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Motherboard
P9D WS
E8141
First Edition
May 2013
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................................ vi
Safety information...................................................................................................... vii
About this guide........................................................................................................ viii
P9D WS specifications summary............................................................................... x
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
Package contents....................................................................................... 1-1
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ASUS features............................................................................. 1-4
1.3.2
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 2-2
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
System memory........................................................................... 2-5
2.2.5
2.2.6
2.2.7
2.2.8
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-4
Expansion slots.......................................................................... 2-11
Onboard buttons and switches.................................................. 2-13
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 2-16
Jumper....................................................................................... 2-21
Internal connectors.................................................................... 2-23
Building your computer system.............................................................. 2-34
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system............. 2-34
2.3.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation.............................. 2-37
2.3.2
2.3.4
2.3.5
2.3.6
2.3.7
CPU installation......................................................................... 2-35
DIMM installation....................................................................... 2-39
Motherboard installation............................................................. 2-40
ATX Power connection............................................................... 2-42
SATA device connection............................................................. 2-43
2.3.8
Front I/O Connector................................................................... 2-44
2.3.10
BIOS update utility..................................................................... 2-46
2.3.9
2.3.11
2.5 Hardware information
2.2.1
2.2.4
2.4
ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features........................................ 1-3
Before you proceed.................................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
Product introduction
Welcome!..................................................................................................... 1-1
2.3.12
Expansion Card installation....................................................... 2-45
Rear panel connection............................................................... 2-47
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-48
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-51
Turning off the computer.......................................................................... 2-51
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Contents
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
3.2.2
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-24
3.6.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-25
3.6.3
SATA Configuration.................................................................... 3-29
3.6.5
3.6.6
3.6.7
3.6.8
3.9
3.6.9
3.11
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-35
APM........................................................................................... 3-37
Network Stack............................................................................ 3-38
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-48
3.9.3
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-49
ASUS O.C. Profile...................................................................... 3-48
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-50
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-51
3.11.1
EZ Update.................................................................................. 3-51
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3........................................................... 3-53
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-52
ASUS BIOS Updater.................................................................. 3-54
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
4.3.2
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Platform Misc Configuration....................................................... 3-34
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-48
Chapter 4:
4.3
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-33
3.9.1
3.11.4
4.2
System Agent Configuration...................................................... 3-31
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-42
3.11.2
4.1
PCH Configuration..................................................................... 3-28
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-39
3.9.2
3.10
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-4
Main menu................................................................................................... 3-7
3.6.4
3.8
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-3
My Favorites................................................................................................ 3-6
3.6.2
3.7
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
AI Suite 3..................................................................................... 4-3
DIGI+ VRM................................................................................... 4-5
Contents
4.3.3
EPU.............................................................................................. 4-7
4.3.5
USB 3.0 Boost........................................................................... 4-10
4.3.4
4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.8
4.3.9
4.3.10
4.3.11
Chapter 5:
5.1
Fan Xpert 2.................................................................................. 4-8
EZ Update.................................................................................. 4-11
Network iControl........................................................................ 4-12
System Information.................................................................... 4-14
USB BIOS Flashback................................................................. 4-16
USB Charger+............................................................................ 4-17
Audio configurations.................................................................. 4-18
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology................................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
5.1.2
Requirements............................................................................... 5-1
Before you begin.......................................................................... 5-1
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, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
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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.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and
connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.
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ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means ��
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that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or ��
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Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3> If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
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P9D WS specifications summary
CPU
LGA1150 socket for 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 processors
LGA1150 socket for Intel® Xeon® E3-1200/ 12x5 v3 series processor
Supports 22nm CPU
* Supports Intel® Turbo Boost technology 2.0.
** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel® CPU support list.
Chipset
Intel® C226 Chipset
Memory
4 x DIMMs, max. 32GB, DDR3 1600 / 1333 MHz, ECC non-ECC, un-buffered
memory
Dual-channel architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
**Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified
Vendors Lidts)
Expansion
slots
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (at x16 or x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (at x8 or x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (at x4)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x4)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (at x1)
2 x PCI
Graphic
Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support: DVI-I/HDMI/Displayport ports
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz
Supports Displayport with max. resolution 3200 x 2000 at 60Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1GB
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD
Technology, Insider™
Multi-GPU
support
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage
Intel® C226 Chipset:
-6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports(yellow)
-Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
LAN
2*Intel® i210 GbE LAN
-Support teaming function
USB
Intel® C226 Chipset:
-4 x USB 3.0/ 2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board, 2 ports at back panel)
-9 x USB 2.0/ 1.0 ports (5 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
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1 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 port at min-board)
Audio
Realtek® ALC892 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD audio layer content protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
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P9D WS specifications summary
ASUS
Unique
Features
Workstation
Unique
Features
Back Panel I/O
Ports
BIOS features
Manageability
ASUS Power Design
- 8+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU Switch
ASUS Exclusive Features
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Network iControl
- MemOK!
- AI Suite III
- Anti Surge
- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert II
ASUS EZ DIY:
-ASUS Q-Connector
-ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
-ASUS EZ Flash Utility
ASUS Dr. Power
4 PCIe x 16 slots
G.P. Diagnosis Card bundled
Quick Gate: 1 vertical USB 2.0 on board
1 x PS/2 KB/MS port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x HDMI port
1 x Display port
4 x USB 2.0/ 1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/ 2.0 ports
2 x LAN Connector
1 x DVI-I port
1 x USB BIOS Flashback switch
6 x Audio jacks
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI
2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash Utility, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
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P9D WS specifications summary
Internal I/O
connectors
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 2 USB ports
1 x USB 2.0/1.1 vertical ports
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX +12V Power connector
CPU Fan with PWM control
Chassis fan1 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan2 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan3 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan4 with Q-fan control
AAFP connector
1 x COM port connector
1 x TPM header
1 x 1394a connector
1 x Chassis intrusion header
1 x LTP1 header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x MemOK! Button
6 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s ports
20-pin front panel connector
OS
Win8 32/ 64 bit, Win7 32/ 64 bit
Form factor
ATX Form Factor, 12in x 9.6in (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P9D 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.
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User Ma
ASUS P9D WS motherboard
User manual
Support DVD
6 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
1 x COM port cable with
bracket
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector kit
1 x ASUS Q-Shield
2 USB ports + 1394a cable
with bracket
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If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may
vary with different models.
ASUS P9D WS
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Green ASUS
Chapter 1
This motherboard complies with the European Union’s Energy-related Products (ErP)
requirements, which requires products to meet certain energy efficiency criteria for energy
consumption. This in in keeping with ASUS’ vision of creating environment-friendly and
energy-efficient products to reduce a product’s carbon footprint and reduce its environmental
impact.
LGA1150 socket for Intel® 4th Generation Core™ i3 and Xeon® E31200 v3 processors
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® fourth Core�������������
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i3 and Xeon® E3-1200 v3
processors in the LGA1150 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated
to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides
great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core�������������
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i3 and Xeon® E3-1200 v3
processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
C226
The Intel® C226 Chipset is the latest single-chipset design that supports the new socket 1150
Intel® Core™ i3 4th generation processors,and Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v3 server processors. It
improves performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth
and stability. Additionally, the C226 comes with 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval,
doubling the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel® C226 Chipset also supports
iGPU function.
PCI Express® 3.0
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard that provides twice
the performance and speed of PCIe 2.0. It provides an optimal graphics performance,
unprecedented data speed, and seamless transition with its complete backward compatibility
to PCIe 1.0/2.0 devices.
Dual-Channel DDR3 1600/ 1333 support
This motherboard supports the dual-channel DDR3 architecture that features the data
transfer rates of DDR3 1600/1333 MHz to boost the system’s performance, and to meet
the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet
applications.
Native SATA 6Gb/s Support
With its Intel® C226 Chipset, this motherboard natively supports the next generation Seria
ATA (SATA) storage interface, delivering up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. It provides
enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and twice the bandwidth of current bus systems.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Chapter 1
This motherboard offers you the strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear
panels, allowing you to experience the convenience of the latest plug & play connectivity
solution at speed up to ten times faster than USB 2.0.
GPU Boost
GPU Boost accelerates the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance, facilitates
flexible frequency adjustments, and easily delivers stable system-level upgrades for every
use.
EPU
EPU (Energy Processing Unit), the world’s first real-time system power-saving chip,
automatically detects the current system load and intelligently moderates power usage.
It offers a total system-wide energy optimization, reduces fan noise, and extends the
components’ lifespan.
1.3.2
ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features
Built-in Dual Intel® Server Class Gigabit LAN
For more reliable networking, the P9D 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® i210 chipset has
certification of VMware to support virtualization technology.
Multi CPU and Memory support
The motherboard provides dual use for CPU and memory,which support Intel Xeon® E3-1200
v3 series server processors and 4th Core����������������������������������������������
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i3 desktop processors.Users can choose DDR3
un-buffered non-ECC memory which is widely available in the PC market, or more stable and
reliable DDR3 un-buffered ECC memory.P9D WS provides you flexible options on CPU and
memory to meet diverse needs.
CUDA parallel computing power support
The motherboard will achieve outstanding and dependable performance in the role of a
Personal Supercomputer when working in tangent with discrete CUDA technology°Xproviding
unprecedented return on investment. Users can count on up to 4 Tesla cards with Haswell
CPU which is built with on-board graphic chipset, that are plugged into P9D WS for intensive
parallel computing on tons of data, which delivers nearly 4 teraflops of performance. It is the
best choice to work as a personal supercomputer on your desk instead of a computer cluster
in a room.
ASUS P9D WS
1-3
Quick Gate
Chapter 1
Quick Gate is a vertical USB connector on the motherboard that allows you to install USB
devices directly without any messy cables and stops important data storage devices from
breaking off unexpectedly. This revolutionary and unique design offers a convenient and safe
way to install data and applications on your system.
Diagnosis LED
Diag. LED offers an intuitive way to locate the root problems in seconds. It checks these key
components in sequence during bootup --- CPU, memory, graphics card, and hard drive. If an
error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit up until the problem is solved.
G.P. Diagnosis Card (Bundled)
The bundled G.P. Diagnosis card double-checks the system quickly provides precise
information everytime you turn on your computer.
3 Independent Displays
Without extra VGA card needed, the P9D WS gives users ability to multitask on up to three
independent displays through DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-I connectors.
ASUS Doctor Power
ASUS Doctor Power is an ensemble of LEDs, switches, and application that automatically
detects and diagnoses related issues regarding your power supply unit (PSU). It generally
allows you to monitor the health of your PSU and provide notification or warning messages
to prevent any sudden system shutdown or failure due to insufficient supply of power to your
system.
1.3.3
ASUS features
MemOK!
MemOK!, the remarkable memory rescue tool, allows you to simply press a button to
patch memory issues, ensure memory boot compatibility, determine fail-safe settings, and
dramatically improve the system’s bootup.
Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the
latest USB 3.0 standard. With the USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device’s transmission
speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0
transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB
3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution provides a more stable system and enhances the overclocking
capability.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS Fanless Design—Heat-sink solution
Chapter 1
The crystal-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a
noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment
for motherboard users, but also the heatsink design lowers the temperature of the
chipset and power phase area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with
usability and aesthetics, the ASUS crystal-shaped heatsink will give users an extremely
silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan
speeds based on different ambient temperatures and attain a quiet and cool computing
environment.
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS UEFI BIOS(EZ Mode)
ASUS UEFI BIOS, a UEFI compliant architecture, offers the first mouse-controlled
intuitive graphical BIOS interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard-only BIOS
controls, providing you with more flexibility, convenience, and easy to navigate EFI
BIOS than the traditional BIOS versions. It offers you with dual selectable modes and
native support for hard drives larger than 2.2 TB.
ASUS UEFI BIOS includes the following new features:
* F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey
* F3 Shortcut for most accessed information
* ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) information detecting faulty DIMMs, and
helping with difficult POST situations
ASUS Q-Design
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-LED, Q-DIMM, and Q-Slot
design speed up and simplify the DIY process!
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector is a unique adapter that allows you to easily connect or disconnect
the chassis front panel cables to one module, eliminating the hassle of plugging one
cable at a time and making the connection quick and accurate.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly utility that allows you to update the BIOS without
using a bootable floppy disk or an OS-based utility.
ASUS P9D WS
1-5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows you to restore a corrupted BIOS file from a USB
storage device containing the BIOS file.
Chapter 1
IEEE 1394a interface
IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video devices such as
digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals and other portable devices.
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides the coaxial and optical S/PDIF out ports for convenient
connectivity to external home theater audio systems and for high-quality digital audio
experience.
ASUS Crystal Sound
8 Channel Audio Codec
The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed
Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit audio output, true
BD lossless sound, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions, and multi-streaming
technology.
1-6
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter 2:
Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
•
Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due
to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so
may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.
ASUS P9D WS
2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2
Refer to 2.2.8 Internal connectors and 2.3.10 Rear panel connection for more
information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Switches/Slots
Page
2.LGA1150 CPU Socket
2-26
3.CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN,
4-pin CHA_FAN1-4)
2-4
2-5
4.DDR3 DIMM slots
2-22
6.USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
2-20
5.MemOK! switch
7.
ASUS Dr. POWER switch
8.Intel C226 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA6G_1-6 [yellow])
®
2-11
2-17
2-18
9.DirectKey button
2-13
11.System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-15
10.Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
12.Chassis Fan control setting (3-pin CHAFAN_SEL)
13.USB 2.0 connectors
(Type A: 10-1 pin USB910/ USB1112; Type B: USB13)
2-27
2-19
2-20
14.Direct connector (2-1 pin DRCT)
2-24
16.Standby Power LED
2-21
15.Parallel port connector (26-1 pin LPT1)
17.TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
18.Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
19.Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
20.EPU Switch
21.IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_1)
22.Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
23.Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
ASUS P9D WS
Chapter 2
1.Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2-23
2-21
2-10
2-9
2-16
2-23
2-23
2-23
2-3
2.2.2
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the Intel® 4th
Generation Core™ i3 desktop Processors and Intel® Xeon® E3-1200/ 12x5 v3 series Server/
Workstation Processors.
Chapter 2
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
2-4
•
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
Ensure that you install the correct CPU designed for LGA1150 only. DO NOT install a
CPU designed for LGA1155 and LGA1156 sockets on the LGA1150 socket.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and
the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap
is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard
components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/
transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the
LGA1150 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3
System memory
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) slots.
Chapter 2
A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT install a DDR
or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot.
Recommended memory configurations
ASUS P9D WS
2-5
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB unbuffered ECC or non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets depending on the installed CPU.
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system maps
the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any excess
memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.5V is recommended to protect the
CPU.
The max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less
(Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB).
Chapter 2
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full memory
load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
2-6
•
ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
•
Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Load
the X.M.P. or D.O.C.P. settings in the BIOS for the hyper DIMM support.
•
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
A-DATA
AD3U1600C2G11
2GB
SS
MICRON
D9PFJ
11-11-11-28
-
A-DATA
AD3U1600W4G11
4GB
SS
A-DATA
3WCD-1211A
11-11-11-28
-
A-DATA
A-DATA
A-DATA
A-DATA
AMD
AMD
AMD
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Crucial
Crucial
EK Memory
EK Memory
Elixir
Elixir
Elixir
AD3U1600C4G11
AD3U1600W8G11
AX3U1600GW8G9(XMP)
AX3U1600W8G11
AXDU1600GW8G9B(XMP)
AE32G1609U1-U
AE34G1609U2-U
AP38G1608U2K(XMP)
78.B1GE3.9L10C
78.B1GET.9K00C
78.C1GET.9K10C
AHU04GFA60C9Q3R(XMP)
SLA302G08-EGG1C(XMP)
SLA302G08-EGJ1C(XMP)
SLA302G08-EGN1C
SLA304G08-ENG1B
SLB304G08-EGJ1B(XMP)
SLB304G08-EGN1B
SLZ302G08-EGN1C
SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D(XMP)
CMD16GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver8.21)(XMP)
CMD8GX3M2A1600C8
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
CMG4GX3M2A1600C6
4GB
8GB
DS
DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
2GB
SS
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
4GB
4GB
4GB
8GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
8GB
8GB
2GB
2GB
DS
DS
SS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
DS
SS
DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
MICRON
A-DATA
-
AMD
AMD
-
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
-
Asint
Asint
ASint
Asint
-
ASint
ASint
Asint
-
D9PFJ
3WCD-1211A
-
23EY4587MB6H
23EY4587MB6H
-
11-11-11-28
11-11-11-28
9-9-9-24
9-11-9-27
9-11-9-27
-
9-9-9-28
AM5D5908DEQSCK -
AM5D6008BQQSCK 11-11-11-28
AM5D6008BQQSCK 11-11-11-31
-
11-11-11-28
302G08-GJ1C
9-9-9-27
302G08-GG1C
302G08-GN1C
304G08-GN1B
-
304G08-GN1B
302G08-GN1C
3128M8-GJ1D
-
9-9-9-27
-
9-11-11-28
9-9-9-27
-
9-9-9-24
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1.5
1.5
1.65
1.5
1.5
1.65
1.65
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DS
-
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1600 8-8-8-24
1.5
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CMD8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver2.12)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
CML16GX3M4X1600C8(Ver
2.12)(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
-
-
6-6-6-18
1.65
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CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.65
•
•
CMX6GX3M3C1600C7(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
DS
-
-
7-8-7-20
1.65
•
•
CMP6GX3M3A1600C8(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver3.19)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
(XMP)
DS
SS
-
-
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
9-9-9-24
1.5
1.65
1.65
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•
•
CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
(Ver.3.24)(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
-
-
10-10-10-27
1.5
•
•
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
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CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
(Ver2.2)(XMP)
32GB ( 4x 8GB ) DS
-
-
10-10-10-27
1.5
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CMZ8GX3M4X1600C9 (Ver
2.12)(XMP)
8GB ( 4x 2GB )
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
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BL12864BN1608.8FF (XMP)
12GB ( 6x 2GB ) DS
2GB ( 2x 1GB )
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.6
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-
8-8-8-24
1.5
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EKM324L28BP8-I16 (XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
9
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M2X2G64CB88G7N-DG
(XMP)
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GN-DG
9-9-9-28
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CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8(XMP) 8GB ( 2x 4GB )
HX3X12G1600C9 (XMP)
BLT4G3D1608DT1TX0.16FM 4GB
(XMP)
EKM324L28BP8-I16 (XMP)
M2X4G64CB8HG5N-DG
(XMP)
M2X8G64CB8HB5N-DG
(XMP)
ASUS P9D WS
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
SS
DS
DS
-
-
-
-
9-9-9-24
8-8-8-24
9
1.5
1.65
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A-DATA
2
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4GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GN-DG
9-9-9-28
-
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•
8GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB4G80BN-DG
9-9-9-28
1.5
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P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
1.6
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
-
-
7-8-7-24
F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x4GB )
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL(XMP) 8GB ( 2x 4GB )
F3-12800CL9D8GBSR2(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
F3-12800CL9Q16GBXL(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
-
F3-12800CL9Q16GBZL(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
F3-1600C9Q-32GXM(XMP)
GET316GB1600C9QC(XMP)
GUP34GB1600C7DC(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.Skill
G.SKILL
GEIL
Chapter 2
GEIL
GoodRam
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH
(XMP)
GR1600D364L9/2G
FLGE85F-C8KL9A(XMP)
FLGF65F-C8KL9A(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3B1/4G(XMP)
KHX1600C9D3K3/
12GX(XMP)
OCZ
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
PSC
PSC
SanMax
2-8
9-9-9-24
1.5
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•
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
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-
9-9-9-24
1.5
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•
32GB ( 4x 8GB ) DS
-
-
-
1.5
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•
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.6
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•
2GB
SS
2GB
4GB
4GB
DS
DS
DS
DS
SS
12GB ( 3x 4GB ) DS
-
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
9-9-9-28
GoodRam GF1008KC-JN
KINGMAX N/A
KINGMAX N/A
-
-
-
-
-
-
9-9-9-28
9-9-9-28
9-9-9-27
-
9-9-9-27
9
1.25
1.6
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1.65
1.65
1.65
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1.65
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KHX1600C9D3K4/
16GX(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
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KHX1600C9D3K8/
32GX(XMP)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
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KHX1600C9D3K6/
24GX(XMP)
24GB ( 6x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9
1.65
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32GB ( 8x 4GB ) DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65
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KHX1600C9D3LK2/
8GX(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.35
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KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
KHX16C10B1K2/16X(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
9
1.5
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•
KHX16C9P1K2/16
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
-
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
-
-
-
1.5
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KVR16N11/4
MT16KTF51264AZ-1G6M1
Mushkin
•
•
•
DS
MICRON
Mushkin
•
1.35
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
MT16JTF1G64AZ-1G6D1
MICRON
1.6
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB ( 3x 2GB )
MICRON
Micron
4
KHX16009CD3K2/8GX(XMP) 8GB ( 2x 4GB )
KINGTIGER KTG2G1600PG3(XMP)
Micron
2
MT16JTF1G64AZ-1G6E1
MT8JTF51264AZ-1G6E1
MT8KTF25664AZ-1G6M1
996805(XMP)
998805(XMP)
OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
PGD316G1600ELK(XMP)
PGD316G1600ELK(XMP)
PGD38G1600ELK(XMP)
PGD38G1600ELK(XMP)
PGS34G1600LLKA2
PV38G160C9KRD(XMP)
PVV38G1600LLK(XMP)
PX7312G1600LLK(XMP)
PXD38G1600LLK(XMP)
AL9F8L93B-GN2E
ALAF8L93B-GN2E
SMD-4G68HP-16KZ
4G
DS
8GB
DS
2GB
8GB
4GB
4GB
2GB
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
6GB ( 3x 2GB )
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
DS
DS
SS
SS
DS
DS
DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
16GB ( 2x 8GB ) DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
DS
DS
12GB ( 3x 4GB ) DS
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
8GB
DS
4GB
4GB
SS
DS
Hynix
-
MICRON
Micron
MICRON
Micron
MICRON
-
PSC
PSC
Hynix
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H5TQ2G83CFRPBC -
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D9QBJ
