Specifications | Asus 90SB0390M0AAY0 Computer Hardware User Manual

Motherboard
Z87-WS
E8226
First Edition
May 2013
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Contents
Safety information...................................................................................................... vii
About this guide........................................................................................................ viii
Z87-WS specifications summary................................................................................ x
Package contents....................................................................................................... xv
Installation tools and components.......................................................................... xvi
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.1.1
Product highlights........................................................................ 1-1
1.1.3
Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization................ 1-4
1.1.2
1.1.4
1.1.5
1.1.6
1.2
1.1.7
ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features........................................ 1-3
ASUS Exclusive Features............................................................ 1-5
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution...................................................... 1-6
ASUS EZ DIY............................................................................... 1-6
Other special features.................................................................. 1-7
Motherboard overview................................................................................ 1-8
1.2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-8
1.2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................. 1-11
1.2.2
1.2.4
1.2.5
1.2.6
1.2.7
1.2.8
Chapter 2:
2.1
Product Introduction
Special features.......................................................................................... 1-1
Motherboard layout...................................................................... 1-9
System memory......................................................................... 1-12
Expansion slots.......................................................................... 1-15
Onboard buttons and switches.................................................. 1-17
Onboard LEDs........................................................................... 1-23
Internal connectors.................................................................... 1-31
Basic installation
Building your PC system........................................................................... 2-1
2.1.1
Motherboard installation............................................................... 2-1
2.1.3
CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation................................ 2-4
2.1.2
2.1.4
2.1.5
2.1.6
2.1.7
2.1.8
CPU installation........................................................................... 2-3
DIMM installation......................................................................... 2-6
ATX Power connection................................................................. 2-7
SATA device connection............................................................... 2-8
Front I/O Connectors................................................................... 2-9
Expansion Card installation....................................................... 2-10
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2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5 BIOS update utility.................................................................................... 2-11
Motherboard rear and audio connections.............................................. 2-13
2.3.1
2.3.2
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
Turning off the computer.......................................................................... 2-18
BIOS setup program................................................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
3.2.2
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced menu........................................................................................ 3-24
3.6.1
CPU Configuration..................................................................... 3-25
3.6.3
SATA Configuration.................................................................... 3-29
3.6.6
3.6.7
3.6.8
3.6.9
3.11
System Agent Configuration...................................................... 3-31
USB Configuration..................................................................... 3-33
Platform Misc Configuration....................................................... 3-34
Onboard Devices Configuration................................................. 3-35
APM........................................................................................... 3-37
Network Stack............................................................................ 3-38
Boot menu................................................................................................. 3-42
Tools menu................................................................................................ 3-48
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility............................................................. 3-48
3.9.3
ASUS SPD Information.............................................................. 3-49
ASUS O.C. Profile...................................................................... 3-48
Exit menu................................................................................................... 3-50
Updating BIOS........................................................................................... 3-51
3.11.1
EZ Update.................................................................................. 3-51
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3........................................................... 3-53
3.11.2
3.11.4
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PCH Configuration..................................................................... 3-28
Monitor menu............................................................................................ 3-39
3.9.2
3.10
Advanced Mode........................................................................... 3-4
Main menu................................................................................................... 3-7
3.6.5
3.9
EZ Mode...................................................................................... 3-3
My Favorites................................................................................................ 3-6
3.6.4
3.8
BIOS setup
Knowing BIOS............................................................................................. 3-1
3.6.2
3.7
Audio I/O connections................................................................ 2-15
Starting up for the first time..................................................................... 2-17
Chapter 3:
3.1
Rear I/O connection................................................................... 2-13
ASUS EZ Flash 2....................................................................... 3-52
ASUS BIOS Updater.................................................................. 3-54
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
Support DVD information........................................................................... 4-1
4.2.1
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals.................................................. 4-2
4.3.1
AI Suite 3..................................................................................... 4-3
4.3.3
EPU.............................................................................................. 4-8
4.3.4
4.3.5
4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.8
4.3.9
4.3.10
4.3.11
4.3.12
4.3.13
4.3.14
4.3.15
Chapter 5:
Dual Intelligent Processors 4....................................................... 4-5
DIGI+ Power Control.................................................................. 4-10
Fan Xpert 2................................................................................ 4-12
USB 3.0 Boost........................................................................... 4-15
Network iControl........................................................................ 4-16
USB BIOS Flashback................................................................. 4-18
Ai Charger+................................................................................ 4-19
EZ Update.................................................................................. 4-20
USB Charger+............................................................................ 4-21
System Information.................................................................... 4-22
ASUS SSD Caching II................................................................ 4-24
Audio configurations.................................................................. 4-26
ASUS Dr. Power Utility............................................................... 4-27
RAID support
RAID configurations................................................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
RAID definitions........................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS..................................................... 5-2
5.1.2
5.2
Running the support DVD............................................................ 4-1
Software information.................................................................................. 4-3
4.3.2
5.1
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................................. 4-1
5.1.4
Installing Serial ATA hard disks.................................................... 5-2
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility................... 5-3
Creating a RAID driver disk....................................................................... 5-7
5.2.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS................... 5-7
5.2.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation......... 5-8
5.2.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®.................................... 5-8
Chapter 6:
6.1
Multiple GPU support
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology................................................................... 6-1
6.1.1
Requirements............................................................................... 6-1
6.1.3
Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards................................. 6-2
6.1.2
Before you begin.......................................................................... 6-1
6.1.4
Installing three CrossFireX™ graphics cards............................... 6-3
6.1.5
Installing four CrossFireX™ graphics cards................................. 6-4
6.1.6
6.2
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology.............................. 6-5
NVIDIA SLI™ technology.......................................................................... 6-7
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6.2.1
Requirements............................................................................... 6-7
6.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards..................................... 6-9
6.2.2
6.2.4
6.3
Installing the device drivers.......................................................... 6-5
6.1.7
6.2.5
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards....................................... 6-8
Installing four SLI-ready graphics cards..................................... 6-10
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology................................... 6-11
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology................................................................... 6-13
6.3.1
6.3.2
Requirements............................................................................. 6-13
Installing CUDA-ready graphics cards....................................... 6-13
Appendices
Notices..................................................................................................................... A-1
ASUS contact information....................................................................................... A-5
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Safety information
Electrical safety
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To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet
before relocating the system.
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables
for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all
power cables are unplugged.
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not
sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power
company.
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
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Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the power
cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors,
slots, sockets and circuitry.
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area
where it may become wet.
Place the product on a stable surface.
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports. 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.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
Chapter 5: 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.
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ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
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Z87-WS specifications summary
CPU
LGA1150 socket for the 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/Intel®
Core™i5/ Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors
Supports 22nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU
types.
Chipset
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 2800 (O.C.)* / 2666 (O.C.)* 2600
(O.C.)* / 2500 (O.C.)* / 2400 (O.C.)* / 2200(O.C.)* / 2133(O.C.)* /
2000 (O.C.)* / 1866(O.C.)* / 1800(O.C.)* /1600 / 1333 MHz, nonECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture
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.
Expansion slots
4 x PCI Express 3.0*/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x16
mode, triple at x16/x8/x8, quad at x8/x8/x8/x8)
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
VGA
Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel® HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support: DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort/HDMI port
Supports DisplayPort 1.2* with max. resolution 4096x2160@24Hz
and 3840x2160@60Hz
Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz and
2560x1600@60Hz
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear
Video HD Technology, and Intel® Insider™
Supports up to three displays simultaneously
Maximum shared memory 1024MB
* DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports
DisplayPort 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays.
Multi-GPU support
Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology
LAN
2 x Intel® I210 Gigabit LAN controller
Supports AMD® 4-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
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Z87-WS specifications summary
Storage
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
- 6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (yellow)
- Supports Intel® Dynamic Storage Accelerator, Intel® Smart
Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel®
Smart Connect Technology*
Marvell® 9230 SATA controllers
- 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 10 and port multiplier
support
ASMedia® SATA 6Gb/s controller**
- 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s ports with port multiplier support
* Supported on Intel® Core™ processor family.
**These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not
supported.
1394
VIA VT6315N controller support 1x1394a port
Audio
Realtek® ALC1150 8-channel high definition audio
CODEC
- High quality 112dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at
rear) and 104dB SNR recording input (Line-in) support.
- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- BD audio layer content protection
- DTS UltraPC II
- DTS Connect
- Supports jack-detection, multi-streaming and front panel jackretasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at rear I/O
USB
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset - supports ASUS USB 3.0
Boost
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1 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at rear panel (blue)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at mid-board for front panel support
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports at rear panel
5 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports at mid-board
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller - supports ASUS USB 3.0
Boost
- 3 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at rear panel (blue)
Workstation unique
features
4 PCIe x 16 slots
ASUS Dr. Power
Quick gate: 1 vertical USB 2.0 on board
ASUS WS Diag. LED
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Z87-WS specifications summary
ASUS unique features
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way
Optimization
- 4-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates
ASUS-exclusive DIGI+Power Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan
Xpert 2 that quickly optimize the digital power setting, system
performance, power saving and whole system cooling
configuration with just a click.
CPU Power
- Industry leading digital 8-phase power design
- ASUS CPU power utility
DRAM Power
- Industry leading digital 2-phase DRAM power design
- ASUS DRAM power utility
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS TPU
- TurboV, GPU Boost, TPU switch
ASUS Fan Xpert 2
- Featuring Fan Auto Tuning function for optimized speed
control.
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- Network iControl featuring instant network bandwidth
domination for top network program in use
- USB 3.0 Boost featuring speedy USB 3.0 transmission
- USB Charger+ featuring quick-charging function for all smart
devices
- Ai Charger+
- Disk Unlocker
- AI Suite 3
- Anti Surge
- MemOK!
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fan Xpert 2
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-sink solution
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback with USB BIOS Flashback Wizard
for EZ BIOS download scheduling
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphical user
interface
- ASUS O.C. Tuner
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design
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ASUS Q-Shield
ASUS Q-Code
ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Q-DIMM
ASUS Q-Connector
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Z87-WS specifications summary
Rear Panel I/O Ports
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
4 x USB 2.0/1.0 ports (1 supports USB BIOS Flashback)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/mouse port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Display port
1 x Mini-Display port
2 x eSATA ports
2 x LAN (RJ-45) ports (2 x Intel® LAN)
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
Internal I/O connectors
8-channel Audio I/O ports
10 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (6 x yellow; 4 x dark brown)
1 x mSATA connector
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan connector supports both 3-pin (DC mode) and
4-pin (PWM mode) CPU coolers control
1 x 4-pin CPU Optional Fan connector (CPU_OPT)
4 x 4-pin Chassis Fan connectors
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x TPM connector
1 x chassis intrusion header
1 x COM port
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
2 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x 6-pin EATX 12V_1 Power connector
1 x System Panel (Q-connector)
1 x MemOK! button
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x mSATA switch jumper
1 x DirectKey button
1 x DRCT (DirectKey) connector
1 x EPU switch
1 x TPU switch (advanced 2-stage adjustments)
1 x Power on switch
1 x CHAFAN_SEL jumper
BIOS features
1 x Dr. Power switch
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, 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, F3 Shortcut functions, and ASUS DRAM SPD
(Serial Presence Detect) memory information
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Z87-WS specifications summary
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support DVD contents
Drivers
ASUS Utilities
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Accessories
10 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x COM port bracket
1 x USB+ 1394 bracket
1 x ASUS 4-Way SLI bridge connector
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge connector
1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector
1 x 2-in-1 Q-connector
1 x User’s manual
1 x I/O Shield
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 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 Z87-WS motherboard
User manual
Support DVD
10 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables
COM port bracket
2 USB ports + 1394a cable with
1394 bracket
1 x ASUS SLI™ bridge connector
1 x ASUS 4-Way SLI™ bridge
connector
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI™ bridge
connector
1 x 2-in-1 Q-connector
1 x I/O Shield
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If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may
vary with different models.
