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Motherboard
Maximus III
Extreme
E5279
First Edition
January 2010
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information...................................................................................... xii
About this guide........................................................................................ xiv
Maximus III Extreme specifications summary........................................ xvi
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.2
ROG Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features.... 1-3
1.3.3
ROG unique features....................................................... 1-6
1.3.4
ASUS special features..................................................... 1-6
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
Hardware information
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-6
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-6
2.2.2
Layout contents................................................................ 2-7
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-8
2.2.4
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-8
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-9
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-9
2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan............................... 2-12
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-13
System memory.......................................................................... 2-14
2.4.1
Overview........................................................................ 2-14
2.4.2
Memory configurations................................................... 2-15
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-22
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-22
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-23
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-23
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-23
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-24
2.5.4
PCI slot.......................................................................... 2-25
2.5.5
PCI Express x16 slots.................................................... 2-25
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-27
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Contents
2.7
RC Bluetooth card....................................................................... 2-29
2.9
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-31
2.8
2.10
2.11
I/O shield Installation.................................................................. 2-30
2.9.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-31
2.9.2
ROG Connect switch and RC Bluetooth switch............. 2-32
2.9.3
Audio I/O connections.................................................... 2-34
2.9.4
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-37
2.9.5
Onboard switches.......................................................... 2-47
2.9.6
ProbeIt........................................................................... 2-50
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-51
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-52
2.11.1
Using the OS shut down function................................... 2-52
2.11.2
Using the dual function power switch............................. 2-52
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
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BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-4
3.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-5
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 3-7
3.2.2
Menu bar.......................................................................... 3-7
3.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 3-7
3.2.4
Menu items...................................................................... 3-8
3.2.5
Submenu items................................................................ 3-8
3.2.6
Configuration fields.......................................................... 3-8
3.2.7
Pop-up window................................................................ 3-8
3.2.8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 3-8
3.2.9
General help.................................................................... 3-8
Extreme Tweaker menu................................................................ 3-9
3.3.1
CPU Level Up [Auto]...................................................... 3-10
3.3.2
Memory Level Up [Auto]................................................ 3-10
3.3.3
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto].............................................. 3-10
3.3.4
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]............................... 3-10
3.3.5
OC From CPU/Memory Level Up [Auto]........................ 3-10
3.3.6
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]................................................3-11
3.3.7
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled].........................3-11
Contents
3.4
3.5
3.3.8
BCLK Frequency [XXX]..................................................3-11
3.3.9
DRAM Frequency [Auto].................................................3-11
3.3.10
QPI Frequency [Auto].....................................................3-11
3.3.11
Start auto tuning..............................................................3-11
3.3.12
OC Tuner [Good Performance].......................................3-11
3.3.13
DRAM Timing Control.................................................... 3-12
3.3.14
CPU Clock Amplitude [Auto].......................................... 3-13
3.3.15
PCH Clock Amplitude [Auto].......................................... 3-13
3.3.16
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]................................................. 3-13
3.3.17
PCH Clock Skew [Auto]................................................. 3-13
3.3.18
Extreme OV [Disabled].................................................. 3-13
3.3.19
CPU Vltage OCP [Enabled]........................................... 3-14
3.3.20
PWM VGD [Auto]........................................................... 3-14
3.3.22
CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto].................................. 3-14
3.3.23
CPU Voltage Mode [VID] .............................................. 3-14
3.3.24
CPU Voltage [Auto] ....................................................... 3-14
3.3.25
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]................................................. 3-14
3.3.26
IMC Voltage [Auto] ........................................................ 3-14
3.3.27
PCH Voltage [Auto]........................................................ 3-14
3.3.28
DRAM Voltage [Auto]..................................................... 3-15
3.3.29
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto].................. 3-15
3.3.30
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto].................. 3-15
3.3.31
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]........................................ 3-15
3.3.32
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]....................................... 3-15
3.3.33
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-15
Main menu................................................................................... 3-16
3.4.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................. 3-16
3.4.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]........................................ 3-16
3.4.3
Language [English]........................................................ 3-16
3.4.4
SATA 1–6..........................................................................................3-17
3.4.5
Storage Configuration.................................................... 3-19
3.4.6
AHCI Configuration........................................................ 3-20
3.4.7
System Information........................................................ 3-20
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-21
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-21
3.5.2
Chipset........................................................................... 3-24
Contents
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration....................................... 3-25
3.5.4
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-27
3.5.5
LED Control................................................................... 3-28
3.5.6
iROG Configuration........................................................ 3-29
3.5.7
ROG Connect................................................................ 3-29
Power menu................................................................................. 3-30
3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto].................................................... 3-30
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]................................. 3-30
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled].......................................... 3-30
3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]........................................ 3-31
3.6.5
EuP Ready [Disabled].................................................... 3-31
3.6.6
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-31
3.6.7
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-33
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-36
3.7.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-36
3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-37
3.7.3
Security.......................................................................... 3-38
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-40
3.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-40
3.6.2
GO_Button File.............................................................. 3-42
3.6.3
AI NET 2........................................................................ 3-42
3.6.4
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-43
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-44
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
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Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
4.2.2
Drivers menu.................................................................... 4-2
4.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 4-3
4.2.4
Make disk menu............................................................... 4-4
4.2.5
Manual menu................................................................... 4-4
4.2.6
Video menu...................................................................... 4-5
4.2.7
ASUS Contact information............................................... 4-5
4.2.8
Other information............................................................. 4-6
4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals...................................... 4-8
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
Contents
4.4
4.5
4.3.1
VIA® High Definition Audio utility...................................... 4-9
4.3.2
ASUS PC Probe II...........................................................4-11
4.3.3 ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 4-17
4.3.4
ASUS Fan Xpert............................................................ 4-19
4.3.5
CPU Level Up................................................................ 4-20
4.3.6
TurboV EVO................................................................... 4-21
4.3.7
ROG Connect................................................................ 4-22
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-24
4.4.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-24
4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-25
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-25
4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility.......... 4-25
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-29
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-29
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-29
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver
during Windows® OS installation.................................... 4-30
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive........................................ 4-30
Chapter 5:
5.1
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology support
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-1
5.1.2
Before you begin.............................................................. 5-1
5.1.3
Installing CrossFireX graphics cards............................... 5-2
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-3
5.1.5
5.2
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology.................... 5-3
NVIDIA SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
®
5.2.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-5
5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards........................... 5-5
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-6
5.2.4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................... 5-6
Appendix:
Reference information
A.1
Debug code table..........................................................................A-1
A.3
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for RC Bluetooth........................A-4
A.2
A.4
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for BIOS FlashBack...................A-4
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for
500W Power Supply or above .....................................................A-5
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
FCC Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Caution Statement
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible
for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. “The
manufacture declares that this device is limited to Channels 1 through 11 in the
2.4GHz frequency by specified firmware controlled in the USA.”
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an
uncontrolled environment. To maintain compliance with FCC RF exposure
compliance requirements, please avoid direct contact to the transmitting antenna
during transmitting. End users must follow the specific operating instructions for
satisfying RF exposure compliance.
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RF exposure warning
This equipment must be installed and operated in accordance with provided
instructions and the antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to
provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not
be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
End-users and installers must be provide with antenna installation instructions and
transmitter operating conditions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.
Declaration of Conformity (R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC)
The following items were completed and are considered relevant and sufficient:
•
Essential requirements as in [Article 3]
•
Protection requirements for health and safety as in [Article 3.1a]
•
Testing for electric safety according to [EN 60950]
•
Protection requirements for electromagnetic compatibility in [Article 3.1b]
•
Testing for electromagnetic compatibility in [EN 301 489-1] & [EN 301 489-17]
•
Effective use of the radio spectrum as in [Article 3.2]
•
Radio test suites according to [EN 300 328-2]
CE Marking
CE marking for devices without wireless LAN/Bluetooth
The shipped version of this device complies with the requirements of the EEC
directives 2004/108/EC “Electromagnetic compatibility” and 2006/95/EC “Low
voltage directive”.
CE marking for devices with wireless LAN/ Bluetooth
This equipment complies with the requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC of the
European Parliament and Commission from 9 March, 1999 governing Radio and
Telecommunications Equipment and mutual recognition of conformity.
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Wireless Operation Channel for Different Domains
N. America
2.412-2.462 GHz
Ch01 through CH11
Japan
2.412-2.484 GHz
Ch01 through Ch14
Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz Ch01 through Ch13
France Restricted Wireless Frequency Bands
Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case maximum
authorized power indoors are:
•
10mW for the entire 2.4 GHz band (2400 MHz–2483.5 MHz)
•
100mW for frequencies between 2446.5 MHz and 2483.5 MHz
Channels 10 through 13 inclusive operate in the band 2446.6 MHz to 2483.5
MHz.
There are few possibilities for outdoor use: On private property or on the private
property of public persons, use is subject to a preliminary authorization procedure
by the Ministry of Defense, with maximum authorized power of 100mW in the
2446.5–2483.5 MHz band. Use outdoors on public property is not permitted.
In the departments listed below, for the entire 2.4 GHz band:
•
Maximum authorized power indoors is 100mW
•
Maximum authorized power outdoors is 10mW
Departments in which the use of the 2400–2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an
EIRP of less than 100mW indoors and less than 10mW outdoors:
01
08
16
32
45
59
64
67
75
88
94
Ain 02 Aisne
03
Ardennes 09 Ariège
11
Charente 24 Dordogne
25
Gers
36 Indre
37
Loiret
50 Manche
55
Nord
60 Oise
61
Pyrénées Atlantique
66
Bas Rhin 68 Haut Rhin
70
Paris
82 Tarn et Garonne
Vosges 89 Yonne
90
Val de Marne
Allier
05 Hautes Alpes
Aude
12 Aveyron
Doubs
26 Drôme
Indre et Loire 41 Loir et Cher
Meuse
58 Nièvre
Orne
63 Puy du Dôme
Pyrénées Orientales
Haute Saône 71 Saône et Loire
84 Vaucluse
Territoire de Belfort
This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless
LAN card in more areas within France. Please check with ART for the latest
information (www.art-telecom.fr)
Your WLAN Card transmits less than 100mW, but more than 10mW.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe [B] est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
IC Radiation Exposure Statement for Canada
This equipment complies with IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an
uncontrolled environment. To maintain compliance with IC RF exposure
compliance requirements, please avoid direct contact to the transmitting antenna
during transmitting. End users must follow the specific operating instructions for
satisfying RF exposure compliance.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
•
This device may not cause interference and
•
This device must accept any interference, including interference that may
cause undesired operation of the device.
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service (i.e. co-channel Mobile
Satellite systems) this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from
windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is
installed outdoors is subject to licensing.
The user is cautioned that this device should be used only as specified within
this manual to meet RF exposure requirements. Use of this device in a manner
inconsistent with this manual could lead to excessive RF exposure conditions.
This device and its antenna(s) must not be co-located or operating in conjunction
with any other antenna or transmitter.
Country Code selection feature to be disabled for products marketed to the US/
CANADA.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power
cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If
possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add
a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you
are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact
your local power company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
•
The optical S/PDIF is an optional component (may or may not be included in
your motherboard) and is defined as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT.
INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION, AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.
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•
Never dispose of the battery in fire. It could explode and release harmful
substances into the environment.
•
Never dispose of the battery with your regular household waste. Take it to a
hazardous material collection point.
•
Never replace the battery with an incorrect battery type.
•
RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN INCORRECT
TYPE.
•
DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE
BATTERY-RELATED INSTRUCTIONS.
Operation safety
•
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
This motherboard should only be used in environments with ambient
temperatures between 5ºC (41ºF) and 40ºC (104ºF).
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been
designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the
crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic
equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for
disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not
be placed in municipal waste.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
•
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI®
CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
•
Appendix: Reference information
This appendix includes additional information that you may refer to when
configuring the motherboard.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key> Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as
shown, then supply the required item or value enclosed
in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /iM3E.ROM
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Maximus III Extreme specifications summary
CPU
Supports the Intel® Core™i7, Intel® Core™i5 and
Intel® Core™i3 Processor in the LGA1156 package
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.) /2133(O.C.)
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Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors List).
