].
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CPU LED Selection [CPU]
Allows you to switch the onboard CPU LED display between CPU voltage [CPU],
CPU PLL voltage [CPU PLL] and QPI/DRAM Core voltage [QPI/DRAM Core].
Configuration options: [CPU] [CPU PLL] [QPI/DRAM Core]
NB LED Selection [IOH]
Allows you to switch the onboard northbridge LED display between I/O Hub
voltage [IOH] and IOH PCIE voltage [IOH PCIE].
Configuration options: [IOH] [IOH PCIE]
SB LED Selection [ICH]
Allows you to switch the onboard southbridge LED display between I/O Controller
Hub voltage [ICH] and ICH PCIE voltage [ICH PCIE].
Configuration options: [ICH] [ICH PCIE]
3.5.7
iROG Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
iROG Configuration
iROG Timer Keeper
System will record
using time every 1
minute
iROG ID_Number Information
iROG
BC_Number: A2
iROG_1 ID_Number: 26
iROG_2 ID_Number: 4
iROG Timer Keeper
Current Operation time:
[Last State]
Total Operation time:
iROG Timer Keeper [Last State]
Allows you to set the iROG Time Keeper operation mode.
Configuration options: [Last State] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
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Main
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
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
Specifies the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) version
supported. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC). When
set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.5
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
APM Configuration
Options
Restore on AC Power Loss
[Power Off]
Power
Power
Power
Power
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
On
On
On
On
By
By
By
By
RTC Alarm
PCI Devices
PCIE Devices
PS/2 Keyboard
Power Off
Power On
Last State
Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss. When set to
Last State, the system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item
is set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) / System Time will become
user-configurable with set values. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [��������
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3.6.6
Hardware Monitor
Hardware Monitor
Voltage Monitor
Temperature Monitor
Fan Speed Monitor
Fan Speed Control
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Voltage Monitor
Voltage Monitor
CPU Voltage; CPU PLL Voltage; QPI/DRAM Core Voltage; IOH Voltage;
IOH PCIE Voltage; ICH Voltage; ICH PCIE Voltage; DRAM Bus Voltage;
3.3V Voltage; 5V Voltage; 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators.
Temperature Monitor
CPU Temperature; MB Temperature; NB Temperature; SB Temperature;
OPT FAN1/2 Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU,
northbridge, southbridge, motherboard, power, and the assigned devices
temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected
temperatures.
NB overheat protection; SB overheat protection [90ºC]
The system automatically shuts down when the northbridge or southbridge
chipset is heated over the set temperature to protect it from damage.
Configuration optitons: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] �������
[100ºC]
OPT FAN1/2 overheat protection [90ºC]
Allows you to set the temperature over which the system automatically shuts
down when any of the thermal sensor cables connected to the motherboard
detects device overheat to protect the device from damage.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] �������
[100ºC]
Fan Speed Monitor
CPU Fan; Chassis Fan1/2; OPT Fan1/2 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan, chassis fan, power fan, and optional fan speed in rotations per minute
(RPM). If any of the fans is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows
[N/A]. These items are not user‑configurable.
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Fan Speed Control
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Fan Speed Control
CPU Q-Fan Control
Chassis Q-Fan Control
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
CPU Q-Fan Control
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[Disabled]
OPTFan2 Control [Disabled]
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears when you enable CPU Q-Fan Control.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan. When
set to [Standard], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on the CPU
temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for quiet CPU fan
operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the chassis Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears when you enable Chassis Q-Fan Control.
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan. When
set to [Standard], the chassis fan automatically adjusts depending on the chassis
temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for quiet chassis fan
operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
OPTFan1/2 Control [Disabled]
Allows you to select the optional fan control mode. When this item is set to
[Duty Mode], you can configure the OPTFan1/2 Duty item. If you set this item
to [User Mode], you are allowed to configure the OPTFan1/2 Low Speed
Temp and OPTFan1/2 Full Speed Temp item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Duty Mode] [User Mode]
You need to connect the thermal sensor cables to the OPT_TEMP1/2
connectors to enable this function.
