ASROCK X58 EXTREME6, X58 EXTREME6 - User manual

ASROCK X58 EXTREME6, X58 EXTREME6 - User manual
X58 Extreme6
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published August 2010
Copyright©2010 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1 Introduction ................................................... 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents ..........................................................
Specifications ................................................................
Motherboard Layout ......................................................
I/O Panel .........................................................................
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6
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2 Installation ...................................................... 15
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
Screw Holes .................................................................
Pre-installation Precautions ...........................................
CPU Installation ..............................................................
Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan .............................
Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) .........................
Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots) .....................
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2.7 SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide ... 22
2.8 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM Operation Guide ...................................... 28
2.9 Surround Display Feature ............................................. 34
2.10 Jumpers Setup .............................................................. 34
2.11 Onboard Headers and Connectors ............................... 35
2.12 Smart Switches ............................................................. 41
2.13 Dr. Debug ...................................................................... 42
2.14 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks
Installation ...................................................................... 45
2.15 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation ................. 45
2.16 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATAII
HDDs ............................................................................ 46
2.17 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .... 46
2.18 SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and
Operation Guide ............................................................. 47
2.19 Driver Installation Guide ................................................. 49
2.20 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions .................. 49
2.20.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions ............................................................ 49
2.20.2 Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System ................... 50
2.20.3 Migrating a “RAID Ready” System to RAID 0,
RAID 1 or RAID 5 ................................................. 51
2.20.4 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions ................... 52
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2.21 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ........................ 53
2.21.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions ........................................................... 53
2.21.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions .............. 54
2.22 Untied Overclocking Technology ................................... 54
3 BIOS SSETUP
ETUP UTILITY ........................................... 55
3.1 Introduction ....................................................................
3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar ....................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys ...................................................
3.2 Main Screen ...................................................................
3.3 OC Tweaker Screen ......................................................
3.4 Advanced Screen .........................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration ................................................
3.4.2 Chipset Configuration ..........................................
3.4.3 ACPI Configuration ...............................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration .........................................
3.4.5 PCIPnP Configuration ...........................................
3.4.6 Floppy Configuration ...........................................
3.4.7 Super IO Configuration ........................................
3.4.8 USB Configuration ...............................................
3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ..................
3.6 Boot Screen ...................................................................
3.6.1 Boot Settings Configuration ..................................
3.7 Security Screen ............................................................
3.8 Exit Screen ....................................................................
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4 Software Support ........................................... 76
4.1 Install Operating System ...............................................
4.2 Support CD Information .................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD ............................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu ........................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu ........................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information ..............................................
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock X58 Extreme6 motherboard, a reliable motherboard
produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent
performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and
endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step-by-step
guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration guide to
BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated
version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You
may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website
as well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 PPack
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age Contents
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ASRock X58 Extreme6 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ASRock X58 Extreme6 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock X58 Extreme6 Support CD
1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA 66/100/133 IDE Ribbon Cable
1 x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive
6 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
3 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
6 x Screws
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
1 x ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S2S Bridge Card
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1.2
Specifications
Platform
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality
Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Intel® Socket 1366 CoreTM i7 Processor Extreme Edition / CoreTM
i7 Processor Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology
- System Bus up to 6400 MT/s; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- Supports EM64T CPU
- Northbridge: Intel® X58
- Southbridge: Intel® ICH10R
- Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3)
- 6 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333(OC)/1066
non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports DDR3 ECC, un-buffered memory with Intel®
Workstation 1S Xeon® processors 3500 series
- Max. capacity of system memory: 24GB (see CAUTION 4)
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE1: x16 mode; PCIE4/PCIE5:
single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
(Double-wide slot spacing between each PCI-E slot)
- 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports ATITM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and
CrossFireXTM
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and SLITM
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio ProTM
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111E
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
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SATA3
USB3.0
Connector
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/
Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 5)
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9128, support
RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
functions
- 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support
NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions (SATA3_6 connector is
shared with eSATA3 port)
- 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by NEC UPD720200, support
USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by NEC
UPD720200, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 6 x SATAII 3.0Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 and Intel Matrix Storage), NCQ,
AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
- 6 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/NB/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- SLI/XFire power connector
- CD in header
- Front panel audio connector
- 1 x USB 2.0 header (supports 2 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)
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Smart Switch
BIOS Feature
Support CD
Unique Feature
Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 8Mb AMI BIOS
- AMI Legal BIOS
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, IOH, ICH, VTT, IOH/ICH PCIE, CPU PLL, IOH CSI,
VCORE Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Supports I. O. T. (Intelligent Overclocking Technology)
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), ASRock
Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial)
- ASRock OC Tuner (see CAUTION 6)
- Intelligent Energy Saver (see CAUTION 7)
- Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock OC DNA (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock AIWI (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 11)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 13)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) (see CAUTION 14)
- Good Night LED
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/NB/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 15)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
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WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting
the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the thirdparty overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even
cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at
your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
CAUTION!
1.
About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page 63.
2.
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read
“Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 54 for details.
3.
This motherboard supports Triple Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Triple Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the
4.
installation guide of memory modules on page 19 for proper installation.
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 /
VistaTM / XP. For Windows® OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
5.
For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono
modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel,
6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13 for
proper connection.
6.
It is a user-friendly ASRock overclocking tool which allows you to surveil
your system by hardware monitor function and overclock your hardware
devices to get the best system performance under Windows® environment.
Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock OC
7.
Tuner. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
Featuring an advanced proprietary hardware and software design,
Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers
unparalleled power savings. In other words, it is able to provide exceptional
power saving and improve power efficiency without sacrificing computing
performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of
Intelligent Energy Saver.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
8.
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool
and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system.
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9.
The software name itself – OC DNA literally tells you what it is capable of.
OC DNA, an exclusive utility developed by ASRock, provides a convenient way for the user to record the OC settings and share with others. It
helps you to save your overclocking record under the operating system
and simplifies the complicated recording process of overclocking settings.
With OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with
your friends! Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system
to get the same OC settings as yours! Please be noticed that the OC
profile can only be shared and worked on the same motherboard.
10. To experience intuitive motion controlled games is no longer only available
at Wii. ASRock AIWI utility introduces a new way of PC gaming operation.
ASRock AIWI is the world's first utility to turn your iPhone/iPod touch as
a game joystick to control your PC games. All you have to do is just to
install the ASRock AIWI utility either from ASRock official website or
ASRock software support CD to your motherboard, and also download the
free AIWI Lite from App store to your iPhone/iPod touch. Connecting your
PC and apple devices via Bluetooth or WiFi networks, then you can start
experiencing the exciting motion controlled games. Also, please do not
forget to pay attention to ASRock official website regularly, we will
continuously provide you the most up-do-date supported games!
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/Aiwi/index.asp
11. If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices,
such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful
solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger
driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer
and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to
quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports
continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP
Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging
experience than ever.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
12. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU
bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the
CPU.
13. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the
motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it
back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal
grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system.
14. Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) provides the flexible option to adopt two
different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775 and LGA 1366. Please be
noticed that not all the 775 CPU Fan can be used.
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15. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by
European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system.