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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 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel®
Core™ i3, Pentium® and Celeron® processors
This motherboard supports 4th 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® Z87 Express Chipset
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single chipset that supports the LGA1150 socket for 4th
generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium® and Celeron®
processors. It utilizes 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 optimal graphics performance, unprecedented
data speed, and seamless transition with its complete backward compatibility to PCIe 1.0/2.0
devices.
Dual-Channel DDR3 2800 (O.C.) / 2666 (O.C.) / 2600 (O.C.) / 2500 (O.C.) / 2400
(O.C.) / 2200 (O.C.) / 2133 (OC.) / 2000 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 /
1333 MHz Support
The motherboard supports dual-channel DDR3 memory featuring data transfer rates of
DDR3 2800 (O.C.) / 2666 (O.C.) / 2600 (O.C.) / 2500 (O.C.) / 2400 (O.C.) / 2200 (O.C.) /
2133 (OC.) / 2000 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 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 CrossFireX™ Support
ASUS Z87-WS
Chapter 1
This motherboard features the most powerful Intel® Z87 platform that optimizes PCIe
allocation in a multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX™ solution, giving you a brand-new gaming
enjoyment.
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Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology, an important part of Green ASUS eco-friendly computing,
reduces load and wait time, eliminates unecessary 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 system to receive updates for your web
applications in real-time even when your system is in sleep mode, saving wait time and
power usage.
Chapter 1
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1.2
ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features
Best performance for PCI Express 3.0 4-Way CrossFireX™ and SLI™
Native third generation PCI Express x16 4-way AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™ offer
the fastest and most reliable graphics performance ever. It’s ideal for professional use in
mechanical, architectural, and interior design, aeronautics, and audiovisual content creation.
Additionally, the ample graphics power can easily run even the most demanding PC games in
full detail for enhanced entertainment.
ASUS Dr. Power: Intelligent power supply monitoring
Power supply health detection helps prevent sudden system shutdown and provides hasslefree notifications should power delivery be insufficient. Additionally, LED messages on the
board clearly indicate any relevant power issues in the event your system fails to boot.
Built-in dual server-class Intel® i210 Ethernet
For more reliable networking, the Z87-WS features the latest server class built-in Intel®
Ethernet adapter. This leads to lower CPU utilization and temperature, outstanding
performance, as well as better support for diverse operating systems.
Beat Thermal Chokes: Better stability and lower power loss
ASUS Beat Thermal Chokes deliver great durability and up to 93% power efficiency under
normal operation. A special fin design results in 3-50C lower choke temps for added stability,
which is increased exponentially through use of highly conductive and efficient gold-treated
coating. This translates to minimal loss of power delivery.
Extra mSATA 6Gb/s
A built-in mSATA 6Gb/s card provides users diverse storage options. Install your SSD to a
mSATA 6Gb/s port for super-fast boot up and reduced resume times.
Diagnostic LED
Diag. LED checks key components (CPU, memory, graphics card, and hard drive) in
sequence during bootup. If an error is found, the LED next to the relevant device will stay lit
until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitive way to locate the
root problem.
Quick Gate
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Quick Gate is a vertical USB connector on the motherboard, allowing you to install USB
devices directly with no messy cables. This stops important data storage devices from
breaking off unexpectedly. P8P67 WS Revolution with this unique design provides a
convenient and safe way to install data and applications on your PC.
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1.1.3
Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 brings system control solution to a totally whole new
level, combining TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control and Fan Xpert 2 functions to push the
system’s performance to its optimal potential. It automatically pushes or reasonably balances
the system’s performance, power saving levels and fan settings via the user-friendly AI Suite
3 utility.
Digital 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.
TPU
TPU (Turbo Processing Unit), offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring
mechanisms through the TurboV functions in your ASUS AI Suite 3 utility.
EPU
EPU (Energy Processing Unit), the world’s first real-time system power-saving chip,
automatically detects the current system load and intelligently moderates power usage.
It offers a total system-wide energy optimization, reduces fan noise, and extends the
component’s lifespan.
ASUS Fan Xpert 2
ASUS Fan Xpert 2 provides customizable settings for a cooler and quieter computing
environment. With its Fan Auto Tuning feature, ASUS Fan Xpert 2 automatically detects
and tweaks all fan speeds, and provides you with optimized fan settings based on the fans’
specifications and positions.
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ASUS Exclusive Features
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.
Connect 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 overclocking, energy
management, fan speed control, voltage and sensor readings, and even interact with smart
devices via Wi-Fi. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use features with no
need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
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ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Fanless Design - Heat-sink solution
The stylish heatsink features a 0-dB thermal solution that offers you a noiseless PC
environment. The heatsink design also lowers the temperature of the chipset and power
phase area through highly efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics,
the ASUS stylish heatsink will give you an extremely silent and cooling experience with its
elegant appearance.
1.1.6
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 dual modes and native support for hard drives larger than
2.2 TB.
ASUS UEFI BIOS includes the following new features:
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New My Favorite function allows you to quickly access frequently used items
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New log reminder allows you to view all your modified settings
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New Quick Note function allows you to take notes in the BIOS environment
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-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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Other special features
DTS Connect
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels,
DTS Connect combines two technologies, DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs,
MP3s, WMAs, Internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound.
Consumers can connect their PC to a home theater system. DTS Interactive is capable of
performing mult-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending
encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to
deliver audio to an external decoder.
DTS UltraPC II
DTS UltraPC II delivers a superior surround sound experience through your system’s
speakers and headphones while monitoring and balancing the loudness level difference
between digital audio formats. It also enhances audio settings by augmenting low and high
frequencies of musical tones, restores compressed or re-mastered sounds, improves bass
performance even without a subwoofer, and improves dialogue derived from DVD or Blu-ray
Disc™.
ErP Ready
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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 consumption.
This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient
products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and
thus mitigate environmental impacts.
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Motherboard overview
1.2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
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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.
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Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
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Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
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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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Motherboard layout
Parade
PS8201
PLX
PEX8747
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Refer to 1.2.6 Internal connectors and 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection for more information
about rear panel connectors and internal connectors.
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Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
1. ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V1, 8-pin EATX12V; 6-pin
EATX12V_1)
2. LGA1150 CPU socket
3. CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CPU_OPT, 4-pin CHA_FAN1~4 )
4. DDR3 DIMM slots
5. EPU switch
6. TPU switch
7. DirectKey
8. MemOK! button
9. USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12)
10. mSATA connector
11. Marvell 9230 ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA6G_E1234 [dark brown])
12. Intel® Z87 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1~6 [yellow])
13. Clear CMOS button
14. Direct connector (2-pin DRCT)
15. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
16. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1112, USB1314; USB10)
17. mSATA_SW
18. Q-Code LED
19. IEEE 1394 port connector (10-1 pin IE1394)
20. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
21. Power-on button
22. Reset button
23. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
24. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
25. ASUS Dr. POWER switch
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Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the 4th
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Recommended memory configurations
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Memory configurations
You may install 2GB, 4GB and 8GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM
sockets.
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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.
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According to Intel® CPU spec, a DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to
protect the CPU.
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Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
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Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows® OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
a) Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows® OS.
b) 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.
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This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less
(Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB).
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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
value or at a higher frequency, refer to section 3.5 Ai Tweaker menu for manual
memory frequency adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full
memory load (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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Always install DIMMS with the same CAS Latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or data code (D/C)
from the same vendor. Check with the vendor to get the correct memory modules.
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Z87-WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors List (QVL)
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
2
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_2 slot (at x8 mode)
3
4
5
6
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_1 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot
PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_3 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot
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PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16_4 slot (at x8 mode)
PCIE x16_1 auto switches to x8 when slot PCIE x16_2 is occupied; PCIE x16_2 auto
switches to x4 when slot PCIE x16_4 is occupied.
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SLI
Single VGA
x16
(single VGA recommended)
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x16
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recommended)
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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.
•
We recommend you connect an EATX 12V_1 cable when running CrossFireX and
SLI.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIe x16_1
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PCIe x16_3
PCIe x16_4
PCIe x1_1
PCIe x1_2
Marvell 9230
ASM1061
VIA1394
USB 3.0
LAN1 (I210)
LAN2 (I210)
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Onboard buttons and switches
Onboard switches and buttons allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or
open-case system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings
to enhance system performance.
1.
ASUS Dr. POWER switch
This switch allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Dr. Power feature. Install the
bundled ASUS Dr. Power Utility then enable this switch to allow the system to display
notification messages in your Windows screen if a problem is detected with your Power
Supply Unit (PSU).
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Power-on button
The motherboard comes with a power-on button that allows you to power up or wake
up the system. The button also lights up when the system is plugged to a power source
indicating that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or installing any motherboard component.
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MemOK! button
Installing DIMMs that are not compatible with the motherboard may cause system boot
failure, and the DRAM_LED near the MemOK! to switch lights continuously. Press
and hold the MemOK! button until the DRAM_LED starts blinking to begin automatic
memory compatibility tuning for successful boot.
•
Refer to section 1.2.8 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! switch does not function under a 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 requirements, 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! switch
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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DirectKey button
This feature allows your system to go to the BIOS Setup program with the press of
a button. With DirectKey, you can enter the BIOS anytime without having to press
the <Del> key during POST. It also allows you to turn on or turn off your system and
conveniently enter the BIOS during boot-up.
Ensure to save your data before using the DirectKey button.
When the system is on and you press the DirectKey button, your system will shut
down. Press the DirectKey button again or the Power-on button to reboot and enter
the BIOS directly.
•
Turn off your system using the power-on button to allow your system to go through
POST (without entering the BIOS) when you reboot your system.
•
Refer to section 3.8 Boot Menu for details about setting the DirectKey default
function.
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5.
TPU switch
With its two-level adjustment functions, the TPU allows you to automatically adjust the
CPU ratio and clock speed for optimal system performance.
•
Enable this switch when the system is powered off.
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When the TPU switch is set to Enabled (TPU_I: CPU Ratio Boost), the system
automatically adjusts the CPU ratio for enhanced performance.
•
When the TPU switch is set to Enabled (TPU_II: CPU BCLK and Ratio Boost), the
system automatically adjusts the base clock rate (BLCK) and the CPU ratio for
enhanced performance.
•
The TPU LED (TPU_LED) near the TPU switch lights up when the TPU switch is
enabled. Refer to section 1.2.7 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the TPU LED.
•
If you enable this switch under a Windows® OS environment, the TPU function will be
activated after the next system bootup.
•
You may use the 4-Way Optimization and TPU feature in the AI Suite 3 application,
adjust the BIOS setup program, or enable the TPU switch at the same time. However,
the system will use the last setting you have made.
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6.
EPU switch
Enable this switch to automatically detect the current PC loading and intelligently
moderate power consumption.
Enable this switch when the system is powered off.
The EPU LED (OLED2) near the EPU switch lights up when the EPU switch is
enabled. Refer to section 1.2.7 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the EPU LED.
•
If you enable this switch under a Windows® OS environment, the EPU function will be
activated after the next system bootup.
•
You may change the EPU settings in the software application or BIOS setup program
and enable the EPU function at the same time. However, the system will use the last
setting you have made.
Clear CMOS button
Press the Clear CMOS switch to clear BIOS setup information only when the system
hangs due to overclocking.
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9.
Reset button
Press the reset button to reboot the system.
MSATA switch
The mSATA switch configures mSATA support for the motherboard.
Auto-detect
mSATA or
SATA port 6
Force
mSATA
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1.
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 until the problem is solved.
TPU LED
The TPU LED lights up when the TPU switch is enabled.
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4.
EPU LED
The EPU LED lights up when the EPU switch is enabled.
Q-Code LED
The Q-Code LED provides you with a 2-digit error code that displays the system status.
Refer to the Q-Code table on the next page for details.
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Description
00
Not used
01
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard).