Expansion Slots
5 x PCIe x16 slots
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1 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU Technology
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology / ATI® CrossFireX™
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Technology
Storage
Intel® P55 Express Chipset built-in:
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6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
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Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1,
5 and 10
JMicron® 363 controllers:
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1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (Red)
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1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
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2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
LAN
Realtek® RTL8112L Gigabit LAN controller
High Definition Audio
VIA® VT2020 10-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
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Supports Blu-ray audio layer content protection
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Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
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Supports 1 x S/PDIF out header
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Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front
Panel Jack-Retasking
IEEE 1394a
2 x 1394a ports (1 port onboard, 1 port at back I/O)
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USB
NEC® USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O)
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
- 11 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 7 ports at
back I/O)
Bluetooth Module
Accessory Card
Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
ROG Exclusive
Overclocking Features
ROG Connect
RC Bluetooth
Extreme Engine Power Design with digital VRM
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8-phase CPU digital VRM power
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3-phase VTT digital VRM power
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3-phase Memory power
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ML Cap on CPU
ProbeIt
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
BIOS Flashback
Loadline Calibration
Intelligent overclocking tools:
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ASUS AI Booster Utility
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O.C. Profile
Overclocking Protection:
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COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
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Voltiminder LED
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ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Other Special Features
CPU Level Up
MemOK!
Onboard Button: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS MyLogo3
ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Q-DIMM
BIOS Features
16Mb AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5,
ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
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Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7 x USB 2.0 ports (1 port also for ROG Connect)
1 x External SATA port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x Clr CMOS switch
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE1394a port
10-channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0
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ports
9 x SATA connectors: 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
(Red) / 6 x standard SATA connectors (Black) / 1 x
SATA_E(Red)
8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3
x Optional
5 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal Sensor Connectors
1 x IEEE1394a Connector
1 x SPDIF_Out Connector
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS Switch
1 x LN2 Mode Header
1 x Power on Switch
1 x Reset Switch
2 x EZ Plug Connectors
1 x OC Station Header
1 x RC Bluetooth Header
1 x Go Button
1 x BIOS Button
1 x System Panel Connector
Software
Support DVD:
- Drivers and Applications
Futuremark® 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
ASUS TurboV EVO Utility
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Chapter 1: Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ROG Maximus III Extreme
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ROG Maximus III Extreme motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ROG Maximus III Extreme
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1 x ROG Connect Cable
1 x SLI Cable
1 x 3 Way SLI Cable
1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
3 x 2-in-1 SATA 3.0Gb/s Signal Cables
1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA Module
Accessories����������������������
1 x RC Bluetooth Card
1 x I/O Shield
1 x Optional Fan
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
1 x Thermal Sensor Cables Pack
1 x Cable Ties Pack
1 x ROG Theme Label
1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
Application DVD
ROG motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
•
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
•
The item illustrations in above table are for reference only. Actual product
specifications may vary with different models.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Republic of Gamers
The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best
hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we
welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are
only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making
statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then
join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction
on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision
of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Intel® LGA1156 Lynnfield Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Lynnfield processors in LGA1156
package, which as memory and PCI Express controller integrated to support 2channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, providing great
graphics performance. Intel® Lynnfield processor is one of the most powerful and
energy efficient CPU in the world.
Intel® P55 Chipset
The Intel® P55 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to support the
latest 1156 socket Intel® Lynnfield processors. Intel® P55 provides improved
performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth
and stability.
SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand
Why choose when you can have both?
SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Maximus III Extreme,
you'll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFireX
on Demand technology, supporting SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever
path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously
unseen.
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Dual-Channel, DDR3 2200(O.C.) MHz
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of
2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz to meet
the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics,
multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture double
the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
PCIe 2.0
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and
bandwidth which enhances system performance.
1.3.2
ROG Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features
RC Bluetooth
Overwhelm your acknowledgement with wireless overclocking experience
Still overclocking in old-fashioned way? Let RC Bluetooth bring you the whole
new idea of how to do! Just simply push the button from the Back IO on the RC
Bluetooth card, overclockers can real-time monitor the desktop PC system status
& tweak its parameters - such as voltages and frequency on the fly. When users
want to use oridinary bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again &
enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth. Refer to page 2-33
for details.
ROG Connect
Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a
notebook—just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links
your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view realtime POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make
on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level. Diagram, power, reset
button, flash BIOS through notebook. Refer to page 2-32 for details.
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USB BIOS FlashBack
No worry of BIOS crash anytime!
USB BIOS Flashback must be the most convenient way to flash BIOS ever! It
allows overclockers to try their BIOS with the simplist way one can imagine. No
need to enter the BIOS or the operating system, just plug the thumb drive into the
ROG Connect port & push the ROG Connect button for 2 seconds, BIOS would be
automatically flashed under standby power. It's no doubt that USB BIOS Flashback
gives overclockers the ultimate convenience! Refer to page 2-32 for details.
Extreme Engine Digi+
Say hello to the next generation design
Extreme Engine—a next-generation dynamic multi-phase power management
system equipped with high performance digital Voltage Regulator Mudule (VRM)
design. Through digital power management, the board can easily achieve the
ultimate performance with adjustable CPU PWM frequency. Super Conductor FETs
expedite heat dissipation & achieve better electric conduction. ML Cap ensures a
stable power supply during overvoltage by lowering Equivalent Series Resistance
(ESR), keeping critical components reliable. This means you’ll be able to push
your spanking new Intel CPU to the limit, hitting benchmark scores that others only
dream of. Extreme Engine balances the need for voltage and the desire for rock
solid performance to bring the ultimate user experience.
MemOK!
Any memory is A-OK!
Memory compatibility is among the top concerns when it comes to computer
upgrades. Worry no more, MemOK! is the fastest memory booting solution today.
This remarkable memory rescue tool requires nothing but a push of a button
to patch memory issues and get your system up and running in no time. The
technology is able to determine failsafe settings that can dramatically improve
system booting success.
iROG
Intelligent multiple control at hand
The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlitghted functions that
gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows
advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware
level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it
offers system maintainence and management with more control and efficiency.
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ProbeIt
Get all hands-on with hardware-based overclocking
ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard’s measurement
points, identifying them clearly in the form of 5 sets of detection points so you’ll
know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.
BIOS FlashBack
Two BIOS ROM. Two BIOS settings. Twice the overclocking flexibility.
Overclocker's prayer to have BIOS flexibility is answered! With the new BIOS
Flashback, PC enthusiasts can overclock with even more confidence. BIOS
Flashback gives overclockers the ability to save two versions of the BIOS
simultaneously. Very much like the "SaveGame" function, one BIOS can be
used for the overclocking adventure, while the other BIOS is to be stored with
any previous version. BIOS Flashback brings the ultimate convenience to
overclockers! By pushing BIOS button, overclockers can easily choose which BIOS
ROM they want to save & boot from.
CPU Level Up
A simple click for instant upgrade!
Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no
additional cost with ROG's CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted
to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy
that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
Extreme Tweaker
One stop performance tuning shop
Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal
performance. No matter if you're looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage
options, or memory timing settings, they're all here!
Voltiminder LED
Friendly reminder on Voltage Settings
In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but
risky. Acting as the "red zone" of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the
voltage status for CPU, PCH, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The
voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.
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1.3.3
ROG unique features
COP EX
Maximum OC with confidence with burn proof protection to chipsets and
GPU!
The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries
of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU.
The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance
achievement.
Loadline Calibration
Optimal power boost for extreme CPU overclocking!
Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking.
The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy
loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard's ultimate OC capabilities and
benchmark scores.
Onboard Switches
No more shorting pins or moving jumpers
With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer
to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving
jumpers!
ASUS Q-Connector
Make connections quick and accurate
The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables
in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the
trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
1.3.4
ASUS special features
USB 3.0 Support
10X Faster Date Rates!
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0—the latest
connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and
peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible
with USB 2.0 components.
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SATA 6Gb/s Support
Experience the Future of Storage!
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard
delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability,
faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
8 O.C. Profile
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings
Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features
the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS
settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving
users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
10-channel Audio
Enjoy High-End 10-channel sound system on your PC
The onboard 10-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed
Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing
feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously
sends different audio streams to different destinations. This motherboard now
adopts the future standard to deliver the most vivid audio enjoyment.
3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
The Gamers' Benchmark
3DMarkVantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark
from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two
new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for
the latest hardware. 3DMark® Vantage is based on a completely new rendering
engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new
graphics API from Microsoft
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
The best protection from viruses and spyware
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual
users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The
product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for
malicious program detection rates that are among the industry's highest.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 2:
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-9
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-6
System memory.......................................................................... 2-14
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-23
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-27
RC Bluetooth card....................................................................... 2-29
I/O shield Installation.................................................................. 2-30
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-31
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-51
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-52
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2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely
grounded object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid
damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic
pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power
supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, or components.
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Onboard LEDs
The motherboard comes with a set of LEDs that indicate the voltage conditions of
CPU, memory, and PCH. You may adjust the voltages in BIOS. There are also an
LED for hard disk drive activity and an onboard switch for power status. For more
information about voltage adjustment, refer to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker menu.
1.
CPU LED
The CPU LED has three voltage displays: CPU Voltage, CPU PLL, and IMC
Voltage; you can select the voltage to display in BIOS. Refer to the illustration
below for the location of the CPU LED and the table below for LED definition.
2.
Memory LED
Refer to the illustration below for the location of the memory LED and the
table below for LED definition.
3.
PCH LED
The PCH LED shows the PCH Voltage. Refer to the illustration below for the
location of the PCH LED and the table below for LED definition.
CPU Voltage (default)
CPU PLL
IMC
2-2
Normal (green)
0.85–1.4
1.60325–2.00075
1.007–1.3515
High (yellow)
1.40625–1.54375
2.014–2.10675
1.36475–1.60325
Crazy (red)
1.55–
2.12–
1.6165–
DRAM Bus Voltage
Normal (green)
1.3515–1.60325
High (yellow)
1.6165–1.78875
Crazy (red)
1.80200–
PCH Voltage
Normal (green)
1.007–1.15275
High (yellow)
1.166–1.20575
Crazy (red)
1.219–
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4.
Hard Disk LED
The hard disk LED is designed to indicate the hard disk activity. It blinks when
data is being written into or read from the hard disk drive. The LED does not
light up when there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or
when the hard disk drive does not function.
5.
BIOS LED
The BIOS LEDs help indicate the BIOS activity. Press the BIOS button
to switch between BIOS1 and BIOS2 and the LED lights up when the
corresponding BIOS is in use.
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6.
GO LED
Blinking: Indicates that MemOK! is enabled before POST.
Lighting: Indicates that the system loads the preset profile (GO_Button file)
for temporary overclocking when in OS.
7.
Q LED
Q LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and booting
devices) in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is
found , the LED next to the error device will continue lighting until the problem
is solved. This user-friendly design provides an intuitional way to locate the
root problem within a second.
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8.
Power LED
The motherboard comes with a power-on switch that lights up to indicate
that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a reminder
that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below
shows the location of the onboard power-on switch.
When you turn on the ATX power supply, the Power LED flashes three times
to indicate that the system is ready to boot. Wait till the flash stops before you
press the power-on switch.
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2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Switches/Slots
1.
Q reset button
2.
CPU, chassis, and optional fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN;
4-pin PWR_FAN; 4-pin CHA_FAN1–3; 4-pin OPT_FAN1–3)
3.
ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V, 4-pin EZ_PLUG1—2)
4.
LGA1156 CPU Socket
5.
DDR3 DIMM slots
6.
LN2 Mode jumper (3-pin LN2)
7.
GO button
8.
Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1–3)
9.
Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA_6G_1/2 [red])
10.
Intel® P55 Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA 1-6)
11.
JMicron® JMB363 Serial ATA connector (7-pin SATA_E1)
12.
BIOS button
13.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
14.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC_SW)
15.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB1112; USB1314)
16.
OC Station connector (8-pin OC_STATION)
17.
Reset switch
18.
Power-on switch
19.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
20. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
21. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
22.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
23.
RC Bluetooth connector (12-1 pin RC_Bluetooth)
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Refer to 2.9 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1156 socket designed for the
Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 Processors.
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
2.3.1
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on
the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer
immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP
cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost
of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes
with the cap on the LGA1156 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts
resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/
incorrect removal of the PnP cap.
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
2.
Press the load lever with your thumb
(A), and then move it to the right (B)
until it is released from the retention
tab.
To prevent damage to the socket
pins, do not remove the PnP cap
unless you are installing a CPU.
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A
B
Retention tab
2-9
3.
Lift the load lever in the direction
of the arrow until the load plate is
completely lifted.
Load plate
4.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket by lifting the tab only.
PnP cap
Cap tab
5.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the gold triangle is on
the bottom‑left corner of the socket,
and then fit the socket alignment
keys into the CPU notches.
The CPU fits in only one correct
orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to prevent bending
the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
CPU notches
Gold
triangle
mark
Alignment keys
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6.
Apply some Thermal Interface
Material to the exposed area of
the CPU that the heatsink will be
in contact with, ensuring that it is
spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with preapplied thermal paste. If so, skip
this step.