According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be
under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready
motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to
Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard of
5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current
consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you
checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
1
3
2
5
4
24.4cm (9.6 in)
PS2
Mouse
PS2
Keyboard
CPU_FAN1
Center:
FRONT
ATXPWR1
DDR3_C2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
PWR_FAN1
DDR3_C1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
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8
PCI Express 2.0
IDE1
LAN
PHY
PCIE4
Intel
ICH10R
PCI1
CMOS
Battery
RoHS
PCI2
AUDIO
CODEC
CLRCMOS1
1
NEC USB 3.0
Front USB 3.0
PCIE5
Debug
LED
1394a
HDMI_SPDIF1
8Mb
BIOS
PLED1
1
FLOPPY1
COM1
CD1
IR1
USB8_9
FRONT_1394
CHA_FAN1
PLED PWRBTN PANEL1
USB3_1_2
PWRBTN
1
1
1
1
13
14
15
SPEAKER1
1
1
HD_AUDIO1
SATAII_5_6
Super
I/O
11
12
SATAII_3_4
X58 Extreme6
SATAII_1_2
SATA3 6Gb/s
PCIE3
10
SATA3_3_4
PCIE2
3-Way SLI
9
SATA3_1_2
PCIE1
SATA3_5_6
Designed in Taipei
NB_FAN1
36
35
34
6
CPU_FAN2
CHA_FAN2
SLI/XFIRE_PWR1
ErP/EuP Ready
37
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
MIC IN
38
Center:
REAR SPK
Bottom:
CTR BASS
41
40
39
Top:
SIDE SPK
42
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Intel
X58
Chipset
USB 3.0
T: USB6
B: USB7
43
DDR3 2000
3 Channels DDR3
eSATA1
IEEE 1394
QPI 6.4GT/s
USB 2.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
44
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Optical
SPDIF
Coaxial
SPDIF
ATX12V1
USB 3.0
T: USB2 Top:
RJ-45
B: USB3
30.5cm (12.0 in)
Clr
CMOS
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
1
16
17
18
19
RSTBTN
1
HDLED RESET
33
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
32
31
30
29 28
27 26
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
22
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
23
1366-Pin CPU Socket
24
North Bridge Controller
25
3 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
26
(Triple Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, DDR3_C1 27
; White)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
28
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
29
Primary IDE Connector (IDE1, Blue)
30
3 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
31
(Triple Channel: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2, DDR3_C2 32
; Blue)
33
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_1_2, White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_3_4, White)
34
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_5_6, White)
35
SATAII Connector (SATAII_1_2, Blue)
36
SATAII Connector (SATAII_3_4, Blue)
37
SATAII Connector (SATAII_5_6, Blue)
38
8Mb SPI Flash
39
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, White)
40
Power LED Header (PLED1)
41
System Panel Header (PANEL1, White)
42
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
43
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
44
12
25 24 23
22 21 20
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_1_2, Light Blue)
Dr. Debug
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Blue)
South Bridge Controller
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, White)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1)
COM Port Header (COM1)
Internal Audio Connector: CD1 (White)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, White)
HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1, White)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5, Blue)
PCI Slots (PCI1-2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, Blue)
PCI Express x1 Slot (PCIE3, White)
PCI Express x1 Slot (PCIE2, White)
North Bridge Fan Connector (NB_FAN1)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1, Blue)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
SLI / XFIRE Power Connector
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
1.4
I/O Panel
18
1
2
*3
4
5
6
7
8
** 9
3
2
1
17
4
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)
Side Speaker (Gray)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Central / Bass (Orange)
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
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11
12
*** 13
14
15
16
17
18
8
6
9
7
10
11
14 13 12
15
16
5
Microphone (Pink)
USB 3.0 Ports (USB67)
IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
eSATA3 Connector
USB 3.0 Ports (USB23)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 9)
(No. 6)
Central / Bass
(No. 7)
Side Speaker
(No. 5)
2
4
V
V
-V
---
---
6
8
V
V
V
V
V
V
-V
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To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.
Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click
“ok”. Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA
Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek
HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.
*** eSATA3 connector supports SATA 6Gb/s in cable 1M, supports SATA 3Gb/s in cable 2M.
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Chapter 2: Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0" x 9.6", 30.5 x 24.4 cm) motherboard. Before you install
the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard
fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so may cause physical injuries to you and
damages to motherboard components.
2.1 Screw Holes
Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
2.2 Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER
place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also remember to use
a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object before you handle
components.
3. Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or
in the bag that comes with the component.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply.
Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,
and/or components.
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2.3 CPU Installation
For the installation of Intel 1366-Pin CPU,
please follow the steps below.
Load Plate
Socket Body
Contact Array
Load Lever
1366-Pin Socket Overview
Before you insert the 1366-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if
the CPU surface is unclean or if there is any bent pin on the socket.
Do not force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is
found. Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.
Step 1. Open the socket:
Step 1-1. Disengaging the lever by depressing
down and out on the hook to clear
retention tab.
Step 1-2. Rotate the load lever to fully open position at approximately 135 degrees.
Step 1-3. Rotate the load plate to fully open position at approximately 100 degrees.
Step 2. Remove PnP Cap (Pick and Place Cap).
1. It is recommended to use the cap tab to handle and avoid kicking
off the PnP cap.
2. This cap must be placed if returning the motherboard for after
service.
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Step 3-2. Orient the CPU with IHS (Integrated Heat
Sink) up. Locate Pin1 and the two orientation key notches.
orientation key notch
alignment key
Pin1
Pin1
alignment key
orientation key notch
1366-Pin Socket
1366-Pin CPU
For proper inserting, please ensure to match the two orientation key
notches of the CPU with the two alignment keys of the socket.
Step 3-3. Carefully place the CPU into the socket
by using a purely vertical motion.
Step 3-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket
and properly mated to the orient keys.
Step 4. Close the socket:
Step 4-1. Rotate the load plate onto the IHS.
Step 4-2. While pressing down lightly on load
plate, engage the load lever.
Step 4-3. Secure load lever with load plate tab
under retention tab of load lever.
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black line
black line
Step 3. Insert the 1366-Pin CPU:
Step 3-1. Hold the CPU by the edges where are
marked with black lines.
2.4
Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
This motherboard is equipped with 1366-Pin socket that supports Intel 1366-Pin CPU.
Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 1366-Pin CPU to
dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray thermal interface
material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Ensure that the
CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good contact with each other. Then
connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see page 12, No. 2).
For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your
CPU fan and heatsink.
Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 1366-Pin CPU.
Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of
IHS on the socket surface.
Apply Thermal
Interface Material
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure
fan cables are oriented on side closest to the
CPU fan connector on the motherboard
(CPU_FAN1, see page 12, No. 2).
Align fasteners with the motherboard
throughholes.
Rotate the fastener clockwise, then press
down on fastener caps with thumb to install
and lock. Repeat with remaining fasteners.
Fan cables on side
closest to MB header
Fastener slots
pointing straight out
Press Down
(4 Places)
If you press down the fasteners without rotating them clockwise,
the heatsink cannot be secured on the motherboard.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure cable does not interfere with
fan operation or contact other components.
Please be noticed that this motherboard supports Combo Cooler
Option (C.C.O.), which provides the flexible option to adopt two
different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775 and LGA 1366. The
white throughholes are for Socket LGA 1366 CPU fan.
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2.5 Installation of Memor y Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides six 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, and
supports Triple Channel Memory Technology. For triple channel configuration, you
always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type) DDR3
DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to install identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Triple Channel (DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1 and DDR3_C1; White
slots; see p.12 No.5), or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Triple Channel (DDR3_A2,
DDR3_B2 and DDR3_C2; Blue slots; see p.12 No.9), so that Triple Channel
Memory Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to
install six DDR3 DIMMs for triple channel configuration, and please install
identical DDR3 DIMMs in all six slots.
Recommended Memory Configurations
DDR3_A2 DDR3_A1 DDR3_B2 DDR3_B1 DDR3_C2 DDR3_C1
(Blue)
(White)
(Blue)
(White)
(Blue)
(White)
1 DIMM
Populated
2 DIMMs
Populated
Populated
3 DIMMs
Populated
Populated
Populated
4 DIMMs Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
5 DIMMs Populated
Populated Populated Populated
Populated
6 DIMMs Populated
Populated Populated Populated
Populated Populated
1.
