Asus GRYPHON ARMOR KIT Specifications

Asus GRYPHON ARMOR KIT Specifications
ARMOR EDITION
Motherboard
GRYPHON Z97
E9266
First Edition
May 2014
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Contents
Safety information....................................................................................................... vi
About this guide......................................................................................................... vii
GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION specifications summary..................................... ix
Package contents...................................................................................................... xiv
Installation tools and components........................................................................... xv
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.1.1
1.2
Product Introduction
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-1
1.1.2
“Ultimate COOL” Thermal Solutions............................................ 1-2
1.1.3
“TUF Engine” Power Design........................................................ 1-3
1.1.4
“Safe & Stable!” Guardian Angel.................................................. 1-3
1.1.5
ASUS EZ DIY............................................................................... 1-4
1.1.6
ASUS Exclusive Features............................................................ 1-5
1.1.7
Other special features.................................................................. 1-6
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 1-7
1.2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-7
1.2.2
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 1-8
1.2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................. 1-10
1.2.4
System memory......................................................................... 1-11
1.2.5
Expansion slots.......................................................................... 1-23
1.2.6
Onboard buttons........................................................................ 1-25
1.2.7Jumpers..................................................................................... 1-27
1.2.8
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 1-29
1.2.9
Internal connectors.................................................................... 1-30
Chapter 2:
2.1
Basic installation
Building your PC system............................................................................ 2-1
2.1.1
Motherboard installation............................................................... 2-1
2.1.2
CPU installation........................................................................... 2-3
2.1.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation................................ 2-4
2.1.4
DIMM installation......................................................................... 2-6
2.1.5
ATX Power connection................................................................ 2-7
2.1.6
SATA device connection.............................................................. 2-8
2.1.7
Front I/O Connector..................................................................... 2-9
2.1.8
Expansion Card installation....................................................... 2-10
2.2
BIOS update utility.................................................................................... 2-11
2.3
Motherboard rear and audio connections.............................................. 2-12
2.3.1
Rear I/O connection................................................................... 2-12
2.3.2
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-14
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2.4
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-16
2.5 Turning off the computer......................................................................... 2-16
Chapter 3:
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
3.2
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-3
3.2.2
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-4
3.2.3
Q-Fan Control.............................................................................. 3-7
3.2.4
EZ Tuning Wizard........................................................................ 3-9
3.3
My Favorites.............................................................................................. 3-10
3.4
Main menu................................................................................................. 3-12
3.5
Ai Tweaker menu....................................................................................... 3-14
3.6
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-28
3.6.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-29
3.6.2
PCH Configuration..................................................................... 3-32
3.6.3
PCH Storage Configuration....................................................... 3-33
3.6.4
System Agent Configuration...................................................... 3-35
3.6.5
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-36
3.6.6
Platform Misc Configuration....................................................... 3-37
3.6.7
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-39
3.6.8
APM Configuration..................................................................... 3-40
3.6.9
Network Stack Configuration..................................................... 3-41
3.7
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-42
3.8
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-48
3.9
Tool menu.................................................................................................. 3-54
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-54
3.9.2
ASUS Overclocking Profile........................................................ 3-55
3.9.3
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-56
3.10
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-57
3.11
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-58
3.11.1
EZ Update.................................................................................. 3-58
3.11.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-59
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3........................................................... 3-60
Chapter 4:
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BIOS setup
3.1
Software support
4.1
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
4.2
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-3
4.3
Software information.................................................................................. 4-4
4.4
AI Suite 3...................................................................................................... 4-4
4.4.1
Thermal Radar 2.......................................................................... 4-7
4.4.2
EZ Update.................................................................................. 4-12
4.4.3
USB BIOS Flashback................................................................. 4-14
4.4.4
Push Notice................................................................................ 4-16
4.4.5
USB 3.0 Boost........................................................................... 4-19
4.4.6
System Information.................................................................... 4-20
4.4.7
USB Charger+............................................................................ 4-22
4.4.8Version....................................................................................... 4-23
4.5
Turbo LAN.................................................................................................. 4-24
4.6
Audio configurations................................................................................ 4-25
Chapter 5:
5.1
RAID support
RAID configurations................................................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
RAID definitions........................................................................... 5-1
5.1.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks................................................... 5-2
5.1.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS..................................................... 5-2
5.1.4Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility................... 5-3
5.2
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation.................. 5-7
Appendices
Notices..................................................................................................................... A-1
ASUS contact information....................................................................................... A-5
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
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.
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. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the
motherboard.
•
Chapter 2: Basic installation
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components.
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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.
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Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
•
Chapter 5: RAID support
This chapter describes the RAID configurations.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
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.
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Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>
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If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION specifications summary
LGA1150 socket for the 4th, New 4th, and 5th generation Intel®
Core™ i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and
Celeron® Processors
CPU
Supports 22nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU
types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for the complete CPU support list.
Chipset
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
4 x DIMM, max. 32 GB, DDR3 1866 / 1600 / 1333 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
Memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of
individual CPUs. Please refer to Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List)
for details.
* Refer to www.asus.com or this user guide for the complete the Memory
QVL (Qualified Vendors List).
Expansion slots
2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16 or dual at x8 /x8
mode)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot [black] (x4 mode)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot [brown]
Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel® HD Graphics support
VGA
Multi-VGA output support: DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI port
- Supports DisplayPort 1.2* with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160
@ 24Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz /
2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear
Video HD Technology, and Intel® Insider™
Maximum shared memory 512 MB
* DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant. Supports up to three
displays of DisplayPort 1.2 monitors on a daisy chain.
Multi-GPU support
LAN
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Intel® I218V Gigabit LAN controller
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Storage
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel®
Rapid Start Technology 13 support
- 6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support
- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid
Start Technology, and Intel® Smart Connect Technology*
* These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.
Audio
Realtek® ALC892 8-channel High definition audio CODEC
- Audio shielding ensures precision analog/digital separation
and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
- Separate layer for left and right track, ensuring both sound
deliver equal quality
- Top notch audio sensation delivers according to the audio
configuration
- Audio amplifier to enhance the highest quality sound for
headphone and speakers
- High Quality 97dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at
rear) and 90dB SNR recording input (Line-in) support
- Absolute pitch 192khz/24bit true BD lossless sound
- BD audio layer content protection
- Supports jack-detection, multi-streaming, and front panel jackretasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at rear I/O
USB
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset - supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at mid-board for front panel support
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel (blue)
- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back
panel)
“Ultimate COOL!” Thermal Solution
- TUF ICe
- TUF Thermal Armor
- TUF Thermal Radar 2 with Thermistors
“We Got Your Back!” Shape Force
- TUF Fortifier
Exclusive TUF Features
“TUF ENGINE” Power Design
- 8+2 Digital Phase Power Design
- TUF Components (10K Ti-Cap, New Alloy Choke and
MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
- ASUS DIGI+ Power Control Utility
“SAFE & Stable!” Guardian Angel
- Dust Defenders with connector covers and back I/O dust filter
- TUF ESD Guards
-MemOK!
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GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION specifications summary
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
- USB 3.0 Boost featuring speedy USB 3.0 transmission
- USB BIOS Flashback with USB BIOS Flashback Wizard for EZ
BIOS download scheduling
- USB Charger+ featuring quick-charging function for all smart
devices
- ASUS Remote GO! with Cloud GO! Remote Desktop, Remote
Keyboard and Mouse, and File Transfer
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring user-friendly graphics user
interface
- Turbo LAN to experience smooth online gaming with lower pings
and less lags
- Push Notice monitors your PC status with smart devices in real
time
Other Special Features
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Update
- Disk Unlocker
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- Multi-language BIOS
Drivers
Support DVD contents
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS/TUF CPU-Z
ASUS Utilities
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GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION specifications summary
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports
(19-pin; moss green)
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (brown)
1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin moss green) for both 4-pin (PWM
mode) and 3-pin (DC mode) CPU coolers control with auto
detection support
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (4-pin Black) for both 4-pin(PWM
mode) and 3-pin(DC mode) CPU coolers control
4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin Black) for both 4-pin(PWM
mode) and 3-pin(DC mode) CPU coolers control
Internal I/O connectors
2 x Assistant Fan connectors (1 x 3-pin, 1 x 4-pin [White])
1 x Front panel audio connector(AAFP)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x DRCT(DirectKey) header
3 x T_Sensor (Thermal Sensor) headers
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x TPM header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
BIOS features
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0,
Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS
3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified Log, F12 PrintScreen
function, F3 Shortcut functions, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial
Presence Detect) memory information
Manageability
Wfm 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Operating System
Support
Windows® 8.1
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
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GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION specifications summary
4 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector 7cm
1 x ASUS Q-Shield
1 x 2-in-1 Q-connector
1 x Assistant Fan (40mm)
1 x TUF Accessory Package
- 3 x Thermistor cables
- 1 x back I/O dust frame
- 1 x back I/O dust grid
- 1 x connector dust cover collection (On board USB 3.0, DVI,
HDMI, DP, LAN)
Accessories
- 10 x USB connector dust covers (2 x On board, 8 x back)
- 7 x SATA connector dust covers
- 1 x SATA Express dust cover
- 5 x Audio connector dust covers
- 3 x PCIe x16 slot dust covers
- 2 x DRAM slot dust covers
- 1 x PCIe x1 slot dust cover
- 2 x Short fan screws
1 x TUF Inside sticker
1 x TUF Certification card
1 x TUF 5-Year Warranty manual (by region)
TUF Accessory Installation Guide
User’s manual
Form factor
µATX form factor: 9.6 in. x 9.6 in. (24.4 cm x 24.4 cm)
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items
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User Ma
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR
EDITIONmotherboard
Technical documentations,
certification and warranty card
Support DVD
4 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
1 x ASUS SLI™ bridge connector
(7 cm)
1 x ASUS Q-Shield
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector kit
1 x 40 mm Assistant fan
3 x PCIe x16 slot covers
1 x PCIe x1 slot covers
2 x DRAM slot covers
Rear I/O dust filter
TUF Accessory Installation Guide
1 x Connector cap set
(LAN cap, HDMI cap, DVI cap, DP
cap, Front USB 3.0 cap)
3 x Thermistor cables
2 x short fan screws
SA
ExprTA
ess
7 x SATA connector caps
1 x SATA Expresss connector cap
8 x Back I/O USB 3.0/2.0 connector
caps
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2 x Onboard USB 2.0 connector
caps
5 x Audio connector caps
•
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
•
The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may
vary with different models.
Installation tools and components
1 bag of screws
Philips (cross) screwdriver
PC chassis
Power supply unit
Intel® LGA1150 CPU
Intel® LGA1150 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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Chapter 1:
Product Introduction
Product introduction
1.1
Special features
1.1.1
Product highlights
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LGA1150 socket for the 4th, New 4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 /
Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors
This motherboard supports the 4th, New 4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel®
Core™ i5 /Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package. It
provides great graphics and system performance with its GPU, dual-channel DDR3 memory
slots, and PCI Express 2.0/3.0 expansion slots.
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
Intel® Z97 Express Chipset is a single chipset that supports the LGA1150 socket for the 4th,
New 4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7/Intel® Core™ i5/Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and
Celeron® processors. It utilizes the serial point-to-point links, which increases bandwidth and
enhances the system’s performance. It natively supports up to six USB 3.0 ports for up to ten
times faster transfer rate than USB 2.0 and enables the iGPU function for Intel® integrated
graphics performance.
PCI Express® 3.0
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the 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 1866 / 1600 / 1333 MHz Support
The motherboard supports the dual-channel DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates
of DDR3 1866 / 1600 / 1333 MHz to boost the system’s performance, and to meet the higher
bandwidth requirements of 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications.
Quad-GPU SLI and Quad GPU CrossFireX™ Support
Chapter 1
This motherboard features the most powerful Intel® Z97 platform that optimizes PCIe
allocation in multi-GPU SLI and CrossFireX™ solution, giving you a brand-new gaming
enjoyment.
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1-1
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology, an important part of Green ASUS eco-friendly
computing, reduces load and wait time, eliminates unnecessary hard drive spin thus lowering
power usage, and uses an installed SSD (requires 18.6 GB available space) as a cache
for frequently accessed data or applications. It combines SSD performance and hard drive
capacity, operating up to six times faster than a hard-drive-only system to boost the system’s
overall performance.
* 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors family support Intel® Smart Response Technology.
** An operating system must be installed on the HDD to launch Intel® Smart Response Technology.
***The SSD is reserved for caching function.
Intel® Smart Connect Technology
Your computer can receive fresh updates for selected applications, even when the system
is in sleep mode. This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the
cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience.
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power
hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides
your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping the energy use low.
Complete USB 3.0 integration
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 and play connectivity
solution of speed up to ten times faster than USB 2.0.
