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Motherboard
P6X58-E WS
E6383
First Edition
February 2011
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information....................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................... x
P6X58-E WS 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
1.3.2
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-4
2.2.4
2.7
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-4
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-10
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan................................. 2-9
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-13
2.4.4
Memory configurations................................................... 2-12
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-13
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-18
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-18
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-19
2.5.2
2.6
Layout contents................................................................ 2-3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.4.2
2.5
Hardware information
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3.2
2.4
ASUS Unique features . .................................................. 1-3
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
2.5.4
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-18
Expansion slots.............................................................. 2-20
Onboard LEDs............................................................................. 2-22
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-23
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Contents
2.8
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-26
2.8.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-26
2.8.3
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-30
2.8.2
2.9
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-41
2.9.1
G.P. Diagnosis card layout............................................. 2-41
2.9.3
G.P. Diagnosis card check codes.................................. 2-42
2.9.2
2.10
Audio I/O connections.................................................... 2-27
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card........................................ 2-41
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-43
2.11 Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-44
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-5
3.1.2
3.2
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 3-7
3.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 3-7
3.2.4
3.2.5
3.2.6
3.2.7
3.2.8
3.2.9
Menu items...................................................................... 3-8
Sub-menu items............................................................... 3-8
Configuration fields.......................................................... 3-8
Pop-up window................................................................ 3-8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 3-8
General help.................................................................... 3-8
3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................... 3-9
3.3.3
Language [English].......................................................... 3-9
3.3.4
3.3.5
3.3.6
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Menu bar.......................................................................... 3-7
Main menu..................................................................................... 3-9
3.3.2
3.4
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-4
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.2.2
3.3
BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.3.7
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx].......................................... 3-9
SATA 1-6........................................................................ 3-10
Storage Configuration.....................................................3-11
AHCI Configuration........................................................ 3-12
System Information........................................................ 3-13
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 3-14
Contents
3.4.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto].............................................. 3-15
3.4.3
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]........................ 3-15
3.4.2
3.4.4
3.4.5
3.4.6
3.4.7
3.4.8
3.4.9
3.4.10
3.4.11
3.4.12
3.4.13
3.4.14
3.4.15
3.4.16
3.4.17
3.4.18
3.4.19
3.4.20
3.4.21
3.4.22
3.4.23
3.4.24
3.4.25
3.4.26
3.5
3.4.27
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech [Enabled].............................. 3-15
High TDP Turbo Mode [Auto]......................................... 3-16
BCLK Frequency [XXX]................................................. 3-16
PCIE Frequency [XXX].................................................. 3-16
DRAM Frequency [Auto]................................................ 3-16
UCLK Frequency [Auto]................................................. 3-16
QPI Link Data Rate [Auto].............................................. 3-16
DRAM Timing Control [Auto].......................................... 3-17
CPU Voltage [Auto] ....................................................... 3-17
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]................................................. 3-17
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]..................................... 3-17
IOH Voltage [Auto]......................................................... 3-17
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]................................................ 3-17
ICH Voltage [Auto]......................................................... 3-18
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]................................................ 3-18
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto].............................................. 3-18
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto].............. 3-19
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto].............. 3-19
Load-Line Calibration [Auto].......................................... 3-19
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto].................................. 3-19
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]................................................. 3-19
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]........................................ 3-19
IOH Clock Skew [Auto].................................................. 3-19
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]....................................... 3-19
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-20
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-20
3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration....................................... 3-24
3.5.2
3.5.4
3.6
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]............................................... 3-15
3.5.5
Chipset........................................................................... 3-23
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-26
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 3-27
Power menu................................................................................. 3-28
Contents
3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto].................................................... 3-28
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled].......................................... 3-28
3.6.2
3.6.4
3.6.5
3.6.6
3.7
3.6.7
4.2
4.3
Security.......................................................................... 3-34
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-33
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-36
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-36
3.8.3
Drive Xpert Configuration............................................... 3-38
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-37
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-39
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
4.2.2
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
Obtaining the software manuals...................................... 4-2
Software information.................................................................... 4-3
4.3.1
AI Suite II......................................................................... 4-3
4.3.4
EPU.................................................................................. 4-6
4.3.5
4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.9
TurboV EVO..................................................................... 4-4
FAN Xpert........................................................................ 4-7
Probe II............................................................................ 4-8
Sensor Recorder.............................................................. 4-9
Audio configurations...................................................... 4-10
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-12
4.4.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-12
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-13
4.4.2
4.4.4
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Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-30
3.7.3
4.3.2
4.4
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-29
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-32
Chapter 4:
4.1
EuP Ready [Disabled].................................................... 3-28
3.7.1
3.8.2
3.9
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]........................................ 3-28
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-32
3.7.2
3.8
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]................................. 3-28
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-13
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility.......... 4-14
Contents
4.5
4.4.5
Marvell RAID utility......................................................... 4-18
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-22
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver
during Windows® OS installation.................................... 4-23
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-22
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-22
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive........................................ 4-24
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
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5.2.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-5
5.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards......................... 5-7
5.2.2
5.2.4
5.2.5
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards........................... 5-6
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-8
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................... 5-8
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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.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and
Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical
substances in our products at ASUS website at http://csr.asus.com/english/
REACH.htm.
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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.
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+Del>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as
shown, then supply the required item or value enclosed
in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
BUPDATER /iP6X58EWS.ROM
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P6X58-E WS specifications summary
CPU
Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/
Core™ i7 Processor
Intel® Scoket 1366 Xeon® W5500/3600/3500 Series
Intel® Scoket 1366 Xeon® X5600/5500 Series
Intel® Scoket 1366 Xeon® E5600/5500 Series
Intel® Scoket 1366 Xeon® L5600/5500 Series
Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology
*Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® X58 + ICH10R
Nvidia NF200
System Bus
Up to 6.4 GT/s; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
Memory
6 x DIMM, max. 24GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/ 1866(O.C.)/
1800(O.C.)/ 1600(O.C.)/ 1333/ 1066 MHz, non-ECC/
ECC un-buffered memory
Triple channel architecture
Support Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Due to Intel spec definition, DIMMs of DDR3-1800 or
above are supported by specific CPU models only.
*Please load X.M.P or D.O.C.P setting in BIOS for hyper
DIMM (DDR3 1800MHz or above) support.
**Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the
Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x16 )
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x16 or x8 )
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x8 )
1 x PCIe x1 slot
Multi-GPU Technology
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way Geforce SLI™ techonology
Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ technology, up to Quad
CrossFireX™
Storage
Intel ICH10R controller (supports Intel matrix storage
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6 x SATA 150/300
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Intel® Matrix Storage supporting SATA RAID 0, 1,
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10, and 5
Marvell® 88SE9128 PCIe SATA6Gb/s controller:
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2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports, supporting RAID 0 and 1
LAN
2 x Intel® 82574L GbE LAN
- Support teaming function
USB
USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (Blue, at back panel)
Intel® X58 Chipset
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at
back panel)
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VIA VT6315N supports 2 x 1394a ports
Audio
Realtek ALC 889, 8 channels High Definition Audio
CODEC
- Multi-Streaming
- Jack-Sensing
- Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise-Filer
ASUS Unique Features
EPU - 6 Engine
True 16+2 Phase Power Design
Turbo V
Fan Xpert
Q-Shield
Q-Connector
Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
My Logo 2
CrashFree BIOS 3
EZ Flash 2
C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
O.C. Profile
Workstation Unique
Features
5 PCIe x16 slots
G.P. Diagnosis Card bundled
ASUS SASsaby Cards support (PCIEx16_5 slot only)
ASUS WS Diag. LED
BIOS Features
16Mb flash ROM, AMI BIOS, Green, PnP, DMI v2.0,
Wfm2.0, ACPI v2.0a, SMBIOS v 2.4,
WOL/WOR by PME, WOR by Ring, AI NET2, Chassis
Intrusion
Manageability
BIOS flash utility under DOS
AI Suite II
ASUS Update
ASUS PC Probe II
Anti-Virus Software (OEM version)
Adobe Acrobat Reader ver 8.0
Microsoft DirectX ver 9.0C
Back Panel I/O Ports
PS/2 KB/MS port
2 x RJ45
S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x 8-channel Audio I/O
1 x IEEE1394a
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies it
supports.
