EVGA X99 User guide
User Guide
EVGA X99 Classified
Specs and Initial Installation
(Part 1)
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Table of Contents
Before you Begin………………………………………………………………………3
Parts Not in the kit…………………………………………………………………….4
Intentions of the kit……………………………………………………………………4
Motherboard Specifications……………………………………………………………5
Unpacking and Parts Descriptions……………………………………………………..7
Equipment……………………………………………………………………………..7
Hardware Installation…………………………………………………………………..8
Component legend………..……………………………………………………………8
PCI-E Slot Breakdown………………………………………………………………....9
Rear I/O Panel legend………………………………………………………………..10
Preparing the Motherboard…………………………………………………………...11
Installing the CPU…………………………………………………………………….11
Installing the Cooling Device……………………………………….…………...…….12
Installing System Memory (DIMMs)……………...………………….......…..………...13
Compliance Information……………………………………………………………...14
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Before You Begin…
EVGA welcomes you to the next generation of ground breaking performance, the X99
Classified. The X99 platform redefines high performance with the introduction of the
first ever quad channel DDR4 architecture fueled by Intel’s Haswell-E/Broadwell-E
CPU family for up to 128GB’s of RAM running at a maximum memory speed up to
3000MHz+ (OC), possible due to the 4 layer memory T-Routing design. Dual 8pin
power provides up to 600 watts to the CPU for ample headroom for the most aggressive
overclocks, and an Advanced 10 phase Digital VRM (IR3563B+IR3350) and a CPU
socket with 150% higher Gold content, all rested on a 8 layer Hybrid Black PCB to
provide industry leading stability for all your applications.
Also, the board is not ONLY for peak overclocking, it is also fully featured to support
any/all peripherals and functions available, Creative Core-3D audio, 4 way SLI support
without the need for PLX chips, Type2 M.2 for WLAN, Type3 M.2 for SSD modules, 2
Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel AIC with Thunderbolt support, right angle power connectors,
PCI-E disable switches and much more!
Lastly, a motherboard is only as good as its BIOS, and we have revamped our GUI
BIOS with a focus on overclocking, functionality, in a lean, straight forward package.
And you should expect nothing less from a modern enthusiast BIOS.
With the features above and many more, EVGA is going to redefine motherboard
performance.
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Parts NOT in the Kit
This kit contains all the hardware necessary to install and connect your new
EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard. However, it does NOT contain the
following items that must be purchased separately in order to make the system
fully functional and install an Operating System:
Intel Socket 2011-3 Processor
DDR4 System Memory
CPU Cooling Device
PCI Express Graphics Card
Power Supply
Hard Drive or SSD
Keyboard / Mouse
Monitor
(Optional) Optical Drive
EVGA assumes you have purchased all the necessary parts needed to allow for
proper system functionality. For a full list of supported CPUs on this
motherboard, please visit www.evga.com/support/motherboard
Intentions of the Kit
This kit provides you with the motherboard and all connecting cables necessary
to install the motherboard into a PC case.
When replacing a motherboard in a PC case, you will need to reinstall an
operating system even though the current storage drive may already have one
installed.
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Motherboard
Motherboard Specifications
Size:
EATX form factor of 12 inches x 10.375 inches (305x264mm)
Microprocessor support:
Intel Socket 2011-3 Processor
Operating Systems:
Supports Windows 8 / 7
Contains Intel X99 chipset
System Memory support:
Supports Quad channel DDR4 up to 3000MHz+ (OC).
Supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.
USB 2.0 Ports:
8x from Intel X99 PCH – 6x external, 2x internal
Supports hot plug
Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode
Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to a 480 Mbps transmission rate
USB 3.0 Ports:
6x from Intel X99 PCH – 4x external, 2x internal
Supports transfer speeds up to 5Gbps
Backwards compatible USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 support
SATA Ports:
Intel X99 PCH Controller
6x SATA 3/6G (600 MB/s) data transfer rate
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, AND RAID 10
- Supports hot plug
4x SATA3/6G AHCI Only
Onboard LAN:
1x Intel i217 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
1x Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet MAC
Supports 10/100/1000 Mb/sec Ethernet
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Ethernet Teaming Supported
Onboard Audio:
Creative Core3D Quad-Core Audio Processor (CA0132)
Supports 6-channel (5.1) audio
Supports Optical Output
PCI-E 3.0 Support:
Low power consumption and power management features
Power Functions:
Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)
Expansion Slots:
5x PCI-E 16x slot 2x16/8, 3x8, 4x8
1x PCI-E 4x slot
2x M.2 Ports
-M.2 Socket 1 (Slot E) shares signal distribution from USB2.0 #3 port,
