Asus P8H61 PLUS R2.0 Specifications

Asus P8H61 PLUS R2.0 Specifications

P8H61 R2.0 Series

• P8H61 R2.0

• P8H61 PLUS R2.0

• P8H61/USB3 R2.0

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First Edition (V1)

April 2012

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Contents

Safety information ...................................................................................... vi

About this guide ......................................................................................... vi

P8H61 R2.0 Series specifications summary

.......................................... viii

Chapter 1: Product introduction

1.1 Welcome! ...................................................................................... 1-1

1.2 Package contents ......................................................................... 1-1

1.3 Special features ............................................................................ 1-1

1.3.1 Product highlights ........................................................... 1-1

1.3.2 ASUS DIGI+ VRM ........................................................... 1-3

1.3.3 Innovative ASUS features ............................................... 1-3

1.4 Before you proceed ..................................................................... 1-6

1.5 Motherboard overview ................................................................. 1-7

1.5.1 Placement direction ........................................................ 1-7

1.5.2 Screw holes .................................................................... 1-7

1.5.3 Motherboard layout ......................................................... 1-8

1.5.4 Layout contents ............................................................. 1-10

1.6 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ................................................. 1-11

1.6.1 Installing the CPU ..........................................................1-11

1.6.2 Installing the CPU heatsink and fan .............................. 1-14

1.6.3 Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan ......................... 1-15

1.7 System memory ......................................................................... 1-16

1.7.1 Overview ....................................................................... 1-16

1.7.2 Memory configurations .................................................. 1-17

1.7.3 Installing a DIMM .......................................................... 1-23

1.7.4 Removing a DIMM ........................................................ 1-23

1.8 Expansion slots .......................................................................... 1-24

1.8.1 Installing an expansion card ......................................... 1-24

1.8.2 Configuring an expansion card ..................................... 1-24

1.8.3 PCI slots ........................................................................ 1-24

1.8.4 PCI Express x1 slots ..................................................... 1-24

1.8.5 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot ......................................... 1-24

1.9 Jumpers ...................................................................................... 1-25

1.10 Connectors ................................................................................. 1-26

1.10.1 Rear panel connectors .................................................. 1-26

1.10.2 Internal connectors ....................................................... 1-27

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Contents

1.11 Software support ........................................................................ 1-33

1.11.1 Installing an operating system ...................................... 1-33

1.11.2 Support DVD information .............................................. 1-33

Chapter 2: BIOS information

2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS ............................................ 2-1

2.1.1 ASUS Update utility ........................................................ 2-1

2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 ............................................................ 2-2

2.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility ...................................... 2-3

2.1.4 ASUS BIOS Updater ....................................................... 2-4

2.2 BIOS setup program .................................................................... 2-6

2.3 Main menu .................................................................................. 2-10

2.3.1 System Language [English] .......................................... 2-10

2.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx] ....................................... 2-10

2.3.3 System Time [xx:xx:xx] ................................................. 2-10

2.3.4 Security ......................................................................... 2-10

2.4 Ai Tweaker menu ........................................................................ 2-12

2.4.1 Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto] ............................................. 2-13

2.4.2 Memory Frequency [Auto] ............................................. 2-13

2.4.3 EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled] ............................ 2-13

2.4.4 OC Tuner ...................................................................... 2-14

2.4.5 DRAM Timing Control ................................................... 2-14

2.4.6 CPU Power Management ............................................. 2-14

2.4.7 DIGI+ VRM .................................................................... 2-15

2.4.8 CPU Voltage [Offset Mode] ........................................... 2-16

2.4.9 DRAM Voltage [Auto] .................................................... 2-16

2.4.10 VCCSA Voltage [Auto] .................................................. 2-16

2.4.11 PCH Voltage [Auto] ....................................................... 2-16

2.4.12 CPU PLL Voltage [Auto] ................................................ 2-16

2.4.13 CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto] ....................................... 2-17

2.5 Advanced menu ......................................................................... 2-17

2.5.1 CPU Configuration ........................................................ 2-17

2.5.2 PCH Configuration ........................................................ 2-19

2.5.3 SATA Configuration ....................................................... 2-19

2.5.4 System Agent Configuration ......................................... 2-19

2.5.5 USB Configuration ........................................................ 2-20

Contents

2.5.6 Onboard Devices Configuration .................................... 2-20

2.5.7 APM .............................................................................. 2-21

2.5.8 Network Stack ............................................................... 2-22

2.6 Monitor menu ............................................................................. 2-23

2.6.1 CPU Temperature / MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] ...... 2-24

2.6.2 CPU / Chassis Fan Speed ............................................ 2-24

2.6.3 CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage .. 2-24

2.6.4 CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled] ...................................... 2-24

2.6.5 Chassis Q-Fan Control [Enabled] ................................. 2-25

2.6.6 Anti Surge Support [Enabled] ....................................... 2-25

2.7 Boot menu .................................................................................. 2-26

2.7.1 Bootup NumLock State [On] ......................................... 2-26

2.7.2 Full Screen Logo [Enabled] ........................................... 2-26

2.7.3 Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled] ....................................... 2-26

2.7.4 Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS] ........................... 2-27

2.7.5 Setup Mode [EZ Mode] ................................................. 2-27

2.7.6 UEFI/Legacy Boot [Enabled both UEFI and Legacy] .... 2-27

2.7.7 PCI ROM Priority [Legacy ROM] .................................. 2-27

2.7.8 Boot Option Priorities .................................................... 2-27

2.7.9 Boot Override ................................................................ 2-27

2.8 Tools menu ................................................................................. 2-28

2.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility ................................................ 2-28

2.8.2 ASUS SPD Information ................................................. 2-28

2.8.3 ASUS O.C. Profile ......................................................... 2-28

2.9 Exit menu .................................................................................... 2-29

Appendices

Notices .......................................................................................................A-1

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Safety information

Electrical safety

• To prevent electric shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electric outlet before relocating the system.

• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.

• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all power cables are unplugged.

• Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.

• Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power company.

• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

Operation safety

• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals that came with the package.

• Before using the product, ensure that all cables are correctly connected and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.

• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.

• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area where it may become wet.

• Place the product on a stable surface.

• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

About this guide

This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the motherboard.

How this guide is organized

This guide contains the following parts:

• Chapter 1: Product introduction

This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it supports.

• Chapter 2: BIOS information

This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.

Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.

Conventions used in this guide

To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual.

DANGER/WARNING:

Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task.

CAUTION:

Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.

IMPORTANT:

Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.

NOTE:

Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.

Where to find more information

Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.

1. ASUS websites

The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.

2. Optional documentation

Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the standard package.

Typography

Bold text

Italics

<Key>

Indicates a menu or an item to select.

Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.

Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means that you must press the enclosed key.

Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or

Return key.

<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3> If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key names are linked with a plus sign (+).

Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D> vii

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P8H61 R2.0 Series specifications summary

CPU

LGA1155 socket for Intel

®

3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 /

Pentium

®

/ Celeron

®

processors

Supports 22/32nm CPU

Supports Intel

®

Turbo Boost technology 2.0

* The Intel

®

Turbo Boost technology 2.0 support depends on the

CPU types.

** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel

®

CPU support list.

Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset

Chipset

Memory

2 x DIMMs, max. 16GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/

1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual-channel memory architecture

Supports Intel

* DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory frequency is supported by

Intel

®

®

Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

3rd generation processors.

** Due to the CPU behavior, DDR3 2133/1866 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2000/1800 MHz frequency.

*** Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified

Vendors List).

**** When you install a total memory of 4GB capacity or more,

Windows

®

32-bit operating system may only recognize less than

3GB. We recommend a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a Windows

®

32-bit operating system.

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0*/2.0 x16 slot [blue] (at x16 mode)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

3 x PCI slots

* PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel processors.

®

3rd generation Core™

Storage

Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset:

4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors

LAN

Audio

USB

Realtek

®

8111F Gigabit LAN controller

Realtek

®

ALC887 8-channel* High Definition Audio CODEC

* Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support an 8-channel audio output.

P8H61 R2.0

and

P8H61 PLUS R2.0:

Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset:

- 10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at the mid-board, 4 ports at the back panel)

P8H61/USB3 R2.0:

ASMedia

®

ASM1042 controller - supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost

UASP Mode

- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at the back panel, blue)

Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset:

- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at the mid-board, 2 ports at the back panel)

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P8H61 R2.0 Series specifications summary

Special features

100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors

(

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

and

P8H61 PLUS R2.0 only

)

ASUS unique features ASUS DIGI+ VRM:

- Digital Power Control: Digital Power Design for the CPU

- ASUS 3+1 Phase Power Design

ASUS Exclusive Features:

- Network iControl* featuring instant network bandwidth

domination for top network program in use

- USB 3.0 Boost featuring the latest USB 3.0 UASP standard

(

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only

)

- Disk Unlocker featuring 3TB+ HDD support

- ASUS Anti-Surge Protection

- ASUS EPU

- ASUS TurboV

- ASUS AI Charger+ (

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only

)

- ASUS AI Charger

- ASUS AI Suite II

- ASUS Low EMI

- ASUS ESD

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:

- ASUS Fan Xpert

- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatsink solution

ASUS EZ DIY:

- ASUS UEFI BIOS featuring friendly graphics user interface

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 2

- ASUS MyLogo 2™

* The Network iControl feature does not support Windows

XP/Vista operating systems.

®

ASUS exclusive overclocking features

Precision Tweaker:

- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment

- vCCSA: 190-step system agent voltage control

- vDRAM Bus: 190-step Memory voltage control

- vPCH: 190-step Chipset voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):

- BCLK/PCIE frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at

1MHz increment

Overclocking protection:

- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

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P8H61 R2.0 Series specifications summary

Rear panel ports

Internal connectors/ switches/ buttons

BIOS features

Manageability

Accessories

Support DVD

Form factor

1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)

1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)

1 x COM port

1 x LPT port

1 x LAN (RJ-45) port

3 x Audio jacks

P8H61 R2.0

and

P8H61 PLUS R2.0:

- 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

P8H61/USB3 R2.0:

- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

- 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 6 USB 2.0/1.1

ports

4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU fan connector

1 x Chassis fan connector

1 x Front panel audio connector

1 x S/PDIF Out connector

1 x System panel connector

1 x 24-pin EATX power connector

1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.0, WfM 2.0, ACPI

v2.0a, SM BIOS v2.6, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash

2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen function, F3

Shortcut function, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence

Detect) memory information

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOR by PME, PXE

2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables

1 x I/O shield

1 x User Manual

1 x Support DVD

Drivers

ASUS utilities

ASUS Update

Anti-virus software (OEM version)

ATX form factor: 12 in x 7.8 in (30.5 cm x 19.8 cm)

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Chapter 1

Product introduction

1.1 Welcome!

Thank you for buying an ASUS

®

P8H61 R2.0 Series motherboard!

The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!

Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.

1.2 Package contents

Check your motherboard package for the following items.

Motherboard

Cables

Accessories

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series motherboard

2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables

1 x I/O shield

Application DVD

ASUS motherboard support DVD

Documentation

User Manual

• P8H61 R2.0 Series motherboards include P8H61 R2.0, P8H61 PLUS R2.0, and

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 three models. The package contents vary from models. The layout illustrations in this user guide are for P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only.

