P6T7 WS SuperComputer
Motherboard
P6T7 WS
SuperComputer
E4606
First Edition
April 2009
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information....................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................... x
P6T7 WS SuperComputer specifications summary................................ xii
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
1.3.2
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-4
2.2.4
2.7
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-4
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-10
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan................................. 2-9
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-13
2.4.4
Memory configurations................................................... 2-12
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-13
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-17
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-17
2.5.3
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.............................................. 2-19
2.5.2
2.6
Layout contents................................................................ 2-3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.4.2
2.5
Hardware information
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3.2
2.4
ASUS Unique features . .................................................. 1-3
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-18
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-20
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-22
2.7.1
2.7.2
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-22
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-24
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Contents
2.8
2.7.3.
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)............................... 2-33
2.8.1
G.P. Diagnosis card layout............................................. 2-34
2.8.3
G.P. Diagnosis card check codes.................................. 2-35
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-34
2.8.2
2.9
2.10
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-36
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-37
2.10.1
2.10.2
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-5
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-4
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-6
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 3-7
3.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 3-7
3.2.5
3.2.6
3.2.7
3.2.8
3.2.9
Menu bar.......................................................................... 3-7
Menu items...................................................................... 3-7
Submenu items................................................................ 3-8
Configuration fields.......................................................... 3-8
Pop-up window................................................................ 3-8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 3-8
General help.................................................................... 3-8
Main menu..................................................................................... 3-9
3.3.1
System Time.................................................................... 3-9
3.3.3
Language......................................................................... 3-9
3.3.2
3.3.4
3.3.5
3.3.6
3.3.7
System Date.................................................................... 3-9
SATA 1-6........................................................................ 3-10
Storage Configuration.....................................................3-11
AHCI Configuration........................................................ 3-12
System Information........................................................ 3-13
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 3-14
3.4.1
3.4.2
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BIOS setup
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.2.4
3.4
Using the dual function power switch............................. 2-37
3.1.1
3.2.2
3.3
Using the OS shut down function................................... 2-37
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.1.2
3.2
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card........................................ 2-34
Ai Overclock Tuner ....................................................... 3-14
CPU Ratio Setting . ....................................................... 3-15
Contents
3.4.3
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech ....................................... 3-15
3.4.5
DRAM Frequency ......................................................... 3-16
3.4.4
3.4.6.
3.4.7
3.4.8
3.4.9
3.4.10
3.4.11
3.4.12
3.4.13
3.4.14
3.4.15
3.4.16
3.4.17
3.4.18
3.4.19
3.4.20
3.4.21
3.5
3.4.22
CPU Voltage ................................................................ 3-18
CPU PLL Voltage .......................................................... 3-18
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage .............................................. 3-18
IOH Voltage .................................................................. 3-18
IOH PCIE Voltage ......................................................... 3-18
ICH Voltage . ................................................................. 3-18
ICH PCIE Voltage ......................................................... 3-19
DRAM Bus Voltage ....................................................... 3-19
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C . ...................... 3-20
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C ....................... 3-20
Load-Line Calibration . .................................................. 3-20
CPU Differential Amplitude ........................................... 3-20
CPU Clock Skew .......................................................... 3-20
CPU Spread Spectrum ................................................. 3-20
IOH Clock Skew . .......................................................... 3-20
PCIE Spread Spectrum ................................................ 3-20
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-21
3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration....................................... 3-24
3.5.4
3.5.5
Chipset........................................................................... 3-24
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-26
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 3-27
Power menu................................................................................. 3-28
3.6.1
Suspend Mode . ............................................................ 3-28
3.6.3
ACPI APIC Support . ..................................................... 3-28
3.6.2
3.6.4
3.7
DRAM Timing Control ................................................... 3-16
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-21
3.5.2
3.6
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech ............................................. 3-15
3.6.5
ACPI 2.0 Support .......................................................... 3-28
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-29
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-30
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-32
3.7.1
3.7.2
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-32
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-32
Contents
3.8
3.7.3
Security.......................................................................... 3-33
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-36
3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-38
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-36
3.8.2
3.9
3.8.4
4.2
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
4.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 4-3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
Manual menu................................................................... 4-6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 4-6
Other information............................................................. 4-7
ASUS MyLogo 2™........................................................... 4-9
4.3.3 ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 4-17
4.3.5
4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.8
4.3.9
4.3.10
ASUS PC Probe II...........................................................4-11
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 4-19
ASUS Fan Xpert............................................................ 4-20
ASUS EPU–6 Engine..................................................... 4-22
ASUS TurboV................................................................. 4-26
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility........................ 4-28
ASUS Express Gate...................................................... 4-33
Realtek Teaming Utility.................................................. 4-40
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-44
4.4.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-44
4.4.3
Setting the RAID item in BIOS....................................... 4-45
4.4.2
4.4.4
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Make disk menu............................................................... 4-5
4.3.1
4.3.4
4.5
Drivers menu.................................................................... 4-2
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.3.2
4.4
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
4.2.2
4.3
Ai Net 2.......................................................................... 3-39
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-40
Chapter 4:
4.1
Express Gate ................................................................ 3-37
4.4.5
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-45
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility.......... 4-46
Marvell® SAS RAID configurations................................. 4-50
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-59
Contents
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-59
4.5.3
Installing the RAID driver during
Windows® OS installation............................................... 4-60
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-59
4.5.4
Using a USB floppy disk drive........................................ 4-60
Chapter 5:
5.1
Multiple GPU technology support
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
5.1.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-1
5.1.3
Installing CrossFireX graphics cards............................... 5-2
5.1.2
Before you begin.............................................................. 5-1
5.1.4
5.2
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-3
5.1.5
Enabling the ATI® CrossFireX™ technology.................... 5-3
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
5.2.1
Requirements................................................................... 5-5
5.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards......................... 5-7
5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards........................... 5-6
5.2.4
5.3
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 5-8
5.2.5
Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology.......................... 5-8
NVIDIA CUDA™ technology..................................................... 5-11
®
5.3.1
5.3.2
Requirements..................................................................5-11
Installing CUDA-ready graphics cards............................5-11
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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.
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.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and
Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical
substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/
english/REACH.htm.
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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 adpater or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If
you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact
your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
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.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
2.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure 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>
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P6T7 WS SuperComputer
specifications summary
CPU
LGA1366 socket for Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme
Edition / Core™ i7 Processor
LGA1366 socket for Intel® Xeon 3500 Series Processor
LGA1366 socket for Intel® Xeon E5502 / E5504 / E5506
Processor
Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Intel® X58 / ICH10R
2 x NVIDIA
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System Bus
Up to 6.4GT/s; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
Memory
6 x DIMM, max. 24GB, DDR3 2000 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) /
1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz, ECC /
non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Due to Intel spec definition, DIMMs of DDR3-1800 or
above are supported by specific CPU models only.
** Please load X.M.P. or D.O.C.P setting in BIOS for
hyper DIMM (DDR3-1800 or above) support
*** R
efer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the
Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)
Expansion Slots
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (at x16 or x8 mode)
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (at x8 mode)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (at x16 mode)
Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA® Geforce™ 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ Technology, up to Quad
CrossFireX™
Storage
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge:
- 6 x SATA 150/300 ports
- Intel® Matrix Storage supporting SATA RAID 0,1,
10, and 5
Marvell 88SE6121 SATA controller:
- 2 x eSATA 150/300 ports (RAID 0 and 1)
Marvell 88SE6320 controller:
- 2 x SAS ports (RAID 0 and 1)
* Due to Windows XP / Vista limitation, the 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.
LAN
2 x Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controllers,
supporting teaming function
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USB
12 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at
back panel)
IEEE 1394
VIA VT6315N controller supports 1 x 1394a port
Audio
ADI® AD2000B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports Jack-Sensing, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking technology
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filtering
ASUS Special features
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- ASUS EPU-6 Engine
- ASUS True 16+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS TurboV
- ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Workstation Unique Features:
- 7 PCIe x16 slots
- G.P. Diagnosis card
- ASUS SASsaby cards support
- ASUS WS Diag. LED
- ASUS WS Heartbeat
- SAS onboard
ASUS AI Life Features:
- ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Stylish Features
ASUS MyLogo 2
Multi-language BIOS
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse combo port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
2 x External SATA ports
2 x RJ45 ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IEEE1394a port
8-channel Audio I/O
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Internal I/O Connectors
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
6 x SATA connectors (Blue)
2 x SAS connectors (Black)
1 x CPU Fan connector with PWM control
3 x Chassis Fan connectors with Q-fan control
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x 20-pin Panel connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin EATX Power connector
8-pin ATX+ 12V Power connector
1 x TPM connector
BIOS Features
16 Mb AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4,
ACPI 2.0a, Green
Manageability
BIOS flash utility under DOS
Support DVD Contents
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Image-Editing Suite
Adobe® Reader 8
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor
CEB Form Factor, 12”x 10.5” (30.5cm x 26.9cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies it
supports.
Chapter 1:
1
Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P6T7 WS SuperComputer 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
ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer
I/O modules
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 / 1-port IEEE 1394a module
Cables
2 x Serial ATA power cables
6 x Serial ATA signal cables
2 x SAS + Power cables
Accessories
1 x ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, 1394, system
panel; Retail version only)
1 x G.P. Diagnosis Card (Retail version only)
1 x ASUS SLI bridge
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge card
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
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/packagings to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition /
Core™ i7 Processor / Xeon™ Processor support
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors Extreme Edition
/ Core™ i7 processor / Xeon™ processors in LGA1366 package with integrated
memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports
Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4GT/s and a max
bandwidth of up to 25.6GB/s. Intel® Core™ i7 / Xeon™ series processor is one of
the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. Refer to page 2-5 for
details.
Intel® X58 Chipset
The Intel® X58 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support latest
Intel® Core™ i7 Processors and Intel’s next generation system interconnect
interface, Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), providing improved performance by
utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also
supports up to 36 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing better graphics performance.
Triple-Channel DDR3 2000 (O.C.) /1866 (O.C.) /
1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2000
(O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) /1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the
higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet
applications. The triple-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your
system memory to boost system performance. Refer to page 2-11 for details.
Seven PCIe 2.0 x16 slots onboard
This motherboard brings users the revolutionary flexibility for simultaneously using
a variety of expansion cards. Refer to page 2-19 for details.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
SLI and CrossFireX on Demand
The motherboard breaks the boundaries to bring you the multi-GPU choice of
either 3-Way SLI™ or 2-Way CrossFireX™. Expect a brand-new gaming style
you’ve never experienced before! While using 7 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, four of them
could work at x16 link. Refer to page 2-19 and chapter 5 for details.
High Speed CUDA Parallel Computing support
The motherboard will achieve outstanding and dependable performance in the
role of a Personal Supercomputer when working in tangent with discrete CUDA
technology—providing unprecedented return on investment. Users can count on
up to 4 Tesla CUDA cards that are plugged into P6T7 WS SuperComputer for
intensive parallel computing on tons of data, which delivers nearly 4 teraflops of
performance. Refer to page 2-19 and chapter 5 for details.
1.3.2
ASUS Unique features
ASUS TurboV
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC—now a reality with the ASUS TurboV.
This extreme OC tool lets you set new ambitions on the OC stage with an
advanced and easy-to-use interface—allowing you to overclock without exiting
or rebooting the OS. With micro adjustments of the CPU PLL, NB, NB-PCIe, and
DRAM voltages in 0.02v intervals, there are no limits—only extreme results to
break new OC records! Refer to page 4-26 for details.