please select the operational mode in BIOS setup menu
-M.2 Socket 2 (Slot M) shares signal distribution from PE5, please select
the operational mode in BIOS setup menu
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Unpacking and
Parts Descriptions
Equipment
The following accessories are included with the EVGA X99 Classified
Motherboard:
The EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard
This PCI-E motherboard contains the Intel X99 chipset.
I/O Shield
Installs in the system case to protect internal components from
dust, foreign objects, and aids in proper airflow within the
chassis.
6x SATA 6G Data Cables
Used to support the SATA protocol and each one connects a
single drive to the motherboard.
I/O Cover
This optional cover attaches to the PCB and covers the I/O
area
Installation CD
Contains drivers and software needed to setup the
motherboard.
User Manual
The user manual you are reading right now!
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Intel X99 Classified Motherboard
The EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard with the Intel X99 and PCH Chipset. Figure 1
shows the motherboard and Figure 2 shows the back panel connectors
FIGURE 1. X99 Classified Motherboard Layout
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1. CPU Socket 2011-3
13. USB 3.0 Headers
25. EVGauge
2. Intel X99 Southbridge
14. USB 2.0 Headers
26. Thunderbolt GPIO Connector
3. CPU Fan Header (1 amp PWM)
15. CMOS Reset Button
27. MCU Firmware update connector
4. DDR4 Memory DIMM Slots 1-8
16. Power Button
28. Back Panel Connectors (Figure 2)
5. 24-pin ATX power connector
17. Reset Button
29. 8 pin EPS Connector
6. Fan Headers (1 amp DC)
18. PC Speaker
30. Supplemental PCI-E 6pin Power
7. PCI-E Disable Dipswitches
19. PCI-E Slot 16x/8x
31. GPU Link
8. Intel Sata 6G RAID Ports
20. PCI-E Slot 8x
32. Probe It Header
9. Intel Sata 6G AHCI Ports
21. PCI-E Slot 4x
33. BIOS Selector Switch
10. Front Panel Connectors
22. M.2 (Type2)
34. MCU Turbo Switch
11. Debug LED / CPU Temp Monitor
23. M.2 (Type3)
35. Removable BIOS Chip
12. CMOS Battery
24. Front Panel Audio Connector
PCI-E Slot Breakdown
PCI-E Lane Distribution (40 Lane Processor)
PE1 – x16 (x8 if PE2 is used)
PE2 – x8
PE3 – x8
PE4 – x16 (x8 if PE3 is used)
PE5 – x4 (Gen 2 only, 4 lanes pulled from PCH)
PE6 – x8
PCI-E Lane Distribution (28 Lane Processor)
PE1 – x16 (x8 if PE2)
PE2 – x8
PE3 – x8 (Slot is *NOT* functional with a 28 lane processor.)
PE4 – x8
PE5 – x4 (Gen 2 only, 4 lanes pulled from PCH)
PE6 – x4
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Figure 2. Chassis Rear Panel Connectors
1. USB 2.0
4. Intel i217 NIC
2. USB 3.0
5. Intel i210 NIC
3. BIOS/CMOS Reset
6. Optical Out
7. Analog Audio Output Jacks
Analog Audio Port Breakdown
2/2.1 (Channel)
4.0/4.1 (Channel)
5.1 (6 Channel)
Dark Green
Head Phone
Head Phone
Head Phone
Light Green
Pink
Black
Orange
Front Speaker /
Front Speaker/
Front Speaker/
Speaker+Sub Out
Speaker+Sub Out
Speaker+Sub Out
Mic / Line In
Mic / Line In
Mic / Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Voice channel
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Preparing the Motherboard
Installing the CPU
Be very careful when handling the CPU. Hold the
processor only by the edges and do not touch the
bottom of the processor.
Note:
Use extreme caution when working with
the CPU, not to damage any pins in the
CPU socket on the motherboard!
Use the following procedure to install the CPU onto the motherboard:
Unhook the left socket lever by pushing down and
towards the socket.
Unhook the right socket lever by pushing down
and towards the socket.
Gently press the left socket lever and the load
plate will lift from the socket.
Open the load plate and make sure not to
damage any of the pins inside of the socket.
Note:
After removing the CPU socket cover, it is recommended to store it in case
you ever need to transport your motherboard. If you ever remove the CPU, it
is highly recommended to reinstall the socket cover.
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Align the notches on the CPU to the notches in
the socket.
Lower the processor straight down into the
socket.
Note:
Make sure the CPU is fully seated and level
in the socket.
Lower the load plate so it is resting on the CPU.
Press the right socket lever down to lock into
place.
Carefully lock the left lever back into place.
Installing the CPU Cooling Device
There are many different cooling devices that can be used with this
motherboard. Follow the instructions that come with your cooling assembly.
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Installing System Memory (DIMMs)
Your X99 Classified has (8) 288-pin slots for DDR4 memory. These slots
support 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB DDR4 DIMMs. There must be at least one
memory slot populated to
ensure normal operation.
The Intel X99 chipset supports
quad channel memory;
supports a maximum of
128GB of DDR4 and up to
3000MHz+ (OC) in quad
channel configuration. It is
required to populate an odd
slot (1, 3, 5, 7) first. The board
will not boot if only even slots
(2, 4, 6, 8) are populated.