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OPTFan1/2 Duty [50%]
Allows you to set the fan duty cycle. This item appears when the OPTFan1/2
Control item is set to [Duty Mode].
Configuration options: [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%]
OPTFan1/2 Low Speed Temp [25˚C]
Allows you to set the temperature at which the power fan rotates at low speed.
This item appears when the OPTFan1/2 Control item is set to [User Mode].
Configuration options: [25˚C] [30˚C] [35˚C] [40˚C]
OPTFan1/2 Full Speed Temp [60˚C]
Allows you to set the temperature at which the power fan rotates at full speed.
This item appears when the OPTFan1/2 Control item is set to [User Mode].
Configuration options: [60˚C] [70˚C] [80˚C] [90˚C]
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
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Main
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[Hard Drive]
[Removable Dev.]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed in
parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
1st–xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxx Drive] [Disabled]
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3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while
booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled],
BIOS performs all the POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo3™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.7.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
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.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
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After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Installed
:Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
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.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
[No Access] prevents user access to the Setup utility.
[View Only] allows access but does not allow change to any field.
[Limited] allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
[Full Access] allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
2.
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>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup
utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing
Setup and booting the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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3.8
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Extreme Tweaker
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
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 EZ Flash 2
ASUS O.C. Profile
TweakIt Batch File
AI NET 2
←→
↑↓
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
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then
press <Enter> to confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.34
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: RampageII GENE
VER: 0208
DATE: 02/03/2009
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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[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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3.8.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
Start O.C. Profile
←→
↑↓
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item,
type your profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to
save your CMOS settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter>, and choose a profile to load.
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 V1.34
Current CMOS
BOARD: RampageII GENE
VER: 0208
DATE: 02/03/2009
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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[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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3.8.3
•
This function supports devices such as a USB flash disk (FAT 32/16
format) or a floppy disk with single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent the system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the
same memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version.
•
Only the CMO file can be loaded.
TweakIt Batch File
This menu allows you to set the TweakIt batch files, and load the desired TweakIt
batch file.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
TweakIt Batch File
Save TweakIt Batch File to: [None]
Load TweakIt Batch File From:
[None]
BCLK Frequency [Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
CPU Voltage [Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
IOH Voltage [Auto]
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
ICH Voltage [Auto]
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
Tools
Save TweakIt Batch
File
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Save TweakIt Batch File to:
Allows you to save the adjusted values for specific items as a TweakIt batch file.
Configuration options: [None] [File 1] [File 2]
Load TweakIt Batch File to:
Allows you to load the desired TweakIt batch file.
Configuration options: [None] [File 1] [File 2]
BCLK Frequency; CPU Ratio Setting; CPU Voltage; CPU PLL Voltage;
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage; IOH Voltage; IOH PCIE Voltage; ICH Voltage;
ICH PCIE Voltage; DRAM Bus Voltage
Allows you to use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the values for each item. Refer to
3.3 Extreme Tweaker Menu for details.
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3.8.4
AI NET 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Ai Net 2
Pair
Status
Check Realtek LAN
cable during POST.
Length
Check Realtek LAN cable
Tools
[Disabled]
It will take 3 to 10
seconds to diagnose
LAN cable.
Check Realtek LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Extreme Tweaker
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Exit system setup after
saving the changes.
F10 key can be used for
this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
←→
↑↓
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 YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents of
the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
4
Software
support
Chapter summary
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-33
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-40
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4.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/64-bit
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operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the
features of your hardware.
4.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
DVD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
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4.2.2
Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
ASUS InstAll - Drivers Installation Wizard
Launches the ASUS InstAll driver installation wizard.
Intel Chipset Inf Update Program
Installs the Intel® chipset inf update program.
SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver
Installs the SoundMAX® audio driver and application.