02
AP initialization before microcode loading
03
System Agent initialization before microcode loading
04
PCH initialization before microcode loading
06
Microcode loading
07
AP initialization after microcode loading
08
System Agent initialization after microcode loading
09
PCH initialization after microcode loading
0B
Cache initialization
0C – 0D
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
0E
Microcode not found
0F
Microcode not loaded
10
PEI Core is started
11 – 14
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
15 – 18
Pre-memory System Agent initialization is started
19 – 1C
Pre-memory PCH initialization is started
2B – 2F
Memory initialization
30
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
31
Memory Installed
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CPU post-memory initialization
37 – 3A
Post-Memory System Agent initialization is started
3B – 3E
Post-Memory PCH initialization is started
4F
DXE IPL is started
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Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
speed
54
Unspecified memory initialization error
55
Memory not installed
56
Invalid CPU type or Speed
57
CPU mismatch
58
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
59
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
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5A
Internal CPU error
5B
Reset PPI is not available
5C – 5F
Reserved for future AMI error codes
E0
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
E1
S3 Boot Script execution
E2
Video repost
E3
OS S3 wake vector call
E4 – E7
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
E8
S3 Resume Failed
E9
S3 Resume PPI not Found
EA
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
EB
S3 OS Wake Error
EC – EF
Reserved for future AMI error codes
F0
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
F1
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
F2
Recovery process started
F3
Recovery firmware image is found
F4
Recovery firmware image is loaded
F5 – F7
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
F8
Recovery PPI is not available
F9
Recovery capsule is not found
FA
Invalid recovery capsule
FB – FF
Reserved for future AMI error codes
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DXE Core is started
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NVRAM initialization
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Installation of the PCH Runtime Services
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CPU DXE initialization is started
68
PCI host bridge initialization
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System Agent DXE initialization is started
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System Agent DXE SMM initialization is started
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PCH DXE initialization is started
71
PCH DXE SMM initialization is started
72
PCH devices initialization
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PCH DXE Initialization (PCH module specific)
78
ACPI module initialization
79
CSM initialization
7A – 7F
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
90
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
91
Driver connecting is started
92
PCI Bus initialization is started
93
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
94
PCI Bus Enumeration
95
PCI Bus Request Resources
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PCI Bus Assign Resources
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Console Output devices connect
98
Console input devices connect
99
Super IO Initialization
9A
USB initialization is started
9B
USB Reset
9C
USB Detect
9D
USB Enable
9E – 9F
Reserved for future AMI codes
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IDE initialization is started
A1
IDE Reset
A2
IDE Detect
A3
IDE Enable
A4
SCSI initialization is started
A5
SCSI Reset
A6
SCSI Detect
A7
SCSI Enable
A8
Setup Verifying Password
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Description
A9
Start of Setup
AA
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
AB
Setup Input Wait
AC
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
AD
Ready To Boot event
AE
Legacy Boot event
AF
Exit Boot Services event
B0
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
B1
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
B2
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
B3
System Reset
B4
USB hot plug
B5
PCI bus hot plug
B6
Clean-up of NVRAM
B7
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
B8– BF
Reserved for future AMI codes
D0
CPU initialization error
D1
System Agent initialization error
D2
PCH initialization error
D3
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
D4
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
D5
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
D6
No Console Output Devices are found
D7
No Console Input Devices are found
D8
Invalid password
D9
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
DA
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
DB
Flash update is failed
DC
Reset protocol is not available
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ACPI/ASL Checkpoints
Code
Description
01
System is entering S1 sleep state
02
System is entering S2 sleep state
03
System is entering S3 sleep state
04
System is entering S4 sleep state
05
System is entering S5 sleep state
10
System is waking up from the S1 sleep state
20
System is waking up from the S2 sleep state
30
System is waking up from the S3 sleep state
40
System is waking up from the S4 sleep state
AC
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in PIC mode.
AA
System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode.
PWR_SUPPLY LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near the EATX PWR connector lights up when the ASUS Dr.
Power switch setting is on Enable and the power supply unit has failed.
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6.
7.
PGLED3 LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near the ASUS Dr. Power switch lights up when the ASUS
Dr. Power switch is on Enable.
+12V_PWR LED
The ASUS Dr. Power LED near EATX12V connector lights up when the ASUS Dr.
Power switch setting is on enable and there is no power detected going into the
processor.
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1.2.8
1.
Internal connectors
Intel® Z87 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1-6 [yellow])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
•
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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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® Z87
chipset.
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2.
Marvell 9230 ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_E1234 [dark brown])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0
Gb/s signal cables.
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3.
•
Marvell storage controller can only support AHCI mode.
•
These SATA ports are for data drives only.
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.
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4.
•
The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately.
•
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.
•
The plugged USB 3.0 device may run on xHCI or EHCI mode depending on the
operating system’s setting.
IEEE 1394 port connector (10-1 pin IE1394)
This connector is for an IEEE 1394 port. Connect the IEEE 1394 module cable to this
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
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5.
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.
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6.
USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB1112, USB1314; USB10)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480 MBps connection speed.
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.
•
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
•
These connectors are based on xHCI specification. We recommend you to install the
related driver to fully use the USB 2.0 ports under Windows® 7.
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7.
CPU, chassis, and optional fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin CHA_FAN1~4)
Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
•
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow
inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers!
Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
•
Ensure that the CPU fan 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 connector and CHA_FAN connectors support the ASUS FAN Xpert 2
feature.
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8.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel
audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition 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].
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9.
EATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V1, 8-pin EATX12V; 6-pin EATX12V_1)
•
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 you use an EATX12V power connector to increase power efficiency
when you overclock the CPU.
•
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.
•
We recommend you connect an EATX 12V_1 cable to increase power efficiency when
you plug in high-end PCI Express x16 cards.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system,
refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at
http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=enus
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These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
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10. 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 HDD_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The HDD LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written
to the HDD.
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the 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)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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11.
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
network security, protect digital identities, and ensures platform integrity.
12. Direct Connector (2-pin DRCT)
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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.
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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13. mSATA connector
This connector is for a single SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid-State Drive (SSD). Connect the SSD
to the mSATA port.
14. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch. Connect
one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this connector. The chassis
intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to this connector when a chassis
component is removed or replaced. The signal is then generated as a chassis intrusion
event.
By default, the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with a jumper
cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the chassis intrusion
detection feature.
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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 I/O 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.
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3.
Place nine screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
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DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
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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 LGA155 and LGA1156 socket 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
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To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
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2.1.4
DIMM installation
To remove a DIMM
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2.1.5
ATX Power connection
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OR
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2.1.6
SATA device connection
OR
OR
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2.1.7
Front I/O Connectors
HDD LED+
HDD LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
HDD LED
To install ASUS Q-Connector
HDD LED
POWE
R SW
RESET
SW
To install USB 2.0 connector
To install front panel audio connector
AAFP
USB 2.0
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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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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 use a USB 2.0 storage device to save the latest BIOS version for
better compatibility and stability.
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.
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For more BIOS update utilities in BIOS setup, refer to the section 3.11 Updating BIOS in
Chapter 3.
•
Do not disconnect the USB flash drive or power off the system during the BIOS
updating process. Doing so will interrupt the BIOS updating process. In case the
process is interrupted, follow the steps again to update the BIOS.
•
If FLBK_LED flashes for five seconds and turns into a stable light, this indicates
that USB BIOS Flashback is not working properly due to an improper USB flash
drive connection, a BIOS file name error, or an incompatible BIOS file format. If this
happens, restart the syetem.
•
Updating the BIOS poses some risks. If the BIOS program is damaged during the
updating process and the system fails to reboot, please contact your local ASUS
Service Center for assistance
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2.3
Motherboard rear and audio connections
2.3.1
Rear I/O connection
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
7.
Mini-Display Port
2.
ASmedia® USB 3.0 ports, support
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost.
8.
Display Port
3.
Optical S/PDIF Out port
9.
HDMI port
4.
Intel LAN (RJ-45) port*
10.
BIOS Flashback button
5.
USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
11.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
6.
External SATA ports
12.
Audio I/O ports**
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* and **: Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LEDs and audio port descriptions.
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•
A plugged USB 3.0 device may run on xHCI or EHCI mode, depending on the
operating system’s setting.
•
DO NOT insert a different connector to the external SATA port.
•
We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for a
faster and better performance from your USB 3.0 devices.
•
USB 3.0 devices can be used for data storage only.
•
Due to the design of the Intel® 8 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 have updated firmware for better compatibility.
•
Multi-VGA output supports up to three displays under a Windows® OS environment,
two displays under BIOS, and one display under DOS.
•
The Intel® display architecture design supports the following maximum supported pixel
clock rates (Pixel Clock = H total x V Total x Frame Rate (Screen refresh rate)):
-
-
-
-
Mini DisplayPort: 533 MHz
DVI-D: 165 MHz
RGB: 180 MHz
HDMI port: 300 MHz
* LAN ports LED indications
Activity Link LED
Status
Off
Orange
Speed LED
Description
Status Description
No link
Off
Linked
Orange 100 Mbps connection
Orange (Blinking) Data activity
Orange (Blinking
then steady)
Ready to wake up
from S5 mode
Green
10 Mbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
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** Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
2.3.2
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
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
Side Speaker Out
Audio I/O connections
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
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Connect to Stereo Speakers
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Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers
Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers
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Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers
When the DTS UltraPC II feature is enabled, ensure to connect the rear speaker to the gray
port.
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
c.
System power
b.
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.
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6.
External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
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.
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BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
7.
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 Z87WS.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
includes navigation keys and brief onscreen help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup
program.
Entering BIOS at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup:
•
Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,
POST continues with its routines.
Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:
•
Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you
failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.
•
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 3.9 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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3.2.1
EZ Mode
By default, the EZ Mode screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The EZ
Mode provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select
the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the
Advanced Mode, click Exit/Advanced Mode, then select Advanced Mode or press <F7> hot
key for the advanced BIOS settings.
The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the
Setup Mode item in section 3.7 Boot menu for details.
Displays the selected
shortcut items
Selects the boot
device priority
Selects the display language
of the BIOS setup program
Displays the Advanced
mode menus
Exits the BIOS setup program
without saving the changes, saves
the changes and resets the system,
or enters the Advanced Mode
Selects the boot
device priority
Loads optimized
default settings
Displays the system properties of the
selected mode on the right hand side
•
The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.
•
The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is installed to the
system.
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Displays the CPU/motherboard
temperature, CPU/5V/3.3V/12V voltage
output, CPU/chassis/power fan speed
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3.2.2
Advanced Mode
The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure
the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the
following sections for the detailed configurations.
To access the Advanced Mode, click Exit, then select Advanced Mode or press F7 hotkey.
Menu bar
Back button
Menu items
Submenu item
General help
Pop-up window Configuration fields Scroll bar Navigation keys
Last modified
settings
Quick note
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
My Favorites For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration.
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
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Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Monitor
For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the
fan settings.
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Advanced
Tool
Exit
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For changing the advanced system settings
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
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Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
Back button
This button appears when entering a submenu. Press <Esc> or use the USB mouse to click
this button to return to the previous menu screen.
Submenu items
A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the configuration
options for that item.
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit on
the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display the
other items on the screen.
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of the menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS setup
program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
If you delete all shortcut items from the F3: Shortcut list, the default shortcut items will
reappear after your next startup.
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. Use
<F12> key to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device.
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not
user-configurable.
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A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and
press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Quick Note button
This button allows you to enter notes of the activities that you have done in BIOS.
•
The Quick Note function does not support the following keyboard functions: delete,
cut, copy and paste.
•
You can only use the alphanumeric characters to enter your notes.
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Last Modified button
This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup.
3.3
My Favorites
MyFavorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite
BIOS items.
Adding items to My Favorites
To add frequently-used BIOS items to My Favorites:
1.
Use the arrow keys to select an item that you want to add. When using a mouse, hover
the pointer to the item.
2.
Press <F4> on your keyboard or right-click on your mouse to add the item to My
Favorites page.
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You cannot add the following items to My Favorites:
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•
Items with submenu options
•
User-configurable items such as language and boot device order
•
Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date
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3.4
Main menu
The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup
program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and
allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
Security
•
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 1.2.6 Onboard buttons and switches
for information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button.
•
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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The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
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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:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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To change a user password:
1.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press
<Enter>.
3.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
4.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press
<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the
User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed.
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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.
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Scroll down to display other BIOS items.
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Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:
[Auto]
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
[X.M.P.]
Allows your system to automatically optimize the CPU ratio, BCLK
frequency, and memory parameters. If you install memory modules
supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, select this
item to set the profiles supported by your memory modules for optimizing
the system performance.
