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Asrock Fatal1ty X79 Professional
Fatal1ty X79 Professional Series
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published November 2011
Copyright©2011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Fatal1ty Story
Who knew that at age 19, I would be a World Champion PC gamer. When I was 13, I
actually played competitive billiards in professional tournaments and won four or five
games off guys who played at the highest level. I actually thought of making a career
of it, but at that young age situations change rapidly. Because I’ve been blessed with
great hand-eye coordination and a grasp of mathematics (an important element in video
gaming) I gravitated to that activity.
GOING PRO
I started professional gaming in 1999 when I entered the CPL (Cyberathlete Professional
League) tournament in Dallas and won $4,000 for coming in third place. Emerging as one
of the top players in the United States, a company interested in sponsoring me flew me
to Sweden to compete against the top 12 players in the world. I won 18 straight games,
lost none, and took first place, becoming the number one ranked Quake III player in the
world in the process. Two months later I followed that success by traveling to Dallas
and defending my title as the world’s best Quake III player, winning the $40,000 grand
prize. From there I entered competitions all over the world, including Singapore, Korea,
Germany, Australia, Holland and Brazil in addition to Los Angeles, New York and St.
Louis.
WINNING STREAK
I was excited to showcase my true gaming skills when defending my title as CPL
Champion of the year at the CPL Winter 2001 because I would be competing in a totally
different first person shooter (fps) game, Alien vs. Predator II. I won that competition
and walked away with a new car. The next year I won the same title playing Unreal
Tournament 2003, becoming the only three-time CPL champion of the year. And I did it
playing a different game each year, something no one else has ever done and a feat of
which I am extremely proud.
At QuakeCon 2002, I faced off against my rival ZeRo4 in one of the most highly
anticipated matches of the year, winning in a 14 to (-1) killer victory. Competing at
Quakecon 2004, I became the World’s 1st Doom3 Champion by defeating Daler in a
series of very challenging matches and earning $25,000 for the victory.
Since then Fatal1ty has traveled the globe to compete against the best in the world,
winning prizes and acclaim, including the 2005 CPL World Tour Championship in New
York City for a $150,000 first place triumph. In August 2007, Johnathan was awarded the
first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in the four year history of the eSports-Award for
“showing exceptional sportsmanship, taking part in shaping eSports into what it is today
and for being the prime representative of this young sport. He has become the figurehead
for eSports worldwide”.
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LIVIN’ LARGE
Since my first big tournament wins, I have been a “Professional Cyberathlete”, traveling
the world and livin’ large with lots of International media coverage on outlets such as
MTV, ESPN and a 60 Minutes segment on CBS to name only a few. It's unreal - it's crazy.
I’m living a dream by playing video games for a living. I’ve always been athletic and
took sports like hockey and football very seriously, working out and training hard. This
discipline helps me become a better gamer and my drive to be the best has opened the
doors necessary to become a professional.
A DREAM
Now, another dream is being realized – building the ultimate gaming computer, made
up of the best parts under my own brand. Quality hardware makes a huge difference in
competitions…a couple more frames per second and everything gets really nice. It’s all
about getting the computer processing faster and allowing more fluid movement around
the maps.
My vision for Fatal1ty hardware is to allow gamers to focus on the game without worrying
about their equipment, something I’ve preached since I began competing. I don’t want to
worry about my equipment. I want to be there – over and done with - so I can focus on the
game. I want it to be the fastest and most stable computer equipment on the face of the
planet, so quality is what Fatal1ty Brand products represent.
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
The Fatal1ty name, Fatal1ty logos and the Fatal1ty likeness are registered trademarks of
Fatal1ty, Inc., and are used under license. © 2011 Fatal1ty, Inc. All rights reserved. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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as a commitment by ASRock. ASRock assumes no responsibility for any errors or
omissions that may appear in this manual.
With respect to the contents of this manual, ASRock does not provide warranty of
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loss of profits, loss of business, loss of data, interruption of business and the like),
even if ASRock has been advised of the possibility of such damages arising from
any defect or error in the manual or product.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
CALIFORNIA, USA ONLY
The Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxic
substance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations
passed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery in California, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance.
“Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate”
ASRock Website: http://www.asrock.com
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Contents
1 Introduction......................................................... 7
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .........................................................
Specifications.................................................................
Motherboard Layout.......................................................
I/O Panel ......................................................................
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2 Installation ........................................................... 17
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, 4-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM
Operation Guide ............................................................ 24
2.8 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM, 4-Way
CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide 31
2.9 Surround Display Features ............................................ 36
2.10 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide ..................... 37
2.11 ASRock XFast Charger Operation Guide....................... 38
2.12 Jumpers Setup .......................................................... 39
2.13 Onboard Headers and Connectors ............................ 40
2.14 Smart Switches .......................................................... 47
2.15 Dr. Debug ................................................................... 48
2.16 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks
Installation ................................................................. 52
2.17 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation ............. 52
2.18 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATA2
HDDs ............................................................................ 53
2.19 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .... 53
2.20 SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and
Operation Guide ........................................................ 54
2.21 Driver Installation Guide ............................................ 56
2.22 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit With RAID Functions ....................................... 56
2.23 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ................... 57
2.23.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions............................................................ 57
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2.23.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............... 58
2.24 Untied Overclocking Technology ................................... 58
3 UEFI SETUP UTILITY ................................................. 59
3.1 Introduction ....................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI 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 North Bridge Configuration...................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration ..................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration ..........................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration ........................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration...............................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration ...............................................
3.4.8 ME Subsystem .....................................................
3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ...................