• If any of the items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.

1.3 Special features

1.3.1 Product highlights

LGA1155 socket for Intel

®

3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7 /

Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium

®

/ Celeron

®

Processors

This motherboard supports the Intel

®

3rd/2nd generation Core™ i7/i5/ i3/Pentium

®

/Celeron

®

processors in the LGA1155 package, with iGPU, memory, and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics out with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (2 DIMMs) DDR3 memory, and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel

®

3rd/2nd generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium

®

/Celeron

® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

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1-2

Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset

The Intel

®

H61 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design to support the new 1155 socket Intel

®

3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7 /

Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium

®

/ Celeron

® increased bandwidth and stability.

processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, which allows

Dual-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) /

1866(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066MHz support

The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333/

1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

• DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory frequency is supported by Intel

® processors.

3rd generation

• Due to the CPU behavior, DDR3 2133/1866 memory module will run at DDR3

2000/1800 MHz frequency.

PCI Express

®

3.0

PCI Express

®

3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of the current PCIe 2.0. The total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32Gb/s, double the 16 Gb/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe

3.0 provides users an unprecendented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offerred by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them.

* PCI 3.0 speed is supported by Intel

®

3rd generation Core™ processors.

8-channel high definition audio

The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output and jack-detect feature that automatically detects and identifies what types of peripherals are plugged into the audio I/O jacks and notifies users of inappropriate connection, which means there will be no more confusion of Line-in, Line-out, and Mic jacks.

Gigabit LAN solution

The onboard LAN controller is a highly integrated Gb LAN controller. It is enhanced with an ACPI management function to provide efficient power management for advanced operating systems.

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors

(P8H61/USB3 R2.0 and P8H61 PLUS R2.0 only)

This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.

1.3.2 ASUS DIGI+ VRM

Digital Power Control: Digital Power Design for the CPU

All-new digital CPU power controls work perfectly together to match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, with ultra-fast sensing and response efficiently delivering precision power. Accurate delivery reduces waste, and provides more stable CPU Vcore voltages. Users can adjust the CPU voltage for various overclocking scenarios, with accurate input through UEFI BIOS tuning or the exclusive ASUS interface. This proprietary design increases overclocking headroom to push performance to its full potential.

EPU

Tap into the world’s first real-time PC power saving chip through the AI

Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity.

1.3.3 Innovative ASUS features

ASUS UEFI BIOS

Flexible and Easy BIOS Interface

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

ASUS exclusive interface

EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings, and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.

New upgrade! Quick and easy information for enhanced system control

- F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI information and troubleshooting

- New F3 Shortcut for most accessed information

- ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) information for accessing memory information, detecting faulty DIMMs, and helping with difficult

POST situations.

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1-4

ASUS TurboV

Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC-now a reality with the ASUS

TurboV. This easy OC 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, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.

USB 3.0 Boost (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only)

New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached

SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device’s transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed.

ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible

USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.

Network iControl

With a one-click on/off button, the software currently in use is set as top priority over all other network programs, dominating the network bandwidth with ease. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intutive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network clogging and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection gives a one-step setup and an intuitive network bandwidth control center.

The Network iControl feature does not support Windows

®

XP/Vista operating systems.

ASUS Anti-Surge Protection

This special design prevents expensive devices and the motherboard from damage caused by power surges from switching power supply

(PSU).

AI Suite II

With its fast user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features into one simple to use software package. It allows you to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed control, and voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.

Fan Xpert

ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust the CPU and chassis fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and your PC’s loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

Ai Charger

Ai Charger is ASUS fast-charging software that supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

• Check your USB mobile device if it fully supports the BC 1.1 function.

• The actual charging speed may vary with your USB device’s conditions.

Ai Charger+ (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only)

ASUS Ai Charger+, the latest Ai Charger* version, brings you to a new level of USB 3.0 fast charging experience. With its easy and user-friendly interface, you can not only easily charge iPod, iPhone and iPad, but also

BC 1.1** standard mobile devices three times*** as fast as before.

* Ai Charger is ASUS unique fast-charging software which supports iPod, iPhone and iPad.

** Check your USB mobile device manufacturer if it fully supports the BC 1.1 function.

*** The actual charging speed may vary with your USB device’s conditions.

Low EMI

A special low-radiation design shields you from harmful electromagnetic exposure by eliminating 50% of radiation.

1. Radiation Deduction Design minimizes harmful electromagnetic radiation output with exclusive circuit design to cancel electrical charge.

2. The Radiation Moat Design effectively blocks radiation to prevent discharge spread.

ESD

Protect your computer with ESD Guards. Electrostatic discharge

(ESD) conditions can happen while plugging or unplugging any USB peripherals-causing damage to the computer. ASUS ESD Guards clamp the ESD voltage and shunt the majority of the ESD current away for a more reliable computing environment.

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto-recovery tool that allows you to restore a corrupted BIOS file using the bundled support DVD or USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file.

ASUS EZ Flash 2

ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a utility that allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS-based utility.

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C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

The BIOS C.P.R. feature automatically restores the CPU default settings when the system hangs due to overclocking failure. C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the

CPU parameters to their default settings.

ErP ready

The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with

ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.

1.4 Before you proceed

Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change any motherboard settings.

• Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.

• Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.

• Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.

• Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.

• Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, or components.

Standby Power LED

The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.

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P8H61/USB3 R2.0

SB_PWR

ON OFF

Standby Power Powered Off

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 Onboard LED

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

1.5 Motherboard overview

Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.

Ensure that you unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard.

Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.

1.5.1 Placement direction

When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.

1.5.2 Screw holes

Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.

Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.

Place this side towards the rear of the chassis

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1.5.3 Motherboard layout

1 2

19.8cm(7.8in)

3 2

KBMS

CPU_FAN

DIGI+

VRM

ATX12V

4

USB3_12

LAN_USB12

AUDIO

RTL

8111F

ASM

1042

CHA_FAN

Lithium Cell

CMOS Power

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

PCIEX16

PCIEX1_1

ASM

1083

PCIEX1_2

Super

I/O

PCI1

PCI2

ALC

887

SB_PWR

AAFP

SPDIF_OUT

USB56

PCI3

USB78

11 10 9 8

Intel ®

H61

64Mb

BIOS

CLRTC

USB910

PANEL

SATA3G_4

SATA3G_2

SATA3G_3

SATA3G_1

7

1

5

6

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

KBMS

1 2

DIGI+

VRM

19.8cm(7.8in)

3 2

CPU_FAN

ATX12V

4

USB34

LAN_USB12

CHA_FAN

Lithium Cell

CMOS Power

AUDIO

RTL

8111F

P8H61 PLUS R2.0

PCIEX16

PCIEX1_1

ASM

1083

PCIEX1_2

Super

I/O

PCI1

PCI2

ALC

887

SB_PWR

AAFP

SPDIF_OUT

USB56

PCI3

USB78

11 10 9 8

Intel ®

H61

64Mb

BIOS

CLRTC

USB910

PANEL

SATA3G_4

SATA3G_2

SATA3G_3

SATA3G_1

7

1

5

6

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KBMS

1 2

DIGI+

VRM

19.8cm(7.8in)

3 2

CPU_FAN

ATX12V

4

USB34

LAN_USB12

1

CHA_FAN

Lithium Cell

CMOS Power

AUDIO

RTL

8111F

P8H61 R2.0

PCIEX16

PCIEX1_1

ASM

1083

PCIEX1_2

Intel ®

H61

Super

I/O

PCI1

5

PCI2

ALC

887

SB_PWR

SPDIF_OUT

AAFP

USB56

PCI3

USB78

CLRTC

USB910

PANEL

64Mb

BIOS

SATA3G_4

SATA3G_2

SATA3G_3

SATA3G_1

6

1-10

11 10 9

1.5.4 Layout contents

Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED

1. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR,

4-pin ATX12V)

2.

CPU and chassis fan connectors

(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN)

3. Intel

®

LGA1155 CPU socket

4. DDR3 DIMM slots

5. Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)

6.

Intel

®

H61 Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s connectors

(7-pin SATA3G_1/2/3/4)

8 7

Page Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED

1-28 7.

System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)

Page

1-32

1-29 8.

USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB56,

USB78, USB910)

1-31

1-11 9.

Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) 1-29

1-16 10. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 1-27

1-25 11. Standby power LED (SB_PWR)

1-30

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ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

1.6 Central Processing Unit (CPU)

The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1155 socket designed for the Intel

2nd Generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium

®

/ Celeron

®

processors.

®

3rd /

Unplug all power cables before installing the CPU.

• Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard components.

ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.

• Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise

Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the

LGA1155 socket.

• The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP cap.

1.6.1 Installing the CPU

To install a CPU:

1. Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 CPU socket LGA1155

2. Press the load lever with your thumb (A), and then move it to the right (B) until it is released from the retention tab.

To prevent damage to the socket pins, do not remove the PnP cap unless you are installing a CPU.

Load lever

A

B

Retention tab

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3. Lift the load lever in the direction of the arrow until the load plate is completely lifted.

Load plate

4. Remove the PnP cap from the CPU socket by lifting the tab only.

PnP cap

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5. Position the CPU over the socket, ensuring that the gold triangle is on the bottom-left corner of the socket, and then fit the socket alignment keys into the CPU notches.

The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and damaging the CPU!

Gold triangle mark

Alignment keys

CPU notches

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

6. Apply some Thermal Interface Material to the exposed area of the CPU that the heatsink will be in contact with, ensuring that it is spread in an even thin layer.

Some heatsinks come with preapplied thermal paste. If so, skip this step.

The Thermal Interface Material is toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it. If it gets into your eyes or touches your skin, wash it off immediately, and seek professional medical help.

7. Close the load plate (A), and then push down the load lever (B), ensuring that the front edge of the load plate slides under the retention knob (C).

A

B

C

8. Insert the load lever under the retention tab.

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1.6.2 Installing the CPU heatsink and fan

The Intel

®

LGA1155 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.

• When you buy a boxed Intel

®

processor, the package includes the CPU fan and heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use only Intel multi-directional heatsink and fan.

®

-certified

• Your Intel

®

LGA1155 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin design and requires no tool to install.

• Use an LGA1155-compatible CPU heatsink and fan assembly only. The LGA1155 socket is incompatible with the LGA775 and LGA1366 sockets in size and dimension.

If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that you have properly applied Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.

Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.

To install the CPU heatsink and fan:

1. Place the heatsink on top of the installed

CPU, ensuring that the four fasteners match the holes on the motherboard.

Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to the CPU fan connector.

2. Push down two fasteners at a time in a diagonal sequence to secure the heatsink and fan assembly in place.

B

1

A

A

B

A B

1

B A

The type of CPU heatsink and fan assembly may differ, but the installation steps and functions should remain the same. The illustration above is for reference only.

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

3. Connect the CPU fan cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.

CPU_FAN

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 CPU fan connector

Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.

1.6.3 Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan

To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:

1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from the connector on the motherboard.

2. Rotate each fastener counterclockwise.

3. Pull up two fasteners at a time in a diagonal sequence to disengage the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.

A

A

B

B

B

A

B

A

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4. Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.