ASUS True 16+2 Phase Power Design
The breakthrough technology of 16+2 phase VRM design is bringing to the
ASUS motherboards. 16+2 phase power design (16-phase to vCore; 2-phase to
vDRAM/QPI controller inside CPU) can reach high power efficiency, dispel heat
generated by VRM module effectively, and lower more temperature compared to
other VRM solution. With the high quality power components such as low RDS (on)
MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss, and 100% Japan-made
high quality conductive polymer capacitors, ASUS 16+2 phase VRM design also
ensure longer component life, minimum power loss, and help to reach the superior
overclocking score ever than before.
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ASUS Workstation Features
ASUS Workstation features provide complete support to system maintenance and
storage technology.
SAS onboard
This motherboard provides onboard SAS ports for hard drive upgrade
flexibility. Faster, safer and more stable, SAS will provide users with a better
choice for storage expansion and upgrade needs. Refer to page 2-26 and
4-50 for details.
Diag LED
Diag LED checks key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and HDD) 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.
G.P. Diagnosis card
Bundled with P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard (retail version), the G.P.
Diagnosis card assists users in system checking by effortlessly and quickly
providing precise system checks right after they switch on their PCs. Refer to
page 2-34 for details.
ASUS SASsaby cards support
This motherboard is fully compatible with ASUS SASsaby cards (optional).
Faster, safer and more stable, SAS will provide users with a better choice for
storage expansion and upgrade needs.
ASUS Heartbeat
Brightly and vividly lighting LEDs shine around the ASUS brand name on
the motherboard after successful booting process. With the breathing-like
deep blue lighting shining in regular tempo, ASUS Heartbeat makes the
motherboard as vivid as life.
ASUS Power Saving Solution
ASUS Power Saving solution intelligently and automatically provides balanced
computing power and energy consumption.
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ASUS EPU-6 Engine
The new ASUS EPU—the world’s first power saving engine, has been
upgraded to a new 6 engine version, which provides total system power
savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power
in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the
CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler / system
fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via
intelligent acceleration and overclocking - helping save power and money.
Refer to page 4-22 for details.
AI Nap
With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise
when you are temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS
environment, simply click the mouse or press a key. Refer to page 4-19 for
details.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
Fanless Design - Stack Cool 2
ASUS Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution that lowers
the temperature of critical heat generating components. The motherboard
uses a special design on the printed circuit board (PCB) to dissipate heat
these critical components generate.
Fanless Design - Heat-pipe
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to
the heatsink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing
airflow from CPU fan or bundled optional fan. The purpose of the innovative
heat pipe design on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking fanless
design does not have lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. Furthermore, it
provides options for users to install side-flow fan or passive cooler. The Heat
Pipe design is the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and
affect the heat dissipation performance.
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Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis
fan speed according to different ambient temperature, which is caused
by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system
loading. Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to
achieve a quiet and cool environment. Refer to page 4-20 for details.
ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording. Refer to page 4-30 for
details.
TPM Support
This motherboard supports the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which provides
you with enhanced data protection via high-level encryption/decryption and
ensures platform integrity. The TPM meets the Windows® Vista BitLocker™ Drive
Encryption hardware requirement for a more secure working environment. Refer to
page 2-24 for details.
The TPM module is purchased separately.
ASUS Express Gate
Taking only 5 seconds to go online from bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop
gateway to instant fun! It's a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the
most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and
Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather
and e-mails just before leaving your house. What's more, the user-friendly picture
manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at anytime! Refer to
page 4-33 for details.
The actual boot time depends on the system configuration.
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ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield provides conductivity to best protect
your motherboard against static electricity damage and shields it against
Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI). Without the usual "fingers" present,
this new design is convenient and safe to install.
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections. Refer to page 2-33 for details.
ASUS O.C. Profile
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 settings. Refer to page 3-38 for details.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data
from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. Refer to page 3-5 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined
hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS.
Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an
OS-based flash utility. Refer to page 3-4 and 3-36 for details.
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ASUS MyLogo2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for
a more colorful and vivid image on your screen. Refer to page 4-9 for details.
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice from the
available options. The localized BIOS setup menu helps you configure your system
easier and faster. Refer to page 3-9 for details.
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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).................................................... 2-5
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-17
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-20
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-22
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-34
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-36
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-37
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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.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components 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, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED 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 LED.
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2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Refer to 2.8 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
1.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2.
LGA1366 CPU Socket
3.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN,
3-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
4.
DDR3 DIMM slots
5.
CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage settings (3-pin
OV_CPU; 3-pin OV_DRAM_Bus; 3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
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Marvell® 88SE6320 SAS RAID connector [black]
(7-pin SAS1-2)
7.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors [blue] (7-pin SATA1-6)
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Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
9.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
10.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
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Standby power LED (SB_PWR)
12.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
13.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
14.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910, USB1112)
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Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
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2-28
17.
2-29
16.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
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2-21
2-26
2-25
2-29
2-32
2-20
2-1
2-24
2-24
2-27
2-31
2-31
2-3
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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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1366 socket designed for the
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™ i7 Processor.
•
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
Connect the chassis fan cable to the CHA_FAN1 connector to ensure
system stability.
•
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 LGA1366 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts
resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/
incorrect removal of the PnP cap.
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2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
Before installing the CPU, ensure that the cam box is facing towards you and
the load lever is on your left.
2.
Press the load lever with your
thumb (A), then move it to the left
(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.
3.
4.
Lift the load lever in the direction of
the arrow to a 135º angle.
Lift the load plate with your thumb
and forefinger to a 100º angle.
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
Load plate
4
3
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5.
Remove the PnP cap from the CPU
socket.
PnP cap
6.
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 key
into the CPU notch.
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!
Gold
triangle
mark
CPU notch
Alignment key
7.
Apply several drops of thermal paste
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 paste is toxic and
inedible. If it gets into your eyes
or touches your skin, ensure to
wash it off immediately and seek
professional medical help.
To prevent contaminating the paste, DO NOT spread the paste with your finger
directly.
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8.
Close the load plate (A), and then
push the load lever (B) until it snaps
into the retention tab.
A
B
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2.3.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel® LGA1366 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® LGA1366 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin
design and requires no tool to install.
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.
2.
Place the heatsink on top of the
installed CPU, ensuring that the four
fasteners match the holes on the
motherboard.
A
B
B
Push down two fasteners at a time
in a diagonal sequence to secure
the heatsink and fan assembly in
place.
A
A
B
1
B
A
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.
3.
4.
2-10
Rotate each fastener
counterclockwise.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to disengage the
heatsink and fan assembly from the
motherboard.
A
B
B
A
A
B
B
A
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with six 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:
You may install one memory module in slot A1, B1 or C1 as a single-channel
operation.
Two DIMMs (Dual-channel operation):
Three DIMMs (Triple-channel operation):
Four DIMMs (Triple-channel operation):
Six DIMMs (Triple-channel operation):
Due to Intel CPU spec definition, the system will not boot if only one DIMM
is installed in DIMM slot A2, B2, or C2. Follow the illustrations above for
recommended memory configuration.
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2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB and 4GB ECC or non‑ECC, unbuffered DDR3 DIMMs
into the DIMM sockets.
2-12
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A, Channel B and
Channel C. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for
the dual-channel or triple-channel configuration. Any excess memory from
the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.
•
Due to Intel spec definition, X.M.P. DIMMs and DDR3-1600 are supported
for one DIMM per channel only.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
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 256 Mb (32MB)
chips or less (Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1
Megabyte/MB).
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its SPD. Under
the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a
lower frequency than the vendor-marked value.
•
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support
a full memory load (6 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
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.
2.
2
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
DIMM notch
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
1
1
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 to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips snap
back in place and the DIMM is
properly seated.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
2
Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to unlock
the DIMM.
1
1
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips.
The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1600MHz capability
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing DIMM
(BIOS)
Voltage
A-DATA
AD31600E001GMU
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65-1.85
A-DATA
AD31600F002GMU
(XMP)
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.75-1.85
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D
(XMP) Ver2.1
3GB
(Kit of 3)
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1601-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C8D
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
8-8-8-24
(1600-8-8-8-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X3G1600C9 (XMP)
Ver1.1
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1601-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1600C9 (XMP)
Ver2.1
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink
Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.65
•
SS
A*
B*
C*
•
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Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing DIMM
(BIOS)
A-DATA
AD133301GOU
1GB
SS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
1333-9-9-9-24
A-DATA
AD1333002GOU
2GB
DS
A-DATA
AD30908C8D-15IG
1333-9-9-9-24
A-DATA
AD31333E002G0U
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
Apacer
78.01GC6.420
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
Apacer
78.01GC6.9L0
1GB
SS
Apacer
Apacer
78.01GC8.422
1GB
SS
Apacer
78.A1GC6.421
2GB
Apacer
78.A1GC6.9L1
2GB
Apacer
78.A1GC8.423
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
AM5D5808AEWSBG
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(ECC)
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
DS
Apacer
AM5D5808AEWSBG
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
(ECC)
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
TR3X3G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.1
•
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TWIN3X2048-1333C9
(CM3X1024-1333C9) Ver1.1
2GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.70
•
•
•
CORSAIR
BoxP/N:TW3X4G1333C9DHX
(CM3X2048-1333C9DHX) Ver3.2
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.70
•
•
CORSAIR
TR3X6G1333C9 (Ver2.1)
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
1.651.85
Crucial
CT12864BA1339.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
MT8JF12864AY1G4D1
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
Crucial
CT25664BA1339.16SFD
2GB
DS
MICRON
D9JNM
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
CRUCIAL
BL25664BA1336.16SFB1
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
NA
Heat-Sink Package
6-6-6-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
ELPIDA
EBJ10UE8BAW0-DJ-E
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
ELPIDA
EBJ21UE8BAW0-DJ-E
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL7D-2GBPI
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
G.SKILL
F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
1.8
C*
D*
•
•
•
•
•
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
J1108BABG-DJ-E
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-7-7-7-18)
1.65
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1337-8-8-8-22)
1.65
•
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1333MHz capability (continued)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing DIMM
(BIOS)
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
C*
G.Skill
F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)
2GB
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)
4GB
(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
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1333-9-9-9-24)
1.5
•
•
•
•
GEIL
GV34GB1333C7DC
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-24
(1333-8-8-8-28)
1.5
•
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT112U6BFR8C-H9
1GB
SS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFR
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Hynix
HMT125U6BFR8C-H9
2GB
DS
Hynix
H5TQ1G83BFRH9C
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
KINGMAX
FLFD45F-B8EE9
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BASE-DJ-E
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/1G
1GB
SS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
•
KINGSTON
KVR1333D3N9/2G
2GB
DS
ELPIDA
J1108BABG-DJ-E
1333-9-9-9-24
1.5
•
•
•
•
MICRON
MT8JTF12864AY-1G4BYES
1GB
SS
MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
MICRON
MT16JTF25664AY-1G4BYES
2GB
DS
MICRON
Z9HWR
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3RPX1333EB2GK
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5-20)
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV3GK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV3GK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7
(1066-7-7-7-16)
1.65
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13332GK
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1333-9-9-9-24)
OCZ
OCZ3G13334GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9 (1066-8-9-9-20)
1.7
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P13334GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7 (1333-7-7-7-20)
1.8
•
•
•
•
OCZ3RPX1333EB4GK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-6-5-5)
1.85
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3G1333LV6GK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
OCZ
OCZ3P1333LV6GK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M391B2873DZ1-CH9
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M391B5673DZ1-CH9
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D(ECC)
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
SAMSUNG
M378B5273BH1-CH9
4GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B2G0846B-HCH9
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Super
Talent
W1333UX2GB(XMP)
2GB
(Kit of 2)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
8 (1333-8-8-8-24)
•
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLK64V3U
1GB
SS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLK64V3U
2GB
DS
SAMSUNG
K4B1G0846D
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Asint
SLY3128M8-EDJ
1GB
SS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
Asint
SLZ3128M8-EDJ
2GB
DS
Asint
DDRIII1208-DJ
(9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
ASUS
N/A
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-1G
1GB
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
•
BUFFALO
FSX1333D3G-2G
2GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
(1066-7-7-7-20)
•
•
•
Elixir
M2F2G64CB8HA4N-CG
2GB
DS
Elixir
N2CB1G80AN-CG
(1333-9-9-9-24)
•
•
•
•
Patriot
PDC32G1333LLK
1GB
SS
PATRIOT
Heat-Sink Package
7 (1337-7-7-7-20)
1.7
•
•
•
•
Patriot
PVT33G1333ELK
3GB
(Kit of 3)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
•
•
•
Patriot
PVS34G1333ELK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.5
•
•
•
OCZ
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D*
•
•
1.8
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P6T7 WS SuperComputer Motherboard
Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1333MHz capability (continued)
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing DIMM
(BIOS)
Voltage
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
Patriot
PVS34G1333LLK
4GB
(Kit of 2)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7-7-7-20
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.7
•
•
Patriot
PVT36G1333ELK
6GB
(Kit of 3)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
9-9-9-24
(1066-7-7-7-20)
1.65
•
Silicon
Power
SP001GBTU133S02
1GB
SS
S-POWER
I0YT3E0
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
Silicon
Power
SP002GBLTU133S02
2GB
DS
S-POWER
I0YT3E0
9 (1333-9-9-9-24)
•
C*
D*
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3-1066MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
Timing DIMM
(BIOS)
Voltage
CORSAIR
CM3X1024-1066C7
1GB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
7
1.1
Crucial
CT12864BA1067.8SFD
1GB
SS
MICRON
D9JNL
7
ELPIDA
EBJ11RD8BAFA-AE-E
1GB
DS
ELPIDA
J5308BASE-AC-E (ECC)
7
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
D*
•
•
•
•
•
•
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports two (2) modules inserted into slots A1 and B1 as one pair of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports three (3) modules inserted into the blue slots (A1, B1 and
C1) as one set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
• C*: Supports four (4) modules inserted into the blue slots (A1, B1 and
C1) and the black slot A2 as one set of Triple-channel memory
configuration.