1.1.2
“Ultimate COOL” Thermal Solutions
Thermal Radar 2
Thermal Radar 2 uses multiple sensors to control motherboard temperatures, automatically
adjusting fan speeds for better system stability and power efficiency. It also provides
customizable fan management that displays real-time motherboard, CPU and VGA zone
cooling status, and promotes extended system longevity, power saving solution, and noise
reduction.
TUF ICe
ASUS TUF have forged a brand new microchip that delivers incredibly precise temperature
monitoring and fan controls. With the TUF ICe, you can be assured that monitoring of
onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds is always ultra-accurate—whether you are
adjusting settings manually or using the automatic one-click organization.
Chapter 1
Thermal Armor
The GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION Thermal Armor features the reversible-airflow
technology that blows dust up and away from the heatsink VRM. The Thermal Armor’s airflow
channels provides strategic cooling for critical components. It also has PCB convection holes
that improves air circulation and effective cooling.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1.3
“TUF Engine” Power Design
DIGI+ Power Control
ASUS DIGI+ Power Control features the revolutionary and innovative digital VRM, DRAM,
and CPU Voltage controllers. These controllers offers ultra-precise memory and voltage
tuning for optimal system efficiency, stability and performance.
TUF Components (TUF new Alloy Chokes, TUF 10K Ti-Caps, and TUF
MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
The motherboard’s TUF components features improved military-standard robust TUF new
alloy chokes, titanium solid state capacitors, and MOSFETs. The TUF alloy choke is 13.6%
cooler for extra unbeatable durability. Its 10K Titanium capacitors has 20% more temperature
tolerance and provides five times longer lifetime usage while the military grade certified TUF
MOSFETs offers lower RDS (on).
1.1.4
“Safe & Stable!” Guardian Angel
TUF Fortifier
The metal base TUF Fortifier strengthens the base of the motherboard and secures the
Thermal Armor and the motherboard in place. It reinforces the motherboard’s PCB to support
the Thermal Armor, CPU, VGA card, additional expansion cards, and other peripherals. It
also makes the motherboard easier to handle and helps protect your hands.
Dust Defender
Dust Defender provides rear I/O filter and special shields that help reduce dust build-up on
critical points within slots and connectors, minimizing any harm to the components’ optimal
functions, data transfer efficiency, and system performance.
TUF ESD Guards
TUF ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Guards provides protection against electrostatic
discharges, which can damage the motherboard’s components. The ASUS exclusive AntiStatic chip and circuit design, and the I/O shield provide four times better protection and
ensure the motherboard’s lifespan.
MemOK!
Chapter 1
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.
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1.1.5
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 UEFI 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:
•
New My Favorites function allows you to quickly access the frequently used items
•
New quick Note function allows you to take notes in the BIOS environment
•
New Last Modified log allows you to view all your modified settings
•
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-Slot and q-Shield design speed up
and simplify the DIY process.
ASUS Q-shield
ASUS Q-Shield’s special design makes it convenient and easy to install on your
motherboard. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against
static electricity and shields it against EMI (Electronic Magnetic Interference).
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.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1.6
ASUS Exclusive Features
Remote GO!
ASUS Remote GO! leads the way to a more enjoyable home entertainment. With ASUS
Remote GO!, you can wirelessly stream media files to DLNA devices, remotely control
and access your computer using your smart device and easily transfer files between your
computer and smart device.
Conveniently use and enjoy these ASUS Remote GO! functions:
•
Cloud GO!: Allows you to control files and sync them all across cloud services in a few
clicks.
•
ASUS Media Streamer: Allows you to stream media files to a DLNA-supported devices.
•
Remote Desktop: Allows you to view your computer’s desktop and remotely operate
your computer in real-time from your smart device.
•
File Transfer: Allows you to transfer files between your computer and smart device.
USB 3.0 Boost
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, which supports USB 3.0 standard UASP (USB Attached SCSI
Protocol), significantly increases a USB device’s transfer speed up to 170% faster than the
already impressive USB 3.0 transfer speed. It automatically accelerates data speeds for
compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
USB Charger+
With a dedicated onboard controller, quick-charge all your smart devices such as
smartphones, tablets and more, all up to three times faster, even when the system is
powered off, in sleep or hibernation mode.
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback offers a hassle-free updating solution for your ultimate convenience.
Install a USB storage device containing the BIOS file, press the BIOS Flashback button for
about three seconds, and the UEFI BIOS is automatically updated even without entering
the existing BIOS or operating system. It also allows you to regularly check for UEFI BIOS
updates, and download the latest BIOS automatically.
AI Suite 3
Chapter 1
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite 3 consolidates all the exclusive ASUS
features into one simple-to-use software package. It allows you to supervise fan speed
control, voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use
functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
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1.1.7
Other special features
DisplayPort Support
DisplayPort is a digital display interface standard that delivers up to 10.8 Gbps of bandwidth
over standard cables, providing billions of colors and bi-directional communications, thus
enabling the fastest refresh rates, and the highest resolution digital display through a single
cable. Also, it supports HDCP copy protection for Blu-ray discs. Simply output 3D signals
through the connected DisplayPort cable with your 3D display, then you can sit back and
enjoy a perfect 3D animation experience.
HDMI Support
High Definition Multimedia Surface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers
multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video up to 4K/2K resolution visuals through
a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and blu-ray discs, HDMI
provides you with the highest quality home theater experience.
ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union’s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP
requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirement in regards to energy
consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energyefficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the
product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.2
Motherboard overview
1.2.1
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.
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1.2.2
Motherboard layout
Refer to the Internal connectors and Rear I/O connection section for more information
about rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
Chapter 1
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
1-36
2.
CPU, optional, chassis, and assistant fan connectors (4-pin CPU_
FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1-4; 3-pin ASST_FAN1,
4-pin ASST_FAN2)
1-34
3.
LGA1150 CPU socket
1-10
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
1-11
5.
MemOK! button
1-25
6.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
1-31
7.
Intel Z97 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-6
[brown])
1-30
8.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
1-37
9.
DirectKey connector (2-pin DRCT)
1-38
10.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
1-27
11.
CPU Over Voltage jumper (3-pin CPU_OV)
1-28
12.
BIOS Flashback button (BIOS_FLBK)
1-26
13.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1112, USB1314)
1-33
14.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
1-38
15.
Thunderbolt header (5-pin TB_HEADER)
1-39
16.
Thermal sensor connectors (T_SENSOR1, T_SENSOR2, T_
SENSOR3)
1-35
17.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
1-35
18.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
1-32
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1.2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the 4th, New
4th, and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and
Celeron® processors.
•
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.
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1.2.4
System memory
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) slots.
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.
Chapter 1
Recommended memory configurations
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION
1-11
Memory configurations
You may install 2GB, 4GB and 8GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM
sockets.
•
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 1.65V is recommended to protect
the CPU.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows® OS, when you install 4 GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3 GB 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 512 Mb (64 MB) chips or less
(Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB).
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect
(SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module.
Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a
lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked
or at a higher frequency, refer to section Ai Tweaker menu for manual memory
frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
•
Memory modules with memory frequency higher than 2133MHz and their
corresponding timing or the loaded XMP profile is not the JEDEC memory standard.
The stability and compatibility of the memory modules depend on the CPU’s
capabilities and other installed devices.
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GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR3 2666 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Apacer
78.BAGFF.AFC0C(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
•
Apacer
78.BAGFR.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
•
Apacer
78.CAGFF.AFD0C(XMP)
16GB (2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
12-13-13-35
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A2666C11
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
16GB (4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-2666CL10Q16GBZHD(XMP)
16GB (4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
GEIL
GOC332GB2666C11QC(XMP)
32GB (4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-32
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX26C11T2K2/8X(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB )
SS
-
-
2666-11-1313-32
1.65
•
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DDR3 2500 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
G.SKILL
F3-20000CL10Q16GBZHD(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-11-31
1.65
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
2
4
•
•
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
2
4
A-DATA
AX3U2400W4G11-DMV(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
SS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U2400W8G11-DMV(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-35
1.65
•
•
Apacer
78.BAGFL.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-12-12-30
-
•
•
Apacer
783BAGF3.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A2400C10
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A2400C10
(Ver5.29)(XMP)
32GB ( 4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A2400C10A
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB ( 8x 2GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A2400C10R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A2400C10
(Ver4.21)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
•
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DDR3 2400 MHz capability
(continued on the next page)
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DDR3 2400 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL10Q32GBZHD(XMP)
32GB ( 4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL11Q16GBZHD(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31
1.65
•
2
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS(XMP)
4G ( 2x 2G )
DS
-
-
9-11-9-28
1.65
•
G.SKILL
F3-19200CL9Q16GBZMD(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
4
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-2400C11Q-32GXM(XMP)
32GB ( 4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-31
1.65
•
•
GEIL
GOC316GB2400C10QC(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
•
GEIL
GOC316GB2400C11QC(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
1.65
•
•
Kingston
KHX2400C11D3K4/8GX(XMP)
8GB ( 4x 2GB )
SS
-
-
11-13-11-30
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX24C11K4/16X(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
11-13-13-30
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX24C11T2K2/8X(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX24C11T3K2/16X(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
2400-11-1313-32
1.65
•
KINGSTON
KHX24C11T3K4(XMP)
16GB ( 4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
2400-11-1313-30
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX24C11T3K4/32X(XMP)
32GB ( 4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
Mushkin
997122R(XMP)
16GB ( 2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
2400-10-1212-28
1.65
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU240NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
2400-11-1313-32
-
•
•
Transcend
TX2400KLN-8GK(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
2400-11-1211-29
1.6
•
•
DDR3 2200 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
GEIL
GET34GB2200C9DC(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.65
•
•
GEIL
GET38GB2200C9ADC(XMP)
8GB ( 2x 4GB )
DS
-
-
9-11-9-28
1.65
•
•
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DDR3 2133 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
A-DATA
AX3U2133W4G10-DR(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
SS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U2133W8G10-DR(XMP)
16GB (2x 8GB)
DS
-
-
10-11-11-30
1.65
•
•
Apacer
78.BAGE4.AFD0C(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
Apacer
AHU04GFB33CAQ3R(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
11-13-13-31
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A2133C9
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
16GB (2x 8GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A2133C9
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
32GB (4x 8GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A2133C9
(Ver1.5)(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-10-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2B2133C9
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-11-31
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMY8GX3M2A2133C11R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R
(Ver4.21)(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-27
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-17000CL11Q264GBZLD(XMP)
64GB (8x 8GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-30
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH(XMP)
16GB (4x 4GB)
DS
-
-
9-11-10-28
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-2133C10Q-32GSR(XMP)
32GB (4x 8GB)
DS
-
-
10-12-12-31
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-2133C11Q-32GZL(XMP)
32GB (4x 8GB)
DS
-
-
11-11-11-31
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX(XMP)
16GB (4x 4GB)
DS
-
-
11-12-11-30
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX21C11T3FK8/64X(XMP)
64GB (8x 8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU213NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
2133-11-1211-30
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU213NSA(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
2133-11-1211-30
-
•
•
Transcend
TX2133KLH-16GK(XMP)
16GB (2x 8GB)
DS
-
-
2133-10-1110-27
1.6
•
•
Transcend
TX2133KLN-8GK(XMP)
8GB (2x 4GB)
DS
-
-
2133-10-1110-27
1.6
•
•
DDR3 2000 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
AEXEA
AXA3ES4GK2000LG28V(XMP)
4GB (2x
2GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
Asint
SLA302G08-ML2HB(XMP)
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFRH9C
9-9-9-27
-
•
•
GEIL
GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)
4GB (2x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
•
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DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
1-15
DDR3 1866 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver5.29)
(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
1866 9-99-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A1866C9 (Ver4.13)
(XMP)
16GB ( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M4A1866C9 (Ver8.16)
(XMP)
16GB ( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD32GX3M4A1866C9 (Ver3.24)
