USER’S MANUAL
FOR
EVGA NFORCE4
MOTHERBOARD
MODELS:
133-K8-NF41-XX
133-K8-NF43-XX
133-K8-NF41/43 MANUAL - REV 1.5 - REV DATE 13 JULY 2005
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Notice:
Specifications and information contained in this documentation are
furnished for informational use only, and are subject to change at any
time without notice, and should not be construed as a commitment by the
manufacturer.
This manual covers the following motherboards from EVGA CORP.
133-K8-NF41-XX
133-K8-NF43-XX
Feature
133-K8-NF41-XX
SLI
X
Diagnostic LED
X
X
8 Channel Audio
X
X
SATA RAID
X (SATA 150/300)
X (SATA 150)
GigaLan Ethernet
X
X
Dual Channel DDR
X
X
CPU Voltage Control
X
X
BIOS Flash Protection
X
X
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction to nForce Motherboards
4
1-1 Motherboard Features
4
1-1.1 Special Features of the Motherboard
1-2 Specifications
5
6
1-3 Layout Diagram and Jumper Settings
7
1-3.1 Jumpers, Connectors, Headers, and Sockets
CHAPTER 2 - Hardware Installation
8
10
2-1 Hardware Installation Steps
10
2-2 Checking The Motherboard Jumper Settings
10
Clearing the CMOS RAM
10
Keyboard Power On Function
11
USB Power On Function
11
2-3 Installing The CPU
11
Glossary of Terms
11
2-3-2 About AMD Athlon64 939-pin CPUs
12
2-4 Installing Memory
13
Memory Installation Diagrams
14
2-5 Expansion Cards
15
2-5-1 Procedure For Expansion Card Installation
15
2-5-2 Assigning IRQs For Expansion Cards
15
2-5-3 Interrupt Request Table
16
2-5-4 PCI-Express Slots
16
Diagram of PCI-Express Slot Locations and Functions
16
Table of Standard IRQ Assignments
17
2-5-5 SLI Bridge Installation For NVIDIA SLI Cards (SLI Version Only)
2-6 Connectors and Headers
18
20
2-6-1 Connector Locations
20
2-7 Starting Up Your Computer
28
Beep Code Table
28
CHAPTER 3 - BIOS
29
3-0 Introducting BIOS
29
3-1 Entering BIOS Setup
29
CHAPTER 4 - DRIVER INSTALLATION
30
4-0 Driver Installation
30
4-1 RAID Installation
31
APPENDIX 1 - POST CODES
32
Quick Debug POST Codes
32
Boot Block POST Codes
33
APPENDIX 2 - TRADEMARKS AND NOTICES
34
Copyrights, Trademarks, and Notices
34
FCC Compliance Statement
34
APPENDIX 3 - WARRANTY INFORMATION
35
APPENDIX 4 - CONTACTING SUPPORT AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
36
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Chapter 1
Introduction of nForce4 Motherboards
1-1
Motherboard Features
Motherboards based on NVIDIA nForce4 single chip technology support the
innovative 64-bit AMD Athlon64 FX and dual core multi-tasking Athlon64 X2
processors with HyperTransport Technology. The SLI version of the motherboard
series delivers leading-edge performance with both of the benefits from 64-bit
multi-tasking dual core AMD processors and NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface
(SLI) Technology with the latest Dual PCI-Express for NVIDIA Dual Graphic
Processing Unit ready platform. Utilizing the 64-bit multi-tasking socket 939
solution and the dual channel PC3200 DDR memory size expandable to 4.0GB,
this motherboard series meets the demands of computing in the future.
These motherboards carry the advanced NVIDIA nForce4 single chip with
1000 MHz HyperTransport system bus of data transferring and provided with
133MHz / 166MHz / 200MHz memory clock frequency for DDR266/DDR333/
DDR400 DDR Module with dual channel capability. The NVIDIA nForce4 single
chipset offers ULTRA ATA 133 and Serial ATA RAID 0, 1, 0+1 functions to
accelerate hard disk drives and guarantee data security without failure in
advanced computing applications.
The motherboard provides Gigabit LAN by using the NVIDIA Giga-LAN
controller which supports 10M/100M/1Gbps data transfer rate and full duplex or
half duplex transportation. The embedded 8-channel AC’97 CODEC is fully
compatible with Sound Blaster ProTM standards and offers you home cinema
quality and complete software compatibility.
Colorful and intuitional placement design of three PCI-Express graphics slots (Two
symmetrical PCI-Express x16 [x8 effective speed] graphics slots in yellow
deliver up to 2Gbyte/sec data transfer rate at each relative direction which is
fully compatible with the latest NVIDIA SLI Technology [this applies to the SLI
version of the motherboard only]). One PCI-Express x16 graphics slot offers
4Gbyte/sec data transfer rate at each relative direction which gets 3.5 times
more bandwidth than AGP 8X and up to 8Gbyte/sec concurrent bandwidth at
full speed to guarantee full operational multi-GPU graphics power and avoid
any possible SLI hardware installation error (SLI version only). One PCIExpress x1 I/O slot offers 512Mbyte/sec concurrently, over 3.5 times more
bandwidth than PCI at 133Mbyte/sec, tackling the most demanding multimedia
tasks.
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The embedded USB controller has the capability of supporting up to 10 USB
2.0 ports, delivering 480Mb/s bandwidth each.