Use the following procedure to install DIMMs. Note that there is only one gap
near the center of the DIMM slots. This slot matches the slot on the DIMM to
ensure the component is installed properly.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the module clips on both sides
outward.
Align the memory module to the DIMM slot, and insert the module
vertically into the DIMM slot, pressing straight down to seat the
module. The plastic clips at top side of the DIMM slot automatically
lock the DIMM into the connector.
Note:
The memory controller on most Haswell-E and Broadwell-E CPUs runs at a
default frequency of 2133MHz. To achieve memory speeds above 2133MHz+
may require manual setting of the memory timings, frequency and voltages
and/or overclocking of the CPU.
Refer to the memory manufacturer specifications for the recommended
memory timings. For overclocking support you can visit our forums:
http://forums.evga.com/
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Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Information
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation. 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 the 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:
(1) Increase the separation between the equipment and signal source, or (2) connect the equipment to an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the signal source is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced computer
technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of peripheral devices to the PC systems is required to
ensure 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 the equipment.
CE Compliance Information
Generic Radiation Interference Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55022: 2006, Class B), (EN 610003-2: 2006), (EN 61000-3-3: 1995 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2005). Warning: This is a Class B product. In a domestic environment
this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measure. Generic
Immunity Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003).
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User Guide
EVGA X99
Motherboard Installation
(Part 2)
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Table of Contents
Installing the Motherboard……………………………………………………3
Installing the I/O Shield/Cover…………………………………………….…3
Securing the Motherboard into a System Case………………………………....4
Connecting Cables…………………………………………………………….6
24pin ATX Power (ATX_PWR_24P)…………………………………………6
8-pin ATX 12V Power (PWR 8P1)……………………………………………7
Connecting Internal Headers………………………………………………….8
Front Panel Header…………………………………………………………...8
USB Headers………………………………………………………………….9
Audio………………………………………………………………………...10
PCI-E x16/x8 Slot…………………………………………………………...10
Onboard Buttons…………………………………………………………….11
Clear CMOS Button…………………………………………………………11
RESET and POWER Button………………………………………………...11
Post Debug LED and LED Status Indicators………………………………..12
Post Port Debug LED……………………………………………………….12
LED Status Indicators……………………………………………………….12
Installing Drivers and Software……………………………………………...13
Windows 8/7 Driver Installation…………………………………………….13
POST Codes…………………………………………………………………14
EVGA Glossary of Terms…………………………………………………...18
Compliance Information …………………………………………………….21
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Installing the Motherboard
The sequence of installing the motherboard into a system case depends on the
chassis you are using and if you are replacing an existing motherboard or
working with an empty system case. Determine if it would be easier to make all
the connections prior to this step or to secure the motherboard and then make
all the connections. It is normally easier to secure the motherboard first.
Use the following procedure to install the I/O shield and secure the
motherboard into the chassis.
Note:
Be sure that the CPU fan assembly has enough clearance for the system
case covers to lock into place and for the expansion cards. Also make sure
the CPU Fan assembly is aligned with the vents on the covers. This will
depend on the system case being used.
Installing the I/O Shield/Cover
The motherboard kit comes with an I/O shield that is used to block internal
components from dust and foreign objects, and promotes correct airflow within
the chassis.
Before installing the motherboard, install the I/O shield from the inside of the
chassis. Press the I/O shield into place and make sure it fits securely.
Also included is an I/O cover. This I/O cover adds a unique appearance to the
I/O area of the motherboard and is completely optional. If you wish to use the
cover, please place it over the I/O area, and install the chassis screws. The
chassis screws are intended to hold the I/O cover down.
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Securing the Motherboard into a System Case
Most system cases have a base with mounting holes you thread standoffs onto to
allow the motherboard to be secured to the chassis and help to prevent short
circuits. If there are studs that do not align with a mounting hole on the
motherboard, it is recommended that you remove that standoff to prevent the
possibility of a short circuit.

