ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 manual
Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published June 2011
Copyright©2011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1 Introduction......................................................... 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .........................................................
Speci cations.................................................................
Motherboard Layout.......................................................
I/O Panel ......................................................................
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2 Installation ........................................................... 16
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
Screw Holes...................................................................
Pre-installation Precautions .........................................
CPU Installation .............................................................
Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan .............................
Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) ........................
Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots) ....................
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64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions ..............
2.21.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions.............................................................
2.21.2 Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System ...................
2.21.3 Migrating a “RAID Ready” System to RAID 0,
RAID 1 or RAID 5 ................................................
2.21.4 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
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2.7 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide ......................... 23
2.8 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM Operation Guide ...................................... 27
2.9 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features................ 33
2.10 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide ..................... 36
2.11 Jumpers Setup .......................................................... 37
2.12 Onboard Headers and Connectors ............................ 38
2.13 Smart Switches .......................................................... 44
2.14 Dr. Debug ................................................................... 45
2.15 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks
Installation .................................................................. 49
2.16 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation ............. 49
2.17 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATAII
HDDs ............................................................................ 50
2.18 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .... 50
2.19 SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and
Operation Guide ........................................................ 51
2.20 Driver Installation Guide ............................................ 53
2.21 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
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VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions .................... 56
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2.22 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ................... 57
2.22.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions............................................................ 57
2.22.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............... 58
3 UEFI SETUP UTILITY ................................................. 59
3.1 Introduction ....................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar ....................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys ...................................................
3.2 Main Screen...................................................................
3.3 OC Tweaker Screen ......................................................
3.4 Advanced Screen...........................................................
3.4.1 CPU Con guration ...............................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Con guration...................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Con guration ..................................
3.4.4 Storage Con guration ..........................................
3.4.5 Super IO Con guration ........................................
3.4.6 ACPI Con guration...............................................
3.4.7 USB Con guration ...............................................
3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ...................
3.6 Boot Screen ...................................................................
3.7 Security Screen .............................................................
3.8 Exit Screen ....................................................................
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4 Software Support ................................................. 79
4.1 Install Operating System................................................
4.2 Support CD Information .................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD ............................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu ........................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu........................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information ..............................................
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard, a reliable
motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It
delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the con guration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard speci cations and the BIOS software might be
updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without notice. In case any modi cations of this manual occur, the updated version
will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may nd
the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as well.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for speci c information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Support CD
1 x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive
4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
4 x HDD Screws
6 x Chassis Screws
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Con guration to
AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our
support CD for details.
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1.2
Specifications
CPU
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality
Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Supports 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 in
Chipset
LGA1155 Package
- Advanced V8 Power Phase Design
- Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports K-Series unlocked CPU
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1)
- Intel® Z68
Platform
Memory
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066
non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 3)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 4)
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Pro le (XMP)
Expansion Slot
- 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16
or dual at x8/x8 mode) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel® Ivy
Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE5: x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM
and CrossFireXTM
Graphics
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals: Intel® Quick
Sync Video, Intel® InTruTM 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD
Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, Intel® Advanced
Vector Extensions (AVX)
- Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 11 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU,
DirectX 10.1 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU
- Max. shared memory 1759MB (see CAUTION 5)
- Four VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and
DisplayPort (see CAUTION 6)
- Supports HDMI 1.4a Technology with max. resolution up to
1920x1200 @ 60Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @
75Hz
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Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
SATA3
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 2560x1600
@ 60Hz
- Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and
HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI
(Compliant HDMI monitor is required) (see CAUTION 7)
- Supports HDCP function with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort
ports
- Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort ports
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudioTM
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Broadcom BCM57781
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Ef cient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x D-Sub Port
- 1 x DVI-D Port
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/Line in/Front
Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 8)
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel
Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
functions
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120,
support NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
(SATA3_M2 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
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USB3.0
Connector
Smart Switch
BIOS Feature
Support CD
Unique Feature
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0/
2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by
Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel
Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
functions
- 4 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- SLI/XFire power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 64Mb AMI BIOS
- AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU Core, IGPU, DRAM, PCH, CPU PLL, VTT, VCCSA
Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock Software Suite
(CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX
Multimedia Suite - OEM)
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock Instant Boot
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Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 11)
- ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 13)
- ASRock XFast LAN (see CAUTION 14)
- Lucid Virtu (see CAUTION 15)
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology (see CAUTION 16)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 17)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 18)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) (see CAUTION 19)
- Good Night LED
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed
Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 20)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including
adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or
using the third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system
stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system.
It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible
damage caused by overclocking.
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CAUTION!
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8.
9.
About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page
66.
This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the
installation guide of memory modules on page 20 for proper installation.
DDR3 frequency options may depend on the processor. Only K-Series
CPU can support DDR3 overclock to 2133 and 1866.
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 /
VistaTM / XP. For Windows® OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
The maximum shared memory size is de ned by the chipset vendor and
is subject to change. Please check Intel® website for the latest information.
You can choose to use two of the four monitors only. D-Sub, DVI-D,
HDMI and DisplayPort monitors cannot be enabled at the same time.
Besides, with the DVI-to-HDMI adapter, the DVI-D port can support the
same features as HDMIport.
xvYCC and Deep Color are only supported under Windows® 7 64-bit /
7. Deep Color mode will be enabled only if the display supports 12bpc
in EDID. HBR is supported under Windows® 7 64-bit / 7 / VistaTM 64-bit /
VistaTM.
For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono
modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 14
for proper connection.
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune
different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including
Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In
Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan
Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In
Overclocking, you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal
system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a
pro le and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC
pro le to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent
Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output
phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without
sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the
operation procedures of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
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10. ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS ash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems rst like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool
and save the new BIOS le to your USB ash drive, oppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional oppy diskette or other complicated ash utility. Please
be noted that the USB ash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 le
system.
11. If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices,
such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful
solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you
to quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports
continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP
Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging
experience than ever.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
12. SmartView, a new function of internet browser, is the smart start page for
IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history, your Facebook
friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced view for a more
personal Internet experience. ASRock motherboards are exclusively
equipped with the SmartView utility that helps you keep in touch with
friends on-the-go. To use SmartView feature, please make sure your
OS version is Windows® 7 / 7 64 bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64 bit, and your
browser version is IE8. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/
SmartView/index.asp
13. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the property of the device.
14. ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which includes
below benefits. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your
application priority ideally and/or add new programs. Lower Latency in
Game: After setting online game priority higher, it can lower the latency in
game. Traf c Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD video and download
les simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With the status
window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are currently
transferring.
15. With Lucid Virtu technology, you can enjoy bene ts from both 3D performance of the discrete GPU and advanced media features of Intel® HD
graphics.
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16. ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices, such like MP3 player or mobile
phone to your PC, even when the PC is turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)!
This motherboard also provides a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that
ensures users the most convenient computing environment.
17. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU
bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the
CPU.
18. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the
motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it
back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal
grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system.
19. Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) provides the exible option to adopt three
different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156.
Please be noticed that not all the 775 and 1156 CPU Fan can be used.
20. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by European Union to de ne the power consumption for the completed system.
According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be
under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready
motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to
Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard
of 5v standby power ef ciency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current
consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you
checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
2
1
3
5
4
7
6
24.4cm (9.6 in)
PS2
Keyboard
CPU_FAN1
ATX12V1
CPU_FAN2
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
30.5cm (12.0 in)
ATXPWR1
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
CHA_FAN3
HDMI 1.4a
CHA_FAN2
PCIE1
ErP/EuP Ready
PCIE3
Designed in Taipei
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CMOS
Battery
PCI1
Super
I/O
40
Intel
Z68
PCI Express 3.0
Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
17
18
64Mb
BIOS
X Fast USB
1394a
Dr.
Debug
PCIE5
1
HDMI_SPDIF1
FRONT_1394
IR1
USB10_11
USB8_9
USB6_7
USB3_12_13
33
1
1
1
1
32
23
PLED PWRBTN
1
HDLED RESET
CIR1
34
22
PANEL1
SPEAKER1
1
1
1
35
21
PWRBTN
PLED1
1
36
RSTBTN
1
FLOPPY1
1
19
20
DX10.1 Front USB 3.0
COM1
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
16
PCI2
AUDIO
CODEC
HD_AUDIO1
7
15
PCIE4
38
37
1
2
3
4
5
6
14
SATA2_2_3
41
12
13
SATA2_4_5
42
RoHS
LAN
PHY
10
11
SATA3_0_1
PCIE2
43
8
9
1
CLRCMOS1
SATA3_M1_M2
44
SATA3 6Gb/s
USB 3.0
Center:
FRONT
Bottom:
MIC IN
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
Optical
SPDIF
Center:
REAR SPK
Top:
SIDE SPK
45
SLI/XFIRE_PWR1
46
CHA_FAN1
eSATA_1
IEEE 1394
Top:
RJ-45
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3 2133
Clr
CMOS
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
USB 3.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
HDMI1
HDMI_DP_1
47
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
VGA1
DVI_CON1
PWR_FAN1
31 30
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
1155-Pin CPU Socket
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, Black)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2, Black)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_M1, Gray)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_M2, Gray)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_0, Gray)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_1, Gray)
SATA2 Connector (SATA2_2, Black)
SATA2 Connector (SATA2_3, Black)
SATA2 Connector (SATA2_4, Black)
SATA2 Connector (SATA2_5, Black)
64Mb SPI Flash
Intel Z68 Chipset
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1, Black)
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, Black)
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26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
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26
25
24
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_12_13, Black)
Dr. Debug
USB 2.0 Header (USB10_11, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7, Black)
Consumer Infrared Module Header
(CIR1, Gray)
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, Black)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1)
COM Port Header (COM1)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, Black)
HDMI_SPDIF Header
(HDMI_SPDIF1, Black)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5, Black)
PCI Slot (PCI2)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, Black)
PCI Slot (PCI1)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2, Black)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1, Black)
SLI / XFIRE Power Connector
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
1.4
I/O Panel
1
18
1
2
3
4
*5
6
7
8
9
3
2
17
16
4
14
15
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
D-Sub Port
DisplayPort (HDMI_DP_1)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
LAN RJ-45 Port
Central / Bass (Orange)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Line In (Light Blue)
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11
12
13
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15
16
17
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5
13
6
9
7
10
8
11
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Front Speaker (Lime)
Microphone (Pink)
USB 3.0 Ports (USB45)
IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
eSATA3 Connector
Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
HDMI Port
DVI-D Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED LED
Description
SPEED
LED
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 10)
(No. 7)
2
4
6
8
V
V
V
V
-V
V
V
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Central / Bass
(No. 6)
--V
V
Line In or
Side Speaker
(No. 9)
---V
To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will nd “Mixer” tool on your system.
Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click
“ok”. Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA
Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek
HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.
*** eSATA3 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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Chapter 2: Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0" x 9.6", 30.5 x 24.4 cm) motherboard. Before you
install the motherboard, study the con guration of your chassis to ensure that the
motherboard ts into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so may cause physical injuries to you and
damages to motherboard components.
2.1 Screw Holes
Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
2.2 Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity,
NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also
remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object
before you handle components.
3. Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or
in the bag that comes with the component.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply.
Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,
and/or components.
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2.3 CPU Installation
For the installation of Intel 1155-Pin CPU,
please follow the steps below.
Load Plate
Load Lever
Contact Array
Socket Body
1155-Pin Socket Overview
Before you insert the 1155-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the
CPU surface is unclean or if there is any bent pin on the socket. Do not
force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is found. Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.
Step 1.
Open the socket:
Step 1-1. Disengaging the lever by depressing
down and out on the hook to clear
retention tab.
Step 1-2. Rotate the load lever to fully open position at approximately 135 degrees.
Step 1-3. Rotate the load plate to fully open position at approximately 100 degrees.
Step 2.
Remove PnP Cap (Pick and Place Cap).
1. It is recommended to use the cap tab to handle and avoid kicking
off the PnP cap.
2. This cap must be placed if returning the motherboard for after
service.
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Step 3.
black line
Insert the 1155-Pin CPU:
Step 3-1. Hold the CPU by the edge where is
marked with black line.