1-1.1
Special Features of the Motherboard
CPU Thermal Throttling Technology
To prevent increasing heat from damaging the CPU or causing accidental
shutdown while under high workloads, the CPU Thermal Throttling Technology
will force the CPU to enter an idle mode from 87.5% to 12.5% according to
preset CPU operating temperatures in the BIOS (from 40 to 90 ). When the
system senses the CPU operating temperature reaching the preset value, the
CPU operating bandwidth will be decreased to the preset idle percentage
allowing the processor to cool down. When in throttling mode, a beeper sound
can be optionally selected to indicate it has reduced the CPU performance. (for
detailed settings, please read the BIOS PDF located on the CD)
Debug Port
The embedded Hardware Debug Port offers you a real-time visual system for
monitoring of your hardware. The embedded Debug Port will turn you into a
well trained hardware professional, allowing you to diagnose many hardware
issues. (for details please refer to Appendix A)
CPU Smart Fan
It’s never been a good idea to improve system performance by sacrificing
acoustics. The CPU Smart Fan Noise Management System is the answer to
control those noise levels. The system will automatically increase the fan speed
when the CPU operating load is high, and after the CPU returns to normal
operating condition, the system will slow the fan speed down to allow for a
silent operating environment.
CPU Vcore 7-Shift
The CPU voltage can be adjusted up by 7 steps allowing precise overclocking
for extra computing performance. (For detailed settings, please read the BIOS
PDF located on the CD)
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Specifications
Spec
Description
Design
ATX form factor 4 layers PCB size: 30.5x24.4cm
Chipset
NVIDIA nForce4 Single Chip Technology
CPU Socket 939
Supports 64bit AMD Athlon64 939-Pin package processors
Support up to 4000+ processor
Future support for future AMD Athlon64 939-pin Dual –Core processors
Memory Sockets
184-pin DDR Module socket x 4
Support 4pcs DDR266/DDR33/DDR400 DDR Modules Expandable to 4.0GB
Support Dual channel function
Expansion Slots
PCI-Express x16 slot x 1
PCI-Express x16 (x8 effective) slots x 2 (for SLI version)
PCI-Express x1 slot x 1
32 bit PCI slots x 3
Integrated IDE and
Two PCI IDE controllers support PCI Bus Mastering, ATA PIO/DMA and the
Serial ATA RAID
ULTRA DMA 33/66/100/133 functions that deliver the data transfer rate up to
133 MB/s; Four Serial ATA ports provide 150 MB/sec data transfer rate for Four
Serial ATA Devices and offer RAID 0, 1, 0+1 functions
LAN
Integrated NVIDIA Gigabit LAN provides 10Mb/100Mb/ 1Gb /s data transfer
rates
8CH-Audio
8-channel AC’97 Digital Audio controller integrated
Audio driver and utility included
SPDIF-In/ SPDIF-Out Optical support (Cable optional)
BIOS
Multi I/O
Award 4MB Flash ROM
PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
Floppy disk drive connector x1
Parallel port x1
Serial port x2
USB2.0 port x 4 and headers x 4 (connecting cable optional)
Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC/ 8CH Audio)
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1-3
Layout Diagram & Jumper Settings
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1-3.1
JUMPERS, CONNECTORS, HEADERS, AND SOCKETS
Jumper
Name
Description
JBAT
CMOS RAM Clear
3-pin Block
JP1
Keyboard/USB0,1 Power On
3-pin Block
Enabled/Disabled
JP3
USB Power On Enabled/Disabled
3-pin Block
Connector
Name
Description
ATXPWR24P
ATX Power Connector
24-pin Block
ATX12V
ATX 12V Power Connector
4-pin Block
PS2KBMS
PS/2 Mouse & PS/2 Keyboard
6-pin Female
Connector
USB/USB1
USB Port Connector
4-pin Connector
USB/LAN1
Giga-LAN Port Connector
RJ-45 Connector
PARALLEL
Parallel Port Connector
25-pin Female
J1
8-CH Audio Connector
6 jack Connector
COM1/COM2
Serial Port COM1/COM2 Connector
9-pin Connector
FDD
Floppy Driver Connector
34-pin Block
IDE1/IDE2
Primary/Secondary IDE Connector
40-pin Block
SATA1~4
Serial ATA IDE Connector
7-pin Connector
Header
Name
Description
AUDIO
SPEAKER, MIC header
9-pin Block
USB2, USB3
USB Port Headers
9-pin Block
SPEAK
PC Speaker connector
4-pin Block
PWR LED
Power LED
3-pin Block
JW_FP
Front Panel Header
9-pin Block
(Power LED/Reset/
(including Power LED/ IDE activity
IDE LED/Power
LED/Reset switch / Power On Button
Button)
lead)
SFAN1, SFAN2
FAN Headers
3-pin Block
CDIN
CD Audio-In Header
4-pin Block
SPDIF
Optical In/Out Header
9-pin Block
CPUFAN
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1-3.1
JUMPERS, CONNECTORS, HEADERS, AND SOCKETS CONT.
Socket/Slot
Name
Description
ZIF Socket 939
CPU Socket
939-pin mPGAB Athlon64 CPU Socket
DIMM1~4
DDR Module Socket
184-pin DDR Module Socket
PCI1~ PCI3
PCI Slot
32-bit PCI Local Bus Expansion slots
PE1
PCI-Express x1 Slot
PCI-Express x1 Expansion Slot
PE3
PCI-Express x16 Slot
PCI-Express x16 Expansion Slot
PE2,PE4
PCI-Express x16 Slot
PCI-E x 8 Bandwidth for SLI Tech.