[Manual]
Allows you to automatically optimize the CPU ratio and BCLK frequency.
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner to [Manual].
Filter PLL [Auto]
Allows you to select a BCLK (base clock) mode when running in a high or low BCLK.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Low BCLK Mode] [High BCLK Mode]
BCLK Frequency [100.0]
Allows you to set the BCLK/PEG frequency to enhance the system performance. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 80.0MHz to 300.0MHz.
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner to [X.M.P.].
eXtreme Memory Profile
Allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
Configuration options: [Profile #1] [Profile #2]
ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Default set to [Enabled] for maximum performance under XMP/Manual/
User-defined memory frequency mode.
Allows you to set to default core ratio settings.
CPU Core Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU ratio and synchronize automatically either per core or all cores.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Sync All Cores] [Per Core]
When the CPU Core Ratio is set to [Per Core], the following item appears:
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1-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 1-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 2-Core
Ratio Limit.
2-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 2-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
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If you assign a value for 2-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit to [Auto].
3-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 3-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 4-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 3-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit and 2-Core
Ratio Limit to [Auto].
4-Core Ratio Limit [Auto]
Select [Auto] to apply the CPU default Turbo Ratio setting or manually
assign a 4-Core Limit value that must be higher than or equal to the 3-Core
Ratio Limit.
If you assign a value for 4-Core Ratio Limit, do not set the 1-Core Ratio Limit, 2-Core Ratio
Limit, and 3-Core Ratio to [Auto].
Min CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the minimum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Max CPU Cache Ratio [Auto]
Allows you to set the maximum possible ratio on the Uncore part of the processor. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
Internal PLL Overvoltage [Auto]
Allows you to enable the internal PLL Overvoltage for K-SKU CPUs to get the extreme
overclocking capability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU bus speed : DRAM speed ratio mode [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU bus speed to DRAM speed ratio mode.
[Auto]
DRAM speed is set to the optimized settings.
[100:100]
The CPU bus speed to DRAM speed ratio is set to 100:100.
[100:133]
The CPU bus speed to DRAM speed ratio is set to 100:133.
Memory Frequency [Auto]
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Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configuration options vary with the
BCLK/PCIE Frequency item settings.
CPU Graphics Max. Ratio [Auto]
[Auto]
[Manual]
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Allows you to automatically optimize the CPU Graphics Ratio depending on
the system loading.
Allows you to set a value for an optimal CPU Grapics Ratio. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the CPU graphics ratio. The minimum value depends on
the installed CPU.
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OC Tuner [As Is]
OC Tuner automatically overclocks the frequency and voltage of CPU and DRAM for
enhancing the system performance and accelerates the iGPU performance to the extreme
according to the integrated graphics loading.
Configuration options: [As Is] [Ratio First] [BCLK First]
EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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 Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [3]
Secondary Timings
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [511]
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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]
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DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [255]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CKE Minimum pulse width [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
DRAM CAS# Write Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
RTL IOL control
DRAM RTL (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]
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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]
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DRAM IO-L (CHB_R0D1) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D0 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
DRAM IO-L (CHB_R1D1 [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] - [15]
Third Timings
tRDRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [7]
tRDRD_dr [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tRDRD_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [15]
tWRRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [63]
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
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] – [1]
tRDWR [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dr [Auto]
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Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
tRDWR_dd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [31]
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MISC
MRC Fast Boot [Auto]
Allows you to enable, disable or automatically set the MRC fast boot.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enable] [Disable]
DRAM CLK Period [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] – [14]
Channel A/B DIMM Control [Enable Bot...]
Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1]
[Disable Both DIMMS]
Scrambler Setting [Optimized ...]
Allows you to set the optimized scrambler setting for stability.
Configuration options: [Optimized (ASUS] [Default (MRC)]
DIGI+ Power Control
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Load-line is defined by Intel® VRM specification and affects CPU power voltage. The
CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher load-line
calibration could get higher voltage and good overclocking performance, but increases
the CPU and VRM thermal conditions.
Select from Level 1 to Level 8 to adjust CPU power voltage from 0% to 100%.
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Frequency switching affects the VRM transient response and the thermal component
conditions. Higher frequency gets quicker transient response.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Manual Mode]. The thermal
conditions should be monitored.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Voltage Frequency to [Manual].
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CPU Fixed Frequency [300]
This item allows you to set a fixed CPU Voltage frequency. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 300kHz to 500kHz with
a 50kHz interval.
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The following items appear only when you set the CPU Voltage Frequency to [Auto].
VRM Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
Enable the VRM Spread Spectrum to enhance system stability.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Active Frequency Mode [Disabled]
Enable the Active Frequency Mode for an enhanced power saving
condition.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Power Phase Control [Auto]
Allows you to set the power phase control of the CPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Standard] [Optimized] [Extreme] [Manual Adjustment]
DO NOT remove the thermal module when setting this item to [Extreme] and [Manual
Adjustment]. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Power Phase Control to [Manual
Adjustment].
Manual Adjustment [Fast]
Allows you to set a faster phase response for the CPU to increase system
performance or to slower phase response to decrease DRAM power
efficiency.
Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]
CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]
DIGI + VRM Duty Control adjusts the current of every VRM phase and the thermal
conditions of every phase component.
[T. Probe]
Select to maintain the VRM thermal balance.
[Extreme]
Select to maintain the current VRM balance.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
CPU Current Capability [Auto]
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DIGI+ VRM CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking.
A higher value setting gets higher VRM power consumption delivery and extends the
overclocking frequency range simultaneously.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%] [140%]
Choose a higher value when overclocking, or under a high CPU loading for extra power
support.
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CPU Power Thermal Control [130]
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge the O.C. potential. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust
the value. The values depend on the CPU installed.
DO NOT remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
DRAM Current Capability [100%]
A higher value brings a wider total power range, and extends the overclocking range
simultaneously.
Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%] [130%]
DRAM Voltage Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency. Assign a fixed high DRAM
frequency to increase the O.C. range, or a low DRAM frequency for a better system
stability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following item appears only when you set set the DRAM Frequency Mode item to
[Manual].
DRAM Fixed Frequency Mode [300]
Allows you to set a fixed DRAM frequency to increase the overclocking
range or a low DRAM frequency for better system stability. Use the <+> or
<-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 300kHz to 500kHz with
a 50kHz interval.
DRAM Power Phase Control [Auto]
[Auto]
[Optimized]
[Extreme]
Allows you to set the Auto mode.
Allows you to set the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile.
Allows you to set the full phase mode.
CPU Power Management
The subitems in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and their features.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
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Allows the operating system to dynamically adjust the processor voltage and cores
frequency, resulting to a decreased average power consumption and decreased
average heat production.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to enable your core processor’s speed to run faster than the base operating
frequency when it is below operating power, current and temperature specification limit.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Turbo Mode to [Enabled].
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Turbo Mode Parameters
Long Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Allows you to limit the Turbo Ratio’s time duration that exceeds the TDP
(Thermal Design Power) for maximum performance. Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1W t0 4096W.
Package Power Time Window [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 1, and allows you to maintain the time window
for Turbo Ratio over TDP (Thermal Design Power). Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1 to 127 in seconds.
Short Duration Package Power Limit [Auto]
Also known as Power Limit 2, and allows you to provide rapid protection
when the package power exceeds the Power Limit 1. Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 1W t0 4096W.
CPU Integrated VR Current Limit [Auto]
Allows you to set a higher current limit to prevent frequency and power
throttling when overclocking. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 0.125 to 1023.875 with a 0.125 interval.
CPU Internal Power Switching Frequency
Frequency Tuning Mode [Auto]
Allows you to increase or decrease the switching frequency of the internal regulator.
Decrease to help consume less power or increase to help votlage stability. When this
item is set to [+] or [-], the Frequency Tuning Offset appears and allows you to set its
value from 0% to 6%.
CPU Internal Power Fault Control
Thermal Feedback [Auto]
Allows your system to take precautionary actions to be taken by the CPU when the
thermal conditions of the external regulator exceeds the threshold.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Integrated VR Fault Management [Auto]
Disable this item to prevent tripping the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator when doing
over-voltage. We recommend you to disable this item when overclocking.
Configuration options: [Auto] [High Performance] [Balanced]
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CPU Internal Power Configuration
CPU Integrated VR Efficiency Management [Auto]
Allows you to improve power saving when the processor is in low power state. Disable
to make the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator work in high performance at all times.
Configuration options: [Auto] [High Performance] [Balanced]
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Power Decay Mode [Auto]
Allows your system to improve the power saving mode on the Fully Integrated Voltage
Regulator as the processor goes into low current state.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Idle Power-in Response [Auto]
Allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator as it enters
manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Idle Power-out Response [Auto]
Allows you to set the slew rate for the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator as it exits
manual override mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Fast]
Power Current Slope [Auto]
Allows you to set the gradient of the high-speed active phase current balance during
load transients to eliminate current imbalance that can result from a load current
oscillating near the switching frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [LEVEL -4] - [LEVEL 4]
Power Current Offset [Auto]
Allows you to increase or decrease the output current sensed by the CPU. It finds the
balance between optimal regulating while staying below the current threshold.
Configuration options: [Auto] [100%] [87.5%] [75.0%] [62.5%] [50.0%] [37.5%] [25.0%]
[12.5%] [0%] [-12.5%] [-25.0%] [-37.5%] [-50.0%] [-62.5%] [-75.0%] [-87.5%] [-100%]
Power Fast Ramp Response [Auto]
Allows you to increase to enhance the response of the voltage regulator during the
load transient.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.00] - [1.50]
CPU Internal Power Saving Control
Power Saving Level 1 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 80A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 2 Threshold [Auto]
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Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 50A at 1Amp increment.
Power Saving Level 3 Threshold [Auto]
Lower value provides sufficient overclocking tolerance to enlarge the overclocking
potential. Higher value provides better power-saving condition.Use <+> or <-> key to
adjust the value. The values range from 0A to 30A at 1Amp increment.
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Extreme OV [Disabled]
Default set to DIsabled and help to protect CPU not been burned by Over Voltage. When set
to Enabled, you might choose high level voltage to overclock, but not guaranteed CPU life.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the cores of the processor. Increase the
amount of voltage when increasing core frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual].
CPU Core Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Core Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode] or
[Adaptive Mode].
Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Core Voltage Offset
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V
to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Adaptive Mode].
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to add voltage for Turbo Mode CPU core. Use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a
0.001V interval.
CPU Cache Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the uncore of the processor including its
cache. Increase the voltage when increasing Ring frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode]
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The following item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Manual Mode].
CPU Cache Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Cache Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust
the value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode].
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Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Cache Voltage Offset
Allows you to set the CPU cache voltage offset. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the onboard graphics unit on the
processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing iGPU frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Manual].
CPU Graphics Voltage Override [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Graphics Voltage override. Use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value, The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Offset Mode] or
[Adaptive Mode].
Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
[–]
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Graphics Voltage Offset
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V
to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
The following item appears only when you set the CPU Core Voltage to [Adaptive Mode].
Additional Turbo Mode CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto]
This item allows you to add voltage for Turbo Mode CPU Graphics. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to
1.920V with a 0.001V interval.
CPU System Agent Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
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[–]
CPU System Agent Voltage Offset [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the system agent of the processor
including its PCIe controller and power control unit. Increase the amount of voltage
when increasing DRAM frequency. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The
values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval.
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CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Analog I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the analog portion of the I/O on
the processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing DRAM frequency. Use
the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with
a 0.001V interval.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset Mode Sign [+]
[+]
[–]
To offset the voltage by a positive value.
To offset the voltage by a negative value.
CPU Digital I/O Voltage Offset [Auto]
Allows you to configure the amount of voltage fed to the digital portion of the I/O on the
processor. Increase the amount of voltage when increasing DRAM frequency. Use the
<+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a
0.001V interval.
SVID Support [Auto]
When overclocking, set this item to [Enabled]. Disabling this item would stop the processor
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]
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 2.440V with a 0.001V interval.
CPU Input Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set an input voltage for the processor by the external voltage regulator. By
default, this item takes the standard value of the installed CPU. You can use the <+> or <->
keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.800V to 3.040V with a 0.010V interval.