Realtek RTL8111B/C LAN Driver
Installs the Realtek® Gigabit Ethernet Driver.
JMicron JMB36X Controller Driver
Installs the JMicron® JMB36X controller driver.
Sound Blaster X-Fi
Installs the Sound Blaster X-Fi driver and utility.
ASUS TweakIt
Installs the ASUS TweakIt driver and utility.
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4.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
Click to display
the next screen
Click to display the
previous screen
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Utilities
Installs all of the utilities through the Installation Wizard.
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
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ASUS AI Suite
Installs the ASUS AI Suite.
ASUS AI Direct Link
The ASUS AI Direct Link provides up to 70% transferring speed improvement when
compared to traditional USB 2.0 and is the easiest and fastest way for users to
enjoy large-sized data exchange of files such as movies, music, etc.
ASUS TurboV
Installs ASUS TurboV, the advanced overclocking tool for extreme O.C. record.
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
Installs the ASUS EPU-6 Engine driver and utility.
Adobe Reader 8
Installs the Adobe® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print documents in
Portable Document Format (PDF).
Anti-Virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses. View
the online help for detailed information.
3DMark06 Software
Installs the Futuremark® 3DMark06 system benchmark application.
Corel MediaOne Starter
Installs the Corel MediaOne Starter application to easily manage, edit share and
protect your multimedia data.
Ulead Burn.Now
Installs the Ulead Burn.Now application for Audio DVD, CD and data disc creation.
Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE
Installs the Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE software.
Winzip 11
Installs the Winzip utility for easy file-compression and protection.
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4.2.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains items to create the Intel ICH10R driver disk.
Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit AHCI/RAID Driver
Allows you to create an ICH10R 32/64bit AHCI/RAID driver disk.
JMicron JMB36X 32/64 bit RAID/AHCI Driver
Allows you to create a JMicron® JMB36X RAID/AHCI driver disk for 32/64bit
system.
4.2.5
Manual menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
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4.2.6
Video menu
Click the Video tab to display a list of video clips. Click the video titles to watch
ROG users’ outstanding performances with ROG motherboards.
4.2.7
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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4.2.8
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this DVD
Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
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Technical support form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text format.
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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
ASUS MyLogo3™
The ASUS MyLogo3™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the
image that appears on screen during the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST). The ASUS
MyLogo3™ is automatically installed when you install the ASUS Update utility from
the support DVD. See section 4.2.3 Utilities menu for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo3™, use the ASUS Update utility to make a
copy of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the
ASUS website. See section 3.1.1 ASUS Update utility.
•
Ensure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if you wish
to use ASUS MyLogo3™. See section 3.7.2 Boot Settings Configuration.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF file formats.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo3��
™�:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section 3.1.1 ASUS Update utility
for details.
Select Options from the drop down menu, then click Next.
Check the option Launch MyLogo to replace system boot logo before
flashing BIOS, then click Next.
Select Update BIOS from a file from the drop down menu, then click Next.
When prompted, locate the new
BIOS file, then click Next. The ASUS
MyLogo window appears.
From the left window pane, select the
folder that contains the image you
intend to use as your boot logo.
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7.
When the logo images appear on the
right window pane, select an image to
enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your desired
size by selecting a value on the Ratio
box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to
load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo
during POST.
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4.3.2
Sound Blaster X-Fi audio utility
With the SupremeFX X-Fi technology supported, you will be able to enjoy excellent
audio quality and experience realistic sound effects through the ADI AD2000B
audio codec and Sound Blaster X-Fi interface. Activating X-Fi’s CMSS3D,
Crystalizer, and EAX will deliver accurate virtual surround sound and enhanced
audio dynamics, which amount to ultimate gaming experience.
To install Sound Blaster X-Fi:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Drivers tab and click SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Click the support DVD Utilities tab and click Sound Blaster X-Fi.
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Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
You need to install SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver to use Sound Blaster X-Fi
audio utility.