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Chapter 2
Hardware Installation
2-1
Hardware Installation Steps
Before using your computer, please complete the following steps:
1. Check motherboard jumper settings
2. Install CPU and Fan
3. Install System Memory (DIMM)
4. Install Expansion cards
5. Connect IDE and Floppy cables, Front /Back Panel cables
6. Connect ATX Power cable
7. Power-On and Load Standard Default BIOS Settings
8. Reboot
9. Install Operating System
10. Install Motherboard Drivers and Utilities
2-2
Checking the Motherboard’s Jumper Settings
CMOS RAM Clear (3-pin) : JBAT
A battery must be used to retain the motherboard configuration in CMOS RAM
short 1-2 pins of JBAT to store the CMOS data.
To clear the CMOS, follow the procedure below:
1. Turn off the system and unplug the AC power
2. Remove the ATX power cable from the ATX power connector
3. Locate JBAT and short pins 2-3 for a few seconds
4. Return JBAT to its normal setting by shorting pins 1-2
5. Connect the ATX power cable back to the ATX power connector
1
3
1
JBAT
3
JBAT
1-2 closed
Normal
2-3 closed
CMOS RAM Clear Setting
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Clear CMOS
Keyboard Function Enabled/Disabled: JP1
JP1
1
1-2 closed
KB/USB Power ON Disable (Default)
3
2-3 closed
KB/USB Power ON Enabled
1
JP1
3
Keyboard/Mouse & USB Power On Setting
USB Power On function Enabled/Disabled: JP3
JP3
JP3
1
1-2 closed
(Default)
3
USB Power On Disable
1
2-3 closed
3
USB Power On Enabled
USB2/USB3 Power On Setting
2-3
Install CPU
2-3-1
Glossary
Chipset (or core logic) - one or more integrated circuits which control the
interfaces between the system processor, RAM, I/O devises, and adapter
cards.
Processor slot/socket - the slot or socket used to mount the system processor
on the motherboard.
Slot (PCI-E, PCI, RAM) - the slots used to mount adapter cards and system
RAM.
PCI - Peripheral Component Interconnect - a high speed interface for video
cards, sound cards, network interface cards, and modems; runs at 33MHz.
PCI-Express- Peripheral Component Interconnect Express- a high speed
interface for video cards, sound cards, network interface cards, and modems.
Serial Port - a low speed interface typically used for mouse and external
modems.
Parallel Port - a low speed interface typically used for printers.
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PS/2 - a low speed interface used for mouse and keyboards.
USB - Universal Serial Bus - a medium speed interface typically used for
mouse, keyboards, scanners, and some digital cameras.
Sound (interface) - the interface between the sound card or integrated sound
connectors and speakers, MIC, game controllers, and MIDI sound devices.
LAN (interface) - Local Area Network - the interface to your local area network.
BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) - the program logic used to boot up a
computer and establish the relationship between the various components.
Driver - software, which defines the characteristics of a device for use
by another device or other software.
Processor - the "central processing unit" (CPU); the principal integrated circuit
used for doing the "computing" in "personal computer"
Front Side Bus Frequency - the working frequency of the motherboard, which
is generated by the clock generator for CPU, DRAM and PCI BUS.
CPU L2 Cache - the flash memory inside the CPU, normal it depend on CPU
type.
2-3-2
About AMD Athlon64 939-pin CPUs
This motherboard provides a 939-pin surface mount, Zero Insertion Force (ZIF)
socket, referred to as the mPGA939 socket supporting AMD Athlon64
processors in the 939 Pin package utilizing Flip-Chip Pin Grid Array
technology.
The CPU that you use with the motherboard should have a cooling FAN
attached to prevent overheating. If this is not the case, then purchase the
correct cooling FAN before you turn on your system.
S ock et 939
Golden Arrow
CPU ZIF mPGAB Socket
WARNING!
Be sure that there is sufficient air circulation across
the processor’s heatsink and CPU cooling FAN is
working correctly, otherwise it may cause the
processor and motherboard to overheat and
damage your system, you may install an auxiliary
cooling FAN, if necessary.
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To install a CPU, locate the ZIF socket and open it by first pulling the lever
sideways away from the socket then upward to a 90-degree angle. Insert the
CPU with the correct orientation as shown on the previous page. The notched
corner should point toward the end of the lever. Because the CPU has a corner
pin for two of the four corners, the CPU will only fit in the orientation as shown.
When you put the CPU into the ZIF socket. No force is required to insert of the
CPU, then press the lever to Locate position slightly without any extra force.
2-4
Install Memory
This motherboard provides four 184-pin DDR DUAL INLINE MEMORY
MODULES (DIMM) slots for DDR memory expansion available from minimum
memory size of 64MB to maximum memory size of 4.0GB DDR SDRAM.
Valid Memory Configurations
PCS
Total Memory
Bank 0, 1 (DIMM1)
Bank
DDRDDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR SDRAM Module
X1
128MB~1.0GB
Bank 2, 3 (DIMM2)
DDRDDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR SDRAM Module
X1
128MB~1.0GB
Bank 4, 5 (DIMM3)
DDRDDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR SDRAM Module
X1
128MB~1.0GB
Bank 6,7 (DIMM4)
DDRDDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR SDRAM Module
X1
128MB~1.0GB
System Memory (Max. 4.0GB)
4
128MB~4.0GB
Total
184-Pin DIMM
For Dual Channel Memory
Dual channel only operates when 2 DIMM Modules are plugged into either
DIMM1 & DIMM3 or DIMM2 & DIMM4, or four DIMM Modules are
plugged into DIMM1~DIMM4.
DIMM1 & DIMM3, or DIMM2 & DIMM4 must be the same type, same size, and
same frequency for dual channel to function.
