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990FX Extreme3
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published August 2011
Copyright©2011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction................................................................. 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .....................................................................
Specifications.............................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel ..................................................................................
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2. Installation ................................................................... 15
Pre-installation Precautions ................................................................ 15
2.1 CPU Installation ......................................................................... 16
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink ...................................... 16
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) .................................... 17
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)........................... 19
2.5 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide ..................................... 20
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.12
2.13
2.14
CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
Operation Guide ........................................................................
Surround Display Information ....................................................
Jumpers Setup...........................................................................
Onboard Headers and Connectors .......................................
Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation .........................
Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .................
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Operation Guide
Driver Installation Guide ............................................................
Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
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XP 64-bit With RAID Functions .................................................. 38
2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions ....................................................................... 38
2.14.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
With RAID Functions ..................................................... 39
2.15 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............................................. 40
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions ....................................................................... 40
2.15.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions ................................................ 41
2.16 Untied Overclocking Technology
............................................ 41
3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY.......................................................... 42
3.1
Introduction ................................................................................ 42
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar ................................................................ 42
3.1.2 Navigation Keys ............................................................... 43
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3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
Main Screen ...............................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen...................................................................
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 ...........................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ...............................
Boot Screen ...............................................................................
Security Screen .........................................................................
Exit Screen ................................................................................
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4. Software Support ......................................................... 61
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System............................................................
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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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock 990FX Extreme3 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to
quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as
well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm)
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 Support CD
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64
bit, 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
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality
Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Support for Socket AM3+ processors
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II X6 /
X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 /
Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1)
- 4 + 1 Power Phase Design
- Supports CPU up to 140W
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
- Northbridge: AMD 990FX
- Southbridge: AMD SB950
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3)
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2100(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800
non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 4)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 5)
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE3: x16 mode;
PCIE4: x4 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMDTM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM
and CrossFireXTM
Audio
LAN
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 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
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Rear Panel I/O
SATA3
USB 3.0
Connector
BIOS Feature
Support CD
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/
Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 6)
- 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID
(RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10), NCQ,
AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0
/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 5 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 32Mb 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, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, AMD Fusion, AMD
Fusion Media Explorer, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink
DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX Multimedia
Suite - OEM)
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Unique Feature
Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 7)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 11)
- ASRock XFast LAN (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology (see CAUTION 13)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 14)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 15)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Turbo 50 / Turbo 60 CPU Overclocking
- Turbo UCC
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 16)
* 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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ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation. Via a simple switch in the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can
unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When
UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to
the quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also
increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC
feature is supported with AM3 CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read
“Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 41 for details.
This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the
installation guide of memory modules on page 17 for proper installation.
Whether 2100MHz memory speed is supported depends on the AM3/
AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3 2100 memory module
on this motherboard, please refer to the memory support list on our website for the compatible memory modules. Non OC mode’s DDR3 1866 is
supported by AM3+ CPU.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
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® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such
limitation.
For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono
modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13
for proper connection.
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware
Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it
shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking,
you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and
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share it with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to
their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy
Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to
improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures
of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press 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.
9. 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
10. 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
11. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the properties of the device.
12. 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
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transferring currently.
13. ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices, such like MP3 player or mobile
phone to your PC, even when the PC is turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)!
This motherboard also provides a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that
ensures users the most convenient computing environment.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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
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2
3 4
6
5
8
7
21.8cm (8.6-in)
PS2
Mouse
Coaxial
SPDIF
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 3.0
T: USB1
B: USB2
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
eSATA3
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 2.0
T: USB6
B: USB7
RJ-45 LAN
SOCKET AM3b
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
Center:
REAR SPK
Center:
FRONT
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
MIC IN
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CHA_FAN3
12
PCIE2
RoHS
X Fast LAN X Fast USB