If the Sound Blaster X-Fi audio utility is successfully
installed, you will find the Volume Panel icon on
the notification area.
Click the Volume Panel icon to display a list of
Creative® media utilities that help you manage
and play your media files. Click Help in each utility
control panel to know more about them.
Double-click the Volume Panel icon to
launch the Mixer control panel.
Click Main Display
to the Main Panel.
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Main Panel
The Main Panel displays all the features and functions the SupremeFX X-Fi
supports. Click each icon to configure the following settings (from left to right):
Speakers and Headphone, EAX Effects, X-Fi CMSS-3D, X-Fi Crystalizer, Smart
Volume Management, Graphic Equalizer, and Mixer.
Minimize
Exit
Help
Click each icon to
configure further
settings
Drag to adjust volume
Click to mute volume
Click to restore
default settings
Speakers and Headphone Panel
This panel allows you to configure speakers/headphone settings including bass
management and speaker volume. You can also test each speaker channel.
Click to select a
speaker type
Click to adjust bass
Click to adjust
volume of each
speaker
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Click to test speaker
sound in turn
Click to test speaker
noise in turn
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EAX Effects Panel
This panel contains environment effects that you can select to obtain a sense of
realism during interactive 3D games.
Click to enable
EAX Effects
Drag to adjust
effects amount
Click to select
an environment
X-Fi CMSS-3D Panel
This panel allows you to configure 3D virtual surround effects.
Click to enable
X-Fi 3D Virtual
effects
Click to select
an upmix mode
(appears when
using 4/4.1/5.1/7.1
Speakers)
Drag to adjust
effects
X-Fi Crystalizer Panel
Enable X-Fi Crystalizer to obtain more audio dynamics.
Click to enable
X-Fi Crystalizer
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Smart Volume Management Panel
Enable Smart Volume Management (SVM) to avoid large volume fluctuations.
Click to switch
on/off SVM
Graphic Equalizer Panel
This panel allows you to customize equalizer settings or select an EQ presets.
Click to
enable EQ
Drag to
customize
effects
Click to select
an EQ preset
Click to save
settings
Mixer Panel
This panel allows you to select a recording device and adjust recording/playback
devices volume.
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Drag to adjust
volume
Click to adjust
volume
Click to select
a recording
device
Click to mute
volume
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4.3.3
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
3.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window
allows you to view the current
status of your system and change
the utility configuration. By
default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can
close or restore the Preference
section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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increase
value
Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both
used and available physical
memory. The pie chart at the
bottom of the window represents
the used (blue) and the available
physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
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Applies your
changes
Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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4.3.4 ASUS AI Suite
ASUS AI Suite allows you to launch EPU-6 Engine, TurboV, Fan
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Xpert, CPU Level
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Nap utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching AI Suite
You can launch AI Suite right after installation or anytime from the Windows® desktop.
To launch AI Suite from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs >
ASUS > AI Suite > AI Suite v1.xx.xx. The AI Suite main window appears.
After launching the application, the AI Suite icon appears in the Windows® taskbar.
Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
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icon to
launch the utility, or click the Normal icon to restore the system to normal state.
Click to restore to normal
Click to launch
EPU-6 Engine
Click to launch TurboV
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Click to launch
CPU Level Up
Click to launch
Fan Xpert
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Other feature buttons
Click
on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window.
Displays the CPU/
system temperature,
CPU/memory/PCIE
voltage, and CPU/
chassis fan speed
Displays the FSB/CPU
frequency
Click
on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from
degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit.
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4.3.5
ASUS AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click Yes on the confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
To switch the power button functions from AI Nap to shutting down, just right
click the AI Suite icon on the OS taskbar, select AI Nap and click Use power
button. Unclick the the item to switch the function back.
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4.3.6
ASUS 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 system loading. The
built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a
quiet and cool environment.
Install AI Suite from the bundled support DVD. To launch the ASUS Fan Xpert
utility, double-click the AI Suite icon on the Windows® notification bar and click
the Fan Xpert button on the AI Suite main window.