3.6 Boot Screen ...................................................................
3.7 Security Screen .............................................................
3.8 Exit Screen ....................................................................
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4 Software Support ................................................. 82
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 Fatal1ty X79 Professional Series 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 contains introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contains 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’s 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 Package Contents
Fatal1ty X79 Professional Series Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
Fatal1ty X79 Professional Series Quick Installation Guide
Fatal1ty X79 Professional Series Support CD
6 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
4 x HDD Screws
6 x Chassis Screws
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
2 x ASRock SLI_Bridge Cards
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card
1 x ASRock 3-Way SLI Bridge Card
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to
AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our
support CD for details.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- Premium Gold Capacitor design (100% Japan-made highquality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
CPU
- Supports Intel® CoreTM i7 processor family for the LGA 2011
Socket
- Digital PWM Design
- Advanced 16 + 2 Power Phase Design
- Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Intel® X79
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
- Quad Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2400+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/
1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports DDR3 ECC, un-buffered memory with Intel®
Workstation 1S Xeon® processors E5 16xx/26xx/46xx
series in socket LGA 2011
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 3)
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)1.3/1.2
- 4 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE1/PCIE2/PCIE4/PCIE5:
x16/8/16/0 mode or x16/8/8/8 mode (see CAUTION 4)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x 1 slot
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, 4-Way CrossFireXTM,
3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM, 4-Way SLITM, 3-Way SLITM
and SLITM
Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudioTM
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Broadcom BCM57781
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
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SATA3
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 5 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0)
- 2 x eSATA3 Connectors
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 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 Intel® X79, support RAID
USB3.0
(RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid
Storage3.0), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connector by Marvell SE9172, support
RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
functions
- 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by TI®, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up
Connector
Smart Switch
to 5Gb/s
- 2 x Front USB 3.0 headers (support 4 USB 3.0 ports) by TI®,
support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid Storage3.0),
NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
- 6 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- SLI/XFire power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.0 header (supports 4 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
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BIOS Feature
Support CD
Unique Feature
Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCSA, DRAM, VTT, CPU PLL, PCH1.1V, PCH1.5V
Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock Software Suite
(ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite - OEM)
- F-Stream (see CAUTION 6)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 7)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock XFast LAN (see CAUTION 11)
- ASRock XFast Charger (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock XFast RAM (see CAUTION 13)
- ASRock Crashless BIOS (see CAUTION 14)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 15)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 16)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Good Night LED
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allows Chassis Fan Speed AutoAdjust by CPU Temperature)
- 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 (see CAUTION 17)
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 18)
* 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
third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system’s 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!
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3.
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6.
7.
About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page
67.
This motherboard supports Quad Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Quad Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read
the installation guide of memory modules on page 21 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. You can use ASRock XFast RAM to utilize the memory that Windows® cannot use.
Currently Intel® Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E Processor doesn’t support
PCIE 3.0, but this motherboard is already PCIE 3.0 hardware ready. It
depends on Intel’s CPU to enable PCIE 3.0. Please check Intel’s website
for information on future CPU updates and releases.
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 15
for proper connection.
F-Stream is an all-in-one tool to fine-tune different system functions in a
user-friendly interface, which currently includes Hardware Monitor, Fan
Control, Overclocking, OC DNA, Mouse Polling and IES. In the Hardware
Monitor mode, F-Stream shows the major readings of your system. In
Fan Control mode, F-Stream shows the fan speed and temperature for
you to adjust. In Overclocking Control mode, F-Stream allows you to
overclock the CPU frequency for optimal system performance. In OC
DNA mode, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share them
with your friends. Your friends can then load the OC profile in to their own
system to get the same OC settings. In Mouse Polling mode, F-Stream
allows you to adjust the mouse polling rate of the Fatal1ty Mouse port to
add a professional level mouse configuration. In IES (Intelligent Energy
Saver) mode, the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output
phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.
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
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9.
this utility, you can press the <F6> key during the POST or the <F2>
key to enter into the 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.
If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices,
such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply install the APP Charger
driver, it makes your iPhone charge 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.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
ASRock SmartView, a new function for internet browsers, is the smart
start page for IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history,
your Facebook friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced
view for a more personal Internet experience. ASRock motherboards are
exclusively equipped with the ASRock SmartView utility that helps you
keep in touch with friends on-the-go. To use ASRock SmartView feature,
please make sure your OS version is Windows® 7 / 7 64 bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64 bit, and your browser version is IE8.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/SmartView/index.asp
10. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the properties of the device.
11. ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which includes
the benefits listed below. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your application’s priority ideally and/or add new programs. Lower
Latency in Game: After setting online game’s priority higher, it can lower
the latency in games. Traffic Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD videos
and download simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With
the status window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are
transferring currently.
12. ASRock XFast Charger is the best and fastest technology to charge your
mobile devices via PC. With the superb XFast Charger USB port, users
are assured to enjoy the quick charging experience anytime. In addition to Apple devices, it is also capable of Charging the BC 1.1 standard
smart devices. Please refer to page 38 for details.
13. ASRock XFast RAM is a new function that is included into F-Stream. It
fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows® OS
32-bit CPU. ASRock XFast RAM shortens the loading time of previously
visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts
the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times
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faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the
frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan.
14. ASRock Crashless BIOS allows users to update their BIOS without fear
of failing. If power loss occurs during the BIOS update process, ASRock
Crashless BIOS will automatically finish the BIOS update procedure after
regaining power. Please note that BIOS files need to be placed in the root
directory of your USB disk. Only USB2.0 ports support this feature.
15. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU
bus frequencies may cause instability of the system or damage the CPU.
16. 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.
17. Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 and ASRock XFast RAM
are not supported by Microsoft® Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
18. EuP stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by the
European Union to define the power consumption for the completed
system. According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system
should be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standards,
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, and the standby power efficiency should be higher
than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you to check with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
2
1
4
3
5
24.4cm (9.6 in)
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
PS2
Keyboard
CPU_FAN1
CPU_FAN2
ATX12V1
6
ATXPWR1
DDR3_D1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
eSATA3
eSATA3
USB 3.0
T: USB3
B: USB4
DDR3_C1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Top:
IEEE
1394
Top:
RJ-45
ErP/EuP Ready
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
USB 2.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
Top:
SIDE SPK
Center:
REAR SPK
Bottom:
CTR BASS
DDR3 2400+
4 Channels DDR3
USB 3.0
T: USB1
B: USB2
RoHS
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Coaxial
SPDIF
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Optical
SPDIF
30.5cm (12.0 in)
Clr
CMOS
7
8
USB3_5_6
Center:
FRONT
Bottom:
MIC IN
Top:
LINE IN
PCIE1
1394a
2 oz Copper PCB
PCIE3
CMOS
Battery
Super
I/O
Front USB 3.0
PCIE4
X Fast USB X Fast LAN
Intel
X79
4-Way SLI
USB 3.0
38
PCI2
AUDIO
CODEC
IR1
37
PCI Express 3.0 Ready
1
36
1
COM1
FRONT_1394
HD_AUDIO1
PLED1
1
USB_6_7
SLI/XFIRE_PWR1
1
1
1
1
USB_8_9
1
1
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
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14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
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23
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32
31
30 29
CLRCMOS1
1
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2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, Black)
2011-Pin CPU Socket
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(DDR3_D1, DDR3_C1, Black)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_5_6, Black)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_7_8, Black)
SPI Flash Memory (64Mb)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
SATA2 Connectors (SATA2_2_3, Black)
SATA2 Connectors (SATA2_0_1, Black)
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_0_1, Red)
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_M0_M1, Red)
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_M2_M3, Red)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER1, Black)
System Panel Header (PANEL1, Black)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
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SPEAKER1
1
USB_10_11
1
CIR1
Dr.
Debug
PLED PWRBTN
CHA_FAN2
RSTBTN1
1
16
17
18
19
HDLED RESET
Designed in Taipei
35
14
15
PWRBTN1
PCIE5
HDMI_SPDIF1
13
SATA3_M2_M3
39
SATA2_2_3
LAN
PHY
40
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12
SATA2_0_1
PCIE2
SATA3_0_1
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SATA3 6Gb/s
SATA3_M0_M1
FATAL1TY
10
CHA_FAN1
64Mb
BIOS
PCI1
CHA_FAN3
X79 Professional
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2
3
4
9
1
1
44
43
1
USB3_7_8
PWR_FAN1
PANEL1
27 26 25
24
25
26
27
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29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
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40
41
42
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44
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Dr. Debug
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
Intel X79 Chipset
USB 2.0 Header (USB_10_11, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_8_9, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_6_7, Black)
Consumer Infrared Module Header
(CIR1, Gray)
SLI / XFIRE Power Connector
COM Port Header (COM1)
HDMI_SPDIF Header
(HDMI_SPDIF1, Black)
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, Black)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5, Red)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
PCI Slot (PCI2, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, Red)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2, Red)
PCI Slot (PCI1, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1, Red)
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
1.4 I/O Panel
1
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1
2
3
*4
5
6
7
8
9
** 10
18
2
3
16 15 14
17
5
4
13
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 3.0 Ports (USB3_34)
Side Speaker (Gray)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Central / Bass (Orange)
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
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*** 12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
6
9
7
10
8
11
12
Microphone (Pink)
eSATA3 Connectors
USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)
Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB2)
USB 2.0 Port (USB3)
USB 3.0 Ports (USB3_12)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LEDs next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
ACT/LINK
LED
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
SPEED
LED
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. 10)
(No. 7)
2
4
6
8
V
V
V
V
-V
V
V
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Central / Bass
(No. 8)
--V
V
Side Speaker
(No. 6)
---V
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 connectors support SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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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.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
components.
To avoid damaging the motherboard’s 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 the components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
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 2011-Pin CPU,
please follow the steps below.
2011-Pin Socket Overview
Before you insert the 2011-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the
CPU surface is unclean or if there are any bent pins in 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. Disengage the left lever by pressing it
down and sliding it out of the hook.
Step 1-2. Disengage the right lever by pressing
it down and sliding it out of the hook.
Step 1-3. Keep the right lever positioned at
about 90 degrees in order to flip up
the load plate.
Step 2.
Insert the 2011-Pin CPU:
Step 2-1. Hold the CPU by the edge with the
triangle mark(Pin 1) on your upper
right corner.
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Pin1
Step 2-2. Locate Pin1 and the two orientation
key notches.
orientation key notch
alignment key
Pin1
orientation key notch
2011-Pin CPU
alignment key
2011-Pin Socket
For proper inserting, please ensure to match the four orientation key
notches of the CPU with the four alignment keys of the socket.
Step 2-3. Carefully place the CPU into the
socket by using a purely vertical motion.
Step 2-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient
keys.
Step 3.
Close the socket:
Step 3-1. Flip the load plate onto the IHS, then
the cover will automatically come off
by itself.
The cover must be placed if returning the
motherboard for after service.
Step 3-2. Press down the right load lever, and
secure it with the load plate tab under
the retention tab.
Step 3-3. Press down the left load lever, and
secure it with the load plate tab under
the retention tab.
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2.4 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
This motherboard is equipped with 2011-Pin socket that supports Intel 2011-Pin
CPUs. Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 2011Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you install 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 14, No. 5).
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 2011-Pin CPUs.
Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of
IHS on the socket’s surface.
Step 2.
Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure
that the fan cables are oriented on side closest
to the CPU fan connector on the motherboard
(CPU_FAN1, see page 14, No. 5).
Step 3.
Step 4.
Align screws with the motherboard’s holes.
Use a screw driver to install the screws.
If you don’t fasten the screws, the heatsink cannot be secured on
the motherboard.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
Secure redundant cable with tie-wrap to ensure the cable does not
interfere with fan operation or contact other components.
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2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM
slots, and supports Quad Channel Memory Technology. For quad channel configuration, you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size
and chip-type) DDR3 DIMM in the slots: You have to install identical DDR3
DIMM in DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, DDR3_D1 and DDR3_C1 (Black slots; see p.14
No. 1 and No. 4), so that Quad Channel Memory Technology can be activated.