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D9PFJ
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P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
SanMax
SMD-4G68NG-16KK
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BDBG-GN-F
-
-
Silicon
Power
SP004GBLTU160V02(XMP)
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT5NG
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TC2G83BFRH9A
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Transcend
TXD34096M1600HC9D(XMP)
JM1600KLH-8G(626633)
TS1GLK64V6H(620945)
8GB
Transcend
TK963EBF3
-
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•
•
TS1GLK64W6H
8GB
DS
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
11-11-11-28-1
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
Team
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
SP002GBLTU160V02(XMP)
TS512MLK64W6H
2GB
4GB
SS
DS
SS
S-POWER
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
20YT5NG
K4B4G0846B
K4B4G0846B
9-11-11-28
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P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
ACTICA
ACT1GHU64B8F1333S
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846F
-
-
ACTICA
ACT2GHU64B8G1333M
2GB
DS
Micron
D9KPT
-
-
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
ACTICA
AMD
AMD
Apacer
Apacer
Asint
Asint
Asint
Asint
ATP
BUFFALO
BUFFALO
BUFFALO
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
EK Memory
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
G.SKILL
ACT1GHU72C8G1333S
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CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
CMX8GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver2.2)
CMX8GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver3.23)
1GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
4GB
2GB
4GB
2GB
4GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
4GB
4GB
1GB
2GB
4GB
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB
SS
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DS
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DS
DS
DS
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DS
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DS
SAMSUNG
Micron
SAMSUNG
Hynix
Hynix
AMD
AMD
Apacer
Apacer
ASint
Asint
Asint
ASint
SAMSUNG
Elpida
Elpida
NANYA
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D9KPT(ECC)
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302G08-DJ1C
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304G08-DJ1B
302G08-DJ1C
K4B2G0846C(ECC)
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NT5CB256M8BN-CG
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4GB ( 2x 2GB )
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G.SKILL
D3 128M8CE9 2GB
9-9-9-24
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F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
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P9D WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
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9-9-9-24
1.5
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA115FW
9-9-9-24
1.3
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
GEIL
GoodRam
Hynix
INNODISK
INNODISK
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
Chapter 2
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
GET316GB1333C9QC
GG34GB1333C9DC
GVP34GB1333C9DC
GVP38GB1333C9DC
GR1333D364L9/2G
HMT125U6TFR8A-H9
M3UN-2GHJBC09
M3UN-4GHJAC09
FLFE85F-B8KL9
FLFE85F-C8KL9
FLFE85F-C8KL9
FLFE85F-C8KM9
FLFF65F-C8KL9
FLFF65F-C8KM9
KVR1333D3E9S/4G
KVR1333D3N9H/4G
KVR1333D3N9H/8G
KVR13N9S8H/4
KINGTIGER F10DA2T1680
KINGTIGER KTG2G1333PG3
Mach Xtreme MXD3U133316GQ
Mach Xtreme MXD3V13332GS
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
8GB
4GB
2GB
2GB
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
2GB
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DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
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DS
DS
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SS
SS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
DS
DS
SS
MICRON
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4M1
2GB
SS
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
OCZ
OCZ
OCZ
Patriot
Patriot
Patriot
RiDATA
RiDATA
SAMSUNG
Silicon
Power
2-10
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
OCZ3G1333LV4GK
OCZ3G1333LV8GK
OCZ3RPR1333C9LV8GK
PG38G1333EL (XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
8GB
PGD316G1333ELK (XMP) 16GB ( 2x 8GB )
PSD32G13332
2GB
E304459CB1AG32Cf
4GB
C304627CB1AG22Fe
M378B5273CH0-CH9
SP001GBLTE133S01
2GB
4GB
1GB
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
SS
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GEIL
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Qimonda
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
Kingmax
KINGMAX
Kingmax
Elpida
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
ELPIDA
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GL1L128M88BA15B
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IDSH1G-03A1F1C-13H
H5TC1G83TFR
H5TQ2G83CFRH9C
H5TQ2G83CFRH9C
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KFC8FNLBF-GXX-12A
KFC8FNLXF-DXX-15A
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
KFC8FNLXF-DXX-15A
KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A
J2108ECSE-DJ-F
J2108BDBG-GN-F
J4208EASE-DJ-F
J4208BBBG-GN-F
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C304627CB1AG22Fe
E304459CB1AG32Cf
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NT5CB128M8AN-CG
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Power
SP002GBLTU133V02
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20YT3NG
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Power
SP004GBLTU133V02
4GB
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S-POWER
20YT3NG
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TED34096M1333HC9
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T3D2568LT-13
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JM1333KLH-8G(623654)
4GB
TS1GLK64V3H(620053)
8GB
DS
MICRON
D9QBJ
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DS
Transcend
TK963EBF3
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.4
Expansion slots
Chapter 2
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
1
PCIe 3.0 x16_1 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
2
PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot
3
PCIe 3.0 x16_2 slot (single at x8 or dual at x4/x4 mode)
4
PCI1 slot
5
PCIe 3.0 x16_3 slot (x4 mode)
6
PCI2 slot
7
PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot (x4 mode)
PCIE x16_1 auto turn to x8 when PCIE x16_2 and PCIE x16_3 occupied; PCIE x16_2 auto
turn to x4 when PCIE x16_3 occupied.
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Standard Interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
Standard function
1
2
Keyboard Controller
0
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10
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9
System Timer
Programmable Interrupt
Communications Port (COM1)
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
Reserved
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIEx16_1
PCIEx16_2
PCIEx16_3
PCIEx16_4
PCIEx1_1
PCI1
PCI2
VIA1394
USB3.0
LAN1 (I210)
LAN2 (I210)
SATA Controller 1
SATA Controller 2
USB 2.0 Controller 1
USB 2.0 Controller 2
HD Audio
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.5
Onboard buttons and switches
Onboard buttons and switches enhance overclocking and gaming performance when working
on a bare or open-case system.
1.
EPU switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically detect the current PC loadings and
intelligently moderate the power consumption.
Chapter 2
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when the system is
powered off.
2.
ASUS Dr. POWER switch
This switch allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Dr. Power feature. Install the
bundled ASUS Dr. Power Utility then enable this switch to allow the system to display
notification messages in your Windows screen if a problem is detected with your power
supply unit (PSU).
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3.
DirectKey button
This feature allows your system to go to the BIOS Setup program with the press of
a button. With DirectKey, you can enter the BIOS anytime without having to press
the <Del> key during POST. It also allows you to turn on or turn off your system and
conveniently enter the BIOS during boot-up.
Chapter 2
Ensure to save your data before using the DirectKey button.
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•
When the system is on and you press the DirectKey button, your system will shut
down. Press the DirectKey button again or the Power-on button to reboot and enter
the BIOS directly.
•
Turn off your system using the power-on button to allow your system to go through
POST (without entering the BIOS) when you reboot your system.
•
Refer to section 3.8 Boot Menu for details about setting the DirectKey default
function.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
MemOK! button
When you install DIMMs that are not compatible with the motherboard, this may
cause the system boot failure, and the DIAG_DRAM near the MemOK switch lights
continuously. Simply press the MemOK button until the DIAG_DRAM starts blinking to
patch memory compatibility issues and ensure the system’s successful bootup.
Chapter 2
4.
•
Refer to section 2.2.6 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the DIAG_DRAM.
•
The DIAG_DRAM also lights when the DIMM is not properly installed. Turn off the
system and reinstall the DIMM before using the MemOK! function.
•
The MemOK! button does not function under Windows™ OS environment.
•
During the tuning process, the system loads and tests failsafe memory settings. It
takes about 30 seconds for the system to test one set of failsafe settings. If the test
fails, the system reboots and test the next set of failsafe settings. The blinking speed
of the DIAG_DRAM increases, indicating different test processes.
•
Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when each
timing set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the whole tuning
process, the DIAG_DRAM lights continuously. Replace the DIMMs with ones
recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or on
the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the system
continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop memory tuning, turn
off the computer and unplug the power cord for about 5–10 seconds.
•
If your system fails to boot up due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK! button
to boot and load the BIOS default settings. A message will appear during POST
reminding you that the BIOS has been restored to its default settings.
•
We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version from the
ASUS website at www.asus.com after using the MemOK! function.
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2.2.6
1.
Onboard LEDs
POST State LEDs
The POST State LEDs indicate the status of these key components during POST
(Power-on-Self Test): CPU, memory modules, VGA card, and hard disk drive. If an
error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit up until the problem is solved.
Chapter 2
2.
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EPU LED
The EPU LED lights up when the EPU switch is turned to Enable.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
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.
Chapter 2
3.
4.
DIAG_DRAM
The DIAG_DRAM lights up when the installed DIMMs incompatible with the
motherboard or improperly installed. When using the MemOK! switch for automatic
memory compatibility tuning, the DIAG_DRAM will blink.
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5.
PWR_SUPPLY LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near EATX PWR connector lights up when the ASUS Dr.
Power switch setting is turned to Enable and the power supply unit failed.
Chapter 2
6.
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PGLED3 LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near the ASUS Dr. Power switch lights up when the ASUS
Dr. Power switch is turned to enable.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
+12V_PWR LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near EATX12V connector lights up when the ASUS Dr.
Power switch setting is turned to enable and there is no power detected going into the
processor.
Chapter 2
7.
8.
CPU warning LED (CPU_PWR_ERR)
The CPU warning LEDs light up to indicate an impending failure of the corresponding
CPU.
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9.
DIMM warning LED (DRAM_PWR_ERR)
The DIMM warning LEDs light up to indicate an impending failure of the corresponding
DIMMs.
Chapter 2
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.7
1.
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin 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.
3.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
2.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter data.
Chapter 2
4.
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.
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.
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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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.8
Intel® C226 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-6 [yellow])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
Chapter 2
1.
Internal connectors
•
These connectors are set to [AHCI Mode] by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode item in the BIOS to [RAID
Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.4 SATA Configuration for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.5 RAID configurations or the manual
bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
•
When using NCQ, set the SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section
3.5.4 SATA Configuration for details.
•
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.
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2.
USB 2.0 connectors
(Type A: 10-1 pin USB910/ USB1112; Type B: USB13)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 Mbps connection speed.
Chapter 2
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis supports
front panel USB ports.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
These connectors allow you to connect a USB 3.0 module for additional USB 3.0 front
or rear panel ports. With an installed USB 3.0 module, you can enjoy all the benefits of
USB 3.0 including faster data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, faster charging time for
USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency and backward compatibility with
USB 2.0.
Chapter 2
3.
The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately.
4.
Parallel port connector (26-1 pin LPT1)
This connector is for a parallel port. Connect the parallel port module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
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5.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_1)
This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module cable
to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis.