Please install the memory module into the white slot (DDR3_A1,
DDR3_B1 or DDR3_C1) for the first priority.
2.
Due to Intel ® CPU spec definition, the system will not boot if only
one DIMM is installed into DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2 or DDR3_C2 slot.
3.
Due to Intel ® CPU spec definition, XMP DIMMs and DDR3 2000/
1866/1600 are supported for one DIMM per channel only.
4.
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A, Channel B and
Channel C. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized
channel for the dual-channel or triple-channel configuration. Any
excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for
5.
single-channel operation.
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be
damaged.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break
on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into the slot
at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully
snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE slots:
PCIE2 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with
x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card, SATA2 card, etc.
PCIE1 / PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support CrossFireXTM or SLITM function.
PCIE5 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x8 lane width
graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support 3-Way CrossFireXTM or 3-Way SLITM function.
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express
x16 graphics card on PCIE1 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode or SLITM mode, please install PCI Express x16
graphics cards on PCIE1 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these two
slots will work at x16 bandwidth.
3. In 3-Way CrossFireXTM or 3-Way SLITM mode, please install PCI
Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE1, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots.
Therefore, PCIE1 slot will work at x16 bandwidth while PCIE4 and
PCIE5 slots will work at x8 bandwidth.
4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector
(CHA_FAN1 or CHA_FAN2) when using multiple graphics cards for
better thermal environment.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in
a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.7 SLI TM, 3W ay SLI TM and Quad SLI TM Operation Guide
3-W
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM (Scalable
Link Interface) technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI
Express x16 graphics cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLITM technology supports
Windows® XP / XP 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® 3-Way
SLITM and Quad SLITM technology support Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7
64-bit OS only. Please follow the installation procedures in this section.
Requirements
1. For SLITM technology, you should have two identical SLITM-ready graphics
cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For 3-Way SLITM technology, you should
have three identical 3-Way SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA®
certified. For Quad SLITM technology, you should have two identical Quad
SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified.
2. Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA® SLITM technology.
Download the driver from NVIDIAR website (www.nvidia.com).
3. Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the
minimum power required by your system. It is recommended to use
NVIDIA® certified PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA® website for details.
2.7.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.7.1.1 Installing TTwo
wo SLI TM-R
eady Graphics Cards
-Ready
Step 1.
Install the identical SLI TM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA ® certified
because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly.
(Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card
into PCIE1 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the
cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics
cards.
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Step3.
Align and insert ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE1 slot.
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2.7.1.2 Installing Three SLI TM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical 3-Way SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA ®
certified because different types of graphics cards will not work together
properly. (Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Each graphics
card should have two goldfingers for the 3-Way SLI Bridge connector.
Insert one graphics card into PCIE1 slot, another graphics card to PCIE4
slot, and the other graphics card to PCIE5 slot. Make sure that the cards are
properly seated on the slots.
Two Goldfingers
Step2.
Connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics card.
Please make sure that both power connectors on the PCI Express graphics
card are connected. Repeat this step on the three graphics cards.
Step3.
Align and insert ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S2S Bridge Card to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Make sure ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S2S Bridge Card is
firmly in place.
ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S2S Bridge Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE1 slot.
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2.7.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the MultiGraphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility.
Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM mode only)
A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM feature.
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For Windows® Vista TM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM and Quad SLITM mode)
A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA
Corporation.
C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab.
D. Select Control Panel tab.
E. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
F. Reboot your system.
G. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM or Quad SLITM feature.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For 3-Way SLITM mode)
A. Follow step A to D on page 26.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Select a hardware acceleration setting for PhysX item, please
select Enabled. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select
Enable 3-way SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of 3-Way SLITM feature.
* SLITM appearing here is a registered trademark of NVIDIA® Technologies Inc., and is used
only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
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2.8
CrossF
ireX TM, 3W ay CrossF
ireX TM and Quad
CrossFireX
3-W
CrossFireX
CrossFireX TM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireXTM, 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireX TM feature. CrossFireXTM technology offers the most advantageous
means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units
(GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with
intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism,
CrossFireXTM enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality
in any 3D application. Currently CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows®
XP with Service Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireX TM feature are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please
check AMD website for ATITM CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the
performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly to
benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both cards
will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.8.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.8.1.1 Installing TTwo
wo CrossF
ireX TM-R
eady Graphics
CrossFireX
-Ready
Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM
feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example graphics card.
For other CrossFireXTM cards that ATITM has released or will release in the future, please
refer to ATITM graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.
Step 1.
Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE1 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2.
Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics
card on PCIE1 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the
DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.8.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireX TM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Step 1.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE1 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 2.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 3.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE5 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 4.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE1
and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
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CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics
card on PCIE1 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the
DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.8.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the ATITM driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this
utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for ATITM driver updates.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. ATITM recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed
in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please
check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select
“CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2
GPUs” and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select
“3 GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM
function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically reboot. After
restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option “Enable
CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; if not, please
select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM
feature.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of ATITM Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of ATITM CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
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2.9 Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on
PCI Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display
feature. For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following
path in the Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
2.10 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose pin1
and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap is placed
on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Clear CMOS Jumper
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 21)
Setting
Description
1_2
Default
2_3
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS includes
system setup information such as system password, date, time, and system
setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup,
please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power
supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3
on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the CMOS right
after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when you just finish
updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then shut it down
before you do the clear-CMOS action.
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2.11 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
FDD connector
(33-pin FLOPPY1)
(see p.12 No. 30)
Pin1
FLOPPY1
the red-striped side to Pin1
Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the
connector.
Primary IDE connector (Blue)
(39-pin IDE1, see p.12 No. 8)
PIN1
IDE1
connect the black end
to the IDE devices
connect the blue end
to the motherboard
80-conductor ATA 66/100/133 cable
(SATAII_1_2: see p.12, No. 13)
(SATAII_3_4: see p.12, No. 14)
(SATAII_5_6: see p.12, No. 15)
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA3_1_2: see p.12, No. 10)
(SATA3_3_4: see p.12, No. 11)
(SATA3_5_6: see p.12, No. 12)
SATA3_5_6 SATA3_3_4 SAT3_1_2
Serial ATAII Connectors
SATAII_5_6 SATAII_3_4 SATAII_1_2
Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details.
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These six Serial ATAII (SATAII)
connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATAII
interface allows up to 3.0 Gb/s
data transfer rate.
These six Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATA3
interface allows up to 6.0 Gb/s
data transfer rate. If you install
the HDD on the eSATA port on
the rear I/O, the internal
SATA3_6 will not function.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data cable
can be connected to the SATA /
SATAII / SATA3 hard disk or the
SATAII / SATA3 connector on this
motherboard.
(Optional)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
(Optional)
connect to the SATA HDD
power connector
connect to the
power supply
USB 2.0 Headers
Besides four default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 2.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
USB_PWR
P-8
P+8
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.12 No. 25)
1
P+9
P-9
USB_PWR
USB 3.0 Header
GND
IntA_P1_D+
IntA_P1_DGND
IntA_P1_SSTX+
IntA_P1_SSTXGND
IntA_P1_SSRX+
IntA_P1_SSRXVbus
(19-pin USB3_1_2)
(see p.12 No. 23)
1
ID
Please connect the black end of
SATA power cable to the power
connector on each drive. Then
connect the white end of SATA
power cable to the power
connector of the power supply.
Besides four default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 3.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 3.0
header can support two USB
3.0 ports.
Vbus
IntA_P2_SSRXIntA_P2_SSRX+
GND
IntA_P2_SSTXIntA_P2_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P2_DIntA_P2_D+
Infrared Module Header
IRTX
+5VSB
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.12 No. 29)
DUMMY
1
This header supports an optional
wireless transmitting and
receiving infrared module.