1.
2.
If only two memory modules are installed in the DDR3 DIMM slots,
then Dual Channel Memory Technology is activated. If three memory modules are installed, then Triple Channel Memory Technology is
activated. If four memory modules are installed in the DDR3 DIMM
slots, then Quad Channel Memory Technology is activated.
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into a
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock the DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align the DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
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 in 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 slot: PCI slot is used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE slots: PCIE1 / PCIE2 / PCIE4 / PCIE5 (PCIE 3.0 x16 slots) are used for PCI
Express graphics cards.
PCIE3 (PCIE2.0 x1 slot) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane
width. Such as ASRock Game Blaster, Gigabit LAN card or SATA2
cards, etc.
PCIE Slot Configurations
PCIE1
x16
PCIE2
N/A
PCIE4
x16
Three Graphics Cards in
3-Way CrossFireXTM or
3-Way SLITM Mode
x16
x8
x16
N/A
Four Graphics Cards in
4-Way CrossFireXTM or
4-Way SLITM Mode
x16
x8
x8
x8
Two Graphics Cards in
CrossFireXTM or SLITM Mode
PCIE5
N/A
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express
x16 graphics card in the PCIE1 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode or SLITM mode, please install the PCI Express
x16 graphics cards in 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 the PCI
Express x16 graphics cards in PCIE1, PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots.
Therefore, both PCIE1 and PCIE4 will work at x16 bandwidth, while
PCIE2 works at x8 bandwidth.
4. In 4-Way CrossFireXTM or 4-Way SLITM mode, please install the PCI
Express x16 graphics cards in PCIE1, PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5
slots. Therefore, PCIE1 will work at x16 bandwidth, while PCIE2,
PCIE4 and PCIE5 works at x8 bandwidth.
5. Please connect a chassis fan to the motherboard’s chassis fan
connector (CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using
multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment.
6. Currently Intel® Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E Processor doesn’t
support PCIE 3.0, but this motherboard is already PCIE 3.0 hardware
ready. It depends on Intel’s CPU to enable PCIE 3.0. Please check
Intel’s website for information on future CPU updates and releases.
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Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing an 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 SLITM, 3-Way SLITM, 4-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation
Guide
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM, 3-Way SLITM, 4-Way SLITM and Quad
SLITM (Scalable Link Interface) technology that allows you to install up to four
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, 4-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM technology supports 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, whereas for 4-Way SLITM technology you should have four. 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
(driver version 280.41 and later). Download the driver from NVIDIA 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 Two SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical 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.) 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.
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Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics cards.
Step3.
Align and insert the ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Make sure the ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card is firmly
in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S 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 SLITM-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 PCIE2
slot, and the other graphics card to PCIE4 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 the ASRock 3-Way SLI Bridge Card to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Make sure the ASRock 3-Way SLI Bridge Card is
firmly in place.
ASRock 3-Way SLI 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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2.7.1.3 Installing Four SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical 4-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 ASRock SLI Bridge Card connectors. Insert one graphics card into the PCIE1 slot, another graphics card
into the PCIE2 slot, the third graphics card into the PCIE4 slot and the last
graphics card into the 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 other graphics cards.
Step3.
Align and insert an ASRock SLI Bridge Card to the goldfingers of the first
and second graphics card. Install the second ASRock SLI Bridge Card to
the goldfingers of the third and fourth graphics card. Connect the second
and the fourth graphics card with the ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card. Make
sure the ASRock SLI Bridge Cards are firmly in place.
2 ASRock SLI_Bridge Cards
and an ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S 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 benefits of SLITM.
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For Windows® VistaTM / 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.
F. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And
click Apply.
G. Reboot your system.
H. You can freely enjoy the benefits of SLITM or Quad SLITM.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For 3-Way SLITM or 4-Way SLITM mode)
A. Follow steps A to E on page 29.
B. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable 3-way SLI
or Enable 4-way SLI and click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefits of 3-Way SLITM or 4-Way SLITM.
* 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 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM, 4-Way CrossFireXTM and
Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireXTM, 3-way CrossFireXTM, 4-way CrossFireXTM
and Quad CrossFireXTM. 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 is supported with Windows® XP with Service
Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM, 4-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check AMD’s
website for 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 Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM
feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 5770 as the example graphics
card. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMD has released or will release in the
future, please refer to AMD 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 a CrossFire Bridge on
the CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of the Radeon graphics
cards. (The 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
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 CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical 3-Way CrossFireXTM-ready graphics cards that are
AMD® 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, another graphics card to PCIE2 slot,
and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are
properly seated on the slots.
Step 2.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect the Radeon graphics cards on
PCIE1 and PCIE2 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect
the Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. (The CrossFireTM
Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with
this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
CrossFireTM Bridge
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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2.8.1.3 Installing Four CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical 4-Way CrossFireXTM-ready graphics cards that are
AMD® 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, another graphics card into PCIE2 slot,
the third graphics card into PCIE4 slot and the last graphics card into
PCIE5 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step 2.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect the Radeon graphics cards on
PCIE1 and PCIE2 slots, another CrossFireTM Bridge to connect the Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots, and use the third CrossFireTM Bridge to connect the Radeon graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5
slots. (The CrossFireTM Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics
card vendor for details.)
CrossFireTM Bridge
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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2.8.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the AMD 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. AMD 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’s website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card driver into 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). Select “4
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install four 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 benefits of CrossFireXTM.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the benefits of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM,
4-Way CrossFireXTM or Quad CrossFireXTM.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is used
only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
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 detailed instructions, please refer to the document at the following path in the
Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
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2.10 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide
ASRock Smart Remote is only used for ASRock motherboard with CIR header.
Please refer to below procedures for the quick installation and usage of ASRock
Smart Remote.