Chapter 2
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The IEEE 1394a module is purchased separately.
6.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. Connect
the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
7.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN1-4)
Chapter 2
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside the
system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! Do not place
jumper caps on the fan connectors!
•
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 2A (24 W) fan power.
•
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable
to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2, CHA_FAN3 for better
thermal environment.
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8.
Chapter 2
9.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel
audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD]; if you want to connect an AC'97
front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this
connector is set to [HD].
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The COM module is purchased separately.
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10. 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. This
connector can also serve for G.P. Diagnosis card installtion.
Chapter 2
G.P. Diagnosis card layout
LED 0 and 1
Power Switch. Press
to turn ON or OFF the
motherboard.
Reset Button.
Press to restart the
motherboard�.
Card connector
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Installing G.P. Diagnosis card
Ensure to turn off the power supply unit before installing the diagnosis card to avoid
electrical shock hazard.
1.
2.
Locate the TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) on the motherboard.
With the LEDs of the diagnosis card
facing to the PCIe slots, align the card
connector with the TPM connector and
press firmly until the card sits on the
connector completely.
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Code table for G.P. Diagnosis card
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15, 19 Initiate chip
AC
OS in PIC mode
E0
Check and wake up system
AA
OS in APIC mode
2B-2F Prepare system for memory
detection and sizing
A0
Leave BIOS and pass control
to OS
32
Early CPU initiation
01
S1
34
Wake up AP
03
S3
98
Detect PS2 mouse/keyboard
04
S4
97
Initiate VGA BIOS
05
S5
9A-9D USB initiation
10
Resume from S1
A2
Detect SATA
30
Resume from S3
B2
Initiate option ROM
40
Resume from S4
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Direct Connector (2-pin DRCT)
This connector is for the chassis-mounted button that supports the DirectKey function.
Connect the button cable that supports DirectKey, from the chassis to this connector on
the motherboard.
Chapter 2
11.
Ensure that your chassis comes with the extra button cable that supports the DirectKey
feature. Refer to the technical documentation that came with the chassis for details.
12. 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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13. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
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For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit
(PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a
minimum power of 350 W.
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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.
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If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
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This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PWR_LED)
•
•
•
•
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14. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDD_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The HDD LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written
to the HDD.
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns
the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS
settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON
turns the system OFF.
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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2.3
Building your computer system
2.3.1
Additional tools and components to build a PC system
Chapter 2
1 bag of screws
Philips (cross) screwdriver
PC chassis
Power supply unit
Intel LGA 1150 CPU
Intel LGA 1150 compatible CPU Fan
DIMM
SATA hard disk drive
SATA optical disc drive (optional)
Graphics card (optional)
The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package.
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2.3.2
CPU installation
1
A
B
Chapter 2
2
3
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5
C
A
B
6
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2.3.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation
Apply the Thermal Interface Material
to the CPU heatsink and CPU
before you install the heatsink and
fan if necessary.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
2
A
B
Chapter 2
1
B
A
3
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To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
1
Chapter 2
2
A
B
B
A
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2.3.4
DIMM installation
1
Chapter 2
2
3
To remove a DIMM
B
A
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2.3.5
Motherboard installation
The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with
models, but the installation steps remain the same.
1
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2
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Chapter 2
3
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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2.3.6
ATX Power connection
1
Chapter 2
2
OR
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2.3.7
SATA device connection
1
OR
Chapter 2
2
OR
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2.3.8
Front I/O Connector
To install ASUS Q-Connector
1
2
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Chapter 2
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
R
POWE
SW
RESET
SW
To install USB 2.0 Connector
To install front panel audio
connector
AAFP
USB 2.0
To install USB 3.0 Connector
USB 3.0
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2.3.9
Expansion Card installation
Chapter 2
To install PCIe x16 cards
To install PCIe x1 cards
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2.3.10
BIOS update utility
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback allows you to easily update the BIOS without entering the existing
BIOS or operating system. Simply insert a USB storage device to the USB port, press the
USB BIOS Flashback button for three seconds, and the BIOS is updated automatically.
To use USB BIOS Flashback:
1. 2.
Place the bundled support DVD to the optical drive and install the USB BIOS
Flashback Wizard. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Insert the USB storage device to the USB Flashback port.
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We recommend you to use a USB 2.0 storage device to save the latest BIOS version for
better compatibility and stability.
3.
4.
5.
Launch the USB BIOS Flashback Wizard to automatically download the latest BIOS
version.
Press the BIOS Flashback button for three seconds until a flashing light appears, which
indicates that the BIOS Flashback function is enabled.
Wait until the light goes out, indicating that the BIOS updating process is completed.
USB BIOS Flashback
button
USB BIOS Flashback port
For more BIOS update utilities in BIOS setup, refer to the section 3.11 Updating BIOS in
Chapter 3.
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•
Do not unplug portable disk, power system, or press the CLR_CMOS button while
BIOS update is ongoing, otherwise update will be interrupted. In case of interruption,
please follow the steps again.
•
If the light flashes for five seconds and turns into a solid light, this means that the
BIOS Flashback is not operating properly. This may be caused by improper installation
of the USB storage device and filename/file format error. If this scenario happens,
please restart the system to turn off the light.
•
Updating BIOS may have risks. If the BIOS program is damaged during the process
and results to the system’s failure to boot up, please contact your local ASUS Service
Center.
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Rear panel connection
Chapter 2
2.3.11
Rear panel connectors
1. PS/2 mouse and keyboard port
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DisplayPort
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Optical S/PDIF Out port
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HDMI port
3. LAN (RJ-45) port 2*
9. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
4. DVI port
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USB BIOS Flashback button
5. LAN (RJ-45) port 1*
11. USB 3.0 ports 3 and 4
6. USB 2.0 ports 7 and 8
12. Audio I/O ports**
*and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port and audio port definitions.
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•
Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under
Windows® OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation.
•
USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
•
We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster
and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
* LAN port LED indications
Activity Link LED
Speed LED
OFF
OFF
Status
Description
ORANGE
Linked
No link
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BLINKING
Data activity
Status
Description
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
GREEN
10 Mbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
**Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
H e a d s e t 4-channel
2-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Light Blue Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Orange
–
–
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker Out
2.3.12
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
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Connect to Headphone and Mic
Chapter 2
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
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Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
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2.4
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
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
c.
System power
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up.
For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a “
power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green
after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (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
One short beep
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
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2.
Description
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
No memory detected
No VGA detected
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
2.5 Turning off the computer
While the system is ON, 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.
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Chapter 3
Chapter 3:
BIOS setup
3.1
Knowing BIOS
The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is a Unified Extensible Interface that complies with UEFI
architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboardonly BIOS controls to enable a more flexible and convenient mouse input. You can easily
navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as your operating system. The
term “BIOS” in this user manual refers to “UEFI BIOS” unless otherwise specified.
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings such as storage
device configuration, overclocking settings, advanced power management, and boot
device configuration that are needed for system startup in the motherboard CMOS. In
normal circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure
optimal performance. DO NOT change the default BIOS settings except in the following
circumstances:
•
•
An error message appears on the screen during the system bootup and requests you to
run the BIOS Setup.
You have installed a new system component that requires further BIOS settings or
update.
Inappropriate BIOS settings may result to instability or boot failure. We strongly
recommend that you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service
personnel.
When downloading or updating the BIOS file, rename it as P9DWS.CAP for this
motherboard.
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3.2
BIOS setup program
Use the BIOS Setup to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS screen
include navigation keys and brief onscreen help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup
program.
Entering BIOS at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup:
•
Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,
POST continues with its routines.
Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:
•
Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you
failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.
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The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and
may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
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Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
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If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS setting, load the default
settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Optimized
Defaults item under the Exit menu or press hotkey <F5>. See section 3.9 Exit Menu
for details.
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If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and
reset the motherboard to the default value. See section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons and
switches for information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
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The BIOS setup program does not support the bluetooth devices.
BIOS menu screen
The BIOS Setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode.
You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode screen.
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3.2.1
EZ Mode
By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ
Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select
the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the
Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode or press <F7> hot
key for the advanced BIOS settings.
The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the
Setup Mode item in section 3.7 Boot menu for details.
Selects the display language
of the BIOS setup program
Exits the BIOS setup program
without saving the changes, saves
the changes and resets the system,
or enters the Advanced Mode
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Displays the CPU/motherboard
temperature, CPU/5V/3.3V/12V voltage
output, CPU/chassis/power fan speed
Displays the selected
shortcut items
Selects the boot
device priority
•
Displays the Advanced
mode menus
Selects the boot
device priority
Loads optimized
default settings
Displays the system properties of the
selected mode on the right hand side
The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
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The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is installed to the
system.
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3.2.2
Advanced Mode
The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure
the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the
following sections for the detailed configurations.
To access the Advanced Mode, click Exit, then select Advanced Mode or press F7 hotkey.
Menu bar
Back button
Chapter 3
Menu items
Submenu item
General help
Pop-up window Configuration fields Scroll bar Navigation keys
Last modified
settings
Quick note
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
My Favorites For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration.
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the
fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Advanced
Tool
Exit
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For changing the advanced system settings
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
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Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
Back button
This button appears when entering a submenu. Press <Esc> or use the USB mouse to click
this button to return to the previous menu screen.
Submenu items
A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the configuration
options for that item.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit on
the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display the
other items on the screen.
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of the menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS setup
program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
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If you delete all shortcut items from the F3: Shortcut list, the default shortcut items will
reappear after your next startup.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. Use
<F12> key to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device.
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not
user-configurable.
A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and
press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Quick Note button
This button allows you to enter notes of the activities that you have done in BIOS.
•
The Quick Note function does not support the following keyboard functions: delete,
cut, copy and paste.
•
You can only use the alphanumeric characters to enter your notes.
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Last Modified button
This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup.
3.3
My Favorites
MyFavorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite
BIOS items.
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Adding items to My Favorites
To add frequently-used BIOS items to My Favorites:
1.
Use the arrow keys to select an item that you want to add. When using a mouse, hover
the pointer to the item.
2.
Press <F4> on your keyboard or right-click on your mouse to add the item to My
Favorites page.
You cannot add the following items to My Favorites:
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•
Items with submenu options
•
User-configurable items such as language and boot device order
•
Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date
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3.4
Main menu
The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup
program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and
allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
Security
Chapter 3
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
•
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons and switches
for information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
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The Administrator or User Password items on top of the screen show the default [Not
Installed]. After you set a password, these items show [Installed].
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Administrator Password
If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator
password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only
selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change an administrator password:
1.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator
password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear
the password, the Administrator Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
User Password
Chapter 3
If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing the system.
The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a user password:
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1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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To change a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press
<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the
User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
3.5
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you
installed on the motherboard.
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Scroll down to display other BIOS items.
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Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
[Auto]
[X.M.P.]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Allows your system to automatically optimize the CPU ratio, BCLK
frequency, and memory parameters. If you install memory modules
supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, select this
item to set the profiles supported by your memory modules for optimizing
the system performance.