The Thermal Interface Material is
toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it.
If it gets into your eyes or touches
your skin, wash it off immediately,
and seek professional medical
help.
7.
Close the load plate (A), and then
push down the load lever (B),
ensuring that the front edge of the
load plate slides under the retention
knob (C).
B
A
C
8.
Insert the load lever under the
retention tab.
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2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel LGA1156 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan
assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
®
•
When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan
and heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use
only Intel®‑certified multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
•
Your Intel® LGA1156 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin
design and requires no tool to install.
•
Use an LGA1156-compatible CPU heatsink and fan assembly only. The
LGA1156 socket is incompatible with the LGA775 and LGA1366 sockets in
size and dimension.
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that the
Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU
before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install
the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, ensuring that the four
fasteners match the holes on the
A
motherboard.
2.
Push down two fasteners at a time
in a diagonal sequence to secure
the heatsink and fan assembly in
place.
A
B
B
A
B
B
A
1
1
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to
the CPU fan connector.
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3.
Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled
CPU_FAN.
DO NOT forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors
can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from
the connector on the motherboard.
2.
Rotate each fastener
counterclockwise.
3.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to disengage the
heatsink and fan assembly from the
motherboard.
4.
A
B
B
A
A
B
B
A
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
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2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is
notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules
are developed for better performance with less power consumption.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
Recommended memory configurations
One DIMM:
Install only one memory module in slot A1 or B1 as a single-channel operation.
Two DIMMs (dual-channel operation):
2-14
Four DIMMs (dual-channel operation):
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB and 4GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs into
the DIMM sockets.
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The
system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel
configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then
mapped for single-channel operation.
•
According to Intel spec definition, DDR3-1600 is supported for one DIMM
per channel only. ASUS exclusively provides two DDR3-1600 DIMM
support for each memory channel.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended
to protect the CPU.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, CPUs with a core frequency of 2.66G support
the maximum DIMM frequency of up to DDR3-1333. To use DIMMs of a
higher frequency with a 2.66G CPU, enable the DRAM O.C. Profile feature
in BIOS. Refer to section 3.3.3 Ai Overclock Tuner for details.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, we recommend that you obtain memory modules from the
same vendor.
•
Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you
install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory
for the OS can be about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we
recommend that you do any of the following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit
Windows OS.
- Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft® support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
•
This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB)
chips or less (Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1
Megabyte/MB).
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial
Presence Detect (SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information
from a memory module. Under the default state, some memory modules
for overclocking may operate at a lower frequency than the vendor-marked
value. To operate at the vendor-marked or at a higher frequency, refer
to section 3.3 Extreme Tweaker menu for manual memory frequency
adjustment.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support
a full memory load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
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G.SKILL
F3-17066CL9T-6GB-T
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS
9-9-9-24
(1066-8-7-7-20)
1.65
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
A*
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B*
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Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Voltage DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
A*
B*
Apacer
78.0AGCQ.CBZ(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-27
(1066-8-8-8-20)
N/A
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BE2009.8SFB3(EPP)
1024MB
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-28
(1333-9-9-9-24)
2
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL7T-6GBPS(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-8-7-20
(1066-8-8-8-20)
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-16000CL9T-6GBPS(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-8-8-8-20)
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16000D3K2/2GN(EPP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16000D3K3/3GX(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9(1333-9-9-9-24) 1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX(XMP)
6144MB(Kit 0f 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8(1066-8-8-8-20) 1.65
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KHX16000D3T1K3/6GX(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9(1066-8-8-8-20) 1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3FXT20002GK
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8
1.9
OCZ
OCZ3P20002GK(EPP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9
1.9
•
•
Gingle
9CAASS37AZZ01D1
2048MB
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
N/A
•
•
2.0
C*
•
•
•
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Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip NO.
Timing
Lable(Bios)
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
Apacer
78.0AGCD-CDZ(XMP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24
1.8
(1800-8-8-8-24)
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1800C8DF
4096MB(Kit of 2)
(CM3X2G1800C8D)(XMP)Ver4.1
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24
1.80
C*
•
•
KINGSTON KHX14400D3/1G
1024MB
SS
Heat-Sink Package
1.9
•
•
KINGSTON KHX14400D3K2/2GN(EPP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
1.9
•
•
KINGSTON KHX14400D3K3/3GX(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
1800-9-9-9-27
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P18002GK
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P18004GK
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8
•
•
•
Transcend
TX1800KLU-2GK(XMP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8
•
•
Patriot
PVS32G1800LLKN(EPP)
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-20
1.9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.9
•
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Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip NO.
DS
Timing
Lable(Bios)
Voltage
A*
B*
C*
A-DATA
AD31600E001GMU
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65-1.85
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD31600F002GMU(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.75-1.85
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D(XMP)Ver2.1
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24(1600-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C9(XMP)Ver1.1
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1601-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV 4096MB(Kit of 2)
(CM3X2G1600C9DHXNV)Ver4.1
DS
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9--9-24)
1.80
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D(XMP)Ver2.1
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C8D
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-24(1600-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9(XMP)Ver2.1
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
•
Crucial
BL12864BA1608.8SFB(XMP)
1024MB
SS
Heat-Sink Package
(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.8
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ
2048MB(Kit of 2)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.6
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBHK(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-21(1333-8-8-8-21)
1.6-1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-21(1066-8-8-8-20)
1.6~1.65
•
•
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DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
•
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F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
6144MB(Kit of 3)
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Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1601-9-9-9-24)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1600C8DC
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-28(1600-8-8-8-28)
1.6
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGD45F-B8KG9-NAES
1024MB
SS
KFB8FNGXFANX-12A
9(1600-9-8-9-28)
1.5
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLGE85F-B8KG9-NEES
2048MB
DS
KFB8FNGXFANX-12A
9(1600-9-8-9-28)
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX(XMP)
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
1600-8-8-8-20
1.65
•
•
KINGSTON KHX12800D3K3/12GX(XMP)
12288MB(Kit
of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9(1066-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
KINGSTON KHX12800D3K2/4G
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.9
•
•
•
KINGSTON KHX12800D3LLK3/6GX(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-8-8-8-20)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB1G
1024MB
SS
Heat-Sink Package
7-6-6-24(1333-7-7-7-20)
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV3GK
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600LV3GK
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P16004GK
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.9
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1600EB4GK
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-6(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.8
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1600LV6GK
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-16)
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8(1600-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3X1600LV6GK(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8(1066-7-7-7-16)
1.65
•
•
•
Super
Talent
WB160UX6GB(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
1333-8-8-8-24
•
•
•
Cell Shock
CS322271
2048MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-14(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-DG
2048MB
DS
N2CB1G80AN-DG
9(1333-9-9-9-28)
•
•
•
Mushkin
996657
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
•
•
•
Mushkin
998659(XMP)
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT33G1600ELK
3072MB(Kit of 3)
SS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600ELK
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.8
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1600LLKN
4096MB(Kit of 2)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20(1066-7-7-7-20)
2.0
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1600ELK
6144MB(Kit of 3)
DS
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24(1600-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
PQI
MFADR401PA0102(XMP)
2048MB
DS
K4B1G08460
1066-8-8-8-20
•
•
•
1.7-1.9
•
SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided DIMM support:
•
A*: S
upports one module inserted in any slot as single-channel
memory configuration.
•
B*: S
upports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots or
the black slots as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.
•
C*: S
upports four modules inserted into both the yellow and black slots as
two pairs of dual‑channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
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Size
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Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
A*
B*
C*
A-DATA
AD133301GOU
1024MB
SS A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
1333-9-9-9-24
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD1333002GOU
2048MB
DS A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
1333-9-9-9-24
•
•
•
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
6144MB( DS N/A
Kit of 3)
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.01GC6.420
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.01GC6.9L0
1024MB
SS Apacer
AM5D5808AEWSBG
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.01GC8.422
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E(ECC)
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.421
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2048MB
DS Apacer
AM5D5808AEWSBG
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Apacer
78.A1GC8.423
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E(ECC)
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.1
•
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9
(CM3X1024-1333C9)Ver1.1
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.70
•
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1333C9DHX
4096MB
(CM3X2048-1333C9DHX)Ver3.2 (Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.70
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1024MB
SS MICRON
MT8JF12864AY-1G4D1
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2048MB
DS MICRON
D9JNM
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
Crucial
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS NA
Heat-Sink Package
6-6-6-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-DJ-E
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-DJ-E
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-7-7-7-18)
1.65
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-8-8-8-22)
1.65
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)
2048MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-18
(1333-7-7-7-18)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8-21
(1333-7-7-7-20)
1.5-1.6
•
•
•
G.SKILL
F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1333C7DC
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-24
(1333-8-8-8-28)
1.5
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6BFR8C-H9
1024MB
SS Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
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Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2048MB
DS Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2048MB
DS Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
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•
KINGMAX
FLFD45F-B8EE9
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
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•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/1G
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
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KINGSTON KVR1333D3N9/2G
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9(1066-8-7-7-20) 1.5
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Voltage
1.65-1.85
1.8
DIMM socket
support
(Optional)
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MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G4BYES
1024MB
SS MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
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MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1
1024MB
SS MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9(1066-8-8-8-20)
•
•
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MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G4F1
2048MB
DS MICRON
9FF22 D9KPT
9(1066-8-8-8-20)
•
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OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5-20)
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV3GK
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7
(1066-7-7-7-16)
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13334GK
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7(1333-7-7-7-20) 1.8
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB4GK
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5)
1.85
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV6GK
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZX1333LV6GK(XMP)
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS NA
Heat-Sink Package
8-8-8
(1066-7-7-7-16)
1.6
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B2873EH1-CH9
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
1066-8-7-7-20
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5673EH1-CH9
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846E
1066-8-7-7-20
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CH9
4096MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Super
Talent
W1333UX2GB(XMP)
2048MB
(Kit of 2)
SS N/A
8(1333-8-8-8-24) 1.8
•
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLK64V3U
1024MB
SS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3U
2048MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B1G0846D
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJ
1024MB
SS Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJE
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
1066-8-8-8-20
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJ
2048MB
DS Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJE
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
1066-8-8-8-20
•
•
•
ASUS
N/A
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-1G
1024MB
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSH1333D3G-T3G(XMP)
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1066-8-7-7-20)
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-2G
2048MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-CG
2048MB
DS Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-CG
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
Patriot
PDC32G1333LLK
1024MB
SS PATRIOT
Heat-Sink Package
7(1337-7-7-7-20) 1.7
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT33G1333ELK
3072MB
(Kit of 3)
SS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1333ELK
4096MB
(Kit of 2)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.5
•
•
•
Heat-Sink Package
•
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PVS34G1333LLK
4096MB
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Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.7
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1333ELK
6144MB
(Kit of 3)
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP001GBLTU133S02
1024MB
SS S-POWER I0YT3E0
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU133S02
2048MB
DS S-POWER I0YT3E0
9(1333-9-9-9-24)
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Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip
DS Brand
Chip NO.
Timing
Dimm(Bios)
Voltage DIMM socket
support (Optional)
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1066C7
1024MB
DS N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7
1.1
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
1024MB
SS MICRON
D9JNL
Crucial
CT25664BA1067.16SFD
2048MB
DS MICRON
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-AE-E
1024MB
ELPIDA
EBJ11RD8BAFA-AE-E
ELPIDA
A*
B*
C*
•
•
•
7
•
•
•
D9JNL
7
•
•
•
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
1024MB
DS ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E(ECC) 7
•
•
•
EBJ11UD8BAFA-AG-E
1024MB
DS ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E
8
•
•
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-AE-E
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6AFP8C-G7N0
1024MB
SS HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT112U64ZNF8-G7
1024MB
SS HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7
7
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6AFP8C-G7N0 2048MB
DS HYNIX
H5TQ1G83AFPG7C
7
•
•
•
Hynix
HYMT125U64ZNF8-G7
2048MB
DS HYNIX
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G7
7
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/1G
1024MB
SS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1066-7-7-7-20
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/2G
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1066-7-7-7-20
1.5
•
•
•
KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/4G
4096MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
1066-7-7-7-20
1.5
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G1D1
1024MB
SS MICRON
7VD22
7
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1
1024MB
SS MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G1D1 2048MB
DS MICRON
7VD22
7
•
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1 2048MB
DS MICRON
8ZF22 D9KPV
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CF8
4096MB
DS SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCF8
8(7-7-7-20)
Transcend
TS256MLK64V1U
2048MB
DS ELPIDA
J1108BABG-AE-E
7(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EAE
1024MB
SS Asint
DDRIII1208-AE
(7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EAE
2048MB
DS Asint
DDRIII1208-AE
(7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HAN4-BE
2048MB
DS Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-BE
7
WINTEC
3DU3191A-10
1024MB
DS Qimonda
IDSH51-03A1F1C-10F
7
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•
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•
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing
the retaining clip outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the DIMM slot key on the
socket.