(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver4.13)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver5.12)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver8.16)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMT32GX3M4X1866C9(Ver3.23)
(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver 4.21)
(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMY8GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver3.24)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1866C10 (Ver5.29)
(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
1866-9-109-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10 (Ver3.23)
(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10(Ver3.23)
(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 (Ver8.16)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9G (Ver5.12)
(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
1866 9-109-27
1.5
•
•
Cricial
BLE8G3D1869DE1TX0.16FED(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
1866-9-99-27
1.5
•
•
Crucial
BLE4G3D1869DE1XT0.16FMD(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.5
•
•
2
4
(continued on the next page)
Chapter 1
1-16
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 1866 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip
NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP)
16GB ( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL(XMP)
16GB ( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL(XMP)
16GB ( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C10Q2-64GZM(XMP)
64GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C10Q2-64GZM(XMP)
64GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-11-10-30
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-1866C9Q-32GXM(XMP)
32GB ( 4x
8GB )
DS
-
-
9-10-9-28
1.5
•
•
GEIL
GEEL316GB1866C9DC(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
1866-9-109-28
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
-
1.65
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU186NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
1866-9-119-27
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU186NSA(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
1866-9-119-27
-
•
•
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
A-DATA
AD3U1600W4G11
4GB
SS
A-DATA
3WCD-1211A
11-11-11-28
-
•
•
A-DATA
AD3U1600W8G11
8GB
DS
A-DATA
3WCD-1211A
11-11-11-28
-
•
•
4
A-DATA
ADDU1600W4G11-B
4GB
SS
A-DATA
DWND-1211A
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
A-DATA
ADDU1600W8G11-B
8GB
DS
ELPIDA
J4208EBBGGN-F
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600W4G9DB(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
A-DATA
AX3U1600W8G9DB(XMP)
16GB ( 2x
8GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
AMD
AE32G1609U1-U
2GB
SS
AMD
23EY4587MB6H
-
1.5
•
•
AMD
AE34G1609U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB6H
-
1.5
•
•
AMD
AP38G1608U2K(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-28
1.65
•
•
Chapter 1
2
(continued on the next page)
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION
1-17
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Chapter 1
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Apacer
78.B1GE3.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5908DEQSCK
-
1.65
•
•
Apacer
78.B1GET.9K00C
4GB
SS
Apacer
AM5D6008BQQSCK
11-1111-28
-
•
•
Apacer
78.C1GET.9K10C
8GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D6008BQQSCK
11-1111-31
-
•
•
Apacer
AHU04GFA60C9Q3R(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
11-1111-28
-
•
•
Apacer
AHU08GFA60CBT3R(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
Asint
SLA302G08-EGG1C(XMP)
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GG1C
9-9-9-27
-
•
•
Asint
SLA302G08-EGJ1C(XMP)
4GB
DS
Asint
302G08-GJ1C
9-9-9-27
-
•
•
Asint
SLA302G08-EGN1C
4GB
DS
ASint
302G08-GN1C
-
-
•
•
Asint
SLA304G08-ENG1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-GN1B
9-1111-28
-
•
•
Asint
SLB304G08-EGJ1B(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
-
•
•
Asint
SLB304G08-EGN1B
8GB
DS
ASint
304G08-GN1B
-
-
•
•
Asint
SLZ302G08-EGN1C
2GB
SS
ASint
302G08-GN1C
-
-
•
•
AVEXIR
AVD3U16000904G2CW(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
11-1111-28
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD16GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver8.21)(XMP)
16GB (
2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1600C8
(Ver5.12)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
1600
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMD8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver2.12)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CML16GX3M2A1600C10
(Ver2.21)(XMP)
16GB (
2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CML8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver7.12)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-924
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M1A1600C11
8GB
DS
-
-
11-1111-30
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
(Ver3.19)(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
SS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
(Ver.3.24)(XMP)
16GB (
2x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)
16GB (
4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
16GB (
4x 4GB )
DS
-
-
1600-99-9-24
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
(Ver2.2)(XMP)
32GB (
4x 8GB )
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
•
CORSAIR
CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9
(Ver8.16)(XMP)
4GB ( 1x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
(Ver3.23)(XMP)
8GB ( 1x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
(Ver8.21)(XMP)
8GB ( 1x
8GB )
DS
-
-
10-1010-27
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)
8GB ( 2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
•
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1-18
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Crucial
BLS4G3D1609DS1S00
.16FMR(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
1600-99-9-24
1.5
•
•
Crucial
BLT4G3D1608DT1TX0
.16FM(XMP)
4GB
DS
-
-
8-8-8-24
1.5
•
•
Elixir
M2X2G64CB88G7NDG(XMP)
2GB
SS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GN-DG
9-9-9-28
-
•
•
Elixir
M2X4G64CB8HG5NDG(XMP)
4GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB2G80GN-DG
9-9-9-28
-
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D8GBSR2(XMP)
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.25
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9Q16GBXL(XMP)
16GB (4x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
G.Skill
F3-12800CL9Q16GBZL(XMP)
16GB (4x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-1600C9Q-32GXM(XMP)
32GB (4x
8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
•
GEIL
GUP34GB1600C7DC(XMP)
4GB (2x
2GB)
DS
-
-
7-7-7-24
1.6
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGE85F-C8KL9A(XMP)
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
N/A
9-9-9-28
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGF65F-C8KL9A(XMP)
4GB
DS
KINGMAX
N/A
9-9-9-28
-
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16009CD3K2/8GX(XMP)
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3B1/4G(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
9-9-9-27
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP)
12GB (3x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB (3x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)
6GB (3x
2GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX(XMP)
16GB (4x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX(XMP)
24GB (
6x 4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3LK2/8GX(XMP)
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.35
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16C10B1K2/16X(XMP)
16GB (2x
8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16C9K2/16
16GB (2x
8GB)
DS
-
-
1333-99-9-24
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16C9P1K2/16
16GB (2x
8GB)
DS
-
-
-
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR16N11/4
4GB
DS
KINGSTON
D2568JPUCPGGBU
11-1111-28-1
-
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR16N11/4
4G
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83CFRPBC
-
1.5
•
•
Micron
MT16JTF1G64AZ-1G6E1
8GB
DS
Micron
D9QBJ
-
-
•
•
Micron
MT8JTF51264AZ-1G6E1
4GB
SS
Micron
D9QBJ
-
-
•
•
Micron
MT8KTF25664AZ-1G6M1
2GB
SS
MICRON
D9PFJ
-
-
•
•
Chapter 1
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
(continued on the next page)
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION
1-19
DDR3 1600 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Patriot
PV316G160C9K(XMP)
16GB (2x
4GB )
SS
-
-
1600-9-99-24
1.5
•
•
Patriot
PV316G160C9K(XMP)
16GB (2x
8GB)
SS
-
-
1600-9-99-24
1.5
•
•
SanMax
SMD-4G28N1P-16KM
4GB
SS
ELPIDA
J4208BBBG-GN-F
1600
-
•
•
SanMax
SMD-4G68HP-16KZ
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83BFRPBC
-
1.5
•
•
SanMax
SMD-4G68NG-16KK
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BDBG-GN-F
-
-
•
•
SanMax
SMD-8G28NP-16KM
8GB
DS
ELPIDA
J4208BBBG-GN-F
1600
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU160V02(XMP)
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT5NG
9-1111-28
1.5
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GBLTU160V02(XMP)
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT5NG
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GXLYU160NSA(XMP)
4GB
SS
-
-
1600-9-99-27
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP008GXLYU160NSA(XMP)
8GB
DS
-
-
1600-9-99-27
-
•
•
Team
TED34GM1600C11BK
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TC2G83EFR
11-1111-28
1.5
•
•
Team
TED38GM1600C11BK
8GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ4G83AFR
11-1111-28
1.5
•
•
Team
TLD34G1600HC9BK(XMP)
8GB (2x
4GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Team
TLD38G1600HC9BK(XMP)
16GB (2x
8GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Team
TXD34096M1600HC9D(XMP)
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TC2G83BFRH9A
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
Transcend
TS1GLK64V6H(620945)
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
-
-
•
•
Transcend
TS1GLK64W6H
8GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
11-11-1128-1
-
•
•
Transcend
TS512MLK64W6H
4GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B4G0846B
11-11-1128-2
-
•
•
UMAX
84E44G93UM-16BPSYW 4GB
SS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-16
1600-1111-11-28
-
•
•
UMAX
84E48G93UM-16BPSYW 8GB
DS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-16
1600-1111-11-28
-
•
•
Chapter 1
1-20
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR3 1333 MHz capability
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
AMD
AE32G1339U1-U
2GB
SS
AMD
23EY4587MB3H
-
1.5
•
•
AMD
AE34G1339U2-U
4GB
DS
AMD
23EY4587MB3H
-
1.5
•
•
Apacer
78.B1GDE.9L10C
4GB
DS
Apacer
AM5D5908CEHSBG
9
-
•
•
Asint
SLA302G08-EDJ1C
2GB
SS
ASint
302G08-DJ1C
-
-
•
•
Asint
SLA304G08-EDJ1B
4GB
SS
Asint
304G08-DJ1B
9-1010-26
-
•
•
Asint
SLB304G08-EDJ1B
8GB
DS
Asint
304G08-DJ1B
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-1G
1GB
SS
Elpida
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
-
-
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-2G
2GB
DS
Elpida
J1108BFBG-DJ-F
-
•
•
BUFFALO
D3U1333-4G
4GB
DS
NANYA
NT5CB256M8BNCG
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M1A1333C9
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
N/A
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver2.12)
4GB (1x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver5.11)
4GB (1x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M1A1333C9
(Ver2.2)
8GB
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
CORSAIR
CMX8GX3M2A1333C9(XMP)
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
GEIL
GG34GB1333C9DC
4GB (2x
2GB )
DS
GEIL
GL1L128M88BA15B
9-9-9-24
1.3
•
•
GEIL
GVP34GB1333C9DC
4GB (2x
2GB )
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
GEIL
GVP38GB1333C9DC
8GB (2x
4GB)
DS
-
-
9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
INNODISK
M3UN-2GHJBC09
2GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83CFRH9C
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
INNODISK
M3UN-4GHJAC09
4GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ2G83CFRH9C
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-C8KL9
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLBFGXX-12A
-
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFE85F-C8KL9
2GB
SS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLXFDXX-15A
-
-
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFF65F-C8KL9
4GB
DS
KINGMAX
KFC8FNLXFDXX-15A
-
-
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3E9S/4G
4GB
DS
Elpida
J2108ECSE-DJ-F
9
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9H/4G
4GB
DS
ELPIDA
J2108BDBG-GN-F
-
1.5
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR13N9S8H/4
4GB
SS
ELPIDA
J4208BBBG-GN-F
-
1.5
•
•
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DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
(continued on the next page)
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DDR3 1333 MHz capability
DIMM
socket
support
(Optional)
Vendors
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Voltage
2
4
Mach
Xtreme
MXD3U133316GQ
16GB
( 4x
4GB )
DS
-
-
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Mach
Xtreme
MXD3V13332GS
2GB
SS
Mach
Xtreme
C2S46D30-D313
-
-
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4M1
2GB
SS
MICRON
D9PFJ
-
-
•
•
Patriot
PSD32G13332
2GB
DS
Patriot
PM128M8D3BU-15
9
-
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RiDATA
C304627CB1AG22Fe
2GB
DS
RiDATA
C304627CB1AG22Fe
9
-
•
•
RiDATA
E304459CB1AG32Cf
4GB
DS
RiDATA
E304459CB1AG32Cf
9
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP001GBLTU133S02
1GB
SS
S-POWER
10YT3E5
9
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU133V02
2GB
SS
S-POWER
20YT3NG
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP004GBLTU133V02
4GB
DS
S-POWER
20YT3NG
9-9-9-24
-
•
•
UMAX
84E44G93UM-13BPSYW 4GB
SS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-13
1333-9-99-24
-
•
•
UMAX
84E48G93UM-13BPSYW 8GB
DS
UMAX
U2S96D30TP-13
1333-9-99-24
-
•
•
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided DIMM support:
(1) Supports one (1) module inserted into any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration. We suggest that you install the module into A1 slot.
(2) Supports two (2) modules inserted into either the beige slots or the brown slots as one
pair of Dual-channel memory configuration. We suggest that you install the modules
into slots A1 and B1 for better compatibility.
(4) Supports four (4) modules inserted into both the beige and brown slots as two pairs of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
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•
ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
•
Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Load
the X.M.P. settings in the BIOS for the hyper DIMM support.
•
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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1.2.5
Expansion slots
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
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_1 slot
2
PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot
3
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_2 slot
4
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot
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•
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running CrossFireX™ or SLI™
mode.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1-4 when
using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
PCIe x16_1
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
PCIe x16_2
PCIe x16_3
PCIe x1_1
SMBus Controller
SATA #0
–
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
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–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
SATA #1
–
GbE Controller
–
EHCI #0
–
EHCI #1
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
XHCI Controller
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
High Definition Audio
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
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1.2.6
Onboard buttons
Onboard buttons allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or opencase system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to
enhance system performance.
1.
MemOK! button
•
Refer to section Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the DRAM_LED.
•
The DRAM_LED also lights up 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 DRAM_LED increases, indicating different test processes.
•
Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when each
timing set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the whole tuning
process, the DRAM_LED lights continuously. Replace the DIMMs with ones
recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) in this user manual or
on the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process, the
system continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop memory
tuning, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord for about 5–10 seconds.
•
If your system 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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Installing DIMMs that are not compatible with the motherboard may cause system
boot failure, and the DRAM_LED near the MemOK! switch lights continuously. Press
and hold the MemOK! button until the DRAM_LED starts blinking to begin automatic
memory compatibility tuning for successful boot.