• D*: Supports six (6) modules inserted into both the blue slots and the
black slots as two set of Triple-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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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.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5.2
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
Reserved
Reserved
Floppy Disk Controller
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Reserved
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
ICH
LAN1 (8111C)
LAN2 (8111C)
Marvell 6121
Marvell SAS
USB controller 1
USB controller 2
USB controller 3
USB controller 4
USB controller 5
USB controller 6
USB 2.0 controller 1
USB 2.0 controller 2
SATA controller 1
SATA controller 2
1394
Audio Azalia
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2.5.3
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
This motherboard has seven PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots that support PCI Express
x16 2.0 graphic cards complying with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the
figure below for the location of the slots.
PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot
(at x16 or x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot
(at x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_7 slot (at x16 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_6 slot ������������
(at x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_5 slot (at x16 or x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot (at x8 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot (at x16 or x8 mode)
•
In single VGA card mode, use first the PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot for a PCI
Express x16 graphics card to get better performance.
•
When using NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology with a Quadro™ series graphics
card and Tesla™ series computing processor cards, install the Quadro™
graphics card to PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot and the Tesla™ computing processor
cards to PCIe 2.0 x16_3, PCIe 2.0 x16_5 and PCIe 2.0 x16_7 slots.
•
In CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode, use the blue PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (PCIe 2.0
x16_1,3,5 or PCIe 2.0 x16_1,3,5,7) to get better performance.
•
When using the PCIe 2.0 x16_1, PCIe 2.0 x16_3, and PCIe 2.0 x16_5
slots, the three slots will work at x16 link while PCIe 2.0 x16_2, PCIe 2.0
x16_4 and PCIe 2.0 x16_6 slots are not occupied.
•
We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode. See page 2-30 for details.
•
Connect a chassis fan to the motherboard connector labeled
CHA_FAN1/2/3 when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal
environment. See page 2-28 for details.
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2.6
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button
cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the
cap on pins 2-3 for about 5–10 seconds, then move the cap back
to pins 1-2.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS
setup to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
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If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move
the jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After the CMOS
clearance, reinstall the battery.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before rebooting the system.
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2.
CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage setting (3-pin OV_CPU, 3-pin
OV_DRAM_BUS, 3-pin OV_QPI_DRAM)
These jumpers allow you to enable or disable the advanced CPU, DRAM
Bus, and QPI DRAM overvoltage settings in BIOS. Read the following
information before you change the jumper settings.
OV_CPU
OV_DRAM_BUS
OV_QPI_DRAM
Pins 1-2 (Default)
up to 1.70V
up to 1.90V
up to 1.70V
Pins 2-3 (OV Enabled)
up to 1.9V
up to 2.46V
up to 1.9V
•
Before you change the jumper settings for extra-high overvoltage ability,
use the BIOS items first to adjust the desired CPU, DRAM, and QPI
performance. Ensure your system functions well under the highest BIOS
voltage settings before you change the setting of these three jumpers.
•
DO NOT set the OV_CPU jumper to pins 2–3 when you install a new CPU
and have not booted for the first time. Doing so may cause the system to
halt. For system failure due to the wrong setting of the OV_CPU jumper,
shut down the computer and move the cap back to pins 1–2.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
The system may need a better cooling system (for example, a watercooling system) to work stably under high voltage settings.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1.
2.
3.
4.
PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port. This port is for a PS/2 keyboard or a
PS/2 mouse.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
LAN 2 (RJ-45) port. This Marvell® LAN port allows Gigabit connection to a
Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below
for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN 1 (RJ-45) port. This Marvell® LAN port allows Gigabit connection to a
Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below
for the LAN port LED indications.
*To compliant with Energy Star 4.0, LAN 1 and LAN 2 ports do not support
WOL (Wake on LAN) function.
5. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects the center/subwoofer
speakers.
LAN port LED indications
Activity Link LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
ORANGE
Linked
BLINKING
Data activity
6.
7.
2-22
Speed LED
Status
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
Description
10 Mbps connection
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN port
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects the rear speakers in a
4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration..
Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or
other audio sources.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
8.
9.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
10. Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects the side speakers in an
8-channel audio configuration.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in
2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
11. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
12. External SATA port. This port connects to an external a Serial ATA hard disk
drive.
DO NOT insert a different connector to the external SATA port.
13. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
14. Optical S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an optical S/PDIF cable.
15. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) [Optional]
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can
securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system
also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures
platform integrity.
The TPM module is purchased separately.
2.
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!
You can attach a FireWire/1394 cable to this connector if your chassis suppots
the front panel IEEE1394 port.
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3.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors [blue] (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® ICH10R RAID controller.
•
These connectors are set to IDE mode by default. 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 3.3.5 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.
•
When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the Configure SATA as in the BIOS to
[AHCI]. Refer to section 3.3.5 Storage Configuration for details.
•
You must install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later version before using
Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if
you are using Windows® XP SP2 or later version.
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4.
Marvell® 88SE6320 SAS RAID connectors [black] (7-pin SAS1-2)
These connectors are for SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) signal cables that
support SAS hard disk drives. To configure RAID 0 or RAID 1, install two SAS
hard disk drives to these two connectors.
•
When ICH10R SATA ports are set to RAID or AHCI mode, SAS HDDs can
be detected in Windows environment only.
•
Please install the Marvell® Controller driver before using the black SAS
RAID connectors (SAS1-2). See section 4.2.2 Drivers menu for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, see section 4.4.5 Marvell® SAS RAID
configurations for details..
Before creating a RAID set using SAS hard disk drives, ensure that you have
connected the SAS signal cables and installed SAS hard disk drives; otherwise,
you cannot enter the Marvell RAID utility and SAS BIOS setup during POST.
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5.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78, USB910, USB1112)
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!
If your chassis suppots front panel USB ports, you can attach a front panel
USB cable to these connectors. 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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6.
CPU, chassis and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
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!
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•
Only the CPU-FAN and CHA-FAN 1–3 connectors support the ASUS
Advanced Q-Fan feature.
•
If you install two or more VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the
rear chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labled CHA_FAN2 or
CHA_FAN3 for better thermal environment.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
7.
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.
•
•
8.
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module
to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector, ensure that the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS is set to [HD
Audio]. If you want to connect an AC' 97 front panel audio module to this
connector, set the item to [AC97]. See page 3-24 or details.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
By default , the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
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9.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
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.
•
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.
•
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.
•
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.
•
If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU
with 1000 W power or above to ensure the system stability.
PSU suggested list
PSU suggested list
SilverStone ST1000
Seasonic SS-600HT
Thermaltake W0083RE
Thermaltake PUREPower-600AP
Silverstone SST-ST75ZF
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EnerMAX EG701AX-VE (E)(24P)
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10. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
This connector allows you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
11. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). If you are using ASUS HDMI-equipped graphics card, connect the
HDMI card to this connector with a S/PDIF out cable.
The S/PDIF out cable is purchased separately.
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12. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
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This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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.
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.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
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.
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.7.3.
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
Use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect the chassis front panel cables.
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.
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
Q-Connector is properly installed on the
motherboard.
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IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PWR
Ground
Reset
Ground
IDE_LED
R SW
POWE
RESET
SW
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2.8
G.P. Diagnosis card installation
2.8.1
G.P. Diagnosis card layout
LED 0 and 1
Power Switch. Press
to turn ON or OFF the
computer.
Reset Button.
Press to restart the
computer.
Card connector
2.8.2
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card
Ensure to turn off the power supply unit before installing the diagnosis card to
avoid electrical shock hazard.
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1.
Locate the TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) on the motherboard.
2.
With the LEDs of the diagnosis
card facing to the PCIe slots, align
the card connector with the TPM
connector and press firmly until
the card sits on the connector
completely.
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2.8.3
G.P. Diagnosis card check codes
D0
Initiate chip
75
Detect IDE
D1
Enable IO device for bootlock
78
Initiate option ROM
D2
Check and wake up system
85
Show post error
D3
Prepare system for memory
detection and sizing
87
Enter BIOS setup
A4
BIOS boot menu
D4
Memory test
AC
OS in PIC mode
D5
Copy BIOS from ROM to RAM
AA
OS in APIC mode
C0
Early CPU initiation
01
S1
C5
Wake up AP
03
S3
0A
Initiate KBC8042
04
S4
0B
Detect PS2 mouse
05
S5
0C
Detect PS2 keyboard
10
Resume from S1
2A
Initiate VGA BIOS
30
Resume from S3
38
USB initiation
40
Resume from S4
52
Detect system RAM
00
Leave BIOS and pass control to OS
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2.9
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
7.