Step 3-2. Orient the CPU with IHS (Integrated
Heat Sink) up. Locate Pin1 and the
two orientation key notches.
orientation key notch
alignment key
Pin1
Pin1
alignment key
1155-Pin Socket
orientation key notch
1155-Pin CPU
For proper inserting, please ensure to match the two orientation key
notches of the CPU with the two alignment keys of the socket.
Step 3-3. Carefully place the CPU into the
socket by using a purely vertical motion.
Step 3-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient
keys.
Step 4.
Close the socket:
Step 4-1. Rotate the load plate onto the IHS.
Step 4-2. While pressing down lightly on load
plate, engage the load lever.
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2.4
Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
This motherboard is equipped with 1155-Pin socket that supports Intel 1155-Pin
CPU. Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 1155Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray
thermal interface material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Ensure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good
contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector
(CPU_FAN1, see page 13, No. 4).
For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your
CPU fan and heatsink.
Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 1155-Pin CPU.
Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of
IHS on the socket surface.
Apply Thermal
Interface Material
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure
fan cables are oriented on side closest to the
CPU fan connector on the motherboard (CPU_
FAN1, see page 13, No. 4).
Align fasteners with the motherboard throughholes.
Rotate the fastener clockwise, then press
down on fastener caps with thumb to install
and lock. Repeat with remaining fasteners.
Fan cables on side
closest to MB header
Fastener slots
pointing straight out
Press Down
(4 Places)
If you press down the fasteners without rotating them clockwise, the
heatsink cannot be secured on the motherboard.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure cable does not interfere with
fan operation or contact other components.
Please be noticed that this motherboard supports Combo Cooler
Option (C.C.O.), which provides the exible option to adopt three different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156.
The white throughholes are for Socket LGA
1155/1156 CPU fan.
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2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM
slots, and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel con guration, you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and
chip-type) DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots: You have to install identical DDR3
DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Black slots; see p.13
No.6) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B (DDR3_A2 and DDR3_
B2; Black slots; see p.13 No.7), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can
be activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 DIMMs for
dual channel con guration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four
slots. You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Con guration Table below.
Dual Channel Memory Configurations
DDR3_A1
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
(1)
(2)
(3)*
*
DDR3_A2
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B1
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B2
(Black Slot)
Populated
Populated
For the con guration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four
slots.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots: DDR3_
A1 and DDR3_B1, or DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2.
If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate
the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in
DDR3_A1 and DDR3_A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
Memory Technology .
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
Some DDR3 1GB double-sided DIMMs with 16 chips may not work
on this motherboard. It is not recommended to install them on this
motherboard.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only ts in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE slots:
PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE 2.0 x1 slot) is used for PCI Express cards with x1
lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card, SATA2 card, etc.
PCIE2 / PCIE4 (PCIE 3.0 x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x16 lane
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support CrossFireXTM or SLITM function.
PCIE5 (PCIE 2.0 x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support
3-Way CrossFireXTM function.
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express
x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode or SLITM mode, please install PCI Express x16
graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these two
slots will work at x8 bandwidth.
3. In 3-Way CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16
graphics cards on PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. Therefore, PCIE2
and PCIE4 slots will work at x8 bandwidth while PCIE5 slot will work
at x4 bandwidth.
4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector
(CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
5. To run the PCI Express in Gen 3 speed, please must install the Ivy
Bridge CPU which supports PCI Express Gen3. If you install the
Sandy Bridge CPU, the PCI Express will run only at PCI Express Gen
2 speed.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press rmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.7 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM and Quad SLITM (Scalable Link Interface)
technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express x16 graphics
cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLITM technology supports Windows® XP / XP 64-bit /
VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® Quad SLITM technology support
Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS only. Please follow the installation
procedures in this section.
Requirements
1. For SLITM technology, you should have two identical SLITM-ready graphics
cards that are NVIDIA® certi ed. For Quad SLITM technology, you should
have two identical Quad SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA®
certi ed.
2. Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA® SLITM
technology. Download the driver from NVIDIA® website
(www.nvidia.com).
3. Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the
minimum power required by your system. It is recommended to use
NVIDIA® certi ed PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA® website for details.
2.7.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.7.1.1 Installing Two SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certi ed
because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly.
(Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card
into PCIE2 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that
the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express
graphics cards.
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Step3.
Align and insert ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card to the gold ngers on each
graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is rmly in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE2 slot.
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2.7.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the MultiGraphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility.
Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM mode only)
A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the bene t of SLITM feature.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM and Quad SLITM mode)
A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA
Corporation.
C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab.
D. Select Control Panel tab.
E. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
F. Reboot your system.
G. You can freely enjoy the bene t of SLITM or Quad SLITM feature.
* SLITM appearing here is a registered trademark of NVIDIA® Technologies Inc., and is used
only for identi cation or explanation and to the owners’ bene t, without intent to infringe.
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2.8
CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireXTM, 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM feature. CrossFireXTM technology offers the most advantageous
means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing
Units (GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with
intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM
enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D
application. Currently CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with
Service Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM feature
are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for
ATITM CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly con gures their system they will not see the
performance bene ts of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly to
bene t from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both cards
will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.8.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.8.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM
feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example graphics
card. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMD has released or will release in the
future, please refer to AMD graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.
Step 1.
Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2.
Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon
graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to
convert the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub
monitor cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.8.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 2.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 3.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE5 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 4.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2
and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
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CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.8.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the AMD driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your
system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this
utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for ATITM driver updates.
Step 3.
Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. AMD recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed
in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please
check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Step 4.
Step 5.
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will nd “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select “3
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM
function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically reboot. After
restarting your computer, please con rm whether the option “Enable
CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; if not, please
select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the bene t of CrossFireXTM
feature.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the bene t of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identi cation or explanation and to the owners’ bene t, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
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2.9 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features
Dual Monitor Feature
This motherboard supports dual monitor feature. With the internal VGA output support (DVI-D, D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort), you can easily enjoy the bene ts of
dual monitor feature without installing any add-on VGA card to this motherboard.
