Asus M4A79XTD - Motherboard - ATX User manual

Asus M4A79XTD - Motherboard - ATX User manual
New-Gen. 8+2 Phase Power Design for
BEST O.C. Capability
New-Gen. 8+2 Phase Power Design
Turbo Key
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
*Exclusively designed for latest AM3 CPU with DDR3 support
**For best compatibility, please refer to CPU Support List.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
AMD® Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/ Sempron™ 100 Series
Processors (socket AM3)
This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM3
multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and
delivers better overclocking capabilities with less
power consumption. It features dual-channel
AMD® 790X / SB750 Chipset
AMD® 790X / SB750 Chipset is designed to support up to
5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT3.0) interface speed and
PCI Express™ 2.0 x 16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD´s
latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system
performance and overclocking capabilities.
DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates
data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via
HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports
AMD® CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.
Dual-Channel DDR3 1800(O.C.) Support
ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data
transfer rates of 1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the
higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system,
ATI’s CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering
speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to
get high quality images. CrossFireX™ allows higher
3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The
dual-channel DDR3 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your
system memory to boost system performance, eliminating
anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings.
Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the
advanced 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered
bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 25.6GB/s. Furthermore, the supply
voltage for the memory is reduced from 1.8 V for DDR2 to just 1.5 V for DDR3.
This voltage reduction limits the power consumption and heat generation of
previews within ATI Catalyst™ Control Center.
DDR3 which makes it an ideal memory solution.
PCIe 2.0 support
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for
double speed and bandwidth which enhances system
ASUS Power Solutions
New-Gen. 8+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
To fully unleash the next-generation AM3 CPU´s potential, the
ASUS M4 Series motherboards have adopted a brand new
8-phase VRM power design. It delivers high power efficiency
This special design prevents expensive
devices and the motherboard from
damage caused by power surges from
and supreme overclocking ability. Furthermore, high quality
power components can effectively lower system temperature to
switching power supply(PSU).
ensure longer component lifespan. This series also features an
extra 2 (or 1) phase power dedicated to integrated memory/HT controller.
ASUS Green Design
The ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) provides total system power management by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating
power in real-time. It automatically provides the most appropriate power usage for the CPU, VGA card, hard drives, and CPU/chassis fans- helping
save power and money! *ASUS EPU is supported by AM3/AM2+ CPU only
ASUS Overclocking Tools
Turbo Key
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time O.C. - now a reality with the
ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button
ASUS TurboV. This easy O.C. tool allows you to overclock
without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly
interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover,
into an overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can
boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games
- with just one touch!!
the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings
in different scenarios.
Precision Tweaker 2
Allows the user to adjust the CPU voltage in 0.0125v steps and
NB/DRAM voltage in 0.02v steps to finetune voltage to achieve
the most precise setting for the ultimate overclocking
Express Gate
Express Gate
Taking only 5 seconds to bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop gateway to instant
fun! It´s a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the most popular Instant
Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and Yahoo! Messenger to keep
in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather and e-mails just before leaving
your house. What´s more, the user-friendly picture manager lets you view your
pictures without entering Windows at anytime!
*The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models.
Q- Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual
"fingers" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect
chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete
electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against
module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging
static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic
in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
Interference (EMI).
O.C. Profile
Personalize your system with customizable boot logo You can
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows
convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more
users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The
BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file,
colorful and vivid image on your screen.
giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite
EZ-Flash 2
Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering
the OS
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch
this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering
the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without
preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based
flash utility.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
Stylish Heatsink
ASUS Q-Fan 2
The streamline-shaped heat-sink features 0-dB thermal solution
that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the
ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and
chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet,
beautifully curved fins upgrade the visual enjoyment for
motherboard users, but also the special Streamline Airflow
Guiding design lowers the temperature of the north bridge
cool and efficient operation.
chipset through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with
usability and aesthetics, the ASUS streamline-shaped heat-sink will give users
an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
ASUS Crystal Sound
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
Noise Filtering
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers
exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the
Eliminate background noise while recording
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like
most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo
speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual
surround, “Bass enhancement” provides stronger low frequency bass sound,
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises
then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
and “Voice clarification” provides clear human dialogue even with loud
background sound. With these technologies, you may experience a better
home-theater audio with ease.
To experience DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC, download the updated audio
driver & latest BIOS at
Industry Standard
SATA on the Go
IEEE 1394a interface
The motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives
based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification,
delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth
IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for
audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video
camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port
located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug
functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment
contents on external devices.
High Definition Audio
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC!
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to
The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio,
external home theater audio systems via coaxial and optical
previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality
S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It
192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking
allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog
functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously
format and keeps the best signal quality.
sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can
now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel
network games. All of these are done on one computer.
The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in
line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while
minimizing the impact on the environment.
AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
System Bus
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
Supports 45nm CPU
AMD 790X/SB750
Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0
4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may
only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
**Refer to for the memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , support ATI CrossFireX™ technology (at one x16 or dual x8 link)
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI 2.2
SB750 Chipset
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10,JBOD
Marvell 88SE6121 SATA controller
1 xInternal SATA 3Gb/s port(black)
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA on-the-go)
Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controllers
VIA® VT1708S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise Filtering
IEEE 1394
VIA® VT6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)
12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
ASUS Power Solutions:
- ASUS New-Gen. 8+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
ASUS Green Design:
Express Gate
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
ASUS Unique Features
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish heat-sink solution
- ASUS Q-Fan2
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
Intelligent overclocking tools
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- TurboV
- Turbo Key
Precision Tweaker 2
- vDIMM: 50 -step DRAM voltage control
Overclocking Features
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
- vChipset 16-step voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 600MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors!
Special Features
ASUS MyLogo 2
AMD OverDrive Support*
*Advanced cooling system is required when advanced overclock functions of AMD OverDrive are enabled.
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (Purple)
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x S/PDIF Out port (Optical)
1 x eSATA
1 x IEEE 1394a port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-Channel Audio I/O ports
2 x USB connectors (4 ports)
1 x IDE connector
7 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connector
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x Power Fan connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x COM connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
8 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS
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User's manual
1 x I/O Shield
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
4 x SATA cable(s)
2-in-1 Q-connector (USB, System panel; Retail version only)
Express Gate
Support Disc
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
AMD OverDrive Utility (AOD)
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
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