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Starting up for the first time
Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
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
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.
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.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.10 Turning off the computer
2.10.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® Vista™:
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.
2.10.2
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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Chapter 2: Hardware information
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
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 3-14
3.6
Power menu................................................................................. 3-28
3.3
3.5
3.7
3.8
3.9
Main menu..................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-21
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-32
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-36
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-40
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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.
1.
ASUS Update: Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.
3.
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.
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2: Updates the BIOS using a USB flash drive.
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
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
•
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet
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.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive.
From the Main menu, click the Utilities tab, and then click Install ASUS
Update VX.XX.XX.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
To update the BIOS through the Internet
3-2
1.
From the Windows® desktop,
click Start > Programs > ASUS
> ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate.
The ASUS Update main window
appears.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click Auto Select. Click
Next.
2.
4.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet from the drop‑down
menu, and then click Next.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
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5.
Follow the onscreen 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.
2.
Fom the Windows® desktop, click
Start > Programs > ASUS >
ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate.
The ASUS Update main window
appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
from the dropdown menu, then
click Next.
3.
4.
Locate the BIOS file from the
Open window, then click Open.
Follow the onscreen instructions
to complete the update process.
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Ensure to load the BIOS
default settings to ensure
system compatibility and
stability. Select the Load Setup
Defaults item under the Exit
menu. Refer to section 3.9 Exit
Menu for details.
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3.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use
a bootable floppy disk or an OS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
Insert the USB flash drive 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 V3.37
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: P6T7-WS-SC
VER: 0210
DATE: 04/20/2009
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
2.
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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 drive 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. Refer to
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.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Turn on the system.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive, or the USB flash
drive containing the BIOS file to the USB port.
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.
Turn off the system after the utility completes the updating process and
power on again.
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 a programmable firmware chip 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. Refer to 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 (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Ai Tweaker
Configuration fields
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
General help
Tools
Exit
[11:51:25]
[Fri 03/20/2009]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
System Information
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
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:
Main
Ai Tweaker
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
3.2.3
For changing the basic system configuration
For changing the overclocking settings
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.
The navigation keys may differ from one screen to another.
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 (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar
have their respective menu items.
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3.2.5
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item 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 and 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 and 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
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Ai Tweaker
Suspend Mode
ACPI Version Features
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Disabled
Enabled
Tools
Exit
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
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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
System Time
System Date
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
[11:51:25]
[Thu 03/20/2009]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[HDT722516DLA380]
[Not Detected]
[ATAPI DVD DH1]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
Storage Configuration
System Information
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.3.3
Language [English]
Allows you to select the display language for the BIOS setup screen.
Configuration options: [Chinese(BIG5)] [Chinese(GB)] [Japanese] [French]
[German] [English]
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3.3.4
SATA 1-6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE/SATA
devices. There is a separate submenu for each IDE/SATA device. Select a device
item then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
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-6
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.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
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
N/A if no SATA device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of drive connected to the system. Setting to [Auto] allows
automatic selection of the appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are
specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive. Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media
Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA
mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. 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.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the data transfer mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0]
[MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.3.5
Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage devices.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
SATA Configuraton
Configure SATA as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
Set [Compatible Mode]
when Legacy OS (i.e.
WIN ME, 98, NT4.0, MS
DOS) is used.
Set [Enhanced Mode]
when Native OS (i.e.
WIN2000, Win XP, Vista
is used.
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].
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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]
3.3.6
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
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out
SATA Port1 [Not Detected]
SATA Port2 [Not Detected]
SATA Port3 [Not Detected]
SATA Port4 [Not Detected]
SATA Port5 [Not Detected]
SATA Port6 [Not Detected]
[35]
Some SATA CD/DVD in
AHCI mode need to
wait ready longer.
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out [35]
Selects the boot time out value for SATA CD/DVD devices in AHCI mode.
Congifuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
SATA Port1–6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Select the type
of devices connected
to the system.
SATA Port1
Device
:Not Detected
SATA Port1
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
[Enabled]
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]
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3.3.7
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
: 0210
Build Date: 04/20/09
Processor
Type
: Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 2.67GHz
Speed
: 2666MHz
System Memory
Usable Size
: 1016MB
Bios Information
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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3.4
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The configuration options for this chapter vary depending on the CPU and
DIMM model you installed on the motherboard.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Configure System Performance Settings
Ai Overclock Tuner
[Auto]
CPU Ratio Setting
[Auto]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech
[Enabled]
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech
[Enabled]
DRAM Frequency
[Auto]
DRAM Timing Control
Tools
Exit
[D.O.C.P]
It’s designed to
overclock DRAM
frequency by adjusting
BCLK frequency.
[X.M.P.]
When X.M.P. is enabled
BLCK frequency,
CPU ratio and memory
parameters will be
auto optimized.
******* Please key in numbers directly! *******
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage
[Auto]
←→ Select Screen
IOH Voltage
[Auto]
↑↓
Select Item
IOH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
+Change Option
ICH Voltage
[Auto]
F1
General
Help
ICH PCIE Voltage
[Auto]
F10 Save and Exit
DRAM Bus Voltage
[Auto]
ESC
Exit
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
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Scroll down to display the following items:
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHB [Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHC [Auto]
***********************************************
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Differential Amplitude
[Auto]
CPU Clock Skew
[Auto]
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
IOH Clock Skew
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.4.1
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:
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Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
D.O.C.P
Overclocks DRAM frequency by adjusting BCLK frequency.
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.
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The configuration options for the following sub-item vary depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
DRAM O.C. Profile [DDR3-1339MHz]
This item appears only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item to
[D.O.C.P.] and allows you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, which applies
different settings to DRAM frequency, DRAM timing and DRAM voltage.
Configuration options: [DDR3-1339MHz] [DDR3-1603MHz]
eXtreme Memory Profile [High Performance]
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]
To obtain the best performance of the X.M.P. DIMM or 1600MHz DIMM, install
only one DIMM on each memory channel.
3.4.2
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.
3.4.3
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]
3.4.4
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech [Enabled]
Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item
to [Manual], [D.O.C.P.] or [X.M.P.].
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 100 to 500.
PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust
the PCIE frequency. The values range from 100 to 200.
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DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR3 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency
item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
3.4.6.
DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
The items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features.
The configuration options for some of the following items vary �����������������
depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
1st Information: 6-6-6-15-4-36-6-5-16-0
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] – [9 DRAM
Clock] [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# PRE Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [9 DRAM
Clock] [10 DRAM Clock]
DRAM RAS# ACT Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 DRAM Clock] [4 DRAM Clock] – [30 DRAM
Clock] [31 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] [30 DRAM Clock] [36 DRAM Clock]
[48 DRAM Clock] [60 DRAM Clock] [72 DRAM Clock] [82 DRAM Clock]
[88 DRAM Clock] [90 DRAM Clock] [100 DRAM Clock] [110 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] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock]
DRAM FOUR ACT WIN Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [63 DRAM Clock]
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DRAM Back-To-Back CAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [4 DRAM Clock] – [32 DRAM Clock]
2nd Information: 1N-53-55-0
The values vary depending on your settings of the following sub-items:
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1N] [2N] [3N]
DRAM Round Trip Latency on CHA/B/C [Auto]
[Auto] [Advance 15 Clock]–[Advance 1 Clock] [Normal] [Delay 1 Clock]
[Delay 15 Clock]
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(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [8 DRAM Clock]
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(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(DR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to WRITE Delay(SR) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [14 DRAM Clock]
DRAM READ to READ Delay(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 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(DD) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 DRAM Clock] – [9 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]
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The following fourteen (14) items are adjusted by typing the desired values
using the numeric keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+>
and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using
the keyboard and press the <Enter> key.
3.4.7
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VCore voltage. The values range from 0.85000V to
2.10000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
3.4.8
•
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.
•
The value [2.10000V] of the CPU Voltage item is supported only if the
OV_CPU jumper is enabled. Otherwise the maximum voltage supported
is [1.70000V]. Refer to 2. CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage
setting on page 2-21 for details.
CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.80V to 2.50V with
a 0.02V interval.
3.4.9
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the QPI/DRAM Core voltage. The values range from 1.20000V to
1.90000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
The value [1.90000V] of the QPI/DRAM Core Voltage item is supported
only if the OV_QPI_DRAM jumper is enabled. Otherwise the maximum
voltage supported is [1.70000V]. Refer to 2. CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM
overvoltage setting on page 2-21 for details.
3.4.10
IOH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Hub (IOH) voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.70V
with a 0.02V interval.
3.4.11
IOH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the IOH PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 2.76V
with a 0.02V interval.
3.4.12
ICH Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the I/O Controller Hub (ICH) voltage. The values range from
1.10V to 1.40V with a 0.10V interval.
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3.4.13
ICH PCIE Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the SB PCIE voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 1.80V with
a 0.10V interval.
The highest value of the ICH PCIE Voltage item is limited by the DRAM Bus
Voltage item.
3.4.14
DRAM Bus Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 2.46V* with a
0.02V interval.
•
The value [2.46V] of the DRAM Bus Voltage item is supported only if
the OV_DRAM_BUS jumper is enabled, otherwise the maximum voltage
supported is [1.90V]. Refer to CPU / DRAM Bus / QPI DRAM overvoltage
setting on page 2-21 for details.
•
According to Intel CPU spec, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V
may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs
with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.
•
The values of the CPU Voltage, CPU PLL Voltage, QPI/DRAM Core
Voltage, IOH Voltage, IOH PCIE Voltage, ICH Voltage, ICH PCIE
Voltage, and DRAM Bus 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.
Blue
Yellow
Purple
Red
CPU Voltage
0.85000V–
1.22500V
1.23125V–
1.29375V
1.30000V–
1.35000V
1.35625V
1.70000V
CPU PLL Voltage
1.80V–1.90V
1.92V–2.00V
2.02V–2.10V
2.12V–2.50V
QPI/DRAM Core
Voltage
1.20000V–
1.26875V
1.27500V–
1.32500V
1.33125V–
1.40000V
1.40625V–
1.70000V
IOH Voltage
1.10V–1.18V
1.20V–1.24V
1.26V–1.30V
1.32V–1.70V
IOH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.58V
1.60V–1.66V
1.68V–1.74V
1.76V–2.76V
ICH Voltage
1.10V–1.20V
1.30V–1.40V
N/A
N/A
ICH PCIE Voltage
1.50V–1.60V
1.70V–1.80V
N/A
N/A
DRAM Bus
Voltage
1.50V–1.64V
N/A
N/A
1.66V–2.46V
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3.4.15
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM DATA Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The
values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might
enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.4.16
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA/B/C [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM Control Reference Voltage on Channel A/B/C. The
values range from 0.395x to 0.630x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might
enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
3.4.17
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU Load-Line mode. Set to [Disabled] to follow Intel
specifications, or to [Enabled] to improve CPU VDroop directly.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.18
CPU Differential Amplitude [Auto]
Different AMP might enhance BCLK overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [700mV] [800mV] [900mV] [1000mV]
3.4.19
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]
3.4.20
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance BCLK overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.4.21
IOH 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]
3.4.22
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance PCIE overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Tools
Exit
Configure CPU.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
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:3F.11
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 2.67GHz
Frequency
:2.68GHz
BCLK Speed :133MHz
Cache L1
:128 KB
Cache L2
:1024 KB
Cache L3
:8192 KB
Ratio Actual Value:20
CPUID
:106A2
CPU Ratio Setting
C1E Support
Hardware Prefetcher
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech
CPU TM function
Execute-Disable Bit
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
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
←→
↑↓
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Scroll down to display the following items:
Intel(R) HT Technology
Active Processor Cores
A20M
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Enabled]
[All]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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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 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Enhanced Halt State support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Hardware Prefetcher function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
The Intel® Virtualization Technology allows a hardware platform to run multiple
operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually
function as several systems. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU TM Function [Enabled]
This function enables the overheated CPU to throttle the clock speed to cool down.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Setting this item to [Disabled] forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero
(0). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) HT Technology [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology function.