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2.
BIOS Flashback button (BIOS_FLBK)
Press this button to enable the BIOS Flashback feature.
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1.2.7Jumpers
1.
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.
2.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for
about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4.
Hold down the <Delete> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter
data.
•
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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Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default
position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
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2.
CPU Over Voltage jumper (3-pin CPU_OV)
The CPU Over Voltage jumper allows you to set a higher CPU voltage for a flexible
overclocking system, depending on the type of the installed CPU. To gain more CPU
voltage setting, insert the jumper to pins 2-3. To go back to its default CPU voltage
setting, insert the jumper to pins 1-2.
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1.2.8
1.
Onboard LEDs
POST State LEDs
The POST State LEDs provide the status of these key components during POST
(Power-On-Self Test): CPU, memory modules, VGA card, and hard disk drives. If an
error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit up until the problem is solved.
2.
USB BIOS Flashback LED (FLBK_LED)
This LED flashes when you press the BIOS Flashback button for BIOS update.
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For more information on how to update the BIOS, refer to Chapter 2 of this user guide.
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1.2.9
Internal connectors
1.Intel Z97 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-6 [brown])
®
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
configuration with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology through the onboard Intel® Z97
chipset.
•
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 3.6.3 SATA Configuration for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 5.1 RAID configurations or the manual
bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
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2.
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
This connector allows 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 1
These connectors are based on xHCI specification. We recommend you to install the
related driver to fully use the USB 3.0 ports under Windows® 7 or later Windows® OS.
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3.
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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4.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1112; USB1314)
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
48 MBps connection speed.
DO NOT 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, dark brown)
first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis
supports front panel USB ports.
Chapter 1
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
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5.
CPU, optional, chassis, and assistant fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1-4; 3-pin ASST_FAN1, 4-pin ASST_FAN2)
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard.
•
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!
•
Ensure that the CPU FAN cable is securely installed to the CPU fan connector.
•
The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power.
•
The CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN, and ASST_FAN connectors support the TUF Thermal
Radar 2 feature.
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6.
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.
7.
•
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 or an AC’97 front panel audio module to this
connector, set the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD] or [AC97].
Thermal Sensor connectors (2-pin T_SENSOR1; T_SENSOR2;T_SENSOR3)
Chapter 1
These connectors are for the thermistor cables that monitor the temperature of the
devices and the critical components inside the motherboard. Connect the thermistor
cable and place the sensor on the device or the motherboard’s component to detect its
temperature.
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8.
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.
•
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.
•
DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin/8-pin EATX12 V power plug. Otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
We recommend that you use a PSU with a higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices. The system may become unstable or
may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
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9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the operating
system settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the
system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
Chapter 1
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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10. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which securely
store keys, digital certificates, passwords and data. A TPM system also helps enhance
the network security, protects digital identities, and ensures platform integrity.
11. DirectKey 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 1
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.
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12. Thunderbolt header (5-pin TB_HEADER)
This connector is for the add-on Thunderbolt I/O card that supports Intel’s Thunderbolt
Technology, allowing you to connect up to six Thunderbolt-enabled devices and a
DisplayPort-enabled display in a daisy-chain configuration.
Chapter 1
The add-on Thunderbolt I/O card and Thunderbolt cables are purchased separately.
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Chapter 2:
Basic installation
Basic installation
2.1
Building your PC system
2.1.1
Motherboard installation
2
The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with
models, but the installation steps are the same for all models.
Install the ASUS Q-Shield to the chassis rear I/O panel.
2.
Place the motherboard into the chassis, ensuring that its rear I/O ports are aligned to
the chassis’ rear I/O panel.
Chapter 2
1.
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3.
Place nine screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
DO NOT over tighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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Chapter 2: Basic installation
2.1.2
CPU installation
Chapter 2
Ensure that you install the correct CPU designed for LGA1150 socket only. DO NOT install
a CPU designed for LGA1155 and LGA1156 sockets on the LGA1150 socket.
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2.1.3
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
Chapter 2
2-4
Chapter 2: Basic installation
Chapter 2
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
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2.1.4
DIMM installation
To remove a DIMM
Chapter 2
2-6
Chapter 2: Basic installation
2.1.5
ATX Power connection
OR
Chapter 2
OR
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2.1.6
SATA device connection
OR
OR
Chapter 2
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Chapter 2: Basic installation
2.1.7
Front I/O Connector
HDD LED+
HDD LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
HDD LED
To install ASUS Q-Connector
HDD LED
R SW
POWE
RESET
SW
To install USB 2.0 connector
To install front panel audio connector
AAFP
USB 2.0
Chapter 2
To install USB 3.0 connector
USB 3.0
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2.1.8
Expansion Card installation
To install PCIe x16 cards
To install PCIe x1 cards
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Chapter 2: Basic installation
2.2
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. Place the bundled support DVD to the optical drive and install the USB BIOS
Flashback Wizard. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
2.
Insert the USB storage device to the USB Flashback port.
We recommend you to use a USB 2.0 storage device to save the latest BIOS version for
better compatibility and stability.
3.
Launch the USB BIOS Flashback Wizard to automatically download the latest BIOS
version.
4.
Press the BIOS Flashback button for three seconds until a flashing light appears, which
indicates that the BIOS Flashback function is enabled.
5.
Wait until the light goes out, indicating that the BIOS updating process is completed.
USB BIOS Flashback port
•
Do not unplug portable disk, power system, or use the CLR_CMOS jumper 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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For more BIOS update utilities in BIOS setup, refer to the section Updating BIOS in
Chapter 3.
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2.3
Motherboard rear and audio connections
2.3.1
Rear I/O connection
Rear panel connectors
1.
USB 2.0 ports 7-10
5.
DVI port
2.
DisplayPort
6.
HDMI port
3.
USB 3.0 ports 5 and 6
7.
USB 3.0 ports 3-4, support ASUS USB
3.0 Boost. Bottom port supports USB
BIOS Flashback and USB Charger+.
4.
LAN (RJ-45) port*
8.
Audio I/O ports**
* and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LEDs, and audio port definitions.
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•
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.
•
Due to the design of the Intel® 9 series chipset, all USB devices connected to the
USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports are controlled by the xHCI controller. Some legacy USB
devices must update their firmware for better compatibility.
•
Multi-VGA output supports up to three displays under Windows® OS environment, two
displays under BIOS, and one display under DOS.
* LAN ports LED indications
Activity Link LED
Status
Speed LED
Description
Status
Description
Off
No link
Off
Orange
Linked
Orange 100 Mbps connection
Orange (Blinking) Data activity
Orange (Blinking
then steady)
Green
10 Mbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
1 Gbps connection
Ready to wake up
from S5 mode
LAN port
** Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Chapter 2
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
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2.3.2
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
Connect to Stereo Speakers
Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
Chapter 2
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Chapter 2: Basic installation
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
Chapter 2
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.
2.
Ensure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a.Monitor
b.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c.
System power
6.
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 (POST). While the tests are running, the
BIOS beeps (refer to the BIOS beep codes table) or additional messages appear on
the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on
the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and
connections or call your retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
Description
VGA detected
One short beep
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
7.
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
Chapter 2
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, press the power button for less than four seconds to put the system
on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Press the power switch
for more than four seconds to let the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS
setting.
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Chapter 3:
BIOS setup
BIOS setup
3.1
Knowing BIOS
3
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.
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When downloading or updating the BIOS file, rename it as Z97GP.CAP for this
motherboard.
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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:
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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.
After doing either of the three options, press <Delete> key to enter BIOS.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and
may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the
mouse to control the BIOS setup program.
•
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 3.10 Exit Menu
for details.
•
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.
•
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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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 between EZ Mode
or Advanced Mode. Refer to the Setup Mode item in section 3.8 Boot menu for details.
Displays the system properties of the selected mode.
Click < or > to switch EZ System Tuning modes
Selects the display language
of the BIOS setup program
Enables or disables the SATA RAID mode
for Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Displays the CPU Fan’s speed. Click
the button to manually tune the fans
Creates storage RAID and
configures system overclocking
Shows the
bootable devices
Saves the changes and
resets the system
Loads optimized
default settings
Displays the Advanced
mode menus
Selects the boot
device priority
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Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU voltage output, CPU/chassis/power fan
speed, and SATA information
The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
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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 switch from EZ Mode to Advanced Mode, click Advanced Mode or press F7 hotkey.
Q-Fan control
EZ Tuning Wizard
MyFavorite
Quick Note
Language
Hot Keys
Menu bar
Sub-menu item
Menu items
Item description
Configuration fields
Scroll bar
Last modified settings
Goes back to EZ Mode
Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,
CPU and memory voltage output
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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.
For changing the basic system configuration
Main
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the
fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tool
For configuring options for special functions
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
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 (My Favorites, Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the
menu bar have their respective menu items.
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>.
Language
This button above the menu bar contains the languages that you can select for your BIOS.
Click this button to select the language that you want to display in your BIOS screen.
MyFavorites (F3)
This button above the menu bar shows all BIOS items in a Tree Map setup. Select frequentlyused BIOS settings and save it to MyFavorites menu.
Refer to section 3.3 My Favorites for more information.
Q-Fan Control (F6)
This button above the menu bar displays the current settings of your fans. Use this button to
manually tweak the fans to your desired settings.
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Refer to section QFan Control section for more information.
EZ Tuning Wizard (F11)
This button above the menu bar allows you to view and tweak the overclocking settings of
your system. It also allows you to change the motherboard’s SATA mode from AHCI to RAID
mode.
Refer to the EZ Tuning Wizard section for more information.
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Quick Note (F9)
This button above the menu bar allows you to key in 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.
Hot keys
This button above the menu bar contains the navigation keys for the BIOS setup program.
Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
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.
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.
Last Modified button
This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup.
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Q-Fan Control
The Q-Fan Control allows you to set a fan profile or manually configure the operating speed
of your CPU and chassis fans.
Click to select a fan to be
configured
Select a profile to apply to
your fans
Click to activate
PWM Mode
Click to activate DC Mode
Click to apply the fan setting
Click to undo the
changes
Click to go back to main menu
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Select to manually configure
your fans
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Configuring fans manually
Select Manual from the list of profiles to manually configure your fans’ operating speed.
Speed points
Click or tap to manually
configure your fans
To configure your fans:
1.
Select the fan that you want to configure and to view its current status.
2.
Click and drag the speed points to adjust the fans’ operating speed.
3.
Click Apply to save the changes then click Exit (ESC).
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EZ Tuning Wizard
EZ Tuning Wizard allows you to overclock your CPU and DRAM, computer usage, and CPU
fan to their best settings. You can also easily set RAID in your system using this feature.
System OC setup
RAID setup
Tuning your system settings
To tune your settings:
Press <F11> on your keyboard or click
EZ Tuning Wizard screen, then click Next.
2.
Select a PC scenario Daily Computing or Gaming/Media Editing, then click Next.
3.
Select the CPU fan type (Box cooler, Tower cooler, or Water cooler) that you
installed then click Next.
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from the BIOS screen to open
1.
If you are not sure of the CPU fan type, click I’m not sure. The system automatically
detects the CPU fan type.
4.
Click Next then click Yes to confirm auto-tuning.
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My Favorites
My Favorites 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 BIOS items:
from the BIOS screen to open
1.
Press <F3> on your keyboard or click
Setup Tree Map screen.
2.
On the Setup Tree Map screen, select the BIOS items that you want to save in
MyFavorites screen.
Main menu panel
Selected shortcut
items
Submenu panel
3.
Select an item from main menu panel, then click the submenu that you want to save
or press <Enter> on your
as favorite from the submenu panel and tap or click
keyboard.
You cannot add the following items to My Favorite items:
•
Items with submenu options
•
User-managed items such as language and boot order
•
Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date.
Click Exit (ESC) or press <esc> key to close Setup Tree Map screen.
5.
Go to My Favorites menu to view the saved BIOS items.
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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
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
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•
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See the Onboard buttons and switches section
for information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
•
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
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:
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.
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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.
Scroll down to display other BIOS items.
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Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
This item allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU
internal frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual] [XMP]
The following items appear only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner to [Manual] or
[XMP].
Filter PLL [Auto]
Set this item to high BCLK (base clock) mode when using a very high BCLK to improve
overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Low BCLK mode] [High BCLK mode]
BCLK Frequency [100]
This item allows you to set the BCLK (base clock) frequency to enhance the system
performance. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range from 80.0 MHz
to 300.0 MHz.
We recommend you to set the value based on the CPU specification, as high BCLK
frequencies may damage the CPU permanently.
Initial BCLK Frequency [Auto]
This item allows you to start overclocking the system from the initial BCLK (base clock)
frequency to the assigned BCLK frequency. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value.
The value ranges depend on the value you set on BCLK Frequency.