DIMM notch
1
2
DIMM slot key
Unlocked retaining clip
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force
a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Hold the DIMM by both of its
ends, then insert the DIMM
vertically into the socket. Apply
force to both ends of the DIMM
simultaneously until the retaining
clip snaps back into place, and
the DIMM cannot be pushed
in any further to ensure proper
sitting of the DIMM.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM notch
damage.
2.4.4
2-22
Removing a DIMM
1.
Press the retaining clip outward to
unlock the DIMM.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the
socket.
2
1
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards.
Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 3 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable. Refer to the table on the next page for details.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIEX16_1
PCIEX16_2
PCIEX16_3
PCIEX16_4
PCIEX16_5
PCI_1
LAN1
USB 2.0 controller1
USB 2.0 controller2
USB 3.0 controller
Onboard SATA controller
Onboard SATA 6G controller
1394 Controller
HD Audio
2-24
A
B
C
D
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
E
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
F
G
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
shared
–
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.5.4
PCI slot
The PCI slot supports cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slot.
2.5.5
PCI Express x16 slots
This motherboard has five PCI Express x16 slots that support PCI Express x16
cards complying with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for
the location of the slot.
PCI slot PCI Express x16_5 slot
PCI Express x16_4 slot
PCI Express x16_3 slot
PCI Express x16_2 slot
PCI Express x16_1 slot
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•
When you install three graphics cards, the PCIE slots support x16, x16 and
x8 link. When you install four graphics cards, the PCIE slots support x8 link
each. Refer to the following configuration table for installation.
Three graphics cards
Four graphics cards
PCIex16_1 slot
PCIex16_2 slot
PCIex16_3 slot
PCIex16_4 slot
PCI slot
PCIex16_5 slot
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•
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
CrossFireX™ or SLI mode. See page 2-44 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled
CHA_FAN1/2/3 when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal
environment.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.6
Jumper
1.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC_SW)
This jumper allows you to enable the clr CMOS switch on the back I/O. You
can clear the CMOS memory and system setup parameters by erasing the
CMOS RTC RAM data. The clr CMOS switch on the back I/O helps you
easily clear the system setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Press down the clr CMOS switch on the back I/O.
2. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
clr CMOS switch behavior
System power state
G3*
Clearing CMOS
S5*
S0 (DOS mode)
S0 (OS mode)
S1
S3
S4
**
*G3: Power off without +5VSB power (AC power loss); S5: Power off with +5VSB power
**The system shuts dowm immediately.
•
The clr CMOS switch will not function if the CLRTC_SW jumper is moved to
the Disable position.
•
Ensure to re-enter your previous BIOS settings after you clear the CMOS.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to CPU
overclocking. With the C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) feature, shut down
and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset CPU parameter
settings to default values.
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2-28
2.
LN2 Mode jumper (3-pin LN2)
This jumper functions to help the CPU recover from a frozen condition
caused by an extremely low temperature.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.7
RC Bluetooth card
RC Bluetooth card layout
3
1
2
1.
Antenna: Receives the Bluetooth signal. The plastic cap on the antenna
protects it from possible damage.
2.
Bluetooth Switch: Toggles the RC Bluetooth function ON and OFF. When
the RC Bluetooth is OFF, the normal Bluetooth connection is still available.
3.
Bluetooth Connector: Connects the RC_BLUETOOTH connector on the
motherboard.
RC Bluetooth card installation
1.
Locate the RC_Bluetooth
connector on the
motherboard.
2.
Orient the RC_Bluetooth
card and firmly install it to
the connector.
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2.8
I/O shield Installation
1.
Install the I/O shield to the chassis by snapping it in place from inside.
2.
Orient the motherboard and install it to the chassis. Make sure that the
motherboard external ports fit the I/O openings.
Be cautious when installing the motherboard. The I/O shield edge springs may
damage the I/O ports.
The photos above are for reference only, the actual I/O shield may differ by
models.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.9
Connectors
2.9.1
Rear panel connectors
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
8.
Optical S/PDIF Out port
2.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
9.
IEEE 1394a port
3.
USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
10.
External SATA port
4.
LAN (RJ-45) port*
11.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
5.
RC Bluetooth switch
12.
ROG Connect switch
6.
USB 2.0 ports 7 and 8
13.
USB 2.0 port 14/
ROG Connect port
7.
Clear CMOS switch
14.
Audio ports
To use hot-plug, set the Controller Mode in the BIOS settings to [AHCI] mode.
See section 3.5.3 Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
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* LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link
Speed LED
Description
OFF
OFF
Soft-off Mode
Yellow Blinking
OFF
During Power ON/OFF
Yellow Blinking
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
Yellow Blinking
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
2.9.2
Activity/ Speed
Link LED LED
LAN port
ROG Connect switch and RC Bluetooth switch
ROG Connect switch
The ROG Connect function allows you to monitor and control remotely with the
other computer through the provided ROG Connect cable.This switch also features
USB BIOS FlashBack, which enables you to flash the BIOS in standby power.
To use ROG Connect:
1.
Connect one end of the ROG Connect cable to the ROG Connect port and
the other to your notebook or netbook.
2.
Press the switch to start to connection.
To use USB BIOS FlashBack:
1.
Download the latest BIOS from ASUS support website. Rename it M3E.ROM,
save it to a USB flash drive and place it in the root directory.
2.
Connect the USB flash drive to the ROG Connect port.
3.
Press and hold the ROG Connect switch until it starts blinking (with standby
power).
4.
When the blinking stops, the BIOS flash completes.
Refer to the Appendix for the qualified vendor list for the USB flash disk before
using the USB BIOS FlashBack function.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
RC Bluetooth switch
The RC Bluetooth function allows you to control your system wirelessly through
your mobile smartphone.
To use RC Bluetooth
1.
Install the application from the motherboard support DVD to your mobile
phone.
2.
Ensure that the Bluetooth function of your mobile phone is activated.
3.
Press the RC Bluetooth switch.
4.
Search the available Bluetooth-enabled devices nearby and add RC_
Bluetooth.
5.
Pair your mobile phone and the system and start using RC Bluetooth
function.
•
Refer to the Appendix for the qualified vendor list for the mobile phone
before using the RC Bluetooth function.
•
The RC Bluetooth is designed for the following mobile phone operating
systems. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest supported
operating system list.
Mobile phone OS Version
Windows Mobile
6.5/ 6.1/ 6.0 Professional (at display resolution 480*800)
Symbian
S60 3rd edition, feature pack 2/ feature pack 1
Android
Google Android 2.0 or later version
•
For mobile phone with Symbian OS, RC Bluetooth supports keypad control
only. RC Bluetooth is not available for phones with touch screen control.
•
For mobile phone with Windows Mobile OS, you need to click the COM
Port tab and add RC_Bluetooth.
•
The default pairing code for RC Bluetooth is 0000.
•
When you use RC Bluetooth, we recommend you stop running applications,
including ASUS PC Probe II and Ai Suite.
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2.9.3
Audio I/O connections
Audio 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
10-channel
Light
Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Additional
Side Speaker
Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Front Speaker
Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
–
–
Center/
Subwoofer
Center/
Subwoofer
Center/
Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Rear Speaker
Out
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker
Out
Side Speaker
Out
Audio I/O ports
Connect to Headphone and Mic
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Connect to Stereo / 2.1-channel Speakers
Connect to 4.1-channel Speakers
Connect to 5.1-channel Speakers
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Connect to 7.1-channel Speakers
Connect to 9.1-channel Speakers
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2.9.4
1.
Internal connectors
Intel® P55 Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA 1-6)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and
10 configuration with the Intel® Matrix Storage Technology through the onboard
Intel® P55 chipset.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA boot/data hard disk drives to these
connectors. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these
connectors, set the Configure SATA as item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See
section 3.4.5 Storage Configuration for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or the
manual bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP2 or later versions.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. See section 3.4.5 Storage Configuration for details.
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2.
Marvell® Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA_6G_1/2 [red])
These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial
ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables.
3.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA data hard disk drives to these
connectors.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Marvell Controller item in the BIOS
to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.3 Onboard Devices Configuration for
details.
JMicron® JMB363 Serial ATA connector (7-pin SATA_E1)
This connector connects to a Serial ATA hard disk drive or optical disc drive via
a Serial ATA signal cable.
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4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB1112; USB13)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable
to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the
back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0
specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the USB cable to ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and
then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard.
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5.
OC station connector (8-pin OC_Station)
This connector is for ASUS OC Station connection only. Connect
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one end
of the supplied data cable to the GP connector on the OC Station and the
other end to this connector and USB13 on the motherboard to enjoy easier
overclocking.
6.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module
cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage
the motherboard!
The IEEE 1394a module is purchased separately.
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7.
CPU, chassis, and optional fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin PWR_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN1–3, 4-pin OPT_FAN1–3)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA–2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A–7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable
matches the ground pin of the connector.
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the chassis fan
cable to the motherboard connector labeled OPT_FAN1/2/3 for better thermal
environment.
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8.
Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1/2/3)
These connectors are for temperature monitoring. Connect the thermal
sensor cables to these connectors and place the other ends to the devices
which you want to monitor temperature. The optional fan1/2/3 can work with
the temperature sensors for a better cooling effect.
Enable OPT FAN1/2/3 overheat protection in BIOS if you connect thermal
sensor cables to these connectors.
9.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
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10. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install
the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
11. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that
supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio
capability.
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If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector, set the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD Audio];
if you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector,
set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set to [HD Audio].
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12. ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V, 4-pin EZ_PLUG1—2)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs
are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
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•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 600 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Connect the 4-pin EZ_PLUG1 and EZ_PLUG2 power plugs to ensure
sufficient power supply when you install multiple graphics cards.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate. Refer
to the Appendix for the certified 500W power supply or above.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
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13. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis
power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when
you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity
LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is
read from or written to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
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14. ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
Use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect the chassis front panel cables.
To install the ASUS Q-Connector:
1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the
Q-Connector to know the detailed
pin definitions, and then match them
to their respective front panel cable
labels.
The labels on the front panel
cables may vary depending on the
chassis model.
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2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the
system panel connector, ensuring
the orientation matches the labels
on the motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now
enabled. The figure shows the QConnector is properly installed on
the motherboard.
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
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POWE
RESET
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2.9.5
Onboard switches
Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare
or open-case system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually
change settings to enhance system performance.
1.
Power-on switch
Press the power-on switch to wake/power up the system.
2.
Reset switch
Press the reset switch to reboot the system.
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3.
GO button
Press the GO button before POST to enable MemOK! or press it to quickly
load the preset profile (GO_Button file) for temporary overclocking when in
OS.
4.
BIOS button
The motherboard comes with two BIOS. Press the BIOS button to switch
BIOS and load different BIOS settings. The nearby BIOS LEDs indicate the
BIOS you are using.
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5.
Q reset button
When the LN2_Mode jumer does not work and your CPU cannot resume
function, press the Q reset button to temporarily stop the power supply to the
CPU and help the CPU recover from a frozen condition.
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2.9.6
ProbeIt
The ROG ProbeIt feature provides a nice touch for your convenient and accurate
OC settings. No time wasted fumbling around on the complicated motherboard
layout, the clearly marked area gives you easier access to the measure points
when a multitester is employed for more accurate measurements during your busy
overclocking work.
Refer to the following illustration for ProbeIt location.
Using ProbeIt
You may connect the multitester to the motherboard as shown
The photos above are for reference only, the actual motherboard layout and
measure points location may differ by models.
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2.10 Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional
messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed
a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your
retailer for assistance.
7.
BIOS Beep
Description
One short beep
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
No memory detected
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
No VGA detected
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
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2.11 Turning off the computer
2.11.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® Vista™/ Windows® 7:
1. Click the Start button then select Shut Down.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
2.11.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section 3.6 Power Menu in
Chapter 3 for details.
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This chapter tells how to change the
system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
3
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
3.1
3
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.4
Main menu................................................................................... 3-16
3.3
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
Extreme Tweaker menu................................................................ 3-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-21
Power menu................................................................................. 3-30
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-36
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-40
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-44
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
1.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.)
2.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility: Restores the BIOS using the motherboard
support DVD or a USB flash drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.
3.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash drive in case
you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS
using the ASUS Update utility.
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
3-2
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to
use a DOS‑based utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built in the BIOS chip so it is
accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port,
and then launch EZ Flash 2 in any of these two ways:
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
•
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash
2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.34
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: Maximus III Extreme
VER: 0229
DATE: 07/29/2009
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
2.