5. Rotate each fastener clockwise to ensure correct orientation when reinstalling.

1.7 System memory

1.7.1 Overview

The motherboard comes with two Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules

(DIMM) sockets. A DDR3 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR2 DIMM but is notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR2 DIMM socket. DDR3 modules are developed for better performance with less power consumption.

The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

Channel

Channel A

Channel B

Sockets

DIMM_A1

DIMM_B1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

1.7.2 Memory configurations

You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.

• You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.

• According to Intel CPU specification, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect the CPU.

• Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.

• Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows

®

OS, when you install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the following:

- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows

®

- Install a 64-bit Windows

® motherboard.

OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the

OS.

• This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB) chips or less..

• The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect

(SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module.

Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked or at a higher frequency, refer to section

2.4 Ai Tweaker menu

for manual memory frequency adjustment.

• For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full memory load (2 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.

P8H61 R2.0 Series Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)

DDR3-2400 MHz capability

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Size

CORSAIR

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

GEIL

CMGTX8(XMP)

F3-19200CL11Q-16GBZHD(XMP1.3) 16GB(4GB x 4) DS -

F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS(XMP)

GET34GB2400C9DC(XMP)

KINGMAX FLLE88F-C8KKAA HAIS(XMP)

Transcend TX2400KLU-4GK(427652)(XMP)

Transcend TX2400KLU-4GK (381850)(XMP)

Transcend TX2400KLU-4GK(374243)(XMP)

8GB(2GB x 4)

4GB(2x 2GB)

2GB

2GB

4GB(2 x 2GB)

4GB(2x 2GB)

4GB(2x 2GB)

SS

DS -

DS -

SS

SS

SS

DS -

-

-

-

-

PATRIOT PVV34G2400C9K(XMP) 4GB(2x 2GB) DS -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Voltage

-

10-12-10-27 1.65V

11-11-11-31 1.65V

9-11-9-28

9-11-9-27

10-11-10-30 1.8V

9

9

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

9-11-9-27 1.65V

support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

• DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory frequency is supported by Intel

®

3rd generation processors.

• Due to the CPU behavior, DDR3 2133/1866 memory module will run at DDR3

2000/1800 MHz frequency.

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DDR3-2250 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size SS/DS Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage

KINGSTON KHX2250C9D3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS 1.65V

DIMM socket support

(Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

DDR3-2200 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

GEIL

GEIL

GET34GB2200C9DC(XMP) 2GB

GET38GB2200C9ADC(XMP) 4GB

DS

DS

KINGMAX FLKE85F-B8KJA FEIH(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS

SS/DS Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing

-

-

-

-

-

-

Voltage

-

9-10-9-28 1.65V

9-11-9-28 1.65V

1.5V-1.7V

DIMM socket support

(Optional)

1 DIMM

2 DIMMs

DDR3-2133 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

SS/

DS

A-DATA

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

G.SKILL

GEIL

GEIL

AX3U2133GC2G9B-DG2(XMP) 2GB SS

CMT16GX3M4X2133C9(XMP 1.3) 16GB(4GB x 4) DS

CMT4GX3M2A2133C9(XMP)

CMT4GX3M2B2133C9(XMP)

4GB(2 x 2GB)

4GB(2 x 2GB)

DS

DS

CMT8GX3M2B2133C9(XMP) 8GB(4GB x 2) DS

F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH(XMP1.3) 16GB(4GB x 4) DS

GE34GB2133C9DC(XMP)

GU34GB2133C9DC(XMP)

2GB

4GB(2 x 2GB)

KINGSTON KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)

KINGSTON KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB)

KINGSTON KHX2133C9AD3T1K4/8GX(XMP) 8GB(4 x 2GB)

DS

DS

DS

DS

DS

KINGSTON KHX2133C9AD3T1FK4/8GX(XMP) 8GB(4x 2GB) DS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Chip

Brand Chip NO. Timing

Voltage

-

9-11-9-27 1.55~1.75V

9-11-10-27 1.50V

9-10-9-24 1.65V

9-10-9-27 1.50V

9-11-9-27 1.50V

9-11-10-28 1.65V

9-9-9-28

9-9-9-28

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

9-11-9-27 1.65V

9-11-9-27 1.65V

1.65V

DIMM socket support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

1-18

DDR3-2000 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size Timing

Apacer 78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)

CORSAIR CMZ4GX3M2A2000C10(XMP)

CORSAIR CMT6GX3M3A2000C8(XMP)

G.SKILL

F3-16000CL9D-4GBFLS(XMP)

F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)

F3-16000CL6T-6GBPIS(XMP)

GUP34GB2000C9DC(XMP)

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

GEIL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX2000C9AD3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

Transcend TX2000KLN-8GK(XMP)

Asint SLA302G08-ML2HB(XMP)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

4GB

-

DS HYNIX H5TQ2G83BFR H9C -

-

9-9-9-27 1.65V

10-10-10-27 1.50V

8-9-8-24

9-9-9-24

-

-

-

9

9-9-9-27

6-9-6-24

-

9-9-9-28

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

-

1.6V

Voltage

support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

DDR3-1866 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

CMT4GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)

CMT6GX3MA1866C9(XMP)

CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9(XMP)

F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL(XMP1.3)

F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL(XMP)

F3-14900CL9Q-8GBXL(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1866C9D3T1K3/3GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1866C9D3K4/16GX(XMP)

4GB(2 x 2GB)

6GB(3 x 2GB)

DS -

DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

16GB(4GB x 4) DS -

F3-14900CL10Q2-64GBZLD(XMP1.3) 64GB(8GB x 8) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB)

8GB(2GB x 4)

DS -

DS -

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

16GB(4GB x 4) DS -

KINGSTON KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Voltage

-

-

-

9-9-9-24

9-9-9-24

9-10-9-27

9-10-9-28

9-9-9-24

1.65V

1.65V

1.50V

1.5V

10-11-10-30 1.5V

9-10-9-28 1.5V

1.6V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

DDR3-1600 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

SS/

DS

Chip

Brand

Chip NO.

A-DATA

A-DATA

A-DATA

AM2U16BC2P1

AD31600E001GM(O)U3K

AM2U16BC4P2

2GB

4GB

SS A-DATA

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

DS A-DATA

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

GEIL

A-DATA

A-DATA

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

Crucial

HYNIX

AX3U1600GC4G9-2G(XMP)

AX3U1600XC4G79-2X(XMP)

TR3X3G1600C8D(XMP)

CMD12GX3M6A1600C8(XMP)

CMP4GX3M2A1600C8(XMP)

CMP4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)

CMP4GX3M2C1600C7(XMP)

CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)

CMX4GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)

TR3X6G1600C8 G(XMP)

TR3X6G1600C8D G(XMP)

TR3X6G1600C9 G(XMP)

CMP8GX3M2A1600C9(XMP)

CMZ8GX3M2A1600C7R(XMP)

CMX8GX3M4A1600C9(XMP)

BL25664BN1608.16FF(XMP)

F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ(XMP)

F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP)

F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM(XMP)

F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM(XMP)

F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO(XMP)

F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL(XMP)

F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ(XMP)

F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH(XMP)

F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO(XMP)

F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL(XMP)

GET316GB1600C9QC(XMP)

HMT351U6CFR8C-PB

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

12GB(6x2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(4 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

2GB(2 x 1GB) SS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) SS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

16GB(4 x 4GB) DS -

4GB DS HYNIX

KINGMAX

KINGMAX

FLGD45F-B8MF7 MAEH(XMP)

FLGE85F-B8KJ9A FEIS(XMP)

KINGMAX FLGE85F-B8MF7 MEEH(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9AD3/2G

1GB

2GB

SS -

DS -

2GB DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) SS -

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX(XMP) 12GB(3x4GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3T1BK3/12GX(XMP) 12GB(3x4GB) DS -

16GB(4GB x 4) DS -

2GB DS -

KINGSTON KVR1600D3N11/2G-ES 2GB DS KTC

KINGSTON KHX1600C7D3K2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C8D3T1K2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K3/6GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX(XMP)

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G

Super Talent WA160UX6G9

Transcend

Asint

SanMax SMD-4G68HP-16KZ

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

KINGSTON KHX1600C9D3T1BK3/6GX(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

Asint

Asint

Elixir

Mushkin

Mushkin

PATRIOT

JM1600KLN-8GK

SLZ3128M8-EGJ1D(XMP)

SLA302G08-EGG1C(XMP)

SLA302G08-EGJ1C(XMP)

M2P2G64CB8HC9N-DG(XMP)

998659(XMP)

998659(XMP)

PGS34G1600LLKA

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

8GB(4GB x 2) DS Transcend TK483PCW3

2GB

4GB

4GB

2GB

DS Asint

DS Asint

DS Asint

DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB DS HYNIX

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3128M8-GJ1D

302G08-GG1C

-

302G08-GJ1C

-

-

-

H5TQ2G83BFR

PBC

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

PBC

-

-

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EL1126T

3CCD-1509A

EL1126T

-

-

-

-

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-

H5TQ2G83CFR

Timing Voltage

-

-

8-8-8-24 1.65V-1.85V

-

-

-

7

-

7

-

-

-

1.5V

-

-

9-9-9-27 1.65V

9-9-9-27 1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

9

9

8

8

-

11-28

1.35V-1.5V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

1.65V

XMP 1.35V

9-9-9-27 1.65V

-

9

1.65V

1.65V

9-9-9-27 1.65V

9-9-9-27 1.65V

-

9 -

1.5V

-

9-9-9-24 1.6V

-

-

-

9-9-9-24 -

-

-

-

9-9-9-24 1.5~1.6V

7-7-7-20 1.7V

-

-

9-9-9-24 1.55V-1.75V

7-9-7-21 1.55V-1.75V

8-8-8-24 1.65V

8-8-8-24 1.65V

8-8-8-24 1.65V

9-9-9-24 1.65V

7-8-7-20 1.65V

9-9-9-24 1.65V

9-9-9-24 1.65V

8-8-8-24 1.65V

8-8-8-24 1.65V

9-9-9-24 1.65V

9-9-9-24 1.65V

7-8-7-20 1.50V

-

9-9-9-24 1.65V

-

9-9-9-24 1.5V

7-7-7-24 1.6V

7-8-7-24 1.6V

8-8-8-24 1.60V

9-9-9-24 XMP 1.35V

9-9-9-24 1.5V

9-9-9-24 1.5V~1.6V

7-8-7-24 1.6V

8-8-8-24 XMP 1.35V

9-9-9-24 1.5V

9-9-9-28 1.6V

-

DIMM socket support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

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ELPIDA

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

G.SKILL

GEIL

GEIL

GEIL

GEIL

Hynix

HYNIX

Hynix

Micron

Micron

Micron

Micron

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

HYNIX

KINGMAX

KINGMAX

KINGMAX

KINGMAX

KINGMAX

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Kingston

Micron

OCZ

A-Data

A-Data

A-Data

A-Data

Apacer

Apacer

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

CORSAIR

Crucial

Crucial

Crucial

ELPIDA

DDR3-1333 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

SS/

DS

Chip

Brand

Chip NO.