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Auto]
[Auto]
This item allows you to maximize the oveclocking performance optimized
by ASUS core ratio settings.
[Disabled]
This item allows you to set to default core ratio settings.
CPU Core Ratio [Auto]
This item allows you to set the CPU core ratio limit per core or synchronize automatically to
all cores.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Sync All Cores] [Per Core]
When the CPU Core Ratio is set to [Per Core], the following items appear:
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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].
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Min. CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
This item 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]
This item 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.
Internal PLL Overvoltage [Auto]
This item allows you to enable the internal PLL Overvoltage for K-SKU CPUs to get the
extreme overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
BCLK Frequency: DRAM Frequency Ratio [Auto]
[Auto]
The BCLK frequency to DRAM frequency ratio is set to the optimized setting.
[100:133] The BCLK frequency to DRAM frequency ratio is set to 100:133.
[100:100] The BCLK frequency to DRAM frequency ratio is set to 100:100.
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
This item allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configurable options vary
with the BCLK (base clock) frequency setting. Select the auto mode to apply the optimized
setting.
Configuration options: [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-1333MHz] [DDR31400MHz] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2000MHz] [DDR32133MHz] [DDR3-2200MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz] [DDR3-2600MHz] [DDR3-2666MHz] [DDR32800MHz] [DDR3-2933MHz] [DDR3-3000MHz] [DDR3-3200MHz] [DDR3-3400MHz]
OC Tuner [Keep Current Settings]
This item allows you to automatically overclock the CPU and DRAM frequencies and voltage
for an enhanced system performance. It also accelerates the CPU graphics performance to
the extreme depending on the CPU graphics loading.
Configuration options: [Keep Current Settings] [Ratio First] [BCLK First]
Ensure that you installed an efficient CPU fan for CPU and graphics loading before
selecting either [BCLK First] or [Ratio First]. To keep the current overclocking tuner
status, select [Keep Current Settings].
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
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The ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) sets the CPU in its minimum power consumption
settings. Enable this item to set lower CPU VCCIN and Vcore voltages and achieve the best
energy saving condition.
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.
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] – [2]
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]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [255]
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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]
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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]
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]
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]
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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]
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]
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Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [31]
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MISC
MRC Fast Boot [Auto]
This item allows you to enable, disable or automatically set the MRC fast boot.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
DRAM CLK Period [Auto]
This item allows you to set a DRAM clock period.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [14]
Channel A/B DIMM Control [Enable Both DIMMs]
This item allows you to enable or disable the DIMMs on channels A and B.
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Scramble Setting [Optimized (ASUS)]
This item allows you to set the optimized mode to enhance system stability.
Configuration options: [Optimized (ASUS] [Default (MRC)]
MCH Full Check [Auto]
Enable this item to enhance the stability of your system. Disable this item to enhance
the DRAM overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
External DIGI+ Power Control
CPU Load-line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line is defined by Intel® specification and affects CPU power voltage. The CPU
working voltage decreases 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 levels 1 to 9 to adjust the CPU power voltage
from 0% to 125%.
Configuration options [Auto] [Level 1] - [Level 9]
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU VRM Switching Frequency [Auto]
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This item affects the VRM transient response speed and the component thermal
production. Select [Manual] to configure a higher frequency for a quicker transient
response speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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The following item appears only when you set the CPU VRM Switching Frequency to
[Manual].
Fixed CPU VRM Switching Frequency (KHz) [300]
This item allows you to set a higher frequency for a quicker transient
response speed. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range
from 300 KHz to 500 KHz with an interval of 50 KHz.
VRM Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
This item allows to enhance the system stability.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Power Phase Control [Auto]
This item allows you to set the power phase control of the CPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Standard] [Optimized] [Extreme]
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]
This item provides a total power range for CPU overclocking. A higher value setting
provides higher power consumption delivery and extends the overclocking frequency
range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
This item adjusts the total power range for DRAM overclocking. Set a higher value
to provide a wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency range
simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
DRAM Switching Frequency [Auto]
This item affects the overclocking range and system stability. Set this item to [Manual]
to manually set a fixed DRAM switching frequency for an increased overclocking range
or enhanced system stability.
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The following item appears only when you set the DRAM Switching Frequency to [Manual].
Fixed DRAM Switching Frequency (KHz) [300]
This item allows you to set a higher frequency for an increased
overclocking range or a lower frequency for an enhanced system stability.
Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range from 300 KHz to
500 KHz with an interval of 50 KHz.
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DRAM Power Phase Control [Auto]
[Optimized]
Set to the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
[Extreme]
Set to the full phase mode.
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Extreme]. The thermal
conditions should be monitored.
Internal CPU Power Management
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and their features.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
This item 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 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 1 W t0 4096 W.
Package Power Time Window [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 1, this item 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, this item 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 1 W t0 4096 W.
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
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Frequency Tuning Mode [Auto]
This item allows you to increase or decrease the switching frequency of the internal
regulator. Decrease the switching frequency to reduce the power consumption or
increase the switching frequency to enhance voltage stability. When this item is set to
[+] or [-], the Frequency Tuning Offset appears that 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 protect the CPU when the thermal
condition 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]
This item allows you to improve the power rating when the CPU is in low power state,
or make the FIVR (fully integrated voltage regulator work in high performance at all
times.
Configuration options: [Auto] [High Performance] [Balanced]
Power Decay Mode [Auto]
This item 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]
This item allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator
when it enters manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Idle Power-out Response [Auto]
This item allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator
when it exits manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Power Current Slope [Auto]
This item allows you to enhance the power saving condition or the system overclocking
capability. Select a higher power current slope levels for power saving enhancement or
lower power current slope levels for system overclocking enhancement.
Configuration options: [Auto] [LEVEL -4] - [LEVEL 4]
Power Current Offset [Auto]
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This item 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]
This item allows you to enhance the response of the CPU voltage regulator during the
load transients. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. The values range from 0.00 to
1.50.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.00] - [1.50]
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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 0 A to 80 A at 1 A 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 0 A to 50 A at 1 A 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 0 A to 30 A at 1A increment.
Extreme Over-voltage [Disabled]
This item allows you to set higher voltages for overclocking. When you enable this item, you
can choose a high level voltage to overclock, but does not guarantee the CPU life.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
You can only enable this item when the onboard OC_CPU jumper is set to ON. Refer to the
Jumpers section of this user guide for more details.
CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the CPU cores. Increase the
voltage when setting a high Core Frequency value.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual Mode].
CPU Core Voltage Override [Auto]
This item allows you to set the CPU Core Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920 V with a 0.001 V 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 Core Voltage Offset
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001
V to 0.999 V with a 0.001 V interval.
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CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the CPU uncores including its cache.
Increase the voltage when setting a high CPU cache frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Manual Mode].
CPU Cache Voltage Override [Auto]
This item allows you to set the CPU Cache Voltage override. 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 0.001V to 1.920 V with a 0.001 V 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 Cache Voltage Offset
Allows you to set the CPU cache voltage offset. 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 0.001V to 0.999 V with a 0.001
V interval.
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]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the system agent of the CPU
including its PCIE controller and the PCU (power control unit). Increase the voltage to
enhance the overclocking capability.
You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001 V to
0.999 V with a 0.001 V interval.
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
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CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the analog portion of the I/O on
the CPU. By default, this item takes the standard value of the installed CPU. Increase
the amount of voltage to enhance the overclocking capability.
You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001 V to
0.999 V with a 0.001 V interval.
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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]
This item allows you to set the amount of voltage fed to the digital portion of the I/O
on the processor. By default, this item takes the standard value of the installed CPU.
Increase the amount of voltage to enhance the overclocking capability.
You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001 V to
0.999 V with a 0.001 V interval.
SVID Support [Auto]
Set this item to [Enabled] when overclocking your system. Disabling this item stops the CPU
from communicating with the external voltage regulator.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set SVID Support to [Enabled].
SVID Voltage Override [Auto]
This item allows you to set the SVID Voltage override. 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 0.001V to 2.440 V with a 0.001 V interval.
CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set an input voltage for the CPU 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 0.800 V to 2.700 V with a 0.010 V interval.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the DRAM voltage. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 1.20 V to 1.92 V with a 0.005 V interval.
According to Intel® CPU specifications, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65 V may
damage the CPU permanently. We recommend that you install the DIMMs with the voltage
requirement below 1.65 V.
PCH Core Voltage [Auto]
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This item allows you to set the Core voltage for the PCH (Platform Controller Hub). You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.70 V to 1.80 V with a
0.0125 V interval.
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The values of the CPU PLL Voltage, CPU Manual Voltage, CPU Offset Voltage,
iGPU Manual Voltage, iGPU Offset Voltage, DRAM Voltage, VCCSA Voltage, VCCIO
Voltage, and PCH Voltage items are labeled in different color, indicating the risk levels
of high voltage settings.
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The system may need better cooling system for a more stable performance under high
voltage settings.
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PCH VLX Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the I/O voltage on the PCH (Platform Controller Hub). You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1.2000 V to 2.0000 V with
a 0.0125 V interval.
VTTDDR Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the termination voltage for the system memory. You can use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.6000 V to 1.0000 V with a
0.0125 V interval.
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to set the DRAM reference voltage on the control lines from the memory
bus. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.39500x to
0.63000x with a 0.00500x interval.
To set a value for the DRAM reference voltage, we recommend you to set a value close to
the standard value which is 0.500000x.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/CHB [Auto]
This item allows you to set the DRAM reference voltage on the data lines on Channels A and
B. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.39500x to
0.63000x with a 0.00500x interval.
To set a value for the DRAM reference voltage, we recommend you to set a value close to
the standard value which is 0.500000x.
Clock Crossing Boot Voltage/ Clock Crossing Reset Voltage / Clock
Crossing Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing voltage boot when the rising
edge of the BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK D+. You can use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.1 V to 1.9 V with a 0.00625 V interval.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
This item allows you to enhance the BCLK overclocking capability or reduce the EMI
(electromagnetic disturbance) generated by the BCLK. Set this item to [Enabled] for EMI
reduction, or set this item to [Disabled] to enhance BCLK overclocking.
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Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
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3.6.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
The items in this menu may vary based on the CPU installed.
Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]
This item allows you to protect the CPU by decreasing its frequency as it reaches the thermal
throttle point. The thermal monitor includes TM1 (Thermal monitor 1), TM2 (Thermal monitor
2), and EMTTM (Enhanced Multi-threaded Thermal Monitoring).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hyper-threading [Enabled]
This item allows the processor to appear as two logical processors, allowing the operating
system to schedule two threads or processes simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Active Processor Cores [All]
This item allows you to select the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor
package.
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3]
Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this item allows the legacy OS to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
Execute Disable prevents certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined
with a supporting OS (SuSE Linux 9.2, RedHat Enterprise 3 Update 3).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel Virtualization Technology [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], a VMM can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by
Vanderpool Technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher(L2 Cache) [Enabled]
This item allows the CPU to prefetch commands and data in the L2 cache, reduces the
DRAM loading time and improves the system performance.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher [Enabled]
This item allows the mid level cache (L2) to prefetch adjacent cache lines, reducing the
DRAM loading time and improves the system performance.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Performance Mode [Max Non-Turbo Performance]
This item allows you to select the CPU performance state during system boot before the
operating system takes control. The CPU runs at a selected performance ratio based on CPU
configuration.
Configuration options: [Max Non-Turbo Performance] [Max Battery] [Turbo Performance]
Dynamic Storage Accelerator [Disabled]
This item allows you to accelerate the performance of the SSDs (Solid-State Drives) by
dynamically adjusting the power management during heavy multitasking.
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]
This item allows your system to adjust the CPU’s voltage and cores frequency,
resulting in decreased power consumption and heat production.
[Disabled]
The CPU runs at its default speed.
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CPU C-States [Auto]
This item allows you to set the power saving of the CPU states.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the CPU states to [Enabled].
Enhanced C1 State [Enabled]
This item allows your CPU to reduce power consumption when the system
is in idle mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C3 Report [Enabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to the
operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to the
operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
C6 Latency [Short]
This item allows you to set the duration of C6 latency for C6 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
CPU C7 Report [CPU C7s]
This item allows you to disable or enable the CPU C7 report to the
operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [CPU C7] [CPU C7s]
C7 Latency [Long]
This item allows you to set the duration of C7 latency for C7 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
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Package C-States Support [Auto]
This item allows you to set the a C-state support for the CPU package.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [C0/C1] [C2] [C3] [C6] [CPU C7]
[CPU C7s]
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PCH Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
This item allows you to configure the PCI Express slots.
PCIe Speed [Auto]
This item allows your system to automatically select the PCI Express port speed. When
set to [Gen1], the PCI-E port runs at PCI-E 1.0 speed. When set to [Gen2], the PCI-E
port runs at PCI-E 2.0 speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2]
Intel Rapid Start Technology [Disabled]
This item 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]
This item 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]
Active Memory Threshold [0]
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This item supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology when the partition size is greater
than the Active Page Threshold size. When set to zero (0), it will go to Auto mode and
checks if the partition size is enough at S3 entry.