GND
IRRX
Internal Audio Connectors
CD1
(4-pin CD1)
CD-L
GND
GND
CD-R
(CD1: see p.12 No. 32)
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This connector allows you
to receive stereo audio input
from sound sources such as
a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, TV
tuner card, or MPEG card.
Front Panel Audio Header
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.12 No. 33)
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
This is an interface for front
panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio
header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t
need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust
“Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
PLED+
PLEDPWRBTN#
GND
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.12 No. 19)
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This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
DUMMY
RESET#
GND
HDLEDHDLED+
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on
the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note
the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may
configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to
perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the
sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4
sleep state or powered off (S5).
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HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel
module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin
assign-ments are matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
1
SPEAKER
DUMMY
DUMMY
+5V
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.12 No. 17)
Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.12 No. 18)
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status.
The LED is on when the system
is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state
(power off).
1
PLEDPLED+
PLED+
Chassis, NB and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 28)
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 42)
(3-pin NB_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 40)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 7)
Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
GND
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL +12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
Please connect the fan cables
to the fan connectors and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
GND
+12V
NB_FAN_SPEED
GND
+12V
PWR_FAN_SPEED
CPU Fan Connectors
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 2)
1 2 3 4
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Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 44)
ATX Power Connector
12
24
1
13
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12, No. 6)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your
power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
6
1
8
4
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
(8-pin ATX12V1)
(see p.12 No. 1)
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Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
SLI/XFIRE Power Connector
(4-pin SLI/XFIRE_PWR1)
(see p.12 No. 43)
SLI/XFIRE_POWER1
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6
1
8
4
It is not necessary to use this
connector, but please connect it
with a hard disk power connecor
when two graphics cards are
plugged to this motherboard at
the same time.
IEEE 1394 Header
RXTPAM_0
GND
RXTPBM_0
+12V
GND
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
(see p.12 No. 27)
1
+12V
RXTPBP_0
GND
RXTPAP_0
Serial port Header
RRXD1
DDTR#1
DDSR#1
CCTS#1
(9-pin COM1)
(see p.12 No. 31)
1
(see p.12 No. 34)
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
RRI#1
RRTS#1
GND
TTXD1
DDCD#1
HDMI_SPDIF Header
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
Besides one default IEEE 1394
port on the I/O panel, there is one
IEEE 1394 header
(FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394
header can support one IEEE
1394 port.
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
SPDIF audio output to HDMI VGA
card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please
connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to
this header.
1
GND
SPDIFOUT
The Installation Guide of Front USB 3.0 Panel
Step 1 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 3.5”
drive bay of the chassis.
Step 3 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB 3.0
header (USB3_1_2) on the motherboard.
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Step 2 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the
drive bay.
Step 4 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready to use.
The Installation Guide of Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Step 1 Unscrew the two screws from the Front USB
3.0 Panel.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear USB 3.0
Step 2 Put the USB 3.0 cable and the rear USB 3.0
bracket together.
Step 4 Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into the chassis.
bracket.
2.12 Smart Switches
The motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear
CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the sytem clear the
CMOS values.
Power Switch
Power Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
(PWRBTN)
(see p.12 No. 22)
Reset Switch
(RSTBTN)
(see p.12 No. 20)
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly reset
the system.
RESET
Clear CMOS Switch
(CLRCBTN)
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart
switch, allowing users to quickly
clear the CMOS values
clr
(see p.13 No. 17)
CMOS
You are not allowed to use Clear CMOS switch function if you set up the system
password. If you want to clear the CMOS values, please clean your system
password in advance or refer to page 34 “Clear CMOS jumper” description
instead.
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2.13 Dr. Debug
Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.
The Bootblock initialization code sets up the chipset, memory and other
components before system memory is available. The following table describes the
type of checkpoints that may occur during the bootblock initialization portion of the
BIOS:
Checkpoint
Before D1
Description
Early chipset initialization is done. Early super I/O initialization is done
D1
including RTC and keyboard controller. NMI is disabled.
Perform keyboard controller BAT test. Check if waking up from power
management suspend state. Save power-on CPUID value in scratch
CMOS.
D0
Go to flat mode with 4GB limit and GA20 enabled. Verify the bootblock
checksum.
D2
Disable CACHE before memory detection. Execute full memory sizing
module. Verify that flat mode is enabled.
D3
If memory sizing module not executed, start memory refresh and do
memory sizing in Bootblock code. Do additional chipset initialization.
D4
Re-enable CACHE. Verify that flat mode is enabled.
Test base 512KB memory. Adjust policies and cache first 8MB. Set stack.
D5
Bootblock code is copied from ROM to lower system memory and control
is given to it. BIOS now executes out of RAM.
D6
Both key sequence and OEM specific method is checked to determine if
BIOS recovery is forced. Main BIOS checksum is tested. If BIOS recovery
D7
is necessary, control flows to checkpoint E0.
Restore CPUID value back into register. The Bootblock-Runtime interface
module is moved to system memory and control is given to it. Determine
whether to execute serial flash.
D8
The Runtime module is uncompressed into memory. CPUID information is
stored in memory.
D9
Store the Uncompressed pointer for future use in PMM. Copying Main BIOS
into memory. Leaves all RAM below 1MB Read-Write including E000 and
DA
F000 shadow areas but closing SMRAM.
Restore CPUID value back into register. Give control to BIOS POST
(ExecutePOSTKernel).
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The POST code checkpoints are the largest set of checkpoints during the BIOS
pre-boot process. The following table describes the type of checkpoints that may
occur during the POST portion of the BIOS:
Checkpoint
03
Description
Disable NMI, Parity, video for EGA, and DMA controllers. Initialize BIOS,
POST, Runtime data area. Also initialize BIOS modules on POST entry and
GPNV area. Initialized CMOS as mentioned in the Kernel Variable
04
“wCMOSFlags.”
Check CMOS diagnostic byte to determine if battery power is OK and
CMOS checksum is OK. Verify CMOS checksum manually by reading
storage area. If the CMOS checksum is bad, update CMOS with power-on
default values and clear passwords. Initialize status register A.
Initializes data variables that are based on CMOS setup questions.
05
Initializes both the 8259 compatible PICs in the system
Initializes the interrupt controlling hardware (generally PIC) and interrupt
06
vector table.
Do R/W test to CH-2 count reg. Initialize CH-0 as system timer. Install the
POSTINT1Ch handler. Enable IRQ-0 in PIC for system timer interrupt.
Traps INT1Ch vector to “POSTINT1ChHandlerBlock.”
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Initializes the CPU. The BAT test is being done on KBC. Program the
keyboard controller command byte is being done after Auto detection of
C0
KB/MS using AMI KB-5.
Early CPU Init Start — Disable Cache - Init Local APIC
C1
C2
Set up boot strap proccessor Information
Set up boot strap proccessor for POST
C5
C6
Enumerate and set up application proccessors
Re-enable cache for boot strap proccessor
C7
0A
Early CPU Init Exit
Initializes the 8042 compatible Key Board Controller.
0B
0C
Detects the presence of PS/2 mouse.
Detects the presence of Keyboard in KBC port.
0E
Testing and initialization of different Input Devices. Also, update the Kernel
Variables. Traps the INT09h vector, so that the POST INT09h handler gets
control for IRQ1. Uncompress all available language, BIOS logo, and Silent
logo modules.
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Early POST initialization of chipset registers.
Uncompress and initialize any platform specific BIOS modules.
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2A
Initialize System Management Interrupt.
Initializes different devices through DIM.
2C
See DIM Code Checkpoints section of document for more information.
Initializes different devices. Detects and initializes the video adapter
2E
installed in the system that have optional ROMs.