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner to [X.M.P.].
eXtreme Memory Profile
Allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
Configuration options: [Profile #1] [Profile #2]
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Default set to [Enabled] for maximum performance under XMP/Manual/
User-defined memory frequency mode.
Allows you to set to default core ratio settings.
CPU Core Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU ratio and synchronize automatically either per core or all cores.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Sync All Cores] [Per Core]
When the CPU Core Ratio is set to [Per Core], the following item appears:
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1-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 1-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 2-Core
Ratio Limit.
2-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 2-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 2-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit to [Auto].
3-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 3-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 4-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 3-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit and 2-Core
Ratio Limit to [Auto].
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4-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 4-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 4-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit, 2-Core Ratio
Limit, and 3-Core Ratio to [Auto].
Min CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the minimum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Max CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the maximum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Memory Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configuration options vary with the
BCLK/PCIE Frequency item settings.
CPU Graphics Max. Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to optimize the CPU Graphics Ratio depending on the system loading. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value.
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DRAM Timing Control
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and
press the <Enter> key.
Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default settings.
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Primary Timings
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [63]
DRAM Command Rate [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [3]
Secondary Timings
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [511]
DRAM Refresh Interval [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [65535]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [16]
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DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [255]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CKE Minimum pulse width [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CAS# Write Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
RTL IOL control
DRAM RTL initial Value [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
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DRAM RTL (CHA_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHA_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R1D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM RTL (CHB_R1D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [63]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R0D0) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R1D0 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHA_R1D1 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R0D0 [Auto]
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Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D0 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D1 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
Third Timings
tRDRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [7]
tRDRD_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tRDRD_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [63]
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tWRRD_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRRD_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRWR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [7]
tWRWR_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRWR_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
Dec_WRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] – [1]
tRDWR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
MISC
MRC Fast Boot [Auto]
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Allows you to enable, disable or automatically set the MRC fast boot.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enable] [Disable]
DRAM CLK Period [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [14]
Channel A DIMM Control [Enable Bot...]
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Channel B DIMM Control [Enable Bot...]
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Scrambler Setting [Optimized ...]
Allows you to set the optimized scrambler setting for stability.
Configuration options: [Optimized (ASUS)] [Default (MRC)]
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DIGI+ Power Control
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line is defined by Intel® VRM specification and affects CPU power voltage. The
CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher load-line
calibration could get higher voltage and good overclocking performance, but increases
the CPU and VRM thermal conditions.
Select from Level 1 to Level 8 to adjust CPU power voltage from 0% to 100%.
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Frequency switching affects the VRM transient response and the thermal component
conditions. Higher frequency gets quicker transient response.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Manual Mode]. The thermal
conditions should be monitored.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Frequency to [Manual].
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CPU Fixed Frequency [500]
This item allows you to set a fixed CPU Voltage frequency. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 300kHz to 500kHz with
a 50kHz interval.
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CPU Power Phase Control [Auto]
Allows you to set the power phase control of the CPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Standard] [Optimized] [Extreme] [Manual Adjustment]
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Extreme] and [Manual
Adjustment]. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Power Phase Control to [Manual
Adjustment].
Manual Adjustment [Fast]
Allows you to set a faster phase response for the CPU to increase system
performance or to slower phase response to decrease DRAM power
efficiency.
Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
DIGI + VRM Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal
conditions of every phase component.
[T. Probe]
Select to maintain the VRM thermal balance.
[Extreme]
Select to maintain the current VRM balance.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Current Capability [Auto]
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DIGI+ VRM CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking.
A higher value setting gets higher VRM power consumption delivery and extends the
overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
Choose a higher value when overclocking, or under a high CPU loading for extra power
support.
CPU Power Thermal Control [120]
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge the O.C. potential. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust
the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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DRAM Current Capability [100%]
A higher value brings a wider total power range, and extends the overclocking range
simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
DRAM Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency. Assign a fixed high DRAM
frequency to increase the O.C. range, or a low DRAM frequency for a better system
stability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following item appears only when you set set the DRAM Frequency Mode item to
[Manual].
DRAM Fixed Frequency Mode [500]
Allows you to set a fixed DRAM frequency to increase the overclocking
range or a low DRAM frequency for better system stability. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 400kHz to 500kHz with
a 50kHz interval.
DRAM Power Phase Control [Standard]
[Standard]
Allows you to set the Standard mode.
[Optimized]
Allows you to set the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
[Extreme]
Allows you to set the full phase mode.
[Manual Adjustment]Allows you to adjust the DRAM Power Phase Control manually.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Power Phase Control to [Manual
Adjustment].
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Manual Adjustment [Fast]
Allows you to set a faster phase response for the DRAM to increase
system performance or to slower phase response to decrease DRAM
power efficiency.
Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]
CPU Power Management
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and their features.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
Allows the operating system to dynamically adjust the processor voltage and cores
frequency, resulting to a decreased average power consumption and decreased
average heat production.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to enable your core processor’s speed to run faster than the base operating
frequency when it is below operating power, current and temperature specification limit.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Turbo Mode to [Enabled].
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Turbo Mode Parameters
Long Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Allows you to limit the Turbo Ratio’s time duration that exceeds the TDP
(Thermal Design Power) for maximum performance. Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1W t0 4096W.
Package Power Time Window [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 1, and allows you to maintain the time window
for Turbo Ratio over TDP (Thermal Design Power). Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1 to 127 in seconds.
Short Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 2, and allows you to provide rapid protection
when the package power exceeds the Power Limit 1. Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1W t0 4096W.
CPU Integrated VR Current Limit [Auto]
Allows you to set a higher current limit to prevent frequency and power
throttling when overclocking. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 0.125 to 1023.875 with a 0.125 interval.
CPU Internal Power Switching Frequency
Frequency Tuning Mode [Auto]
Allows you to increase or decrease the switching frequency of the internal regulator.
Decrease to help consume less power or increase to help votlage stability. When this
item is set to [+] or [-], the Frequency Tuning Offset appears and allows you to set its
value from 0% to 6%.
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CPU Internal Power Fault Control
Thermal Feedback [Auto]
Allows your system to take precautionary actions to be taken by the CPU when the
thermal conditions of the external regulator exceeds the threshold.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Integrated VR Fault Management [Auto]
Disable this item to prevent tripping the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator when doing
over-voltage. We recommend you to disable this item when overclocking.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Internal Power Configuration
CPU Integrated VR Efficiency Management [Auto]
Allows you to improve power saving when the processor is in low power state. Disable
to make the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator work in high performance at all times.
Configuration options: [Auto] [High Performance] [Balanced]
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Power Decay Mode [Auto]
Allows your system to improve the power saving mode on the Fully Integrated Voltage
Regulator as the processor goes into low current state.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Idle Power-in Response [Auto]
Allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator as it enters
manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Idle Power-out Response [Auto]
Allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator as it exits
manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Power Current Slope [Auto]
Allows you to set the gradient of the high-speed active phase current balance during
load transients to eliminate current imbalance that can result from a load current
oscillating near the switching frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [LEVEL 4] [LEVEL 3] [LEVEL 2] [LEVEL 1] [LEVEL 0]
[LEVEL -1] [LEVEL -2] [LEVEL -3] [LEVEL -4]
Power Current Offset [Auto]
Allows you to increase or decrease the output current sensed by the CPU. It finds the
balance between optimal regulating while staying below the current threshold.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [87.5%] [75.0%] [62.5%] [50.0%] [37.5%] [25.0%]
[12.5%] [0%] [-12.5%] [-25.0%] [-37.5%] [-50.0%] [-62.5%] [-75.0%] [-87.5%] [-100%]
Power Fast Ramp Response [Auto]
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Allows you to increase to enhance the response of the voltage regulator during the
load transient.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.00] - [1.50]
CPU Internal Power Saving Control
Power Saving Level 1 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 80A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 2 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 50A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 3 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 30A at 1Amp increment.
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CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the cores of the processor. Increase the
amount of voltage when increasing core frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
•
The Adaptive Mode option appears only if you are using an Intel® Core™ i3 series
processors.
•
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual].
CPU Core Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Core Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode].
Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Core Voltage Offset
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V
with a 0.001V interval.
CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the uncore of the processor including its
cache. Increase the voltage when increasing Ring frequency.
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Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
•
The Adaptive Mode option appears only if you are using an Intel® Core™ i3 series
processors.
•
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Manual
Mode].
CPU Cache Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Cache Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust
the value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode].
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Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Cache Voltage Offset
Allows you to set the CPU cache voltage offset. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the onboard graphics unit on the
processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing iGPU frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual].
CPU Graphics Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Graphics Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode] or
[Adaptive Mode].
Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
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CPU Graphics Voltage Offset
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V
to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Adaptive Mode].
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to add voltage for Turbo Mode CPU Graphics. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to
1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
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CPU System Agent Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU System Agent Voltage Offset [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the system agent of the processor
including its PCIe controller and power control unit. Increase the amount of voltage
when increasing DRAM frequency. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The
values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the analog portion of the I/O on
the processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing DRAM frequency. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with
a 0.001V interval.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
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Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the digital portion of the I/O on the
processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing DRAM frequency. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a
0.001V interval.
CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set an input voltage for the processor by the external voltage regulator. By
default, this item takes the standard value of the installed CPU. You can use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.800V to 2.40V with a 0.010V interval.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 1.20V to 1.80V with a 0.005V interval.
According to Intel® CPU specifications, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may
damage the CPU permanently. We recommend that you install the DIMMs with the voltage
requirement below 1.65V.
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage [Auto]
This item is the DRAM reference voltage for the control lines from the memory bus. You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a
0.0050x interval.
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DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
This item is the DRAM reference voltage for the data lines on Channels A and B. You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a
0.005x interval.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
This item is the DRAM reference voltage for the data lines on Channels A and B. You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a
0.005x interval.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
[Auto]
Automatic configuration.
[Enabled]
Enable CPU Clock Spectrum.
Disable CPU Clock Spectrum.
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[Disabled]
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3.6
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
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3.6.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
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The items in this menu may vary based on the CPU installed.
Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
Disables the CPU thermal monitor function.
Hyper-threading [Enabled]
The Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows a hyper-threading processor to appear as two
logical processors to the operating system, allowing the operating system to schedule two
threads or processes simultaneously.
[Enabled]
Two threads per activated core are enabled.
[Disabled]
Only one thread per activated core is enabled.
This Item apears only if you installed a CPU that supports the Intel Hyper-threading
technology.
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Active Processor Cores [All]
Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package.
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3]
Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Intel Virtualization Technology [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately
and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several
systems.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to automatically analyze the requirements and
prefetch data and codes for the CPU.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
[Enabled]
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[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to perform adjacent cache line prefetching.
Disables this function.
Boot performance mode [Max Non-Turbo Performance]
Allows you to select the boot performance before entering the OS.
Configuration options: [Max Non-Turbo Performance] [Max Battery] [Turbo Performance]
Dynamic Storage Accelerator [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Dynamic Storage Accelerator for C state configuration.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU Power Management Configuration
This item allows you to manage and configure the CPU’s power.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
Allows your system to adjust the processor’s voltage and cores frequency, resulting in
decreased power consumption and heat production.