When disabled, only one thread per activated core is enabled.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Active Processor Cores [All]
Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor
package. Configuration options: [All] [1] [2]
A20M [Disabled]
Legacy OSes and APs may need A20M enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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]
Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech [Enabled]
Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific
condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Disabled]
The Intel® C-State Technology allows the CPU to save more power under idle
mode. Enable this item only when you install a C-State Technology-supported
CPU. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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] [C7]
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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.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARMING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Intel VT-d Configuration
Intel VT-d
[Disabled]
Intel Virtualization
Technology for
Directed I/O.
Intel VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Virtualization Technology for
Directed I/O. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.5.3
Onboard Device Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuration
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
Marvell Storage Controller
Marvell Storage Boot ROM
Marvell SAS
SAS Boot ROM
Realtek LAN1
Realtek LAN2
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller
Options
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Legacy Mode]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enabled
Disabled
High Definition Audio [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the High Definition Audio Controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy
AC’97 or high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front
panel audio module supports. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
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Marvell Storage Controller [Legacy Mode]
Allows you to select the onboard Marvell storage controller mode.
Configuration options: [Legacy Mode] [RAID Mode] [Disabled]
Marvell Storage Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Legacy Mode] or
[RAID Mode]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Marvell SAS [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Marvell SAS controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
SAS Boot ROM [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled].
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Due to DOS environment limitation, only one Boot ROM can be enabled and set
as the boot device. If you enable the Marvell Storage Boot ROM item or set
ICH10R SATA mode to [RAID], the SAS Boot ROM item will be disabled and
hidden.
Realtek LAN1/2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Realtek LAN port1/2.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard 1394 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard 1394 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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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.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
1 Mouse
USB Functions USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Disabled
Enabled
The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB Host Controllers.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
The USB 2.0 Controller Mode item appears only when you enable the USB
2.0 Controller.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the support for legacy USB devices. Setting to [Auto]
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. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
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3.5.5
PCIPnP
The PCIPnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the
system.
[No]
Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [NO], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to
[YES] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
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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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Tools
Exit
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
3.6.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
Add additional tables as per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.6.3
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). When
set to [Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.4
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
[Power Off]
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
S3 Resume:
PS/2&USSB sleep/wakeup
function will not be
supported.
S4/S5 Resume:
Marvell LAN, PS/2&USB
Devices sleep or
wakeup function will
not be supported.
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to [Power Off], the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to [Power On], the system goes on after an AC power loss. When set to
[Last State], the system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
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]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set 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.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
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Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[35ºC/95ºF]
[34ºC/93ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Q-Fan Control
[1721RPM]
[Disabled]
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
Chassis
[N/A]
[N/A]
[N/A]
[Disabled]
Fan 1
Fan 2
Fan 3
Q-Fan
Speed
Speed
Speed
Control
Power Fan Speed
[N/A]
CPU
3.3V
5V
12V
[ 0.832V]
[ 3.200V]
[ 5.094V]
[12.137V]
Voltage
Voltage
Voltage
Voltage
CPU Temperature
CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard
and CPU temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected
temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control item.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan.
When set to [Standard], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on
the CPU temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for
quiet CPU fan operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
Chassis Fan 1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
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Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Chassis Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control
item.
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan.
When set to [Standard], the chassis fan automatically adjusts depending
on the chassis temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed
for quiet chassis fan operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan
speed. Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the power
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to detect this
item.
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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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[Removable Dev.]
[Hard Drive]
[ATAPI DVD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
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: [Removable Dev.] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM] [Disabled]
3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display Mode
Bootup Num-Lock
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display
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[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Force BIOS]
[On]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
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Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while
booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled],
BIOS performs all the POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2 feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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
disable password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
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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.
2.
3.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
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. Refer to section 2.6 Jumpers for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
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
Clear 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.
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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.
2.
3.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
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.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the 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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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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate Enter OS Timer
Reset User Data
Exit
Press ENTER to run the
utility to select and
update BIOS.
This utility supports:
1.FAT 12/16/32 (r/w)
2.NTFS (read only)
3.CD-DISC (read only)
[Auto]
[10 Seconds]
[No]
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NET 2
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.8.1
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. Please refer to section 3.1.2 for details.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.37
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Current ROM
BOARD: P6T7-WS-SC
VER: 0210
DATE: 04/20/2009
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
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[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
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[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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3.8.2
Express Gate [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Express Gate feature. The ASUS
Express Gate feature is a unique instant-on environment that provides quick
access to the Internet browser and Skype. Refer to section 4.3.9 ASUS Express
GATE for details.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Enter OS Timer [10 Seconds]
Sets countdown duration that the system waits at the Express Gate’s first
screen before starting Windows or other installed OS. Choose [Prompt User]
to stay at the first screen of Express Gate for user action.
Configuration options: [Prompt User] [1 second] [3 seconds] [5 seconds]
[10 seconds] [15 seconds] [20 seconds] [30 seconds]
Reset User Data [No]
Allows you to clear Express Gate’s user data.
Configuration options: [No] [Reset]
When setting this item to [Reset], ensure to save the setting to the BIOS so
that the user data will be cleared the next time you enter the Express Gate.
User data includes the Express Gate’s settings as well as any personal
information stored by the web browser (bookmarks, cookies, browsing
history, etc.). This is useful in the rare case where corrupt settings prevent
the Express Gate environment from launching properly.
The first time wizard will run again when you enter the Express Gate
environment after clearing its settings.
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3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C. Profile 1 Status
O.C. Profile 2 Status
Typing your profile
name, [0-9][a-z][A-Z]
are acceptable.
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
Add Your CMOS Profile.
Name:
Save To:
Load CMOS Profiles.
Load From:
Tools
[Default-Profile]
[Uninstalled]
[Blank]
Start O.C. Profile
←→
↑↓
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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. You can save two (2) CMOS
profiles.
Load CMOS Profile.
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.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V1.37
Current CMOS
BOARD: P6T7-WS-SC
VER: 0210
DATE: 04/20/2009
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: A:\
A:
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[Enter] Select or Load
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[Tab] Switch
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[Esc] Exit
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3.8.4
•
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
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.
Ai Net 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
AI NET 2
Pair Status
Check Realtek LAN
cable during POST.
Length
Check Realtek LAN cable
Tools
[Disabled]
It will take 3 to 10
seconds to diagnose
LAN cable.
Check Realtek LAN Cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the Realtek LAN cable during the Power-On
Self‑Test (POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Tools
Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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 Ok 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
Ok 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 Ok 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
4.1
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
4.3
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.2
4.4
4.5
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-44
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-59
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/ 64-bit XP/ Vista™ 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.
•
Make sure that you install the Windows® XP Service Pack2 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(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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Drivers menu
The Drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Anti-Virus Utility and Drivers
Installs all of the drivers and anti-virus software through the Installation Wizard.
Norton Internet Security 2009
Installs the Norton Internet Security 2009 to protect your PC from the latest online
threats.
Intel Chipset Inf Update Program
Installs the Intel® chipset Inf update program.
SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver
Installs the SoundMAX® AD2000B audio driver and application.
Realtek RTL8111B/C LAN Driver
Installs the Realtek® Gigabit Ethernet driver.
Marvell 61xx SATA Driver
Installs the Marvell® 61xx SATA driver.
Marvell 64xx/63xx SAS Controller Driver
Installs the Marvell® 64xx/63xx SAS controller driver.
ASUS EPU-6 Engine
Installs the ASUS EPU-6 Engine driver and utility.
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ASUS TurboV
Installs ASUS TurboV, the advanced overclocking tool for extreme O.C. record.
ASUS Express Gate
Allows you to install or update Express Gate functions.
4.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
Click to display the
next page
Click to return to the
previous page
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Utilities
Installs all of the utilities through the Installation Wizard.
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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 voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS AI Suite
The ASUS AI Suite is an innovative application to do overclocking, fan control,
power saving and quiet thermal control.
Marvell RAID Utility
Installs Marvell RAUD Utility.
Realtek Teaming Utility
Installs the Realtek® Teaming Utility.
Adobe Reader 8
Installs the Adobe® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print documents in
Portable Document Format (PDF).
Ulead Burn.Now
Installs the Ulead Burn.Now application for Audio DVD, CD and data disc creation.
Corel MediaOne Starter
Installs the Corel MediaOne Starter application to easily manage, edit share and
protect your multimedia data.
Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE
Installs the PhotoImpact image editing software.
Winzip 11
Installs the Winzip utility for easy file-compression and protection.
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4.2.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains items to create the Intel ICH10R or Marvell® 61xx
driver disk.
Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit AHCI/RAID Driver Disk
Allows you to create an ICH10R 32/64bit RAID/AHCI driver disk.
Marvell 61xx 32/64bit SATA RAID Driver
Allows you to create a Marvell® 61xx 32/64bit SATA RAID driver disk.
Marvell 64xx/63xx SAS Controller Driver
Allows you to create a Marvell® 63xx/64xx SAS controller driver disk for 32/64bit
system.
The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have to use a
USB floppy drive when creating a driver disk.
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Manual menu
The Manual 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.
4.2.6
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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4.2.7
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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Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD in text format.
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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
ASUS MyLogo 2™
The ASUS MyLogo 2™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the
image that appears on screen during the Power‑On‑Self-Tests (POST). The ASUS
MyLogo 2 is automatically installed when you install the ASUS Update utility from
the support DVD. See section 4.2.3 Utilities menu for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo 2, use the ASUS Update utility to make a
copy of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the
ASUS website. See section 3.1.1 ASUS Update utility.
•
Ensure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if you wish
to use ASUS MyLogo 2. See section 3.7.2 Boot Settings Configuration.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF file format.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo 2:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section 3.1.1 ASUS Update utility
for details.
Select Options from the drop down menu, and then click Next.
Check the option Launch MyLogo to replace system boot logo before
flashing BIOS, and then click Next.
Select Update BIOS from a file from the drop down menu, and then click
Next.
When prompted, locate the new BIOS file, and then click Next. The ASUS
MyLogo 2 window appears.
From the left window pane, select
the folder that contains the image
you intend to use as your boot logo.
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7.
When the logo images appear on the
right window pane, select an image to
enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your desired
size by selecting a value on the Ratio
box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to
load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo
during POST.
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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.
3.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
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.
Preference
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
value
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 EPU—6 Engine, AI Nap, Fan Xpert, and
TurboV utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
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® taskbar.
Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
Click the EPU—6 Engine, AI Nap, or Fan Xpert icon to launch the utility, or click
the Normal icon to restore the system to normal state.