Ensure that the caching partition size is larger than the total memory size.
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Hybrid Hard Disk Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the hybrid hard disk support for a faster
resume time.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Intel Smart Connect Technology Support [Disabled]
This item allows the system to support Intel Smart Connect Technology, that periodically
refreshes selected applications when the system is in sleep mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.6.3
PCH Storage 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]
This item allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[Disabled]
Disables the SATA function.
[IDE]
Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[AHCI]
Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the AHCI
(Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard storage
driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases storage
performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to internally
optimize the order of commands.
[RAID]
Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA
hard disk drives.
Aggressive LPM Support [Disabled]
This item is designed for LPM (link power management) support with a better energy saving
conditions. When disabled, the hot plug function of SATA ports are disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [On]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system that
shows a warning message during POST (Power-on Self Test) when an error occurs in the
hard disks.
Configuration options: [On] [Off]
SATA6G_1 (Brown) ~ SATA6G_6 (Brown) [Enabled]
These items allow you to enable/disable SATA port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hot Plug [Disabled]
These items allow you to enable/disable SATA Hot Plug Support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the SATA Mode Selection to [RAID].
Alternate ID [Disabled]
This item allows you to report the alternate Device ID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.4
System Agent Configuration
Graphics Configuration
This item allows you to select a primary display from CPU and PCIe graphical devices.
Primary Display [Auto]
This item allows you to select the primary display from CPU and PCIe devices.
Configuration options: [Auto] [CPU Graphics] [PCIE]
CPU Graphics Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable the iGPU Multi-Monitor. The iGPU shared system
memory size is fixed 64 MB.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DMI Configuration
This item allows you to control various DMI (direct media interface) to run at PCI-E 2.0 speed.
DMI Gen 2 [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to run DMI at PCI-E 2.0 speed.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
NB PCI-E Configuration
This item allows you to configure the NB PCI Express settings.
PCIEx16_1/2 Link Speed [Auto]
This item allows you to configure the PCIEx16 speed for slots 1 and 2.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2] [Gen3]
Memory Configuration
Chapter 3
This item allows you to configure the memory configuration parameters.
Memory Scrambler [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to support high frequency DRAMs for a better stability.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Remap [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to support DRAM address remapping for 64-bit operating
systems.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.6.5
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.
The Mass Storage Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is
detected, the item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Your system supports the USB devices in legacy operating systems.
[Disabled]
Your USB devices can be used for BIOS setup only and cannot be
recognized in the boot devices list.
[Auto]
Your system automatically detects the presence of USB devices at startup.
If any USB devices are detected, the legacy USB support is enabled.
Intel xHCI Mode [Smart Auto]
[Auto]
The xHCI is automatically enabled and runs at USB 3.0 mode when the
xHCI driver is installed in the operating system.
[Smart Auto]
Upon detection, the xHCI driver supports the USB 3.0 mode during both
POST and operating system.
[Enabled]
Enables the xHCI controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the xHCI controller.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
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[Enabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
[Disabled]
Disables the EHCI Hand-off support.
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Mass Storage Devices
Generic [Auto]
This item allows your system to detect the devices according to their media formats.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Floppy] [Forced FDD] [Hard Disk] [CD-ROM]
USB Single Port Control
This item allows you to enable or disable the individual USB ports.
Refer to the Motherboard layout section for the location of the USB ports.
3.6.6
Platform Misc Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to configure the platform-related features.
PCI-E Native Power Management [Disabled]
This item allows you to enhance the power saving feature of PCI Express and perform ASPM
operations in the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The following item appears only when you set the PCI-E Native Power Management to
[Enabled].
Native ASPM [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Windows® Vista OS controls the ASPM (active state power
management) support for devices.
[Disabled]
BIOS controls the ASPM support for the device.
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PCH - PCI Express options
DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
This item allows you to control the Active State Power Management on both NB
(NorthBridge) side and SB (SouthBridge) side of the DMI Link.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ASPM Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to select the ASPM state for energy-saving conditions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1] [Auto]
SA - PCI Express options
DMI Link ASPM Control [Disabled]
This item allows you to control the Active State Power Management on both CPU and PCH
(platform controller hub) Both DMI link ASPM control items of the CPU and PCH sides must
be enabled for the ASPM to take effect.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
PEG ASPM Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to select the ASPM state for energy-saving conditions, or use the ASUS
optimized energy saving profile.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1] [Auto]
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3.6.7
Onboard Devices Configuration
Scroll down to view the other BIOS items.
HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
This item allows you to use the Azalia High Definition Audio Controller
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the HD Audio Controller to [Enabled].
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
This item 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 Audio]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition
audio.
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
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[AC97]
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[SPDIF]
Sets to an SPDIF audio output.
[HDMI]
Sets to an HDMI audio output.
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Intel LAN Controller [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Intel® LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the Intel LAN Controller to [Enabled].
Intel PXE OPROM [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Intel® LAN PXE (Preboot Execution
Environment) option ROM.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.6.8
APM Configuration
ErP Ready [Disabled]
This item 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 are switched off.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled (S4+S5] [Enabled (S5)]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
This item allows your system to go to ON state, OFF state, or both states after an AC power
loss. When setting your system to [Last State], it goes to the previous state before the AC
power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
Power On By PCI-E [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Wake-on-LAN function of the onboard LAN
controller or other installed PCI-E LAN cards.
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Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the RTC (Real-Time Clock) to generate a wake
event and configure the RTC alarm date. When enabled, you can set the days, hours,
minutes, or seconds to schedule an RTC alarm date.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.9
Network Stack Configuration
Network stack [Disabled]
This item allows you to disable or enable the UEFI network stack.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the Network Stack to [Enabled].
Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
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This item allows you to enable or disable the Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE wake event.
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.
Qfan Tuning
Click this item to automatically detect the lowest speed and configure the minimum duty cycle
for each fan.
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxx°C/xxx°F]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and
motherboard temperatures.
Thermal Radar Temperature
Click this item to set or select the temperature readings that includes VCORE,
VCORE(BACK), DRAM, PCH CORE, PCIE-1, PCIE-2, T_Sensor1 ~ T_Sensor3
Temperature. Select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the temperature of an item.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A], CPU Optional Fan Speed
[xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A], Chassis Fan 1/4 Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore]
/ [N/A], ASST Fan 1 Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]
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The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis, power,
and assistant 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 0/1 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 [Auto]
This item allows you to set the CPU Q-Fan operating mode.
[Auto]
Detects the type of CPU fan installed and automatically switches the
control modes.
[PWM Mode]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature in PWM mode for 4-pin CPU fan.
[DC Mode]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature in DC mode for 3-pin CPU fan.
[Disabled]
Disables the Q-Fan control.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Q-Fan Control to [Auto], [PWM
Mode], and [DC Mode].
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
This item 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 [Standard]
This item 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.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign the detailed fan speed control parameters.
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 20°C to 75°C.
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
CPU Middle Temperature [25]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to set the value for CPU Middle Temperature. The
range of the values depends on the CPU installed.
Chapter 3
CPU Fan Middle Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the CPU fan middle duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the CPU fan’s lower temperature. The
values range from 20% to 75%.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
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Chassis Fan 1/4 Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
These items allow you to set the chassis fans’ Q-Fan control feature into DC Mode, PWM
Mode, or disable these Q-Fan controls from your motherboard.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [DC Mode] [PWM Mode]
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Fan 1/4 Q-Fan Control to [PWM
Mode] or [DC Mode].
Chassis Fan 1/4 Q-Fan Source [DC Mode]
This item controls the assigned fan according to the selected temperature source.
Configuration options: [CPU] [MB] [VRM] [PCH Core] [T_SENSOR1]
If you select T_SENSOR1, plug a thermistor cable to T_SENSOR1 header and stick the
thermistor cable’s head to the desired component as the temperature source.
Chassis Fan 1/4 Speed Low Limit 1/4 [300 RPM]
This item 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 [Standard]
This item 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.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Fan Profile to [Manual].
Chassis Fan 1/4 Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40°C to 90°C.
Chassis Fan 1/4 Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1/4 Middle Temperature [45]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to set the value for Chassis Fan Middle
Temperature.
Chapter 3
Chassis Fan 1/4 Middle Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the chassis fan middle duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1/4 Lower Temperature [40]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the chassis fans’ lower temperature. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chassis Fan 1/4 Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values may differ via Qfan tuning.
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Allow Fan Stop 1/4 [Disabled]
These items allow the chassis fans to run at 0% duty cycle when the
temperature of the source is dropped below the lower temperature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ASST 1 Fan Q-Fan Control [Enabled]
These items allow you to set the assistant fans’ Q-Fan control feature into DC Mode or
disable these Q-Fan controls from your motherboard.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Assistant Fan Q-Fan Control to
[Enabled].
ASST 1 Fan Q-Fan Source [CPU]
This item controls the assigned fan according to the selected temperature source.
Configuration options: [CPU] [MB] [VCORE] [VCORE (BACK)] [DRAM] [PCH Core]
[USB3.0] [PCIE-1] [PCIE-2] [T_Sensor1] [T_Sensor2] [T_Sensor3]
If you select T_SENSOR 1/3, plug a thermistor cable to T_SENSOR 1/3 headers and stick
the thermistor cable’s head to the desired component as the temperature source.
ASST 1 Fan Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
This item allows you to disable or set the assistant fans’ warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
ASST 1 Fan Profile [Standard]
This item allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the assistant fans.
[Standard]
Set to make the assistant fan adjust automatically depending on the
chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet assistant fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum assistant fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the ASST 1 FanProfile to [Manual].
ASST 1 Fan Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40°C to 90°C.
Chapter 3
ASST 1 Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum assistant fan duty cycle.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
ASST 1 Fan Lower Temperature [40]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the assistant fans’ lower temperature.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
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ASST 1 Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum assistant fan duty cycle.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Allow Fan Stop [Disabled]
These items allow the assistant fans to run at 0% duty cycle when the
temperature of the source is dropped below the lower temperature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ASST 2 Fan Q-Fan Source [CPU]
This item controls the assigned fan according to the selected temperature source.
Configuration options: [CPU] [MB] [VCORE] [VCORE(BACK)] [DRAM] [PCH Core]
[PCIE-1] [PCIE-2] [T_Sensor1] [T_Sensor2] [T_Sensor3]
If you select T_SENSOR 1/3, plug a thermistor cable to T_SENSOR 1/3 headers and stick
the thermistor cable’s head to the desired component as the temperature source.
ASST 2 Fan Speed Low Limit [300 RPM]
This item allows you to disable or set the assistant fans’ warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
ASST 2 Fan Profile [Standard]
This item allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the assistant fans.
[Standard]
Set to make the assistant fan adjust automatically depending on the
chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet assistant fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum assistant fan speed.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
The following items appear only when you set the ASST 2 FanProfile to [Manual].
ASST 2 Fan Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40°C to 90°C.
ASST 2 Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum assistant fan duty cycle.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
ASST 2 Fan Lower Temperature [40]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the assistant fans’ lower temperature.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Chapter 3
ASST 2 Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum assistant fan duty cycle.
The values may differ via Qfan tuning.
Allow Fan Stop [Disabled]
These items allow the assistant fans to run at 0% duty cycle when the
temperature of the source is dropped below the lower temperature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]vv
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Fan Overtime [1 minutes]
This item allows you to set a time (in minutes) of the assistant fans’ operation prior to
system shutdown. These assistant fans dissipate any remaining heat and extend the critical
component’s longevity, dissipating heat as much as 7°C in just 10 minutes.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [1 minute] [3 minutes] [5 minutes] [10 minutes]
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the OVP (Over Voltage Protection) and UVP (Under
Voltage Protection) functions. This causes the system to automatically shut down when the
voltage exceeds the safe range that protects the motherboard’s components.
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Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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]
This item allows your system to go back to its normal boot speed.
[Enabled]
This item allows your system to accelerate the boot speed.
The following items appear only when you set the Fast Boot to [Enabled].
SATA Support [All Devices]
[All Devices]
All devices connected to SATA ports are available during POST.
This process extends the POST time,
[Hard Drive Only]
Only hard drives connected to SATA ports are detected during
POST.
[Boot Drive Only]
Only boot drives connected to a SATA ports are detected during
POST.
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USB Support [Partial Initialization]
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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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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.
DirectKey (DRCT) [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the DirectKey button. The system will only power on or off when
you press the DirectKey button.
[Enabled]
Allows the system to power on and go to the BIOS Setup directly when you
press the Reset button. Connect the 2-pin connector of the chassis reset
button cable to the onboard DRCT header.
Boot Logo Display [Auto]
[Auto]
Sets the boot logo to display during POST.