Chapter 1:
1
Product
introduction
Chapter summary
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1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ASUS P6X58-E WS
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P6X58-E WS 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
ASUS P6X58-E WS
I/O modules
1 x USB 2.0 (2 ports)
Cables
2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
2 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s power cables
4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s cables
Accessories
1 x ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
1 x ASUS 2-in-1 Q-Connector Kit (Retail version
only)
1 x G.P. Diagnosis Card (Retail version only)
1 x ASUS 2-Way SLI bridge connector
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge card
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS P6X58-E WS
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
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/packagings to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition /
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/ Xeon™ Processor support
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This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors Extreme Edition
/ Core™ i7 processor / Xeon™ 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 / Xeon™ series processor is one of
the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
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.) /1866 (O.C.) /
1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2000
(O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) /1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the
higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet
applications. The triple-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your
system memory to boost system performance.
PCIe 2.0
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and
bandwidth which enhances system performance.
3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
Flexible Multi-GPU solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
The motherboard breaks the boundaries to bring you the multi-GPU choice of
either SLI™ or CrossFireX. The motherboard features a dedicated graphics engine
on the most powerful Intel X58 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU
configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you’ve never experienced before!
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
True USB 3.0 Support
10X Faster Date Rates!
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0—the latest
connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and
peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible
with USB 2.0 components.
True SATA 6Gb/s Support
Experience the Future of Storage!
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard
delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability,
faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
1.3.2
ASUS Unique features
ASUS TurboV
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC—now a reality with the ASUS TurboV.
This extreme OC tool lets you set new ambitions on the OC stage with an
advanced and easy-to-use interface—allowing you to overclock without exiting
or rebooting the OS. With micro adjustments of the CPU PLL, NB, NB-PCIe, and
DRAM voltages in 0.02v intervals, there are no limits—only extreme results to
break new OC records! See page 4-28 for details.
ASUS True 16+2 Phase Power Design
The breakthrough technology of 16+2 phase VRM design is bringing to the
ASUS motherboards. 16+2 phase power design (16-phase to vCore; 2-phase to
vDRAM/QPI controller inside CPU) can reach high power efficiency, dispel heat
generated by VRM module effectively, and lower more temperature compared to
other VRM solution. With the high quality power components such as low RDS (on)
MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and 100% Japan-made
high quality conductive polymer capacitors, ASUS 16+2 phase VRM design also
ensure longer component life, minimum power loss, and help to reach the superior
overclocking score ever than before.
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ASUS Workstation Features
ASUS Workstation features provide complete support to system maintenance and
storage technology.
True @16 3-Way SLI
The Best Graphic Performance you EVER have
The True @16 PCI-E Gen2 3-Way SLI will present you the fastest and the
most reliable graphic performance you ever have when you are engaged in
Mechanical/Architecture/Interior/Aircraft/Audio/Video Design or when you are
playing games in leisure time
Diag LED
Diag LED checks key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and HDD) in
sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found, the LED
next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem is solved. This
user-friendly design provides an intuitional way to locate the root problem
within a second.
Built-in Dual Intel Server-Class Gigabit LAN
For more reliable networking, the P6X58-E WS features built-in dual Intel
server-class Gigabit LAN. It uses lower CPU utilization, increasing throughput
to achieve outstanding performance as well as better support for diverse
operating systems.Besides,Intel® 82574L chipset has certification of VMware
to support virtualization technology.
G.P. Diagnosis card
Bundled with P6X58-E WS motherboard (retail version), the G.P. Diagnosis
card assists users in system checking by effortlessly and quickly providing
precise system checks right after they switch on their PCs.
ASUS Power Saving Solution
ASUS Power Saving solution intelligently and automatically provides balanced
computing power and energy consumption.
ASUS EPU
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, hard drives and CPU cooler / system
fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via
intelligent acceleration and overclocking - helping save power and money.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
Fanless Design - Heat-pipe
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to
the heatsink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing
airflow from CPU fan or bundled optional fan. The purpose of the innovative
heat pipe design on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking fanless
design does not have lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. Furthermore, it
provides options for users to install side-flow fan or passive cooler. The Heat
Pipe design is the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and
affect the heat dissipation performance.
Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis
fan speed according to different ambient temperature, which is caused
by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system
loading. Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to
achieve a quiet and cool environment.
ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
TPM Support
This motherboard supports the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which provides
you with enhanced data protection via high-level encryption/decryption and
ensures platform integrity. The TPM meets the Windows® Vista BitLocker™ Drive
Encryption hardware requirement for a more secure working environment.
The TPM module is purchased separately.
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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.
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-Slot enhances your DIY experience that speeds up and simplifies
the DIY process!
ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield provides conductivity to best protect
your motherboard against static electricity damage and shields it against
Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI). Without the usual "fingers" present,
this new design is convenient and safe to install.
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections.
ASUS 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.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined
hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS.
Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an
OS-based flash utility.
IEEE 1394a interface
IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video
appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals
& other PC portable devices.
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio
systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface)
jacks. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and
keeps the best signal quality.
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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).................................................... 2-5
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-18
Onboard LEDs............................................................................. 2-22
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-23
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-26
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-41
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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2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Refer to 2.8 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
1.
ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V, 4-pin EZ_PLUG)
2.
LGA1366 CPU Socket
3.
CPU, chassis and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
5.
CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage settings (3-pin
OV_CPU; 3-pin OV_DRAM_Bus; 3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
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Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
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(7-pin SATA6G_E1-2 [gray])
7.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors [blue] (7-pin SATA1-6)
8.
Standby power LED (SB_PWR)
9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
10.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
11.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
12.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
13.
Chassis Fan control setting (3-pin CHAFAN_SEL)
14.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910, USB1112)
15.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
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17.
3-38
16.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
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2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in the
correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis
as indicated in the image below.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place nine (9) 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
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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 CPU_FAN connector to ensure
system stability.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, make sure 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, make sure 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.
3.
4.
Lift the load lever in the direction of
the arrow to a 135º angle.
Lift the load plate with your thumb
and forefinger to a 100º angle.
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
Load plate
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3
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5.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket.
PnP cap
6.
Position the CPU over the socket,
making sure 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
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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
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2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel® LGA1366 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan
assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
•
When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan
and heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, make sure that you
use only Intel®‑certified multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
•
Your Intel® LGA1366 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin
design and requires no tool to install.
•
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make sure
that you have properly applied Thermal Interface Material to the CPU
heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
Make sure 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, making sure 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.
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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 ECC or non‑ECC, unbuffered DDR3 DIMMs
into the DIMM sockets.
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•
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 do any of the following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit
Windows OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 256 Mb (32MB)
chips or less (Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1
Megabyte/MB).
•
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.
•
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
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.
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 DIMM slot key on the
socket.
1
2
DIMM slot key
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 in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Hold the DIMM by both of its
ends, then insert the DIMM
vertically into the socket. Apply
force to both ends of the DIMM
simultaneously until the retaining
clip snaps back into place, and
the DIMM cannot be pushed
in any further to ensure proper
sitting of the DIMM.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM notch
damage.
2.4.4
1.
2.
Removing a DIMM
Press the retaining clip outward to
unlock the DIMM.
Remove the DIMM from the
socket.
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Crucial
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support (Optional)
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C*
Heat-Sink Package 9-9-9-28(1333-9-9-9-24) 2
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OCZ
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Gingle
9CAASS37AZZ01D1
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Vendor
Part No.