Press to restore to
normal state
Press to launch
EPU—6 Engine
Press to launch AI Nap
Press to launch
Fan Xpert
Press to launch
TurboV
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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 AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click Yes on the confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
To switch the power button functions from AI Nap to shutting down, just right
click the AI Suite icon on the OS taskbar, select AI Nap and click Use power
button. Unclick the the item to switch the function back.
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4.3.5
ASUS Fan Xpert
Asus Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan
speeds according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate
conditions in different geographic regions and your PC’s system loading. The
built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a
quiet and cool environment.
Install AI Suite from the bundled support DVD. To launch the ASUS Fan Xpert
utility, double-click the AI Suite icon on the Windows® notification bar and click
the Fan Xpert button on the AI Suite main window.
Click the dropdown list button and display the fan types. Select CPU Fan or
Chassis Fan.
Click to open the
Calibration wiondow
Dropdown list button
Click to display
the dropdown list
and select a fan
profile mode
Click to save the setup
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Click to display
the current CPU
temperature and the
fan speed ratio
Click to cancel the
Fan Xpert utility
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Fan profile modes
•
Disable: Select this mode to disable the Fan Xpert function.
•
Silent: This mode minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
•
•
•
•
•
Standard: This mode makes the fan adjust speed in moderate pattern.
Turbo: This mode boosts the fan to achieve maximal fan speed for the best
cooling effect.
Intelligent: This mode automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed with the
ambient temperature.
Stable: This mode keeps the CPU fan at the same speed to avoid noise
caused by the unsteady fan rotation. However, the fan will speed up
when the temperature exceeds 70ºC.
User: This mode allows you to change the CPU fan profile under certain
limitation.
For Chassis Fan, only Disable/Standard/Silent/Turbo modes could be selected.
Click to close the Calibration window
Click to get the calibration between
the fan rotation and fan speed ratio
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4.3.6
ASUS EPU–6 Engine
ASUS EPU–6 Engine is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing
needs. This utility provides four modes that you can select to enhance system
performance or save power. Selecting Auto mode will have the system shift modes
automatically according to current system status. You can also customize each
mode by configuring settings like CPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control.
Installing 6 Engine
To install 6 Engine on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Drivers tab and then click ASUS EPU—6 Engine.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching 6 Engine
Launch 6 Engine by double-clicking the 6 Engine icon on the Windows® notification
area.
The first time you launch 6 Engine, the following
message will appear, asking you
to run Calibration first. Running
calibration allows the system to
detect CPU properties to optimize
power management.
Click Run Calibration and wait for a few seconds. Then, the 6 Engine main menu
appears.
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6 Engine main menu
Displays CPU Power and
Total CPU Energy Saving
Displays the following
message if no VGA power
saving engine is detected.
Lights up when power
saving engine is activated
Displays the
amount of CO2
reduced
*Shifts between
the display of Total
and Current CO2
reduced
Displays
current
mode
Auto Mode
Turbo Mode
Runs calibration
High Performance Mode
Medium Power Saving Mode
Max. Power Saving Mode
Exits the utility
Displays the system
properties of each
mode
Advanced settings for each mode (refer to the next page for further information)
*• Click Current
to show the CO2 that has been reduced since
you click the Renew button
.
*• Click Total
to show the total CO2 that has been reduced
since you launched 6 Engine.
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Advanced settings menu
Click Setting (
) from the 6 Engine main menu to display configuration
options in each mode. Some options in certain modes are dimmed, meaning that
they are not available.
Click to select
a mode
Move the
slider to adjust
Click the arrow
to see more
options
Restore default
settings
Click to apply
settings
Click to abort
settings
Configuration options in Advanced settings menu
The following lists the configuration options and their definitions in Advanced
settings menu.
•
CPU Frequency: Raises or lowers CPU frequency to a certain percentage.
•
•
Chipset Voltage Downgrade: Turns on/off chipset voltage.
•
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•
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vCore Voltage Downgrade: Lowers CPU vCore voltage.
•
High: Downgrades voltage to the highest level for CPU power saving.
Small: Downgrades voltage to the minimum level.
Turn Off hard disks: Turns off hard disk drives when they are not accessed
after a certain time.
CPU Loadline: Sets up the CPU loadline to manage CPU power saving.
•
•
Light: Saves CPU power to the minimum level.
Heavy: Saves CPU power to the highest level.
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Fan Control: Adjusts fan speeds to reduce noise and save system power.
•
•
•
Quiet: Lowers CPU fan speed and shuts off two chassis fans.
Slow: Lowers CPU fan and two chassis fan speeds.
AI Nap Idle Time: Enters AI Nap mode after a certain time during system idle
process.
Refer to the following table for the configuration options in each mode.
Configuration
options
Turbo Mode
High
Performance
Mode
Medium Power
Saving Mode
Maximum
Power Saving
Mode
CPU
Frequency
Overclocking
+1% to +30%
N/A
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
vCore Voltage
Downgrade
N/A
N/A
Small/High
Small/High
Chipset
Voltage
Downgrade
N/A
N/A
On/Off
On/Off
Turn Off
hard disks
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
CPU Loadline
N/A
N/A
Light/Heavy
Light/Heavy
Fan Control
N/A
N/A
Keep Bios
Setting/Slow
Keep Bios
Setting/Quiet
AI Nap
Idle Time
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
The values of the previous table are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for updates.
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4.3.7
ASUS TurboV
ASUS TurboV allows you to overclock the CPU frequency, CPU voltage, QPI/
Memory controller voltage, and DRAM voltage in WIndows® environment and takes
effect in real-time 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.
•
For system stability, set ASUS EPU 6-Engine to High Performance Mode
while using ASUS TurboV.
To launch ASUS TurboV
1.
2.
Install the ASUS TurboV utility from the motherboard support DVD.
Click start > All Programs > ASUS > TurboV > TurboV.
Save the current settings as a profile
Voltage
Adjustment
bars
Shows more
settings
Default Target
settings settings
Applies all
changes
immediately
Undoes all
changes
without
applying
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•
For advanced overclockability, adjust first the Ai Tweaker items in BIOS,
and then proceed more detailed adjustments using TurboV.
•
The BCLK Frequency setting in BIOS affects the adjustable range of CPU
Frequency in TurboV.
For advanced overclocking: Set BCLK Frequency in BIOS to 200MHz or
above for an adjustment range from 200MHz to 500MHz in TurboV.
For general overclocking: Set BCLK Frequency in BIOS below 200MHz for
an adjustment range from 100MHz to 250MHz in TurboV.
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Advanced settings menu
Click More Setting from the TurboV main screen to display detailed configuration
options for CPU/chip voltage, DRAM Reference voltage, and CPU ratio.
Advance Mode
Advanced
CPU and
DRAM voltage
settings
CPU Ratio Mode
Adjusts CPU
core ratio
Displays CPU
frequency
•
Only Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition processors support the CPU Ratio
function.
•
Set the CPU Ratio Setting BIOS item to [Auto] before using the CPU Ratio
function in TurboV. See page 3-22 for details.
•
The value shown in CPU Ratio Mode may be higher than your CPU default
setting. This is due to Intel’s Dynamic Speed Technology of automatic CPU
ratio overclocking. You may turn off this feature in BIOS for manual CPU
ratio adjustment. See page 3-23 for details.
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4.3.8
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility
The ADI AD2000B High Definition Audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio
capability through the SoundMAX® audio utility with AudioESP™ software to
deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software implements high
quality audio synthesis/rendering, 3D sound positioning, and advanced voice-input
technologies.
Follow the installation wizard to install the ADI AD2000B Audio Driver from the
support DVD that comes with the motherboard package to activate the
SoundMAX® audio utility.
If the SoundMAX® audio utility is correctly installed, you
will find the SoundMAX® icon on the taskbar.
A.
SoundMAX audio utility for Windows Vista™
Volume
The Volume tab allows you to adjust the individual volume of playback and
recording devices. You can also set the default audio output and input device
in this tab.
Drag to
adjust
device
volume
Click to
show more
devices
Click to set
the default
device
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Setup
The Setup tab allows you to adjust multi-speaker settings.
Click speaker to
test individual
speaker volume
Drag slider to adjust
individual speaker
volume
Click to swap
center/subwoofer
output in 5.1 / 7.1
Surround mode
Click to test
the volume of
all individual
speakers
Click to choose a multi-speaker configuration
Listening Experience
The Listening Experience tab allows you to enable or disable the Sonic
Focus sound effects and adjust further sound settings.
Click to enable
Sonic Focus
Click to
show license
information of
Sonic Focus
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Recording Experience
The Recording Experience tab allows you to calibrate microphone settings
for high quality recording effects.
Choose a desired
enhancement
Click to start
microphone
calibration
Click to boost
microphone
volume
Advanced
The Advanced tab allows you to configure detailed utility settings.
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B.
SoundMAX audio utility for Windows XP™
Audio Setup Wizard
By clicking the
icon from the
SoundMAX® control panel, you can
easily configure your audio settings.
Simply follow the succeeding screen
instructions and begin enjoying High
Definition Audio.
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Jack configuration
This screen helps you configure
your computer’s audio ports,
depending on the audio devices
you have installed.
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Adjust speaker volume
This screen helps you adjust
speaker volume. Click the Test
button to hear the changes you have
made.
Adjust microphone volume
This screen helps you adjust
microphone volume. You will be
asked to read pre-written text to
allow the AudioWizard to adjust
the volume as you speak.
Audio preferences
Click the
icon to go to the Preferences page. This page allows you to
change various audio settings.
General options
Click the General tab to choose your
playback and recording devices,
enable/disable the AudioESP™
feature, and enable/disable digital
output.
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Listening Environment options
Click the Listening Environment
tab to set up your speaker,
acoustic environment, and
enable/disable the Virtual Theater
Surround function.
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4.3.9
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Express Gate is an instant-on environment that gives you quick access to
the Internet, Skype, and viewing your pictures. Within a few seconds of powering
on your computer, you will be at the Express Gate menu where you can start the
web browser, Skype, or other Express Gate applications.
•
Ensure to install ASUS Express Gate from the motherboard support DVD
before use.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports SATA devices in IDE mode only. See the
chapter of BIOS setup in your motherboard user manual for details.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports SATA devices connected to motherboard
chipset-controlled onboard SATA ports only. All onboard extended SATA
ports and external SATA ports are NOT supported. See the chapter of
internal connectors in your motherboard user manual for the exact location
of onboard SATA ports.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports installation on SATA HDDs, USB HDDs and
Flash drives. When installed on USB HDDs and Flash drives, connect the
drives to the motherboard USB port before turning on the computer.
•
Your monitor must support the screen resolution of 1024 x 768, or ASUS
Express Gate will be skipped during the booting process, and the existing
OS will be launched directly.
•
Installation of at least 1GB system memory is recommended for better
performance.
Installing ASUS Express Gate
To install Express Gate on your computer
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, and then click ASUS Express Gate Installer.
Select the language for installation and click OK.
The InstallShield Wizard for Express Gate appears. Click Next to continue.
Select the target disk volume for you to install Express Gate. If you have
multiple volumes and OS installed in your hard drive, it is recommended to
install Express Gate in Volume C. Click Next to continue.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
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The First Screen
Express Gate’s first screen appears within a few seconds after you power on the
computer.
Click any of the application
icons to enter Express Gate
environment and launch the
selected application
Turn off the computer
Continue booting to existing OS when the timer above the Exit icon
counts down to zero (0); click to immediately enter existing OS
•
To enter the motherboard BIOS setup program, click Exit on the Express
Gate First Screen, and then press the <Del> key during POST.