Timing Voltage

AD31333001GOU

AD31333G001GOU

AD31333002GOU

AD31333G002GMU

78.A1GC6.9L1

78.A1GC6.9L1

CM3X1024-1333C9DHX

CM3X1024-1333C9

TR3X3G1333C9 G

TR3X3G1333C9 G

CM3X1024-1333C9DHX

1GB

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

2GB

2GB

2GB

2GB

1GB

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

1GB

1GB

2GB

SS A-Data

DS A-Data

DS -

DS APACER AM5D5808DEWSBG

DS Apacer

SS -

1GB SS -

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

DS Corsair

CMD24GX3M6A1333C9(XMP) 24GB(6x4GB) DS -

CMX8GX3M4A1333C9

CT12864BA1339.8FF

CT25664BA1339.16FF

BL25664BN1337.16FF (XMP)

EBJ10UE8EDF0-DJ-F

EBJ21UE8EDF0-DJ-F

8GB(4 x 2GB) DS -

SS Micron

DS Micron

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK(XMP)

F3-10666CL7T-3GBPK(XMP)

F3-10666CL9T-3GBNQ

F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK(XMP)

1GB SS G.SKILL -

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

3GB(3 x 1GB) SS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

F3-10666CL8D-4GBECO(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK(XMP)

-

-

F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH(XMP)

F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

GET316GB1333C9QC

GV32GB1333C9DC

1GB

2GB

SS ELPIDA

DS ELPIDA

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

8GB(2 x 4GB) DS -

16GB(4x 4GB) DS -

2GB(2 x 1GB) DS -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

E0906

AD30908C8D-151C

E0903

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

AM5D5808FEQSBG

-

9FF22D9KPT

9KF27D9KPT

J1108EDSE-DJ-F

J1108EDSE-DJ-F

-

-

-

8-8-8-24 1.65-1.85V

-

GG34GB1333C9DC

GV34GB1333C9DC

HMT112U6TFR8A-H9

HMT325U6BFR8C-H9

HMT125U6TFR8A-H9

KVR1333D3N9/4G

MT4JTF12864AZ-1G4D1

MT8JTF12864AZ-1G4F1

MT8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1

MT16JTF25664AZ-1G4F1

MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1

OCZ3G1333LV3GK

OCZ3F13334GK

OCZ3G13334GK

OCZ3G1333LV4GK

OCZ3P1333LV4GK

OCZ3X13334GK(XMP)

OCZ3G1333LV6GK

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS GEIL

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

1GB

2GB

2GB

HMT351U6BFR8C-H9

FLFD45F-B8KL9 NAES

FLFE85F-C8KF9 CAES

FLFE85F-C8KM9 NAES

FLFE85F-B8KL9 NEES

FLFF65F-C8KM9 NEES

KVR1333D3N9/1G

KVR1333D3N9/2G

4GB

1GB

2GB

2GB

2GB

4GB

1GB

2GB

KVR1333D3N9/2G(low profile)

KVR1333D3N9/2G

KVR1333D3N9/2G

KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX(XMP)

2GB

2GB

DS ELPIDA

DS KTC

2GB DS ELPIDA

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KHX1333C9D3UK2/4GX(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

KVR1333D3N9/4G(low profile) 4GB

4GB

DS HYNIX H5TQ2G83BFRH9C

SS KINGMAX KKB8FNWBFGNX-27A -

-

SS KINGMAX KFC8FMFXF-DXX-15A -

SS KINGMAX KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A -

DS KINGMAX KKB8FNWBFGNX-26A -

DS KINGMAX KFC8FNMXF-BXX-15A -

SS ELPIDA

SS HYNIX

J1108BDBG-DJ-F

H5TQ2G83AFRH9C

J1108BDBG-DJ-F

D1288JPNDPLD9U

-

J1108BDSE-DJ-F

-

H5TQ2G83AFRH9C

1GB

1GB

2GB

2GB

SS HYNIX

SS HYNIX

DS HYNIX

-

GL1L128M88BA12N

H5TC1G83TFRH9A

H5TQ2G83BFRH9C

H5TC1G83TFRH9A

DS HYNIX

DS Hynix H5TQ2G83AFR

SS MICRON D9LGQ

SS Micron 9FF22D9KPT

SS MICRON D9LGK

DS Micron 9KF27D9KPT

DS MICRON D9LGK 4GB

3GB(3 x 1GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS -

6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

voltage)

9-9-9-24 1.5V

1.35V(low voltage)

-

-

-

-

-

1.35V(low

voltage)

9

9

9

7

9

9

9

9

-

9

-

-

-

-

-

1.5V

-

9 -

-

-

9-9-9-20 1.65V

-

1.5V

-

1.5V

1.5V

1.5V

1.65V

XMP 1.25V

9-9-9-20 1.7V

9-9-9-20 1.7V

9-9-9-20 1.65V

7-7-7-20 1.65V

7-7-7-20 1.75V

9-9-9-20 1.65V

OCZ3P1333LV6GK 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS 7-7-7-20 1.65V

-

8-8-8-24 1.65-1.85V

9

-

-

9-9-9-24 1.60V

9-9-9-24 1.60V

9-9-9-24 1.50V

-

9-9-9-24 1.50V

-

9-9-9-24 1.60V

9-9-9-24 1.50V

9

-

-

-

9

7-7-7-24 1.65V

1.35V(low voltage)

-

voltage)

-

7-7-7-18 1.5~1.6V

9-9-9-24 1.5~1.6V

8-8-8-21 1.5-1.6V

8-8-8-24 XMP 1.35V

7-7-7-18 1.5~1.6V

7-7-7-21 1.5V

9-9-9-24 1.5V

9-9-9-24 1.5V

9-9-9-24 1.5V

DIMM socket support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

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DDR3-1333 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

SS/

DS

Chip

Brand

Chip NO.

Timing Voltage

Kingtiger

Kingtiger

PATRIOT

PATRIOT

PATRIOT

RAMAXEL

SILICON

POWER

SILICON

POWER

SILICON

POWER

TAKEMS

TAKEMS

TAKEMS

TAKEMS

TAKEMS

UMAX

WINTEC

OCZ

OCZ

OCZ

PSC

PSC

PSC

PSC

OCZ3X1333LV6GK(XMP) 6GB(3 x 2GB) DS -

OCZ3G1333LV8GK

OCZ3RPR1333C9LV8GK 8GB(2x 4GB) DS -

AL7F8G73D-DG1

AL7F8G73F-DJ2

AL8F8G73D-DG1

AL8F8G73F-DJ2

SAMSUNG M378B2873FHS-CH9

SAMSUNG M378B5673FH0-CH9

SAMSUNG M378B5273CH0-CH9

Super Talent W1333UA1GH

Super Talent W1333UB2GS

Super Talent W1333UB4GS

Super Talent W1333UX6GM

Elixir

Elixir

Elixir

Elixir

M2F2G64CB88B7N-CG

M2Y2G64CB8HA9N-CG

M2Y2G64CB8HC9N-CG

M2F4G64CB8HB5N-CG

KINGSHARE KSRPCD313332G

8GB(2x 4GB) DS -

1GB

1GB

2GB

2GB

1GB

2GB

4GB

1GB

2GB

2GB

2GB

4GB

2GB

SS PSC

SS PSC

DS PSC

DS PSC

-

-

-

A3P1GF3DGF

A3P1GF3FGF

A3P1GF3DGF

A3P1GF3FGF

SS Samsung K4B1G0846F

2GB

4GB

DS Samsung K4B1G0846F

DS Samsung K4B2G0846C

SS HYNIX H5TQ1G83TFR

DS Samsung K4B1G0846F

DS Samsung K4B2G0846C

6GB(3x 2GB) DS Micron

DS Elixir

DS -

DS Elixir

DS Elixir

-

-

0BF27D9KPT

N2CB2G808N-CG

N2CB2G808N-CG

DS PATRIOT PM128M8D385-15

2GB DIMM PC3-10666

KTG2G1333PG3

PSD31G13332H

PSD31G13332

PSD32G13332H

SP001GBLTU133S01

2GB

2GB

1GB

1GB

2GB

RMR1870ED48E8F-1333 2GB

1GB

DS -

DS -

DS Patriot

DS -

DS ELPIDA

SS NANYA

-

-

-

K4B1G0846D

PM64M8D38U-15

J1108BDBG-DJ-F

NT5CB128M8AN-CG 9

-

-

-

-

-

9

8-8-8-20 1.60V

9-9-9-20 1.65V

9-9-9-20 1.65V

8-8-8-24 1.5V

-

-

-

8-8-8-24 1.5V

9

9

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

9-9-9-24 1.5V

-

-

-

-

7-7-7-20 -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

SP001GBLTU133S02

SP002GBLTU133S02

1GB

2GB

TMS1GB364D081-107EY 1GB

TMS1GB364D081-138EY 1GB

TMS2GB364D081-107EY 2GB

TMS2GB364D081-138EY 2GB

TMS2GB364D082-138EW 2GB

E41302GP0-73BDB

3WVS31333-2G-CNR

2GB

2GB

SS elixir

DS elixir

SS -

SS -

DS -

DS -

DS -

DS UMAX

DS AMPO

-

-

-

-

N2CB1680AN-C6

N2CB1680AN-C6

-

U2S24D30TP-13

AM3420803-13H

9

9 -

-

7-7-7-20 1.5V

8-8-8-24 1.5V

7-7-7-20 1.5V

8-8-8-24 1.5V

-

-

8-8-8-24 1.5V

-

-

DIMM socket support

(Optional)

1 DIMM

2 DIMMs

• •

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DDR3-1066 MHz capability

Vendors Part No.

Size

Crucial

Crucial

ELPIDA

ELPIDA

CT12864BA1067.8FF

CT25664BA1067.16FF

EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F

EBJ11UD8BAFA-AE-E

1GB

2GB

1GB

1GB

SS Micron

DS Micron

SS ELPIDA

DS Elpida

ELPIDA EBJ21UE8EDF0-AE-F 2GB DS ELPIDA

KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/1G

KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/2G

KINGSTON KVR1066D3N7/4G

Micron

Micron

OCZ

Elixir

Elixir

Elixir

Kingtiger

1GB

2GB

4GB

MT8JTF12864AZ-1G1F1 1GB

MT16JTF25664AZ-1G1F1 2GB

OCZ3G1066LV4GK

DS Micron

4GB(2 x 2GB) DS Micron

M2Y2G64CB8HC5N-BE

M2Y2G64CBHA9N-BE

M2Y2G64CBHC9N-BE

2GB DIMM PC3-8500

2GB

2GB

2GB

2GB

SS KTC

DS ELPIDA

DS Hynix

SS Micron

DS Elixir

DS -

DS Elixir

DS Hynix

Timing Voltage

9GF22D9KPT

9HF22D9KPT

J1108EDSE-DJ-F

J5308BASE-AC-E

J1108EDSE-DJ-F -

-

-

7

7

D1288JPNDPLD9U 7

J1108BDSE-DJ-F

H5TQ2G83AFR

9GF22D9KPT

9HF22D9KPT

9BF27D9KPV

7

7

-

-

1.5V

1.5V

7

7

-

7-7-7-20 1.65V

-

-

1.35V(low voltage)

-

1.35V(low voltage)

1.5V

-

N2CB1G80CN-BE

-

H5TQ1G83AFP G7C -

-

7-7-7-20 -

-

-

-

support (Optional)

1 DIMM 2 DIMMs

• •

SS: Single-sided / DS: Double-sided

DIMM support:

• 1 DIMM:

Supports one module inserted into either slot as single-channel memory configuration.