KINGSTON
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Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Heat-Sink Package (1333-9-9-9-24)
Voltage
1.65
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
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V
V
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Super Talent W1866UX2GB
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
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V
V
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V
Aeneon
AXH760UD10-18J(XMP)
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V
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Aeneon
AXH860UD20-18J(XMP)
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V
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Patriot
PVS32G1866LLK(XMP)
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
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V
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Size
Apacer
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(78.0AGCB.BN0)
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CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1800C7DIN(XMP) 1024MB
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1800C8DF
(CM3X2G1800C8D)Ver4.1
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Dimm(Bios)
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-7-20
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
C*
V
V
V
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8-24
1.80
V
KINGSTON KHX14400D3/1G
1024MB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
1.9
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KINGSTON KHX14400D3K2/2GN(EPP)
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
1.9
V
KINGSTON KHX14400D3K3/3GX(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
V
OCZ
OCZ3P18002GK
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8
OCZ
OCZ3P18004GK
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8
Transcend TX1800KLU-2GK(XMP)
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8
V
V
Patriot
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8-20(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.9
V
V
PVS32G1800LLKN(EPP)
V
V
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V
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Size
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3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8-24(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.65-1.85 V
V
V
V
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AD31600F002GMU(XMP)
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V
V
V
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(CM3X1024-1600C7DHXIN)(XMP)
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V
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V
CORSAIR TR3X3G1600C8D(XMP)Ver2.1
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8-24(1601-8-8-8-24) 1.65
V
V
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3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 9-9-9-24(1601-9-9-9-24) 1.65
V
V
CORSAIR BoxP/N:TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV
(CM3X2G1600C9DHXNV)Ver4.1
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1333-9-9--9-24)
1.80
V
V
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V
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(CM3X2048-1600C7DHXIN)Ver3.1
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1.90
V
V
V
V
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6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8-24(1601-8-8-8-24) 1.65
V
V
V
CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C9(XMP)Ver2.1
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 9-9-9-24(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.65
V
V
V
V
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1601-8-8-8-24)
1.8
V
V
V
V
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F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
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4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
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V
V
V
KINGSTON KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
V
V
V
KINGSTON KHX12800D3K2/4G
4096MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1066-7-7-7-20)
1.9
V
V
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB1G
1024MB
Heat-Sink Package 7-6-6-24(1333-7-7-7-20)
OCZ
OCZ3T1600XM2GK(XMP)
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1601-8-8-8-28)
V
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV3GK
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB4GK
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-6(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.8
V
V
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3X16004GK
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-7-20
1.9
V
V
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
V
V
Aeneon
AXH760UD10-16H
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1601-9-9-9-28)
V
V
V
V
Aeneon
AXH860UD20-16H
2048MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package (1601-9-9-9-28)
V
V
V
V
Mushkin
996657
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-7-20
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PVT33G1600ELK
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.65
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLKN
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-7-20(1066-7-7-7-20) 2.0
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.65
V
V
V
V
Team
BoxP/N:TXD32048M1600HC7DC
(TXD31024M1600HC7)
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package 7-7-7-21(1333-8-8-824) 1.75-1.85 V
V
V
V
ASUS P6X58-E WS
SS N/A
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Vendor
A*
V
V
V
2-15
P6X58-E WS Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1333MHz capability
2-16
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
B*
C*
D*
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.65-1.85 V
V
V
V
CORSAIR TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.5
V
V
V
CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
CORSAIR BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9
(CM3X1024-1333C9)Ver1.1
2048MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.70
V
V
V
CORSAIR BoxP/N:TW3X4G1333C9DHX
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
(CM3X2048-1333C9DHX)Ver3.2
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.70
V
V
CORSAIR TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.5
V
V
V
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFB
1024MB
SS MICRON
D9GTS
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1024MB
SS MICRON
MT8JF12864AY-1G4D1 (1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2048MB
DS MICRON
D9JNM
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
ELPIDA
EBJ11UD8BAFA-DG-E
1024MB
DS ELPIDA
J5308BASE-DG-E
(1333-8-8-8-24)
V
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-7-7-7-18)
1.65
V
V
V
V
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2048MB(Kit of 2) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-8-8-8-22)
1.65
V
V
V
V
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ
2048MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5-1.65 V
V
V
V
KINGMAX FLFD45F-B8EE9
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/1G
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
V
V
V
V
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
V
V
V
V
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G4BYES
1024MB
SS MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G4BYES
2048MB
DS MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5-20)
OCZ
OCZ3X13333GK
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7(1066-6-6-6-16)
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20(1333-9-9-9-24)
OCZ
OCZ3P13334GK
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.8
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB4GK
4096MB(Kit of 2) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5)
1.85
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
V
V
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV6GK
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
V
V
V
V
Qimonda
IMSH2GU13A1F1C-13H
2048MB
DS Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-13H 9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
SAMSUNG M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
SAMSUNG M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
SAMSUNG M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
SAMSUNG M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
Transcend TS128MLK64V3U
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
Transcend TS256MLK64V3U
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
Aeneon
1024MB
DS AENEON
AEH93R13H
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
BUFFALO FSX1333D3G-1G
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
V
V
V
V
BUFFALO FSX1333D3G-2G
2048MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
V
V
V
V
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-CG
2048MB
DS Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-CG
(1333-9-9-9-24)
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PDC32G1333LLK
1024MB
SS PATRIOT
Heat-Sink Package
7(1337-7-7-7-20)
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PVT33G1333ELK
3072MB(Kit of 3) SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.65
V
V
V
V
Patriot
PVT36G1333ELK
6144MB(Kit of 3) DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20) 1.65
V
V
V
V
Part No.
Size
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
AEH760UD00-13H
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Chip NO.
Vendor
Voltage
1.1
A*
V
V
1.6
V
V
V
1.7
V
V
V
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P6X58-E WS Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1066MHz capability
Chip NO.
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Timing
Dimm(Bios) Voltage
A*
B*
C*
D*
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7
V
V
V
MICRON
Z9HWQ
7
V
V
V
V
1024MB SS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
V
V
V
V
CT25664BA1067.16SFD
2048MB DS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
V
V
V
V
ELPIDA
EBJ11RD8BAFA-AE-E
1024MB DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E(ECC) 7
V
V
V
V
ELPIDA
EBJ11UD8BAFA-AG-E
1024MB DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E
8
V
V
V
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
1024MB SS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
V
V
V
Hynix
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1024MB SS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
V
V
V
Hynix
HMT125U6AFP8C-G7N0
2048MB DS
HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
V
V
V
Hynix
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
2048MB DS
HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7 7
V
V
V
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/1G
1024MB DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E
1.5
V
V
V
V
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/2G
2048MB DS
SAMSUNG K4B1G0846C-ZCF8
1.5
V
V
V
V
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G1D1
1024MB SS
MICRON
7VD22
7
V
V
V
V
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G1D1 2048MB DS
MICRON
7VD22
7
V
V
V
V
Qimonda
IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F
1024MB SS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-10F
7
V
V
V
V
Qimonda
IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10G
1024MB SS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-10G
8
V
V
V
V
Qimonda
IMSH2GU13A1F1C-10F
2048MB DS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-10F
7
V
V
V
V
Qimonda
IMSH2GU13A1F1C-10G
2048MB DS
Qimonda
IDSH1G-03A1F1C-10G
8
V
V
V
V
Aeneon
AEH760UD00-10FA98X
1024MB DS
AENEON
AEH93R10F
7
V
V
V
V
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HAN4-BE
2048MB DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-BE
7
V
V
V
V
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Vendor
Part No.
Size
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1066C7
1024MB DS
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFB
1024MB SS
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
Crucial
1.1
V
V
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slots A1 and B1 as one pair of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports three (3) modules inserted into the blue slots (A1, B1 and
C1) as one set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
• C*: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the blue 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 blue slots and the
black slots as two set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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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.
Make sure 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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Chapter 2: Hardware information
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
Reserved
Reserved
Floppy Disk Controller
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Reserved
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIEx16_1
PCIEx16_2
PCIEx16_3
PCIEx16_4
PCIEx16_5
PCIEx1_1
LAN_1
LAN_2
USB2.0_1
USB2.0_2
SATA_1
SATA_2
USB3.0
SATA6G
1394
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A
B
C
D
E
shared
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
F
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
G
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
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2.5.4
Expansion slots
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.
Slot No. Slot Description
2-20
1
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot (x16 mode)
2
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot (x8 mode)
3
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
4
PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot (x8 mode)
5
PCIe 2.0 x16_5 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
6
PCIe 1.0 x1_1 slot
Chapter 2: Hardware information
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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™ mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 and PCIe 2.0 x16_3 (or
PCIe 2.0 x16_5����������������������������������������������������������
) slots for PCI Express x16 graphics carsds to get better
performance.