•
Click
in the Express Gate environment for detailed software
instructions.
Knowing the Express Gate hot-keys
Here is a list of common-used hot-keys for Express Gate.
In the First Screen:
Key
Function
PAUSE/BREAK
Power-off
ESC
Continue to boot OS
In the Express Gate Environment:
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Key
Function
<Alt> + <Tab>
Switch between applications
<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
Bring up Power-Off dialog box
<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Print Screen>
Save screen snapshot as picture to file
<Ctrl> + <Space>
Switch the input language between English and
default input language
<Ctrl> + <Shift>
Switch between input languages
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Using the LaunchBar
The LaunchBar allows you to launch applications or configure system settings. The
LaunchBar can be configured to auto-hide and dock on any of the four sides of the
screen.
Starts the Web Browser for quick access to the World Wide Web. You
can also view PDF files on web pages or from your USB storage device.
Express Gate supports file uploading from ODD and USB drives and
downloading to USB drives only.
Accesses the Online Games feature.
Starts the Photo Manager image viewer.
Starts the Text Chat instant messaging tool.
Starts the Skype application, which lets you call other people on Skype
for free, as well as offering affordable, high quality voice communications
to phones all over the world.
An indicator under an application icon denotes that the application is already
running. In the rare case that one of the above applications stops responding, you
can right-click on its icon and then select Close to force it to close.
The smaller icons on the right side of the LaunchBar are:
Opens Express Gate Help.
Shows “About Express Gate”.
Opens ASUS Utility Panel (if supported).
Opens Network settings.
Opens Volume Control.
Opens Configuration Panel, which lets you specify network settings
and other preferences.
USB drive indicator. This icon appears only when a removable storage
device / USB drive is inserted into the system. Lift-clicking on it will open
the File Manager window. Right-click on it to eject the removable
storage device / USB drive.
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Exit Express Gate. Click the Yes button to enter the operating system
you installed on the hard disk drive.
Power Off. Click the Yes button to turn off the computer.
Getting on the Internet
In the first time of using Express Gate, or if Internet doesn’t seem to be working,
you have to manually configure network settings.
To configure network settings
1.
2.
3.
Click Configuration Panel in the
LaunchBar.
In the Configuration Panel, click
Network.
Make the proper network configurations.
Each network interface is enabled
immediately when you check the box
next to it.
The number of the LAN ports may
differ from motherboards.
•
LAN settings:
If you use a network cable connected to a home router (which is then
connected to your DSL/cable modem), enable every LAN port(s). Express
Gate will automatically use whichever port is connected.
If you plug the network cable into a different port while Express Gate is running
(e.g. move the cable from LAN1 to LAN2), you may need to restart Express
Gate in order for it to detect the change.
If you computer automatically obtains network settings via DHCP, you don’t
need to click Setup for any LAN port. Otherwise, click Setup to configure the
static IP settings manually.
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WiFi settings (Only the onboard WiFi modules are supported):
If your motherboard supports wireless network, click Setup for the WiFi
option. In the WiFi tab of the Advanced Network Settings box, enter the
name of your wireless access point in the SSID field. If your wireless access
point has security enabled, select the corresponding security algorithm
from the drop-down list (e.g. WEP or WAP) in the Encryption Type field,
and enter the password. Click OK to enable WiFi and establish the wireless
connection.
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xDSL / Cable dial-up (PPPoE) settings:
If you use a network cable connected directly to your DSL/cable modem (no
router in between), click Setup for xDSL/cable dial-up. Choose whether the
DSL/cable modem is connected to your computer’s LAN port. Then enter the
user name and password of your dial-up account. Click OK to enable xDSL/
cable dial-up and establish the PPPoE connection. When PPPoE is enabled,
the port it uses will automatically be unchecked and grayed out.
Using the Online Games
Express Gate introduces a Splashtop Gaming portal site, which provides many
interesting games in different categories. The game titles are updated from time to
time. Enjoying these great games is just as easy as it gets!
•
You have to enable the network connection to run the Online Games
feature.
•
Avoid running several resource-consuming flash games at the same time to
maintain system performance.
Using the Photo Manager
Express Gate provides a easy-to-use Photo Manager that allows you to view
pictures stored in your hard drive or external storage devices (such as USB
dongles, card readers, or optical disks). You can view pictures in thumbnail view;
in an enlarged view individually; in a filename/data list view; or play them in a
slideshow with background music and fancy transition effects. JPEG, GIF, BMP,
and PNG formats are supported. Refer to the on-line Help for detailed application
operation.
ASUS Express Gate supports HDDs or ODDs connected to motherboard
chipset-controlled onboard SATA ports only. All onboard extended SATA
ports and external SATA ports are NOT supported.
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Restoring to factory settings
In the rare case that the system settings become corrupted, you can restore
Express Gate to its factory settings.
To restore Express Gate to factory settings
1.
Click Configuration Panel in the LaunchBar.
3.
In the General tab, click Restore. A confirmation dialog box will open. Click
Yes to immediately restart Express Gate to finish clearing system settings. All
bookmarks, network settings, and other changes you made will be cleared.
2.
In the Configuration Panel, click Environment Settings.
The first-time Wizard will run again when you enter the Express Gate
environment after clearing its settings.
Configuring Express Gate in BIOS Setup
Enter BIOS setup by clicking Exit on the Express Gate First Screen, and then
press the <Del> key during POST. Express Gate configuration options are under
the Tools menu. See chapter 3 for details.
Main
Ai Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Power
Boot
Tools
Exit
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate Enter OS Timer
Reset User Data
[Enabled]
[10 Seconds]
[No]
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NET 2
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only,
and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
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Updating Express Gate
You may update your existing Express Gate application to new versions. New
versions of the Express Gate application will be released regularly, adding
refinements or new applications. You can find original version of the application on
the support DVD or download new versions from the ASUS support website.
To update Express Gate
1.
2.
3.
4.
Double-click the Express Gate setup file to start application update.
A application update confirmation
dialog box appears. Click Yes to
continue.
The InstallShield Wizard for Express
Gate appears. Click Next to
continue.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Repairing Express Gate
In case Express Gate cannot start normally, you can repair Express Gate by
reinstalling the application or using the repairing utility.
To repair Express Gate
•
•
Click Start > All Programs > Express Gate > Express Gate Installer >
Repair this application.
OR
Double click the Express Gate setup
file, choose Repair, and click Next to
continue.
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4.3.10
Realtek Teaming Utility
This motherboard features two Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controllers and
supports Teaming function, which allows two single connections to be grouped
as one single connection, providing benefits such as bandwidth increase, load
balancing, and fault tolerance.
The speed of transmission is subject to the actual network environment or
status even with Teaming enabled.
To install Realtek Teaming Utility
1. Place the support DVD to the optical drive. Click Realtek Teaming Utility
from the Drivers tab.
2.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Configuring Realtek Teaming Utility in Windows® XP
To create a teaming set in Windows® XP
1.
2.
3.
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Launch the Realtek Teaming Utility by clicking Start > All Programs >
Realtek > Teaming Utility > Teaming Utility.
Select a LAN adapter from the
left column, select Teaming in
the middle column, and then click
Create Team.
Enter a name for the teaming in the
Team Name box. Select a teaming
mode that best suits your network
environment, and then choose
the adapters to join the teaming
set. Click OK to finish the teaming
setting.
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To remove a teaming set in Windows® XP
1.
2.
Launch the Realtek Teaming Utility.
Select the teaming set that you want
to remove in the left column, select
the virtual adapter in the right column,
and then click Remove.
Configuring Realtek Teaming Utility in Windows® Vista
To create a teaming set in Windows® Vista
1.
2.
Launch the Realtek VLAN & Teaming Utility by clicking Start > All Programs
> Realtek Teaming and VLAN Utility > Realtek Teaming and VLAN Utility.
Choose the adapters to join the
teaming set, and then select a
teaming mode that best suits
your network environment. Click
Teaming to create the teaming
set. Click OK to close the message
windows and finish creating the
teaming set.
To remove a teaming set in Windows® Vista
1.
2.
Launch the Realtek VLAN &
Teaming Utility.
Click Remove to remove the
existing teaming set.
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To create a virtual LAN adapter in Windows® Vista
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Launch the Realtek VLAN &
Teaming Utility.
Choose one adapter to create
the virtual LAN adapter, and then
click VLAN. Click OK to close the
message window and finish creating
the virtual LAN adapter.
Click Start > Control Panel >
Network and Sharing Center,
and then click Manage network
connections from the left Tasks
list.
Right-click the virtual LAN adapter
icon and select Properties.
Conduct necessary settings for the
virtual LAN adapter, and then click
Configure.
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5.
Click the Advanced tab in the
Realtek Virtual Miniport Driver
for VLAN (NDIS 6.0) Properties
window and conduct necessary
VLAN settings. Close all windows
when finished.
To remove a virtual LAN adapter in Windows® Vista
1.
2.
Launch the Realtek VLAN &
Teaming Utility.
Click Remove to remove the
existing virtual LAN adapter.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the Intel® ICH10R Southbridge controller 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 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
ICH10R 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.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
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.
3.
Set the Configure SATA as item to [RAID].
2.
4.
Go to the Main menu > Storage Configuration, and then press <Enter>.
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.
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4.4.4
Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
To enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
1.
2.
Turn on the system.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <I> to display the utility main menu.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
[ MAIN MENU ]
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Disks:
Port Drive Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
3
ST3160812AS
[↑↓]-Select
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
[ESC]-Exit
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through
the menus and select 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.
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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 v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
0.0
GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change
2.
3.
4.
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow key to
select a RAID mode to create, and then press <Enter>.
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
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
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.
6.
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.
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.
8.
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.
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.
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.
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From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
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Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1038 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name
Volume0
Level
RAID0(Stripe)
Drives
2
Capacity
298.0GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
[↑↓]-Select
2.
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[DEL]-Delete Volume
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!
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 4. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The
following warning message appears.
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
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4.4.5
Marvell® SAS RAID configurations
The Marvell® SAS controller allows you to configure RAID 0 and 1 set on the SAS
hard disk drives.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID set.
To do this:
1.
Install two internal SAS hard disk drives to the SAS connectors labeled
SAS1/2.
2. Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS
setup.
3.
4.
In the Advanced menu, go to Onboard Devices Configuration, and enable
both Marvell SAS and SAS Boot ROM.
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuration
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
Marvell Storage Controller
Marvell Storage Boot ROM
Marvell SAS
SAS Boot ROM
Realtek LAN1
Realtek LAN2
LAN Boot ROM
Onboard 1394 Controller
Options
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[Legacy Mode]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enabled
Disabled
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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Marvell® RAID BIOS Configuration utility
To enter the Marvell® RAID BIOS setup utility
1.
2.
Boot up your computer.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <M> to enter the utility main menu.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
Adapter 1
VendorID:DeviceID:
BIOS Version:
PCI Slot:
Adapter Serial Number:
IRQ Number:
Port 0
SAS Address:
Port 1
SAS Address:
Port 2
SAS Address:
Port 3
SAS Address:
11AB:6320
2.1.0.09
00
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
0A
500E018000000000
5005018000000001
5005043011AB0000
5005043011AB0000
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
3.
Press <Enter> and select a desired adapter for RAID configuration.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
Select Adapter
Adapter 1
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
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Creating a RAID 0 or RAID 1 set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility menu bar, select RAID > Create array.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Create array
Delete array
Spare Management
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
2.