This motherboard also provides independent display controllers for DVI-D, D-Sub,
HDMI and DisplayPort to support dual VGA output so that DVI-D, D-sub, HDMI and
DisplayPort can drive same or different display contents.
To enable dual monitor feature, please follow the below steps:
1. Connect DVI-D monitor cable to DVI-D port on the I/O panel, connect D-Sub
monitor cable to D-Sub port on the I/O panel, connect HDMI monitor cable to
HDMI port on the I/O panel, or connect DisplayPort monitor cable to DisplayPort
on the I/O panel.
D-Sub port
DisplayPort
DVI-D port
HDMI port
2. If you have installed onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system
already, you can freely enjoy the bene ts of dual monitor function after your
system boots. If you haven’t installed onboard VGA driver yet, please install
onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system and restart your
computer.
D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort monitors cannot be enabled at the
same time. You can only choose two of them.
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Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports surround display upgrade. With the internal VGA output
support (DVI-D, D-Sub, HDMI and DisplayPort) and external add-on PCI Express
VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the bene ts of surround display feature.
Please refer to the following steps to set up a surround display environment:
1. Install the PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. Please
refer to page 22 for proper expansion card installation procedures for details.
2. Connect DVI-D monitor cable to DVI-D port on the I/O panel, connect D-Sub
monitor cable to D-Sub port on the I/O panel, connect HDMI monitor cable
to HDMI port on the I/O panel, or connect DisplayPort monitor cable to
DisplayPort on the I/O panel. Then connect other monitor cables to the
corresponding connectors of the add-on PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2,
PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots.
3. Boot your system. Press <F2> or <Del> to enter UEFI setup. Enter “Onboard
VGA Share Memory” option to adjust the memory capability to [32MB], [64MB],
[128MB], [256MB] or [512MB] to enable the function of D-sub. Please make
sure that the value you select is less than the total capability of the system
memory. If you do not adjust the UEFI setup, the default value of “Onboard VGA
Share Memory”, [Auto], will disable D-Sub function when the add-on VGA card is
inserted to this motherboard.
4. Install the onboard VGA driver and the add-on PCI Express VGA card driver to
your system. If you have installed the drivers already, there is no need to install
them again.
5. Set up a multi-monitor display.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Properties”, and select the “Settings” tab
so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to
the steps below.
A. Click the “Identify” button to display a large number on each monitor.
B. Right-click the display icon in the Display Properties dialog that you
wish to be your primary monitor, and then select “Primary”. When
you use multiple monitors with your card, one monitor will always be
Primary, and all additional monitors will be designated as Secondary.
C. Select the display icon identi ed by the number 2.
D. Click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”.
E. Right-click the display icon and select “Attached”, if necessary.
F. Set the “Screen Resolution” and “Color Quality” as appropriate for the
second monitor. Click “Apply” or “OK” to apply these new values.
G. Repeat steps C through E for the diaplay icon identi ed by the number
one to eight.
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For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Personalize”, and select the “Display
Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor
according to the steps below.
A. Click the number ”2” icon.
B. Click the items “This is my main monitor” and “Extend the desktop onto
this monitor”.
C. Click “OK” to save your change.
D. Repeat steps A through C for the display icon identi ed by the number
three to eight.
6. Use Surround Display. Click and drag the display icons to positions representing
the physical setup of your monitors that you would like to use. The placement
of display icons determines how you move items from one monitor to another.
HDCP Function
HDCP function is supported on this motherboard. To use HDCP
function with this motherboard, you need to adopt the monitor
that supports HDCP function as well. Therefore, you can enjoy
the superior display quality with high-de nition HDCP
encryption contents. Please refer to below instruction for more
details about HDCP function.
What is HDCP?
HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection,
a speci cation developed by Intel® for protecting digital
entertainment content that uses the DVI interface. HDCP is a
copy protection scheme to eliminate the possibility of
intercepting digital data midstream between the video source,
or transmitter - such as a computer, DVD player or set-top box and the digital display, or receiver - such as a monitor, television
or projector. In other words, HDCP speci cation is designed to
protect the integrity of content as it is being transmitted.
Products compatible with the HDCP scheme such as DVD
players, satellite and cable HDTV set-top-boxes, as well as few
entertainment PCs requires a secure connection to a compliant
display. Due to the increase in manufacturers employing HDCP
in their equipment, it is highly recommended that the HDTV or
LCD monitor you purchase is compatible.
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2.10 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide
ASRock Smart Remote is only used for ASRock motherboard with CIR header.
Please refer to below procedures for the quick installation and usage of ASRock
Smart Remote.
Step1.
Find the CIR header located next
to the USB 2.0 header on ASRock
motherboard.
USB 2.0 header (9-pin, black)
CIR header (4-pin, gray)
Step2.
Connect the front USB cable to the
USB 2.0 header (as below, pin 1-5)
and the CIR header. Please make
sure the wire assignments and the
pin assignments are matched
correctly.
USB_PWR
PP+
GND
1
2 3
DUMMY
4 5
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
Step3.
Install Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to
the front USB port. If Multi-Angle
CIR Receiver cannot successfully
receive the infrared signals from
MCE Remote Controller, please try
to install it to the other front USB
port.
3 CIR sensors in different angles
1.
2.
3.
Only one of the front USB port can support CIR function. When
the CIR function is enabled, the other port will remain USB
function.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver is used for front USB only. Please do
not use the rear USB bracket to connect it on the rear panel.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver can receive the multi-direction infrared
signals (top, down and front), which is compatible with most of
the chassis on the market.
The Multi-Angle CIR Receiver does not support Hot-Plug
function. Please install it before you boot the system.
* ASRock Smart Remote is only supported by some of ASRock motherboards. Please refer to
ASRock website for the motherboard support list: http://www.asrock.com
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2.11 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Clear CMOS Jumper
Setting
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.13, No. 10)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just nish updating the BIOS, you must boot
up the system rst, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default pro le, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
The Clear CMOS Switch has the same function as the Clear CMOS
jumper.
