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ASROCK 


990FX Extreme4 


User Manual 


Version 1.0 
Published June 2011 
Copyright02011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved. 


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Disclaimer: 

Specifications and information contained in this manual are furnished for informa- 
tional use only and subject to change without notice, and should not be constructed 
as a commitment by ASRock. ASRock assumes no responsibility for any errors or 
omissions that may appear in this manual. 

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EC 


This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the fol- 

lowing two conditions: 

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and 

(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that 
may cause undesired operation. 


CALIFORNIA, USA ONLY 

The Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxic 
substance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations 
passed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery in Cali- 
fornia, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance. 

“Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, see 


www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate” 


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Contents 


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1.3 Motherboard Layout ah munmiauinun. 12 
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HAM a a aneneeb es 15 
Pre-installation Precautions 15 
21 PMS ea UN et E S 16 
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink ............ccccccsseseeeeeeeeeeeeees 16 
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) .................................. 17 
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)..….....................……. 19 
25. Su" and Quad SLI" Operation Guide hu 20 
2.6 CrossFirex™, 3-Way CrossFirex™ and Quad CrossFirex™ 
Terese 23 
2.7 Surround Display Information .…................................................. 28 
26 NE cee ad a pe 29 
2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors oo... eceeeeeesseseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaees 30 
BA) OIL MUMS Me incest ete S E E eee 37 
il DE DENON a codant. 38 
2.12 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation  .......................…. 42 
2.13 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs................. 42 
2.14 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Operation Guide 43 
2.15 Driver Installation Guide 45 
2.16 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / 
XP 64-bit With RAID Functions..….............. 45 
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID 
FUNCIONS sa 45 
2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit 
With RAID Functions 46 
2.17 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / 
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions..….................... 47 
2.17.1 Installing Windows” XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID 
FN ve 47 
2.17.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit 
Without RAID Functions 48 
2.18 Untied Overclocking Technology  ..…........................................ 48 


9. UEFISETUP UUL TY scien 49 


3.1 Introduction å 49 
Solel. WEP MSA siniese T e Ei 49 
S12 NATION KOS vekene 50 

32 MAI SO TOO a on unie ana ad 50 

3.3 OC Tweaker Screen... 51 

3.4 Advanced SCICCM dernier arte taie 55 
SA CPU CONIQUTAION ain. 56 
3-42 North Bridge Configuration... 57 
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration 58 
3.44 Siorage CONTIQUrAION strass 59 
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration... 61 
34-6 ACP GONNA Ne 62 
3.4.7 USB Configuration tm ro 64 

3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen …........................... 65 

20- BOO ODON Se end mnt dou 66 

3d CUI, oI in ne ni ca 67 

3.8 EXIL OCT... ere seseeeesssems seins 68 

4, Software Support... ss, 69 

4.1 Install Operating System... 69 

4.2 Support CD'IMOrMAION:.SS is 69 
42: 1 AUNHIRO SUPPOSE un 69 
4,22; Drivers Mérite 69 
4.2.3 Ulis Mende nn ns 69 
4,24: Contact INIOMANON sement 69 


1. Introduction 


Thank you for purchasing ASRock 990FX Extreme4 motherboard, a reliable moth- 
erboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers 
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to 
quality and endurance. 

In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step- 
by-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration 
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD. 


Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might 
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without 
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated ver- 
sion will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may 
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as 
well. ASRock website _ http://www.asrock.com 

If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit 
our website for specific information about the model you are using. 


www.asrock.com/support/index.asp 





1.1 Package Contents 
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Motherboard 
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) 
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Quick Installation Guide 
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Support CD 
1 x ASRock SLI Bridge 28 Card 
1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA 66/100/133 IDE Ribbon Cable 
1 x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive 
4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional) 
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional) 
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional) 
1 x I/O Panel Shield 
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel 
4 x HDD Screws 
6 x Chassis Screws 
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket 


BES ASRock Reminds You.. 

( 9 P ) To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64 
bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration 
to AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in 
our support CD for details. 