Press <Enter>. The screen shows the disks you can add to make up the
RAID set. Use the arrow key to select a disk and press <Enter> or <Space>
to include this disk in the array.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Select free disks to create
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
NEXT
Status
FREE
FREE
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
3.
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After you have selected the desired disks, select NEXT to create array.
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4.
The Create Array screen appears.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Select free disks to create
Create
ID
PortArray
Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
RAID0
*0 Raid
0 Level
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
73240
*1 Max
1 Size(MB)
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
Capacity(MB) : 73240
NEXT
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
Status
FREE
FREE
64KB
No
WriteBack
0 1
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
5.
Use the arrow key to select the RAID Level item and press <Enter> to display
the available RAID set. Select a RAID set and press <Enter>. After you have
selected the desired RAID set, select Next to create array.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Select free disks to create
Create
ID
PortArray
Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
RAID0
*0 Raid
0 Level
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
*RAID0
146480
*1 Max
1 Size(MB)
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
RAID1
Capacity(MB) : 146480
NEXT
RAID10
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
Status
FREE
FREE
64KB
No
WriteBack
0 1
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
•
The available RAID sets vary with the number of disks you select. The RAID
sets that you are not allowed to create are grayed out.
•
Except for the RAID Level item, we recommend you keep the default values
for the other items in Create Array screen.
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6.
A confirmation screen appears. Press <Y> to confirm the array creation.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Select free disks to create
Create
ID
PortArray
Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
RAID0
*0 Raid
0 Level
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
73240
*1 Max
1 Size(MB)
SAS : :ST336754SS
36.6GB SAS 3.0
Capacity(MB) : 73240
NEXT
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
Status
FREE
FREE
64KB
No
WriteBack
0 1
Create the array?[Y]
7.
The newly created array appears in the RAID menu.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID
[Virtual Disks]
ID Name
Size
Level Status
Stripe CacheMode
0
73.2GB RAID0 ONLINE
64KB WriteBack
[Physical Disks]
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0
]
Members
0,1
Status
FULLASSIGN
FULLASSIGN
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
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Deleting an array
To delete a RAID set
1.
From the utility menu bar, select RAID > Delete array, and then press
<Enter>. The Delete array screen appears.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
RAID Config
Delete array
ID Name
Size
Level Status
Stripe CacheMode Members
0
73.2GB RAID0 ONLINE
64KB WriteBack 0,1
NEXT
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
2.
Select a desired array to delete and select NEXT. Press <Y> after the
confirmation screen appears.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
[Selection]
RAID Config
Delete array
ID Name
Size
Level Status
Stripe CacheMode Members
*0
73.2GB RAID0 ONLINE
64KB WriteBack 0,1,
NEXT
Delete the array?[Y]
3.
Press <Y> again to confirm and delete the selected array.
You cannot recover lost data if you delete an array. Make sure you back up
important data before deleting an array.
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Advanced Operation
From the utility menu bar, select Devices, and then press <Enter>. The Advanced
Operation screen appears. You can run Disk Verify and Low Level Format in the
Advanced Operation screen.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
Select Device For Advanced Operation
[Physical Disks]
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
To run Disk Verify
1.
In the Advanced Operation screen, use the arrow key to select a disk and
press <Enter> or <Space>. The Advanced Menu appears. Select Disk
Verify and press <Enter>.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
Select Device For Advanced Operation
[Physical Disks]
Menu
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Advanced
Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0Disk Verify
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0Low Level Format
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
2.
3.
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Press <Y> after the confirmation screen appears.
The utility verifies the selected disk. When completed, press <ESC> to return
to the Advanced Operation screen.
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To run Low Level Format
1.
In the Advanced Operation screen, use the arrow key to select a disk and
press <Enter> or <Space>. The Advanced Menu appears. Select Low Level
Format and press <Enter>.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[ Devices ]
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ RAID ]
Select Device For Advanced Operation
[Physical Disks]
Menu
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Advanced
Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0Disk Verify
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0Low Level Format
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
The Low Level Format feature supports SAS HDDs only.
2.
Press <Y> after the confirmation screen appears.
You cannot recover lost data if you run low level format on the selected disk. Make
sure you back up important data before running low level format.
3.
The utility runs low level format on the selected disk. DO NOT reset the
computer or shut down the power during the operation.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Selection]
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
Select Device For Advanced Operation
[Physical Disks]
Menu
ID Port Disk Name
Size
Max Advanced
Speed
0 0
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0Disk Verify
Low
Level
Format
1 1
SAS : ST336754SS
36.7GB SAS 3.0
Progress
Mode Name:
Duration:
SAS : ST336754SS
00:05:17
26%
Formatting.... (DO NOT RESET or POWER DOWN!)
4.
When completed, press <ESC> to return to the Advanced Operation screen.
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Controller Configuration
From the utility menu bar, select Controller, and then press <Enter>. The
Controller Config screen appears and allows you to change controller settings.
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2007 Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
[Controller]
[ Devices ]
[ RAID ]
[Selection]
[Controller Config]
INT 13h
[Enable]
Silent Mode
[Disable]
Halt On Error
[Disable]
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
INT 13h [Enable]
Allows you to enable or disable the Interrupt 13h support. Set this item to [Enable]
if you want to use the device(s) connected to Marvell® SAS controller as boot
device. Set this item to [Disable] if you want to use the device(s) connected to
Marvell® 88SE6320 SAS controller as data device.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
Silent Mode [Disable]
Allows you to enable or disable the BIOS POST silent mode. When enabled, the
information of the drives connected to Marvell® SAS controller will be hidden during
system POST. Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
Halt On Error [Disable]
Allows you to enable or disable the Halt On Error function. When enabled, the
BIOS POST will halt when an error (such as virtual drive status changes) occurs
and require user’s confirmation to continue.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
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4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows® operating
system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
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
4.5.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive.
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID/SATA driver disk without entering the OS
1.
2.
Boot your computer.
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 <a> or <b> to create a 32/64bit
Intel ICH10R RAID driver disk.
7. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy 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. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
3. Go to the Make disk menu, and then click Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit RAID
Driver Disk to create an Intel® ICH10R RAID driver disk.
4. Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
5. 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 in 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 floppy
disk drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, ensure that you select
Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH10R).
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver in Windows® Vista
1. Insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop
ICH10R).
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 pop-up 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.
7.
Double-click the file. A window
appears, allowing you to select the
program for opening the oem file.
Use Notepad to open the file.
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8.
9.
Find the [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_ICH10R] and
[HardwareIds.scsi.iastor_ICH8RICH9RICH10RDO] sections in the
txtsetup.oem file.
Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections:
id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “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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This chapter describes how to install and
configure multiple ATI® CrossFireX™ and
NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.
5
Multiple GPU
technology support
Chapter summary
5.1
5.2
5.3
5
ATI® CrossFireX™ technology..................................................... 5-1
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology............................................................ 5-5
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology..................................................... 5-11
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5.1
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
In CrossFireX mode, you should have two identical CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards or one CrossFireX-ready dual-GPU graphics card that are
ATI® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireX technology.
Download the latest driver from the AMD website (www.amd.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See page 2-30 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.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Close all current applications.
For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
For Windows XP, select Add/Remove.
For Windows Vista, select Uninstall.
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.
2.
3.
4.
Prepare two CrossFireX-ready
graphics cards.
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.
Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
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.
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Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the
graphics card.
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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 at
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 Dual CrossFireX settings
1.
2.
3.
4.
In the Catalyst Control Center
window, click Graphics Settings >
CrossFireX > Configure.
From the Graphics Adapter list,
select the graphics card to act as
the display GPU.
Select Enable CrossFireX.
Click Apply, and then click OK to
exit the window.
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3
1
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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 Dual SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
In Triple SLI mode, you should have three identical SLI-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
Ensure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI technology.
Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website (www.nvidia.com).
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See page 2-30 for details.
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
The NVIDIA Triple SLI technology is supported by Windows® Vista™
operating system only.
•
Visit the NVIDIA zone website at http://www.nzone.com for the latest
certified graphics card and supported 3D application list.
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5.2.2
Installing two SLI-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1. Prepare two SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
3.
4.
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.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
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
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5.2.3
Installing three SLI-ready graphics cards
1. Prepare three SLI-ready graphics
cards.
2.
3.
4.
Insert the three 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.
Ensure that the cards are properly
seated on the slots.
Align and firmly insert the 3-Way SLI
bridge connector to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Ensure that
the connector is firmly in place.
5. Connect three independent auxiliary
power sources from the power
supply to the three graphics cards
separately.
6.
Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to
the graphics card.
3-Way SLI bridge
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5.2.4
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
5.2.5
•
Ensure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA
website at www.nvidia.com.
•
If you are using a Triple SLI system, ensure to install the NVIDIA® 3-way
SLI driver under Windows® Vista™. The NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology is
supported by Windows® Vista™ only.
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.
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 on page 5-10).
B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item
in step (A), select Personalize.
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B2. From the Personalization window,
select Display Settings.
B3. From the Display Settings dialog box,
click Advanced Settings.
B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and
then click Start the NVIDIA Control
Panel.
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B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window
appears.
Enabling Dual 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.
Enabling Triple SLI settings
1.
From the NVIDIA Control Panel
window, select Set SLI Configuration,
and then click Enable 3-way NVIDIA
SLI. When done, click Apply.
2.
Select the 3D Settings tab and enable
the Show SLI Visual Indicators item.
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When this item is enabled, a green bar
appears on the left side of the screen
while 3D demonstrations are rendered,
indicating the 3-way SLI status.
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5.3
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology with one NVIDIA®
Quadro™ graphics card and up to three NVIDIA® Tesla™ computing processor
cards, providing the optimum multi purpose computing performance. Follow the
installation procedures in this section.
5.3.1
Requirements
•
32 / 64-bit Microsoft® Windows XP / Vista OS
•
A power supply unit (PSU) of 1200W is recommended while using one
NVIDIA® Quadro™ graphics card and three NVIDIA® Tesla™ computing
processor cards.
•
A minimum of 1GB RAM
5.3.2
•
We recommend that you install additional chassis fans for better thermal
environment.
•
Visit the NVIDIA CUDA Zone website at http://www.nvidia.com/object/
cuda_home.html for the latest driver, list of CUDA-certified graphics card
and supported 3D application list.
Installing CUDA-ready graphics cards
The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the
motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the
same.
1. Prepare one NVIDIA Quadro
graphics card and up to three
NVIDIA Tesla computing processor
cards.
2.
Insert the Quadro graphics card into
the PCIe x16_1 slot. Ensure that the
card is properly seated on the slot.
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2.
Insert the Tesla computing
processor card(s) into the PCIe
x16_3, PCIe x16_5 or PCIe x16_7
slot. Ensure that the cards are
properly seated on the slot.
3.
Connect either one 8-pin power
connector or two 6-pin power
connectors from the power supply to
the Quadro graphics card and Tesla
computing processor card(s).
4.
5.
6.
Connect a display cable to the
graphics card.
Refer to the documentation that
came with your graphics card
package to install the device drivers.
To verify graphics card driver
installation, right-click My
Computer and select Properties
from the menu. Click the Hardware
tab, and then click Device
Manager. Click the “+” sign before
Display adapters, and the installed
graphics card and computing processor card(s) should appear.
The screen differs based on the components you installed.
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