Note: Computer will not boot if RAM is in 3 and 4 only.
Generally, installing DDR SDRAM modules to your motherboard is very easy,
you can refer to the following page to see what a 184-Pin DDR266/DDR333/
DDR400 DDR SDRAM module looks like.
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DIMM1 (BANK6+BANK7)
DIMM2 (BANK4+BANK5)
DIMM3 (BANK2+BANK3)
DIMM4 (BANK0+BANK1)
DIMM1 & DIMM3: Dual Channel 1
DIMM2 & DIMM4: Dual Channel 2
NOTE!
When you install the DIMM modules fully into the DIMM
socket the eject tab should be locked into the DIMM
module very firmly and fit into its indention on both sides.
WARNING!
When the DDR SDRAM CLOCK is set at 200MHz, use only
DDR400 compliant DDR Modules. When this motherboard
operates at 200Mhz, most systems will not even boot if
non-compliant modules are used because of the strict
timing issues involved, if your DDR Modules are not
DDR400-compliant, set the SDRAM clock to 133MHz to
ensure system stability.
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2-5
Expansion Cards
WARNING!
2-5-1
Turn off your system power when adding or removing
expansion cards or other system components. Failure
to do so may cause severe damage to both your
motherboard and expansion cards.
Procedure For Expansion Card Installation
Read the documentation for your expansion card and make any necessary
hardware or software setting for your expansion card such as jumpers.
Remove your computer’s cover and the bracket plate on the slot you intend to
use.
•
•
•
•
•
Align the card’s connectors and press firmly.
Secure the card on the slot with the screen you remove above.
Replace the computer system’s cover.
Set up the BIOS if necessary.
Install the necessary software driver for your expansion card.
2-5-2
Assigning IRQs For Expansion Card
Some expansion cards need an IRQ to operate. Generally, an IRQ must be
exclusively assigned. In a standard design, there are 16 IRQs available but
most of them are already in use. The following table will show you the default
assignment of IRQs.
If should be noted that in most modern Plug and Play Operating Systems, that
IRQ assignment is handled by the computer itself automatically. This automatic
assignment is generally very effective and you should only have to resort to
manual assignment in the most extreme cases.
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2-5-3
Interrupt Request Table For This Motherboard
Interrupt requests are shared as shown in the table below:
INT A
INT B
Slot 1
INT C
INT E
INT F
INT G
INT H
X
Slot 2
X
Slot 3
X
Onboard USB 1
X
Onboard USB 2
X
AC97/MC97
IMPORTANT!
2-5-4
INT D
X
If using PCI cards on shared slots, make sure that
the drivers support “Shared IRQ” or that the cards
don’t need IRQ assignments. Conflicts will arise
between the two PCI groups that will make the
system unstable or cards inoperable.
PCI-Express Slots
This motherboard provides three PCI-Express slots intended for Graphics (Two
symmetrical PCI-Express x16 graphics slots - 8x effective - on the left and right
deliver up to 2Gbyte/sec data transfer rate at each relative direction which is
fully compatible with the latest NVIDIA SLI Technology [SLI version only]. The
one PCI-Express x16 graphics slot in the center offers 4Gbyte/sec data transfer
rate at each relative direction.), and one x1 PCI-Express Slot. Fully compliant to
the PCI-Express Base Specification revision 1.0a , supporting PCI-Express
VGA card, and other PCI-Express devices.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
1x PCI-E
8x PCI-E (for SLI operation)
16x PCI-E (for standard graphics
card operation)
8x PCI-E (for SLI operation - note
that this slot will be the primary
graphics out slot when running in
SLI mode - so make sure to attach
your monitor cable to this card’s
VGA out.)
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Standard Interrupt Assignments
IRQ
Priority
0
N/A
Standard function
System Timer
1
N/A
Keyboard Controller
2
N/A
Programmable Interrupt
3*
8
Communications Port (COM2)
4*
9
Communications Port (COM1)
5*
6
Sound Card (sometimes LPT2)
6*
11
Floppy Disk Controller
7*
7
8
N/A
Printer Port (LPT1)
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9*
10
ACPI Mode when enabled
10 *
3
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
11 *
2
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
12 *
4
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
13
N/A
14 *
5
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
15 *
1
Secondary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
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2-5-5
SLI Bridge for NVIDIA SLI Supported VGA Cards
In order to activate the NVIDIA SLI technology (SLI version only), you have to
install the included SLI Bridge for your NVIDIA SLI Supported VGA Cards
before you can activate the advanced multi-GPU functions.
STEP 1 - Install your NVIDIA SLI Supported VGA Cards in the PCI-E x8 slots
located on the left and right, leaving the center PCI-E slot vacant.
STEP 2 - Prepare to install the SLI Bridge with your NVIDIA SLI Supported
VGA Cards
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STEP 3 - Be careful with the pins as to not damage the adapter or graphics
cards during installation.
STEP 4 - Plug the SLI Bridge adapter onto both of the NVIDIA SLI Supported
VGA Cards
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2-6
Connectors and Headers
2-6-1
Connectors
Power Connector (24-pin block) : ATXPWR24P
ATX Power Supply connector. This is a newly defined 24-pin connector that
usually comes with an ATX case. The ATX Power Supply allows you to use soft
power on momentary switch that connects from the front panel switch to 2-pins
Power On jumper pole on the motherboard. When the power switch on the
back of the ATX power supply is turned on, the full power will not come into the
system board until the front panel switch is momentarily pressed. Press this
switch again to turn off the power to the system board.