1.2 Specifications 


- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm 

- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality 
Conductive Polymer Capacitors) 

- Support for Socket AM3+ processors 

- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / 
X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / 
Sempron processors 

- Supports 8-Core CPU 

- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1) 

- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design 

- Supports CPU up to 140W 

- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology 

- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s) 

- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2) 

- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology 


- Northbridge: AMD 990FX 
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Memory - Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3) 
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots 
- Support DDR3 2100(0C)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800 
non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 4) 


- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 5) 
Expansion Slot - 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: x16 mode; 

PCIE5: x4 mode) 

- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots 

- 2 x PCI slots 

- Supports AMD™ Quad CrossFirex™, 3-Way CrossFirex™ 
and CrossFirex™ 

- Supports NVIDIA? Quad SLI™ and SLI™ 

- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection 
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) 

- Premium Blu-ray audio support 

- Supports THX TruStudio™ 


LAN - PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s 
- Broadcom BCM57781 
- Supports Wake-On-LAN 
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az 


- Supports PXE 
Rear Panel I/O I/O Panel 





- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port 

- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port 

- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port 

- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port 

- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports 

- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports 

- 1 x eSATA3 Connector 

- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED 

LED) 

- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port 

- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED 

- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/ 
Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 6) 

- 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by AMD SB950, support 
RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5), NCQ 
AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions 

- 2 X SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support 
NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions 
(SATA3_8 connector is shared with eSATA3 port) 

- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0 
/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s 

- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by 
Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s 

Connector - 8 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors 

- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices) 

- 1 x Floppy connector 

- 1 x IR header 

- 1 x COM port header 

- 1 x IEEE 1394 header 

- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header 

- 1 x Power LED header 

- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector 

- 24 pin ATX power connector 

- 8 pin 12V power connector 

- CD in header 

- Front panel audio connector 

- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports) 

- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) 

- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED) 


- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED 
- 1 x Power Switch with LED 





11 x Reset Switch with LED 


BIOS Feature 


Support CD 


Unique Feature 


Hardware 
Monitor 


Certifications 


- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support 
- Supports “Plug and Play” 
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events 
- Supports jumperfree 
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support 
- CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment 
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), 
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, AMD Fusion, AMD 
Fusion Media Explorer, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink 
DVD Suite - OEM and Trial) 
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 7) 
- ASRock Instant Boot 
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 8) 
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 9) 
- ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 10) 
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 11) 
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology (see CAUTION 12) 
- Hybrid Booster: 
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 13) 
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 14) 
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.) 
- Turbo 50 / Turbo 60 CPU Overclocking 
- Turbo UCC 
- CPU Temperature Sensing 
- Chassis Temperature Sensing 
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer 
- CPU Quiet Fan 
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control 
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore 
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP 
/ XP 64-bit compliant 
- FCC, CE, WHQL 
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required) 
(see CAUTION 15) 





* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http:/Awww.asrock.com 


WARNING 

Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the 
setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the third-party over- 
clocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the 
components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. 
We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking. 


CAUTION! 


1. ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activa- 
tion. As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC’, you 
can unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. 
When UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost 
to the quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can 
also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the 
upgrade CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC 
feature is supported with AM3 CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3 
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be 
malfunctioned. 

2. This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read 
“Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 48 for details. 

3. This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before 
you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the 
installation guide of memory modules on page 17 for proper installation. 

4. Whether 2100MHz memory speed is supported depends on the AM3/ 
AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3 2100 memory module 
on this motherboard, please refer to the memory support list on our web- 
site for the compatible memory modules. 

ASRock website  http://www.asrock.com 

5. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be 
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 / 
Vista™ / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such 
limitation. 

6. For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono 
modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-chan- 
nel, 6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13 
for proper connection. 

7. ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune 
different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including 
Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hard- 
ware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, 
it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclock- 
ing, you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system per- 
formance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and 
share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to 


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their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy 
Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to 
improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing com- 
puting performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures 
of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). 

ASRock website: http:/Awww.asrock.com 

ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. 
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS 
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With 
this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to 
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool 
and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard 
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without prepar- 
ing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please 
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file 
system. 

If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices, 
such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful so- 
lution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger 
driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer 
and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to 
quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports 
continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Sus- 
pend to RAM (S98), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP 
Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging 
experience than ever. 

ASRock website: http:/www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp 
ASRock SmartView, a new function of internet browser, is the smart start 
page for IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history, your 
Facebook friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced view for 
a more personal Internet experience. ASRock motherboards are exclu- 
sively equipped with the ASRock SmartView utility that helps you keep in 
touch with friends on-the-go. To use ASRock SmartView feature, please 
make sure your OS version is Windows” 7 / 7 64 bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64 
bit, and your browser version is IE8. 