Step1.
Find the CIR header located next
to the USB 2.0 header on ASRock
motherboard.
USB 2.0 header (9-pin, black)
CIR header (4-pin, gray)
Step2.
Connect the front USB cable to the
USB 2.0 header (as below, pin 1-5)
and the CIR header. Please make
sure the wire assignments and the
pin assignments are matched
correctly.
USB_PWR
PP+
GND
DUMMY
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
Step3.
Install Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to
the front USB port. If Multi-Angle
CIR Receiver cannot successfully
receive the infrared signals from
MCE Remote Controller, please try
to install it to the other front USB
port.
3 CIR sensors in different angles
1.
2.
3.
Only one of the front USB port can support CIR function. When
the CIR function is enabled, the other port will remain USB
function.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver is used for front USB only. Please do
not use the rear USB bracket to connect it on the rear panel.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver can receive the multi-direction infrared
signals (top, down and front), which is compatible with most of
the chassis on the market.
The Multi-Angle CIR Receiver does not support Hot-Plug
function. Please install it before you boot the system.
* ASRock Smart Remote is only supported by some of ASRock motherboards. Please refer to
ASRock website for the motherboard support list: http://www.asrock.com
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2.11 ASRock XFast Charger Operation Guide
ASRock XFast Charger is the best and
fastest technology to charge your mobile
devices via PC. With the superb XFast
Charger USB port, users are assured to
enjoy the quick charging experience
anytime. In addition to Apple devices, it
is also capable of Charging the BC 1.1
standard smart devices. Please refer to
below instruction for proper operation.
This motherboard provides three USB ports for ASRock XFast Charger:
1. USB 2.0 port (USB0) on the I/O panel
see p.15 No. 1
2. USB 2.0 port (USB_6) header
see p.14 No. 29
3. USB 3.0 port (USB3_5) header
see p.14 No. 8
With ASRock XFast Charger feature, you can freely enjoy the quick charging
convenience by installing the USB cable on these three ports.
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2.12 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
Setting
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.14, No. 25)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. 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. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
The Clear CMOS Switch has the same function as the Clear CMOS
jumper.
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2.13 Onboard Headers and Connectors
(SATA3_M0_M1: see p.14, No. 15)
(SATA3_M2_M3: see p.14, No. 16)
SATA2_2
SATA2_1
SATA3_0
(SATA3_0_1: see p.14, No. 14)
connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATA2
interface allows up to 3.0 Gb/s
data transfer rate.
These six Serial ATA3
(SATA3) connectors support
SATA data cables for internal
SATA3_M2 SATA3_M0
Serial ATA3 Connectors
SATA2_3
(SATA2_2_3: see p.14, No. 12)
These four Serial ATA2 (SATA2)
SATA3_1
(SATA2_0_1: see p.14, No. 13)
SATA3_M3 SATA3_M1
Serial ATA2 Connectors
SATA2_0
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!
storage devices. The current
SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data
cable can be connected to the
(Optional)
SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 hard
disk or the SATA2 / SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
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.
(Optional)
connect to the SATA
HDD power connector
connect to the
power supply
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USB 2.0 Headers
Besides six default USB 2.0
(9-pin USB_6_7)
ports on the I/O panel, there are
three USB 2.0 headers on this
motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB 2.0
ports.
(see p.14 No. 29)
(9-pin USB_8_9)
(see p.14 No. 28)
(9-pin USB_10_11)
(see p.14 No. 27)
USB 3.0 Header
Besides four default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there are
two USB 3.0 headers on this
motherboard. Each USB 3.0
header can support two USB 3.0
ports.
(19-pin USB3_5_6)
(see p.14 No. 8)
(19-pin USB3_7_8)
(see p.14 No. 9)
Infrared Module Header
This header supports an
(5-pin IR1)
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
(see p.14 No. 37)
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Consumer Infrared Module Header
This header can be used to
(4-pin CIR1)
connect the remote controller
receiver.
(see p.14 No. 30)
Front Panel Audio Header
This is an interface for front
panel audio cable that allows
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
(see p.14 No. 35)
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
This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.14 No. 22)
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.
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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
system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4
sleep state or powered off (S5).
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
Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.14 No. 21)
Power LED Header
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).
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.14 No. 23)
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.14 No. 11)
Please connect the fan cables
to the fan connectors and match
GND
+12V
the black wire to the ground pin.
CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 and
CHA_FAN3 support Fan
Control.
CHA_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.14 No. 20)
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
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GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.14 No. 17)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.14 No. 44)
PWR_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
CPU Fan Connectors
Please connect the CPU fan
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
(see p.14 No. 5)
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.14 No. 6)
CPU_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
ATX Power Connector
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24
1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
(see p.14 No. 7)
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.
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24
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
1
13
ATX 12V Power Connector
8
5
4
1
(8-pin ATX12V1)
(see p.14 No. 3)
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Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
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.
8
5
4
1
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
SLI/XFIRE Power Connector
It is not necessary to use this
(4-pin SLI/XFIRE_PWR1)
connector, but please connect it
with a hard disk power
connecor when two graphics
cards are plugged to this
motherboard.
(see p.14 No. 31)
SLI/XFIRE_POWER1
IEEE 1394 Header
Besides one default IEEE 1394
port on the I/O panel, there
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
(see p.14 No. 34)
is one IEEE 1394 header
(FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394
header can support one IEEE
1394 port.
Serial port Header
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
(9-pin COM1)
(see p.14 No. 32)
HDMI_SPDIF Header
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
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.
(see p.14 No. 33)
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The Installation Guide of Front USB 3.0 Panel
Step 1 Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0 Panel, four Step 2 Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front
USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws.
HDD screws, and six chassis screws.
Step 3 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 2.5”
drive bay of the chassis.
Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB
3.0 header (USB3_5_6 or USB3_7_8) on the
motherboard.
Step 4 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the
drive bay with six chassis screws.