• 2 DIMMs:

Supports one pair of modules inserted into both the blue slots as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.

Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.

1-22 ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

1.7.3 Installing a DIMM

Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system components.

Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both the motherboard and the components.

2

DIMM notch

1. Press the retaining clips outward to unlock a DIMM socket.

2. Align a DIMM on the socket such that the notch on the DIMM matches the

DIMM slot key on the socket.

1

1

Unlocked retaining clip

DIMM slot key

A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.

3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the socket until the retaining clips snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.

3

Locked Retaining Clip

1.7.4 Removing a DIMM

To remove a DIMM:

1. Simultaneously press the retaining clips outward to unlock the DIMM.

Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips. The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.

1

2. Remove the DIMM from the socket.

2

DIMM notch

1

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1.8 Expansion slots

In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub-sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.

Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.

1.8.1 Installing an expansion card

To install an expansion card:

1. Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.

2. Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).

3. Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later use.

4. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.

5. Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.

6. Replace the system cover.

1.8.2 Configuring an expansion card

After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.

1. Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup.

2. Assign an IRQ to the card.

3. Install the software drivers for the expansion card.

When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable.

1.8.3 PCI slots

The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that comply with PCI specifications.

1.8.4 PCI Express x1 slots

This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards, and other cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications.

1.8.5 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot

This motherboard has a PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot that supports PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 graphic cards complying with the PCI Express specifications.

ASUS P8H61 R2.0 Series

1.9 Jumpers

Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)

This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in

CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords.

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

1 2

CLRTC

2 3

Normal

(Default)

Clear RTC

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 Clear RTC RAM

To erase the RTC RAM:

1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.

2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.

3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.

4. Hold down the <

Del

> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter data.

Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!

• If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the battery.

• You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.) feature. Shut down and reboot the system, then the BIOS automatically resets parameter settings to default values.

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D. P8H77-M LE_Appendices.indd

E. P8H77-M LE_Contact.indd

1.10 Connectors

1.10.1 Rear panel connectors

1 2 3 4 5

1-26

10 9 8 7 6

1. PS/2 Mouse port (green).

This port is for a PS/2 mouse.

2. Parallel port.

This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or other devices.

3. LAN (RJ-45) port.

This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.

LAN port LED indications

Activity Link

LED

Speed

LED

Activity/Link LED Speed LED

Status Description Status

OFF No link OFF

ORANGE

BLINKING

Linked

Data activity

ORANGE

GREEN

Description

10Mbps connection

100Mbps connection

1Gbps connection

LAN port

4.

Line In port (light blue).

This port connects to the tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio sources.

5. Line Out port (lime).

This port connects to a headphone or a speaker. In the 4, 6, and

8-channel configurations, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.

6. Microphone port (pink).

This port connects to a microphone.

Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in 2, 4, 6, or

8-channel configuration.

Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration

Port

Light Blue (Rear panel)

Lime (Rear panel)

Pink (Rear panel)

Lime (Front panel)

Headset 2-channel

Line In

Line Out

Mic In

4-channel 6-channel 8-channel

Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out

Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out

Mic In

Bass/Center

Bass/Center

Side Speaker Out

To configure an 8-channel audio output:

Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support 8-channel audio output.

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7. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2.

These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for USB

2.0/1.1 devices.

8. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4 (P8H61 R2.0

and

P8H61 PLUS R2.0 only)

. These two 4-pin

Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for USB 2.0/1.1 devices.

USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2 (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only).

These two 9-pin Universal Serial

Bus (USB) ports are available for connecting USB 3.0/2.0 devices.

• DO NOT connect a keyboard / mouse to any USB 3.0 port when installing Windows

® operating system.

• Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under Windows

®

OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation.

• USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.

• We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.

9. Serial port.

This 9-pin COM1 port is for pointing devices or other serial devices.

10. PS/2 Keyboard port (purple).

This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.

1.10.2 Internal connectors

1. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)

This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.

AAFP

PIN 1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

HD-audio-compliant pin definition

Legacy AC’97 compliant definition

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 Front panel audio connector

• We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.

• If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set the

Front Panel Type

item in the BIOS setup to

[HD]

. If you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to

[AC97]

. By default, this connector is set to

[HD]

.

See section

2.5.6 Onboard Devices Configuration

for details.

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2. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)

These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.

ATX12V

EATXPWR

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

PIN 1

+3 Volts

+12 Volts

+12 Volts

+5V Standby

Power OK

GND

+5 Volts

GND

+5 Volts

GND

+3 Volts

+3 Volts

PIN 1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 ATX power connectors

GND

+5 Volts

+5 Volts

+5 Volts

-5 Volts

GND

GND

GND

PSON#

GND

-12 Volts

+3 Volts

• For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a minimum power of 350 W.

• DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug. Otherwise, the system will not boot up.

• We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.

• If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.

com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.

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3. CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN)

Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.

CPU_FAN

CHA_FAN

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 fan connectors

Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!

• The CPU_FAN connector supports a CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power.

• Only the 4-pin CPU fan supports the ASUS Fan Xpert feature.

4. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)

This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

SPDIF_OUT

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 Digital audio connector

The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.

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5. Intel

®

H61 Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G_1~4)

These connectors connect to Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drives and optical drives via

Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s signal cables.

SATA3G_4 SATA3G_3

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

SATA3G_2 SATA3G_1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 Intel ® SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors

• You must install Windows

® hard disk drives.

XP Service Pack 3 or later version before using Serial ATA

• Due to H61 Chipset limitation, AHCI Mode only works on Windows

®

Please use IDE Mode on Windows

®

XP.

Vista / Windows

®

7.

• [IDE] is the default SATA type. Under Windows

®

SATA type.

XP, there is no need to change the

• To configure the SATA type in BIOS, click

Advanced Mode

>

Advanced

tab >

SATA

Configuration

>

SATA Mode Selection

.

• When using hot-plug and NCQ on Windows

®

Vista / Windows

®

7, set the

SATA Mode

Selection

item in the BIOS to [AHCI]. See section

2.5.3 SATA Configuration

for details.

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6. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78, USB910)

These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to

480 Mbps connection speed.

USB56 USB78 USB910

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

PIN 1 PIN 1 PIN 1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 USB2.0 connectors

Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!

The USB module cable is purchased separately.

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7. System panel connector (20-8 pin F_PANEL)

This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.

PLED SPEAKER

PANEL

PIN 1

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

IDE_LED PWRSW RESET

* Requires an ATX power supply

P8H61/USB3 R2.0 System panel connector

• System power LED (2-pin PLED)

This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.

• Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)

This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to the HDD.

• System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)

This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.

• ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)

This 2-pin connector is for the system power button.

• Reset button (2-pin RESET)

This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without turning off the system power.

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1.11 Software support

1.11.1 Installing an operating system

This motherboard supports Windows

®

XP / Vista / 7 Operating Systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.

• Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Refer to your OS documentation for detailed information.

• Ensure that you install Windows system stability.

®

XP Service Pack 3 or later versions / Windows

®

Vista

Service Pack 1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and

1.11.2 Support DVD information

The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.

The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the

ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.

To run the Support DVD

Place the Support DVD to the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the DVD automatically displays the Specials screen. Click Drivers, Utilities, Manual, Contact, and

Specials tabs to display their respective menus.

The following screen is for reference only.

Click an icon to display Support DVD/ motherboard information

Click an item to install

If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.

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Chapter 2

BIOS information

2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS

Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update utility.

2.1.1 ASUS Update utility

The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard

BIOS in Windows

®

environment.

• ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet

Service Provider (ISP).

• This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.

1.

2.

3.

Installing ASUS Update

To install ASUS Update:

Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The

Specials

menu appears.

Click the

Utilities

tab, then click

AI Suite II

.

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

Quit all Windows

®

applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.

Updating the BIOS

To update the BIOS:

1.

2.

From the Windows

®

desktop, click

Start

>

Programs

>

ASUS

>

AI Suite II

>

AI Suite II X.XX.XX

to launch the AI Suite II utility. The AI Suite II Quick Bar appears.

Click

Update

button from the Quick Bar, and then click

ASUS Update

from the popup menu. The

ASUS Update

main screen appears. From the list, select either of the following methods:

Updating from the Internet a. Select

Update BIOS from the Internet

, then click

Next

.

b. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, then click

Next

.

c. From the FTP site, select the BIOS version that you wish to download then click

Next

.

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3.

The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update the utility to avail all its features.

Updating from a BIOS file a. Select

Update BIOS from file

, then click

Next

.

b. Locate the BIOS file from the

Open

window, then click

Open

.

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the updating process.

2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2

The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS-based utility.

Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.

To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:

1.

2.

Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.

Enter the

Advanced Mode

of the BIOS setup program. Go to the

Tool

menu to select

ASUS EZ

Flash 2 Utility

and press <Enter> to enable it.

Exit

ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility V01.04

Flash Info

MODEL: P8H61/USB3 R2.0

File Path: fs0:\

Drive Info

fs0:\

VER: 0206

Folder Info

02/10/2012 10:23p 8388608 H61U3R2.CAP

DATE: 02/10/2012

File Info

MODEL:

Help Info

VER: DATE

[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [Up/Down/PageUp/PageDown/Home/End] Move [Esc] Exit

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3.

4.

5.

6.

Press <Tab> to switch to the

Drive

field.

Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS, and then press <Enter>.

Press <Tab> to switch to the

Folder Info

field.

Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter> to perform the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update process is done.

• This function supports USB flash disks with

FAT 32/16

format and single partition only.

• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!

2.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility

The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains the updated BIOS file.

• Before using this utility, rename the BIOS file in the removable device into

P8H61R2.CAP

(for P8H61 R2.0),

P8H61PR2.CAP

(for P8H61 PLUS R2.0), or

H61U3R2.CAP

(for P8H61/USB3 R2.0).

• The BIOS file in the support DVD may not be the latest version. Download the latest

BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.

Recovering the BIOS

To recover the BIOS:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Turn on the system.

Insert the support DVD to the optical drive or the USB flash drive that contains the BIOS file to the

USB port.

The utility automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file. When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and enters ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility automatically.

The system requires you to enter BIOS Setup to recover BIOS setting. To ensure system compatibility and stability, we recommend that you press <F5> to load default BIOS values.

DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause system boot failure!

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2.1.4 ASUS BIOS Updater

The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or gets corrupted during the updating process.

The succeeding utility screens are for reference only. The actual utility screen displays may not be same as shown.

Before updating BIOS

1.

2.

Prepare the motherboard support DVD and a USB flash drive in FAT32/16 format and single partition.

Download the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater from the ASUS website at http://support.asus.com

and save them on the USB flash drive.

NTFS is not supported under DOS environment. Do not save the BIOS file and BIOS

Updater to a hard disk drive or USB flash drive in NTFS format.

3. Turn off the computer and disconnect all SATA hard disk drives (optional).

Booting the system in DOS environment

1.