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
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Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value.
The values range from 1.20V to 1.92V with a 0.005V interval.
According to Intel® CPU specifications, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may
damage the CPU permanently. We recommend that you install the DIMMs with the voltage
requirement below 1.65V.
PCH VLX Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the voltage for the I/O on the PCH. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the
value. The values range from 1.2000V to 2.0000V with a 0.0125V interval.
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PCH Voltage [Auto]
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 0.70V to 1.50V with a 0.0125V
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.
VTTDDR Voltage [Auto]
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 0.6000V to 1.0000V with a 0.0125V interval.
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage [Auto]
This item is the DRAM reference voltage for the control lines from the memory bus. You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a
0.0050x interval.
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/CHB [Auto]
This item is the DRAM reference voltage for the data lines on Channels A and B. You can
use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a
0.005x interval.
Clock Crossing VBoot [Auto]
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 DP. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V with a 0.00625V interval.
Clock Crossing Reset Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing reset voltage when the rising edge of
the BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK DP. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V with a 0.10625V interval.
Clock Crossing Voltage [Auto]
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Allows you to increase the value of the clock crossing voltage when the rising edge of the
BCLK DN is equal to the falling edge of the BCLK DP. You can use the <+> or <-> keys to
adjust the value. The values range from 0.1V to 1.9V with a 0.10625V interval.
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
[Auto]
Automatic configuration.
[Enabled]
Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.
[Disabled]
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Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability.
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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]
[Enabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.
[Disabled]
Disables the CPU thermal monitor function.
Hyper-threading [Enabled]
The Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows a hyper-threading processor to appear as two
logical processors to the operating system, allowing the operating system to schedule two
threads or processes simultaneously.
[Enabled]
Two threads per activated core are enabled.
Only one thread per activated core is enabled.
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[Disabled]
This Item apears only if you installed a CPU that supports the Intel Hyper-threading
technology.
Active Processor Cores [All]
Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package.
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3]
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Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs
with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
Intel Virtualization Technology [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately
and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several
systems.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to automatically analyze the requirements and
prefetch data and codes for the CPU.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to perform adjacent cache line prefetching.
Disables this function.
Boot performance mode [Max Non-Turbo Performance]
Allows you to select the boot performance before entering the OS.
Configuration options: [Max Non-Turbo Performance] [Max Battery] [Turbo Performance]
Dynamic Storage Accelerator [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Dynamic Storage Accelerator for C state configuration.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU Power Management Configuration
This item allows you to manage and configure the CPU’s power.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]
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Allows your system to adjust the processor’s voltage and cores frequency, resulting in
decreased power consumption and heat production.
[Disabled]
The CPU runs at its default speed.
[Enabled]
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The system controls the CPU speed.
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Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to set the processor cores to run faster than the base frequency when
operating below power, current and temperature specification limit.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C States [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU C states.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set the CPU C States to [Enabled].
Enhanced C1 state [Enabled]
Allows your processor to reduce power when the system is in idle mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C3 Report [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
C6 Latency [Short]
Allows you to set the duration of C6 latency for C6 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
CPU C7 Report [CPU C7s]
Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C7 report to the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [CPU C7] [CPU C7s]
C7 Latency [Long]
Allows you to set the duration of C7 latency for C7 state.
Configuration options: [Short] [Long]
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Package C State Support [Auto]
Allows you to set the a C-state according to the following configuration
options: [Auto] [Enabled] [C0/C1] [C2] [C3] [C6] [CPU C7] [CPU C7s]
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PCH Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
Allows you to configure the PCI Express slots.
DMI Link ASPM Control [Auto]
Allows you to control the ASPM (Active State Power Management) on both Northbridge
side and Southbridge side of the DMI Link.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
ASPM Support [Disabled]
Allows you to set the ASPM level.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
PCIe Speed [Auto]
Allows you to select the PCI Express port speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2]
Intel Rapid Start Technology [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Intel® Rapid Start Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Intel® Rapid Start Technology to
[Enabled].
Entry on S3 RTC Wake [Enabled]
The system automatically wakes up and set to Rapid Start Technology S3 mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled
Entry After [0]
Allows you to set the RTC wake-up timer at S3 entry. The time ranges from
0 minute (immediately) to 120 minutes.
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Active Page Threshold Support [Enabled]
The system automatically goes into sleep mode when the partition size is not enough
for the Intel® Rapid Start Technology to work.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Active Memory Threshold [0]
Key in the value for the additional partition size for Rapid Start Technology
to work.
Ensure that the caching partition size is larger than the total memory size.
Hybrid Hard Disk Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the hybrid hard disk support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Intel Smart Connect Technology [Disabled]
Allow you to enable or disable the Intel® Smart Connect Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.6.3
SATA Configuration
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The
SATA Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA
port.
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Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
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SATA Mode Selection [AHCI]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
[Disabled]
[IDE]
[AHCI]
[RAID]
Disables the SATA function.
Set to [IDE Mode] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as
Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
Set to [AHCI Mode] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard
storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases
storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to
internally optimize the order of commands.
Set to [RAID Mode] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the
SATA hard disk drives.
Aggressive LPM Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable the PCH to aggressively enter link power state.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When
read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning
messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Hot Plug [Disabled] (SATA6G_1 - SATA6G_6 [Yellow])
These items appear only when you set the SATA Mode Selection item to [AHCI] or [RAID],
and allow you to enable/disable SATA Hot Plug Support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.4
System Agent Configuration
VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable virtualization technology function on memory control hub.
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the function.
Disables this function.
CPU Audio Devices [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable CPU SA Audio devices.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Graphics Configuration
Allows you to select a primary display from iGPU, and PCIe graphical devices.
Primary Display [Auto]
Allows you to select which of the iGPU/PCIE Graphics device for Primary Display.
Configuration options: [Auto] [iGPU] [PCIE] [PCI]
iGPU Memory [Auto]
Allows you to select the amount of system memory allocated to DVMT 5.0 used by the
iGPU.
Configuration options: [Auto] [32M] [64M] [96M] [128M] [160M] [192M] [224M] [256M]
[288M] [320M] [352M] [384M] [416M] [448M] [480M] [512M] [1024M]
Render Standby [Auto]
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Allows you to enable the Intel Graphics Render Standby support to reduce the iGPU
power use when idle.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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iGPU Multi-Monitor [Disabled]
Allows you to enable the iGPU Multi-Monitor. The iGPU shared system memory size
will be fixed at 64MB.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DMI Configuration
Allows you to control various DMI (Desktop Management Interface) functions.
DMI Gen 2 [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable DMI Gen 2.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
NB PCIe Configuration
Allows you to configure the NB PCI Express settings.
PCIEx16_1/2/3/4 Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to configure the PCIEx16 speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Gen1] [Gen2] [Gen3]
DMI Link ASPM Control [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the control of Active State Power Management on SA
side of the DMI Link.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0sL1]
PEG - ASPM [Disabled]
Allows you to control ASPM support for the PEG device.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [ASPM L0s] [ASPM L1] [ASPM L0sL1]
Memory Configuration
Allows you to configure the memory configuration parameters.
Memory Scrambler [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Memory Scrambler support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Remap [Enabled]
Allows you to enable remapping the memory above 4GB.
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 USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the
item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program. It cannot
be recognized in boot devices list.
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Intel xHCI Mode [Smart Auto]
[Auto]
Keeps the last operation of xHCI controller in OS during bootup.
[Enabled]
Enables the xHCI controller.
[Smart Auto]
[Disabled]
Enables the operation of xHCI controller.
Disables the xHCI controller.
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the EHCI Hand-off support.
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[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
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Mass Storage Devices [Auto]
Allows the system to detect the devices according to their media formats.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Floppy] [Forced FDD] [Hard Disk] [CD-ROM]
USB Single Port Control
Allows you to enable or disable the individual USB port.
Refer to section 1.2.2 Motherboard layout for the location of the USB ports.
3.6.6
Platform Misc Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to configure the platform-related features.
PCI Express Native Power Management [Disabled]
Allows you to enhance the power saving feature of PCI Express and perform ASPM
operations in the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set the PCI Express Native Power Management
to [Enabled].
Native ASPM [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Vista controls the ASPM support for the device.
BIOS controls the ASPM support for the device.
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3.6.7
Onboard Devices Configuration
Scroll down to view the other BIOS items.
HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the controller.
The following items appear only when you set the HD Audio Controller to [Enabled].
Front Panel Type [HD]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or highdefinition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
[HD]
[AC97]
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.
Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]
[HDMI]
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Sets to an SPDIF audio output.
Sets to an HDMI audio output.
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VIA 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the VIA 1394 controller.
Disables the VIA 1394 controller.
Marvell Storage Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Marvell Storage controller.
Disables the Marvell Storage controller.
Marvell Storage OPROM [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Marvell Storage OPROM controller.
Disables the Marvell Storage OPROM controller.
ASM1061 Storage Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard ASM1061 controller.
Disables the onboard ASM1061 controller.
Hot-plug [Disabled]
Allows you to set the Hot Plug support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ASM1061 Port 1~2 Switch [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASM1061 Port 1~2 switch.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel LAN1~2 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Intel® LAN controller.
Disables the Intel® LAN controller.
Intel LAN1~2 PXE OPROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable
or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Intel® LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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3.6.8
APM
ErP Ready [Disabled]
Allows you to switch off some power at S4+S5 or S5 to get the system ready for ErP
requirement. When set to [Enabled], all other PME options will be switched off.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled (S4+S5] [Enabled (S5)]
Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power On]
The system goes into ON state after an AC power loss.
[Last State]
The system goes into either OFF or ON state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
[Power Off]
The system goes into OFF state after an AC power loss.
Power On By PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.
[Ctrl-Esc]
Sets the Ctrl+Esc key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
[Space Bar]
[Power Key]
Sets the Space Bar on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
Sets Power key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Power On By PCIE/PCI [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
Intel®/LAN device or other installed PCIE LAN devices.
Enables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the
Intel®/LAN device or other installed PCIE LAN devices.
Power On By Ring [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables Wake-On-Ring from generating a wake event.
Enables Wake-On-Ring to generate a wake event.
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[Disabled]
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and Hour/
Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set values.
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Network Stack
Network Stack [Disable]
This item allows user to disable or enable the UEFI network stack.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
The following item appears only when you set the Network Stack to [Enabled].
Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Ipv4/Ipv6 PXE boot option.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.7
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change
the fan settings.
Scroll down to display the other BIOS items.
CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard
temperatures. Select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A], CPU OPT Speed [xxxx RPM]
or [Ignore] / [N/A], Chassis Fan 1/4 Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, chassis,
and power fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A. Select [Ignore] if you do not wish to display the detected
speed.
CPU core 0-3 Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
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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]
Allows you to set the CPU Q-Fan operating mode.
[Advance Mode]
Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature in Advance mode for 4-pin
CPU fan.
[Auto]
Detects the type of CPU fan installed and automatically switches the
mode control. When a 3-pin CPU fan is installed, select this mode for
the DC mode Q-Fan control.
[Disabled]
Disables the Q-Fan control.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Q-Fan Control to [Advance Mode]
and [Auto].
CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [600 RPM]
Allows you to set the low limit warning for CPU Fan speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the CPU fan adjust automatically depending on the CPU
temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Manual]
Set to assign the detailed fan speed control parameters.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
The following items appear only when you set the CPU Fan Profile to [Manual].
CPU Upper Temperature [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.
CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the
upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
CPU Lower Temperature [20]
Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
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CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The
values range from 0% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC,
the CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
Chassis Q-Fan Control 1/4 [Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.
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Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit 1/4 [600 RPM]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you
to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]
Chassis Fan 1/4 Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature. It allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]
Set to make the chassis fan adjust automatically depending on the
chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Set to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.
[Manual]
Set to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.
[Turbo]
Set to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
The following items appear only when you set the Chassis Fan Profile to [Manual].
Chassis Upper Temperature 1/4 [70]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature.
The values range from 40ºC to 75ºC.
Chassis Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) 1/4 [100]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches
the upper limit, the chassis fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.
Chassis Lower Temperature 1/4 [40]
Displays the lower limit of the chassis temperature.
CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) 1/4 [60]
Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The
values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under
40ºC, the chassis fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.
Anti Surge Support [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Dr. Power Policy [Standard]
Allows user to select standard or aggressive policy for Dr. Power settings.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Aggressive]
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The Dr. Power Policy BIOS item only appears if the ASUS Dr. Power switch is enabled.
Please refer to 1.2.6 Onboard buttons and switches.
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3.8
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
Boot Configuration
Fast Boot [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows your system to go back to its normal boot speed.
[Enabled]
Allows your system to accelerate the boot speed.
The following items appear only when you set the Fast Boot to [Enabled].
USB Support [Partial In...]
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[Disabled]
All USB devices will not be available until OS boot up for a
fastest POST time.
[Full Initialization]
All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will
extend the POST time.
[Partial
Initialization]
For a faster POST time, only USB ports with keyboard and
mouse connections will be detected.
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PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Support [Auto]
Select any of these settings when PS/2 keyboard and mouse are installed. These
settings only apply when Fast Boot is enabled.
[Auto]
For a faster POST time, PS/2 devices will only be
available when the system boots up or rebooted when the
PS/2 devices have not been reconnected or changed. If
you disconnect or change PS/2 devices before restarting
the system, PS/2 devices will not be available and BIOS
setup program will not be accessible via PS/2 devices.
[Full Initialization]
For full system control, PS/2 devices will be available
during POST at any circumstances. This process will
extend POST time.
[Disabled]
For the fastest POST time, all PS/2 devices will not be
available until your computer enters the operating system.
Network Stack Driver Support [Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select to skip the network stack driver from loading during POST.
[Enabled]
Select to load the network stack driver during POST.
Next Boot after AC Power Loss [Normal Boot]
[Normal Boot] Returns to normal boot on the next boot after an AC power loss.
[Fast Boot]
Accelerates the boot speed on the next boot after an AC power loss.
HW Fast Boot [Disabled]
Allows the system to enable or disable the HW Fast Boot.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DirectKey Enable [Go to BIOS...]
Disables the DirectKey button. The system will only power on or off
when you press the DirectKey button.
[Go to BIOS
Setup]
Allows the system to power on and go to the BIOS Setup directly when
you press the DirectKey button.
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Boot Logo Display [Auto]
[Auto]
Automatically adjusts Boot Logo for Windows® requirements.
[Full Screen]
Maximizes the boot logo size.
[Disabled]
Disables the full screen boot logo display during POST.
Post Delay Time [3 sec]
This item appears only when you set the Full Screen Logo item to [Enabled]. This item
allows you to select a desired additional POST waiting time to easily enter the BIOS
Setup. You can only execute the POST delay time during normal boot. The values
range from 0 to 10 seconds.
This feature will only work when set under normal boot.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
[On]
[Off]
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
Set the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the function.
The system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
[Force BIOS]
[Keep Current]
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed during the boot sequence.
The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party
manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
Allows you to trap Interrupt 19 by the option ROMs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Setup Mode [EZ Mode]
[Advanced Mode] Allows you to go to Advanced Mode of the BIOS after POST.
[EZ Mode]
Allows you to go to EZ Mode of the BIOS after POST.
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CSM (Compatibility Support Module)
Allows you to configure the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) items to fully support the
various VGA, bootable devices and add-on devices for better compatibility.
Launch CSM [Enabled]
[Auto]
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]
Disable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI driver add-on devices
or the Windows® UEFI mode.
The following items appear only when you set the Launch CSM to [Enabled].
Boot Devices Control [UEFI and Legacy OpROM]
Allows you to select the type of devices that you want to boot.
Configuration options: [UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only]
[UEFI only]
Boot from Network Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of storage devices that you want to launch.
Configuration options: [Both, Legacy OpROM first] [Both, UEFI first]
[Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore]
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpROM first]
Allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that you want
to launch.
Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first]
Secure Boot
Allows you to configure the Windows® Secure Boot settings and manage its keys to protect
the system from unauthorized access and malwares during POST.
[Windows UEFI
Mode]
Allows you to select your installed operating system. Execute
the Microsoft® Secure Boot check. Only select this option when
booting on Windows® UEFI mode or other Microsoft® Secure
Boot compliant OS.
[Other OS]
Get the optimized function when booting on Windows® nonUEFI mode, or other Microsoft® Secure Boot non compliant OS.
Microsoft® Secure Boot only supports Windows® UEFI mode.
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OS Type [Windows UEFI mode]
The following item appears only when you set the OS Type to [Windows UEFI mode].
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Key Management
This item appears only when you set OS Type to [Windows UEFI Mode]. It allows you
to manage the Secure Boot keys.
Clear Secure Boot keys
This item appears only when you load the default Secure Boot keys. This
item allows you to clear all default Secure Boot keys.
Save Secure Boot Keys
Allows you to save the PK (Platform Keys) to a USB storage device.
PK Management
The Platform Key (PK) locks and secures the firmware from any permissible changes.
The system verifies the PK before your system enters the OS.
Delete PK
Allows you to delete the PK from your system. Once the PK is deleted, all
the system’s Secure Boot keys will not be active.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load PK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded PK from a USB storage device.
The PK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
KEK Management
The KEK (Key-exchange Key or Key Enrollment Key) manages the Signature database
(db) and Revoked Signature database (dbx).
Key-exchange Key (KEK) refers to Microsoft® Secure Boot Key-Enrollment Key (KEK).
Delete the KEK
Allows you to delete the KEK from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load KEK from File
Allows you to load the downloaded KEK from a USB storage device.
Append KEK from File
Allows you to load the additional KEK from a storage device for an
additional db and dbx loaded management.
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The KEK file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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DB Management
The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI
applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the
single computer.
Delete the db
Allows you to delete the db file from your system.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Load db from File
Allows you to load the downloaded db from a USB storage device.
Append db from File
Allows you to load the additional db from a storage device so that more
images can be loaded securely.
The db file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
DBX Management
The dbx (Revoked Signature database) lists the forbidden images of db items that are
no longer trusted and cannot be loaded.
Delete the dbx
Allows you to delete the dbx file from your system.
Load dbx from File
Allows you to load the downloaded dbx from a USB storage device.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Append dbx from File
Allows you to load the additional dbx from a storage device so that more
db’s images cannot be loaded.
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The dbx file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated
variable.
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3.9
Tools menu
3.9.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to
confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.11.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2.
3.9.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
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The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created.
Label
Allows you to key in a label of the setup profile.
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Save to Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a
profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
Load from Profile
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile
number that saved your BIOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
3.9.3
•
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.
ASUS SPD Information
Chapter 3
Allows you to view the DRAM SPD 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. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit
menu.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load the default values.
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>,
a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you
select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to
discard changes and exit.
ASUS EZ Mode
This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of
the available filesystem devices.
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3.11
Updating BIOS
The ASUS website publishes the latest BIOS versions to provide enhancements on system
stability, compatibility, or performance. However, BIOS updating is potentially risky. If there
is no problem using the current version of BIOS, DO NOT manually update the BIOS.
Inappropriate BIOS updating may result in the system’s failure to boot. Carefully follow the
instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
1.
EZ Update: Updates the BIOS in a Windows® environment.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard support DVD or a
USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
4.
ASUS BIOS Updater: Updates and back ups the BIOS in DOS environment using the
motherboard support DVD and a USB flash disk drive.
3.11.1
EZ Update
The EZ Update is a utility that allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in a Windows®
environment.
EZ Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an ISP
(Internet Service Provider).
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This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
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3.11.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a bootable floppy disk
or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website
at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
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1.
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 formatted using FAT 32/16
on a 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 3.9 Exit Menu for
details.
3.11.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the
BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a
corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains
the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published
on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at
http://support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
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.
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
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3.11.4
ASUS BIOS Updater
The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update the BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or
gets corrupted during the updating process.
The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may
not be same as shown.
Before updating BIOS
1.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive formatted using
FAT32/16 on a single partition.
2.
Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at
http://support.asus.com and save them on the USB flash drive.
3.
•
NTFS is not supported under a DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and
BIOS Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive formatted using NTFS.
•
Do not save the BIOS file to a floppy disk due to low disk capacity.
Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).
Booting the system in DOS environment
1.
Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.
2.
Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS
Boot Device Select Menu. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive and select the
optical drive as the boot device.
Please select boot device:
SATA: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
USB XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
UEFI: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Enter Setup
↑ and ↓ to move selection
ENTER to select boot device
ESC to boot using defaults
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3. When the Make Disk menu appears, select the FreeDOS command prompt item by
pressing the item number.
4.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type d: and press <Enter> to switch the disk from Drive C
(optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).
Welcome to FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org)!
C:\>d:
D:\>
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater:
1.
At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>.
D:\>bupdater /pc /g
2.
The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.
ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30 [2013/02/22]
FLASH TYPE: MX1C 25L1065A
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD:Z87-WS
BOARD: UNKNOWN
VER: 0505
VER: UNKNOWN
DATE: 04/01/2013
DATE: UNKNOWN
PATH: A:\
A:
Z87WS.CAP
2097152 2013-03-22 17:30:48
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
Press <Tab> to switch between screen fields and use the <Up/Down/Home/End> keys
to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>. BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file
and prompts you to confirm BIOS update.
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3.
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
Are you sure to update BIOS?
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4.
Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS
Updater. Restart your computer.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
•
For BIOS Updater version 1.04 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS
prompt after updating BIOS.
•
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.
Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See Chaper 3
of your motherboard user manual for details.
•
Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have
disconnected them.
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Chapter 4:
Software support
Software support
4.1
4.2
Installing an operating system
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•
This motherboard supports 32-bit/64-bit Windows® 7 and 32-bit/64-bit Windows® 8
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
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu
if Autorun is enabled in your computer. Click each menu tab and select the items you want to
install.
The Drivers menu shows the available
device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary
drivers to use the devices.
The Utilities
menu shows the
applications and
other software that
the motherboard
supports.
The AHCI/RAID Driver
menu contains the
RAID/AHCI driver disk.
The Manual menu contains
the list of supplementary user
manuals. Click an item to open
the folder of the user manual.
Click the Contact
tab to display the
ASUS contact
information.
Click an icon
to display DVD/
motherboard
information
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Click an item
to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions below to get
the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the Adobe®
Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities tab before opening the files.
To read about your motherboard’s utility
guide:
1.
Click Manual tab > ASUS
Motherboard Utility Guide.
2.
From the Manual folder, open the
folder of the software manual that
you wish to read.
3.
Some software manuals are
provided in different languages.
Open the language’s folder to view
the software manual.
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The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software manuals
containing in the support DVD vary between models.
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4.3
Software information
4.3.1
AI Suite 3
Most of the applications in the support DVD have setup wizards that will conveniently guide
you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the software
application for more information.
AI Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to
launch and operate these utilities simultaneously.
Installing AI Suite 3
To install AI Suite 3 on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The Special tab appears if your computer
has enabled the Autorun feature.
2.
Click the Utilities tab > AI Suite 3.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
4.
After the AI Suite 3 is installed, restart your computer.
Using AI Suite 3
You can launch the AI Suite 3 on the following Windows® operating systems:
•
For Windows® 7, click
on the notification area.
•
For Windows® 8, click the AI Suite 3 app from the Start Screen.
When launched, the main screen of the AI Suite 3 appears. To go to the AI Suite 3 main
menu bar, click
on the top edge of the screen.
The main screen of the AI Suite 3 is for reference only and vary with models.
Main screen
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Click to launch AI Suite 3 menu bar
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AI Suite 3 main menu bar
AI Charger+
Dual Intelligent
Processors 4
EZ Update
USB 3.0 Boost Network
iControl
System
Information
USB BIOS Flashback
ASUS SSD USB Charger+
Caching II
•
The screenshots of AI Suite 3 in this user manual are for reference only. The actual
screenshots vary with models.
•
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.2
Dual Intelligent Processors 4
Dual Intelligent Processors 4 comes with these five utilities in one interface:
4-Way Optimization, TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, and Fan Xpert 2.