Press <Tab> to switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is
found. When found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16
format and single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and
stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See
section 3.9 Exit Menu for details.
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3.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to
restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process.
You can restore a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a
USB flash drive that contains the BIOS file.
The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file
published on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file,
download the file at support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash
drive containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
4.
Turn off the system after the utility completes the updating process and
power on again.
5.
The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS setting. To
ensure system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press
<F2> to load default BIOS values.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while recovering the BIOS! Doing so
can cause system boot failure!
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3.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports two programmable firmware chips that you can update
using the provided utility described in section 3.1 Managing and updating your
BIOS.
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
firmware chip.
The firmware chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up
the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program.
Press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility;
otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
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The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setup Defaults item under the
Exit Menu. See section 3.9 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file
for this motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Menu bar
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[13:51:25]
[Mon 12/14/2009]
[English]
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD D DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Storage Configuration
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System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Sub-menu items
3.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Extreme Tweaker
Main
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
3.2.3
For changing the overclocking settings
For changing the basic system configuration
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration
For changing the system boot configuration
For configuring options for special functions
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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3.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For
example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
3.2.5
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
3.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to 3.2.7 Pop-up window.
3.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
3.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side
of a menu screen when there are items
that do not fit on the screen. Press the
Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> /
<Page Down> keys to display the other
items on the screen.
3.2.9
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode [Auto]
ACPI Version Features [Disabled]
ACPI APIC support [Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
←→
↑↓
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Scroll bar
Pop-up window
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected
item.
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3.3
Extreme Tweaker menu
The Extreme Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related
items.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Extreme Tweaker menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
Target CPU Frequency: 2128MHZ
Target DRAM Frequency: 1066MHZ
CPU Level Up
[Auto]
Memory Level Up
[Auto]
------------------------------------------------Ai Overclock Tuner
[Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
CPU Configuration
*Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech[Enabled]
QPI Frequency [Auto]
Start aua tuning
OC Tuner
]
DRAM Timing Control
[Turbo Profile
CPU Clock Amplitude
[Auto]
Warning: this function
belongs to overclocking, and it may cause
instability.
Select a CPU level,
and the rest will be
auto-adjusted. If you
want to adjust more,
set Ai Overclcok Tuner
to Manual after you
select a CPU level.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
PCU Clock Amplitude
CPU Clock Skew
PCU Clock Skew
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
******** Please key in numbers directly! ********
Current Voltage: 1.078V 1.799V 1.118V
CPU Temperature: 33˚C/91˚F
Extreme OV
[Disabled]
CPU Voltage OCP
[Enabled]
PWM VGD
[Auto]
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Voltage Mode
[VID]
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
IMC Voltage
[Auto]
Current Voltage: 1.058V
PCH Temperature: 38˚C/100˚F
PCH Voltage
[Auto]
Current Voltage: 1.535V
DRAM Voltage
[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA[Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB[Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHB[Auto]
Spread Spectrum and Clock Skew
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
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↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.3.1
CPU Level Up [Auto]
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters will be automatically
adjusted according to the selected CPU level. If you want to manually configure the
settings in detail, set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] after selecting a CPU level.
Configuration options: [Auto] [i3-530-2.93G] [i3-540-3.06G] [i5-650-3.2G]
3.3.2
Memory Level Up [Auto]
Allows you to select a memory level, and the related parameters will be
automatically adjusted according to the selected memory level. If you want to
manually configure the settings in detail, set Ai Overclock Tuner to [Manual] after
selecting a memory level.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz]
[DDR3-2000MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2200MHz]
You are allowed to select either a CPU level or a memory level at one time.
3.3.3
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
X.M.P.
If you install memory module(s) supporting the eXtreme
Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, choose this item to set the
profile(s) supported by your memory module(s) for optimizing
the system performance.
CPU Level Up
Allows you to select a CPU level, and the related parameters
will be adjusted automatically.
Memory Level Up
Allows you to select a memory level, and the related
parameters will be adjusted automatically.
3.3.4
eXtreme Memory Profile [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [X.M.P.] and
allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module.
Configuration options: [High Performance] [High Frequency]
3.3.5
OC From CPU/Memory Level Up [Auto]
These item appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to [Manual].
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3.3.6
CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.������������������������������������
The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
3.3.7
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
When set to [Disabled], the CPU runs at its default speed. When set to [Enabled],
the CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following two items do not appear when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner
item to [Auto].
3.3.8
BCLK Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the Internal Base Clock (BCLK). Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value. You can also type the desired value using the numeric keypad.
The values range from 80 to 500.
3.3.9
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [800MHz] [1066MHz] [1333MHz]
3.3.10
QPI Frequency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3200MHz] [3733MHz] [4800MHz]
3.3.11
Start auto tuning
Press <Enter> to start auto tuning. It takes around 5 minutes, and the system will
reboot for several times before the tuning completes. After the tuning, the C-State
will be disabled.
3.3.12
OC Tuner [Good Performance]
OC Tuner automatically overclocks the frequency and voltage of CPU and DRAM.
Choose [Good Performance] or [Better Performance] as a stable setting for daily
use. Choose [Turbo Profile] as an advanced overclocking setting for special
purposes. Configuration options: [Turbo Profile]
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3.3.13
DRAM Timing Control
The configuration options for some of the following items vary �����������������
depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
1st Information: 9-9-9-24-4-74-10-5-20
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [10 DRAM
Clock] [11 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM
Clock] [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM
Clock] [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [16 DRAM
Clock] [17 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock]
DRAM REF Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [48 DRAM Clock] [60 DRAM Clock]
[72 DRAM Clock] [82 DRAM Clock] [88 DRAM Clock] [90 DRAM Clock]
[100 DRAM Clock] [110 DRAM Clock] [114 DRAM Clock] [118 DRAM Clock]
[122 DRAM Clock] [126 DRAM Clock] [130 DRAM Clock] [134 DRAM Clock]
[138 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [63 DRAM Clock]
2nd Information: 1N
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N]
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3rd Information: 6-6-13-9-9-9-7-6-4-7-7-4
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [10 DRAM Clock] – [22 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(S/D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM Clock]
DRAM WRITE to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] [6 DRAM Clock]
3.3.14
CPU Clock Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.3.15
PCH Clock Amplitude [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.3.16
CPU Clock Skew [Auto]
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need
to adjust the IOH Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps]–[Delay 1500ps]
3.3.17
PCH Clock Skew [Auto]
Adjusting this item may help enhancing BCLK overclocking ability. You may need
to adjust the CPU Clock Skew item at the same time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Delay 100ps]–[Delay 1500ps]
3.3.18
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Extreme OV [Disabled]
Enables the Extreme OV function.
Disables this function.
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3.3.19
CPU Vltage OCP [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.20
PWM VGD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [6V] [7V] [8V] [9V] [10V]
3.3.22
CPU ����������������������������
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU Load-Line mode.
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.3.23
BIOS automatically adjust the voltage.
Follows Intel specifications.
Improve CPU VDroop directly.
CPU Voltage Mode [VID]
Allows you to set the CPU Voltage Mode. Configuration options: [Offset] [VID]
3.3.24
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VCore voltage.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting
a high VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low
VCore voltage may make the system unstable.
3.3.25
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.60325V to
2.50425V with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.26
IMC Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU Integrated Memory Controller voltage. The values range
from 1.00700V to 2.00075V* with a 0.01325V interval.
3.3.27
PCH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from
1.00700V to 1.35150V with a 0.101325V interval.
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•
The values of the IMC Voltage, DRAM Voltage, and CPU PLL Voltage
items are labeled in different color, indicating the risk levels of high voltage
settings. Refer to the table on the next page for details.
•
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high
voltage settings.
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CPU
Green
0.85–1.50
IMC
1.007–1.09975
1.007–1.04675
1.20575–1.537
CPU PLL 1.60325–1.78875
PCH
DRAM
3.3.28
Blue
Yellow
1.50625–1.59375
Red
1.6–1.8
1.802–2.00075
2.014–2.10675
2.12–
1.113–1.3515
1.36475–1.60325
1.6165–1.70925
1.06–1.15275
1.55025–1.60325
1.166–1.20575
1.6165–1.78875
1.219–1.25875
1.80200–2.00075
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.20575V to 2.50425V
with a 1.01325V interval.
3.3.29
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B. The values
range from -157.5mV to +200mV with a 12.5mV interval. Different ratio might
enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.3.30
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM Control Reference Voltage on Channel A/B. The
values range from -157.5mV to +200mV with a 12.5mV interval. Different ratio
might enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.3.31
[Disabled]
[Auto]
3.3.32
[Disabled]
[Auto]
3.3.33
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability.
Sets to [Auto] for EMI control.
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Enhances the PCIE overclocking ability
Sets to [Auto] for EMI control.
ASUS O.C. Profile
Refer to page 3-40—3-41 for details.
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3.4
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section 3.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
[13:51:25]
[Mon 12/14/2009]
[English]
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD D DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Storage Configuration
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System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.4.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.4.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.4.3
Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options.
Configuration options: [繁體中文] [簡体中文] [日本語] [Français] [Deutsch] [English]
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3.4.4
SATA 1–6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial ATA
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a device item
then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
SATA 1
Device :Hard Disk
Vendor :HDT722516DLA380
Size :164.7GB
LBA Mode :Supported
Block Mode:16Sectors
PIO Mode :4
Async DMA :MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA :Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring:Supported
Type
[Auto]
LBA/Large Mode
[Auto]
Block(Multi-Sector Transfer)M [Auto]
PIO Mode
[Auto]
DMA Mode
[Auto]
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer
[Enabled]
Select the type of device connected
to the system.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
[Auto] if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of IDE drive installed.
[Not Installed] Select this option if no IDE drive is installed.
[Auto]
Allows automatic selection of the appropriate IDE device type.
[CDROM]
Select this option if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM
drive.
[ARMD]
Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is
either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA (Logical Block Addressing) mode.
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Select [Auto] to enable the LBA mode (Logical Block Addressing
mode) if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not
previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Disable this function.
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Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers.
[Auto]
[Disabled]
When set to [Auto], the data transfer from and to the device occurs
multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector
transfer feature.
When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device
occurs one sector at a time.
PIO Mode [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the PIO (Programmed input/output)
modes, which correspond to different data transfer rates.
[0] [1] – [4]Set the PIO mode to Mode 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
DMA Mode [Auto]
DMA (Direct Memory Access) allows your computer to transfer data to and from
the hardware devices installed with much less CPU overhead.
The DMA mode consists of SDMA (single-word DMA), MDMA (multi-word DMA),
and UDMA (Ultra DMA). Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the DMA
mode, or you can select from the following options: [SWDMA1] [SWDMA2]
[MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3]
[UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
[Auto]Allows automatic selection of the S.M.A.R.T (Smart Monitoring,
Analysis, and Reporting Technology).
[Enabled]Enable the S.M.A.R.T feature.
[Disabled]Disable the S.M.A.R.T feature.
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
[Enabled]Sets the IDE controller to combine two 16-bit reads from the hard
disk into a single 32-bit double word transfer to the processor. This
makes more efficient use of the PCI bus as fewer transactions are
needed for the transfer of a particular amount of data.
[Disabled]Disable this function.
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3.4.5
Storage Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurations for the SATA
devices installed in the system. Select an item then press <Enter> if you want to
configure the item.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuraton
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
Options
Disabled
Enabled
SATA Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the
Southbridge chip. Configuration options: [IDE] [RAID] [AHCI]
•
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, keep the default setting [IDE].
•
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host
Controller Interface (AHCI), set this item to [AHCI]. The AHCI allows
the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that
increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive
to internally optimize the order of commands.
•
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or the Intel®
Matrix Storage Technology configuration from the Serial ATA hard disk
drives, set this item to [RAID].
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Disables or enables device write protection. This will be effective only if the device
is accessed through BIOS. Configuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices. Configuration options:
[0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
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3.4.6
AHCI Configuration
This menu is the section for AHCI configuration. It appears only when you set the
item Configure SATA as from the sub-menu of SATA Configuration to [AHCI].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Settings
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
While entering setup,
BIOS auto detects
the presence of
SATA devices. This
displays the status
of auto detection of
SATA devices.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
SATA Port1–6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
SATA Port1
Device :Not Detected
SATA Port1
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Select the type of devices connected
to the system.
SATA Port1 [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of device connected to the system.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Not Installed]
SMART Monitoring [Enabled]
Allows you to set the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology.