Initializes all the output devices.
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Allocate memory for ADM module and uncompress it. Give control to ADM
module for initialization. Initialize language and font modules for ADM.
Activate ADM module.
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33
Initializes the silent boot module. Set the window for displaying text
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information.
Displaying sign-on message, CPU information, setup key message, and
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any OEM specific information.
Initializes different devices through DIM.
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3A
Initializes DMAC-1 & DMAC-2.
Initialize RTC date/time.
3B
Test for total memory installed in the system. Also, Check for DEL or ESC
keys to limit memory test. Display total memory in the system.
3C
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Mid POST initialization of chipset registers.
Detect different devices (Parallel ports, serial ports, and coprocessor in
CPU, etc.) successfully installed in the system and update the BDA,
EBDA, etc.
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Programming the memory hole or any kind of implementation that needs an
adjustment in system RAM size if needed.
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Updates CMOS memory size from memory found in memory test.
Allocates memory for Extended BIOS Data Area from base memory.
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75
Initializes NUM-LOCK status and programs the KBD typematic rate.
Initialize Int-13 and prepare for IPL detection.
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7A
Initializes IPL devices controlled by BIOS and option ROMs.
Initializes remaining option ROMs.
7C
84
Generate and write contents of ESCD in NVRam.
Log errors encountered during POST.
85
87
Display errors to the user and gets the user response for error.
Execute BIOS setup if needed / requested.
8C
8D
Late POST initialization of chipset registers.
Build ACPI tables (if ACPI is supported)
8E
90
Program the peripheral parameters. Enable/Disable NMI as selected
Late POST initialization of system management interrupt.
A0
A1
Check boot password if installed.
Clean-up work needed before booting to OS.
A2
Takes care of runtime image preparation for different BIOS modules. Fill
the free area in F000h segment with 0FFh. Initializes the Microsoft IRQ
Routing Table. Prepares the runtime language module. Disables the system
configuration display if needed.
A4
A7
Initialize runtime language module.
Displays the system configuration screen if enabled. Initialize the CPU’s
A8
before boot, which includes the programming of the MTRR’s.
Prepare CPU for OS boot including final MTRR values.
A9
AA
Wait for user input at config display if needed.
Uninstall POST INT1Ch vector and INT09h vector. Deinitializes the ADM
AB
module.
Prepare BBS for Int 19 boot.
AC
B1
End of POST initialization of chipset registers.
Save system context for ACPI.
00
Passes control to OS Loader (typically INT19h).
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2.14 Serial A
ATTA (SA
(SATTA) / Serial A
ATTAII (SA
(SATTAII) Hard Disks
Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® ICH10R south bridge chipset that supports Serial ATA
(SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5,
and Intel Matrix Storage) functions. You may install SATA / SATAII hard disks on this
motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the
SATA / SATAII hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATAII hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATAII
connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII hard
disk.
1. If you plan to use RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 or Intel Matrix Storage
function, you need to install at least 2 SATA / SATAII hard disks. If you
plan to use RAID 5 function, you need to install at least 3 SATA / SATAII
hard disks.
2. It is not recommended to switch the “Configure SATAII as” setting
between AHCI, RAID and IDE mode after OS installation.
2.15 Serial A
ATTA3 (SA
(SATTA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Marvell SE9128 chipset that supports Serial ATA3
(SATA3) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD) functions for SATA3_1
and SATA3_2 connectors. It also adopts Marvell SE9120 chipset that supports
Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks for SATA3_3, SATA3_4, SATA3_5 and SATA3_6
connectors. You may install SATA3 hard disks on this motherboard for internal
storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3
connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
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2.16 Hot Plug and Hot Swap FFunctions
unctions for SA
SATTA / SA
SATTAII
HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATAII in
RAID / AHCI mode. Intel® ICH10R south bridge chipset provides hardware support
for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for
SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATAII HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called
“Hot Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs
while the system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA / SATAII HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA / SATAII HDDs are built as RAID1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot
Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while
the system is still power-on and in working condition.
2.17 Hot Plug and Hot Swap FFunctions
unctions for SA
SATTA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3_1 and
SATA3_2 in RAID / AHCI mode. It also supports Hot Plug function for SATA3_3,
SATA3_4, SATA3_5 and SATA3_6 in AHCI mode. Marvell SE9128/9120 chipset
provides hardware support for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new
programming interface for SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry
effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID1 then it is called “Hot Swap” for the
action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is still
power-on and in working condition.
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2.18 SA
eature and
SATTA / SA
SATTAII / SA
SATTA3 HDD Hot Plug FFeature
Operation Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD in
RAID / AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature
carefully. Before you process the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please
check below cable accessories from the motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
B. SATA power cable
SATA 7-pin
The SATA 15-pin power
connector
connector (Black) connect
to SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot
Plug cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power
connector and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE
1x4-pin conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support
Hot Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which
supports SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the
chipset because of its limitation, the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot Plug support
information of our motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our
website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from
your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD, which cannot
support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver is installed into system
properly. The latest SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver is available on our support
website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our
motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash
or data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end
(White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable.
Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3 connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector
(Black) end to SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD.
Step 4 Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD side.
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2.19 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom
side to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work
properly.
2.20 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM / Vista TM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below
procedures according to the OS you install.
2.20.1 Installing Windows ® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA / SATAII HDDs with
RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII Driver Diskette.
A. Insert the Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and then a
window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as the boot
device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Do you want to generate Serial
ATA driver diskette [YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press <Y>.
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA / SATAII
drivers into the floppy diskette.
STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure the RAID function, you need to check the installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the document in
the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”,
which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide
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STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After making a SATA / SATAII driver diskette and using “RAID Installation Guide” to
set RAID configuration, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your
system. At the beginning of Windows setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the
Intel® RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select
the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you install. You
may select: "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller (Desktop - Windows XP)" for
Windows® XP or "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller (Desktop - Windows XP64)
" for Windows ® XP 64-bit.
After the installation of Windows® XP / XP-64bit OS, if you want to manage RAID functions,
you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel Matrix Storage Manager
Information” for RAID configuration. Please refer to the document in the Support CD, “Guide
to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the
following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in the support CD, “Guide to
Intel Matrix Storage Manager”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ Intel
Matrix Storage Manager Information
If you want to use “Intel Matrix Storage Manager” in Windows® environment,
please install SATA / SATAII drivers from the Support CD again so that “Intel
Matrix Storage Manager” will be installed to your system as well.
2.20.2
Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System
You can also set up a “RAID Ready” system with a single SATA / SATAII hard disk.
A “RAID Ready” system can be seamlessly upgraded to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 5
at a later date by using RAID migration feature of Intel Matrix Storage. The
following steps outline how to build an Intel “RAID Ready” system.
1. Assemble the system and attach a single SATA / SATAII hard drive.
2. Set up system BIOS as step 1 of page 49. When done, exit Setup.
3. Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette as step 2 of page 49. Begin Windows®
setup by booting from the installation CD.
4. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the
Intel® RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented.
Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you
install. You may select: "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller (Desktop Windows XP)" for Windows® XP or "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller
(Desktop - Windows XP64)" for Windows® XP 64-bit.
5. Finish the Windows® installation and install all necessary drivers.
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6. Install the Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager software via the CD-ROM included
with your motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add
the Intel(R) Matrix Storage Console which can be used to manage the RAID
configuration.
7. After setting up a “RAID Ready” system as the above steps, you can follow the
procedures of the next section to migrate the system to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID
5.
2.20.3
Migrating a “RAID Ready” System to RAID 0,
RAID 1 or RAID 5
If you have an existing “RAID Ready” system, then you can use the following
steps to perform a migration from a single non-RAID configuration to a two drive
RAID 0, RAID 1 configuration or three drive RAID 5 configuration. To prepare for
this, you will need another SATA / SATAII hard drive with a capacity equal to or
greater than that currently being used as the source hard drive.