In 2-Way SLI™ mode, use the following slot combinations for PCI Express
x16 graphics cards to get better performance:
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 and PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slots
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 and PCIe 2.0 x16_5 slots
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 and PCIe 2.0 x16_5 slots
In 3-Way SLI™ mode, use the PCIe 2.0 x16_1, PCIe 2.0 x16_3 and PCIe 2.0
x16_5 slots for PCI Express x16 graphics cards to get better performance.
When using the PCIe 2.0 x16_1, PCIe 2.0 x16_3 and PCIe 2.0 x16_5 slots
for 3-Way SLI™ mode, the three slots will work at x16 link while PCIe 2.0
x16_2 and PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slots are not occupied.
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode. See page 2-31 for details.
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled
CHA_FAN1/2/3 when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal
environment. See page 2-29 for details.
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2.6
1.
2.
Onboard LEDs
Standby power LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED 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 LED.
POST State LEDs
POST State LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and
HDD) in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found,
the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem is
solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitive way to locate the root
problem within seconds.
You may disable the POST State LEDs in BIOS. Refer to section 3.7.2 Boot
Setting Configuration for details.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.7
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button
cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on
pins 2-3 for about 5–10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
•
If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move
the jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After the CMOS
clearance, reinstall the battery.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before rebooting the system.
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2.
CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting (3-pin OV_CPU, 3-pin
OV_DRAM_BUS, 3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
These jumpers allow you to enable or disable the advanced CPU, DRAM
Bus, and QPI DRAM overvoltage settings in BIOS. Read the following
information before you change the jumper settings.
2-24
OV_CPU
OV_DRAM_BUS
OV_QPI_DRAM
Pins 1-2 (Default)
up to 1.70V
up to 1.90V
up to 1.70V
Pins 2-3 (OV Enabled)
up to 1.9V
up to 2.46V
up to 1.9V
•
Before you change the jumper settings for extra-high overvoltage ability,
use the BIOS items first to adjust the desired CPU, DRAM, and QPI
performance. Make sure your system functions well under the highest BIOS
voltage settings before you change the setting of these three jumpers.
•
DO NOT set the OV_CPU jumper to pins 2–3 when you install a new CPU
and have not booted for the first time. Doing so may cause the system to
halt. For system failure due to the wrong setting of the OV_CPU jumper,
shut down the computer and move the cap back to pins 1–2.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
The system may need a better cooling system (for example, a watercooling system) to work stably under high voltage settings.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
3.
Chassis Fan control setting (3-pin CHAFAN_SEL)
These jumpers allow you to switch for fan pin selection. The CHAFAN_SEL
jumper is for the front fans and rear fans control. Set to pins 1–2 when using
3-pin fans or pins 2–3 when using 4-pin fans.
•
If you use a 4-pin fan but set the jumper to pin 1-2, the fan you installed may
not work.
•
If you use a 3-pin fan but set the jumper for a 4-pin fan, the fan control will not
work and the fan you installed will always run at full speed.
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2.8
Connectors
2.8.1
Rear panel connectors
Rear panel connectors
1. PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo port
7. Optical S/PDIF Out port
2. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
8. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
3. LAN2 (RJ-45) port*
9. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
4. IEEE 1394a port
10. USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2
5. LAN1 (RJ-45) port*
11. Audio I/O ports**
6. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
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* LAN port LED indications
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
OFF
OFF
Status
Description
ORANGE
Linked
BLINKING
No link
Data activity
Status
Description
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
GREEN
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
10 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
** Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Orange
–
–
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
–
–
Side Speaker Out
Port
Light Blue
Pink
Black
Gray
2.8.2
Line In
Mic In
–
–
Line In
Mic In
Rear Speaker Out
6-channel
Line In
Mic In
Rear Speaker Out
8-channel
Line In
Mic In
Rear Speaker Out
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
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Connect to Stereo Speakers
Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
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2.8.3
1.
Internal connectors
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can
securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system
also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures
platform integrity.
The TPM module is purchased separately.
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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 controller.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA boot/data hard disk drives to these
connectors. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these
connectors, set the Configure SATA as item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See
section 3.3.5 Storage Configuration for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or
the manual bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
•
You must install the Windows® XP Service Pack 3 before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature (RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10) is
available only if you are using Windows® XP SP3 or later version.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. See section 3.3.5 Storage Configuration for details.
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Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_E1-2 [gray])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial
ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables.
•
The SATA6G_E1/E2 (navy blue) connectors are for data drives only. ATAPI
device is not supported.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Marvell Storage Controller
item in the BIOS to [Enabled]. Refer to section 3.5.6 Onboard Devices
Configuration for details.
•
Press <Ctrl> + <M> during POST to enter the Marvell RAID utility to create
or delete a RAID configuration.
•
If you want to install a Windows operating system to a RAID configuration
created using the Marvell SATA controller, you have to create a RAID driver
disk using the motherboard support DVD and load the driver during OS
installation. For 32/64bit Windows XP OS, load first the Marvell shared
library driver, and then load Marvell 91xx SATA Controller Driver.
For Windows Vista / Windows 7 OS, load only the Marvell 91xx SATA
Controller Driver.
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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!
If your chassis suppots front panel USB ports, you can attach a front panel
USB cable to these connectors. 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.
CPU, chassis and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
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, making sure 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!
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•
Only the CPU-FAN and CHA-FAN 1—3 connectors support the ASUS
Advanced Q-Fan feature.
•
If you install two or more VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the
rear chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labled CHA_FAN2 or
CHA_FAN3 for better thermal environment.
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6.
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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7.
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!
The IEEE 1394a module is purchased separately.
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8.
ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V, 4-pin EZ_PLUG)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs
are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 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 or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU
with 1000 W 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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9.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). If you are using ASUS HDMI-equipped graphics card, connect the
HDMI card to this connector with a S/PDIF out cable.
The S/PDIF out cable is purchased separately.
10. 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.
•
•
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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, ensure that the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS is set to [HD
Audio]. If you want to connect an AC' 97 front panel audio module to this
connector, set the item to [AC97]. See page 3-25 or details.
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11. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
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.
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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 on the front panel cables
may vary depending on the chassis
model.
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
R SW
POWE
RESET
SW
2. Install the ASUS Q-Connector
to the system panel connector,
making sure 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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2.9
G.P. Diagnosis card installation
2.9.1
G.P. Diagnosis card layout
LED 0 and 1
Power Switch. Press
to turn ON or OFF the
computer.
Reset Button.
Press to restart the
computer.
Card connector
2.9.2
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card
Ensure to turn off the power supply unit before installing the diagnosis card to
avoid electrical shock hazard.
1.
Locate the TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) on the motherboard.
2.
With the LEDs of the diagnosis
card facing to the SATA ports,
align the card connector with the
TPM connector and press firmly
until the card sits on the connector
completely.
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G.P. Diagnosis card check codes
D0
Initiate chip
75
Detect IDE
D1
Enable IO device for bootlock
78
Initiate option ROM
D2
Check and wake up system
85
Show post error
D3
Prepare system for memory
detection and sizing
87
Enter BIOS setup
A4
BIOS boot menu
D4
Memory test
AC
OS in PIC mode
D5
Copy BIOS from ROM to RAM
AA
OS in APIC mode
C0
Early CPU initiation
01
S1
C5
Wake up AP
03
S3
0A
Initiate KBC8042
04
S4
0B
Detect PS2 mouse
05
S5
0C
Detect PS2 keyboard
10
Resume from S1
2A
Initiate VGA BIOS
30
Resume from S3
38
USB initiation
40
Resume from S4
52
Detect System RAM
00
Leave BIOS and pass control to OS
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2.10 Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
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 the
“green” standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may
light up or change from orange to green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (refer to the BIOS beep codes table below) or
additional messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within
30 seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have
failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call
your retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two short No memory detected
beeps then a pause (repeated)
One continuous beep followed by three No VGA detected
short beeps
One continuous beep followed by four Hardware component failure
short beeps
7.
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
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2.11 Turning off the computer
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds
puts the system on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section 3.7 Power Menu 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
Ai Tweaker................................................................................... 3-14
3.6
Power menu................................................................................. 3-28
3.3
3.5
3.7
3.8
3.9
Main menu..................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-20
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-32
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-36
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-39
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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.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash 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
View the BIOS version information
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive.