Configration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
BIOS Information
Version : 0209
Build Date: 12/09/09
Processor
Type : Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 2.80GHz
Speed : 2800MHz
System Memory
Usable Size : 2040MB
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Field
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.5
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
LED Control
iROG Configuration
ROG Connect
Configure CPU.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.5.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
The items shown in this screen may be different due to the CPU you installed.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Module Version:01.04
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Genuine Intel(R) CPU
Frequency
:2.80GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1 :128 KB
Cache L2 :512 KB
Cache L3 :4096 KB
Ratio Status:Unlocked (Min:09, Max:21)
Ratio Actual Value:21
CPUID :20651
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
C1E Support
[Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher
[Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit
[Disabled]
Sets the ratio between
CPU Core Clock and the
FSB Frequency.
NOTE: If an invalid
ratio is set in CMOS
then actual and
setpoint values may
differ.
NOTE: Please key in
ratio numbers directly
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
CPU TM Function
[Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Intel(R) HT Technology
[Enabled]
*Active Processor Cores [All]
A20M
[Disabled]
*Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Enabled]
C State package limit setting [Auto]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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CPU Ratio Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and BCLK Frequency.
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges differently
according to your CPU model.
C1E Support [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in
order to enable the Enhanced Halt Sate.
Disables this function.
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Hardware Prefetcher function. This item should
be enabled in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Streamer
Prefetcher for tuning performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher function. This item
should be enabled in order to enable the L2 cache (MLC) Spatial
Prefetcher for tuning performance of the specific application.
Disables this function.
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for
CPUs with extended CPUID functions.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems
separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually
function as several systems.
Disables this function.
CPU TM Function [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool
down.
Disables this function.
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).
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Intel(R) HT Technology [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.
Only one thread per activated CPU core is enabled.
Active Processor Cores [All]
[All]
[1]
[2]
Activate all CPU cores in the processor package.
Activate only 1 CPU core in the processor package.
Activate 2 CPU cores in the processor package.
A20M [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Legacy OSes and APs may need this function enabled.
Disables this function.
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
The CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
The CPU runs at its default speed.
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows the CPU to save more power under idle mode. Enable this
item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported CPU.
Disables this function.
C State package limit setting [Auto]
This item appears only when you set the Intel(R) C-STATE Tech item to [Enabled].
We recommend that you set this item to [Auto] for BIOS to automatically detect the
C-State mode supported by your CPU. Configuration options: [Auto] [C1] [C3] [C6]
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3.5.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Configure North Bridge
features
North Bridge Configuration
Uncore Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Uncore Chipset Configuration
IMC Type : Clarkdale
Set the ECC options
for cache and dram
scrubbing.
Memory Remap Feature
[Enabled]
PCI MMIO Allocation: 4GB To 3072MB
Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]
[Disabled]Do not allow remapping of memory.
[Enabled] Allows for the segment of system memory that was previously
overwritten by PCI devices to be remapped above the total
physical memory.
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3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Device Configuration
Onboard Devices
[Standard]
HDA Controller
Front Panel Type
Realtek LAN
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller J-Micron Controller
Marvell 9123 Controller Marvell 9123 Boot ROM Onboard USB 3.0 Controller
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[IDE Mode]
[IDE Mode]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Get your best
overclocking record!
“Onboard Device” is
to disable all the
unnecessary devices
when you want to reach
your best overclocking
record. But it will
keep 1 lan port alive
to submit your score.
HDA Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables the controller.
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
[AC97] Set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97
[HD Audio]Set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to highdefinition audio.
Realtek LAN [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables Realtek LAN Controller.
[Disabled]
Disables Realtek LAN Controller.
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item(s).
[Disabled]Disables Realtek LAN Boot ROM.
[Enabled] Enables Realtek LAN Boot ROM.
Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the onboard 1394 Controller.
Disables the controller.
J-Micron Controller [IDE Mode]
[Disabled]
[IDE Mode]
Disables the J-Micron controller.
Set to [IDE Mode] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk
drives as Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[AHCI Mode] Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the
AHCI (Advabced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the
onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that
increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing
the drive to internally optimize the order of commands.
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Marvell 9123 Controller [IDE Mode]
[Disabled]
[IDE Mode]
Disables the Marvell 9123 controller.
Set to [IDE Mode] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk
drives as Parallel ATA physical storage devices.
[AHCI Mode] Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the
AHCI (Advabced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the
onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that
increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing
the drive to internally optimize the order of commands.
Marvell 9123 Boot ROM [Auto]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item(s).
[Enabled] Enables Marvell 9123 Boot ROM.
[Disabled]Disables Marvell 9123 Boot ROM.
[Auto]
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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Enables the onboard USB 3.0 Controller.
Disables the controller.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.5.4
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
Enable support for
all USB ports.
Module Version - 2.24.3-13.4
USB Devices Enabled:
2 Hubs
USB Functions
Legacy USB Support BIOS EHCI Hand-off
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the USB Host Controllers.
Disables the controllers.
The following items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at
startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If
no USB device is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems
(OS).
Disables the function.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI
hand‑off feature.
Disables the function.
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3.5.5
LED Control
The LED Control menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for the
onboard LEDs.
Take caution when changing the settings of the LED Control menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
LED Control
All LED Control
Voltiminder LED
CPU LED Selection
All LED Control
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[CPU]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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All LED Control [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LEDs control.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following items appear only when you set All LED Control to [Enabled].
Voltiminder LED [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Voltiminder LED.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU LED Selection [CPU]
Allows you to switch the onboard CPU LED display between CPU voltage [CPU],
CPU PLL voltage [CPU PLL] and IMC voltage [IMC].
Configuration options: [CPU] [CPU PLL] [IMC]
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3.5.6
iROG Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
iROG Configuration
iROG Timer Keeper
System will record
using time every 1
minute
iROG ID_Number Information
iROG_1 ID_Number: 54
iROG_2 ID_Number: 9
iROG Timer Keeper
Current Operation time:
[Last State]
Total Operation time:
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
iROG Timer Keeper [Last State]
Allows you to set the iROG Time Keeper operation mode.
Configuration options: [Last State] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.5.7
ROG Connect
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
ROG Connect
RC Poster Mode
Options
[Enabled]
[String]
Enabled
Disabled
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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ROG Connect [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ROG Connect function.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
RC Poster Mode [String]
RC Poster describes what occurs during the POST.
Configuration options: [String] [Code]
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3.6
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker ��������������������
Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
EuP Ready
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
[S1 (POS) only]Sets the APCI suspend mode to S1/POS (Power On Suspend).
[S3 only]
Sets the APCI suspend mode to S3/STR (Suspend To RAM).
[Auto]The system automatically configures the ACPI suspend mode.
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
[No]When set to [No], the system will not invoke VGA BIOS POST on
S3/STR resume.
[Yes]When set to [Yes], the system invokes VGA BIOS POST on S3/
STR resume.
3.6.3
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
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ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
When set to [Disabled], the system will not add additional tables as
per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
When set to [Enabled], the system adds additional tables as per
ACPI 2.0 specifications.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).
[Disabled]When set to [Disabled], the system disable the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support in the Advanced
Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in
the RSDT pointer list.
3.6.5
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3.6.6
EuP Ready [Disabled]
Disables the Energy Using Products (EuP) Ready function.
Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system
ready for the EuP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for
WOL, WO_USB, audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at
S5 state.
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
Power On By RTC Alarm
[Disabled]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
<Enter> to select
whether or not to
restart the system
after AC power loss.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Options
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
[Power Off]The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
[Power On]The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.
[Last State]The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system
state was before the AC power loss.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item
is set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date/ RTC Alarm Hour/ RTC Alarm
Minute/ RTC Alarm Second will become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
[Disabled]Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date/ RTC Alarm
Hour/ RTC Alarm/ RTC Alarm Second will become userconfigurable with set values.
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disables the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Allows you to turn on the system through a PCI LAN or modem
card. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at
least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Disabled]Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function.
[Disabled]Disables the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function.
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Sets specific keys on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least
1A on the +5VSB lead�.
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3.6.7
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Hardware Monitor
Voltage Monitor
Temperature Monitor
FAN Speed Monitor
FAN Speed Control
Voltage Monitor
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Voltage Monitor
CPU Voltage; CPU PLL Voltage; PCH Voltage; IMC Voltage; DRAM Voltage;
3.3V Voltage; 5V Voltage; 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators.
Temperature Monitor
CPU Temperature (PECI); PCH Temperature; MB Temperature
OPT FAN1/2/3 Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU,
PCH, motherboard, power, and the assigned devices temperatures. Select
[Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
PCH Overheat Protection
The system automatically shuts down when the northbridge chipset is heated
over the set temperature to protect it from damage.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] �������
[100ºC]
OPT TEMP1/2/3 Overheat Protection [90ºC]
Allows you to set the temperature over which the system automatically shuts
down when any of the thermal sensor cables connected to the motherboard
detects device overheat to protect the device from damage.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] �������
[100ºC]
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Fan Speed Monitor
CPU FAN; Chassis FAN1/2/3; Power FAN Speed
OPT FAN1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan, chassis fan, power fan, and optional fan speed in rotations per minute
(RPM). If any of the fans is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows
[N/A]. These items are not user‑configurable.
Fan Speed Control
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Fan Speed Control
CPU Q-Fan Control
Chassis Q-Fan Control
Disable/Enable
Q-Fan functions of
CPU fan
PWRFAN Control
[Disabled]
OPTFAN1 Control������������
[Disabled]
OPT������������������������
FAN���������������������
2 Control
[Disabled]
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FAN���������������������
3 Control
[Disabled]
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU fan controller.
[Disabled]Disables the CPU Q-fan controller.
[Enabled]Enables the CPU Q-fan controller.
The CPU Fan Profile item appears when you enable the CPU Fan Control
feature.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows
you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
[Standard]
S
ets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust
depending on the CPU temperature.
[Silent]
Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.
[Turbo]
Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Chassis fan controller.
[Disabled]Disables the Chassis Q-fan controller.
[Enabled]Enables the Chassis Q-fan controller.
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The Chassis Fan Profile item appears when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan
Function feature.
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and
allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.
[Standard]
S
ets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust
depending on the chassis temperature.
[Silent]
Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan
operation.
[Turbo]
Set to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.
PWRFAN Control [Disabled]
Allows you to select the power fan control mode. When this item is set to
[Duty Mode], you can configure the PWRFan Duty item.
PWRFan Duty [50%]
Allows you to set the fan duty cycle. This item appears when the PWRFan Control
item is set to [Duty Mode].
Configuration options: [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%]
OPTFAN1/2/3 Control [Disabled]
Allows you to select the optional fan control mode. When this item is set to
[Duty Mode], you can configure the OPTFan1/2/3 Duty item. If you set this
item to [User Mode], you are allowed to configure the OPTFan1/2/3 Low
Speed Temp and OPTFan1/2/3 Full Speed Temp item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Duty Mode] [User Mode]
You need to connect the thermal sensor cables to the OPT_TEMP1/2/3
connectors to enable this function.
OPTFan1/2/3 Duty [50%]
Allows you to set the fan duty cycle. This item appears when the OPTFan1/2
Control item is set to [Duty Mode].
Configuration options: [40%] [50%] [60%] [70%] [80%] [90%]
OPTFan1/2/3 Low Speed Temp [25˚C]
Allows you to set the temperature at which the power fan rotates at low speed.
This item appears when the OPTFan1/2 Control item is set to [User Mode].
Configuration options: [25˚C] [30˚C] [35˚C] [40˚C]
OPTFan1/2/3 Full Speed Temp [60˚C]
Allows you to set the temperature at which the power fan rotates at full speed.
This item appears when the OPTFan1/2 Control item is set to [User Mode].
Configuration options: [60˚C] [70˚C] [80˚C] [90˚C]
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker �����������������������������
Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive as the first boot
device.
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
[Hard Drive]
[Removable Dev.]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed in parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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1st–xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxx Drive] [Disabled]
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3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Quick Boot function.
[Disabled]When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items.
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], BIOS skips some power on self tests
(POST) while booting to decrease the time needed to boot the
system.
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
[Enabled]Enables the full screen logo display feature.
[Disabled]Disables the full screen logo display feature.
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo3™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
[Force BIOS]
[Keep Current] .
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
[On]
[Off]
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].
Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error
occurs.
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST.
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3.7.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
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After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Installed
:Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
[No Access] prevents user access to the Setup utility.
[View Only] allows access but does not allow change to any field.
[Limited] allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
[Full Access] allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup
utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing
Setup and booting the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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3.8
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Extreme Tweaker Main Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
ASUS O.C. Profile
GO_Button File
AI NET 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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3.8.1
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
O.C.
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
Profile
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
Status
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
Start O.C. Profile
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
Installed
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Add Your CMOS Profile
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. In the Name sub-item,
type your profile name and press <Enter>, and then choose a profile number to
save your CMOS settings in the Save to sub-item.