USB 3.0
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PCI1
AUDIO
CODEC
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AMD
SB950
Chipset
PCIE3
990FX Extreme3
30
15
PCI2
Super
I/O
Support 8-Core CPU SATA3 6Gb/s
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32Mb
BIOS
ErP/EuP Ready
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PLED1
1
PCIE4
1
CHA_FAN2
1
HDLED
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27
26
25
HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1, Black)
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
CPU Heatsink Retention Module
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
AM3+ CPU Socket
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1; Black)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2; Black)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
Northbridge Controller
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_5, Gray)
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_3_4, Gray)
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_1_2, Gray)
Southbridge Controller
SPI Flash Memory (32Mb)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
Chassis Speaker Header
(SPEAKER 1, Black)
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24
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
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SPEAKER1
PANEL 1
PLED PWRBTN
CLRCMOS1
1
1
1
CHA_FAN1
USB4_5
USB8_9
USB10_11
IR1
1
1
1
COM1
HD_AUDIO1
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10
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12
13
14
15
16
17
18
13
SATA3_1_2
CMOS
BATTERY
8
11
SATA3_5
SATA3_3_4
Bottom:
CTR BASS
Top:
SIDE SPK
PCIE1
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
9
AMD
990FX
Chipset
PWR_FAN1
35
34
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Optical
SPDIF
LAN
PHY
32
30.5cm (12.0-in)
CPU_FAN1 CPU_FAN2
ATX12V1
AM3+ 140W CPU DDR3 2100+
PS2
Keyboard
Designed in Taipei
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HDMI_SPDIF1
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18
19
RESET
22 21 20
System Panel Header (PANEL1, Black)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
USB 2.0 Header (USB4_5, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB10_11, Black)
Serial Port Connector (COM1)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, Black)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot
(PCIE4; Black)
PCI Slot (PCI2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot
(PCIE3; Black)
PCI Slot (PCI1)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot
(PCIE2; Black)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1; Black)
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
1.4 I/O Panel
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1
2
*3
4
5
6
7
8
2
3
15
14
4
13
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
Side Speaker (Gray)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Central / Bass (Orange)
Line In (Light Blue)
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10
11
***12
13
14
15
16
5
8
6
9
7
10
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Front Speaker (Lime)
Microphone (Pink)
USB 3.0 Ports (USB12)
eSATA3 Connector
USB 2.0 Ports (USB67)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
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.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use a 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 9)
(No. 6)
2
V
-4
V
V
6
V
V
8
V
V
13
Central / Bass
(No. 7)
--V
V
Side Speaker
(No. 5)
---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 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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2. Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm) motherboard.
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure
that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
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.
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.
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2.1 CPU Installation
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
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Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with
the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4.
When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push
down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socker Corner
Small Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock
To The Socket Corner Small
The Socket Lever
Triangle
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install
a suitable heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to
spray thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve
heat dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely
fastened and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan
to the CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 4 or CPU_
FAN2, see Page 12, No. 5). For proper installation, please kindly refer to
the instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type)
DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots. In other words, you have to install identical DDR3
DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Black slots; see p.12
No.7) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B (DDR3_A2 and DDR3_
B2; Black slots; see p.12 No.8), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can be
activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 DIMMs for dual
channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots.
You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below.
Dual Channel Memory Configurations
DDR3_A1
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
(1)
(2)
(3)*
*
DDR3_A2
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B1
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B2
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four
slots.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Please install the memory module into the slots DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2 for the first priority.
If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them either in the set of
slots DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1, or in the set of slots DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2.
If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate
the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in
DDR3_A1 and DDR3_A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
Memory Technology .
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
If you adopt DDR3 2100 memory modules on this motherboard, it is
recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2 slots.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 4 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 (PCIE x1 slot; Black) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane
width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card.
PCIE2 / PCIE3 (PCIE x16 slot; Black) is used for PCI Express x16 lane
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support SLITM and CrossFireXTM function.
PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Black) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support 3-Way
CrossFireXTM function.
1.
2.
3.
4.
In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
In CrossFireXTM or SLITM mode, please install PCI Express x16
graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE3 slots. Therefore, both these
two slots will work at x16 bandwidth.
In 3-Way CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE2, PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 and
PCIE3 slots will work at x16 bandwidth while PCIE4 slot will work at
x4 bandwidth.
Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector (CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM and Quad SLITM (Scalable Link Interface)
technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express x16 graphics
cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLITM technology supports Windows® XP / XP 64-bit /
VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® 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 Quad SLITM technology, you should have two identical Quad SLITM-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
2.
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA® SLITM
technology. Download the driver from NVIDIA® website
3.
(www.nvidia.com).
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.
2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.5.1.1 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 should be the same.) Insert one graphics
card into the PCIE2 slot and the other graphics card to the PCIE3 slot.
Make sure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express
graphics cards.
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Step3.
Align and insert ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE2 slot.
2.5.2 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 features.
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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. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
F. Reboot your system.
G.You can freely enjoy the benefits of SLITM or Quad SLITM features.
* 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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2.6 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireX TM , 3-way CrossFireX TM and Quad
CrossFireXTM features. 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 CrossFireX TM features are supported with Windows ® XP
with Service Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
features are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check the AMD
website for AMDTM 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.
2.6.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.6.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example
graphics card. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMDTM has released or will
release in the future, please refer to AMDTM graphics card manuals for detailed
installation guides.
Step 1.
Insert one Radeon graphics card into the PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon graphics card to the PCIE3 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
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Step 2.
Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card in the PCIE2 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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2.6.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Step 1.
Install one Radeon graphics card to the PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 2.