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2.12 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
FDD connector
(33-pin FLOPPY1)
(see p.13 No. 34)
the red-striped side to Pin1
SATA2_3
(SATA2_3: see p.13, No. 16)
SATA2_5
(SATA2_2: see p.13, No. 15)
SATA2_2
Serial ATAII Connectors
SATA2_4
Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the
connector.
(SATA2_4: see p.13, No. 17)
(SATA2_5: see p.13, No. 18)
SATA3_M2
(SATA3_M2: see p.13, No. 12)
SATA3_1
(SATA3_M1: see p.13, No. 11)
SATA3_M1
(SATA3_1: see p.13, No. 14)
SATA3_0
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA3_0: see p.13, No. 13)
These four Serial ATAII (SATAII)
connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATAII
interface allows up to 3.0 Gb/s
data transfer rate.
These four Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATA3
interface allows up to 6.0 Gb/s
data transfer rate. If you install
the HDD on the eSATA port on
the rear I/O, the internal
SATA3_M2 will not function.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data
cable can be connected to the
(Optional)
SATA / SATAII / SATA3 hard
disk or the SATAII / SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
Please connect the black end
of SATA power cable to the
power connector on each drive.
Then connect the white end of
SATA power cable to the power
connector of the power supply.
(Optional)
connect to the SATA
HDD power connector
connect to the
power supply
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3.5mm Audio Cable
Either end of the 3.5mm audio
cable can be connected to the
portable audio devices, such
as MP3 player and mobile
phone or the Line-in port of
your PC.
(Optional)
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB6_7)
(see p.13 No. 30)
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.13 No. 29)
Besides four default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there
are three USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each
USB 2.0 header can support
two USB 2.0 ports.
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
(9-pin USB10_11)
(see p.13 No. 28)
USB_PWR
P-11
P+11
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+10
P-10
USB_PWR
USB 3.0 Header
IntA_P2_D+
IntA_P2_DGND
IntA_P2_SSTX+
IntA_P2_SSTXGND
IntA_P2_SSRX+
IntA_P2_SSRXVbus
(19-pin USB3_12_13)
(see p.13 No. 26)
1
ID
Vbus
IntA_P1_SSRXIntA_P1_SSRX+
GND
IntA_P1_SSTXIntA_P1_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P1_DIntA_P1_D+
Infrared Module Header
IRTX
+5VSB
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.13 No. 33)
Besides two default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 3.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 3.0
header can support two USB
3.0 ports.
DUMMY
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
1
GND
IRRX
Consumer Infrared Module Header
(4-pin CIR1)
(see p.13 No. 31)
1
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
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This header can be used to
connect the remote
controller receiver.
Front Panel Audio Header
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.13 No. 36)
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
This is an interface for front
panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
1. High De nition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio
header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t
need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust
“Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.13 No. 24)
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on the
chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the
positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may con gure
the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a
normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep
state or powered off (S5).
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HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly
consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED,
speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this
header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assign-ments are
matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.13 No. 25)
Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.13 No. 23)
Please connect the chassis
1
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status.
The LED is on when the system
is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state
(power off).
PLEDPLED+
PLED+
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
Please connect the fan cables
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
to the fan connectors and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
(see p.13 No. 9)
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
CHA_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.13 No. 47)
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.13 No. 46)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.13 No. 2)
PWR_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
CPU Fan Connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
(see p.13 No. 4)
Please connect the CPU fan
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
CPU_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
4
3
2
1
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cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.13 No. 5)
ATX Power Connector
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
(see p.13 No. 8)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your
power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
8
5
4
1
(8-pin ATX12V1)
(see p.13 No. 1)
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
SLI/XFIRE Power Connector
8
5
4
1
It is not necessary to use this
connector, but please connect it
(4-pin SLI/XFIRE_PWR1)
(see p.13 No. 45)
SLI/XFIRE_POWER1
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with a hard disk power
connecor when two graphics
cards are plugged to this
motherboard.
IEEE 1394 Header
RXTPAM_0
GND
RXTPBM_0
+12V
GND
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
(see p.13 No. 32)
1
+12V
RXTPBP_0
GND
RXTPAP_0
Besides one default IEEE 1394
port on the I/O panel, there
is one IEEE 1394 header
(FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394
header can support one IEEE
1394 port.
Serial port Header
This COM1 header supports a
(9-pin COM1)
serial port module.
(see p.13 No. 35)
HDMI_SPDIF Header
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
(see p.13 No. 37)
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
SPDIF audio output to HDMI
VGA card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please
connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to
this header.
1
GND
SPDIFOUT
The Installation Guide of Front USB 3.0 Panel
Step 1 Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0 Panel, four Step 2 Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front
USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws.
HDD screws, and six chassis screws.
Step 3 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 2.5”
drive bay of the chassis.
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Step 4 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the
drive bay with six chassis screws.
Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB 3.0
header (USB3_12_13) on the motherboard.
Step 6 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready to use.
The Installation Guide of Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Step 1 Unscrew the two screws from the Front USB 3.0 Step 2 Put the USB 3.0 cable and the rear
Panel.
USB 3.0 bracket together.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear USB 3.0
bracket.
Step 4 Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into the
chassis.
2.13 Smart Switches
The motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear
CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the sytem clear the
CMOS values.
Power Switch
Power Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
(PWRBTN)
(see p.13 No. 22)
Reset Switch
(RSTBTN)
(see p.13 No. 21)
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly reset
the system.
RESET
Clear CMOS Switch
(CLRCBTN)
(see p.14 No. 15)
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart
switch, allowing users to quickly
clear the CMOS values.
clr
CMOS
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2.14 Dr. Debug
Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.