From the Main menu, click the Utilities tab, and then click Install ASUS
Update VX.XX.XX.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
To update the BIOS through the Internet
3-2
1.
From the Windows® desktop,
click Start > Programs > ASUS
> ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate.
The ASUS Update main window
appears.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click Auto Select. Click
Next.
2.
4.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet from the drop‑down
menu, and then click Next.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
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5.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet.
Always update the utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file
1.
2.
Fom the Windows® desktop, click
Start > Programs > ASUS >
ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate.
The ASUS Update main window
appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
from the dropdown menu, then
click Next.
3.
4.
Locate the BIOS file from the
Open window, then click Open.
Follow the onscreen instructions
to complete the update process.
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P6X58WS
Ensure to load the BIOS
default settings to ensure
system compatibility and
stability. Select the Load Setup
Defaults item under the Exit
menu. Refer to section 3.9 Exit
Menu for details.
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3.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use
a bootable floppy disk or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
Insert the USB flash drive that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port,
and then launch EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash
2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.22
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L8005
Current ROM
BOARD: P6X58-E WS
VER: 0203
DATE: 02/10/2011
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
2.
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 drive 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. Refer to
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 a programmable firmware chip 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
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[15:57:25]
[Tue 02/08/2011]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
System Information
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2011, American Megatrends, Inc.
Submenu items
3.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Tools
For configuring options for special functions
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Exit
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.
The navigation keys may 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
Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, 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
3.2.9
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode [Auto]
ACPI Version Features [Disabled]
ACPI APIC support [Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
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
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2011, American Megatrends, Inc.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of
Pop-up
window
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.
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected
item.
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3.3
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[15:57:25]
[Tue 02/08/2011]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
System Information
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.3.3
Language [English]
Allows you to select the display language for the BIOS setup screen.
Configuration options: [繁體中文] [簡体中文] [日本語] [Français] [Deutsch] [English]
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3.3.4
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
SATA 1
Device : Hard Disk
Vendor : HDT722516DLA380
Size : 164.7GB
LBA Mode : Supported
Block Mode : 16Sectors
PIO Mode : 4
Async DMA : MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA-6
SMART Monitoring:Supported
Type
[Auto]
LBA/Large Mode
[Auto]
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode
[Auto]
DMA Mode
[Auto]
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer
[Enabled]
Select the type of device connected
to the system.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no SATA device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of drive connected to the system. Setting to [Auto] allows
automatic selection of the appropriate IDE 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]
Allows you to select the data transfer mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0]
[MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Self-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]
3.3.5
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuration
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect SATA Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the
Southbridge chip. Configuration options: [IDE] [RAID] [AHCI]
•
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, keep the default 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 the device
is accessed through BIOS.
Configuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE 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]
3.3.6
AHCI Configuration
This menu is the section for AHCI configuration. It appears only when you set the
item Configure SATA as from the sub-menu of SATA Configuration to [AHCI].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Settings
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[35]
Some SATA CD/DVD in
AHCI mode need to wait ready longer.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out [35]
Selects the boot time out value for SATA CD/DVD devices in AHCI mode.
Congifuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
AHCI Port1–6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
SATA Port1 [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of device connected to the system.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Not Installed]
SMART Monitoring [Enabled]
Allows you to set the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology.
Configration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.3.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
BIOS Information
Version : 0203
Build Date: 02/10/11
Processor
Type : Genuine Intel(R) CPU 000 @ 3.20GHz
Speed : 3200MHz
System Memory
Usable Size : 6136MB
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Bios Information
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Ai 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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Configure System Performance Settings
Ai Overclock Tuner
[Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech [Enabled]
High TDP Turbo Mode
[Auto]
DRAM Frequency
[Auto]
UCLK Frequency
[Auto]
QPI Link Data Rate
[Auto]
DRAM Timing Control
******* Please key in numbers directly! *******
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
[Auto]
IOH Voltage
[Auto]
IOH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
ICH Voltage
[Auto]
[D.O.C.P]
It’s designed to
overclock DRAM
frequency by adjusting
BCLK frequency.
[X.M.P.]
When X.M.P. is enabled
BLCK frequency,
CPU ratio and memory
parameters will be
auto optimized.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
ICH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM Bus Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
***********************************************
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
CPU Clock Skew
[Auto]
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
IOH Clock Skew
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.4.1
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
D.O.C.P
Overclocks DRAM frequency by adjusting BCLK frequency.
X.M.P.
If you install memory module(s) supporting the eXtreme
Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, choose this item to set the
profile(s) supported by your memory module(s) for optimizing
the system performance.
The configuration options for the following sub-item vary depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
DRAM O.C. Profile [DDR3-1339MHz]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to
[D.O.C.P.] and allows you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, which applies
different settings to DRAM frequency, DRAM timing and DRAM voltage.
eXtreme Memory Profile [High Performance]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [X.M.P.]
and allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
Configuration options: [High Performance] [High Frequency]
To obtain the best performance of the X.M.P. DIMM or 1600MHz DIMM, install
only one DIMM on each memory channel.
3.4.2
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.
3.4.3
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]
3.4.4
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech [Enabled]
Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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High TDP Turbo Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item
to [Manual], [D.O.C.P.] or [X.M.P.].
3.4.6
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.
3.4.7
PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust
the PCIE frequency. The values range from 100 to 200.
3.4.8
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz]
[DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency
item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
3.4.9
UCLK Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the Uncore Clock Ratio (UCLK).
Configuration options: [Auto] [1600MHz] [1733MHz] [1866MHz] [2000MHz]
[2133MHz] [2266MHz] [2400MHz] [2533MHz] [2666MHz] [2800MHz] [2933MHz]
[3066MHz] [3200MHz] [3333MHz] [3466MHz]
The UCLK Frequency configuration options vary with the DRAM Frequency
item settings.
3.4.10
QPI Link Data Rate [Auto]
Allows you to set the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [4800MT/s] [5866MT/s] [6400MT/s]
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3.4.11
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features.
The configuration options for some of the following items vary �����������������
depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
The following fourteen (14) 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.
3.4.12
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VCore voltage. The values range from 0.85000V to
2.10000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
3.4.13
•
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU VCore voltage.
Setting a high VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and
setting a low VCore voltage may make the system unstable.
•
The value [2.10000V] of the CPU Voltage item is supported only if the
OV_CPU jumper is enabled. Otherwise the maximum voltage supported is
[1.70000V]. See 2. CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting on
page 2-22 for details.
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.80V to 2.50V with
a 0.02V interval.
3.4.14
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the QPI/DRAM Core voltage. The values range from 1.20000V to
1.90000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
The value [1.90000V] of the QPI/DRAM Core Voltage item is supported only
if the OV_QPI_DRAM jumper is enabled. Otherwise the maximum voltage
supported is [1.70000V]. See 2. CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage
setting on page 2-22 for details.
3.4.15
IOH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Hub (IOH) voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.70V
with a 0.02V interval.
3.4.16
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the IOH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 2.76V
with a 0.02V interval.
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ICH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Controller Hub (ICH) voltage. The values range from
1.10V to 1.40V with a 0.10V interval.
3.4.18
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the SB PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 1.80V with
a 0.10V interval.
The highest value of the ICH PCIE Voltage item is limited by the DRAM Bus
Voltage item.
3.4.19
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.20V to 2.46V* with a
0.02V interval.
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•
The value [2.46V] of the DRAM Bus Voltage item is supported only if
the OV_DRAM_BUS jumper is enabled, otherwise the maximum voltage
supported is [1.90V]. See CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage
setting on page 2-22 for details.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
The values of the CPU Voltage, CPU PLL Voltage, QPI/DRAM Core
Voltage, IOH Voltage, IOH PCIE Voltage, ICH Voltage, ICH PCIE
Voltage, and DRAM Bus Voltage items are labeled in different color,
indicating the risk levels of high voltage settings. Refer to the table on the
next page for details.
•
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high
voltage settings.