2.

Insert the USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to the USB port.

Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the

BIOS Boot Device

Select Menu

. Insert the support DVD into the optical drive and select the optical drive as the boot device.

Please select boot device:

SATA: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

USB XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

UEFI: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Enter Setup

↑ and ↓ to move selection

ENTER to select boot device

ESC to boot using defaults

3. When the

Make Disk

menu appears, select the

FreeDOS command prompt

item by pressing the item number.

4. At the FreeDOS prompt, type

d:

and press <Enter> to switch the disk from

Drive C (optical drive) to Drive D (USB flash drive).

Welcome to FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org)!

C:\>d:

D:\>

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Updating the BIOS file

To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater

1. At the FreeDOS prompt, type

bupdater /pc /g

and press <Enter>.

2.

D:\>bupdater /pc /g

The BIOS Updater screen appears as below.

ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.30

Current ROM

BOARD: P8H61/USB3 R2.0

VER: 0206

DATE: 02/10/2012

PATH:

A:

A:\

Update ROM

BOARD: Unknown

VER: Unknown

DATE: Unknown

H61U3R2.CAP 8388608 2012-02-10 17:30:48

Note

[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info

[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [Esc] Exit

3. Press <Tab> to switch between screen fields and use the <Up/Down/Home/End> keys to select the BIOS file and press <Enter>. BIOS Updater checks the selected BIOS file and prompts you to confirm BIOS update.

Are you sure to update BIOS?

Yes No

4. Select Yes and press <Enter>. When BIOS update is done, press <ESC> to exit BIOS Updater.

Restart your computer.

DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!

• For BIOS Updater version 1.04 or later, the utility automatically exits to the DOS prompt after updating BIOS.

• Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability.

Select the

Load Optimized Defaults

item under the Exit menu. Refer to section

2.9

Exit menu

for details.

• Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have disconnected them.

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2.2 BIOS setup program

Use the BIOS Setup program to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS screens include navigation keys and brief online help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup program.

Entering BIOS Setup at startup

To enter BIOS Setup at startup:

• Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,

POST continues with its routines.

Entering BIOS Setup after POST

To enter BIOS Setup after POST:

• Press

<Ctrl>

+

<Alt>

+

<Del>

simultaneously.

• Press the reset button on the system chassis.

• Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you failed to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options.

Using the

power button

,

reset button

, or the

<Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del>

keys to force reset from a running operating system can cause damage to your data or system. We recommend to always shut down the system properly from the operating system.

• The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.

• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard.

• Ensure that a USB mouse is connected to your motherboard if you want to use the mouse to control the BIOS setup program.

• If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS setting, load the default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the

Load Optimized

Defaults

item under the

Exit

menu. See section

2.9 Exit Menu

for details.

• If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and reset the motherboard to the default value. See section

1.9 Jumpers

for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.

BIOS menu screen

The BIOS setup program can be used under two modes:

EZ Mode

and

Advanced Mode

.

You can change modes from the

Exit

menu or from the

Exit/Advanced Mode

button in the

EZ Mode/Advanced Mode

screen.

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EZ Mode

By default, the

EZ Mode

screen appears when you enter the BIOS setup program. The

EZ

Mode

provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to select the display language, system performance mode and boot device priority. To access the

Advanced Mode

, click

Exit/Advanced Mode

or press Esc, then select

Advanced Mode

or press F7 hot key for the advanced BIOS settings.

The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the

Setup Mode

item in section

2.7 Boot menu

for details.

Selects the display language of the BIOS setup program

Displays the CPU/motherboard temperature,

CPU/5V/3.3V/12V voltage output,

CPU/chassis fan speed

Exits the BIOS setup program without saving the changes, saves the changes and resets the system, or enters the Advanced Mode

UEFI BIOS Utility - EZ Mode

Friday [10/08/2010]

P8H61/USB3 R2.0

BIOS Version : 0206 Build Date : 02/10/2012

CPU Type : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU 0 @ 3.30GHz Speed : 3300 MHz

Total Memory : 1024 MB (DDR3 1333MHz)

Temperature

CPU +113.0ºF/+45.0ºC

MB +75.2ºF/+40.0ºC

Voltage

CPU

3.3V

1.248V

5V

3.344V 12V

5.160V

12.248V

Exit/Advanced Mode

English

Fan Speed

CPU_FAN 3325RPM CHA_FAN N/A

System Performance

Quiet

Performance

Boot Priority

Energy Saving

Normal

Use the mouse to drag or keyboard to navigate to decide the boot priority.

Shortcut (F3) Advanced Mode(F7) Boot Menu(F8) Default(F5)

Selects the Advanced mode functions

Power Saving mode

Normal mode

Loads optimized default

ASUS Optimal mode

Selects the boot device priority

Selects the boot device priority

Displays the system properties of the selected mode on the right hand side

Displays the Advanced mode menus

• The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system.

• The

Boot Menu(F8)

button is available only when the boot device is installed to the system.

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Advanced Mode

The

Advanced Mode

provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the

Advanced Mode

. Refer to the following sections for the detailed configurations.

To access the EZ Mode, click

Exit

, then select

ASUS EZ Mode

.

Back button Menu items Menu bar

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Configuration fields General help

Exit

Main

Back

Ai Tweaker

Advanced

Advanced\ Onboard Devices Configuration >

Monitor

HD Audio Controller

Front Panel Type

SPDIF Out Type

Realtek LAN Controller

Realtek PXE OPROM

Realtek LAN Controller

Disabled

Enabled

Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller

Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support

> Serial Port Configuration

> Parallel Port Configuration

Enabled

HD

SPDIF

Enabled

Disabled

Enabled

Disabled

Boot Tool

Enabled/Disabled Realtek Controller.

→←

: Select Screen

↑↓ : Select Item

Enter: Select

+/-: Change Opt.

F1: General Help

F2: Previous Values

F3: Shortcut

F5: Optimized Defaults

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F12: Print Screen

Submenu item

Version 2.10.1208. Copyright (C) 2012 American Megatrends, Inc.

Pop-up window

Scroll bar Navigation keys

Menu bar

The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:

Main

Ai Tweaker

Advanced

Monitor

Boot

Tool

Exit

For changing the basic system configuration

For changing the overclocking settings

For changing the advanced system settings

For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the fan settings

For changing the system boot configuration

For configuring options for special functions

For selecting the exit options and loading default settings

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Menu items

The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example, selecting

Main

shows the Main menu items.

The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have their respective menu items.

Back button

This button appears when entering a submenu. Press <Esc> or use the USB mouse to click this button to return to the previous menu screen.

Submenu items

A greater than sign (>) before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.

Pop-up window

Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the configuration options for that item.

Scroll bar

A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items that do not fit on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> / <Page Down> keys to display the other items on the screen.

Navigation keys

At the bottom right corner of the menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS setup program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.

General help

At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.

Configuration fields

These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable.

A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and press <Enter> to display a list of options.

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2.3 Main menu

The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main

Ai Tweaker

BIOS Information

BIOS Version

Build Date

ME Version

South Bridge Stepping

CPU Information

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz

Speed

Memory Information

Total Memory

Memory Frequency

System Language

System Date

System Time

Access Level

> Security

Advanced Monitor

0206 x64

02/10/2012

8.0.0.1351

B3

3300 MHz

1024 MB (DDR3)

1333 MHz

English

[Monday 12/27/2010]

[16:46:15]

Administrator

Boot Tool

Choose the system default language

2.3.1 System Language [English]

Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options. Configuration options:

[English] [Español] [Русский]

2.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]

Allows you to set the system date.

2.3.3 System Time [xx:xx:xx]

Allows you to set the system time.

2.3.4 Security

The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.

• If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)

RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section

1.9 Jumpers

for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.

• The

Administrator

or

User Password

items on top of the screen show the default

Not

Installed

. After you set a password, these items show

Installed

.

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Administrator Password

If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the administrator password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only selected fields in the BIOS setup program.

To set an administrator password:

1. Select the

Administrator Password

item and press <Enter>.

2.

3.

From the

Create New Password

box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.

Confirm the password when prompted.

To change an administrator password:

1. Select the

Administrator Password

item and press <Enter>.

2.

3.

4.

From the

From the

Enter Current Password

Create New Password

box, key in the current password, then press <Enter>.

box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.

Confirm the password when prompted.

To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an administrator password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the

Administrator Password

item on top of the screen shows

Not Installed

.

User Password

If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing the system.

The

User Password

item on top of the screen shows the default

Not Installed

. After you set a password, this item shows

Installed

.

To set a user password:

1. Select the

User Password

item and press <Enter>.

2.

3.

From the

Create New Password

box, key in a password, then press <Enter>.

Confirm the password when prompted.

To change a user password:

1.

2.

Select the

From the

User Password

item and press <Enter>.

Enter Current Password

box, key in the current password, then press <Enter>.

3.

4.

From the

Create New Password

box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.

Confirm the password when prompted.

To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press

<Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the

User Password

item on top of the screen shows

Not Installed

.

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2.4 Ai Tweaker menu

The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.

Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.

The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you installed on the motherboard.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Monitor Boot Tool

[X.M.P.] When XMP is enabled BLCK frequency, CPU ratio and memory parameters will be auto optimized.

Target DRAM Speed : 1333MHz

Ai Overclock Tuner

Memory Frequency

EPU Power Saving Mode

> OC Tuner

> DRAM Timing Control

> CPU Power Management

> DIGI+ VRM

CPU Voltage 0.904V

CPU Offset Mode Sign

CPU Offset Voltage

DRAM Voltage 1.500V

Auto

Auto

Disabled

Offset Mode

Auto

+

Auto

→← : Select Screen

↑↓ : Select Item

Enter: Select

+/-: Change Opt.

F1: General Help

F2: Previous Values

F3: Shortcut

F5: Optimized Defaults

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F12: Print Screen

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Scroll down to display the following items:

VCCSA Voltage

PCH Voltage

CPU PLL Voltage

CPU Spread Spectrum

0.925V

1.050V

Auto

Auto

Auto

Auto

→←

: Select Screen

↑↓ : Select Item

Enter: Select

+/-: Change Opt.

F1: General Help

F2: Previous Values

F3: Shortcut

F5: Optimized Defaults

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F12: Print Screen

Version 2.10.1208. Copyright (C) 2012 American Megatrends, Inc.

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2.4.1 Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]

Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options:

[Auto] Loads the optimal settings for the system.

[Manual]

[X.M.P.]

Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.

If you install memory modules supporting the eXtreme Memory Profile

(X.M.P.) Technology, choose this item to set the profiles supported by your memory modules for optimizing the system performance.

The item X.M.P. appears only when you install a DIMM with X.M.P. support.

X.M.P. DDR3-xxxx x-x-x-x-xxV [Profile #1]

This item appears only when you set the

Ai Overclocking Tuner

item to

[X.M.P.]

and allows you to select the X.M.P. mode supported by your memory module. Configuration options:

[Profile #1] [ Profile #2]

The configuration options vary with the DIMM you installed on the system.

BCLK/PCIE Frequency [XXX]

Appears when you set the

Ai Overclock Tuner

item to

[Manual]

or

[X.M.P.]

and allows you to adjust the CPU and VGA frequency to enhance the system performance. Use the <+> and

<-> keys to adjust the value. You can also key in the desired value using the numeric keypad.