We recommend that you use an ATX 12V Specification 2.0-compliant power
supply unit (PSU) with a minimum of 350W power rating. This type has both 24pin and the 4-pin power plugs needed.
If you intend to use a PSU with 20-pin and 4-pin power plugs, make sure that
the 20-pin power plug can provide at least 15A on +12V and the power supply
unit has a minimum power rating of 350W. The system may become unstable
or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
ROW1
3.3V
3.3V
GND
5V
GND
5V
GND
Power OK
+5V (for Soft Logic)
+12V
+12V
+3V
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ROW2
3.3V
-12V
GND
Soft Power On
GND
GND
GND
-5V
+5V
+5V
+5V
GND
ATX 12V Power Connector (4-pin block) : ATX12V
This is a newly defined 4-pin connector that usually comes with the ATX Power
Supply. The ATX Power Supply which fully supports the extra 12V voltage to
maintain system power consumption. Without this connector the system will
become unstable because the power supply can not provide sufficient current
for all the system components
Pin 1
PS/2 Mouse & PS/2 Keyboard Connector: PS2KBMS
The connectors for PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 Mouse.
USB Port connector: USB0/USB1
The connectors is a 4-pin connector that connects USB devices to the system
board.
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LAN Port connector: USB/LAN1
This connector is standard RJ45 connector for Ethernet connections.
Audio Line-In, Lin-Out, MIC, Surrback, Surround, CEN/LEF Connector : J1
This Connector are 6 phone Jack for LINE-OUT, LINE-IN, MIC, Surrback, Surround, CEN/LEF
Line-in (BLUE)
Line-out (GREEN)
MIC (PINK)
Surrback (ORANGE)
CEN/LEF (BLACKNESS)
Surround (GRAY)
Audio input to sound chip
Audio output to speaker
Microphone Connector
Rear speaker out
Center/Subwoofer speaker out
Side speaker out
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Serial Port COM1/COM2 : COM1/COM2
COM1 is the 9-pin D-Subminiature male connector. The On-board serial port
can be disabled through BIOS SETUP.
Floppy drive Connector (34-pin block): FDD
This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After connecting
the single plug end to motherboard, connect the two plugs at other end to the
floppy drives.
FDD
Pin 1
Floppy Drive Connector
Primary IDE Connector (40-pin block): IDE1
This connector supports the provided IDE hard disk ribbon cable. After connecting the single plug end to motherboard, connect the two plugs at the other end
to your hard disk(s). If you install two hard disks, you must configure the second
drive to Slave mode by setting its jumpers accordingly. Please refer to the
documentation of your hard disk for the jumper settings.
IDE1
Pin 1
Primary IDE Connector
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Secondary IDE Connector (40-pin block): IDE2
This connector connects to the next set of Master and Slave hard disks. Follow
the same procedure described for the primary IDE connector. You may also
configure two hard disks to be both Masters using one ribbon cable on the
primary IDE connector and another ribbon cable on the secondary IDE
connector.
IDE2
Pin 1
Secondary IDE Connector
Two hard disks can be connected to each connector. The first HDD is referred
to as the “Master” and the second HDD is referred to as the “Slave”.
For best performance, we strongly suggest you don’t install a CD-ROM or DVDROM drive on the same IDE channel as a hard disk. Otherwise, the system
performance on this channel will not be able to achieve its maximum ATA133
speed.
Serial-ATA Port connector: SATA1 / SATA2 / SATA3/ SATA4
This connector support the provided Serial ATA IDE hard disk cable to
connecting the motherboard and serial ATA hard disk. The SLI version of the
motherboard is fully compatible with both SATA 150 and 300 standards; while
the regular version of the motherboard supports only the SATA 150 standard.
SATA4
SATA3
SATA2
SATA1
Serial-ATA Port Connector
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Headers
Line-Out/MIC Header for Front Panel (9-pin): AUDIO
AUDIO
AUD_RET_L
AUD_GND
AUD_VCC
AUD_RET_R
This header connects to Front Panel Line-out, MIC connector with cable.
Without installing this cable, this header default setting is 5-6 short, 9-10 short.
When you install the cable you have take off these jumpers.
2
10
Pin 1
AUD_MIC
AUD_MIC_BIAS
AUD_FPOUT_R
HP_ON
AUD_FPOUT_L
9
Line-Out, MIC Headers
USB Port Headers (9-pin) : USB1/USB2/USB3
VCC
-DATA
+DATA
GND
OC
VCC
-DATA
+DATA
GND
-DATA
+DATA
GND
OC
-DATA
+DATA
GND
VCC
VCC
USB3
Pin 1
Pin 1
-DATA
+DATA
GND
Pin 1
USB2
VCC
VCC
USB1
-DATA
+DATA
GND
OC
These headers are used for connecting the additional USB port plug. By
attaching an option USB cable, your can be provided with two additional USB
plugs affixed to the back panel.
USB Port Headers
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Speaker connector: SPEAK
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker. See the figure
below.
Power LED: PWR LED
The Power LED is light on while the system power is on. Connect the Power
LED from the system case to this pin.
IDE Activity LED: HD LED
This connector connects to the hard disk activity indicator light on the case.
Reset switch lead: RESET
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for rebooting
your computer without having to turn off your power switch. This is a preferred
method of rebooting in order to prolong the lift of the system’s power supply.
See the figure below.
Power switch: PWR BTN
JW FP
PWRBTN
GND
PWRBTN
PWRLED
Pin 1
PWRLED
VCC5
PWR LED
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted power switch to power ON/
OFF the system.