1. Physically attach one additional SATA / SATAII hard drive to the SATAII port not
being used. Note the serial number of the hard drive already in the system; you
will use this to select it as the source hard drive when initiating the migration.
2. Boot Windows®, install the Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager software, if not
already installed, using the setup package obtained from a CD-ROM or from the
Internet. This will install the necessary Intel Storage Utility and start menu links.
3. Open the Intel Storage Utility from the Start Menu and select “Create RAID
volume from Existing Hard Drive” from the Actions menu. This will activate the
Create RAID volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard. Click through the dialogs
as prompted. It’s important to understand what will occur during the migration
process because any data on the destination hard drive will be lost.
4. Once the migration is complete, reboot the system. If you migrated to a RAID 0
volume, use Disk Management from within Windows® in order to partition and
format the empty space created when the two hard drive capacities are
combined. You may also use third-party software to extend any existing
partitions within the RAID volume.
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2.20.4 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM / Vista TM
64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on your SATA /
SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure the RAID function, you need to check the installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the document in
the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”,
which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
After the installation of Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS, if you want to
manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel
Matrix Storage Manager Information” for RAID configuration. Please refer to the document
in the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which
is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document
in the support CD, “Guide to Intel Matrix Storage Manager”, which is located in the folder at
the following path: .. \ Intel Matrix Storage Manager Information
If you want to use “Intel Matrix Storage Manager” in Windows® environment,
please install SATA / SATAII drivers from the Support CD again so that “Intel
Matrix Storage Manager” will be installed to your system as well.
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2.21 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM / Vista TM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below
procedures according to the OS you install.
2.21.1
Installing Windows ® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs
without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette.
Please make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette by following section 2.20.1 step 2 on
page 49.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After making a SATA / SATAII driver diskette, you can start to install Windows® XP /
XP 64-bit on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a
third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette
containing the Intel ® AHCI driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be
presented. Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS
you install. You may select: "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller (Desktop - Windows XP)" for Windows® XP or "Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller (Desktop Windows XP64)" for Windows® XP 64-bit.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.21.2
Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM / Vista TM
64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set “SATAII Configuration” to [Enhanced], and then in the option “Configure
SATAII as”, please set the option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
2.22 Untied Overclocking TTechnology
echnology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of
BIOS setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is
untied during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB
can operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk
before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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Chapter 3: BIOS SETUP UTILITY
3.1
Introduction
This section explains how to use the BIOS SETUP UTILITY to configure your system.
The BIOS FWH chip on the motherboard stores the BIOS SETUP UTILITY. You may
run the BIOS SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press <F2> or
<Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY,
otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the
following BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you
see on your screen.
3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar
The top of the
Main
OC Tweaker
Advanced
H/W Monitor
Boot
screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
To set up the system time/date information
To set up overclocking features
To set up the advanced BIOS features
To display current hardware status
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Use < > key or < > key to choose among the selections on the menu bar,
and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/
+ / <Enter>
<F1>
<F9>
<F10>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
To bring up the selected screen
To display the General Help Screen
To load optimal default values for all the settings
To save changes and exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3 . 2 Main Screen
When you enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display the
system overview.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
OC Tweaker Advanced H/W Monitor
Main
Boot
Security
Exit
System Overview
System Time
System Date
BIOS Version
Processor Type
:
:
Processor Speed
:
Microcode Update :
Cache Size
:
Total Memory
DDR3_A2
DDR3_A1
DDR3_B2
DDR3_B1
DDR3_C2
DDR3_C1
[14:00:09]
[Tue 08/03/2010]
X58 Extreme6 P1.00
Intel (R) Core (TM) i7 CPU
975 @ 3.33GHz (64bit)
3333MHz
106A5/11
8192KB
: 2048MB
Single-Channel Memory Mode
: None
: 2048MB/533MHz DDR3_1066
: None
: None
: None
: None
Use [Enter], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
+Tab
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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System Time [Hour:Minute:Second]
Use this item to specify the system time.
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]
Use this item to specify the system date.
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3.3 OC TTweak
weak
er Screen
weaker
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
Main OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor
Boot
OC Tweaker Settings
Load CPU EZ OC Setting
[Press Enter]
Load DDR3 EZ OC Setting
[Press Enter]
XMP Frequency
[Auto]
Profile 1 : DDR3 1600 9-9-9-28 1.60V
Overclock Mode
BCLK Frequency (MHZ)
PCIE Frequency (MHz)
Boot Failure Guard
Boot Failure Guard Count
Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
[133]
[100]
[Enabled]
[3]
[Auto]
Current Setting : 20-4.800GT-2133MHz-DDR3_1066
[Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
QPI Frequency
[Auto]
Uncore Frequency
[Auto]
DRAM Frequency
Security
Exit
Overclocking may cause
damage to your CPU and
motherboard.
It should be done at
your own risk and
expense.
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Load CPU EZ OC Setting
You can use this option to load CPU EZ overclocking setting. Please note
that overclocing may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
Load DDR3 EZ OC Setting
You can use this option to load DDR3 EZ overclocking setting. Please note
that overclocing may cause damage to your memory and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
XMP Frequency
Use this option to adjust XMP frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] and
[Profile 1]. The default value is [Auto].
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto], [Manual],
[I.O.T.] and [Optimized]. The default value is [Auto]. If you select [Manual],
Untied Overclocking function is enabled. Please refer to page 54 for the
details of Untied Overclocking Technology. Therefore, you are allowed to
adjust the Host frequency and PCIE frequency in the following two items.
If you select [I.O.T.] (Intelligent Overclocking Technology), the system will
automatically enable the overclocking function when your CPU is heavy
loaded.
BCLK Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust BCLK (Internal Base Clock) frequency.
PCIE Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust PCIE frequency.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
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Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
CPU Ratio Setting
If the ratio status is unlocked, you will find this item appear to allow you
changing the ratio value of this motherboard.
QPI Frequency
Use this option to adjust QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) frequency. The
default value is [Auto].
Uncore Frequency
Use this option to adjust uncore frequency. The value of uncore frequency
should be at least double of DRAM frequency. For exanple, if the DRAM
frequency is [800MHz DDR3_1600], uncore frequency should be above
[3200MHz]. Configuration options: [Auto], [1600MHz], [1866MHz], [2133MHz],
[2400MHz], [2666MHz], [2933MHz], [3200MHz], [3466MHz], [3733MHz],
[4000MHz] and [4266MHz]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically. You may select
[Auto], [400MHz DDR3_800], [533MHz DDR3_1066], [666MHz DDR3_1333],
[800MHz DDR3_1600], [933MHz DDR3_1866] or [1066MHz DDR3_2133].
DRAM Timing Control
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
DRAM Timing Control
Specifies the CAS
Latency Time.
Current Setting : 7-7-7-20-59-8-4-4-4-20
DRAM tCL
[Auto]
[Auto]
DRAM tRCD
[Auto]
DRAM tRP
[Auto]
DRAM tRAS
[Auto]
DRAM tRFC
[Auto]
DRAM tWR
[Auto]
DRAM tWTR
[Auto]
DRAM tRRD
[Auto]
DRAM tRTP
[Auto]
DRAM tFAW
Current Setting : 1
[Auto]
DRAM Command Rate
Min = 6
Max = 11
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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DRAM tCL
Use this item to adjust the means of memory accessing. Configuration
options : [6] to [11] and [Auto].
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DRAM tRCD
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRCD. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].
DRAM tRP
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRP. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].
DRAM tRAS
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRAS. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [9] to [31].