Blue
Yellow
Purple
Red
CPU Voltage
0.85000V–
1.22500V
1.23125V–
1.29375V
1.30000V–
1.35000V
1.35625V
1.70000V
CPU PLL Voltage
1.80V–1.90V
1.92V–2.00V
2.02V–2.10V
2.12V–2.50V
QPI/DRAM Core
Voltage
1.20000V–
1.26875V
1.27500V–
1.32500V
1.33125V–
1.40000V
1.40625V–
1.70000V
IOH Voltage
1.10V–1.18V
1.20V–1.24V
1.26V–1.30V
1.32V–1.70V
IOH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.58V
1.60V–1.66V
1.68V–1.74V
1.76V–2.76V
ICH Voltage
1.10V–1.20V
1.30V–1.40V
N/A
N/A
ICH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.60V
1.70V–1.80V
N/A
N/A
DRAM Bus
Voltage
1.50V–1.64V
N/A
N/A
1.66V–2.46V
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3.4.20
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The
values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might
enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.4.21
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM Control Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The
values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might
enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.4.22
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]
3.4.23
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.4.24
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]
3.4.25
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance BCLK overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.26
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]
3.4.27
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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Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
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:01.0D
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Genuine Intel(R) CPU 000 @ 3.20GHz
Frequency :3.20GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1 :256 KB
Cache L2 :1024 KB
Cache L3 :8192 KB
Ratio Status:(Min:12, Max:63)
Ratio Actual Value:24
CPUID :106A4
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
C1E Support
[Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher
[Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
MPS and ACPI MADT ordering [Modern ordering]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [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
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU TM Function
[Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit
[Enabled]
Intel(R) HT Technology
[Enabled]
Active Processor Cores
[All]
A20M
[Disabled]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) TurboMode tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Disabled]
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CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB 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]
MPS and ACPI MADT ordering [Modern ordering]
[Modern ordering]
[Legacy ordering]
For Windows XP or later OSes.
For Windows 2000 or earlier OSes.
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]
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A20M [Disabled]
Legacy OSes and APs may need A20M enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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]
The Intel® C-State Technology allows the CPU to save more power under idle
mode. Enable this item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported
CPU. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
C State package limit setting [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
We recommend that you set this item to [Auto] for BIOS to automatically detect the
C-State mode supported by your CPU. Configuration options: [Auto] [C1] [C3] [C6]
C1 Auto Demotion [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
When enabled, CPU will conditionally demote C3/C6/C7 requests
to C1 based on uncore auto-demote information.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
C3 Auto Demotion [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
[Enabled]
When enabled, CPU will conditionally demote C6/C7 requests to
C3 based on uncore auto-demote information.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
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3.5.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item and press <Enter> to display the submenu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARMING: Setting wrong values in below sections may cause system to malfunction.
Configure North Bridge features.
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d
[Disabled]
Intel Virtualization
Technology for
Directed I/O.
Intel VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization Technology for
Directed I/O. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Onboard Device Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuration
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller
Battery Charging Support
SSC Support
Marvell SATA6G Controller
Intel LAN1
Intel LAN2
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller Options
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enabled
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]
Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Battery Charging Support [Enabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item. Allows you to
enable or disable the Asmedia USB 3.0 battery charging.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SSC Support [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item. Allows you to
enable or disable the Asmedia USB 3.0 SSC.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Marvell SATA6G Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to select the onboard Marvell SATA6G controller.
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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Disables the controller.
Enables the controller.
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Intel LAN1/2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Intel LAN port1/2.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Disables the controller.
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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.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
1 Mouse
USB Functions USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Disabled
Enabled
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB Host Controllers.
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]
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]
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3.5.5
PCIPnP
The PCIPnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
Plug And Play O/S [No]
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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3.6
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
EuP Ready
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC 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]
Add additional tables as per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
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]
3.6.5
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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EuP Ready [Disabled]
Disables the Energy Using Products (EuP) Ready function.
Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system
ready for the EuP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for
WOL, WO_USB, audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at
S5 state.
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3.6.6
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
APM Configuration
Energy Star 4.0C Support Restore on AC Power Loss [Disabled]
[Power Off]
Power On By RTC Alarm
[Disabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Options
Power Off
Power On
Last State
Energy Star 4.0C Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Energy Star 4.0C support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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 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 disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set specific keys
on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
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3.6.7
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[44ºC/111ºF]
[35ºC/95ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Q-Fan Control
[1534RPM]
[Disabled]
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
[N/A]
[N/A]
[N/A]
[DC Fan]
[Disabled]
Fan 1 Speed
Fan 2 Speed
Fan 3 Speed
Fan Mode
Q-Fan Control
Power Fan Speed
[N/A]
CPU Temperature
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
CPU Voltage
[ 1.120V]
3.3V Voltage
[ 3.200V]
5V Voltage
[ 5.214V]
12V Voltage
[13.092V]
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CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard
and CPU temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected
temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
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 only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control item.
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 Fan 1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
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Chassis Fan Mode [DC Fan]
Allows you to select the Chassis fan mode.
Configuration options: [DC Fan] [PWM Fan]
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 only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control
item.
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]
Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the power
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to detect this
item.
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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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot device.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[Removable Dev.]
[Hard Drive]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
A device enclosed
in parenthesis has
been disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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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: [Removable Dev.] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM] [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.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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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 MyLogo 2 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 : Not Installed
User Password : Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set
a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumpers for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password : Installed
User Password : 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.
3.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Press ENTER to run the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility supports:
1.FAT 12/16/32 (r/w)
2.NTFS (read only)
3.CD-DISC (read only)
ASUS O.C. Profile
Drive Xpert Configuration
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC 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. ������������������������
Please refer to section 3.1.2 for details.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.22
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: P6X58-E-WS
VER: 0203
DATE: 02/10/2011
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [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
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
Status:
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
Start O.C. Profile
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Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item,
key in your profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to
save your CMOS settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles.
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter> to load the file.
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the
utility.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V2.22
Current CMOS
BOARD: P6X58-E-WS
VER: 0203
DATE: 02/10/2011
PATH: A:\
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
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3.8.3
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16
format and single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
the system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same
memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version.
•
Only the CMO file can be loaded.
Drive Xpert Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
Drive Xpert Configuration
Drive Xpert Group:
Current Mode
Driver
Update
Update
Update
Xpert Mode Update:
To Super Speed
To EZ Backup
To Normal Mode
Drive Xpert Device(s) List:
Port 0
Port 1
:Normal Mode
Update Drive Xpert
Mode changes after
saving changes and
exiting BIOS setup.
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Discard Drive Xpert
Mode changes after
exiting BIOS setup
without saving any
changes.
: [Not Detected]
: [Not Detected]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Update To Super Speed [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use Super Speed function. Plug two identical SATA hard
drives in the SATA6G_E1 (gray, port 1) and SATA6G_E2 (gray, port 2) connectors
on the motherboard and press the <Enter> key.
Update To EZ Backup [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use EZ Backup function. Plug two identical SATA hard
drives in the SATA6G_E1 (gray, port 1) and SATA6G_E2 (gray, port 2) connectors
on the motherboard and press the <Enter> key.
Update To Normal Mode [Press Enter]
This item allows you to use the SATA6G_E1 (gray, port 1) and SATA6G_E2 (gray,
port 2) connectors as normal SATA connectors.
Port 0/1 [XXXXX]
While entering BIOS setup, BIOS automatically detects the connected IDE/SATA
devices. These items display the status of the detected IDE/SATA devices.
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3.9
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select Ok to save
changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
Ok to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select Ok to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes or
make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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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.................................................................... 4-3
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-12
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-22
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4.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/ 64-bit XP/ Vista / 64-bit
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Vista / 7 / 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 the Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard
features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer. Click each menu tab and select
the items you want to install.
The Drivers menu shows the
available device drivers if the
system detects installed devices.
Install the necessary drivers to
use the devices.
The Utilities
menu shows
the applications
and other
software that
the motherboard
supports.
Click an item
to install
The Make Disk
menu contains
items to create the
RAID/AHCI driver
disk.
The Manual menu contains
the list of supplementary
user manuals. Click an
item to open the folder of
the user manual.
Click the
Contact tab
to display the
ASUS contact
information.