Carefully place the motherboard onto the standoffs located inside the
chassis.

Align the mounting holes with the standoffs.

Align the connectors to the I/O shield and/or I/O cover.

Ensure that the fan assembly is aligned with the chassis vents according to
the fan assembly instruction.

Secure the motherboard with nine (9), or ten (10) screws depending on the
specific board in the series. Ensure that each screw is lined up with and
screwing into the corresponding standoff under the board. Double check
alignment to make sure nothing gets cross-threaded.

See the picture below for a zoomed in view of a hole to use a standoff in as
well as the locations of standoff holes for all boards in the X99 series.
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Above, all locations safe to secure the board to a standoff with are
circled in red, and the upper left side of that picture is a zoomed in
view of the hole.
 Keep in mind that when the screws are installed but not fully tightened,
the motherboard should have 1-2mm of movement; this can help with
getting cards mounted or other tight tolerance/close fitting cards.

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Connecting Cables
This section takes you through all the necessary connections on the
motherboard. This will include:

Power Connections
24pin ATX power (PW1)
EPS 8pin 12V power

Internal Headers
Front Panel connectors (power/reset/LED’s)
Fan Headers (PWM for CPU and DC for case fans )
USB 2.0 Header
USB 3.0 Header
Audio Header
SATA III
 Rear I/O Panel
24pin ATX Power (ATX_PWR_24P)
is the main power supply connector located along the lower
right edge of the board. Make sure that the power supply cable and pins are
properly aligned with the connector on the motherboard. Firmly plug the power
supply cable into the connector and make sure it is secure.
The 24pin Power Connector may be standard or right angled depending on
your motherboard model.
ATX_PWR_24p
24pin Power Connector
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Connector
24
12
Pin
13
1
Signal
Pin
Signal
1
+3.3V
13
+3.3V
2
+3.3V
14
-12V
3
GND
15
GND
4
+5V
16
PS_ON
5
GND
17
GND
6
+5V
18
GND
7
GND
19
GND
8
PWROK
20
RSVD
9
+5V_AUX
21
+5V
10
+12V
22
+5V
11
+12V
23
+5V
12
+3.3V
24
GND
EPS 8-pin 12V Power (PWR 8P1)
EPS PWR 8P1,
the 8-pin ATX 12V power connections, is used to provide
power to the CPU. Align the pins to the connector and press firmly until seated.
The secondary is optional for improved overclocking. Please remember to
make sure that the tab on the EPS socket is aligned with the release clip on the
cable, because if they are on opposite sides, while it will be able to fit, it is the
incorrect cable and may damage the board, as that is a PCI-E 8pin cable.
+12V
GND
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Connecting Internal Headers
Front Panel Header
The front panel header on this motherboard is used to
connect the following four cables.
 PWRLED
Attach the front panel power LED
cable to these two pins of the connector. The Power
LED indicates the system’s status. When the system is
powered on, the LED will be on.
Note:
Some system cases may not have all four cables. Be sure to match the
name on the connectors to the corresponding pins.

PWRSW
Attach the power button cable
from the case to these two pins.
Pressing the power button on the
front panel turns the system on and
off rather than using the onboard
button.

HD_LED
Attach the hard disk drive indicator
LED cable to these two pins. The
HDD indicator LED indicates the
activity status of the hard disks.