DRAM tRFC
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRFC. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [15] to [255].
DRAM tWR
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWR. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].
DRAM tWTR
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWTR. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [2] to [10].
DRAM tRRD
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRRD. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [4] to [7].
DRAM tRTP
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRTP. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [2] to [13].
DRAM tFAW
This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TFAW. Configuration options:
Configuration options: [Auto], [1] to [63].
DRAM Command Rate
Use this item to adjust DRAM Command Rate. Configuration
options : [1], [2] and [Auto].
Intelligent Energy Saver
Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers
unparalleled power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration
options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you want to enable this function,
please set this item to [Enabled]. Besides the BIOS option, you can also
choose our Intelligent Energy Saver utility to enable this function.
ASRock VDroop Control
Use this to enable or disable ASRock VDroop control. Configuration options:
[With VDroop] and [Without VDroop]. The default value is [With VDroop].
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CPU Voltage
Use this to select CPU Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto], [Manual] and
[Overdrive Offset]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
IOH Voltage
Use this to select IOH Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
VTT Voltage
Use this to select VTT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
ICH Voltage
Use this to select ICH Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
IOH CSI Voltage
Use this to select IOH CSI Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
IOH/ICH PCIE Voltage
Use this to select IOH/ICH PCIE Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU PLL Voltage
Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration,
Chipset Configuration, ACPI Configuration, Storage Configuration, PCIPnP
Configuration, Floppy Configuration, SuperIO Configuration, and USB Configuration.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
OC Tweaker Advanced H/W Monitor
Advanced Settings
Security
Exit
Options for CPU
WARNING : Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
CPU Configuration
Chipset Configuration
ACPI Configuration
Storage Configuration
PCIPnP Configuration
Floppy Configuration
SuperIO Configuration
USB Configuration
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
BIOS Update Utility
ASRock Instant Flash
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This
convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without
entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch
this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or
hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without
preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility.
Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/
12 file system. If you execute ASRock Instant Flash utility, the utility will
show the BIOS files and their respective information. Select the proper
BIOS file to update your BIOS, and reboot your system after BIOS update
process completes.
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3 . 4 . 1 CPU Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Intel (R) Core (TM) i7 CPU
920 @ 2.67GHz
Frequency : 2.66GHz
Cache L1
: 128KB
Cache L2
: 1024KB
Cache L3
: 8192KB
Ratio Status
Unlocked (Min:12, Max:20)
Ratio Actual Value
20
CPU Ratio Setting
Enhanced Halt State (C1E)
Intel (R) Virtualization Tech
CPU Thermal Throttling
No-Excute Memory Protection
Intel (R) HT Technology
Active Processor Cores
A20M
Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech
Intel (R) TurboMode tech
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[All]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select the ration
between CPU Core
Clock and the FSB
Frequency.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Ratio Setting
If the ratio status is unlocked, you will find this item appear to allow you
changing the ratio value of this motherboard.
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
Intel (R) Virtualization Tech
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool
Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not support
Intel (R) Virtualization Technology.
CPU Thermal Throttling
You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism
to keep the CPU from overheated.
No-Excute Memory Protection
No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement to
the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX)
Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious
software to execute code. This option will be hidden if the current CPU
does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.
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Intel (R) HT Technology
To enable this feature, it requires a computer system with an Intel CoreTM i7
processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating system
that includes optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft® Windows®
XP / VistaTM / 7. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft® Windows® XP, VistaTM,
7, or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will be hidden if the
installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor package.
Configuration options: [All], [1] and [2]. The default value is [All].
A20M
Use this item to enable or disable A20M. Legacy OS and AP may need A20M
enabled. The default value is [Disabled].
Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech.
Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech. is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power
savings. The default value is [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto], [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® XP and select [Auto], you need to set
the “Power Schemes” as “Portable/Laptop” to enable this function. If you
install Windows® VistaTM / 7 and want to enable this function, please set
this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if the current CPU does not
support Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech..
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disable] if above issue occurs.
Intel (R) TurboMode tech
Use this item to enable or disable Intel (R) Turbo Boost Technology. Turbo
mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. The default value is [Enabled].
Intel (R) C-STATE tech.
Intel (R) C-STATE tech. is achieved by making the power and thermal control unit part of the core logic and not part of the chipset as before. Migration
of the power and thermal management flow into the processor allows us
to use a hardware coordination mechanism in which each core can request any C-state it wishes, thus allowing for individual core savings to be
maximized. The CPU C-state is determined and entered based on the lowest common denominator of both cores’ requests, portraying a single CPU
entity to the chipset power management hardware and flows. Thus, software can manage each core independently, while the actual power management adheres to the platform and CPU shared resource restrictions.
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C State package limit setting
Selected option will program into C State package limit register. This item
appears only when you set the item Intel (R) C-STATE tech. to [Enabled].
Configuration options: [Auto], [C3] and [C6]. The default value is [Auto].
3.4.2 Chipset Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Chipset Settings
Primary Graphics Adapter
Onboard HD Audio
Front Panel
Onboard Lan
Onboard 1394
[PCI]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
CIR10 Field 1
PCIE Max Payload Size
Intel VT-d
[Enabled]
[128B]
[Disabled]
Good Night LED
Port80 LED after POST
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
APMC Control (L0s/L1)
[Disabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Primary Graphics Adapter
This allows you to select [PCI] or [PCI Express] as the boot graphic adapter
priority. The default value is [PCI].
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If you
select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound Card is
plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Onboard Lan
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard Lan” feature.
Onboard 1394
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard 1394” feature.
CIR10 Field 1
Use this to enable or disable CIR10 Field 1. The default value of this feature
is [Enabled].
PCIE Max Payload Size
This determines the maximum TLP (Transaction Layer Packet) payload size
that can be supported by PCI Express controller. Configuration options:
[128B] and [256B]. The default value is [128B].
Intel VT-d
Use this to enable or disable Intel® VT-d technology (Intel® Virtualization
Technology for Directed I/O). The default value of this feature is [Disabled].
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Good Night LED
Enable this option to turn off Power LED, Lan LED and Port80 LED when the
system is power on. The keyboard LED will also be turned off in S1, S3 and
S4 state. The default value is [Disabled].
Port80 LED after POST
Enable or disable Port80 LED after POST. The default value is [Enabled].
APMC Control (L0/s/L1)
Use this item to adjust Active State Link PM Control, which indicates onboard
PCIE devices can enter L0s or 1 or both. Configuration options: [Disabled],
[L0s], [L1] and [Both]. The default value is [Disabled].
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3.4.3 ACPI Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
ACPI Configuration
Suspend To RAM
Check Ready Bit
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Restore on AC/Power Loss
Ring-In Power On
PCI Devices Power On
PS / 2 Keyboard Power On
RTC Alarm Power On
[Power Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
ACPI HPET Table
[Disabled]
Select auto-detect or
disable the STR
feature.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power
loss. If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power
recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the
system starts to boot up when the power recovers.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from the
power-soft-off mode.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
ACPI HPET Table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this
motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Storage Configuration
Options
[Enhanced]
SATAII Configuration
[IDE]
Configure SATAII as
SATA3_1 and SATA3_2 RAID Mode Setup
[IDE]
SATA3_1, 2 Operation Mode
[IDE]
SATA3_3, 4 Operation Mode
[IDE]
SATA3_5, 6 Operation Mode
[Auto]
Compatible Mode
SATAII 1
SATAII 2
SATAII 3
SATAII 4
SATAII 5
SATAII 6
SATA3_1
SATA3_2
SATA3_3
SATA3_4
[Hard Disk]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Disabled
Compatible
Enhanced
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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SATAII Configuration
Please select [Compatible] when you install legacy OS. If native OS
(Windows® XP / VistaTM / 7) is installed, please select [Enhanced]. Then in
the option “Configure SATAII as”, you are allowed to set the selection to
[IDE], [RAID] or [AHCI]. The default value is [IDE].