Step 6 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 Step 2 Put the USB 3.0 cable and the rear
Panel.
USB 3.0 bracket together.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear USB 3.0
bracket.
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Step 4 Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into the
chassis.
2.14 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 system to clear the
CMOS values.
Power Switch
Power Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
(PWRBTN)
(see p.14 No. 18)
Power
Reset Switch
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly reset
(RSTBTN)
(see p.14 No. 19)
Reset
the system.
Clear CMOS Switch
(CLRCBTN)
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart
switch, allowing users to quickly
(see p.15 No. 18)
clear the CMOS values.
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2.15 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.
Status Code
0x00
0x01
0x02
0x03
0x04
0x05
0x06
0x07
0x08
0x09
0x0A
0x0B
0x0C – 0x0D
0x0E
0x0F
0x10
0x11
0x12
0x13
0x14
0x15
0x16
0x17
0x18
0x19
0x1A
0x1B
0x1C
0x1D – 0x2A
0x2B
0x2C
0x2D
0x2E
0x2F
0x30
0x31
0x32
0x33
0x34
0x35
0x36
Description
Not used
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard)
AP initialization before microcode loading
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information
Memory initialization. Configuring memory
Memory initialization (other)
Reserved for ASL
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization is started
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP) initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP) selection
CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode (SMM)
initialization
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0x37
0x38
0x39
0x3A
0x3B
0x3C
0x3D
0x3E
0x3F-0x4E
0x4F
0x50
0x51
0x52
0x53
0x54
0x55
0x56
0x57
0x58
0x59
0x5A
0x5B
0x5C-0x5F
0xE0
0xE1
0xE2
0xE3
0xE4-0xE7
0xE8
0xE9
0xEA
0xEB
0xEC-0xEF
0xF0
0xF1
0xF2
0xF3
0xF4
0xF5-0xF7
0xF8
0xF9
0xFA
0xFB – 0xFF
0x60
0x61
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM post memory initialization codes
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
speed
Memory initialization error. SPD reading has failed
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory size or memory modules do not
match
Memory initialization error. No usable memory detected
Unspecified memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
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0x62
0x63
0x64
0x65
0x66
0x67
0x68
0x69
0x6A
0x6B
0x6C
0x6D
0x6E
0x6F
0x70
0x71
0x72
0x73
0x74
0x75
0x76
0x77
0x78
0x79
0x7A – 0x7F
0x80 – 0x8F
0x90
0x91
0x92
0x93
0x94
0x95
0x96
0x97
0x98
0x99
0x9A
0x9B
0x9C
0x9D
0x9E – 0x9F
0xA0
0xA1
0xA2
0xA3
0xA4
0xA5
Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
PCI host bridge initialization
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
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0xA6
0xA7
0xA8
0xA9
0xAA
0xAB
0xAC
0xAD
0xAE
0xAF
0xB0
0xB1
0xB2
0xB3
0xB4
0xB5
0xB6
0xB7
0xB8 – 0xBF
0xC0 – 0xCF
0xD0
0xD1
0xD2
0xD3
0xD4
0xD5
0xD6
0xD7
0xD8
0xD9
0xDA
0xDB
0xDC
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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2.16 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® X79 chipset that supports Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial
ATA2 (SATA2) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel
Rapid Storage3.0) functions. You may install SATA / SATA2 hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA /
SATA2 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATA2 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA2 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard
disk.
2.17 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® X79 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard
disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid Storage3.0)
functions for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors. It also adopts Marvell SE9172
chipsets which support Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0 and
RAID 1) for SATA3_M0 to SATA3_M3 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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2.18 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATA2 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATA2 in
RAID / AHCI mode. Intel® X79 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed through a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATA2 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 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 / SATA2 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA / SATA2 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot
Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
2.19 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID /
AHCI mode. Intel® X79 and Marvell SE9172 chipsets provide hardware support for
Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA
host controllers developed through 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 RAID 1 or RAID 5 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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2.20 SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD in
RAID / AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully.
Before you process the SATA / SATA2 / 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)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 Hot
Plug cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA / SATA2 / 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 / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the
chipset because of its limitation, the SATA / SATA2 / 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 / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from
your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD, which cannot
support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 driver is installed into system
properly. The latest SATA / SATA2 / 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 / SATA2 / 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 / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4pin end (White) to the power supply
1x4-pin cable.
Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to the
motherboard’s SATA2 / SATA3
connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable
connector (Black) end to SATA / SATA2
/ SATA3 HDD.
Step 4 Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATA2 / 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 / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD side.
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2.21 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.
2.22 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit With
RAID Functions
RAID mode is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on Intel®
SATA2 / SATA3 ports with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [RAID] for Intel® SATA2 / SATA3 ports.
Set the option “Bootable Marvell SATA3 Controller“ to [Yes] for Marvell SATA
ports.
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. The optical drive should be installed on an non Intel® SATA2
/ SATA3 port.
Insert the Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit optical disk into the optical
drive to boot your system, and follow the instruction to install OS on your system.
When you see “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, please insert our
Support CD to your system, and click the “Load Driver” button to load Intel® RAID
drivers. Intel® RAID drivers are located in the following path of our Support CD:
32 bit: ..\i386\Win7_Vista_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
64-bit: ..\AMD64\Win7-64_Vista64_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
After that, please insert Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit optical disk
into the optical drive again to continue the OS installation.
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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
Rapid Storage 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 Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information
If you want to make the USB flash driver disk, please copy above
Intel® RAID drivers from our Support CD to your USB flash, and
then load drivers from the USB flash disk.
2.23 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 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 64bit OS on your SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow
below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.23.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATA2 / SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
AHCI mode is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA2_0 to SATA2_3, SATA3_0 and
SATA3_1 ports.)