Load CMOS Profiles
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter>, and choose a profile to load.
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the utility.
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ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V2.00b
Current CMOS
BOARD: Maximus III Extreme
VER: 0227
DATE: 07/29/2009
PATH: A:\
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
•
This function supports devices such as a USB flash disk (FAT 32/16 format)
or a floppy disk with single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
the system boot failure!
•
We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same
memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version.
•
Only the CMO file can be loaded.
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3.6.2
GO_Button File
This menu allows you to set the GO_Button files, and load the desired GO_Button
file.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
GO_Button File
Save GO_Button File
Save File to:
Load File From:
FSB Frequency Controller
CPU Voltage
CPU PLL Voltage
IMC Voltage
PCH Voltage
DRAM Voltage
[None]
[None]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Save File to:
Allows you to save the adjusted values for specific items as a GO_Button file.
Configuration options: [None] [File]
Load File to:
Allows you to load the desired GO_Button file.
Configuration options: [None] [File]
FSB Frequency Controller; CPU Voltage; CPU PLL Voltage;
IMC Voltage; PCH Voltage; DRAM Voltage
Allows you to use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the values for each item. Refer to
3.3 Extreme Tweaker Menu for details.
3.6.3
AI NET 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
Ai Net 2
Pair Status Length
Check Realtek LAN cable
Check Realtek LAN
cable during POST.
[Disabled]
It will take 3 to 10
seconds to diagnose
LAN cable.
Check Realtek LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.4
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then
press <Enter> to confirm your choice.
For more details, refer to section 3.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V4.00b
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: Maximus III Extreme
VER: 0227 (H:00 B:14)
DATE: 07/29/2009
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
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3.9
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Extreme Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Exit system setup after
saving the changes.
F10 key can be used for
this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
←→ Select Screen
↑↓ Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents of
the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
4
Software
support
Chapter summary
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-24
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-29
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/64-bit
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operating systems
(OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize
the features of your hardware.
4.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
DVD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
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4.2.2
Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Intel Chipset Driver
Installs the Intel® chipset drivers.
Realtek RTL8112L LAN Driver
Installs Realtek LAN driver.
VIA Audio Driver
Installs the VIA Audio driver.
ASUS TurboV EVO
Installs ASUS TurboV, the advanced overclocking tool for extreme O.C. record.
Browser Configuration Utility
Installs the Browser Configuration utility.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs USB 2.0 driver.
USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver
Installs USB3.0 driver.
Bluetooth Driver
Installs the Bluetooth driver.
JMicron JMB36X Controller Driver
Installs the JMicron® controller driver.
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4.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltage,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS AI Suite
Installs the ASUS AI Suite.
Adobe Reader 8
Installs the Adobe® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print documents in
Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Installs Microsoft DirectX 9.0c.
Anti-Virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses. View
the online help for detailed information.
ASUS ROG Connect
You can use this software to control the performance of machine remotely, and to
monitor its variation of each item immediately.
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4.2.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains items to create the Intel and JMicron RAID driver
disk.
Intel AHCI/RAID Driver
Allows you to create an Intel AHCI/RAID Driver disk.
JMicron JMB36X AHCI Driver
Allows you to create a JMicron AHCI Driver disk.
4.2.5
Manual menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
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4.2.6
Video menu
Click the Video tab to display a list of video clips. Click the video titles to watch
ROG users’ outstanding performances with ROG motherboards.
4.2.7
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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4.2.8
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this DVD
Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
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Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text format.
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4.2.2
Obtaining the software manuals
The software manuals are included in the support DVD. Follow the instructions
below to get the necessary software manuals.
The software manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files.
1.
Click the Manual tab. Click
ASUS Motherboard Utility
Guide from the manual list on
the left.
2.
The Manual folder of the
support DVD appears. Doubleclick the folder of your selected
software.
3.
Some software manuals
are provided in different
languages. Double-click
the language to show the
software manual.
The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual software
manuals containing in the support DVD vary by models.
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4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently
guide you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came
with the software application for more information.
4.3.1
VIA® High
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Definition Audio utility
The VIA® High Definition Audio CODEC provides 10-channel audio capability
(Windows® Vista / 7 only) to deliver the ultimate audio experience on your
computer. The software provides Jack-Detection,Multi-Streaming, Front Panel
Jack-Retasking and S/PDIF Out support.
Follow the installation wizard to install the VIA® Audio Driver from the support
CD/DVD that came with the motherboard package.
If the VIA audio software is correctly installed, you will find
the VIA HD Audio Deck icon on the Windows notification
area. Click on the icon to display the VIA HD Audio Deck.
A.
VIA HD Audio Deck
VIA HD Audio Deck for Windows® Vista™ / Windows® 7™
Volume control
Minimize button
Output source
select
Output jack
indicator
Fold / unfold
interface
Software
information
Configuration options
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B.
VIA HD Audio Deck for Windows XP
Display panel and
volume control
Configuration options
Minimize button
Control settings
window
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
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4.3.2
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window
allows you to view the current
status of your system and change
the utility configuration. By
default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can
close or restore the Preference
section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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increase
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Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both
used and available physical
memory. The pie chart at the
bottom of the window represents
the used (blue) and the available
physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
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Applies your
changes
Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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4.3.3 ASUS AI Suite
ASUS AI Suite allows you to launch several ASUS utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching AI Suite
You can launch AI Suite right after installation or anytime from the Windows® desktop.
To launch AI Suite from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs >
ASUS > AI Suite > AI Suite v1.xx.xx. The AI Suite main window appears.
After launching the application, the AI Suite icon appears in the Windows®
notification area. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
Click each utility button to launch the utility, or click the Normal button to restore
system default settings.
Click to restore to normal
Click to launch TurboV
Click to launch Fan Xpert
Click to launch CPU
Level Up
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Other feature buttons
Click
on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window.
Displays the CPU/
system temperature,
CPU/memory/PCIE
voltage, and CPU/
chassis fan speed
Displays the FSB/CPU
frequency
Click
on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from
degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit.
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4.3.4
ASUS Fan Xpert
Asus Fan Xpert allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speeds
according to different ambient temperatures and your PC’s system loading. The
various fan profiles offer flexible controls of fan speeds to achieve a quiet and
cool system environment.
Launching Fan Xpert
After installing AI Suite from the motherboard support DVD, launch Fan Xpert
by double-clicking the AI Suite tray icon and then clicking the Fan Xpert button
on the AI Suite main window.
Using Fan Xpert
Click to open the
Calibration window
Click to select
a fan
Click to select
a fan profile
Click to display
the current CPU
temperature and the
fan speed ratio
Click to apply
the settings
Click to
cancel the
settings
Fan profiles
•
•
•
•
Disable: disables the Fan Xpert function.
Standard: adjusts fan speed in a moderate pattern.
Silent: minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
Turbo: maximizes the fan speed for the best cooling effect.
•
Intelligent: automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed according to the ambient
temperature.
•
Stable: fixes the CPU fan speed to avoid noise caused by the unsteady fan
rotation. The fan will speed up when the temperature exceeds 70ºC.
•
User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations.
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4.3.5
CPU Level Up
The CPU Level Up allows you to overclock immediately with OC profile presets in
WIndows® environment without the hassle of entering BIOS.
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in the Windows® notification area and
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click the CPU
Level Up button on the AI Suite main window.
Click to select a
CPU level
Click to apply the
selected CPU level
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utlity
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4.3.6
TurboV EVO
ASUS TurboV EVO introduces TurboV that allows you to overclock your system
effectively. Install ASUS TurboV EVO from the support DVD that came with the
motherboard package.
If the TurboV EVO is correctly installed, you will find the TurboV
EVO icon on the Windows notification area. Click on the icon to
display the TurboV EVO control panel.
Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at
www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
Using ASUS TurboV
ASUS TurboV allow you to overclock the BCLK frequency, CPU voltage, IMC
voltage, and DRAM Bus voltage in WIndows® environment and takes effect in realtime without exiting and rebooting the OS.
Refer to the CPU documentation before adjusting CPU voltage settings. Setting
a high voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage
may make the system unstable.
For system stability, all changes made in ASUS TurboV will not be saved to
BIOS settings and will not be kept on the next system boot. Use the Save
Profile function to save your customized overclocking settings and manually
load the profile after Windows starts.
Manual Mode
Load profile
Save the
current
settings as a
new profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Target values
Start-up values
Advanced
CPU, chipset
and DRAM
voltage
settings
Click to show / hide
more settings
Click to restore all
start-up settings
Undoes all changes without applying
Applies all changes immediately
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU
Ratio function in TurboV. See Chapter 3 for details.
•
For advanced overclock ability, adjust first the BIOS items, and then
proceed more detailed adjustments using TurboV.
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4.3.7
ROG Connect
ROG Connect allows you to monitor and adjust your system through your another
PC or laptop.
RC TweakIt
To use RC TweaakIt:
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1.
Connect the provided ROG Connect cable to your system and your another
PC or laptop.
2.
Double-click the RC TweakIt shortcut on the desktop to activate the function.\
3.
Use the sliders and buttons to monitor or adjust your system.
4.
Click Function to display more
options.
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RC Poster
RC Poster shows status during the POST.
You can switch the display mode between
String and Code.
RC Remote
RC Remote allows you to operate your
system through the ROG Connect cable.
RC Diagram
RC Diagram allows you to monitor and
record your system status.
RC BIOS FlashBack
RC BIOS FlashBack allows you to switch
the BIOS and update the latest BIOS.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the Intel® P55 chipset that allows you to configure
Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following
RAID configurations: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5.
4.4.1
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP2 or later versions.
•
Due to Windows® XP / Vista / 7 limitation, a RAID array with the total
capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can
only be set as a data disk only.
•
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive
included in a RAID set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the
RAID driver during OS installation. Refer to section 4.5 Creating a RAID
driver disk for details.
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from
one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID
5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a
minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10* configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
Intel® Matrix Storage. The Intel® Matrix Storage technology supported by the
P55 chip allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10* function
to improve both system performance and data safety. You can also combine two
RAID sets to get higher performance, capacity, or fault tolerance provided by the
difference RAID function. For example, RAID 0 and RAID 1 set can be created by
using only two identical hard disk drives.
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4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s)
using SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
2.
Go to the Main menu > Storage Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Set the Configure SATA as item to [RAID].
4.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 3 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS
Setup.
Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA ports to RAID mode, all SATA
ports run at RAID mode together.
4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume 3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
2. Delete RAID Volume 4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Exit
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
Physical Disks:
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
[↑↓]-Select
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The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through
the menus and select the menu options.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
The utility supports maximum four hard disk drives for RAID configuration.
Creating a RAID volume
To create a RAID set
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name: Volume0
RAID Level: RAID0(Stripe)
Disks: Select Disks
Strip Size: 128KB
Capacity: 0.0 GB
Sync: N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [ENTER]-Select
2.
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to
select a RAID mode to create, and then press <Enter>.
4.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives
you want to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Status
0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID
1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID
2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID
3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
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5.
Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space>
to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after
completing your selection.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for
RAID 0, 10 and 5 only), and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size
values range from 4 KB to 128 KB. The following are typical values:
RAID 0: 128KB
RAID 10: 64KB
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that
you want and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum
allowed capacity.
8.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
9.
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to
go back to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
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Deleting a RAID set
Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk
drives when you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.9.0.1014 PCH-D wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name Level Drives Capacity Status Bootable
Volume0 RAID0(Stripe) 2 298.0GB Normal Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[↑↓]-Select [ESC]-Previous Menu [DEL]-Delete Volume
2.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the RAID set you want to delete, and
then press <Del>. The following warning message appears.
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press
<N> to return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Exiting the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
To exit the utility
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The
following warning message appears.
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
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Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
Chapter 4: Software support
4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. For Windows®
Vista or later operating systems, use either a floppy disk or a USB flash drive with
the RAID driver.
4.5.1
•
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have
to use a USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
•
Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive due to
Windows® XP limitation. To work around this OS limitation, refer to section
4.6.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
1.
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. When the Make Disk menu appears, press <1> to create a 32/64bit Intel
AHCI/RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive, then press
<Enter>.
8. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
2. Plug the USB floppy disk drive and insert a floppy disk.
3. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
4. Go to the Make Disk menu, and then click Intel AHCI/RAID Driver to create
an Intel® RAID driver disk.
5. Select USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk.
6. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid a computer virus infection.
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4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS
installation
To install the RAID driver for Windows® XP
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6>, and then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB
floppy disk drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, ensure that you select
Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH SATA RAID Controller.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver for Windows® Vista or later OS
1. Insert the floppy disk or USB flash drive with RAID driver into the USB floppy
disk drive or USB port.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH
SATA RAID Controller.