SPEAK
VCC5
HDDLE
GND
RSTSW
NC
HDLED
RESET
GND
VCC5
Pin 1
SPKR
NC
Pin 1
System Case Connections
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FAN Headers (3-pin) : CHIPFAN, SFAN1, SFAN2, CPUFAN
These connectors support cooling fans of 350mA (4.2 Watts) or less,
depending on the fan manufacturer, the wire and plug may be different. The
red wire should be positive, while the black should be ground. Connect the
fan’s plug to the board taking into consideration the polarity of connector.
CD Audio-In Headers (4-pin) : CDIN
CDIN are the connectors for CD-Audio Input signal. Please connect it to CDROM CD-Audio output connector.
SPDIF-OU
GND
NC
GND
Optical In/Out Header: SPDIF (optional)
SPDIF
2
10
Pin 1
NC
NC
SPDIF-IN
NC
12V
9
SPDIF-Bracket Connector
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2-7
Starting Up Your Computer
After all connections are made, close your computer case cover.
Be sure all the switches are off, and check that the power supply input voltage
is set to proper position, usually input voltage is 110V~120V or 220V~240V
depending on your country’s voltage used. In the United States, this is
110V~120V - typically the switch on a computer power supply will be marked
with 115V to indicate this setting.
Connect the power supply cord into the power supply located on the back of
your system case according to your system user’s manual.
Turn on your peripherals in the following order:
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Your monitor.
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Other external peripheral (Printer, Scanner, External Modem etc…)
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Your system power. For ATX power supplies, you need to turn on the
power supply and press the ATX power switch on the front side of the
case.
The power LED on the front panel of the system case will light up. The LED on
the monitor may light up or switch between orange and green after the system
is on. If it complies with green standards or if it is has a power standby feature.
The system will then run power-on test.
If you do not see any thing within 30 seconds from the time you turn on the
power. The system may have failed on power-on test. Recheck your jumper
settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
If there are any errors during start up, your computer will issue a series of beep
codes in addition to displaying the last BIOS operation on the POST code
diagnostic LED. A list of common beep codes follows:
Beep
Meaning
One short beep when displaying logo
No error during POST
Long beeps in an endless loop
No DRAM install or detected
One long beep followed by three short beeps
Video card not found or video card memory bad
High frequency beeps when system is working
CPU overheated
System running at a lower frequency
During power-on, press <Delete> key to enter BIOS setup. Follow the
instructions in the BIOS PDF located in the Manuals Section of the Installation
CD.
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Chapter 3
3-0
Introducing BIOS
The BIOS is a program located on a Flash Memory on the motherboard. This
program is a bridge between motherboard and operating system. When you
start the computer, the BIOS program gains control. The BIOS first operates an
auto-diagnostic test called POST (power on self test) for all the necessary
hardware, it detects the entire hardware device and configures the parameters
of the hardware synchronization. Only when these tasks are completed does it
give up control of the computer to the operating system (OS). Since the BIOS
is the only channel for hardware and software to communicate, it is the key
factor for system stability, and in ensuring that your system performance is at
its best.
The details of each section of the BIOS are explained in the BIOS PDF
supplemental that is located in the Manuals Section of the Installation CD.
3-1
Entering Setup
Power on the computer and by pressing <Delete> immediately allows you to
enter Setup.
If the message disappears before your respond and you still wish to enter
Setup, restart the system to try again by turning it OFF then ON or pressing the
“RESET” button on the system case. You may also restart by simultaneously
pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt> and <Delete> keys. If you do not press the keys at the
correct time and the system does not boot, an error message will be displayed
and you will again be asked to
Press <F1> to continue, <Ctrl-Alt-Esc> or <Delete> to enter Setup
For complete BIOS setup and descriptions please see the BIOS PDF located in
the Manuals Section of the Installation CD.
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Chapter 4
4-0
DRIVER INSTALLATION
After your computer’s Operating System is installed, you will need to install
drivers for your motherboard in order to gain full operation. Insert the Driver
Installation CD into your computer’s CD or DVD ROM drive and allow the
autorun function to bring up the installation menu.
If the autorun function is disabled on your computer, simply navigate to the CD
or DVD ROM drive that the Driver Installation CD is located in and double-click
the autorun.exe file.
From Driver installation menu choose the Install Motherboard Drivers option.
This will proceed to install the following drivers:
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NVIDIA SMBus Drivers
NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet Drivers
NVIDIA IDE Controller Drivers
ALC850 AC97’ Codec Audio Drivers
After your computer finishes this installation, it will need to reboot in order for
the new drivers to take effect.
NOTE: If you are installing drivers under the Windows XP x64 operating
system, please be warned that the drivers have not yet been certified by
Microsoft. As a result, you will see repeated warnings to this effect.
Simply answer each in the affirmative to allow driver installation to
proceed. Windows certified drivers are currently in development and will
be released as a free download from our website as soon as they have
passed Microsoft certification testing.
There are two additional NVIDIA applications that you can install in order to add
even more functionality to your motherboard. These are listed on the
installation menu as well as:
Install NVIDIA Firewall - this will install the NVIDIA firewall and Forceware
Network Access Manager utility. This powerful application will use hardware
built into the NFORCE4 chipset to protect your computer from network intrusion
with almost no loss to performance at all - a major improvement over traditional
software only based firewalls. It will also allow you to customize and configure
many aspects of your network connection and its behavior.
Install NVIDIA nTune - the NVIDIA nTune software allows you to easily and
safely overclock every aspect of your computer in order to gain the maximum
performance possible while still ensuring good stability and compatibility.