Set the options “Marvell 9172 SATA3_M0_M1 Operation Mode”, “Marvell 9172
SATA3_M2_M3 Operation Mode” and “Marvell 9172 eSATA3_0_1 Operation
Mode” to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.23.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your SATA
/ SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA2_0 to SATA2_3, SATA3_0 and
SATA3_1 ports.)
Set the options “Marvell 9172 SATA3_M0_M1 Operation Mode”, “Marvell 9172
SATA3_M2_M3 Operation Mode” and “Marvell 9172 eSATA3_0_1 Operation
Mode” to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA2_0 to SATA2_3, SATA3_0 and
SATA3_1 ports.)
Set the options “Marvell 9172 SATA3_M0_M1 Operation Mode”, “Marvell 9172
SATA3_M2_M3 Operation Mode” and “Marvell 9172 eSATA3_0_1 Operation
Mode” to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
2.24 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, BCLK enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, BCLK is untied during
overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that BCLK can operate
under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 11 for the possible overclocking risk
before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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Chapter 3: UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your
system. The UEFI chip on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI 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 UEFI software is constantly being updated, the
following UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference
purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on
your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced
To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
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 UEFI 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. You can also use the
mouse to click your required item.
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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)
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
<Enter>
To bring up the selected screen
<F1>
To display the General Help Screen
<F9>
To load optimal default values for all the settings
<F10>
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
<ESC>
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
System Browser
System Browser can let you easily check your current system
configuration in UEFI setup.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
Load CPU EZ OC Setting
You can use this option to load CPU EZ overclocking settings. Please note
that overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
CPU Control
CPU Ratio Setting
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
Internal PLL Overvoltage
Use this item to enable/disable CPU Internal PLL Overvoltage Function.
OS Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio
Use this item to enable/disable Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio in OS level.
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processors can switch between multiple frequencies and voltage points to enable power saving. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. 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 SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issues with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disabled] if above issues occur.
Intel Turbo Mode Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Mode Technology.
Turbo Boost Mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific conditions. The default value is [Enabled].
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Turbo Boost Power Limit
Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Configuration options: [Auto]
and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Core Current Limit
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Additional Turbo Voltage
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor
package. The default value is [All].
Host Clock Override (BCLK)
Use this to adjust the host clock (BCLK) frequency. The default value is
[100.0].
DRAM Timing Control
Load XMP Setting
Use this to load XMP setting. Configuration options: [Auto], [Default], [Profile
1] and [Profile 2]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assign the appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
DRAM tCL
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
DRAM tRCD
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
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The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRP
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRAS
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRFC
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tWR
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tWTR
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRRD
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRTP
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tFAW
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
DRAM tCWL
Use this item to change CAS# Write Latency (tCWL) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate
Use this item to change Command Rate Auto/Manual setting. The default
is [Auto].
DRAM Power Down Mode
Use this item to adjust DDR power down mode. Configuration options:
[Auto], [Slow] and [Fast]. The default value is [Fast].
ODT WR (CH A)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH A) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH A)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH A) setting. The default is [Auto].
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ODT WR (CH B)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH B) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH B)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH B) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CH C)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH C) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH C)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH C) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CH D)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH D) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH D)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH D) setting. The default is [Auto].
Memory Power Savings Mode
Use this item to configure Memory Power Savings Mode. The default
value is [Auto].
Memory Mode
Use this item to configure Memory Mode. The default value is [Auto].
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. The default value is
[Auto].
Rank Interleaving
It allows you to configure Rank Interleaving. The default value is [Auto].
Voltage Control
VRM Protection
Use this to enable or disable Vcore Power Over Temperature Protection.
The default value is [Enabled].
CPU Core Voltage
Use this to select CPU Core Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when thesystem is under heavy load.
VCCSA Voltage
Use this to select VCCSA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
VTT Voltage
Use this to select VTT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
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CPU PLL Voltage
Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCH 1.1V Voltage
Use this to select PCH 1.1V Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCH 1.5V Voltage
Use this to select PCH 1.5V Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Load Power Saving Mode
Use this option to load Power Saving Mode settings.
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, North Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, USB Configuration and ME Subsystem.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just save the new
UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive and launch this
tool, then you can update your UEFI 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 Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after the UEFI update process is
completed.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
CPU Ratio Setting
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
Intel Hyper Threading Technology
To enable this feature, a computer system with an Intel processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating system that includes
optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP / VistaTM
/ 7 is required. 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. The default value is [All].
No-Execute 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 codes. This option will be hidden if the current CPU
does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.
Hardware Prefetcher
Use this item to turn on/off the MLC streamer prefetcher.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
Use this item to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
Intel Virtualization Technology
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 Virtualization Technology.
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CPU Power Management Configuration
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processors can switch between multiple frequencies and voltage points to enable power saving. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. 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 SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issues with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disabled] if above issues occur.
Intel Turbo Mode Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Mode Technology.
Turbo Boost Mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific conditions. The default value is [Enabled].
CPU Thermal Throttling
You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control
mechanism to keep the CPU from overheating.
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.
CPU C3 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to OS.
CPU C6 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to OS.
Package C State Support
Selected option will program into C State package limit register. The
default value is [Disabled].
Internal PLL Overvoltage
Use this item to enable/disable CPU Internal PLL Overvoltage Function.
OS Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio
Use this item to enable/disable Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio in OS level.
Turbo Boost Power Limit
Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Configuration options: [Auto]
and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Core Current Limit
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This allows you to select [PCI] or [PCI Express] as the boot graphic adapter priority. The default value is [PCI Express].
PCIE 1 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 1 Link Speed. The default value is [GEN2].
PCIE 2 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 2 Link Speed. The default value is [GEN2].
PCIE 2 Link Width
This allows you to select PCIE 2 Link Width. The default value is [x8].
PCIE 4 & PCIE 5 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 4&5 Link Speed. The default value is [GEN2].
Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O Configuration
Intel(R) VT-d
Use this item to enable/disable Intel(R) Virtualization Technology for
Directed I/O.