Status Code
0x00
0x01
0x02
0x03
0x04
0x05
0x06
0x07
0x08
0x09
0x0A
0x0B
0x0C – 0x0D
0x0E
0x0F
0x10
0x11
0x12
0x13
0x14
0x15
0x16
0x17
0x18
0x19
0x1A
0x1B
0x1C
0x1D – 0x2A
0x2B
0x2C
0x2D
0x2E
0x2F
0x30
0x31
0x32
0x33
0x34
0x35
0x36
Description
Not used
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard)
AP initialization before microcode loading
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module speci c)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module speci c)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module speci c)
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information
Memory initialization. Con guring 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
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0x37
0x38
0x39
0x3A
0x3B
0x3C
0x3D
0x3E
0x3F-0x4E
0x4F
0x50
0x51
0x52
0x53
0x54
0x55
0x56
0x57
0x58
0x59
0x5A
0x5B
0x5C-0x5F
0xE0
0xE1
0xE2
0xE3
0xE4-0xE7
0xE8
0xE9
0xEA
0xEB
0xEC-0xEF
0xF0
0xF1
0xF2
0xF3
0xF4
0xF5-0xF7
0xF8
0xF9
0xFA
0xFB – 0xFF
0x60
0x61
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module speci c)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module speci c)
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
Unspeci ed memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by rmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery rmware image is found
Recovery rmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
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0x62
0x63
0x64
0x65
0x66
0x67
0x68
0x69
0x6A
0x6B
0x6C
0x6D
0x6E
0x6F
0x70
0x71
0x72
0x73
0x74
0x75
0x76
0x77
0x78
0x79
0x7A – 0x7F
0x80 – 0x8F
0x90
0x91
0x92
0x93
0x94
0x95
0x96
0x97
0x98
0x99
0x9A
0x9B
0x9C
0x9D
0x9E – 0x9F
0xA0
0xA1
0xA2
0xA3
0xA4
0xA5
Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module speci c)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module speci c)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module speci c)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module speci c)
PCI host bridge initialization
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module speci
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module speci
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module speci
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module speci
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module speci
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module speci
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module speci
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module speci
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module speci
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module speci
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
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c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
c)
0xA6
0xA7
0xA8
0xA9
0xAA
0xAB
0xAC
0xAD
0xAE
0xAF
0xB0
0xB1
0xB2
0xB3
0xB4
0xB5
0xB6
0xB7
0xB8 – 0xBF
0xC0 – 0xCF
0xD0
0xD1
0xD2
0xD3
0xD4
0xD5
0xD6
0xD7
0xD8
0xD9
0xDA
0xDB
0xDC
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (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
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Con guration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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2.15 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® Z68 chipset that supports Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial
ATAII (SATAII) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid
Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology) functions. You may install SATA /
SATAII hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will
guide you to install the SATA / SATAII hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATAII hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATAII connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII hard
disk.
2.16 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® Z68 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard
disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel
Smart Response Technology) functions for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors. It
also adopts Marvell SE9120 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks
for SATA3_M1 and SATA3_M2 connectors. You may install SATA3 hard disks on
this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install
the SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
Please be noted that SATA3_M1 and SATA3_M2 do not support RAID
function. If you want to use RAID function on SATA3 connectors, please use
SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors.
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2.17 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATAII HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATAII in
RAID / AHCI mode. Intel® Z68 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATAII HDDs are NOT set for RAID con guration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA / SATAII HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA / SATAII HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot
Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
2.18 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID /
AHCI mode. Intel® Z68 and Marvell SE9120 chipsets provide hardware support for
Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA
host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID con guration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system
is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot Swap”
for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is still
power-on and in working condition.
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2.19
SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation
Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD in
RAID / AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully.
Before you process the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below
cable accessories from the motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot
Plug cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power
connector and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE
1x4-pin conventional power connector interface is de nitely not able to support
Hot Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which
supports SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the
chipset because of its limitation, the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Hot Plug support
information of our motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our
website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from
your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD, which cannot
support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver is installed into system
properly. The latest SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver is available on our support
website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our
motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash
or data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3 connector.
(White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector
(Black) end to SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD.
Step 4
Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD side.
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2.20 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive rst. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.21
Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
OS on your SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below
procedures according to the OS you install.
2.21.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs
with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 Driver Diskette.
A. Insert the Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and then a
window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as the boot
device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Do you want to generate Serial
ATA driver diskette [YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a oppy diskette into the oppy drive, and press <Y>.
E. The system will start to format the oppy diskette and copy SATA / SATAII /
SATA3 drivers into the oppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to con gure the RAID function, you need to check the
installation guide in the Support CD for proper con guration. Please refer to the
document in the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID
Con guration”, which is located in the folder at the following path:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After making a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette and using “RAID Installation
Guide” to set RAID con guration, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64bit on your system. At the beginning of Windows setup, press F6 to install a thirdparty RAID driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette
containing the Intel® RAID driver. After reading the oppy disk, the driver will be
presented. Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS
you install.
After the installation of Windows® XP / XP-64bit OS, if you want to manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel Rapid Storage Information” for RAID con guration. Please refer to the document in the Support CD, “Guide to
SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Con guration”, which is located in the folder at the
following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in the support CD, “Guide
to Intel Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path:
.. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information
If you want to use “Intel Rapid Storage” in Windows® environment, install
“SATAII driver” from the Support CD again so that “Intel Rapid Storage”
will be installed to your system as well.
2.21.2 Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System
You can also set up a “RAID Ready” system with a single SATA / SATAII / SATA3
hard disk. A “RAID Ready” system can be seamlessly upgraded to RAID 0, RAID
1 or RAID 5 at a later date by using RAID migration feature of Intel Rapid Storage.
The following steps outline how to build an Intel “RAID Ready” system.
1. Assemble the system and attach a single SATA / SATAII / SATA3 hard drive.
2. Set up system UEFI as step 1 of page 53. When done, exit Setup.
3. Make a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette as step 2 of page 53. Begin
Windows® setup by booting from the installation CD.
4. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID driver.
When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette containing the
Intel® RAID driver. After reading the oppy disk, the driver will be presented.
Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you
install.
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5. Finish the Windows® installation and install all necessary drivers.
6. Install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage software via the CD-ROM included with your
motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add the Intel(R)
Rapid Storage Console which can be used to manage the RAID con guration.
7. After setting up a “RAID Ready” system as the above steps, you can follow the
procedures of the next section to migrate the system to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID
5.