Additional documentation for both of these applications can be found in the
Manuals Section of the Installation CD.
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RAID INSTALLATION
The drivers for the NVIDIA RAID controller are located on the included RAID
DRIVER floppy disk. They can be installed either at the time of Operating
System installation or after the operating system has already been installed on
a conventional IDE drive.
It is important to note that before you install and configure a RAID system,
either after OS installation or during, you will need to enable RAID in your
motherboard BIOS. To do this, reboot the computer and press the <Delete>
key as it starts, this will take you to the BIOS configuration screens. From there
you will need to make changes as indicated in the BIOS PDF that you can find
in the Manuals Section of the Installation CD.
If you wish to install the SATA/RAID drivers at the same time you are installing
the Operating System, simply wait for the Windows Installer to display “Press
F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver….” - and press
F6 at that time. Then insert the floppy disk and follow all of the on-screen
instructions.
NOTE: The included floppy disk with RAID drivers supports Windows XP
(32 bit version) and Windows 2000 only. If you are installing RAID under
Windows XP x64, you will need to make a RAID driver disk. We have
made this very easy to do, simply follow the instructions listed below:
Requirements: Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP) based computer with both a
CD ROM drive and a 3.5 inch 1.44MB floppy, and one blank 3.5 inch 1.44MB
floppy disk.
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Insert the Driver CD into the computer. If the autorun menu appears,
close it.
Browse to the Driver CD and open the folder named “RAID”
Browse to the folder for the operating system that you wish to make the
driver disk for: XP2K for Windows XP or Windows 2000, or XPx64 for
Windows XP x64
Execute by double-clicking the executable file in that directory:
XP2KRAID.EXE for Windows XP and Windows 2000, or XPX64RAID.EXE
for Windows XP x64
This program will prompt you to insert your floppy disk and click on the
Create Floppy button. Follow these instructions and it will automatically
create the SATA RAID driver disk for you to use during installation.
If the executable program does not work for some reason, the Files folder
that is located in the same place contains the individual driver files that
can be manually copied to a blank floppy instead.
NOTE: If you intend to use the onboard SATA controller for your primary
hard drive, even if you do not intend on using RAID, you will need to use
these drivers when you first install Windows.
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APPENDIX 1
Quick Debug Port Post Codes
Please refer to the following Quick Debug table to assist in troubleshooting
problems that are revealed through the motherboard’s Debug Port. If you need
more detailed information, you can refer to the Detailed Debug tables in the
following pages.
Code(hex)
Name
Description
65
Init onboard device
Early Initialized the super IO, Reset Video controller, Keyboard
controller init, Test the Keyboard Initialized the mouse Onboard
audio controller initialize if exist. Check the integrity of the ROM,
BIOS and message Check Flash type and copy flash write/erase
routines to 0F000h segments, Check Cmos Circuitry and reset
CMOS Program the chipset registers with CMOS values Init onboard
clock generator
66
Early System setup
Check the CPU ID and init L1/L2 cache, Initialize first 120 interrupt
vectors with SPURIOUS_INT_HDLR and initialize INT 00h-1Fh
according to INT_TBL First step initialize if single CPU onboard. Reinit KB If support HPM, HPM get initialized here
67
KBC and CMOS Init
Verifies CMOS is working correctly, detects bad battery. If failed,
load CMOS defaults and load into chipset Final Initial KBC and
setup BIOS data area.
68
Video Init
Read CMOS location 14h to find out type of video in use. Detect and
Initialize Video Adapter. Test video memory, write sign-on message
to screen. Setup shadow RAM - Enable shadow according to Setup.
69
8259 Init
Init 8259 channel 1 and mask IRQ 9
6A
Memory test
Quick Memory Test
6B
CPU Detect and IO init
Detect CPU speed and display CPU vendor specific version string
and turn on all necessary CPU features. Display PnP logo and PnP
early init Setup virus protect according to Setup. If required, will auto
load Awdflash.exe in POST Initializing onboard superIO
6C
Reserved
6D
Reserved
6E
Reserved
6F
Reserved
70
Setup Init
Display setup message and enable setup functions. Detect if mouse
is present,
initialize mouse, install interrupt vectors. Special treatment to PS2
Mouse port
ACPI sub-system initializing
71
Setup Cache Controller
Initialize cache controller.
72
Install FDD
Enter setup check and auto-configuration check up Initialize floppy
disk drive controller and any drives. Install FDD and setup BIOS
data area parameters
73
Install HDD
Initialize hard drive controller and any drives. IDE device detection
and install Initialize any serial and parallel ports (also game port).
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74
Detect & Initialize Math
Coprocessor
Initialize math coprocessor.
75
HDD Check for Write
protection
HDD check out
76
Reserved
77
Display POST error
Check POST error and display them and ask for user intervention Ask password security (optional).
78
CMOS and Option ROM Init
Write all CMOS values back to RAM and clear screen. Enable parity
checker Enable NMI, Enable cache before boot. Initialize any option
ROMs present from C8000h to EFFFFh.
79
Reserved
7A
Reserved
7B
Reserved
7C
Reserved
7D
Boot Medium detection
Read and store boot partition head and cylinders values in RAM
7E
Final Init
Final init for last micro details before boot
7F
Special KBC patch
Set system speed for boot, Setup NumLock status according to
Setup
80
Boot Attempt
Set low stack Boot via INT 19h.