[Disabled]
The CPU runs at its default speed.
[Enabled]
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Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to set the processor cores to run faster than the base frequency when
operating below power, current and temperature specification limit.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C States [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU C states.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set the CPU C States to [Enabled].
Enhanced C1 state [Enabled]
Allows your processor to reduce power when the system is in idle mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C3 Report [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
C6 Latency [Short]
Allows you to set the duration of C6 latency for C6 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
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Report [CPU C7s]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C7 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [CPU C7] [CPU C7s]
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C7 Latency [Long]
Allows you to set the duration of C7 latency for C7 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
Package C State Support [Auto]
Allows you to set the a C-state according to the following configuration
options: [Auto] [Enabled] [C0/C1] [C2] [C3] [C6] [CPU C7] [CPU C7s]
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3.6.2
PCH Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
Allows you to configure the PCI Express slots.
DMI Link ASPM Control [Auto]
Allows you to control the ASPM (Active State Power Management) on both Northbridge
side and Southbridge side of the DMI Link.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
ASPM Support [Disabled]
Allows you to set the ASPM level.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
PCIe Speed [Auto]
Allows you to select the PCI Express port speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2]
Intel Rapid Start Technology [Disabled]
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Allows you to enable or disable Intel® Rapid Start Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Intel® Rapid Start Technology to
[Enabled].
Entry on S3 RTC Wake [Enabled]
The system automatically wakes up and set to Rapid Start Technology S3 mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled
Entry After [0]
Allows you to set the RTC wake-up timer at S3 entry. The time ranges from
0 minute (immediately) to 120 minutes.
Active Page Threshold Support [Enabled]
The system automatically goes into sleep mode when the partition size is not enough
for the Intel® Rapid Start Technology to work.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Active Memory Threshold [0]
Key in the value for the additional partition size for Rapid Start Technology
to work.
Ensure that the caching partition size is larger than the total memory size.
Hybrid Hard Disk Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the hybrid hard disk support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Intel Smart Connect Technology [Disabled]
Allow you to enable or disable the Intel® Smart Connect Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.6.3
SATA Configuration
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The
SATA Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA
port.
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Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
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SATA Mode Selection [AHCI]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[Disabled]
[IDE]
[AHCI]
[RAID]
Disables the SATA function.
Set to [IDE Mode] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
Set to [AHCI Mode] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard
storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases
storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to
internally optimize the order of commands.
Set to [RAID Mode] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the
SATA hard disk drives.
Aggressive LPM Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable the PCH to aggressively enter link power state.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ������
[Auto]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When
read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning
messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Port 1-6 [Enabled] (SATA6G_1 - SATA6G_6 [Yellow])
Allows you to enabled/disabled the SATA Port 1-6.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Hot Plug [Disabled] (SATA6G_1 - SATA6G_6 [Yellow])
These items appear only when you set the SATA Mode Selection item to [AHCI] or [RAID],
and allow you to enable/disable SATA Hot Plug Support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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System Agent Configuration
VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable virtualization technology function on memory control hub.
[Enabled]
Enables the function.
[Disabled]
Disables this function.
This item will appear only if the CPU supports virtualization technology function.
CPU Audio Devices [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable CPU SA Audio devices.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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DVI Port Audio [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable DVI port Audio.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Graphics Configuration
Allows you to select a primary display from iGPU, and PCIe graphical devices.
iGPU Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
Allows you to enable the iGPU Multi-Monitor. The iGPU shared system memory size
will be fixed at 64MB.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DMI Configuration
Allows you to control various DMI (Desktop Management Interface) functions.
DMI Gen 2 [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable DMI Gen 2.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
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NB PCIe Configuration
Allows you to configure the NB PCI Express settings.
PCIEx16_1/2/3 Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to configure the PCIEx16 speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2] [Gen3]
DMI Link ASPM Control [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the control of Active State Power Management on SA
side of the DMI Link.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
PEG - ASPM [Disabled]
Allows you to control ASPM support for the PEG device.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [ASPM L0s] [ASPM L1] [ASPM L0sL1]
Memory Configuration
Allows you to configure the memory configuration parameters.
ECC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the DDR Ecc support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Scrambler [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Memory Scrambler support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Remap [Enabled]
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Allows you to enable remapping the memory above 4GB.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
[Disabled]
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program. It cannot
be recognized in boot devices list.
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.
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[Auto]
Intel xHCI Mode [Smart Auto]
[Auto]
Keeps the last operation of xHCI controller in OS during bootup.
[Enabled]
Enables the xHCI controller.
[Smart Auto]
Enables the operation of xHCI controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the xHCI controller.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
[Disabled]
Disables the EHCI Hand-off support.
USB Single Port Control
Allows you to enable or disable the individual USB port.
Refer to section 1.2.2 Motherboard layout for the location of the USB ports.
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Platform Misc Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to configure the platform-related features.
PCI Express Native Power Management [Disabled]
Allows you to enhance the power saving feature of PCI Express and perform ASPM
operations in the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the PCI Express Native Power Management
to [Enabled].
Native ASPM [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Vista controls the ASPM support for the device.
BIOS controls the ASPM support for the device.
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3.6.7
Onboard Devices Configuration
Scroll down to view the other BIOS items.
HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the controller.
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The following items appear only when you set the HD Audio Controller to [Enabled].
Front Panel Type [HD]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or
high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio
module supports.
[HD]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition
audio.
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[SPDIF]
[HDMI]
Sets to an SPDIF audio output.
Sets to an HDMI audio output.
VIA 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the controller.
Enables the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Intel LAN1 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Enables the Intel® LAN1 controller.
Disables the Intel® LAN1 controller.
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Intel LAN1 OPROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Intel LAN1 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Intel LAN2 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Intel® LAN2 controller.
Disables the Intel® LAN2 controller.
Intel LAN2 OPROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Intel LAN1 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Serial Port Configuration
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the serial port configuration.
This item only functions if there is a serial port (COM1) connector on the motherboard.
Serial Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the serial port (COM).
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Change Settings [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port base address.
Configuration options: [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4] [IO=2F8h; IRQ=3] [IO=3E8h; IRQ=4] [IO=2E8h; IRQ=3]
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Parallel Port Configuration
The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the parallel port configuration.
Parallel Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the parallel port (LPT/LPTE).
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Change Settings [Auto]
Allows you to select an optimal setting for the super IO device.
Configuration options: [Auto] [IO=378h; IRQ=5]
[IO=378h: IRQ=5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12] [IO=278h; IRQ=5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12]
[IO=3BCh; IRQ=5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12]
Device Mode [STD Printer Mode]
Allows you to select the printer port mode.
Configuration options: [STD Printer mode] [SPP Mode] [EPP-1.9 and SPP Mode] [EPP1.7 and SPP Mode] [ECP Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.9 Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.7 Mode]
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APM
ErP Ready [Disabled]
Allows you to switch off some power at S4+S5 or S5 to get the system ready for ErP
requirement. When set to [Enabled], all other PME options will be switched off.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled (S4+S5)] [Enabled (S5)]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
The system goes into ON state after an AC power loss.
[Last State]
The system goes into either OFF or ON state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
[Power Off]
The system goes into OFF state after an AC power loss.
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.
[Ctrl-Esc]
Sets the Ctrl+Esc key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
[Power Key]
Sets the Space Bar on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
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[Space Bar]
Sets Power key 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.
Power On By PCIE/PCI [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
Intel®/LAN device or other installed PCIE LAN devices.
Enables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
Intel®/LAN device or other installed PCIE LAN devices.
Power On By Ring [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables Wake-On-Ring from generating a wake event.
Enables Wake-On-Ring to generate a wake event.
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
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Network Stack
Network Stack [Disable]
This item allows user to disable or enable the UEFI network stack.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
The following item appears only when you set the Network Stack to [Enabled].
Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE boot option.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.7
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
Chapter 3
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures. Select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A], CPU OPT Speed [xxxx RPM]
or [Ignore] / [N/A], Chassis Fan 1/4 Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis,
and power fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A. Select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the detected
speed.
CPU core 0-3 Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select [Ignore] if you do not want to detect this item.
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CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
Allows you to set the CPU Q-Fan operating mode.
[Enabled]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
[Disabled]
Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Q-Fan Control to [Enabled].
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
Allows you to set the low limit warning for CPU Fan speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
CPU Fan Profile [Silent]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the CPU fan adjust automatically depending on the CPU
temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Manual]
Set to assign the detailed fan speed control parameters.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Fan Profile to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.
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CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the
upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 0% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC,
the CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
Chassis Q-Fan Control 1/4 [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Q-Fan Control 1/4 to [Enabled].
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Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit 1/4 [300 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you
to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Chassis Fan 1/4 Profile [Silent]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature. It allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the chassis fan adjust automatically depending on the
chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Fan Profile to [Manual].
Chassis Upper Temperature 1/4 [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40ºC to 75ºC.
Chassis Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) 1/4 [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches
the upper limit, the chassis fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Chassis Lower Temperature 1/4 [40]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
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CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) 1/4 [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under
40ºC, the chassis fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Dr. Power Policy [Standard]
Allows user to select standard or aggressive policy of Dr. Power settings.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Aggressive]
The Dr. Power Policy BIOS item appears only if the ASUS Dr. POWER switch is Enabled.
Refer to page 2-13 for details.
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3.8
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Boot Configuration
Fast Boot [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows your system to go back to its normal boot speed.
[Enabled]
Allows your system to accelerate the boot speed.
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The following items appear only when you set the Fast Boot to [Enabled].
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[Disabled]
All USB devices will not be available until OS boot up for a
fastest POST time.
[Full Initialization]
All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will
extend the POST time.
[Partial
Initialization]
For a faster POST time, only USB ports with keyboard and
mouse connections will be detected.
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PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Support [Auto]
Select any of these settings when PS/2 keyboard and mouse are installed. These
settings only apply when Fast Boot is enabled.
[Auto]
For a faster POST time, PS/2 devices will only be
available when the system boots up or rebooted when the
PS/2 devices have not been reconnected or changed. If
you disconnect or change PS/2 devices before restarting
the system, PS/2 devices will not be available and BIOS
setup program will not be accessible via PS/2 devices.
[Full Initialization]
For full system control, PS/2 devices will be available
during POST at any circumstances. This process will
extend POST time.
[Disabled]
For the fastest POST time, all PS/2 devices will not be
available until your computer enters the operating system.
Network Stack Driver Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select to skip the network stack driver from loading during POST.
[Enabled]
Select to load the network stack driver during POST.
Next Boot after AC Power Loss [Normal Boot]
[Normal Boot] Returns to normal boot on the next boot after an AC power loss.
[Fast Boot]
Accelerates the boot speed on the next boot after an AC power loss.
HW Fast Boot [Disabled]
Allows the system to enable or disable the HW Fast Boot.
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Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DirectKey Enable [Go to BIOS...]
[Disabled]
Disables the DirectKey button. The system will only power on or off
when you press the DirectKey button.
[Go to BIOS
Setup]
Allows the system to power on and go to the BIOS Setup directly when
you press the DirectKey button.