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
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.
Deep Sx
Mobile platforms support Deep S4/S5 in DC only and desktop platforms
support Deep S4/S5 in AC only. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Enabled
in S5] and [Enabled in S4 and S5]. The default value is [Disabled].
Onboard LAN 1
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard LAN” feature.
Onboard 1394
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard 1394” feature.
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.
Game Blaster LED
This allows you to enable or disable Game Blaster LED.
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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Good Night LED
Use this item to enable or disable Power LED and Lan LED.
Onboard Debug Port LED
Use this item to enable or disable Onboard Debug Port LED.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Mode
This item is for SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_0 to SATA2_3 ports.
Use this to select SATA mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI
Mode], [RAID Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
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.
Aggressive Link Power Management
Use this item to configure Aggressive Link Power Management.
Marvell 9172 SATA3_M0_M1 Operation Mode
This item is for SATA3_M0_M1 ports. Use this to select Marvell SATA3
operation mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode], [RAID
Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
Marvell 9172 SATA3_M2_M3 Operation Mode
This item is for SATA3_M2_M3 ports. Use this to select Marvell SATA3
operation mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode], [RAID
Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
Marvell 9172 eSATA3_0_1 Operation Mode
This item is for eSATA3 ports. Use this to select Marvell SATA3 operation
mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and
[Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
Bootable Marvell SATA3 Controller
Use this to enable or disable Onboard Marvell SATA3 Option ROM. If
Option ROM is disabled, UEFI cannot use the SATA device to connect to
Marvell SATA3 controller as Boot Device.
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Hard Disk 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] and [Enabled].
We recommend to use Intel® X79 SATA ports (SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and
SATA2_0 to SATA2_3) for your bootable devices. This will minimum
your boot time and get the best performance. But if you still want to
boot from a Marvell SATA3 controller, you can enable this in the UEFI.
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration
options: [3F8h / IRQ4] and [3E8h / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
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.
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.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
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.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote to turn on the
system from the power-soft-off mode.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI 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
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issues, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Enabled].
USB Mouse Wheel Support
Use this option to enable or disable USB Mouse Wheel Support. The
default value is [Disabled].
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3.4.8 ME Subsystem
Intel ME Subsystem Configuration
ME Version
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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.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set CPU fan 1 & 2’s speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default value is [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set chassis fan 1’s speed. Configuration options:
[Full On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual]. The default value is [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set chassis fan 2’s speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default value is [Level 4].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set chassis fan 3’s speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default value is [Level 4].
Target Fan Speed
This allows you to set target fan speed. The default value is [Level 1].
Over Temperature Protection
Use this to enable or disable Over Temperature Protection. The default
value is [Enabled].
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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.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0XFFFF) means indefinite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
PCI ROM Priority
Use this item to adjust PCI ROM Priority. The default value is [Legacy
ROM].
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].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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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.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, the following message “Save configuration
changes and exit setup?” will pop-out. Select [Yes] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, the following message “Discard changes and
exit setup?” will pop-out. Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, the following message “Discard changes?”
will pop-out. Select [Yes] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available filesystem devices.
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Chapter 4: Software Support
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’s 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 does not appear automatically, locate and double
click on the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menu.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available device’s 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 application softwares 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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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in AHCI Mode
This motherboard adopts UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed on a
large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow the procedures below to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or
Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
(“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation files. Normally it is
an optical drive.) You can also press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST
and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
4. Start Windows® installation.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in RAID Mode
This motherboard adopts UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed on a
large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow the procedures below to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or
Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Copy Intel® RAID drivers into a USB flash disk. You can download the driver from
ASRock's website and unzip the file into a USB flash disk OR copy the file from
ASRock motherboard support CD. (please copy the files under following directory:
32 bit: ..\i386\Win7_Vista_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
64-bit: ..\AMD64\Win7-64_Vista64_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
3. Create RAID array for you system. Please refer to "Intel RAID Installation Guide"
file for details.
4. Install Windows® VistaTM 64-bit / 7 64-bit:
A. Insert your Windows® VistaTM 64-bit / 7 64-bit installation disc to the optical
drive.
B. Press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST and choose the item
“UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
C. Start Windows® Installation. When you see “Where do you want to install
Windows?” page, please click “Load Driver”.
D. Plug the USB flash disk into your USB port; select “Browse” to find the RAID
driver. Then choose the directory (xx\AMD64\) you have copied in the first
step.
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E. Please keep the USB flash disk installed until the system's first reboot.
F. Continue to install OS by following the Windows® instructions.
5. Follow Windows® Installation Guide to install OS.
If you install Windows® 7 64-bit / VistaTM 64-bit on a large hard disk (ex.
Disk volume > 2TB), it may take more time to boot into Windows® or install
driver/utilities. If you encounter this problem, you will need to follow the
instructions below to fix this problem.
Windows® VistaTM 64-bit:
Microsoft® does not provide hotfix for this problem. The steps listed below
are Microsoft®'s suggested solution:
A. Disable System Restore.
a. Type “systempropertiesprotection” in the Start Menu. Then press
"Enter".
b. De-select Local Disks for System Restore. Then Click “Turn System
Restore Off” to confirm. Then Press “Ok”.
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B. Disable “Volume Shadow Copy” service.
a. Type “computer management” in the Start Menu, then press “Enter”.
b. Go to “Services and Applications>Services”; Then double click “Volume
Shadow Copy”.
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c. Set “Startup type” to “Disable” then Click “OK”.
C. Reboot your system.
D. After reboot, please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
Windows® 7 64-bit:
A. Please request the hotfix KB2505454 through this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505454/
B. After installing Windows® 7 64-bit, install the hotfix kb2505454.
(This may take a long time; >30 mins.)
C. Reboot your system. (It may take about 5 minutes to reboot.)
D. Windows® will install this hotfix then reboot by itself.
E. Please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
6. Finish.
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