Click the dropdown list button and display the fan types. Select CPU Fan or
Chassis Fan.
Click to open the
Calibration wiondow
Dropdown list button
Click to display
the dropdown list
and select a fan
profile mode
Click to save the setup
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Click to display
the current CPU
temperature and the
fan speed ratio
Click to cancel the
Fan Xpert utility
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Fan profile modes
•
Disable: Select this mode to disable the Fan Xpert function.
•
Silent: This mode minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
•
•
•
•
•
Standard: This mode makes the fan adjust speed in moderate pattern.
Turbo: This mode boosts the fan to achieve maximal fan speed for the best
cooling effect.
Intelligent: This mode automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed with the
ambient temperature.
Stable: This mode keeps the CPU fan at the same speed to avoid noise
caused by the unsteady fan rotation. However, the fan will speed up
when the temperature exceeds 70ºC.
User: This mode allows you to change the CPU fan profile under certain
limitation.
For Chassis Fan, only Disable/Standard/Silent/Turbo modes could be selected.
Click to close the Calibration window
Click to get the calibration between
the fan rotation and fan speed ratio
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4.3.7
CPU Level Up
The CPU Level Up allows you to overclock immediately with OC profile presets in
WIndows® environment without the hassle of entering BIOS.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled Support DVD, launch the utility by doubleclicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows® OS taskbar and click the CPU Level Up
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click to select a
CPU level
Click to apply the
selected CPU level
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Click to exit the
utlity
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4.3.8 ASUS EPU-6 Engine
ASUS EPU-6 Engine is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing
needs. This utility provides four modes that you can select to enhance system
performance or save power. Selecting Auto mode will have the system shift modes
automatically according to current system status. You can also customize each
mode by configuring settings like CPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control.
Installing 6 Engine
To install 6 Engine on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Drivers tab and then click ASUS EPU-Six Engine.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching 6 Engine
Launch 6 Engine by double-clicking the 6 Engine
icon on the Windows® notification area.
The first time you launch 6 Engine,
the following message will appear,
asking you to run Calibration first.
Running calibration allows the
system to detect CPU properties to
optimize power management.
Click Run Calibration and wait for a few seconds. Then, the 6 Engine main menu
appears.
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6 Engine main menu
Displays CPU Power and
Total CPU Energy Saving
Displays the following
message if no VGA power
saving engine is detected.
Lights up when power
saving engine is activated
Displays the
amount of CO2
reduced
*Shifts between
the display of Total
and Current CO2
reduced
Displays
current
mode
Auto Mode
Turbo Mode
Runs calibration
High Performance Mode
Medium Power Saving Mode
Max. Power Saving Mode
Exits the utility
Displays the system
properties of each
mode
Advanced settings for each mode (refer to the next page for further information)
*• Click Current
to show the CO2 that has been reduced since
you click the Renew button
.
*• Click Total
to show the total CO2 that has been reduced
since you launched 6 Engine.
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Advanced settings menu
Click Setting (
) from the 6 Engine main menu to display configuration
options in each mode. Some options in certain modes are dimmed, meaning that
they are not available.
Click to select
a mode
Move the
slider to adjust
Click the arrow
to see more
options
Restore default
settings
Click to apply
settings
Click to abort
settings
Configuration options in Advanced settings menu
The following lists the configuration options and their definitions in Advanced
settings menu.
•
CPU Frequency: Raises or lowers CPU frequency to a certain percentage.
•
High: Downgrades voltage to the highest level for CPU power saving.
•
Small: Downgrades voltage to the minimum level.
•
•
•
•
vCore Voltage Downgrade: Lowers CPU vCore voltage.
•
Medium: Downgrades voltage to the medium level.
Chipset Voltage Downgrade: Turns on/off chipset voltage.
Turn Off hard disks: Turns off hard disk drives when they are not accessed
after a certain time.
CPU Loadline: Sets up the CPU loadline to manage CPU power saving.