Click an icon
to display
DVD/
motherboard
information
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
Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions
below to get the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files.
1.
Click the Manual tab. Click
ASUS Motherboard Utility
Guide from the manual list on
the left.
2.
The Manual folder of the
support DVD appears. Doubleclick the folder of your selected
software.
3.
Some software manuals
are provided in different
languages. Double-click
the language to show the
software manual.
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software
manuals containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently
guide you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came
with the software application for more information.
4.3.1
AI Suite II
AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows
users to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite II
To install AI Suite II on your computer
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has enabled the Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite II.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
Using AI Suite II
AI Suite II automatically starts when you enter the Windows® operating system
(OS). The AI Suite II icon appears in the Windows® notification area. Click the icon
to open the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Click each button to select and launch a utility, to monitor the system, to update the
motherboard BIOS, to display the system information, and to customize the settings of
AI Suite II.
Click to customize
the interface
settings
Click to show the
system information
Click to update the motherboard BIOS
Click to monitor sensors or
CPU frequency
Click to select a utility
•
The applications in the Tool menu vary with models.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website
at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
•
The screeshots of AI Suite II in this user manual are for reference only. The
actual screenshots vary with models.
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4.3.2
TurboV EVO
ASUS TurboV EVO introduces TurboV that allows you to manually adjust the
CPU frequency and related voltages as well as Auto Tuning function that offers
automatic and easy overlocking and system level up. After installing AI Suite
II from the motherboard support DVD, launch TurboV EVO by clicking Tool >
TurboV EVO on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
TurboV
TurboV allows you to overclock the BCLK frequency, CPU voltage, IMC voltage,
and DRAM Bus voltage in WIndows® environment and takes effect in real-time
without exiting and rebooting the OS.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting
a high voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage
may make the system unstable.
For system stability, all changes made in TurboV will not be saved to BIOS
settings and will not be kept on the next system boot. Use the Save Profile
function to save your customized overclocking settings and manually load the
profile after Windows starts.
TurboV
Load profile
Target values
Current values
Click to show
/ hide more
settings
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
Save the
current
settings as a
new profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Undoes all
changes without
applying
Applies all
changes
immediately
For advanced overclock ability, adjust first the BIOS items, and then proceed
more detailed adjustments in More Settings.
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Using Advanced Mode
Click More Settings, and then click the Advanced Mode tab to adjust the
advanced voltage settings.
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Advanced mode
Target values
Current values
Applies all changes
immediately
Click to restore
all start-up
settings
Undoes all changes
without applying
CPU Ratio
Allows you to manually adjust the CPU ratio.
1.
2.
Click More Settings, and then click the CPU Ratio tab.
Drag the adjustment bar upwards or downwards to the desired value.
Adjustment
bar
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU
Ratio function in TurboV. Refer to Chapter 3 of your motherboard user
manual for details.
•
The CPU Ratio bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with
your CPU model.
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4.3.4
EPU
EPU is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing needs. This utility
provides several modes that you can select to save system power. Selecting
Auto mode will have the system shift modes automatically according to current
system status. You can also customize each mode by configuring settings like CPU
frequency, GPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control.
Launching EPU
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch EPU by
clicking Tool > EPU on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Displays the following
message if no VGA power
saving engine is detected.
Displays current mode
The items lighting up means
power saving engine is
activated
Displays the amount of CO2
reduced
*Shifts between the display of
Total and Current CO2 reduced
Displays the
current CPU power
Advanced settings for each mode
Multiple system
operating modes
Displays the system
properties of each
mode
*• Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced
since you installed EPU.
*• Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced
since you click the Clear button
.
•
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Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website
at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.5
FAN Xpert
Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan
speeds according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate
conditions in different geographic regions and your PC’s system loading. The
built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a
quiet and cool environment.
Launching FAN Xpert
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch FAN Xpert
by clicking Tool > Fan Xpert on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Using FAN Xpert
Click Fan Name to select a fan and then click Setting to select a preset mode for
your selected fan.
Click to select a fan type
Click to select a fan profile
Click to apply the
settings
Click to discard the
settings
Fan setting
•
Disable: disables the Fan Xpert function.
•
Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
•
•
•
•
•
Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
Intelligent: automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed according to the ambient
temperature.
Stable: fixes the CPU fan speed to avoid noise caused by the unsteady
fan rotation. However, the fan will speed up when the temperature
exceeds 70°C.
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.6
Probe II
Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects and
alerts you of any problem with these components. Probe II senses fan rotations,
CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. With this utility, you are
assured that your computer is always at a healthy operating condition.
Launching Probe II
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch Probe II by
clicking Tool > Probe II on the AI Suite II main menu bar.
Configuring Probe II
Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs to activate the sensors or to
adjust the sensor threshold values. The Preference tab allows you to customize
the time interval of sensor alerts, or change the temperature unit.
Saves your
configuration
Loads
your saved
configuration
Loads the
default threshold
values for each
sensor
Applies your
changes
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.7
Sensor Recorder
Sensor Recorder allows you to monitor the changes in the system voltage,
temperature, and fan speed, as well as recording the changes.
Launching Sensor Recorder
After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, click Tool >
Sensor Recorder on the AI Suite II main menu bar to launch PC Probe II.
Configuring Sensor Recorder
Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs and select the sensors that you
want to monitor. The History Record tab allows you to record the changes in the
sensors that you enable.
Select the
sensors that
you want to
monitor
Drag to view
the status
during a
certain period
of time
Click to return
to the default
mode
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Click to zoom
in/out the Y axis
Click to zoom
in/out the X axis
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4.3.9
Audio configurations
The Realtek® audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the
ultimate audio experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Detection
function, S/PDIF Out support, and interrupt capability. The CODEC also includes
the Realtek® proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology for all audio ports,
eliminating cable connection errors and giving users plug and play convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the support
DVD that came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you
will find the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the
taskbar. Double-click on the icon to display the Realtek
HD Audio Manager.
A.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows® Vista™
Set default
device button
Configuration
option tabs
Control
settings
window
Minimize
button
Exit button
Connector
settings
Analog
and digital
connector
status
Information
button
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B.
Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows XP
Configuration
options
Control settings
window
Exit
button
Minimize
button
Information
button
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard supports the following SATA RAID solutions:
•
•
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID
5 support.
Mavell® RAID utility with RAID 0 and RAID 1 support.
4.4.1
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP3 or later versions.
•
Due to Windows® XP / Vista / 7 limitation, a RAID array with the total
capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can
only be set as a data disk only.
•
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive
included in a RAID set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the
RAID driver during OS installation. Refer to section 4.5 Creating a RAID
driver disk for details.
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from
one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID
5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a
minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
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4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s)
using SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
3.
Set the Configure SATA as item to [RAID].
2.
4.
Go to the Main menu > Storage Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS
Setup.
Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA ports to RAID mode, all SATA
ports run at RAID mode together.
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4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
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.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume 3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
2. Delete RAID Volume 4. Exit
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Disks:
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
[↑↓]-Select
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
[ESC]-Exit [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 volume
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: Volume0
RAID Level: RAID0(Stripe)
Disks: Select Disks
Strip Size: 128KB
Capacity: 0.0 GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [ENTER]-Select
2.
3.
4.
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 mode 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 Drive Model Serial # Size Status
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
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5.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space>
to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after
completing your selection.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for
RAID 0, 10 and 5 only), and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size
values range from 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.
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.
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From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
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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 Level Drives Capacity Status Bootable
Volume0 RAID0(Stripe) 2 298.0GB Normal Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
[↑↓]-Select [ESC]-Previous Menu [DEL]-Delete Volume
2.
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.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press
<N> to return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Exiting the Intel® 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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4.4.5
Marvell RAID utility
The onboard Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller allows you to create a RAID 0 or
RAID 1 array using two SATA hard disk drives. Refer to Chapter 2 of your
motherboard user manual for the exact location of the Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s
connector.
To enter the Marvell utility, press <Ctrl> + <M> during POST.