ASRock website: http:/Awww.asrock.com/Feature/SmartView/index.asp 
ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The 
performance may depend on the property of the device. 

ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great audio ex- 
perience from the portable audio devices, such like MP3 player or mobile 
phone to your PC, even when the PC is turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)! 
This motherboard also provides a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that 
ensures users the most convenient computing environment. 

Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended 
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU 


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bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the 
CPU. 

While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown. 
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the 
motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug 
it back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal 
grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC sys- 
tem. 

EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by Eu- 
ropean Union to define the power consumption for the completed system. 
According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be 
under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready 
motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to 
Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard 
of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current 
consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you 
checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details. 


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HDMI SPDIF Header (HDMI SPDIF1, White) 23 Chassis Speaker Header 
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA FAN3) (SPEAKER 1, White) 
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1) 24 Dr. Debug (LED) 
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA FAN2) 25 Reset Switch (RSTBTN) 
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1) 26 Power Switch (PWRBTN) 
CPU Fan Connector (CPU FAN1) 27 SPI Flash Memory (32Mb) 
CPU Fan Connector (CPU FAN2) 28 USB 3.0 Header (USB3 0 1, Light Blue) 
CPU Heatsink Retention Module 29 System Panel Header (PANEL1, White) 
AM3+ CPU Socket 30 Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1) 
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots 31 Serial Port Connector (COM1) 
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1; Blue) 32 SATA3 Connector (SATA3_7, White) 
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots 33 SATA3 Connector (SATA3_8, White) 
(Dual Channel B: DDR3 A2, DDR3 B2; White) 34 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5; Blue) 
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) 35 PCI Slot (PCI2) 
USB 2.0 Header (USB8 9, Blue) 36 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4; Blue) 
USB 2.0 Header (USB2 3, Blue) 37 PCI Slot (PCI1) 
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header 38 PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3; White) 
(FRONT 1394, White) 39 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2; Blue) 
Northbridge Controller 40 Power Fan Connector (PWR FAN1) 
Southbridge Controller 41 PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1; White) 
Primary IDE Connector (IDE1, Blue) 42 Internal Audio Connector: CD1 (White) 
SATA3 Connector (SATA3 5 6, White) 43 Front Panel Audio Header 
SATA3 Connector (SATA3 3 4, White) (HD AUDIO1, White) 
SATA3 Connector (SATA3 1 2, White) 44 Infrared Module Header (IR1) 
Power LED Header (PLED1) 45 Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1) 


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1.4 I/O Panel 





18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 

1 PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) 10 Microphone (Pink) 

2 Coaxial SPDIF Out Port 11 USB 3.0 Ports (USB23) 

*3 LAN RJ-45 Port 12 IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394) 

4 USB 2.0 Ports (USB45) ***13 eSATA3 Connector 

5 Side Speaker (Gray) 14 USB2.0 Ports (USB67) 

6 Rear Speaker (Black) 15 USB 2.0 Ports (USB01) 

7 Central / Bass (Orange) 16 Optical SPDIF Out Port 

8 Line In (Light Blue) 17 Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN) 
9 Front Speaker (Lime) 18 PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple) 


* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED 
indications. 


LAN Port LED Indications 


ity/Li SPEED LED LED LED 
Description Description 
No Link 10Mbps connection 
100Mbps connection 


f 
Blinking | Data Activity 
1Gbps connection 


ACT/LINK SPEED 





LAN Port 


** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”. 
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use. 
TABLE for Audio Output Connection 
Audio Output Channels 


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To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front 
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system. 


Please select “Mixer ToolBox” | click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”. 


Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Pri- 
mary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA 
Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio. 


*“* eSATAS connector supports SATA Gens in cable 1M. 


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2. Installation. 


This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) motherboard. 
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure 
that the motherboard fits into it. 


Pre-installation Precautions 


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


/ Å Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the 

å 4 \ power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the 
power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the 
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components. 


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

2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static elec- 
tricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the 
like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety 
grounded object before you handle components. 

3. | Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs. 

4. | Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded anti- 
static pad or in the bag that comes with the component. 

5. When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the mother- 
board to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing 
so may damage the motherboard. 


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2.1 CPU Installation 

Step 1. Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle. 

Step 2. Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with 
the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle. 

Step 3. Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place. 


f \ The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU 
LE À into the socket to avoid bending of the pins. 


Step 4. When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push 
down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab 
to indicate that it is locked. 