•
Light: Saves CPU power to the minimum level.
•
Heavy: Saves CPU power to the highest level.
•
Medium: Saves CPU power to the medium level.
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Fan Control: Adjusts fan speeds to reduce noise and save system power.
•
•
•
Quiet: Lowers CPU fan speed and shuts off two chassis fans.
Slow: Lowers CPU fan and two chassis fan speeds.
AI Nap Idle Time: Enters AI Nap mode after a certain time during system idle
process.
Refer to the following table for the configuration options in each mode.
Configuration
options
Turbo Mode
High
Performance
Mode
Medium Power
Saving Mode
Maximum
Power Saving
Mode
CPU
Frequency
Overclocking
+1% to +30%
N/A
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
vCore Voltage
Downgrade
N/A
N/A
Small/Medium/
High
Small/Medium/
High
Chipset
Voltage
Downgrade
N/A
N/A
On/Off
On/Off
Turn Off
hard disks
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
CPU Loadline
N/A
N/A
Light/Medium/
Heavy
Light/Medium/
Heavy
Fan Control
N/A
N/A
Keep Bios
Setting/Slow
Keep Bios
Setting/Quiet
AI Nap
Idle Time
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
The TweakIt function is
disabled when 6-Engine
is set to Auto Mode. To
enable TweakIt function,
set 6-Engine to other mode
option. Or, you may click
the TweakIt icon on the
Windows® notification area
and click Unlock to enable
the TweakIt function.
Ensure that you’ve installed TweakIt driver from the bundled Support DVD.
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4.3.9
ASUS TurboV
ASUS TurboV allows you to overclock the CPU frequency, CPU voltage, QPI/
Memory controller voltage, and DRAM 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 ASUS 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.
•
For system stability, set ASUS EPU 6-Engine to High Performance Mode
while using ASUS TurboV.
To launch ASUS TurboV
1.
2.
Install the ASUS TurboV utility from the motherboard support DVD.
Click start > All Programs > ASUS > TurboV > TurboV.
Save the current settings as a profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Shows more
settings
Default Target
settings settings
Applies all
changes
immediately
Undoes all
changes
without
applying
Overclocking tips:
•
•
For advanced overclockability, adjust first the Extreme Tweaker items in
BIOS, and then proceed more detailed adjustments using TurboV.
The BCLK Frequency setting in BIOS affects the adjustable range of CPU
Frequency in TurboV.
For advanced overclocking: Set BCLK Frequency in BIOS to 200MHz or
above for an adjustment range from 200MHz to 500MHz in TurboV.
For general overclocking: Set BCLK Frequency in BIOS below 200MHz for
an adjustment range from 100MHz to 250MHz in TurboV.
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Advanced settings menu
Click More Setting from the TurboV main screen to display detailed configuration
options for CPU/chip voltage, DRAM Reference voltage, and CPU ratio.
Advance Mode
Advanced
CPU and
DRAM voltage
settings
CPU Ratio Mode
Adjusts CPU
core ratio
Displays CPU
frequency
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•
Only Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition processors support the CPU Ratio
function.
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting BIOS item to [Auto] before using the CPU Ratio
function in TurboV. See page 3-25 for details.
•
The value shown in CPU Ratio Mode may be higher than your CPU default
setting. This is due to Intel’s Dynamic Speed Technology of automatic CPU
ratio overclocking. You may turn off this feature in BIOS for manual CPU
ratio adjustment. See page 3-25 for details.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the Intel® ICH10R Southbridge controller that
supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and RAID 5 for six independent Serial ATA
channels.
4.4.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from
one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID
5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a
minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10* configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
Intel® Matrix Storage. The Intel® Matrix Storage technology supported by the
ICH10R chip allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 function
to improve both system performance and data safety. You can also combine two
RAID sets to get higher performance, capacity, or fault tolerance provided by the
difference RAID function. For example, RAID 0 and RAID 1 set can be created by
using only two identical hard disk drives.