Boot Logo Display [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the full screen boot logo display during POST.
Disables the full screen boot logo display during POST.
Boot Logo Size Control [Auto]
[Auto]
[Full Screen]
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Maximizes the boot logo size.
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Post Delay Time [3 sec]
This item appears only when you set the Full Screen Logo item to [Enabled]. This item
allows you to select a desired additional POST waiting time to easily enter the BIOS
Setup. You can only execute the POST delay time during normal boot. The values
range from 0 to 10 seconds.
This feature will only work when set under normal boot.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
[On]
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
[Off]
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the function.
[Enabled]
The system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
[Keep Current]
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed during the boot sequence.
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
Allows you to trap Interrupt 19 by the option ROMs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
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[Advanced Mode] Allows you to go to Advanced Mode of the BIOS after POST.
[EZ Mode]
Allows you to go to EZ Mode of the BIOS after POST.
CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
Allows you to configure the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) items to fully support the
various VGA, bootable devices and add-on devices for better compatibility.
Launch CSM [Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The system automatically detects the bootable devices and the addon devices.
For better compatibility, enable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI
driver add-on devices or the Windows® UEFI mode.
Disable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI driver add-on devices
or the Windows® UEFI mode.
The following items appear only when you set the Launch CSM to [Enabled].
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Boot Devices Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
Allows you to select the type of devices that you want to boot.
Configuration options: [UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only]
[UEFI only]
Boot from Network Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of storage devices that you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Both, Legacy OpROM first] [Both, UEFI first]
[Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that you want
to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
Secure Boot
Allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to protect
the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
[Windows UEFI
Mode]
Allows you to select your installed operating system. Execute
the Microsoft® Secure Boot check. Only select this option when
booting on Windows® UEFI mode or other Microsoft® Secure
Boot compliant OS.
[Other OS]
Get the optimized function when booting on Windows® nonUEFI mode, Windows® Vista/ Windows® XP, or other Microsoft®
Secure Boot non compliant OS. Microsoft® Secure Boot only
supports Windows® UEFI mode.
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OS Type [Windows UEFI mode]
The following item appears only when you set the OS Type to [Windows UEFI mode].
Key Management
This item appears only when you set OS Type to [Windows UEFI Mode]. It allows you
to manage the Secure Boot keys.
Clear Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This
item allows you to clear all default Secure Boot keys.
Save Secure Boot Keys
Allows you to save the PK (Platform Keys) to a USB storage device.
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PK Management
The Platform Key (PK) locks and secures the firmware from any permissible changes.
The system verifies the PK before your system enters the OS.
Delete PK
Allows you to delete the PK from your system. Once the PK is deleted, all
the system’s Secure Boot keys will not be active.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load PK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
The PK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
KEK Management
The KEK (Key-exchange Key or Key Enrollment Key) manages the Signature database
(db) and Revoked Signature database (dbx).
Key-exchange Key (KEK) refers to Microsoft® Secure Boot Key-Enrollment Key (KEK).
Delete the KEK
Allows you to delete the KEK from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load KEK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Append KEK from File
Allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for an
additional db and dbx loaded management.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
The KEK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DB Management
The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI
applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the
single computer.
Delete the db
Allows you to delete the db file from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load db from File
Allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Append db from File
Allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that more
images can be loaded securely.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
The db file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DBX Management
The dbx (Revoked Signature database) lists the forbidden images of db items that are
no longer trusted and cannot be loaded.
Delete the dbx
Allows you to delete the dbx file from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load dbx from File
Allows you to load the downloaded dbx from a USB storage device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Append dbx from File
Allows you to load the additional dbx from a storage device so that more
db’s images cannot be loaded.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
The dbx file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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Boot Option Priorities
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system.
•
To access Windows® OS in Safe Mode, press <F8 > after POST (Windows® 8 not
supported).
•
To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo
appears.
Boot Override
These items displays the available devices. The number of device items that appears on
the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to start
booting from the selected device.
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Tools menu
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to
confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.11.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2.
3.9.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
Chapter 3
The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Label
Allows you to key in a label of the setup profile.
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Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load from Profile
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile
number that saved your BIOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the
system boot failure!
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We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/
CPU configuration and BIOS version.
3.9.3
ASUS SPD Information
Chapter 3
Allows you to view the DRAM SPD information.
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Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and
save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load the default values.
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
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Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of
the available filesystem devices.
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3.11
Updating BIOS
The ASUS website publishes the latest BIOS versions to provide enhancements on system
stability, compatibility, or performance. However, BIOS updating is potentially risky. If there
is no problem using the current version of BIOS, DO NOT manually update the BIOS.
Inappropriate BIOS updating may result in the system’s failure to boot. Carefully follow the
instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
1.
EZ Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard support DVD or a
USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
4.
ASUS BIOS Updater: Updates and back ups the BIOS in DOS environment using the
motherboard support DVD and a USB flash disk drive.
3.11.1
EZ Update
The EZ Update is a utility that allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment.
EZ Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an ISP
(Internet Service Provider).
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This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
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3.11.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a bootable floppy disk
or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website
at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tool menu to select
ASUS EZ Flash Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
3.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
4.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS,
and then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
6.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform
the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.
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This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and
single partition only.
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system
boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 3.9 Exit Menu for
details.
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the
BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a
corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains
the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published
on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at
http://support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash drive
containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility
reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 automatically.
4.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover the BIOS setting. To ensure
system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default
BIOS values.
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To recover the BIOS:
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
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3.11.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update the BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive in FAT32/16 format and
single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at
http://support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
3.
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NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS
Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.
•
Do not save the BIOS file to a floppy disk due to low disk capacity.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
Booting the system in DOS environment
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1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive and select the
optical drive as the boot device.
Please select boot device:
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SATA: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
USB XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
UEFI: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Enter Setup
↑ and ↓ to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
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3. When the Make Disk menu appears, select the FreeDOS command prompt item by
pressing the item number.
4.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type d: and press <Enter> to switch the disk from Drive C
(optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).
Welcome to FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org)!
C:\>d:
D:\>
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater:
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
D:\>bupdater /pc /g
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS
FLASH TYPE: WINDBOND 25Q64
Current ROM
BOARD:P9D-WS
VER: 0204
DATE: 04/04/2013
V1.30 [2013/02/22]
Update ROM
BOARD: UNKNOWN
VER: UNKNOWN
DATE: UNKNOWN
PATH: A:\
P9DWS.CAP
2097152 2013-02-22 17:30:48
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
3.
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
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[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
Press <Tab> to switch between screen fields and use the <Up/Down/Home/End> keys
to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>. BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file
and prompts you to confirm BIOS update.
Are you sure to update BIOS?
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4.
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
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For BIOS Updater version 1.3 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS prompt
after updating BIOS.
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Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See Chaper 3
of your motherboard user manual for details.
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Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
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Software support
4.1
Installing an operating system
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This motherboard supports Windows® 7 32/64-bit and Windows® 8 32/64-bit operating
systems (OS).
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Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. The setup procedures presented
in this chapter are for reference only. Refer to Windows® operating system
documentation for detailed information.
4.2
Support DVD information
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
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 AHCI/RAID Driver
menu contains 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
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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 tab before opening the files.
To read about your motherboard’s utility guide:
1.
Click Manual tab > ASUS
Motherboard Utility Guide.
2.
From the Manual folder, open the
folder of the software manual that
you wish to read.
3.
Some software manuals are
provided in different languages.
Open the language’s folder to view
the software manual.
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The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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4.3
Software information
4.3.1
AI Suite 3
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.
AI Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite 3
To install AI Suite 3 on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Special tab appears if your computer
has enabled the Autorun feature.
2.
Click Utilities tab > AI Suite 3.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
4.
After the AI Suite 3 is installed, restart your computer.
Using AI Suite 3
You can launch the AI Suite 3 for the following Windows® operating systems:
•
For Windows® 7, click
on the notification area.
•
For Windows® 8, click the AI Suite 3 app from the Start Screen.
When launched, the main screen of the AI Suite 3 appears. To go to the AI Suite 3 main
menu bar, click
on the top edge of the screen.
The main screen of the AI Suite 3 is for reference only and vary with models.
Click to launch AI Suite 3 menu bar
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Main screen
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AI Suite 3 main menu bar
DIGI+VRM
Fan Xpert 2
EZ Update
EPU
USB 3.0 Boost
Network
iControl
System
Information
USB BIOS
Flashback
USB Charger+
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The screeshots of AI Suite 3 in this user manual are for reference only. The actual
screenshots vary with models.
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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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4.3.2
DIGI+ VRM
DIGI+ Power Control utility allows you to adjust the CPU and DRAM power settings for an
optimum system efficiency, overall system stability and performance.
Adjusting the CPU power
Click or tap to undo
the changes
Click or tap to
apply the changes
CPU Load-line Calibration
CPU Load-line Calibration adjusts the voltage range and controls the system
temperature. Higher load-line calibration could get higher voltage and good
overclocking performance but increases the CPU and VRM thermal conditions.
CPU Current Capability
CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher
value setting gets higher VRM power consumption delivery.
CPU Power Phase Control
CPU Power Phase Control allows you to get more transient and better thermal
performance by increasing the phase number under heavy system loading. To
increase VRM efficiency, reduce the phase number under light system loading.
* The system automatically sets the default to [Extreme] when using the Intel® iGPU.
CPU Power Thermal Control
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range, and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge overclocking potential.
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CPU Voltage Frequency
CPU Voltage Frequency affects the VRM transient response and thermal
components. Higher VRM frequency gets quicker transient response.
CPU Power Duty Control
CPU Power Duty Control allows to balance the CPU load based on the
temperature or on the current system load.
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Adjusting the DRAM power
Click or tap to undo
the changes
Click or tap to
apply the changes
DRAM Current Capability
A higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking
frequency range simultaneously.
DRAM Voltage Frequency
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency for system stability or to
increase OC range.
DRAM Power Phase Control
Select Extreme for full phase mode to increase system performance or select
Optimized for ASUS optimized phase tuning profile to increase DRAM power
efficiency.
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4.3.3
EPU
EPU is an enery-saving utility that allows you to adjust the CPU, GPU, and Fan Control
settings to their power-saving conditions.
To launch EPU, click EPU on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click to configure the
settings in Auto mode
Click to configure
the settings in High
Performance mode
Click to configure
the settings in Max
Power Saving mode
Click to configure
the settings in
Away mode
Tick to select a
setting for Voltage
Decrement
Click or
to adjust the
Configured Max
CPU Power
Click to select a
fan profile
Tick to put the
system sound on
mute mode
When you enable Configured Max CPU Power for advanced energy saving condition,
the CPU frequency may display 800 MHz in the Windows® OS information of your
computer. However, the true CPU frequency varies depending on the wattage that you
manually set. You can adjust the CPU wattage from the lowest base to your preferred
default value.
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Configured Max CPU Power may decrease the total power delivery to the CPU and
affects the CPU performance under system heavy load. To restore your system to its
default settings, reboot your computer.