All exisiting data on the hard disk drives will be erased when creating or deleting
a RAID array. Ensure that you have back up all your data in your hard disk
drives before making any change to the drive status.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Topology
HBA 0: Marvell 0
├ Virtual Disks
└ Free Physical Disks
├ PD 0: ST3160812AS
└ PD 8: ST3160812AS
Information
Vendor ID : 1B4B
Device ID : 9130
Revision ID : B1
BIOS Version : 1.0.0.1028
Firmware Version: 2.2.0.1105
PCIe Speed Rate : 5.0Gbps
Configure SATA as:
AHCI Mode
▶
Help
Marvell RAID on chip controller.
ENTER: Operation F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return
▶
Create a RAID Array
1.
2.
Move the selection bar to HBA 0: Marvell 0 and press <Enter>.
Select Configuration Wizard and press <Enter>.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Configure->Select free disks
HBA 0: Marvell 0
Port ID : 0
├ Virtual Disks
PD ID : 0
└ Free Physical Disks
Type : SATA PD
* ├ PD 0: ST3160812AS
Status : Unconfigured
└ PD 8: ST3160812AS
Size : 152626MB
Feature Support : MCQ 3G 48Bits
Current Speed : 3G
Model : ST3160812AS
Serial : 9LS0F4HL
FW Version : 3.AAE
▶
▶
Help
Use space bar to select the free disks to be used in the array.
ENTER: Operation SPACE: Select F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return
3.
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Press <Space> to select the hard drives to be included in the RAID array.
An asterisk (*) appears in front of the selected hard drive. After selecting all
the drives needed for the RAID array, press <Enter> to continue.
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Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Configure->Select free disksCreate Virtual Disk
HBA 0: Marvell 0
RAID Level : RAID 0
├ Virtual Disks
Max Size(MB) : 305253
└ Free Physical Disks
Stripe Size : 64KB
* ├ PD 0: ST3160812AS
Gigabyte Rounding : 1G
* └ PD 8: ST3160812AS
Quick Init : Yes
Name : Default
Threshold(%) : 90
Next
▶
Help
Virtual disk configurations.
ENTER: Select F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return
4.
5.
▶
Use the up or down arrow key to move the selection bar and press <Enter>
to configure further RAID settings.
RAID Level: Select a RAID Level. Configuration options: [RAID 0] [RAID 1]
Stripe Size: Specifies the size of single data block on the virtual disk. In
general, a larger stripe size is recommended for applications requiring large
data transfers such as audio, video, and graphics. A smaller stripe size is
better for applications with content in much smaller size, such as e-mails and
documents.
Configuration options: [32K] [64K]
Name: Enter a name with 1–10 letters (no special characters) for the RAID
array.
Move the selection bar to Next and press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
Create Virtual Disk
Do you want to create this virtual disk ?
Yes No
Press <Y> to create the RAID array, or press <N> to cancel. The new RAID
array appears under Virtual Disks, as shown in the image below.
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Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Topology
HBA 0: Marvell 0
├ Virtual Disks
│ └ VD 0: New_VD
│ ├ PD 0: ST3160812AS
│ └ PD 8: ST3160812AS
└ Free Physical Disks
Information
Vendor ID : 1B4B
Device ID : 9130
Revision ID : B1
BIOS Version : 1.0.0.1028
Firmware Version: 2.2.0.1105
PCIe Speed Rate : 5.0Gbps
Configure SATA as:
AHCI Mode
▶
Help
Marvell RAID on chip controller.
ENTER: Operation F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return
6.
▶
Press <F10>. The following warning message appears:
Exit
Do you want to exit from Marvell BIOS Setup?
Yes No
Press <Y> to save the RAID setting and exit the Marvell RAID utility.
Delete an existing RAID Array
1.
Select the RAID array to delete and press <Enter>. Select Delete and press
<Enter>.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Topology
Information
HBA 0: Marvell 0
ID :
├ Virtual Disks
Name :
│ └ VD 0: New_VD
Status :
[Delete]Stripte Size :
│ ├ PD 0: ST3160812AS
│ └ PD 8: ST3160812AS RAID Mode :
└ Free Physical Disks
Size :
BGA Status :
Number of PDs :
Members :
0
New_VD
Functional
64K
RAID0
304128MB
N/A
2
0 8
▶
Help
Delete the selected virtual disk.
ENTER: Operation F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return
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2.
The following warning message appears:
Delete Virtual Disk
Do you want to delete this virtual disk ?
Yes No
Press <Y> to delete the selected RAID array. The following warning message
appears:
Delete MBR
Do you want to delete MBR from this virtual disk ?
Yes No
Press <Y> to delete the Master Boot Record (MBR) from the selected RAID
array.
3.
Press <F10>. The following warning message appears:
Exit
Do you want to exit from Marvell BIOS Setup?
Yes No
Press <Y> to save the RAID setting and exit the Marvell RAID utility.
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4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating
system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
4.5.1
•
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have
to use a USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
•
Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive due to
Windows® XP limitation. To work around this OS limitation, refer to section
4.5.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID 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 <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press
<Enter>.
8. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Make Disk menu, and then click Intel AHCI/RAID Driver Disk to
create a RAID driver disk.
5. Select USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
6. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
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4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS
installation
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. 3.
Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB floppy
disk drive.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, select the RAID driver
for the corresponding OS version.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS:
1.
During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the
installation media containing the RAID driver.
2. Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support
DVD into the optical drive, and then click Browse.
3. Click the name of the device you’ve inserted, go to Drivers > RAID, and then
select the RAID driver for the corresponding OS version. Click OK.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another
computer to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive.
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4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive
Due to OS limitation, Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive
when you install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation.
To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product
ID (PID) to the floppy disk containing the RAID driver. Refer to the steps below:
1.
Using another computer, plug the USB floppy disk drive, and insert the floppy
disk containing the RAID driver.
2.
Right-click My Computer on
the Windows® desktop or start
menu, and then select Manage
from the pop-up window.
or
3.
Select Device Manager. From the
Universal Serial Bus controllers,
right-click xxxxxx USB Floppy,
and then select Properties from
the pop-up window.
The name of the USB floppy
disk drive varies with different
vendors.
4.
Click Details tab. The Vendor ID
(VID) and Product ID (PID) are
displayed.
5.
Browse the contents of the RAID driver disk to locate the file txtsetup.oem.
6.
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Double-click the file. A window
appears, allowing you to select the
program for opening the oem file.
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7.
Use Notepad to open the file.
8.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer] sections in the
txtsetup.oem file.
9.
Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections:
id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C02&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
Add the same line to both sections.
The VID and PID vary with different vendors.
10. Save and exit the file.
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Chapter 4: Software support
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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5.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
5.1.1
•
•
•
Requirements
In CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are
ATI® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the ATI Game website at 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.
For Windows 7, go to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program.
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. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user
manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for
multi-graphics card installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the
CrossFireX bridge connector to the
goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connector is firmly
in place.
CrossFireX bridge
Goldfingers
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
5-2
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 at
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 Dual 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
In Dual SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
In Triple SLI mode, you should have three 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.
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
The NVIDIA Triple SLI technology is supported by Windows® Vista™
operating system only.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website at http://www.nzone.com for the latest
certified graphics card and supported 3D application list.
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5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
3.
4.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user
manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for
multi-graphics card installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the 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 three SLI-ready graphics cards
1. Prepare three SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
3.
4.
Insert the three graphics card
into the PCIEX16 slots. If your
motherboard has more than two
PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 2
in this user manual for the locations
of the PCIEX16 slots recommended
for multi-graphics card installation.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the 3-Way SLI
bridge connector to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Ensure that
the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect three independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the three graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to
the graphics card.
3-Way SLI bridge
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5.2.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
5.2.5
•
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA
website at www.nvidia.com.
•
If you are using a Triple SLI system, ensure to install the NVIDIA® 3-way
SLI driver under Windows® Vista™. The NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology is
supported by Windows® Vista™ only.
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 5-10).
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 Dual 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.
Enabling Triple SLI settings
1.
From the NVIDIA Control Panel
window, select Set SLI Configuration,
and then click Enable 3-way NVIDIA
SLI. When done, click Apply.
2.
Select the 3D Settings tab and enable
the Show SLI Visual Indicators item.
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When this item is enabled, a green bar
appears on the left side of the screen
while 3D demonstrations are rendered,
indicating the 3-way SLI status.
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