Install one Radeon graphics card to the PCIE3 slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 3.
Install one Radeon graphics card to the PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 4.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2
and PCIE3 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
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CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card in the PCIE2 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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2.6.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the ATITM driver if you have any VGA drivers 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. AMDTM recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed
in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please
check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you installed two Radeon graphics cards). Select “3
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you installed three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM function may not work immediately. 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 features.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the benefits of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM features.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMDTM Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMDTM CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
2.7 Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on PCI
Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature.
For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following path in the
Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
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2.8 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
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 22)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS includes system setup information such as system password, date, time, and
system setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the
power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2
and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the
CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when
you just finished updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and
then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action.
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2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
Serial ATA3 Connectors
SATA3_5
These five Serial ATA3
(SATA3) connectors support
(SATA3_1_2: see p.12, No. 14)
(SATA3_5: see p.12, No. 12)
SATA3_1_2 SATA3_3_4
(SATA3_3_4: see p.12, No. 13)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
SATA data cables for internal
storage devices. The current
SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Either end of the SATA data
cable can be connected to the
SATA3 hard disk or the SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
(Optional)
3.5mm Audio Cable
Either end of the 3.5mm audio
cable can be connected to the
portable audio devices, such
as MP3 player and mobile
phone or the Line-in port of
your PC.
(Optional)
USB 2.0 Headers
Besides six default USB 2.0
(9-pin USB4_5)
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.12 No. 23)
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.12 No. 24)
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(9-pin USB10_11)
(see p.12 No. 25)
Infrared Module Header
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.12 No. 27)
Front Panel Audio Header
This is an interface for the front
panel audio cable that allows
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
(see p.12 No. 28)
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instructions in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use an 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.12 No. 19)
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Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator
on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below.
Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
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 a 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
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.12 No. 18)
Please connect the chassis
1
SPEAKER
DUMMY
+5V DUMMY
speaker to this header.
Power LED Header
Please connect the chassis
(3-pin PLED1)
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).
(see p.12 No. 17)
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Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
Please connect the fan cables
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
to the fan connectors and
match the black wire to the
ground pin. CHA_FAN1/2/3 fan
(see p.12 No. 21)
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
speed can be controlled through
(see p.12 No. 20)
UEFI or AXTU.
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.12 No. 10)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 35)
CPU Fan Connectors
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 4)
1 2 3 4
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 5)
ATX Power Connector
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1
13
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 9)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
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12
24
1
13
ATX 12V Power Connector
5
1
8
4
(8-pin ATX12V1)
(see p.12 No. 2)
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.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
Serial port Header
RRXD1
DDTR#1
DDSR#1
CCTS#1
(9-pin COM1)
5
1
8
4
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
(see p.12 No.26)
1
RRI#1
RRTS#1
GND
TTXD1
DDCD#1
HDMI_SPDIF Header
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
SPDIF audio output to HDMI
VGA card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please
connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to
this header.
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
(see p.12
No. 1)
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2.10 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD SB950 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10) functions. 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.
2.11 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID /
AHCI mode. The AMD SB950 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 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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2.12 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA3 HDD in RAID / AHCI
mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you
process the 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) connects
to SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connects to power supply
Caution
1. Without the SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA3 Hot Plug cannot
be processed.
2. Even some 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
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of
its limitation, the SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is
indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or
HDD user manual. The SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will
be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA3 driver is installed into your system properly. The
latest 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 SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please follow the instructions below to process the Hot Plug, improper procedures
will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect the SATA power cable’s
1x4-pin end (White) to the power supply’s
1x4-pin cable.
Step 2 Connect the SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3
connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect the SATA 15-pin power cable’s
connector (Black) end to the SATA3 HDD.
Step 4 Connect the SATA data cable to the
SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please follow the instructions below to process the Hot Unplug, improper procedures
will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug the SATA data cable from the SATA3 HDD’s side.
Step 2 Unplug the SATA 15-pin power cable’s connector (Black) from the SATA3 HDD’s side.
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2.13 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 top to bottom to
install those required drivers, so that the drivers you install can work properly.
2.14 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please
follow the procedures below according to the OS you install.
2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or
more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow the steps below.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. (Please use an USB floppy or a floppy
disk.)
A. Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press the <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as
the boot device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver diskette
[YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA3 drivers into
the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your
system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD RAID
driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to
install according to the OS you install.
2.14.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a RAID disk
composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below
steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.14.1 step 2 on page 38.
STEP 4: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.15 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 SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow the procedures
below according to the OS you install.