If you select [RAID] or [AHCI] mode, the options “Hot Plug” and “SATA Link
Power Management” will appear.
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ and other
new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE
mode does not have these advantages.
SATA3_1 and SATA3_2 RAID Mode Setup
SATA3_1, 2 Operation Mode
Use this item to select SATA3_1, 2 operation mode. Configuration mode:
[IDE], [AHCI] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE].
SATA3_3, 4 Operation Mode
Use this item to select SATA3_3, 4 operation mode. Configuration mode:
[IDE], [AHCI] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE].
SATA3_5, 6 Operation Mode
Use this item to select SATA3_5, 6 operation mode. Configuration mode:
[IDE], [AHCI] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE].
Compatible Mode
Use this item to select SATA3 compatible mode. Configuration options:
[Auto] and [Enabled]. The default value is [Auto].
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IDE Device Configuration
You may set the IDE configuration for the device that you specify. We will
use the “SATAII 1 Master” as the example in the following instruction.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
SATAII 1 Master
Device
Vendor
Size
LBA Mode
Block Mode
PIO Mode
Async DMA
Ultra DMA
S.M.A.R.T.
:Hard Disk
:ST340014A
:40.0 GB
:Supported
:16Sectors
:4
:MultiWord DMA-2
:Ultra DMA-5
:Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
S.M.A.R.T.
32Bit Data Transfer
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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TYPE
Use this item to configure the type of the IDE device that you specify. Configuration options: [Not Installed], [Auto], [CD/DVD], and [ARMD].
[Not Installed]: Select [Not Installed] to disable the use of IDE device.
[Auto]: Select [Auto] to automatically detect the hard disk drive.
After selecting the hard disk information into BIOS, use a disk
utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format the new IDE hard
disk drives. This is necessary so that you can write or read data
from the hard disk. Make sure to set the partition of the Primary
IDE hard disk drives to active.
[CD/DVD]: This is used for IDE CD/DVD drives.
[ARMD]: This is used for IDE ARMD (ATAPI Removable Media Device),
such as MO.
LBA/Large Mode
Use this item to select the LBA/Large mode for a hard disk > 512 MB under
DOS and Windows; for Netware and UNIX user, select [Disabled] to
disable the LBA/Large mode.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)
The default value of this item is [Auto]. If this feature is enabled, it will enhance
hard disk performance by reading or writing more data during each transfer.
PIO Mode
Use this item to set the PIO mode to enhance hard disk performance by
optimizing the hard disk timing.
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DMA Mode
DMA capability allows the improved transfer-speed and data-integrity for compatible IDE devices.
S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis,
and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto],
[Enabled].
32-Bit Data Transfer
Use this item to enable 32-bit access to maximize the IDE hard disk data
transfer rate.
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time Out
Some SATA CD / DVD in AHCI mode need to wait ready longer. Configuration
options: [0], [5], [10], [15], [20], [25], [30] and [35]. The default value is [35].
3 . 4 . 5 PCIPnP Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Value in units of PCI
clocks for PCI device
latency timer
register.
Advanced PCI / PnP Settings
PCI Latency Timer
PCI IDE BusMaster
[64]
[Enabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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PCI Latency Timer
The default value is 32. It is recommended to keep the default value unless
the installed PCI expansion cards’ specifications require other settings.
PCI IDE BusMaster
Use this item to enable or disable the PCI IDE BusMaster feature.
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3 . 4 . 6 Floppy Configuration
In this section, you may configure the type of your floppy drive.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Floppy Configuration
[1.44 MB 31 2"]
Floppy A
Select the type of
floppy drive
connected to the
system.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3 . 4 . 7 Super IO Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure Super IO Chipset
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Serial Port Address
Infrared Port Address
Allow BIOS to Enable
or Disable Floppy
Controller.
[Enabled]
[3F8 / IRQ4]
[Disabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port or disable it.
Configuration options: [Disabled], [3F8 / IRQ4], [2F8 / IRQ3], [3E8 / IRQ4],
[2E8 / IRQ3].
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port or disable it.
Configuration options: [Disabled], [2F8 / IRQ3], and [2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.8 USB Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
USB Controller
USB 2.0 Support
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
USB Mouse Power On
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Onboard USB3 Controller
[Enabled]
To enable or disable
the onboard USB
controllers.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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USB Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB controller.
USB 2.0 Support
Use this item to enable or disable the USB 2.0 support.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [BIOS Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and BIOS
setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is
recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[BIOS Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under BIOS setup
and Windows / Linux OS.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote Power On on the
system.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse Power On on the system.
Onboard USB3 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable onboard USB 3.0 controllers.
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3 . 5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU fan
speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Security
Exit
Hardware Health Event Monitoring
CPU Temperature
M / B Temperature
: 37 C / 98 F
: 31 C / 87 F
CPU Fan1 Speed
CPU Fan2 Speed
Chassis Fan1 Speed
Chassis Fan2 Speed
NB Fan1 Speed
Power Fan Speed
:
:
:
:
:
:
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Vcore
+ 3.30V
+ 12.0V
+ 5.00V
:
:
:
:
1.152V
3.312V
11.968V
5.080V
F1
F9
F10
ESC
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
Chassis Fan1 Setting
Chassis Fan2 Setting
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan1 speed. Configuration options:
[Full On], [Automatic mode] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full
On].
Chassis Fan2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan2 speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].
NB Fan1 Setting
This allows you to set the NB fan1 speed. Configuration options:
[Full On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
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3 . 6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure
the boot settings and the boot priority.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Boot Settings
Exit
Configure Settings
during System Boot.
Boot Settings Configuration
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
Hard Disk Drives
Removable Drives
CD/DVD Drives
Security
[1st Floppy Device]
[HDD: PM - HDS722580VL]
[CD / DVD: 3S - CD - ROM C]
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3 . 6 . 1 Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display
Boot Logo
Boot From Onboard LAN
Bootup Num-Lock
Disabled: Displays
normal POST messages.
Enabled: Displays OEM
Logo instead of POST
messages.
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[On]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option
“Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and
[Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
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Boot Logo
Use this option to select logo in POST screen. This option only appears when
you enable the option “Full Screen Logo”. Configuration options: [Auto],
[EuP], [Scenery] and [ASRock X58]. The default value is [Auto].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Up Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
3 . 7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system. For
the user password, you may also clear it.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
OC Tweaker Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Security Settings
Security
Exit
Install or Change the
password.
Supervisor Password : Not Installed
User Password
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.8 Exit Screen
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Exit Options
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Discard Changes and Exit
Discard Changes
Load
Load
Load
Load
Load
Security Exit
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
BIOS Defaults
Performance Setup Default (IDE/SATA)
Performance Setup AHCI Mode
Performance Setup RAID Mode
Power Saving Setup Default
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes and
exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load BIOS Defaults
Load BIOS default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Performance Setup Default (IDE/SATA)
This performance setup default may not be compatible with all system
configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume
optimal default settings. F5 key can be used for this operation.
Load Performance Setup AHCI Mode
This performance setup AHCI mode may not be compatible with all system
configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume
optimal default settings. F3 key can be used for this operation.
Load Performance Setup RAID Mode
This performance setup RAID mode may not be compatible with all system
configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume
optimal default settings. F4 key can be used for this operation.
Load Power Saving Setup Default
Load power saving setup default. F6 key can be used for this operation.
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Software
Supportt
Chapter 4: Sof
tware Suppor
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7
64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and
hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4 . 2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4 . 2 . 1 Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer.
If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on the
file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus.
4 . 2 . 2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4 . 2 . 3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard
supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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