2.21.3 Migrating a “RAID Ready” System to RAID 0, RAID 1 or
RAID 5
If you have an existing “RAID Ready” system, then you can use the following
steps to perform a migration from a single non-RAID con guration to a two drive
RAID 0, RAID 1 con guration or three drive RAID 5 con guration. To prepare for
this, you will need another SATA / SATAII hard drive with a capacity equal to or
greater than that currently being used as the source hard drive.
1. Physically attach one additional SATA / SATAII / SATA3 hard drive to the SATAII
/ SATA3 port not being used. Note the serial number of the hard drive already in
the system; you will use this to select it as the source hard drive when initiating
the migration.
2. Boot Windows®, install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage software, if not already
installed, using the setup package obtained from a CD-ROM or from the
Internet. This will install the necessary Intel Storage Utility and start menu links.
3. Open the Intel Storage Utility from the Start Menu and select “Create RAID
volume from Existing Hard Drive” from the Actions menu. This will activate the
Create RAID volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard. Click through the dialogs
as prompted. It’s important to understand what will occur during the migration
process because any data on the destination hard drive will be lost.
4. Once the migration is complete, reboot the system. If you migrated to a RAID 0
volume, use Disk Management from within Windows® in order to partition and
format the empty space created when the two hard drive capacities are
combined. You may also use third-party software to extend any existing
partitions within the RAID volume.
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2.21.4 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit With
RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on your SATA /
SATAII / SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to con gure the RAID function, you need to check the installation
guide in the Support CD for proper con guration. Please refer to the document in
the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Con guration”,
which is located in the folder at the following path:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
After the installation of Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS, if you want to
manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel
Rapid Storage Information” for RAID con guration. Please refer to the document in the
Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Con guration”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in
the support CD, “Guide to Intel Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information
If you want to use “Intel Rapid Storage” in Windows® environment, install
“SATAII driver” from the Support CD again so that “Intel Rapid Storage”
will be installed to your system as well.
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2.22
Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64bit OS on your SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow
below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.22.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATAII / SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_2 to
SATA2_5 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_M1 and
SATA3_M2 ports.)
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette.
Please make a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.21.1
step 2 on page 53.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After making a SATA / SATAII / SATA3 driver diskette, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press
F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII /
SATA3 driver diskette containing the Intel® AHCI driver. After reading the oppy disk,
the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to the mode you
choose and the OS you install.
Using SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_2 to
SATA2_5 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_M1 and
SATA3_M2 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.22.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your SATA
/ SATAII / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_2 to
SATA2_5 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_M1 and
SATA3_M2 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA / SATAII / STA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
SATA Con guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_2 to
SATA2_5 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_M1 and
SATA3_M2 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
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Chapter 3: UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1
Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to con gure your
system. The UEFI chip on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the
following UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference
purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on
your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced
To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen. You can also use the
mouse to click your required item.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
Function Description
/
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
/
Moves cursor up or down to select items
+ / To change option for the selected items
<Enter>
To bring up the selected screen
<F1>
To display the General Help Screen
<F9>
To load optimal default values for all the settings
<F10>
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
<ESC>
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
Advanced Turbo 50
You can use this option to increase your system performance. This option
appears only when your CPU supports this function.
Load Optimized CPU OC Setting
You can use this option to load optimized CPU overclocking setting.
Please note that overclocing may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense.
Load GPU EZ OC Setting
You can use this option to load GPU EZ overclocking setting. Please note
that overclocing may cause damage to your GPU and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
CPU Control
CPU Ratio Setting
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
GT Over Clock
Use this to enable or disable GT Over Clock by Internal Graphics Device.
The default value is [Disabled].
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Con guration options:
[Auto], [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® XP and select
[Auto], you need to set the “Power Schemes” as “Portable/Laptop” to enable this function. If you install Windows® VistaTM / 7 and want to enable
this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if
the current CPU does not support Intel SpeedStep technology.
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Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disable] if above issue occurs.
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Technology. Turbo
Boost allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in
speci c condition. The default value is [Enabled].
Turbo Boost Power Limit
Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Con guration options: [Auto]
and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Additional Turbo Voltage
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Core Current Limit
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Host Clock Override (BCLK)
Use this to adjust the host clock (BCLK) frequency. Min: 95MHz, Max:
110MHz.
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
DRAM Timing Control
DRAM Configuration
Load XMP Setting
Use this to load XMP setting. Con guration options: [Auto], [Pro le 1] and
[Pro le 2]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
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CAS# Latency (tCL)
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1N. Max: 2N. The default is [Auto].
Write Recovery Time (tWR)
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC)
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD)
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Write to Read Delay (tWTR)
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Read to Precharge (tRTP)
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Four Activate Window (tFAW)
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
Memory Fast Boot
Use this item to adjust DDR fast boot mode. The default value is [Auto].
Memory Power Down Mode
Use this item to adjust DDR power down mode. Configuration options:
[Auto], [Slow] and [Fast]. The default value is [Auto].
ODT WR (CHA)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CHA) Auto/Manual setting. The default
is [Auto].
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ODT NOM (CHA)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHA) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CHB)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CHB) Auto/Manual setting. The default
is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CHB)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHB) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
Voltage Control
Power Saving Mode
Use this to enable or disable Power Saving Mode. The default value is
[Disabled].
CPU Core Voltage
Use this to select CPU Core Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load.
IGPU Voltage
Use this to select IGPU Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
IGPU VDROOP
Use this to select IGPU VDROOP. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCH Voltage
Use this to select PCH Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU PLL Voltage
Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
VTT Voltage
Use this to select VTT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
VCCSA Voltage
Use this to select VCCSA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
User Default
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the con gurations for the following items: CPU Con guration, North Bridge Con guration, South Bridge Con guration, Storage Con guration, Super IO Con guration, ACPI Con guration and USB Con guration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI ash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering
operating systems rst like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool
and save the new UEFI le to your USB ash drive, oppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional oppy diskette or other complicated ash utility. Please
be noted that the USB ash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 le
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
les and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI le to update
your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process completes.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
Intel Hyper Threading Technology
To enable this feature, it requires a computer system with an Intel
processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating
system that includes optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft®
Windows® XP / VistaTM / 7. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft® Windows®
XP, VistaTM, 7, or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will be
hidden if the installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor
package. Con guration options: [All], [1] and [2]. The default value is [All].