4-Way Optimization
The 4-Way Optimization utility allows you to automatically tweak the TPU, EPU, DIGI +
Power Control and Fan Xpert 2 to their optimal settings.
Select an
advanced
power saving
mode
Click to auto-detect the best settings based on actual usage.
DO NOT remove your fan during the tuning process.
TPU
ASUS TPU allows you to manually adjust the CPU frequency, Voltage and GPU Boost,
settings to enhance system stability and boost performance.
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Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting a high
voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may lead to an
unstable system.
For system stability, all changes made in TPU will not be saved to BIOS settings and will
not be kept on the next system boot. Use the Save Profile function to save your customized
overclocking settings and manually load the profile after Windows starts.
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Using TPU
CPU Frequency
Click or
to adjust the
Base Clock
Frequency,
CPU Ratio,
and CPU
Cache Ratio
Click or
to select
the number
of cores to
adjust
Click to load
a saved
profile
Click to save
settings as a
profile
Tick to enable
Group Tuning
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU Frequency in
TPU. Refer to the BIOS chapter of your motherboard user manual for details.
•
The CPU Frequency bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your
CPU model.
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Voltage
Drag to adjust
Offset Voltage and
OC Voltage offset
Drag to adjust
Offset Voltage and
OC Voltage offset
Drag the slider to adjust
DRAM, CPU Analog I/O,
PCH, and CPU Input
voltages
Drag the slider to adjust CPU System
Agent, CPU Digital I/O, VTTDDR, and
PCHVLX voltages
GPU Boost
Click or to
adjust the CPU
Graphics Max
Frequency
Click to load a
saved profile
Click to save settings
as a profile
•
Overclocking results vary with the CPU model and the system configuration.
•
We recommend that you set up a better thermal environment to prevent overheating
from damaging the motherboard.
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Drag to
adjust Offset
Voltage and
OC Voltage
offset
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4.3.3
EPU
EPU is an enery management utility that allows you to adjust the CPU, GPU, and Fan Control
settings to conserve power.
Using EPU
Click to configure the
settings in Auto mode
Click to configure
the settings in High
Performance mode
Click to configure
the settings in
Max Power Saving
mode
Click to configure
the settings in Away
mode
1
2
3
4
5
Click to enable the
default settings
Click to undo the
adjustments
Click to
apply the
adjustments
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1
2
3
Voltage Decrement
Select Auto or Manual for Voltage Decrement.
Configured Max CPU Power
Click or to adjust the configured Max CPU Power.
Fan Profile
Click to select a fan profile
4
Mute
5
Add-on USB Controller Power
Tick to select a setting for Add-on USB ports power
When you enable Configured Max CPU Power for advanced energy saving, the CPU
frequency may display 800 MHz in the Windows® OS information of your computer.
However, the true CPU frequency varies depending on the wattage that you manually
set. You can adjust the CPU wattage from the lowest base to your preferred default
value.
•
Adjusting Max CPU Power may decrease the total power delivery to the CPU and
affect the CPU performance under system heavy load. To restore your system to its
default settings, reboot your computer.
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4.3.4
DIGI+ Power Control
ASUS DIGI+ Power Contol allows you to adjust VRM voltage and frequency modulation to
enhance reliability and stability. It also provides the highest power efficiency, generating less
heat to extend component lifespan and to minimize power loss.
To launch DIGI+ Power Contol, click DIGI+ Power Control on the AI Suite 3 main screen.
CPU screen
1
4
Help
2
3
1
2
3
4
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5
CPU Load-line Calibration
It allows you to adjust the voltage range to control the CPU Load-line. Adjust to a
high value for system performance or to a low value for power efficiency.
CPU Current Capability
CPU Current Capability provides wider total power range for overclocking. A higher
value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking frequency
range simultaneously.
CPU Power Phase Control
Increase phase number under heavy system loading to get more transient and
better thermal performance. Reduce phase number under light system loading to
increase VRM efficiency.
CPU Power Thermal Control
A higher temperature brings a wider CPU power thermal range, and extends the
overclocking tolerance to enlarge overclocking potential.
CPU Voltage Frequency
Switching frequency will affect the VRM transient response and component thermal.
Higher frequency gets quicker transient response.
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DRAM screen
1
2
3
2
3
DRAM Current Capability
A higher value brings a wider total power range and extends the overclocking
frequency range simultaneously.
DRAM Voltage Frequency
Allows you to adjust the DRAM switching frequency for system stability or to
increase OC range.
DRAM Power Phase Control
Select Extreme for full phase mode to increase system performance or select
Optimized for ASUS optimized phase tuning profile to increase DRAM power
efficiency.
•
The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.
•
Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored.
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4.3.5
Fan Xpert 2
Fan Xpert 2 automatically detects and tweaks the fan speeds, and provides you with
optimized fan settings based on the fans’ specifications and positions.
Click a screen to
select the type of
fan that you want
to customize
Click to switch
between CPU
and chassis fan
screens
Click to maximize
the fan speed
Click to set the
fan’s speed to
silent mode
Click to balance fan
noise level with fan
speed
Click to increase
the fan’s speed
for a high cooling
capability
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Customizing the fan settings
Smart Mode
Smart Mode allows you to customize the fans’ rotation speeds and responsiveness based on
your system’s temperature.
Click to go
back to the
previous
screen
Click to switch between
CPU and chassis fan
screens
Click to undo
changes
Click to apply
changes
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Click and drag
to set the fan’s
rotation speed
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RPM Mode
RPM Mode allows you to set the fan speed when the CPU temperature is below 75oC.
Click and
drag to
adjust
the fan’s
speed
Click to go back
to the previous
screen
Click to switch between the
CPU and chassis fan screens
•
When the CPU temperature reaches 75o C, the fan will automatically run at full speed
to protect the CPU.
•
For motherboard models without the CPU fan detection latch, only 4-pin CPU fans can
be controlled in Fan Xpert 2.
•
Fan Xpert 2 may not be able to detect the fan speed if your fan is installed with an
external control kit for rotation speed.
•
Fan Xpert 2 does not support 2-pin fans. If you install a 2-pin fan, it can only run at its
full speed.
•
If the CPU or chassis fans have been changed, the Fan Auto Tuning process should
be repeated.
DO NOT remove your fan during the Fan Auto Tuning process.
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4.3.6
USB 3.0 Boost
USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) which
automatically speeds up the transfer rates of your USB storage devices.
To launch USB 3.0 Boost, click USB 3.0 Boost on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Using USB 3.0 Boost
1.
Connect a USB 3.0 device to the USB 3.0 port.
2.
From the USB 3.0 Boost screen, click to select a USB device.
3.
To enable UASP on your USB device, click UASP. To revert to its normal transfer rate,
click Normal.
Click to enable the USB
device’s normal data
transfer rate
Click to select a USB device
Click to enable UASP or
Turbo Mode to the USB
device for a faster data
transfer rate
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
Use USB 3.0 devices for better performance. Data transfer speed varies with USB
devices.
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4.3.7
Network iControl
Network iControl is a one-stop setup network control center that allows you to manage your
network bandwidth and set the bandwidth priority for your running programs.
To launch Network iControl, click Network iControl on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
•
Ensure to install the LAN drivers before using this utility.
•
Network iControl can only support the onboard LAN.
EZ Start screen
Click to
activate
Network
iControl
Click to
select a
profile
Select to
place current
network
program
as highest
on network
priority
Click to apply changes
Quick Connection screen
Enter
Connection
name
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Click to
automatically
connect
Click to
disable/
enable TCP
delay
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EZ Profile screen
Click to
select a
network
profile
Click to
save the
profile
settings or
rename the
profile
Click to add
selected
application
for network
priority
List of
network
applications
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Info screen
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4.3.8
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback allows you to check and save the latest BIOS version to a USB storage
device. Use this utility to quickly check for the latest available BIOS and set a schedule to
when you can download for a newer version.
To launch USB BIOS Flashback, click USB BIOS Flashback on the AI Suite 3 main menu
bar.
Current BIOS
information
Set a schedule for
the BIOS Update
download
Click to cancel
the download
schedule setting
Click to check
for a new BIOS
update available
for download
Click to apply
the download
schedule setting
Scheduling the BIOS download
1.
In the Download Setting field, tick Schedule (days) then select the number of days for
the BIOS download schedule.
2.
Click Apply to save the BIOS download schedule. Click Cancel to cancel the
download schedule.
Downloading the updated BIOS
Before you start downloading, ensure that you have installed the USB storage device to
your computer’s USB port that supports USB BIOS Flashback. Refer to section 2.3.1 Rear
I/O connection of your user manual for more details.
To download the updated BIOS:
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1.
From the USB BIOS Flashback screen, click Check for New BIOS Update to check
for the latest BIOS version.
Wait for the system to check the latest BIOS version.
2.
After the utility detects a new BIOS, click
flash drive, then click Download.
3.
After the download is complete, click OK.
from the Save to: field, select the USB
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4.3.9
Ai Charger+
This utility allows you to fast-charge your portable BC 1.1* mobile devices on your computer’s
USB port three times faster than the standard USB devices.**
*Check your manufacturer if your USB device is a Battery Charging Specification 1.1
(BC1.1) compliant or compatible device.
•
**Actual charging speeds may vary depending on the charging rate and specifications
of your USB device.
•
To ensure normal charging function, disconnect and reconnect your USB device every
time you enable or disable AI Charger+.
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4.3.10
EZ Update
EZ Update is a utility that allows you to automatically update your motherboard’s software,
drivers and the BIOS version easily. With this utlity, you can also manually update the saved
BIOS and select a boot logo when the system goes into POST.
To launch EZ Update, click EZ Update on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Click to check for
available updated
motherboard’s
driver, software and
firmware
Click to find and
select the BIOS
from file
Click to select a
boot logo
Click to update
the BIOS
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4.3.11
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.
To launch USB Charger+, click USB Charger+ on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
The USB Charger+ will not work if the ErP-ready item in the BIOS is enabled.
Click to detect
the connected
USB device
Click to fastcharge your
USB device
Indicates that
the connected
USB device
is in charging
mode
Click to stop
charging your
USB device
Click to discard
the settings
Click to select the type of USB device that
you wish to charge when the system is off
Click to apply
the settings
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Ensure to connect your USB device into the USB port that supports this utility. Refer to your
user manual for more details.
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4.3.12
System Information
This utility allows you get detailed information of the motherboard, CPU, and memory
settings.
To launch System Information, click System Information on the AI Suite 3 main menu bar.
Viewing the motherboard information
From the System Information screen, click MB tab to view the motherboard’s information.
Viewing the CPU information
From the System Information screen, click CPU tab to view the processor’s information.
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Viewing the SPD information
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From the System Information screen, click SPD tab to view the memory’s information.
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4.3.13
ASUS SSD Caching II
ASUS SSD Caching II uses installed SSDs for multi-caching of frequently accessed data or
applications. It combines multiple SSDs and their hard drive capacity to boost the system’s
overall performance.
Launching ASUS SSD Caching II
To launch ASUS SSD Caching, click ASUS SSD Caching II on the AI Suite III main menu bar.
Select one or
more SSDs
to cache
with the
HDD
Click the arrow to cache
the SSD with a HDD
HDD
HDD and SDD port
indicators
Application help
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Configuring ASUS SSD Caching II
1.
Connect at least one HDD and another SSD to the Marvell® SATA ports. ASUS SSD
Caching automatically detects the HDD and SSDs.
2.
next to the HDD you want to cache your
Tick one or more SSDs and click the
SSD with. Wait while caching is performed by the system.
You can also cache multiple SSDs to different HDDs at the same time.
To cancel caching, click
.
•
During initialization, you can proceed with using your computer. You can check
the caching status later or wait for a pop-up message notifying that initialization is
complete.
•
For regular use, the SATA6G_E12/E34 connectors are recommended for data drives.
•
After disabling SSD Caching, the SSD will become a non-configurable disk in
Windows OS. To use the SSD again for normal functions, go to Disk Management to
reconfigure the SSD.