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4.3.4
Fan Xpert 2
Fan Xpert 2 automatically detects and tweaks the fan speeds, and provides you with
optimized fan settings based on the fans’ specifications and positions.
To launch Fan Xpert 2, click Fan Xpert 2 on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click a screen to
select the type of
fan that you want
to customize
Click to switch
between CPU
and chassis fan
screens
Click to
set best
customized
setting for
your fan
Click to set the
fan’s speed to
silent mode
Click to maximize the
fan speed
Click to set the balanced
configuration between the
fan’s noise level and speed
Click to increase the fan’s
speed for a high cooling
capability
ASUS Mini Bar
Appears after clicking
Fan Tuning for the first
time. Click options to
select EPU mode.
Customizing the fan settings
Smart Mode
Smart Mode allows you to customize the fans’ rotation speeds and responsiveness based on
your system’s temperature.
Click and drag
to set the fan’s
rotation speed
Click to undo
the changes
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Click and drag
the sliders to
adjust the fan’s
responsiveness
Click to go back to
the previous screen
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Click to switch between
the CPU and chassis
fan screens
Click to apply the
changes
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RPM Mode
RPM Mode allows you to set the fan speed when the CPU temperature is below 75oC.
Click and
drag to adjust
the fan’s
speed
Click to go back
to the previous
screen
Click to switch between the
CPU and chassis fan screens
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When the CPU temperature reaches 75o C, the fan will automatically run at full speed
to protect the CPU.
•
For motherboard models without the CPU fan detection latch, only 4-pin CPU fans are
controllable in Fan Xpert 2.
•
The Fan Xpert 2 may not be able to detect the fan speed if your fan is installed with an
external control kit for rotation speed.
•
Fan Xpert 2 does not support 2-pin fans. If you install a 2-pin fan, it can only run at its
full speed.
•
If the CPU or chassis fans have been changed, the Fan Auto Tuning process should
be repeated.
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DO NOT remove your fan during the Fan Auto Tuning process.
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4.3.5
USB 3.0 Boost
USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) that automatically
speeds up the transfer rates of your USB storage devices.
To launch USB 3.0 Boost, click USB 3.0 Boost on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Using USB 3.0 Boost
1.
Connect a USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 port.
2.
From the USB 3.0 Boost screen, click to select a USB device.
3.
To enable UASP on your USB device, click UASP. To revert to its normal transfer rate,
click Normal.
Click to enable the USB
device’s normal data
transfer rate
Click to select a USB device
Click to enable UASP or
Turbo Mode to the USB
device for a faster data
transfer rate
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Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
•
Use the USB 3.0 devices for high performance. The data transfer speed varies with
USB devices.
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4.3.6
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s softwares,
drivers and the BIOS version easily. With this utlity, you can also manually update the saved
BIOS and select a boot logo when the system goes into POST.
To launch EZ Update, click EZ Update on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click to automatically
update your
motherboard’s
driver, software and
firmware
Click to select a
boot logo
Click to update
the BIOS
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Click to find and
select the BIOS
from file
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4.3.7
Network iControl
Network iControl is a one-stop setup network control center that allows you to manage your
network bandwidth and set the bandwidth priority for your running programs.
Launching Network iControl
To launch Network iControl, click or tap the
menu, then select Network iControl.
on the top edge of the AI Suite 3 main
•
Ensure to install the LAN drivers before using this utility.
•
Network iControl can only support the onboard LAN.
EZ Start screen
Click or tap
to activate
Network
iControl
Click or tap to
select a profile
Tick to enable the
selected profile
Click or tap to apply
the changes made
Quick Connection screen
Click or tap
to turn the No
delay TCP on
or off
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EZ Profile screen
Click or tap to save the profile
settings or rename the profile
Click or tap
to select a
network profile
Click or tap
to set the
program as
High, Normal,
or Low priority
Tick to assign
a schedule of
your network
programs to
avoid network
congestions
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Select a
program from
this list and
click
to
add to your
network profile
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4.3.8
System Information
This utility allows you get the detailed information of the motherboard, CPU, and memory
settings.
To launch System Information, click System Information on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Viewing the motherboard information
From the System Information screen, click MB tab to view the motherboard’s information.
Viewing the CPU information
From the System Information screen, click CPU tab to view the processor’s information.
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Viewing the SPD information
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From the System Information screen, click SPD tab to view the memory’s information.
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4.3.9
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback allows you to check and save the latest BIOS version to a USB storage
device. Use this utility to quickly check for the latest available BIOS and set a schedule to
when you can download for a newer version.
To launch USB BIOS Flashback, click USB BIOS Flashback on the AI Suite 3 main menu
bar.
Current BIOS
information
Set a schedule for
the BIOS Update
download
Click to cancel
the download
schedule setting
Click to check
for a new BIOS
update available
for download
Click to apply
the download
schedule setting
Scheduling the BIOS download
1.
In the Download Setting field, tick Schedule (days) then select the number of days for
the BIOS download schedule.
2.
Click Apply to save the BIOS download schedule. Click Cancel to cancel the
download schedule.
Downloading the updated BIOS
Before you start downloading, ensure that you have installed the USB storage device to
your computer’s USB port that supports USB BIOS Flashback. Refer to section 2.3.1 Rear
I/O connection of your user manual for more details.
To download the updated BIOS:
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1.
From the USB BIOS Flashback screen, click Check for New BIOS Update to check
for the latest BIOS version.
Wait for the system to check the latest BIOS version.
2.
After the utility detects a new BIOS, click
flash drive, then click Download.
3.
After the download is complete, click OK.
from the Save to: field, select the USB
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USB Charger+
USB Charger+ allows you to quick-charge your portable USB devices even if your computer
is off, in sleep mode or hibernate mode.
The USB Charger+ will not work if the ErP-ready item in the BIOS is enabled.
Launching USB Charger+
To launch USB Charger+, click
on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
on the top edge of the screen, then click USB Charger+
USB Charger+ screen
Click to detect
the connected
USB device
Indicates that
the connected
USB device
is in charging
mode
Click to fastcharge your
USB device
Click to select
the type of
USB device
that you wish
to charge
when the
system is off
Click to stop
charging your
USB device
Click to apply
the settings
Click to discard
the settings
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Ensure to connect your USB device into the USB port that supports this utility. Refer to
section 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection of your user manual for more details.
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4.3.11
Audio configurations
The Realtek audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio
experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Sensing 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.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
A.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager with DTS UltraPC II for Windows® 8 /
Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista
Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected)
Advanced
settings
Set default
device
button
Control
settings panel
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Analog and digital connector status
This version of Realtek HD Audio Manager supports Intel® 8 Series motherboards and other
selected models.
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B.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager with DTS UltraPC II for Windows® 8 /
Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista
To display Quick Volume Adjustment Bar, click
To launch Realtek® HD Audio Manager, click
from the taskbar then click
.
from the taskbar then double-click
.
Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected)
Device
advanced
settings
Click to exit
Click to minimize
Information
button
Control settings
Click to set
default device
Click to
set default
communication
device
Analog and digital connector status
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Connector
settings
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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Due to Intel® 226 does not support Windows® Vista, Realtek® HD Audio driver is only
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Chapter 5
Chapter 5:
5.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
Multiple GPU technology support
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to install multigraphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in this
section.
5.1.1
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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).
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.
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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Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards
Chapter 5
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 CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the CrossFireX
bridge connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
CrossFireX bridge
(bundled with
graphics cards)
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Goldfingers
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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.
5.1.4
Chapter 5
5. Installing three CrossFireX™ graphics cards
1.
Prepare three CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the three graphics card into the PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard has more
than three PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the two
CrossFireX bridge connectors to the
goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connectors are 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.
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Installing four CrossFireX™ graphics cards
1.
Prepare four CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the four graphics card into the PCIEX16 slots. Refer to Chapter 1 in this user
manual for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the four
CrossFireX bridge connectors to the
goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connectors are firmly
in place.
5. Connect four independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the four graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
5.1.6
Installing the device drivers
Chapter 5
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 AMD® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
5.1.7
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the AMD Catalyst Control Center
To launch the AMD Catalyst Control Center:
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select
Catalyst Control Center.
2.
Click Catalyst Control Center to configure the
displays and settings of your AMD graphic cards.
ASUS P9D WS
5-5
Enabling Dual CrossFireX technology
Chapter 5
1.
In the Catalyst Control Center window, click Performance > AMD CrossFireXTM.
2.
Select Enable CrossFireXTM.
3.
Select a GPU combination from the drop-down list.
4.
Click Apply to save and activate the GPU settings made.
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1
3
4
5-6
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Online support
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
tw.asus.com
+86-21-38429911
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
Telephone
Fax
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Support fax
Online support
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-812-282-3777
+1-510-608-4555
usa.asus.com
+1-812-282-2787
+1-812-284-0883
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Technical Support
Telephone
Support Fax
Online support
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
www.asus.de
www.asus.de/sales
+49-1805-010923*
+49-2102-9599-11
support.asus.com
* EUR 0.14/minute from a German fixed landline; EUR 0.42/minute from a mobile phone.
(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Signature :
Date :
Representative Person’s Name :
Apr. 29, 2013
Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators
Conforms to the following specifications:
Model Number : P9D WS
Product Name : Motherboard
hereby declares that the product
Phone/Fax No:
Address:
Responsible Party Name:
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Ver. 120601
Manufacturer:
TAIWAN
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
GERMANY
Country:
Authorized representative in Europe:
Address, City:
Country:
P9D WS
Model name :
Declaration Date: 29/04/2013
Year to begin affixing CE marking:2013
CE marking
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
Regulation (EC) No. 1275/2008
2009/125/EC-ErP Directive
EN 60950-1 / A12:2011
2006/95/EC-LVD Directive
EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-10)
EN 300 440-1 V1.6.1(2010-08)
EN 300 440-2 V1.4.1(2010-08)
EN 301 511 V9.0.2(2003-03)
EN 301 908-1 V5.2.1(2011-05)
EN 301 908-2 V5.2.1(2011-07)
EN 301 893 V1.6.1(2011-11)
EN 302 544-2 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 302 623 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 50360:2001
EN 62479:2010
EN 50385:2002
EN 62311:2008
1999/5/EC-R &TTE Directive
EN 55022:2010
EN 61000-3-2:2006+A2:2009
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
Name :
Signature : __________
CEO
Jerry Shen
Position :
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
EN 60065:2002 / A12:2011
EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2(2011-09)
EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-4 V1.4.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-7 V1.3.1(2005-11)
EN 301 489-9 V1.4.1(2007-11)
EN 301 489-17 V2.1.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-24 V1.5.1(2010-09)
EN 302 326-2 V1.2.2(2007-06)
EN 302 326-3 V1.3.1(2007-09)
EN 301 357-2 V1.4.1(2008-11)
EN 302 291-1 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 302 291-2 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 55024:2010
EN 61000-3-3:2008
EN 55020:2007+A11:2011
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Motherboard
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Address, City:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
EC Declaration of Conformity
We, the undersigned,
Ver. 130208
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