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID
functions, please follow the steps below.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.14.1 step 2 on page 38.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver. After reading
the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to
the OS you install.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.15.2 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 on your SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
2.16 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can
operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk
before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory 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.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/
+ / <Enter>
<F1>
<F9>
<F10>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
To bring up the selected screen
To display the General Help Screen
To load optimal default values for all the settings
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
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 Time [Hour:Minute:Second]
Use this item to specify the system time.
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]
Use this item to specify the system date.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
OC Mode
Use this to select OC Mode. Configuration options: [Manual] and [CPU
OC Mode]. The default value is [Manual].
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and
[Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
ASRock UCC
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation.
As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can
unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When
UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the
quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade
CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is
supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
CPU Active Core Control
This allows you to adjust the CPU Active Core Control feature. The
configuration options depend on the CPU core you adopt. The default
value is [Disabled].
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AMD Turbo Core Technology
This allows you to adjust the AMD Turbo Core Technology feature. The
default value is [Disabled].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
HT Bus Speed
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed.
Configuration options: [200MHz] to [2600MHz].
HT Bus Width
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width.
Configuration options: [8 Bit] and [16 Bit].
DRAM Configuration
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
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Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto]. The default value is [Auto].
CAS# Latency (tCL)
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1T. Max: 2T. The default is [Auto].
RAS# Cycle Time (tRC)
Use this item to change RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
Write Recovery Time (tWR)
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC)
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD)
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Write to Read Delay (tWTR)
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Read to Precharge (tRTP)
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
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Four Activate Window (tFAW)
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual
setting. The default is [Auto].
Voltage Control
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
NB Voltage
Use this to select NB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
HT Voltage
Use this to select HT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load. The default value is [Auto].
CPU VDDA Voltage
Use this to select CPU VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCIE VDDA Voltage
Use this to select PCIE VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Nouth Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, and USB Configuration.
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 the system’s UEFI without
entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch
this tool and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk
or hard drive, 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
Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
If you install Windows® 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this function, please
set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or
compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies. Please
set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
Secure Virtual Machine
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
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.
Core C6 State
Use this item to enable Core C6 State to reduce power consumed by the
CPU. The default value is [enabled].
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep
the CPU from overheating. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Configuration options: [PCI] and [PCI Express].
IOMMU
Use this to enable or disable IOMMU. The default value of this feature is
[Disabled].
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
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.
On/Off Play
Use this item to enable or disable On/Off Play Technology. The default value is [Enabled]. When On/Off Play is enabled, Deep Sx will be disabled. If
you want to enable Deep Sx, please disable On/Off Play first.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature.
Good Night LED
Enable this option to turn off Power LED and LAN LED when the system
is power on. The keyboard LED will also be turned off in S1, S3 and S4
state. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Mode
Use this item to adjust SATA Mode. The default value of this option is [IDE
Mode]. Configuration options: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Mode].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install
SATA ODD driver on SATA3_5 or eSATA3 port.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports. Use this item to enable or disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled].
If you want to build RAID on SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports, please
disable this item.
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].
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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.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.Configuration
options: [2F8h / IRQ3] and [2E8h / IRQ3].
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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.
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.
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 the system to wake from S5 using USB
Keyboard/Remote.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Mouse.
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ACPI HPET table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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3.4.7 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], [Disabled], [Auto] 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.
[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.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[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 [Disabled].
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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 the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default value is [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual]. The default value is [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Manual]. The default value is [Full On].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Manual]. The default value is [Full On].
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
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.
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 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.
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
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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, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” 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.
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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 comes with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhances 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 menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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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. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set RAID Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose onboard RAID 3TB+ unlocker > UEFI Mode For GPT partition. Press
<F10> to save the change and exit.
4. Press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI : Built - in EFI Shell.
5. Key in drvcfg, for example you will see below:
Drv[4E] Ctrl[B5] Lang[eng]
6. Key in dh [Drv number], for example: key in dh 4E.
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7. And then key in drvcfg –s [Drv number] [Ctrl number] to enter Raid Utility.
For example: key in drvcfg –s 4E B5.
8. Choose Logical Drive Main Menu to set up Raid Drive.
9. Choose Logical Drive Create Menu to create a Raid Drive.
10. Choose Usable Physical Drive List to select Raid HDD.
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11. Press Space on keyboard to toggle checkbox.
12. Choose Ld Size setting, and key in the Raid size.
13. After set up Raid size, please click Start to Create.
14. Press <F10> to exit Utility.
15. During reboot, please press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI: SCSI
CD/DVD Drive.
* This option only shows on Windows® 7 64-bit and VistaTM 64-bit OS.
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16. Follow Windows® Installation Guide to install OS.
If you install Windows® 7 64-bit / VistaTM 64-bit in 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 following instructions
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”.
c. Set “Startup type” to “Disable” then Click “OK”.
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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.
17. Finish.
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