The values range from 80MHz to 300MHz.

2.4.2 Memory Frequency [Auto]

Allows you to set the memory operating frequency.

Configuration options (Ivy Bridge CPU): [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-

1333MHz] [DDR3-1400MHz] [DDR3-1600MHz] [DDR3-1800MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz]

[DDR3-2000MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2200MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz] [DDR3-2600MHz]

[DDR3-2666MHz] [DDR3-2800MHz]

Configuration options (Sandy Bridge CPU): [Auto] [DDR3-800MHz] [DDR3-1066MHz] [DDR3-

1600MHz] [DDR3-1866MHz] [DDR3-2133MHz] [DDR3-2400MHz]

Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.

2.4.3 EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function.

Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]

EPU Setting [Auto]

This item appears only when you set the

EPU Power Saving Mode

item to [Enabled] and allows you to select the EPU power saving mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [Light Power

Saving Mode] [Medium Power Saving Mode] [Max Power Saving Mode]

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2.4.4 OC Tuner

OC Tuner automatically overclocks the frequency and voltage of CPU and DRAM for enhancing the system performance. Press <Enter> and select

OK

to start automatic overclocking.

2.4.5 DRAM Timing Control

The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press <Enter>.

Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default settings.

2.4.6 CPU Power Management

The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and features.

CPU Ratio [Auto]

Allows you to manually adjust the maximum non-turbo CPU ratio. Use <+> and <-> keys or the numeric keypad to adjust the value. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the Enhanced Intel

®

[Disabled] Disables this function.

SpeedStep Technology (EIST).

[Enabled] The operating system dynamically adjusts the processor voltage and core frequency which may result in decreased average consumption and decreased average heat production.

Turbo Mode [Enabled]

[Enabled] Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific conditions.

[Disabled] Disables this function.

The following three items appear only when you set the

Turbo Mode

item to [Enabled].

Long Duration Power Limit [Auto]

Allows you to limit the turbo ratio’s long duration power.

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.

Long Duration Maintained [Auto]

Allows you to maintain the turbo ratio’s long duration power.

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.

Short Duration Power Limit [Auto]

Allows you to limit the turbo ratio’s long duration power.

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.

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Primary Plane Current Limit [Auto]

Maximum instantaneous current allowed at any given time for CPU cores

Use <+> and <-> key to adjust the value at 0.125A increment. . .

Secondary Plane Current Limit [Auto]

Maximum instantaneous current allowed at any given time for Internal Graphics cores.

Use <+> and <-> key to adjust the value at 0.125A increment.

2.4.7 DIGI+ VRM

CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto]

Load-line is defined by Intel VRM specifications, and affects CPU voltage. The CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading. Higher value gets a higher voltage, and a better overclocking performance, but increases the CPU and VRM thermal conditions.

This item allows you to adjust the voltage range from the following percentages to boost the system performance: 0% (Regular), 25% (Medium), 50% (High), 75% (Ultra High) and 100%

(Extreme). Configuration options: [Auto] [Regular] [Medium] [High] [Ultra High] [Extreme]

The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification.

CPU Fixed Frequency [xxx]

Allows you to set a fixed CPU frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 200k Hz to 350k Hz with a 50k Hz interval.

CPU Power Phase Control [Standard]

Allows you to control the power phase based on the CPU’s demands. Configuration options:

[Standard] [Optimized] [Extreme] [Manual Adjustment]

DO NOT remove the thermal module when switching to Extreme and Manual Mode. The thermal conditions should be monitored.

Manual Adjustment [Medium]

This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Manual Adjustment]. Select [Ultra

Fast] for a faster response. The reaction time will be longer when [Regular] is selected.

Configuration options: [Ultra Fast] [Fast] [Medium] [Regular]

CPU Power Duty Control [T.Probe]

DIGI + VRM Duty control adjusts the current and thermal conditions of every component’s phase.

[T. Probe] Select to maintain the VRM thermal balance.

[Extreme] Select to maintain the current VRM balance.

CPU Current Capability [100%]

Allows you to configure the total power range, and extends the overclocking frequency range simultaneously. Configuration options: [100%] [110%] [120%]

Choose a higher value when overclocking, or under a high CPU loading for extra power support.

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Some of the following items are adjusted by typing the desired values using the numeric keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter> key.

2.4.8 CPU Voltage [Offset Mode]

[Offset Mode] To offset the voltage by a positive or negative value.

[Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage.

Offset Mode Sign [+]

This item appears only when you set the

CPU Voltage

item to [Offset Mode].

[+] To offset the voltage by a positive value.

[–] To offset the voltage by a negative value.

CPU Offset Voltage [Auto]

Allows you to set the CPU Offset voltage. The values range from 0.005V to 0.635V with a 0.005V interval.

CPU Manual Voltage [Auto]

This item appears only when you set the

CPU Voltage

item to [Manual Mode] and allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. The values range from 0.800V to 1.990V with a 0.005V interval.

Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU voltage. Setting a high voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low voltage may make the system unstable.

2.4.9 DRAM Voltage [Auto]

Allows you to set the DRAM voltage. The values range from 1.185V to 2.135V with a 0.005V interval.

According to Intel CPU specification, DIMMs with voltage requirement over 1.65V may damage the CPU permanently. We recommend you install the DIMMs with the voltage requirement below 1.65V.

2.4.10 VCCSA Voltage [Auto]

Allows you to set the VCCSA voltage. The values range from 0.610V to 1.560V with a 0.005V interval.

2.4.11 PCH Voltage [Auto]

Allows you to set the Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from 0.7350V to

1.6850V with a 0.005V interval.

2.4.12 CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]

Allows you to set the CPU and PCH PLL voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [+0.10V]

• The values of the

CPU Offset Voltage

,

CPU Manual Voltage, DRAM Voltage

,

VCCSA

Voltage

, and

PCH Voltage

items are labeled in different color, indicating the risk levels of high voltage settings.

• The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high voltage settings.

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2.4.13 CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]

[Auto] Automatic configuration.

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability.

Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control.

2.5 Advanced menu

The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system devices.

Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Monitor Boot

CPU configuration parameters

Tool

> CPU Configuration

> PCH Configuration

> SATA Configuration

> System Agent Configuration

> USB Configuration

> Onboard Devices Configuration

> APM

> Network Stack

2.5.1 CPU Configuration

The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically detects.

The items shown in submenu may be different due to the CPU you installed.

Intel Adaptive Thermal Monitor [Enabled]

[Enabled] Enables the overheated CPU to throttle its clock speed to cool down.

[Disabled] Disables the CPU thermal monitor function.

Hyper-threading [Enabled]

The Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows a hyper-threading processor to appear as two logical processors to the operating system, allowing the operating system to schedule two threads or processes simultaneously.

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

Two threads per activated core are enabled.

Only one thread per activated core is enabled.

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Active Processor Cores [All]

Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package.

Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3]

Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions.

Disables this function.

Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]

[Enabled] Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.

[Disabled] Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0).

Intel

®

Virtualization Technology [Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several systems.

Disables this function.

Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]

[Enabled] Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually function as several systems.

[Disabled] Disables this function.

Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]

[Enabled] Allows a hardware platform to perform adjacent cache line prefetching.

[Disabled] Disables this function.

CPU Power Management Configuration

CPU Ratio [Auto]

Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency. Use <+> and

<-> keys to adjust the ratio. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the Enhanced Intel

[Disabled] The CPU runs at its default speed.

®

SpeedStep Technology (EIST).

[Enabled] The operating system controls the CPU speed.

Turbo Mode [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the Intel

®

Turbo Mode Technology.

[Enabled] Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific condition.

[Disabled] Disables this function.

CPU C1E [Auto]

Enables or disables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in order to enable the

Enhanced Halt State. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]

CPU C3 Report [Auto]

Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to OS. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled]

[Disabled]

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CPU C6 Report [Auto]

Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to OS. Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled]

[Disabled]

2.5.2 PCH Configuration

High Precision Timer [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the High Precision Event Timer.

Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]

2.5.3 SATA Configuration

While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The

SATA Port items show

Empty

if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA port.

SATA Mode Selection [IDE]

Allows you to set the SATA configuration.

[Disabled]

[IDE]

Disables the SATA function.

Set to [IDE] when you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as

Parallel ATA physical storage devices.

[AHCI] Set to [AHCI] when you want the SATA hard disk drives to use the AHCI

(Advanced Host Controller Interface). The AHCI allows the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive to internally optimize the order of commands.

• Due to H61 Chipset limitation, AHCI Mode only works on Windows

®

Vista / Windows

®

7.

Please use IDE Mode on Windows

®

XP.

• [IDE] is the default SATA type. Under Windows

®

SATA type.

XP, there is no need to change the

S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]

S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning messages during the POST. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]

Hot Plug [Disabled]

This item only appears when you set the SATA Mode Selection item to [AHCI] and allows you to enable or disable the hot-plug support for each SATA port. Configuration options: [Enabled]

[Disabled]

2.5.4 System Agent Configuration

Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]

[Enabled] Allow you to enable remapping the memory above 4GB.

[Disabled] Disables this function.

Graphics Configuration

Primary Display [Auto]

Allows you to decide which graphics controller to use as the primary boot device. Configuration options: [Auto] [PEG] [PCI]

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2.5.5 USB Configuration

The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features.

The

USB Devices

item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows

None

.

Legacy USB Support [Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

[Auto]

Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).

The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program.

Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.

Legacy USB3.0 Support [Enabled] (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only)

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

Enables the support for USB 3.0 devices on legacy operating systems

(OS).

Disables the function.

EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]

[Enabled] Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand-off feature.

[Disabled] Disables the function.

2.5.6 Onboard Devices Configuration

HD Audio Controller [Enabled]

[Enabled] Enables the High Definition Audio Controller.

[Disabled] Disables the controller.

The following two items appear only when you set the

HD Audio Controller

item to

[Enabled].

Front Panel Type [HD]

Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or highdefinition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.

[HD]

[AC97]

Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio.

Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97

SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF]

[SPDIF] Sets to [SPDIF] for SPDIF audio output.

[HDMI] Sets to [HDMI] for HDMI audio output.

Realtek LAN Controller [Enabled]

[Enabled] Enables the Realtek LAN controller.

[Disabled] Disables the controller.

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Realtek PXE OPROM [Disabled]

This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Realtek LAN controller. Configuration options:

[Enabled] [Disabled]

Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled] (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only)

[Enabled] Enables the onboard USB 3.0 controller.

[Disabled] Disables the controller.

Asmedia USB 3.0 Battery Charging Support [Disabled] (P8H61/USB3 R2.0 only)

This item appears only when the Asmedia USB 3.0 Controller item is set to [Enabled].

[Enabled] Enables the Asmedia USB 3.0 battery charging function.

[Disabled] Disables this function

Serial Port Configuration

The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the serial port configuration.

Serial Port [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the serial port (COM).

Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]

Change Settings [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]

Allows you to select the Serial Port base address. Configuration options: [IO=3F8h; IRQ=4]

[IO=2F8h; IRQ=3] [IO=3E8h; IRQ=4] [IO=2E8h; IRQ=3]

Parallel Port Configuration

The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the parallel port configuration.