[Full Screen]
Sets the boot logo display in full screen during POST.
[Disabled]
Disables the boot logo display during POST.
The following item appears only when you set the Boot Logo Display to [Auto] and [Full
Screen].
Post Delay Time [3 sec]
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 only works when set under normal boot.
The following items appear only when you set the Boot Logo Display to [Disabled].
Post Report [5 sec]
This item allows you to select a desired POST report waiting time.
Configuration options: [1 sec] - [10 sec] [Until Press ESC]
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Boot up NumLock State [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable power-on state of the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
This item allows your system to wait for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Option ROM Messages [Enabled]
[Enabled]
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed during POST.
[Disabled]
Disables the ROM messages and displays only the ASUS logo during
POST.
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
This item allows you to trap Interrupt 19 by the option ROMs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Above 4G Decoding [Disabled]
This item allows you to decode the 64-bit capable devices above 4G address space. Ensure
that your system supports 64-bit PCI decoding.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
[Advanced Mode] This item allows you to go to Advanced Mode of the BIOS after POST.
[EZ Mode]
This item allows you to go to EZ Mode of the BIOS after POST.
CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
This item 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]
The system automatically detects the bootable devices and the addon devices.
[Enabled]
For better compatibility, enable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI
driver add-on devices or the Windows® UEFI mode.
[Disabled]
Disables 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].
Boot Devices Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
This item 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]
This item allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to
launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Chapter 3
Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
This item 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 PCI-E/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
This item allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that
you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
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Secure Boot
This item allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to
protect the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
OS Type [Windows UEFI Mode]
[Windows UEFI
Mode]
This item 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. Microsoft® Secure Boot only supports Windows®
UEFI mode.
The following item appears only when you set the OS Type to [Windows UEFI mode].
Key Management
This allows you to manage the Secure Boot keys.
Install Default Secure Boot keys
This item allows you to immediately load the default Security Boot keys,
Platform key (PK), Key-exchange Key (KEK), Signature database (db), and
Revoked Signatures (dbx). When the default Secure boot keys are loaded,
the PK state will change from Unloaded mode to loaded mode.
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
This item allows you to save the PK (Platform Keys) to a USB storage
device.
PK Management
Chapter 3
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
This item 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]
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Load Default PK
This item allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage
device.
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 KEK
This item allows you to delete the KEK from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load Default KEK
This item allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage
device.
Append Default KEK
This item allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for
an additional db and dbx loaded management.
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
This item allows you to delete the db file from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load Default db
This item allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage
device.
Append Default db
This item allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that
more images can be loaded securely.
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The db file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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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
This item allows you to delete the dbx file from your system.
Load Default dbx
This item allows you to load the downloaded dbx from a USB storage
device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Append Default
This item allows you to load the additional dbx from a storage device so
that more db’s images cannot be loaded.
The dbx file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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
Chapter 3
These item displays the available devices. The number of device items that appear 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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3.9
Tool menu
The Tool menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item then
press <Enter> to display the submenu.
Setup Animator [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Setup animator.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
This item 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 ASUS EZ Flash 2.
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3.9.2
ASUS Overclocking Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
Load from Profile
This item 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!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/
CPU configuration and BIOS version.
Profile Name
This item allows you to key in a profile name.
Save to Profile
This item 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/Save Profile from/to USB Drive
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This item allows you to load or save profile from your USB drive, load and save profile to your
USB drive.
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3.9.3
ASUS SPD Information
Allow you to review the DRAM SPD (serial presence detect) information.
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3.10
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.
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 OK 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 OK to save changes and exit.
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.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Chapter 3
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,and 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 to system’s failure to boot. Carefully follow the
instructions in this chapter to update your BIOS when necessary.
Visit http://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 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).
•
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
•
Refer to section EZ Update of this user guide for more information.
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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.
•
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 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
To recover 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.
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
ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update the BIOS in DOS environment.
The screen captures used in this section are for reference only and may not be exactly the
same as actually shown on your computer screen.
Before updating BIOS
•
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive.
•
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from http://support.asus.com and
save them in your USB flash drive.
NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Ensure that your USB flash drive is in
single partition and in FAT32/16 format.
•
Turn off the computer.
•
Ensure that your computer has a DVD optical drive.
Booting the system in DOS environment
To boot the system in DOS:
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer then press <F8> to launch the select boot device screen.
3.
When the select boot device screen appears, insert the Support DVD into the optical
drive then select the optical drive as the boot device.
Please select boot device:
E1: ASUS DVD-E818A6T (4069MB)
USB DISK 2.0 (3824MB)
UEFI: (FAT) USB DISK 2.0 (3824MB)
Enter Setup
Chapter 3
 and  to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
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4. When the booting message appears, press <Enter> within five (5) seconds to enter
FreeDOS prompt.
ISOLINUX 3.20 2006-08-26 Copyright (C) 1994-2005 H. Peter Anvin
A Bootable DVD/CD is detected. Press ENTER to boot from the DVD/CD.
If no key is pressed within 5 seconds, the system will boot next priority
device automatically. boot:
5.
On the FreeDOS prompt, type d: then 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:
1.
On the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
D:/> bupdater /pc /g
2.
On the BIOS Updater screen, press <Tab> to switch from Files panel to Drives panel
then select D:.
ASUSTeK BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30 [2014/01/01]
Current ROM
BOARD: GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR ED
VER: 0210 (H :00 B :00)
DATE: 05/05/2014
PATH:
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
C:\
C:
D:
KALEL~1
Z97GP.CAP
<DIR>
0305012
2014-05-10
21:14:34
Drives panel
Files panel
Note
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[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[Tab] Switch
[Esc] Exit
[V] Drive Info
Press <Tab> to switch from Drives panel to Files panel then press <Up/Down or Home/
End> keys to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>.
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4.
After the BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file, select Yes to confirm the BIOS
update.
Are you sure you want to update the BIOS?
Yes
No
The BIOS Backup feature is not supported due to security regulations.
5.
Select Yes then press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater.
6.
Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure.
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Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select
Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See section Exit menu for
details.
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Software support
4.1
Installing an operating system
4.2
4
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This motherboard supports 32-bit/64-bit Windows® 7, 32-bit/64-bit Windows® 8, and
32-bit/64-bit Windows® 8.1 operating systems (OS).
•
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.
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
Ensure that you have an Administrator account before running the support DVD in
Windows® 7, Windows® 8, or Windows® 8.1 operating systems.
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive.
2.
In the AutoPlay dialog box, click or tap Run ASSETUP.EXE.
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To run the support DVD:
If the AutoPlay dialog box does not appear, browse the contents of the support DVD and
double-click or tap \\bin\ASSETUP.EXE to launch the ASUS motherboard support DVD
main menu.
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Support DVD main menu
The Drivers menu shows the available
device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary
drivers to use the devices.
The Utilities menu
shows the applications
and other software
that the motherboard
supports.
The AHCI/RAID Driver
menu contains the
RAID/AHCI driver disk.
The Manual menu contains the list of
supplementary user guides. Click or tap
an item to open the folder of the user
guide.
Click or tap
to display the
ASUS contact
information.
Click or tap an
icon to display
DVD/motherboard
information
Click or tap an
item to install
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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.
1.
Click or tap 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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To read about your motherboard’s utility guide:
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently guide you
through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the software
application for more information.
4.4
AI Suite 3
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
Ensure that you have an Administrator account before installing AI Suite 3 in Windows® 7,
Windows® 8, or Windows® 8.1 operating systems.
To install AI Suite 3 on your computer:
Windows® 7 OS
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive.
2. In the AutoPlay dialog box, click or tap Run ASSETUP.exe then select the Utilities
tab.
3. From the Utilities tab, click or tap AI Suite 3 then follow the succeeding onscreen
instructions.
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Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1 OS
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive then follow onscreen instructions.
2.
From the ASUS motherboard support DVD main menu, select the Utilities tab and
click or tap AI Suite 3.
3. Follow the succeeding onscreen instructions.
If the ASUS motherboard support DVD main menu did not appear, try the following:
a.
Go to the Start Screen then click or tap the Desktop app.
b.
then
On the lower left corner of the Desktop, click or tap File Explorer
select your DVD drive and tap or double-click or tap the Setup application.
Launching AI Suite 3
Windows® 7 OS
From the Desktop, click or tap Start > All Programs > ASUS > AI Suite 3 > AI Suite 3.
You can also launch AI Suite in Windows® 7 by clicking or tapping
area.
on the Notification
Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1 OS
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To launch AI Suite 3 in Windows® 8 or Windows® 8.1, tap the AI Suite 3
app on the Start Screen (or if you’re using a mouse, click or tap the AI
Suite 3 app on the Start Screen).
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AI Suite 3 Main menu
The AI Suite 3 main menu gives you easy-access controls and insight to what’s going on
with your computer - allowing you to optimize performance settings while at the same time
ensuring system stability.
The AI Suite main menu includes is a quick-access menu bar that allows you to swiftly launch
any of the integrated ASUS utilities. Click or tap
on the top-right corner of the menu to
launch the menu bar.
The Ai Suite 3 screenshots in this section are for reference only and can vary depending on
motherboard model.
AI Suite 3 main menu bar
Thermal Radar 2 USB 3.0 Boost
EZ Update
System
Information
USB Charger+
USB BIOS
Flashback
Push Notice
Version
•
Some functions in the AI Suite 3 main menu in this user guide may vary depending on
the motherboard model.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.4.1
Thermal Radar 2
Thermal Radar 2 lets you control fans, monitor your graphics card temperature and other key
components in real time, or auto-tune your thermal settings.
Thermal Tuning
This function optimizes your system’s cooling solution based on your system’s current
thermal settings. It allows you to configure your CPU, chassis, and the exclusive TUF Turbo
fans to achieve the best balance between cooling performance and low noise.
Click or tap to
automatically start
the Thermal Tuning
process
Fan Control
Allows you to configure the settings of the fans installed on your system. You can also load or
save a fan’s profile to tune the thermal condition of your system.
Click or tap to load saved profiles
Fan Overtime settings
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Click or tap to switch
between items
Click or tap to save
the settings of the
new profile
Dust de-Fan settings
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VGA
Allows you to configure the thermal settings of an installed ASUS graphics card.
•
The VGA tab on Thermal Radar 2 appears only when you install an optional ASUS
graphics card into your system.
•
The VGA feature of Thermal Radar 2 supports ASUS NVidia 700 Series graphics
card only.
VGA - Auto Mode
The system loads the optimal values for the graphic card’s thermal settings.
Press to perform dynamic adjustments
on the power and fan speed of the
installed graphics card
Click to save a new profile
Click to load a saved profile
VGA - Smart Mode
Manually adjust the acceleration and deceleration time of the graphic card’s fans.
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Click to apply changes
Displays the graph of the
thermal settings
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Click the sliders to
adjust the settings
Click to undo changes
Click to save a new profile
Click to load a saved profile
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VGA - RPM Mode
Allows you to manually adjust the fan’s speed (in rpm).
Perform Thermal Tuning to enable the RPM Mode. Refer to the Thermal Tuning section
for more information.
Click to save a new profile
Click to load a saved profile
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Move the slider up or down
to adjust the settings
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Thermal Status
Displays the current status of the thermal condition of your system.
Click or tap to run the
assessment report of
your current thermal
settings.
Recorder
Displays and monitors the status of the thermal setting and condition of your system.
Click or tap to scroll
down/up
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DIGI+ Power Control
ASUS DIGI+ Power Control features the revolutionary and innovative digital VRM and DRAM
Voltage controllers. These controllers offers ultra-precise memory and voltage tuning for
optimal system efficiency, stability and performance.
Click or tap to go the
CPU configurations
screen
Click or tap to go the
DRAM configurations
screen
DIGI+ Power Control - CPU
Click or tap to go back
to the previous screen
Click or tap to switch
between items
Click or tap to undo
the changes
Click or tap to apply
the changes
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DIGI+ Power Control - DRAM
Click or tap to go back
to the previous screen
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the changes
Click or tap to apply
the changes
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4.4.2
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s software,
drivers and BIOS easily.
With this utility, you can also manually update the BIOS and select the boot logo that displays
during POST.
Launching EZ Update
To launch EZ Update, click or tap
then select EZ Update.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main menu,
Using EZ Update
Click or tap to automatically update your
motherboard driver, software and firmware
Click or tap to search and
select the BIOS file
Click or tap to select a
boot logo
Click or tap to
update the BIOS
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Manually update the BIOS and selecting a boot logo
Click or tap to search an image file for your boot logo
Click or tap to go back to
EZ Update main screen
Click or tap to proceed the updating
BIOS and boot logo
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After you click or tap BIOS Update button, click or tap Flash to update the BIOS and upload
the boot logo in your system.
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4.4.3
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 the BIOS
download schedule.