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a created RAID
set, copy first the RAID driver from the support DVD to a floppy disk before you
install an operating system to the selected hard disk drive. Refer to section 4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
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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.
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4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
The Intel® Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM utility allows you to create RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10 (RAID 0+1), and RAID 5 set(s) from Serial ATA hard disk drives
that are connected to the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge.
To enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility:
1.
2.
Turn on the system.
During POST, press <Ctrl+I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
[ MAIN MENU ]
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Disks:
Port Drive 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.
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) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
0.0
GB
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.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
5.
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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
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6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for
RAID 0, 10 and 5 only), and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size
values range from 4 KB to 128 KB. The following are typical values:
RAID 0: 128KB
RAID 10: 64KB
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
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):
9.
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to
go back to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk
drives when you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 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.
[↑↓]-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!
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
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Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press
<N> to return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
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Exiting the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
To exit the utility
1.
From the utility main menu, select 4. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The
following warning message appears.
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
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4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP/Vista
and later operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. For
Windows Vista user, you can create a RAID driver disk with a floppy disk drive or a
USB flash disk drive.
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID/SATA driver disk without entering the OS:
1.
2.
Boot your computer.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <a> or <b> to create a 32/64bit
Intel ICH10R RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press <Enter>.
8. 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®.
2. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
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.
4. Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
5. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
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To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP:
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy
disk drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, ensure that you select
Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH10R).
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver in Windows® Vista™:
1. Insert the floppy disk/USB device with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive/
USB port.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop
ICH10R).
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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This chapter describes how to install and
configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
5
Multiple GPU
technology support
Chapter summary
5.1
5.2
5
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
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ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
5.1.1
•
•
•
Requirements
You should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics cards or one
CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are ATI® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See page 2-37 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 CrossFireX graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots.
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
Goldfingers
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
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Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the ATI®
CrossFireX™ technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website
(www.amd.com).
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™
feature through the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the ATI Catalyst Control Center
To launch the ATI Catalyst Control Center
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and
select Catalyst(TM) Control Center.
You can also right-click the ATI icon in
the Windows notification area and select
Cayalist Control Center.
2.
The Catalyst Control Center Setup
Assistant appears when the system
detects the existance of multigraphics cards. Click Go to continue
to the Catalyst Control Center
Advanced View window.
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Enabling CrossFireX settings
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.
2
3
1
4
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5.2
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology
that allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards.
Follow the installation procedures in this section.
5.2.1
•
•
•
Requirements
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 page 2-37 for details.
•
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.
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5.2.2
Installing SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
3.
4.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge
connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
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5.2.3
Installing 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 on page 5-9).
B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item
in step (A), select Personalize.
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B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog box,
click Advanced Settings.
B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
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B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling 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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The Appendix lists the debug code table
for the LCD Poster.
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CPU INIT
DET CPU
Description
CPU Initiation
Test CMOS R/W functionality.
Early chipset initialization:
-Disable shadow RAM
CHIPINIT
-Disable L2 cache
-Program basic chipset registers
Detect memory
DET DRAM -Auto-detection of DRAM size, type and ECC.
-Auto-detection of L2 cache
Expand compressed BIOS code to DRAM
DC FCODE
EFSHADOW Call chipset hook to copy BIOS back to E000 & F000 shadow RAM.
Initialize IO devices.
INIT IO
Initialize Hardware Monitor.
INIT HWM
1. Blank out screen
CLR SCRN
2. Clear CMOS error flag
1. Clear 8042 interface
INIT8042
2. Initialize 8042 self-test
1. Test special keyboard controller for Super I/O chips.
ENABLEKB
2. Enable keyboard interface.
1. Disable PS/2 mouse interface (optional).
2. Auto detect ports for keyboard & mouse followed by a port & interface
DIS MS
swap (optional).
3. Reset keyboard for Super I/O chips.
Test F000h segment shadow to see whether it is R/W-able or not. If test
R/W FSEG
fails, keep beeping the speaker.