Parallel Port [Enabled]

Allows you to enable or disable the parallel port (LPT).

Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]

Change Settings [Auto]

Allows you to select an optimal setting for Super I/O devices. Configuration options: [Auto]

[IO=378h; IRQ=5;] [IO=378h; IRQ=5,6,7,9,10,11,12;] [IO=278h; IRQ=5,6,7,9,10,11,12;] [IO=3BCh;

IRQ=5,6,7,9,10,11,12;]

Device Mode [STD Printer Mode]

Allows you to change the printer port mode. Configuration options: [STD Printer Mode] [SPP Mode]

[EPP-1.9 and SPP Mode] [EPP-1.7 and SPP Mode] [ECP Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.9 Mode] [ECP and EPP 1.7 Mode]

2.5.7 APM

Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]

[Power On] The system goes into on state after an AC power loss.

[Power Off]

[Last State]

The system goes into off state after an AC power loss.

The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was before the AC power loss.

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Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]

[Disabled] Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard.

[Space Bar]

[Ctrl-Esc]

[Power Key]

Sets the Space Bar on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.

Sets the Ctrl+Esc key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.

Sets Power key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.

Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]

[Disabled] Disables the Power On by a PS/2 mouse.

[Enabled] Enables the Power On by a PS/2 mouse. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.

Power On By PCI [Disabled]

[Disabled] Disables the PCI devices to generate a wake event.

[Enabled] Enables the PCI devices to generate a wake event.

Power On By PCIE [Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

Disables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.

Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.

Power On By Ring [Disabled]

[Disabled] Disables Ring to generate a wake event.

[Enabled] Enables Ring to generate a wake event.

Power On By RTC [Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

Disables RTC to generate a wake event.

When set to [Enabled], the items

RTC Alarm Date (Days)

and

Hour/

Minute/Second

will become user-configurable with set values.

2.5.8 Network Stack

Network Stack [Disable Link]

This item allows user to disable or enable the UEFI network stack. Configuration options:

[Disable Link] [Enabled]

Ipv4 PXE Support [Enabled]

This item appears only when you set the Network Stack item to [Enabled]. When this item is disabled, the IPV4 PXE boot option will not be created. Configuration options: [Disable Link]

[Enabled]

Ipv6 PXE Support [Enabled]

This item appears only when you set the Network Stack item to [Enabled]. When this item is disabled, the IPV6 PXE boot option will not be created. Configuration options: [Disable Link]

[Enabled]

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2.6 Monitor menu

The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change the fan settings.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main

Ai Tweaker

Advanced Monitor Boot Tool

CPU Temperature

MB Temperature

CPU Fan Speed

Chassis Fan Speed

CPU Q-Fan Control

CPU Fan Speed Low Limit

CPU Fan Profile

Chassis Q-Fan Control

Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit

Chassis Fan Profile

CPU Voltage

3.3V Voltage

5V Voltage

12V Voltage

+34ºC / +93ºF

3325 RPM

N/A

Enabled

200 RPM

Standard

Enabled

200 RPM

Standard

+1.184 V

+3.312 V

+5.080 V

+12.192 V

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Scroll down to display the following items:

→←

: Select Screen

↑↓ : Select Item

Enter: Select

+/-: Change Opt.

F1: General Help

F2: Previous Values

F3: Shortcut

F5: Optimized Defaults

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F12: Print Screen

Anti Surge Support Enabled

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2.6.1

The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and motherboard temperatures. Select

Ignore

if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.

2.6.2 CPU / Chassis Fan Speed [xxxx RPM] or [Ignore] / [N/A]

The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and chassis fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows

N/A

. Select

Ignore

if you do not wish to display the detected speed.

2.6.3 CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage

The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard voltage regulators. Select

Ignore

if you do not want to detect this item.

2.6.4

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled]

Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.

Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature.

CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [200 RPM]

This item appears only when you enable the

CPU Q-Fan Control

feature and allows you to disable or set the CPU fan warning speed.

Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]

CPU Fan Profile [Standard]

This item appears only when you enable the

CPU Q-Fan Control

feature and allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.

[Standard] Sets to [Standard] to make the CPU fan automatically adjust depending on the CPU temperature.

[Silent]

[Turbo]

[Manual]

Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet CPU fan operation.

Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.

Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.

The following four items appear only when you set

CPU Fan Profile

to [Manual].

CPU Upper Temperature [70]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.

CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The values range from

20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.

CPU Lower Temperature [20]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the lower limit of the CPU temperature. The values range from 20ºC to 75ºC.

CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [20]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum CPU fan duty cycle. The values range from 0% to 100%. When the CPU temperature is under 40ºC, the CPU fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.

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2.6.5 Chassis Q-Fan Control [Enabled]

[Disabled] Disables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.

[Enabled] Enables the Chassis Q-Fan control feature.

Chassis Fan Speed Low Limit [200 RPM]

This item appears only when you enable the

Chassis Q-Fan Control

feature and allows you to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed.

Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM]

Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]

This item appears only when you enable the

Chassis Q-Fan Control

feature and allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan.

[Standard] Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust depending on the chassis temperature.

[Silent]

[Turbo]

[Manual]

Sets to [Silent] to minimize the fan speed for quiet chassis fan operation.

Sets to [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed.

Sets to [Manual] to assign detailed fan speed control parameters.

The following four items appear only when you set

Chassis Fan Profile

to [Manual].

Chassis Upper Temperature [70]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The values range from 40ºC to 90ºC.

Chassis Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum chassis fan duty cycle. The values range from 60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature reaches the upper limit, the chassis fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle.

Chassis Lower Temperature [40]

Displays the lower limit of the chassis temperature.

CPU Fan Min. Duty Cycle(%) [60]

Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The values range from

60% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under 40ºC, the chassis fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle.

2.6.6 Anti Surge Support [Enabled]

This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function.

Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]

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2.7 Boot menu

The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main Ai Tweaker

Advanced Monitor Boot Tool

On

Enabled

Enabled

Force BIOS

EZ Mode

Enabled both...

Legacy ROM

SATA: xxxxxxx

SATA: xxxxxxx

Select the keyboard NumLock state

Bootup NumLock State

Full Screen Logo

Wait For ‘F1’ If Error

Option ROM Messages

Setup Mode

UEFI/Legacy Boot

PCI ROM Priority

Boot Option Priorities

Boot Option #1

Boot Option #2

Boot Override

> SATA: xxxxxxxxxxxx

> Hard Drive BBS Priorities

> CD/DVD ROM Drive BBS Priorities

Version 2.10.1208. Copyright (C) 2012 American Megatrends, Inc.

2.7.1

[On]

[Off]

2.7.2

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

Bootup NumLock State [On]

Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [On].

Sets the power-on state of the NumLock to [Off].

Full Screen Logo [Enabled]

Enables the full screen logo display feature.

Disables the full screen logo display feature.

Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature.

→← : Select Screen

↑↓

: Select Item

Enter: Select

+/-: Change Opt.

F1: General Help

F2: Previous Values

F3: Shortcut

F5: Optimized Defaults

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F12: Print Screen

Post Report [5 sec]

This item appears only when the Full Screen Logo item is set to [Disabled] and allows you to set the waiting time for the system to display the post report. Configuration options: [1 sec] [2 sec] [3 sec] [4 sec] [5 sec] [6 sec] [7 sec] [8 sec] [9 sec] [10 sec] [Until Press ESC]

2.7.3 Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]

When this item is set to

[Enabled]

, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]

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2.7.4 Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]

[Force BIOS] The third-party ROM messages will be forced to display during the boot sequence.

[Keep Current] The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so.

2.7.5 Setup Mode [EZ Mode]

[Advanced Mode] Sets Advanced Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program.

[EZ Mode] Sets EZ Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program.

2.7.6 UEFI/Legacy Boot [Enabled both UEFI and Legacy]

[Enable both UEFI and Legacy] Enables both UEFI and Legacy boot.

[Disable UEFI] Enables the Legacy boot, and disables the UEFI boot.

[Disable Legacy] Enables the UEFI boot, and disables the Legacy boot.

2.7.7 PCI ROM Priority [Legacy ROM]

[Legacy ROM] Launch Legacy ROM

[EFI Compatibe ROM] Launch UEFI Compatible ROM

2.7.8 Boot Option Priorities

These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system.

• To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears.

• To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, press <F8> after POST.

2.7.9 Boot Override

These items displays the available devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to start booting from the selected device.

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2.8 Tools menu

The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the submenu.

UEFI BIOS Utility - Advanced Mode

Exit

Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Monitor Boot

Be used to update BIOS

Tool

> ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility

> ASUS SPD Information

> ASUS O.C. Profile

2.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility

Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press [Enter] to launch the ASUS EZ Flash 2 screen.

For more details, see section

2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2

.

2.8.2 ASUS SPD Information

DIMM Slot # [Slot 1]

Displays the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) information of the DIMM module installed on the selected slot. Configuration options: [Slot 1] [Slot 2]

2.8.3 ASUS O.C. Profile

This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.

The

Setup Profile Status

items show

Not Installed

if no profile is created.

Label

Allows you to input the label of the setup profile.

Save to Profile

Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select

Yes

.

Load from Profile

Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Key in the profile number that saved your CMOS settings, press <Enter>, and then select

Yes

.

• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent the system boot failure!

• We recommend that you update the BIOS file only coming from the same memory/CPU configuration and BIOS version.

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2.9 Exit menu

The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the

EZ Mode

from the Exit menu.

Exit

Load Optimized Defaults

Save Changes & Reset

Discard Changes & Exit

ASUS EZ Mode

Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device

Load Optimized Defaults

This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.

Select

Yes

to load the default values.

Save Changes & Reset

Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or if you press <F10>, a confirmation window appears. Select

Yes

to save changes and exit.

Discard Changes & Exit

This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. Select

Yes

to discard changes and exit.

ASUS EZ Mode

This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen.

Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device

This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of the available devices that have a filesystem.

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Appendices

Notices

Federal Communications Commission Statement

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

• This device may not cause harmful interference.

• This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

IC: Canadian Compliance Statement

Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS

210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations.

This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.

Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :

(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et

(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.

Appendices A-1

Canadian Department of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement

VCCI Class B Statement

KC: Korea Warning Statement

A-2

REACH

Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of

Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at

ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.

DO NOT

throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.

DO NOT

throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal waste.

ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services

ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging materials. Please go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for the detailed recycling information in different regions.

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ASUS contact information

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.

Address

Telephone

Fax

E-mail

Web site

Technical Support

Telephone

Online support

15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259

+886-2-2894-3447

+886-2-2890-7798 [email protected]

www.asus.com.tw

+86-21-38429911 support.asus.com

ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)

Address

Telephone

Fax

Web site

800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA

+1-510-739-3777

+1-510-608-4555 usa.asus.com

Technical Support

Telephone

Support fax

Online support

Technical Support

Telephone

Support Fax

Online support

+1-812-282-2787

+1-812-284-0883 support.asus.com

ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)

Address

Fax

Web site

Online contact

Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany

+49-2102-959911 www.asus.de

www.asus.de/sales

+49-1805-010923

*

+49-2102-9599-11 support.asus.com

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