Launching USB BIOS Flashback
To launch USB BIOS Flashback, click or tap
main menu, then select USB BIOS Flashback.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3
USB BIOS Flashback is available only in selected motherboard models.
Using USB BIOS Flashback
Set a schedule for the BIOS Update download
Click or tap to cancel the
download schedule setting
Click or tap to check for a new BIOS
update available for download
Click or tap 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 or tap Apply to save the BIOS download schedule. Click or tap Cancel to cancel
the download schedule.
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Downloading the latest 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 this user guide for more details.
To download the updated BIOS:
1.
From the USB BIOS Flashback screen,
click or tap Check for New BIOS
Update.
Wait for the system to check the latest
BIOS version.
2.
After the utility detects a new BIOS,
click or tap
from the Save to: field,
select the USB flash drive, then click
or tap Download.
After the download is complete, click or
tap OK.
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4.4.4
Push Notice
This utility allows you get the detailed status of your system to your smart device. You can
also send messages to your smart device using this utility.
Before using this utility, ensure that you pair your computer with your smart device. For
pairing information, refer to section Pairing your computer and smart device.
Launching Push Notice on your computer
To launch Push Notice, click or tap
menu, then select Push Notice.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
Push Notice screen
Click or tap to enable or disable Push Notice
Tick to select the
smart device
Click or tap to
discard the settings
Click or tap to
apply the settings
You can also enable the Push Notice via the Push Notice shortcut on the lower-right corner
of your screen. To do this, click or tap << then click or tap
then select
.
Pairing your computer and smart device
To pair your computer and smart device:
to launch Push Notice.
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1.
On your smart device, tap
2.
Tap Push Scan then tap the name of your computer that you want to pair with.
Push Notice
To pair your computer and smart device, ensure that both are connected to the same
wireless network.
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Setting up PC Mode alerts of your computer
This feature allows you to restart, shut down, or put your computer to sleep mode and sends
an alert to your smart device.
Tick these to
enable mode alerts
Tick to select the
smart device
Set the day and time to
enable the PC modes
Set the minutes to send
the alert before the PC
mode/s activation
Key in your messages for
more information
Setting up PC Status alerts
This feature allows you to send alerts of the unusual activities of the voltage, temperature,
and fan settings of your computer to your smart device.
Tick to select the
smart device
Tick to select and send
alerts to your smart
device
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Tick to send alert when the components
selected are back to its normal status
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Sending messages to your smart device
This feature allows you to send messages to your smart device.
You can also send messages via the Push Notice messaging shortcut on the lower-right
corner of your screen. To do this, click or tap << then click or tap
then select
.
Tick to select the
smart device
Click or tap to send
your message
Click or tap to key
in your message
Click to clear all the
text on the text box
Click to save the
text message
Viewing your computer status on your smart device
Tap
on your smart device to launch Push Notice.
Push Notice
Tap to view PC
mode alerts
Tap to delete PC
alerts
Tap to view PC
status alerts
Tap to view PC
sent messages
Tap to scan more
host computers
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4.4.5
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.
Launching USB 3.0 Boost
To launch USB 3.0 Boost, click or tap
menu, then select USB 3.0 Boost.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
Using the USB 3.0 Boost
Click or tap to enable the USB
device’s normal data transfer rate
Click or tap to select a USB device
Click or tap to enable UASP or
Turbo Mode for a faster data
transfer rate
Ensure to connect your USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 ports that support USB 3.0 Boost.
Refer to the Rear I/O connection section of your user guide for more details.
USB 3.0 Boost automatically detects the USB 3.0 devices that support UASP. For a
list of UASP-supported USB 3.0 devices, visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•
The data transfer speed varies with USB devices. For a higher data transfer
performance, use a USB 3.0 device.
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4.4.6
System Information
This utility allows you get the detailed information of the motherboard, CPU, and memory
settings.
Launching the System Information
To launch System Information, click or tap
main menu, then select System Information.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3
Viewing the motherboard information
Click or tap the MB tab to view the motherboard’s information.
Viewing the CPU information
Click or tap the CPU tab to view the processor’s information.
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Viewing the SPD information
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Click or tap the SPD tab to view the memory’s information.
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4.4.7
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.
Before using USB Charger+, ensure to disable the ErP Ready item from the Advanced >
APM > ErP Ready in the Advanced mode of the BIOS Setup program.
Launching USB Charger+
To launch USB Charger+, click or tap
menu, then select USB Charger+.
on the top-right corner of the AI Suite 3 main
USB Charger+ screen
Click or tap to detect the
connected USB device
Indicates that the
connected USB device is
in charging mode
Click or tap to fastcharge your USB
device
Click or tap to stop
charging your USB
device
Click or tap to
apply the settings
Click or tap to
discard the settings
Click or tap to select the type of USB device
that you wish to charge when the system is off
Ensure to connect your USB device into the USB port that supports this utility. Refer to the Rear I/O connection section of your user guide for more details.
•
The USB Charger+ does not support USB hubs and USB extension cables, and
generic USB cables.
•
The USB Charger+ may not recognize some ASUS devices due to a special design.
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4.4.8Version
Chapter 4
Displays the installed software or utilities and their current version.
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4.5
Turbo LAN
Turbo LAN is a network traffic shaping technology that lowers lag and helps reduce delays
during data transfers or when playing online games. It allows you to set programs or
application’s network priorities to currently running games or applications.
Turbo LAN features an intuitive user interface and an Advance Mode that tweakers can use
to configure hardcore controls or settings.
To launch Turbo LAN, click or tap the
Displays the Network Adapter
information
on the desktop.
Displays the current connection
and bandwidth usage status
Adjust the slider to
set a program or
application’s priority
Click to delete an
application or
program on the list
Click to view the programs
under these utilities
Click to open
Advanced Mode
Click to open an item
Using the Advance Mode
The Advance Mode allows you to configure the priorities of your programs or applications or
configure your network device.
To go to the Advanced Mode, click or tap
.
The Advanced Mode contains the following utilities:
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Preferences: Allows you to control the network’s traffic to optimize the program’s
performance, favor ping time, and avoid packet loss.
•
Protocols: Allows you to set priority to the network adapter and its protocol to reduce
delay during data transfer, and maintain the speed of Internet access.
•
Programs: Allows you to set priority to the programs or applications.
•
Traffic Shaping: Allows you set the priority to the network adapter and its protocol to
reduce delay during data transfer and speeds up the Internet access.
•
Adapter Info: Displays the information about the installed network adapter in your
system.
•
Online Budgets: Allows you to set an online budget time to your network adapters.
•
Traffic Analysis: Allows you to assign protocols and programs in one set.
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4.6
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
or tap on the icon to display the Realtek® HD
Audio Manager.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected)
Advanced settings
Set default device
button
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Control settings panel
Analog and digital connector status
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Selecting an audio output
Realtek HD Audio Manager allows you to select the type of audio output depending on the
output device that you are using.
To select an audio output:
1.
Insert the audio device’s jack to the Line Out (lime) port. If the audio device’s jack is
on the Realtek HD Audio
already inserted to the corresponding port, click or tap
Manager.
2.
On the pop-up window, tick the
audio device that you plugged to
the Line Out port then click or tap
Next.
a.
If you select Headphone,
click or tap to select the type
of headphone installed then
click or tap OK.
b.
If you select Front Speaker
Out, click or tap to select the
type of speaker installed then
click or tap OK.
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Chapter 5:
RAID support
RAID support
5.1
RAID configurations
5
The motherboard comes with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology that supports RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5 configuration.
5.1.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write data in
parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a
sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access
and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one drive to
a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software directs all applications
to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use
two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be
of the same size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk drives. Among
the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better HDD performance, fault tolerance, and
higher storage capacity. The RAID 5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing,
relational database applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
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RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy data) having
to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 configuration you get all the benefits of both
RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive
and three new drives for this setup.
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5.1.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install
identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
5.1.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID sets using SATA
HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
2.
Go to the Advanced menu > SATA Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Set the SATA Mode item to [RAID Mode].
4.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS Setup
Due to chipset limitation, when SATA ports are set to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at
RAID mode together.
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5.1.4Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.5.1.1070
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Devices:
Port Device Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
[↑↓]-Select
MENU ]
4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Acceleration Options
6. Exit
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
[ESC]-Exit
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through the menus
and select the menu options.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and may not
exactly match the items on your screen.
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The utility supports maximum four hard disk drives for RAID configuration.
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Creating a RAID set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - v10.5.1.1070
Copyright(C) 2003-10 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name: Volume0
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Sync:
Create volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]-Select
[ESC]-Exit
[ENTER]-Select Menu
2.
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to select a RAID
level to create, and then press <Enter>.
4.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives you want
to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears:
Port
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size Status
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
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5.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space> to select. A small
triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10
and 5 only),and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4KB
to 128KB. The following are typical values:
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RAID 0: 128KB
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RAID 10: 64KB
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RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that you want
and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum allowed capacity.
8.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to go back
to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Be cautious when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk drives when
you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press <Enter>. The
following screen appears:
Name
Volume0
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Level
Drives
RAID0(Stripe)
2
Capacity
298.0GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[↑↓]-Select
2.
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[DEL]-Delete Volume
Use the up/down arrow key to select the RAID set you want to delete, and then press
<Delete>. The following warning message appears:
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press <N> to
return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Chapter 5
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Chapter 5: RAID configurations
Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, then press <Enter>. The following warning
message appears:
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
5.2
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation
To install the RAID driver for Windows® OS:
1.
During the OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation
media containing the RAID driver.
2. Insert the USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD into
the optical drive, and then click Browse.
3. Click the name of the device you’ve inserted, go to Drivers > RAID, and then select
the RAID driver for the corresponding OS version. Click OK.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer
to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive.
Chapter 5
To set up a Windows® UEFI operating system under RAID mode, ensure to load the UEFI
driver for your optical drive.
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Chapter 5
5-8
Chapter 5: RAID configurations
Appendices
Appendices
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference.
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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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.
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IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS
210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian
interference-causing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer
un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
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.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
Class B ITE
Appendices
This is a Class B product based on the standard of the VCCI Council. If this is used near a
radio or television receiver in a domestic environment, it may cause radio interference. Install
and use the equipment according to the instruction manual.
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KC: Korea Warning Statement
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.
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards
for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to
responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging
materials. Please go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for detailed recycling
information in different regions.
RF Equipment Notices
CE: European Community Compliance Statement
Appendices
The equipment complies with the RF Exposure Requirement 1999/519/EC, Council
Recommendation of 12 July 1999 on the limitation of exposure of the general public to
electromagnetic fields (0–300 GHz). This wireless device complies with the R&TTE Directive.
Wireless Radio Use
This device is restricted to indoor use when operating in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency
band.
Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy
The radiated output power of the Wi-Fi technology is below the FCC radio frequency
exposure limits. Nevertheless, it is advised to use the wireless equipment in such a manner
that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.
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FCC Bluetooth Wireless Compliance
The antenna used with this transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter subject to the conditions of the FCC Grant.
Bluetooth Industry Canada Statement
This Class B device meets all requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment
regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Class B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
NCC: Taiwan Wireless Statement
Japan RF Equipment Statement
KC (RF Equipment)
Google™ License Terms
Copyright© 2014 Google Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file
except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at:
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http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the
License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF
ANY KIND, either express or implied.
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the
License.
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
Telephone +886-2-2894-3447
Fax +886-2-2890-7798
E-mail
[email protected]
Web site
www.asus.com.com/
Technical Support
Telephone Fax
Online support
+86-21-38429911
+86-21-5866-8722, ext. 9101#
http://www.asus.com/tw/support/
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
Telephone+1-510-739-3777
Fax
+1-510-608-4555
Web site
http://www.asus.com/us/
Technical Support
Support fax
Telephone Online support
+1-812-284-0883
+1-812-282-2787
http://www.service.asus.com/
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
http://www.asus.com/de
http://eu-rma.asus.com/sales
Technical Support
Appendices
Telephone+49-1805-010923*
Support Fax
+49-2102-9599-11
Online support
http://www.asus.com/de/support/
ASUS GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION
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(510)739-3777/(510)608-4555
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539.
Asus Computer International
Date :
Signature :
Representative Person’s Name :
Apr. 16, 2014
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 : GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION,GRYPHON Z97
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
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Ver. 140331
GERMANY
Model name :
Declaration Date: 16/04/2014
Year to begin affixing CE marking: 2014
CE marking
Jerry Shen
Signature : __________
Name :
Position : CEO
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 617/2013
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
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 V2.2.1(2012-09)
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
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+AC:2011
EN 61000-3-2:2006+A2:2009
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Motherboard
GRYPHON Z97 ARMOR EDITION,GRYPHON Z97
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
Country:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Address, City:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address:
Authorized representative in Europe:
Manufacturer:
We, the undersigned,
EC Declaration of Conformity
Ver. 140331
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