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4.3.14
Audio configurations
The Realtek® audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio
experience on your computer. The software provides Jack-Sensing function, S/PDIF Out
support, and interrupt capability. The CODEC also includes the Realtek® proprietary UAJ®
(Universal Audio Jack) technology for all audio ports, eliminating cable connection errors, and
giving users plug and play convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the support DVD that
came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek® audio software is correctly installed, you will find the
Realtek® HD Audio Manager icon on the taskbar. Double-click on
the icon to display the Realtek® HD Audio Manager.
Realtek® HD Audio Manager
Realtek® HD Audio Manager for Windows® 8 / Windows® 7
Configuration option tabs (vary with the audio devices connected)
Advanced
settings
Set default
device
Control
settings panel
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4.3.15
ASUS Dr. Power Utility
ASUS Dr. Power is a monitoring utility that provides notifications when the power supply
is unable to provide sufficient power to the system. You can choose to allow continuous
notifications or stop messages from appearing until the next time you reboot your computer.
The utility is used to monitor changes in the power supplied to the system that may affect
performance and system stability.
ASUS Dr. Power Utility runs on your system only when the Dr. Power switch is enabled.
(Please refer to 1.2.6 Onboard buttons and switches for additional details). If the switch
is disabled, the Dr. Power icon will not be available on the Windows® notification area.
Installing Dr. Power Utility
To install Dr. Power on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The setup window will be displayed if
Autorun is enabled on your system.
2.
Click the Drivers tab and then click ASUS Dr. Power.
3.
Follow the instructions to complete installation.
Using Dr. Power
After you complete installation, ASUS Dr. Power Utility will appear on the Windows®
notification area. Place your mouse pointer over the Dr. Power icon to display current power
status.
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Right-click on the Dr. Power icon on the notification area and click Event Notification to
disable or enable messages from the utility.
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When ASUS Dr. Power detects that your system is running low on power, an event
notification pops up to indicate that your power supply requires attention. The message will
be displayed for 15 seconds or until you click the Close button. ASUS Dr. Power will notify
you of the power status if the same conditions are present on your system.
ASUS Dr. Power can be configured to provide notifications at regular intervals:
•
15 minutes - Messages will be displayed every 15 minutes.
•
4 hours - Messages will be displayed every 4 hours.
•
Not showing - Messages for any power issues will not be displayed.
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Chapter 5:
RAID support
RAID support
5.1
RAID configurations
5
This motherboard supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10
and RAID 5 support.
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive included in a RAID
set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the RAID driver during OS installation.
Refer to section 5.2 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
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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Installing Serial ATA hard disks
This 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 limitations, when SATA ports are set to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at
RAID mode together.
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5.1.4
Intel® 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
MENU ]
4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Acceleration Options
6. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Devices:
Port Device Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
[↑↓]-Select
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
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 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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This utility supports a maximum of 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 keys 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:
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port Drive Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
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 keys to select a drive, and then press <Space>. A small
triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
6.
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10
and 5 only),and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4KB to
128KB. The following are typical values:
•
RAID 0: 128KB
•
RAID 10: 64KB
•
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size for
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
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:
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name
Volume0
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 keys 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.
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Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility
To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears:
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating system
on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have to use a USB floppy
disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
5.2.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS:
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <delete> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press <Enter>.
8. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
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5.2.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Intel AHCI/RAID Driver menu then click Intel AHCI/RAID Driver path to
open the RAID driver folder.
5. Select 32bit or 64bit folder depending on your operating system. Copy the files of the
selected folder to the root path of your USB floppy disk drive.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
5.2.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS
installation
To install the RAID driver for Windows® 7:
1.
2. 3. 4. During OS installation, click Load Driver to allow you to select the installation media
containing the RAID driver.
Insert the USB flash drive with the RAID driver into the USB port or the support DVD
into the optical drive, and then click Browse.
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.
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.
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 6:
Multiple GPU support
6.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
6.1.1
Requirements
6
This motherboard supports ATI® CrossFireX™ technology, which allows you to install multigraphics processing units (GPU) cards. Follow the installation procedures in this section.
•
In CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics cards or
one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are ATI® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology. Download
the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide the minimum power required by
your system.
6.1.2
•
We recommend you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
Visit the ATI Game website at http://game.amd.com for the latest certified graphics
cards and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For ATI CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card drivers
before installing ATI CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers
Close all currently running applications.
2.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
3.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
4.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
5.
Turn off your computer.
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Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
1.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics cards into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the CrossFireX
bridge connector up to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
CrossFireX bridge
(bundled with
graphics cards)
Goldfingers
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5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power supply to
the two graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
6.1.4
Installing three CrossFireX™ graphics cards
Prepare three CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the three graphics cards into the PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard has more
than three PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual for the locations of
the PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the two
CrossFireX bridge connectors up to
the goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connectors are firmly in
place.
5. Connect three independent auxiliary
power sources from the power supply to
the three graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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6.1.5
Installing four CrossFireX™ graphics cards
1.
Prepare four CrossFireX-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the four graphics cards into the PCIEX16 slots. Refer to Chapter 1 in this user
manual for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the four
CrossFireX bridge connectors up
to the goldfingers on each graphics
card. Ensure that the connectors are
firmly in place.
5. Connect four independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the four graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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6.1.6
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install the device
drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the AMD® CrossFireX™
technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
6.1.7
Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™ feature
through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center from the Windows desktop.
Launching the AMD Catalyst Control Center
To launch the AMD Catalyst Control Center:
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and select
Catalyst Control Center.
2.
Click Catalyst Control Center to configure the
displays and settings of your AMD graphic cards.
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Enabling Dual CrossFireX technology
1.
In the Catalyst Control Center window, click Performance > AMD CrossFireXTM.
2.
Select Enable CrossFireXTM.
3.
Select a GPU combination from the drop-down list.
4.
Click Apply to save and activate the GPU settings made.
2
1
3
4
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6.2
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
This motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology, which
allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
6.2.1
Requirements
•
In Dual SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are
NVIDIA® certified.
•
In Triple SLI mode, you should have three identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are
NVIDIA® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI technology. Download
the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide the minimum power required by
your system.
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
The NVIDIA Triple SLI technology is supported by Windows® Vista™ operating
systems and later OS only.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website at http://www.nzone.com for the latest certified graphics
cards and supported 3D application list.
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6.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics cards into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge
connector up to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Ensure that the connector
is firmly in place.
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power supply to
the two graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
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6.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards
1. Prepare three SLI-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the three graphics cards into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual
for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots
recommended for multi-graphics card
installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the 3-Way SLI
bridge connector up to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Ensure that the
connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect three independent auxiliary
power sources from the power supply to
the three graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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6.2.4
Installing four SLI-ready graphics cards
1. Prepare four SLI-ready graphics cards.
2.
Insert the four graphics cards into the PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard has more
than two PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 1 in this user manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the 4-Way SLI bridge connector up to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect four independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to the four
graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card.
4-Way SLI bridge
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6.2.5
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the SLI feature on the
NVIDIA® Control Panel from the Windows® 7 desktop.
Launching the NVIDIA Control Panel
You can launch the NVIDIA Control Panel using the following two methods.
A.
Right click on an empty space on the
Windows® desktop and select NVIDIA
Control Panel.
The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears (See Step B3).
B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control
Panel item in step (A), select Screen
Resolution.
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B2. From the Screen Resolution window,
click Advanced settings.
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B3. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling SLI settings
From the NVIDIA Control Panel window,
select Configure SLI, Surround, PhysX.
In the Quad-SLI enabled, click Maximize
3D Performance SLI to set the display for
viewing SLI rendered content. When done,
click Apply.
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Chapter 6: Multiple GPU technology support
6.3
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
6.3.1
Requirements
This motherboard supports the NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology and up to 4 NVIDIA® Tesla™
computing processor cards(based on different type tesla cards), providing optimum multipurpose computing performance. Follow the installation procedures in this section.
•
32/64-bit Microsoft® Windows XP/ Vista/ Linux RHEL5.X/ OpenSuSE11.X OS
•
The requirements of memory and power supply vary with the Telsa cards you installed.
6.3.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal environment.
•
The installation steps might be a little different with the Telsa cards you selected and
the VGA output functions. Visit http://www.nvidia.com for more details if needed.
•
Visit the NVIDIA CUDA Zone website at http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html
for the latest driver, list of CUDA-certified graphics card and supported 3D application
list.
Installing CUDA-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard
layout may vary with models, but the general installation steps remain the same.
Insert four Tesla computing processor
card(s) into the PCIe x16_1, PCIe
x16_3, PCIe x16_5, and PCIe x16_7
slot. Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slot.
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2.
Connect either one 8-pin power
connector or two 6-pin power
connectors from the power supply to
the Quadro graphics card and Tesla
computing processor card(s).
3.
Connect a display cable to the
graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
4.
Refer to the documentation that came
with your graphics card package to
install the device drivers.
5.
To verify graphics card driver installation,
right-click My Computer and select
Properties from the menu. Click the
Hardware tab, and then click Device
Manager. Click the “+” sign before
Display adapters, and the installed
graphics card and computing processor
card(s) should appear.
The screen differs based on the components you installed.
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Chapter 6: Multiple GPU technology support
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
• 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
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
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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
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
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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.
FCC Bluetooth Wireless Compliance
The antenna used with this transmitter must not be colocated or operated in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter subject to the conditions of the FCC Grant.
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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)
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Online support
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
www.asus.com.tw
+86-21-38429911
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
Telephone
Fax
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Support fax
Online support
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-812-282-3777
+1-510-608-4555
usa.asus.com
+1-812-282-2787
+1-812-284-0883
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Technical Support
Telephone
Support Fax
Online support
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
www.asus.de
www.asus.de/sales
+49-1805-010923*
+49-2102-9599-11
support.asus.com
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* EUR 0.14/minute from a German fixed landline; EUR 0.42/minute from a mobile phone.
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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 :
May 10, 2012
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 : Z87-WS
Product Name : Motherboard
hereby declares that the product
Phone/Fax No:
Address:
Responsible Party Name:
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
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Ver. 120601
Manufacturer:
TAIWAN
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
GERMANY
Country:
Authorized representative in Europe:
Address, City:
Country:
Motherboard
Z87-WS
Model name :
Declaration Date: 10/05/2013
Year to begin affixing CE marking:2013
CE marking
2011/65/EU-RoHS Directive
Regulation (EC) No. 642/2009
Regulation (EC) No. 1275/2008
2009/125/EC-ErP Directive
EN 60950-1 / A12:2011
2006/95/EC-LVD Directive
EN 300 328 V1.7.1(2006-10)
EN 300 440-1 V1.6.1(2010-08)
EN 300 440-2 V1.4.1(2010-08)
EN 301 511 V9.0.2(2003-03)
EN 301 908-1 V5.2.1(2011-05)
EN 301 908-2 V5.2.1(2011-07)
EN 301 893 V1.6.1(2011-11)
EN 302 544-2 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 302 623 V1.1.1(2009-01)
EN 50360:2001
EN 62479:2010
EN 50385:2002
EN 62311:2008
1999/5/EC-R &TTE Directive
EN 55022:2010
EN 61000-3-2:2006+A2:2009
EN 55013:2001+A1:2003+A2:2006
2004/108/EC-EMC Directive
Signature : __________
Position : CEO
Name :
Jerry Shen
(EC conformity marking)
Regulation (EC) No. 278/2009
EN 60065:2002 / A12:2011
EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2(2011-09)
EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1(2002-08)
EN 301 489-4 V1.4.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-7 V1.3.1(2005-11)
EN 301 489-9 V1.4.1(2007-11)
EN 301 489-17 V2.1.1(2009-05)
EN 301 489-24 V1.5.1(2010-09)
EN 302 326-2 V1.2.2(2007-06)
EN 302 326-3 V1.3.1(2007-09)
EN 301 357-2 V1.4.1(2008-11)
EN 302 291-1 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 302 291-2 V1.1.1(2005-07)
EN 55024:2010
EN 61000-3-3:2008
EN 55020:2007+A11:2011
conform with the essential requirements of the following directives:
Product name :
declare the following apparatus:
4F, No. 150, LI-TE Rd., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
Address, City:
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
EC Declaration of Conformity
We, the undersigned,
Ver. 130208
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