Hardware Prefetcher
Use this item to turn on/off the MLC streamer prefetcher.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
Use this item to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU C3 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to OS.
CPU C6 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to OS.
Package C State Support
Selected option will program into C State package limit register. The
default value is [Auto].
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CPU Thermal Throttling
You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control
mechanism to keep the CPU from overheated.
Intel Virtualization Technology
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool
Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not
support Intel Virtualization Technology.
No-Excute Memory Protection
No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement
to the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX)
Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious
software to execute code. This option will be hidden if the current CPU
does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.
Local x2APIC
Use this to enable or disable Local x2APIC. The default value is [Disabled].
Please be noted that some OS do not support this function.
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Low MMIO Align
Low MMIO resources align at 64MB/1024MB. The default value is [64MB].
VT-d
Use this to enable or disable Intel® VT-d technology (Intel® Virtualization
Technology for Directed I/O). The default value of this feature is [Disabled].
Primary Graphics Adapter
This allows you to select [Onboard], [PCI] or [PCI Express] as the boot
graphic adapter priority. The default value is [PCI Express].
Onboard VGA Share Memory
This allows you to set onboard VGA share memory feature. The default
value is [Auto]. Con guration options: [Auto], [32MB], [64MB], [128MB],
[256MB] and [512MB].
Render Standby
Use this to enable or disable Render Standby by Internal Graphics Device.
The default value is [Enabled].
IGD Multi-Monitor
Use this to enable or disable IGD Multi-Monitor by Internal Graphics
Device. The default value is [Disabled].
DVMT Mode Select
Use this option to adjust DVMT mode. The default value is [DVMT Mode].
DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology) is an architecture that offers
breakthrough performance for the motherboard through ef cient memory
utilization. In DVMT mode, the graphics driver allocates memory as
needed for running graphics applications and is cooperatively using
this memory with other system components. This item will not be used
under Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS because the driver will intelligently detect
physical memory available and allocate necessary video memory.
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DVMT Memory
You are allowed to adjust the shared memory size in this item.
Configuration options: [128MB], [256MB] and [Maximum]. The option
[Maximum] only appears when you adopt the memory module with
1024MB or above.
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power
recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the
system starts to boot up when the power recovers.
Deep Sx
Mobile platforms support Deep S4/S5 in DC only and desktop platforms
support Deep S4/S5 in AC only. Con guration options: [Disabled], [Enabled
in S5] and [S4 and S5]. The default value is [Disabled].
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard LAN” feature.
Onboard 1394
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard 1394” feature.
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
On/Off Play
Use this item to enable or disable On/Off Play Technology. The default value is [Enabled]. When On/Off Play is enabled, Deep Sx will be disabled. If
you want to enable Deep Sx, please disable On/Off Play rst.
Onboard HDMI HD Audio
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard HDMI HD Audio” feature.
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ACPI HPET Table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this
motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certi cation.
3.4.4 Storage Configuration
Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode
This item is for SATA3_M1 and SATA3_M2 ports. Use this to select Marvell SATA3 operation mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI
Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE Mode].
Marvell SATA3 Bootable
Use this to enable or disable Onboard Marvell SATA3 Option ROM. If
Option ROM is disabled, UEFI cannot use the SATA device to connect to
Marvell SATA3 controller as Boot Device.
We recommend to use Intel ® Z68 SATA ports (SATA3_0,
SATA3_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4 and SATA2_5) for
your bootable devices. This will minimum your boot time and
get the best performance. But if you still want to boot from
Marvell SATA3 controller, you can still enable this in UEFI.
SATA Mode
This item is for SATA3_0, SATA3_1 and SATA2_2 to SATA2_5 ports.
Use this to select SATA mode. Con guration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI
Mode], [RAID Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE Mode].
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ
and other new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE mode does not have these advantages.
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Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Con guration options: [Disabled],
[Auto], [Enabled].
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable oppy drive controller.
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Con guration
options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.
Con guration options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3].
CIR Controller
Use this item to enable or disable CIR controller.
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
CIR Power On
Use this item to enable or disable CIR to power on the system.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
con guration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Enabled].
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Con guration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Con guration options:
[Full On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full
On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Con guration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Con guration options:
[Full On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Over Temperature Protection
Use this to enable or disable Over Temperature Protection. The default
value is [Enabled].
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to con gure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0XFFFF) means inde nite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is
[Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option
“Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information
when the system boots, please select [Enabled]. Con guration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
con guration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available lesystem devices.
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Chapter 4: Software Support
4.1
Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7
64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and
hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2
Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1
Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your
computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double
click on the le “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus.
4.2.2
Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3
Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a speci c item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4
Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed
on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or
Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Con guration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
(“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation les. Normally it is
an optical drive.) You can also press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST
and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
4. Start Windows® installation.
5. If you install Windows® 7 64-bit OS, OS will be formatted by GPT (GUID Partition
Table). Please install the hot x le from Microsoft®:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979903
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Note
1. For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit users, if you plan to install
the PCI Express graphics card for video output, please set the UEFI option "IGD
Multi-Monitor" to [Disabled] to disable the onboard VGA in advance.
2. Intel® will update the new version Rapid Storage Technology driver in the near
future. For the new version Rapid Storage Technology driver, please check our
website for the latest information: http://www.asrock.com
3. If you want to use NVIDIA® SLITM Technology, please make sure that your
graphics card driver version is 270.61 and later.
4. We provide Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, which is located in the following
path of our support CD: ..\Utilities\MediaEspresso\CyberLink\Win7-64_Win7_
Vista64_Vista_XP64_XP(v6.5)\setup.exe
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 trial now supports Intel® Quick Sync Video
hardware transcoding and is optimized for second generation Core i7, i5, and i3
processors to accelerated conversion of all your favorite media les for your
favorite portable players. Now you can easily display your favorite movies, songs
and photos on iPhone, iPas, PSP, Xbox, Youtube, Facebook etc. Compile,
convert and enjoy images and songs as much as your want and enhance your
videos to new levels with TrueTheater Technology. Try it today.
Limitations:
* 30-day trial limitation
* Convert videos to the H.264 format 50 times
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