Auto detect flash type to load appropriate flash R/W codes into the run time
DET FLASH
area in F000 for ESCD & DMI support.
Use walking 1’s algorithm to check out interface in CMOS circuitry. Also set
TESTCMOS
real-time clock power status, and then check for override.
Program chipset default values into chipset.
PRG CHIP
Initialize clock generator.
INIT CLK
CHECKCPU Detect CPU information including brand, type and CPU level (586 or 686).
Initial interrupts vector table.
INTRINIT
Initialize INT 09 buffer
INITINT9
1. Program CPU internal MTRR (Pentium class CPU) for 0-640K memory
address.
2. Initialize the APIC for Pentium class CPU.
CPUSPEED 3. Program early chipset according to CMOS setup. Example: onboard IDE
controller.
4. Measure CPU speed.
5. Invoke video BIOS.
Initialize VGA BIOS
VGA BIOS
1. Initialize multi-language
TESTVRAM 2. Put information on screen display, including BIOS logo, CPU type, CPU
speed .
Reset keyboard.
RESET KB
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8254TEST
8259MSK1
8259MSK2
8259TEST
COUNTMEM
MP INIT
USB INIT
TEST MEM
SHOW MP
PNP LOGO
ONBD IO
EN SETUP
MSINSTAL
CHK ACPI
EN CACHE
SET CHIP
AUTO CFG
INIT FDC
DET IDE
COM/LPT
DET FPU
CPU CHG
EZ FLASH
CPR FAIL
FAN FAIL
UCODEERR
FLOPYERR
KB ERROR
HD ERR
CMOS ERR
MS ERROR
SMARTERR
HM ERROR
AINETERR
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Description
Test 8254
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 1.
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 2.
Test 8259 functionality.
Calculate total memory by testing the last double word of each 64K page.
1. Program MTRR of M1 CPU
2. Initialize L2 cache for P6 class CPU & program CPU with proper
cacheable range.
3. Initialize the APIC for P6 class CPU.
4. On MP platform, adjust the cacheable range to smaller one in case the
cacheable ranges between each CPU are not identical.
Initialize USB
Test all memory (clear all extended memory to 0)
Display number of processors (multi-processor platform)
Display PnP logo
Initialize Onboard IO devices.
Okay to enter Setup utility.
Initialize PS/2 Mouse
Prepare memory size information for function call: INT 15h ax=E820h
Turn on L2 cache
Program chipset registers according to items described in Setup & Autoconfiguration table.
Assign resources to devices.
1. Initialize floppy controller
2. Set up floppy related fields in 40:hardware.
Detect & install all IDE devices: HDD, LS120, ZIP, CDROM.
Detect serial ports & parallel ports.
Detect & install co-processor
New CPU installed
Execute EZ Flash
CPR error
Fan error
UCODE error
Floppy error
Keyboard error
HDD error
CMOS error
Mouse error
HDD smart function error
Hard monitor error
AI NET error
Case open
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Debug code table
Code
PASSWORD
USB FINAL
INIT ROM
NUM LOCK
UPDT DMI
INT 19H
Description
Clear EPA or customization logo.
1. Call chipset power management hook.
2. Recover the text fond used by EPA logo (not for full screen logo)
3. If password is set, ask for password.
Initialize PnP boot devices
1. USB final Initialization
2. NET PC: Build SYSID structure
3. Switch screen back to text mode
4. Set up ACPI table at top of memory.
5. Invoke ISA adapter ROMs
6. Assign IRQs to PCI devices
7. Initialize APM
8. Clear noise of IRQs.
Initialize device option ROMs.
1. Program daylight saving
2. Update keyboard LED & typematic rate
1. Build MP table
2. Build & update ESCD
3. Set CMOS century to 20h or 19h
4. Load CMOS time into DOS timer tick
5. Build MSIRQ routing table.
Boot attempt (INT 19h)
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