FF
Boot
BOOT BLOCK POST CODES
Code(hex)
Name
Description
1
Base memory test
Clear base memory area (0000:0000--9000:ffffh)
5
KB init
Initialized KBC
12
Install interrupt vectors
Install int. vector (0-77), and initialized 00-1fh to their
proper place
0D
Init Video
Video initializing
41
Init FDD
Scan floppy and media capacity for onboard superIO
FF
Boot
Load boot sector
For a more detailed treatment of POST CODES, please see the POST
CODES PDF document that is located on your driver CD in the Manuals
section.
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APPENDIX 2
COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS, NOTICES
FCC Compliance Information
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15, Operation is subject to the following two conditions: This
device may not cause harmful interference, and this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can
be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures: 1) Increase the separation between the equipment
and signal source, 2) Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the signal
source is connected, 3) Consult the dealer or an experienced computer technician for help. The use of
shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to ensure compliance with
FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible
for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
CE Compliance Information
EMC Directive 89/336/EEC And Amendment 92/31/EEC, Class B Digital Device EN 50081-14, Generic
Emissions Standard for Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial Products (EN 55022/CISPR 22,
Limits and Methods of measurement of Radio). (EN 55022/CISPR 22, Limits and Method of
Measurement of Radio Interference Characteristics Information Technology Equipment) Warning: This is a
Class B product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference in which case the
user may be required to take adequate measure. EN 50082-1, Generic Immunity Standard for
Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial Products (IEC 801-2, IEC 801-3, IEC 801-4)
Software License Agreement
This EVGA software (the “software”) is copyrighted by EVGA.com CORP and is protected by US law. All
rights reserved. The purchaser is granted a license to use the software only, subject to the following
restrictions and limitations:
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4.
The license is for the original purchaser only, it is transferable so long as all items bundled with the
software are transferred to the same individual as a sale (e.g. all software, manuals, hardware, etc.)
The original purchaser may use the software on a single computer owned or leased by the original
purchaser. You may not use the software on more than a single machine, even if you own or lease
more than one machine, without the written consent of EVGA
The original purchaser may make backup copies of the software for his or her own use only,
subject to the use limitations of this license.
The original purchaser may not engage in, nor permit third parties to engage in, any of the
following:
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Providing or disclosing the software to third parties
Providing use of the software in a computer service business, network, time-sharing
network
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Attempting to un-assemble, de-compile or reverse engineer the software in any way
Granting sublicenses, leases, or rights in the software to others
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EVGA.com CORP. NVIDIA, NVIDIA logo, nForce are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of NVIDIA
Corporation in the United States and other countries and are used under license to EVGA.com CORP
from NVIDIA Corporation. AMD is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices. All brands and
companies are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. EVGA reserves the
right to terminate this license if there is a violation of its terms or default by the Original Purchaser. Upon
termination, for any reason, all copies of Software and materials, must be immediately returned to EVGA
and the Original Purchaser shall be liable to EVGA.com CORP for any and all damages suffered as a
result of the violation or default.
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APPENDIX 3
WARRANTY INFORMATION
LIMITED WARRANTY
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Labor: For a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase (or two years
if you register the product), if this product is determined to be defective,
EVGA will repair or replace, at its option, at no charge to the original
buyer. After the expiration of the warranty period, you must pay for all
labor and or replacement charges.
To obtain warranty service, you must take the product, or deliver to
product freight prepaid, in either its original packaging or packaging
affording an equal degree of protection, to an EVGA authorized return
facility.
This warranty does not cover consumer instruction, installation, set-up
adjustment or any other implementation service.
This warranty does not cover cosmetic damage due to acts of God,
accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or modification of ,
or to any part of the product. This warranty does not cover damage due to
improper installation, operation or maintenance, connection to improper
voltage supply, or attempting to repair by anyone other than a facility
authorized by EVGA to service this product. This warranty does not cover
products sold AS IS. This warranty is only valid in the United States of
America.
Proof of purchase in the form of a bill of sale or receipted invoice which by
itself is evidence that the unit is within the warranty period must be
presented in order to obtain warranty service.
This warranty is invalid if the factory applied serial number has been
altered or removed from the product.
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE
REMEDY OF THE CONSUMER. EVGA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR AN INCEDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ON
THIS PRODUCT. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON THIS
PRODUCT IS LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WARRANTY
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitations of incidental or
consequential damages, or allow limitation on how long an implied warranty
last, so the above limitations may not apply to you. In addition, this warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from
state to state.
To locate the dealer nearest you or for service assistance and resolution of a
service problem or for general product information, please call:
888-881-EVGA or write to EVGA CORP - 2900 Saturn Street, Suite B - Brea,
CA 92821
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APPENDIX 4
USEFUL INFORMATION
Contacting Customer Service
EVGA is dedicated to supporting our products. Contacting EVGA Customer
Service is easy! We can be reached by phone, fax, and on the web. Before
contacting Customer Service, please review this manual. If you need to contact
Customer Service, please have your system configuration as well as your
motherboard’s model number and serial number ready. You will need to
register your product before a support technician can assist you. You may
register your product online at http://www.evga.com/register, or when you call
for support, a staff member will register it for you.
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Hours of Operation: 9 AM to 5:30 PM Monday to Friday, PST
Phone Support: 888-881-EVGA (3842)
Fax Support: 714-528-4501
Tech Support Web Site: http://www.evga.com/support
Information to Keep Handy Before Calling
Motherboard Model Number
___________________________
Motherboard Chipset
___________________________
Processor Type and Speed
___________________________
Operating System
___________________________
Installed Service Packs
___________________________
Other Installed Hardware
___________________________
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