RESET
Attach the Reset switch cable from
the front panel of the case to these
two pins.
Pin
Signal
No Connect
1
3
2
4
5
7
6
8
9
HD_PWR
HD Active
PWR LED
STBY LED
Ground
RST BTN
PWR BTN
Ground
+5V
Empty
10
Empty
HD_LED
PWRLED
RESET
PWRSW
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USB Headers
This motherboard contains
USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports that are
exposed on the rear panel of
the chassis. The motherboard
also contains 10-pin internal
header connectors onboard
that can be used to connect an
optional external bracket
containing up to four (4) USB
2.0 ports. It also has an
internal header connector for
USB 3.0.
Connector
USB 2.0 Header
Connector
Pin
1
Signal
5V_DUAL
3
D-
5
D+
7
GND
9
Pin
2
Empty
Signal
5V_DUAL
4
D-
6
D+
8
GND
10
No Connect

Secure the bracket to either the front or rear panel
of your chassis (not all chassis are equipped with
the front panel option).

Connect the two ends of the cables to the USB 2.0
or 3.0 headers on the motherboard.
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Audio
The audio connector supports HD audio standard and provides two kinds of audio
output choices: the Front Audio and the Rear Audio.
Connector
Front Audio Connector
10
8
6
4
2
9
7
5
3
1
Pin
1
Signal
PORT1_L
2
AUD_GND
3
PORT1_R
4
PRECENCE_J
5
PORT2_R
6
SENSE1_RETURN
7
SENSE_SEND
8
Empty
9
PORT2_L
10
SENSE2_RETURN
PCI-E x16/x8 Slot
This board has a single PCI-E 16x slot. This is specifically for a video card,
however you can place a different card there and use the Intel HD Graphics on the
CPU. When installing a PCI-E Graphics Card, be sure the retention clip snaps and
locks the card into place. If the card is not seated properly, it could cause a short
across the pins. Secure the card’s metal bracket to the chassis back panel with the
screw used to hold the blank cover.
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Onboard Buttons
These onboard buttons include RESET, POWER and Clear CMOS. These
functions allow you to easily reset the system, turn on/off the system, or clear
the CMOS.
Clear CMOS Button
The motherboard uses the CMOS RAM to
store all the set parameters. The CMOS can be
cleared by pressing the Clear CMOS button
either onboard or on the external I/O Panel.
External Clear CMOS Button
RESET and POWER Button
These onboard buttons allow you to easily turn on/off the system. These
buttons allow for easy debugging and testing of the system during
troubleshooting situations.
The POWER button with an integrated LED indicates the system’s status.
When the system is powered on, the LED remains a solid red.
The RESET button with an integrated LED indicates the activity status of the
hard disk drives and will flicker accordingly.
Power
Button
Reset
Button
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Post Debug LED and LED Status Indicators
Post Port Debug LED
Provides two-digit diagnostic POST codes which shows system boot status and
can also show why the system may be failing to boot. It is very useful during
troubleshooting situations.
This Debug LED will display a series of hexadecimal (0-F) codes during the
POST and upon a successful boot, will display current CPU socket
temperatures after the system has fully booted into the Operating System. See
the “POST CODE” section below for more detailed descriptions of specific
POST Codes.
Debug LED with CPU
Temperature Monitor
LED Status Indicators
Theses LEDs indicate the system’s status and are located near the 24pin
connector.
POWER LED (Green):
When the System is powered on: This LED is on.

DIMM LED (Yellow):
When the Memory slot is functional: This LED is on.

STANDBY LED (Blue):
When the System is in Standby Mode: This LED is on. This LED will
remain on as long as the motherboard is receiving constant power.

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Installing Drivers and
Software
Note:
It is important to remember that before installing the driver CD that is shipped
in the kit, you need to load your operating system. The motherboard supports
32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 8 or 7.
The kit comes with a CD that contains utilities, drivers, and additional software.
The CD that has been shipped with the EVGA X99 Motherboard contains the
following software and drivers:









Chipset Drivers
Audio Drivers
RAID Drivers
LAN Drivers
USB 3.0 Drivers
ME Drivers
SATA Drivers
EVGA E-LEET X
User’s Manual
Windows 8/7 Driver Installation
1. Insert the EVGA X99 installation CD for the motherboard included in the
kit.
2. The CD will autorun. Install the drivers and utilities listed on the install
screen. If the CD does not run, go to My Computer and click on the CD
to open.
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POST Codes
This section provides the AMI POST Codes for the
EVGA X99 Dark Motherboard during system boot
up.
The POST Codes are displayed on the Debug LED
readout located directly onboard the motherboard.
This Debug LED will also display current CPU
temperatures after the system has fully booted
into the Operating System.
Debug LED with CPU
Temperature Monitor
AMI POST Codes
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
0A
0B
0C-0D
0E
0F
10
11-14
15-18
19-1C
1D-2A
2B
2C
2D
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard).
AP initialization before microcode loading
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data
reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing
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2E
2F
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37-3A
3B-3E
3F-4E
4F
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
5A
5B
5C-5F
E0
E1
E2
E3
E4-E7
E8-EB
EC-EF
F0
F1
F2
information
Memory initialization. Configuring memory
Memory initialization (other).
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization is started
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP)
initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP)
selection
CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode
(SMM) initialization
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
OEM post memory initialization codes
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or
incompatible memory speed
Memory initialization error. SPD reading has failed
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory size or memory
modules do not match.
Memory initialization error. No usable memory detected
Unspecified memory initialization error.
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE
IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
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F3
F4
F5-F7
F8
F9
FA
FB–FF
60
61
62
63-67
68
69
6A
6B-6F
70
71
72
73-77
78
79
7A–7F
80–8F
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
9A
9B
9C
9D
9E–9F
A0
A1
A2
A3
A4
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
PCI host bridge initialization
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
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A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
B0
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8-BF
C0–CF
D0
D1
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
DA
SCSI Reset
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
CPU Memory controller configuration
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
iMC init
Memory training
Memory training
Memory training / timing training
Memory training
Memory training
Memory training / DRAM final configuration
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (Load Image returned error)
Boot Option is failed (Start Image returned error)
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EVGA Glossary of Terms
AC – Alternating Current
ACPI - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
AHCI – Advanced Host Controller Interface
AFR – Alternate Frame Rendering
APIC - Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller
BCLK – Base Clock (or operating frequency of base system bus)
BIOS - Basic Input Output System
CMOS - Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
CPU – Central Processing Unit
DDR - Double Data Rate
DIMM - Dual In-line Memory Module
DMI – Direct Memory Interface
DRAM - Dynamic random access memory
DVI – Digital Video Interface
ELEET/ELEET X – EVGA motherboard monitoring and tuning software
GHz – Gigahertz
GPU – Graphics Processing Unit
HDD - Hard Disk Drive
HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface
HDR – High Dynamic Range Lighting
HPET - High Precision Event Timer
HT – Hyper-Threading
HSF - Heat Sink Fan
I/O - Input/ Output
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IGP - Integrated Graphics Processors
IMC – Integrated memory controller
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IRQ - Interrupt Request
JBOD - Just a Bunch of Disks
JEDEC - Joint Electron Device Engineering Council
LAN - Local Area Network
LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
LGA – Land Grid Array
LN2 – Liquid Nitrogen Cooling
MAC - Media Access Control
MCP - Media and Communications Processor
Intel ME – Intel Management Engine
MHz – Megahertz
MMIO – Memory Mapped I/O
NB - Northbridge
NCQ - Native Command Queuing
NIC - Network Interface Card
NTFS - New Technology File System
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
PATA - Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment
PCB - Printed Circuit Board
PCH – Platform Controller Hub
PCI - Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCI-E - Peripheral Component Interconnect Express
PLL – Phase Locked Loop
POST – Power on Self Test
PWM – Pulse Width Modulation
QDR - Quad Data Rate
QPI – Quick Path Interconnect
RAID - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
RAM – Random Access Memory
ROM – Read Only Memory
RGB - Red Green Blue
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SATA - Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
SAS – Serial Attached SCSI
SB - Southbridge
SCSI - Small Computer System Interface
SFR – Split Frame Rendering
SLI - Scalable Link Interface
SPD - Serial Presence Detect
S/PDIF - Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format
SPP - System Platform Processors
SSD – Solid State Drive
TCP/IP - Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
USB - Universal Serial Bus
VDroop - Voltage Droop
VGA - Video Graphics Array
VREG – Voltage Regulator
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Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Information
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation. 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 the 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:
(1) Increase the separation between the equipment and signal source, or (2) connect the equipment to an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the signal source is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced computer
technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of peripheral devices to the PC systems is required to
ensure 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 the equipment.
CE Compliance Information
Generic Radiation Interference Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55022: 2006, Class B), (EN 610003-2: 2006), (EN 61000-3-3: 1995 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2005). Warning: This is a Class B product. In a domestic environment
this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measure. Generic
Immunity Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003).
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