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive
Due to OS limitation, Windows® XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive
when you install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation.
To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product
ID (PID) to the floppy disk containing the RAID driver. Refer to the steps below:
1.
Using another computer, plug the USB floppy disk drive, and insert the floppy
disk containing the RAID driver.
2.
Right-click My Computer on
the Windows® desktop or start
menu, and then select Manage
from the pop-up window.
or
3.
Select Device Manager. From the
Universal Serial Bus controllers,
right-click xxxxxx USB Floppy, and
then select Properties from the popup window.
The name of the USB floppy disk
drive varies with different vendors.
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4.
Click Details tab. The Vendor ID
(VID) and Product ID (PID) are
displayed.
5.
Browse the contents of the
RAID driver disk to locate the file
txtsetup.oem.
6.
Double-click the file. A window
appears, allowing you to select the
program for opening the oem file.
7.
Use Notepad to open the file.
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8.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_PCH] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iastor_8R9R10RDOPCH] sections in the txtsetup.oem
file.
9.
Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections:
id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_PCH]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A22&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
[HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_8R9R10RDOPCH]
id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3A22&CC_0106”,”iaStor”
id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor”
Add the same line to both sections.
The VID and PID vary with different vendors.
10. Save and exit the file.
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Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes how to install and
configure ATI® CrossFireX™ graphics
cards.
5
ATI® CrossFireX™
technology support
Chapter summary
5.1
5.2
5
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
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ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
5.1.1
Requirements
•
You should have two identical CrossFireX-ready graphics cards or one
CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are ATI® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website at www.amd.com.
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See page 2-44 for details.
5.1.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the ATI Game website at http://game.amd.com for the latest certified
graphics card and the supported 3D application list.
Before you begin
For ATI CrossFireX to work properly, you have to uninstall all existing graphics card
drivers before installing ATI CrossFireX graphics cards to your system.
To uninstall existing graphics card drivers
1.
Close all current applications.
2.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
3.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
4.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
5.
Turn off your computer.
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5.1.3
Installing CrossFireX graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
4.
Align and firmly insert the
CrossFireX bridge connector to the
goldfingers on each graphics card.
Ensure that the connector is firmly
in place.
CrossFireX bridge
Goldfingers
5. Connect two independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the two graphics cards
separately.
6.
5-2
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
5.1.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the ATI®
CrossFireX™ technology. Download the latest driver from the AMD website
(www.amd.com).
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the CrossFireX™
feature through the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center in Windows environment.
Launching the ATI Catalyst Control Center
To launch the ATI Catalyst Control Center
1.
Right-click on the Windows® desktop and
select Catalyst(TM) Control Center.
You can also right-click the ATI icon in
the Windows notification area and select
Cayalist Control Center.
2.
The Catalyst Control Center Setup
Assistant appears when the system
detects the existance of multigraphics cards. Click Go to continue
to the Catalyst Control Center
Advanced View window.
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Enabling CrossFireX settings
1.
In the Catalyst Control Center
window, click Graphics Settings >
CrossFireX > Configure.
2.
From the Graphics Adapter list,
select the graphics card to act as
the display GPU.
3.
Select Enable CrossFireX.
4.
Click Apply, and then click OK to
exit the window.
2
3
1
4
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5.2
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology
that allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards.
Follow the installation procedures in this section.
5.2.1
Requirements
•
In SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are
NVIDIA® certified.
•
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI technology.
Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See Chapter 2 for details.
5.2.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website (http://www.nzone.com) for the latest certified
graphics card and supported 3D application list.
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
Insert the two graphics card into the
PCIEX16 slots. If your motherboard
has more than two PCIEX16 slots,
refer to Chapter 2 in this user
manual for the locations of the
PCIEX16 slots recommended for
multi-graphics card installation.
3.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
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4.
Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge connector to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect two independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to
the two graphics cards separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card.
SLI bridge
Goldfingers
5.2.3
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA® SLI™
technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.
com).
5.2.4
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable the SLI feature
in NVIDIA® Control Panel under the Windows® Vista™ operating system.
Launching the NVIDIA Control Panel
You can launch the NVIDIA Control Panel by the following two methods.
5-6
A.
Right click on the empty space of the Windows®
desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
The NVIDIA Control Panel window appears (See
Step B5).
Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support
B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item in
step (A), select Personalize.
B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog
box, click Advanced Settings.
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B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling SLI settings
From the NVIDIA Control Panel window,
select Set SLI Configuration. Click
Enable SLI and set the display for
viewing SLI rendered content. When
done, click Apply.
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This appendix includes additional
information that you may refer to when
configuring the motherboard.
A
Reference information
Appendix:
Chapter summary
A
A.1
Debug code table..........................................................................A-1
A.3
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for RC Bluetooth........................A-4
A.2
A.4
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for BIOS FlashBack...................A-4
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for 500W Power Supply
or above ........................................................................................A-5
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Debug code table
Code
CPU INIT
DET CPU
Description
CPU Initiation
Test CMOS R/W functionality.
Early chipset initialization:
-Disable shadow RAM
CHIPINIT
-Disable L2 cache
-Program basic chipset registers
Detect memory
DET DRAM -Auto-detection of DRAM size, type and ECC.
-Auto-detection of L2 cache
DC FCODE
Expand compressed BIOS code to DRAM
EFSHADOW Call chipset hook to copy BIOS back to E000 & F000 shadow RAM.
INIT IO
Initialize IO devices.
INIT HWM
Initialize Hardware Monitor.
1. Blank out screen
CLR SCRN
2. Clear CMOS error flag
1. Clear 8042 interface
INIT8042
2. Initialize 8042 self-test
1. Test special keyboard controller for Super I/O chips.
ENABLEKB
2. Enable keyboard interface.
1. Disable PS/2 mouse interface (optional).
2. Auto detect ports for keyboard & mouse followed by a port & interface
DIS MS
swap (optional).
3. Reset keyboard for Super I/O chips.
Test F000h segment shadow to see whether it is R/W-able or not. If test
R/W FSEG
fails, keep beeping the speaker.
Auto detect flash type to load appropriate flash R/W codes into the run time
DET FLASH
area in F000 for ESCD & DMI support.
Use walking 1’s algorithm to check out interface in CMOS circuitry. Also set
TESTCMOS
real-time clock power status, and then check for override.
PRG CHIP
Program chipset default values into chipset.
INIT CLK
Initialize clock generator.
CHECKCPU Detect CPU information including brand, type and CPU level (586 or 686).
INTRINIT
Initial interrupts vector table.
INITINT9
Initialize INT 09 buffer
1. Program CPU internal MTRR (Pentium class CPU) for 0-640K memory
address.
2. Initialize the APIC for Pentium class CPU.
CPUSPEED 3. Program early chipset according to CMOS setup. Example: onboard IDE
controller.
4. Measure CPU speed.
5. Invoke video BIOS.
VGA BIOS
Initialize VGA BIOS
1. Initialize multi-language
TESTVRAM 2. Put information on screen display, including BIOS logo, CPU type, CPU
speed .
RESET KB
Reset keyboard.
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Debug code table
Code
8254TEST
8259MSK1
8259MSK2
8259TEST
COUNTMEM
MP INIT
USB INIT
TEST MEM
SHOW MP
PNP LOGO
ONBD IO
EN SETUP
MSINSTAL
CHK ACPI
EN CACHE
SET CHIP
AUTO CFG
INIT FDC
DET IDE
COM/LPT
DET FPU
CPU CHG
EZ FLASH
CPR FAIL
FAN FAIL
UCODEERR
FLOPYERR
KB ERROR
HD ERR
CMOS ERR
MS ERROR
SMARTERR
HM ERROR
AINETERR
CASEOPEN
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Description
Test 8254
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 1.
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 2.
Test 8259 functionality.
Calculate total memory by testing the last double word of each 64K page.
1. Program MTRR of M1 CPU
2. Initialize L2 cache for P6 class CPU & program CPU with proper
cacheable range.
3. Initialize the APIC for P6 class CPU.
4. On MP platform, adjust the cacheable range to smaller one in case the
cacheable ranges between each CPU are not identical.
Initialize USB
Test all memory (clear all extended memory to 0)
Display number of processors (multi-processor platform)
Display PnP logo
Initialize Onboard IO devices.
Okay to enter Setup utility.
Initialize PS/2 Mouse
Prepare memory size information for function call: INT 15h ax=E820h
Turn on L2 cache
Program chipset registers according to items described in Setup & Autoconfiguration table.
Assign resources to devices.
1. Initialize floppy controller
2. Set up floppy related fields in 40:hardware.
Detect & install all IDE devices: HDD, LS120, ZIP, CDROM.
Detect serial ports & parallel ports.
Detect & install co-processor
New CPU installed
Execute EZ Flash
CPR error
Fan error
UCODE error
Floppy error
Keyboard error
HDD error
CMOS error
Mouse error
HDD smart function error
Hard monitor error
AI NET error
Case open
Appendix: Reference information
Debug code table
Code
PASSWORD
USB FINAL
INIT ROM
NUM LOCK
UPDT DMI
INT 19H
Description
Clear EPA or customization logo.
1. Call chipset power management hook.
2. Recover the text fond used by EPA logo (not for full screen logo)
3. If password is set, ask for password.
Initialize PnP boot devices
1. USB final Initialization
2. NET PC: Build SYSID structure
3. Switch screen back to text mode
4. Set up ACPI table at top of memory.
5. Invoke ISA adapter ROMs
6. Assign IRQs to PCI devices
7. Initialize APM
8. Clear noise of IRQs.
Initialize device option ROMs.
1. Program daylight saving
2. Update keyboard LED & typematic rate
1. Build MP table
2. Build & update ESCD
3. Set CMOS century to 20h or 19h
4. Load CMOS time into DOS timer tick
5. Build MSIRQ routing table.
Boot attempt (INT 19h)
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A.2 Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for BIOS
FlashBack
Type
Model
USB 2.0 Adata MyFlash
Apacer AH221
Kingston DLT/8GBEF
PATRIOT XPORTER MAGNUM 210X
Adata C801
AIGO L8206
Apacer HA202
Corsair CMFUSBSRVR
IENOVO T160
NETAC U215
OCZ Z2B818
PATRIOT PEF32GUSB
Sandisk CZ8
Sony USM16GL
TECLAST CF4GBNCU
Transcend JetFlash V60
Transcend TS16GJFV60
iMate combo driver
O.S. Environment
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Remark
2GB Ready Boost
16GB
8GB
64GB Ready Boost
32GB
1GB
2GB
16GB
2GB
1GB
32GB
32GB
16GB
16GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32G
A.3 Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for RC
Bluetooth
Brand
Sony Ericsson
ASUS
Samsung
Nokia
Model
XPERIA X1
P835
I8000
N96
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
A-4
Appendix: Reference information
A.4 Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) for 500W
Power Supply or above
Model
AcBel PC7030
AcBel API5PC36
AcBel API4PC24
Aelta GPS-550AB
ASUS P-50GA
ASUS P-55GA
ASUS U-65GA
ASUS U-75HA
Be quiet P6-PRO-850W
Be quiet BN077
Be quiet BN073
CoolerMaster RS-850EMBA
Corsair CMPSU-620HX
Corsair HX1000W
EnerMAX EGX1000EWL
OCZ OCZGXS850
Seasonic SS-850EM
Seasonic SS-900HP
Seventeam ST-522HLP
Seventeam ST550EAJ-05F
Snake PSH850V
Silverstone SST-ST85F
Silverstone ST1000
Silverstone ZM1200M
Tagan TG1100-U33
Thermaltake W0132RE
Thermaltake W0171
Connect Interface
3.5A
3A
2A
2A
3.5A
3.5A
2.5A
3.5A
3A
4A
4A
3.5A
3A
3.5A
6A
4A
3A
3A
2A
2A
3A
3A
3A
4A
6A
3.5A
3.5A
O.S. Environment
Win7 Ultimate
2007/12/11
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7-64timate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7 Ultimate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Win7-64timate
Type
800W 80 PLUS
400W 80 PLUS
550W
550W
500W
550W
650W
750W
850W
1200W 80 PLUS
650W 80 PLUS
850W 80 PLUS MR
620W MR
1000W Gameing MB
1000W
850W
850W
900W
500W
550W
850W 80 PLUS
850W 80 PLUS
1000W
1200W
1100W MR
1000W 80 PLUS
1500W 80 PLUS
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
Manufacturer
Address, City
ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.
No. 150, LI-TE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN
R.O.C
Country
TAIWAN
Authorized Representative in Europe ASUS COMPUTER GmbH
Address, City
HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 RATINGEN
Country
GERMANY
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