Socker Corner 
Small Triangle 





STEP 1: STEP 2/ STEP 3: STEP 4: 

Lift Up The Socket Lever Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock 
To The Socket Corner Small The Socket Lever 
Triangle 


2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink 


After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a 
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray 
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dis- 
sipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened 
and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the 
CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 6 or CPU_FAN2, 
see Page 12, No. 7). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the 
instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink. 


2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) 


This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, 
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration, 
you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type) 
DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to install 
identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Blue 
slots; see p.12 No.10) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B (DDR3_ 
A2 and DDR3_B2; White slots; see p.12 No.11), so that Dual Channel Memory 
Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 
DIMMs for dual channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in 
all four slots. You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below. 


* For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four 


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Dual Channel Memory Configurations 


DDR3_A1 DDR3_A2 DDR3_B1 DDR3_B2 
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Populated Populated Populated Populated 


Please install the memory module into the white slot (DDR3 A2 
and DDR3_B2) for the first priority. 

If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility 
and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the 
same color. In other words, install them either in the set of blue 
slots (DDR3 A1 and DDR3 Bi), or in the set of white slots (DDR3 
A2 and DDR3 B2). 

If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed 
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate 
the Dual Channel Memory Technology. 

If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual 
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in 
DDR3 A1 and DDR3 A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel 
Memory Technology . 

It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into 
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be dam- 
aged. 

If you adopt DDR3 2100 memory modules on this motherboard, it is 
recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2 slots. 


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Installing a DIMM 


Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or 
removing DIMMs or the system components. 





Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward. 
Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the 


break on the slot. 


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The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent 
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into 
the slot at incorrect orientation. 





Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends 
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated. 


2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots) 

There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard. 

PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI 
interface. 

PCIE Slots: 
PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with 
x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card. 
PCIE2 / PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane 
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to 
support SLI'" and CrossFireX"" function. 
PCIE5 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width 
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support 3-Way 
CrossFireX"" function. 


1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Ex- 
press x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot. 

2. In CrossFirex™ or SLI™ mode, please install PCI Express x16 
graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these 
two slots will work at x16 bandwidth. 

3. In 3-Way CrossFirex™ mode, please install PCI Express x16 graph- 
ics cards on PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 and 
PCIE4 slots will work at x16 bandwidth while PCIE5 slot will work at 
x4 bandwidth. 

4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connec- 
tor (CHA FAN1, CHA FAN2 or CHA FAN3) when using multiple 
graphics cards for better thermal environment. 





Installing an expansion card 

Step 1. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power 
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the 
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware 
settings for the card before you start the installation. 


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

Step 3. Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the 
screws for later use. 

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

Step 5. Fasten the card to the chassis with screws. 

Step 6. Replace the system cover. 


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2.5 SLI" and Quad SLI" Operation Guide 

This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLI™ and Quad SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) 
technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express x16 graphics 
cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLI™ technology supports Windows® XP / XP 64-bit / 
Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ technology support 
Windows® Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS only. Please follow the installation 
procedures in this section. 


Requirements 

1. For SLI" technology, you should have two identical SLI'-ready 
graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For Quad SLI™ technolo- 
gy, you should have two identical Quad SLI™-ready graphics cards 
that are NVIDIA® certified. 

2. Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA®? SL 
technology. Download the driver from NVIDIA®? website 
(www.nvidia.com). 

3. Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least 
the minimum power required by your system. It is recommended 
to use NVIDIA? certified PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA” website for 
details. 


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2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup 


2.5.1.1 Installing Two SLI™-Ready Graphics Cards 

Step 1. Install the identical SLI"-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified 
because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly. 
(Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card 
into PCIE2 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that 
the cards are properly seated on the slots. 





Step2. If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express 
graphics cards. 


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Step3. Align and insert ASRock SLI Bridge 285 Card to the goldfingers on each 
graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly in place. 





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Step4. Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI 
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE2 slot. 


2.5.2 Driver Installation and Setup 

Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the Multi- 
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility. 
Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature. 


For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: 
(For SLI™ mode only) 


A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar. 





B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In 
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select 
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply. 





C. Reboot your system. 
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLI™ feature. 


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For Windows® Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS: 
(For SLI™ and Quad SLI™ mode) 


A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar. 

B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA 
Corporation. 

C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab. 

D. Select Control Panel tab. 





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only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe. 


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2.6 CrossFireX", 3-Way CrossFireX"" and Quad CrossFireX" 
Operation Guide 


This motherboard supports CrossFireX"", 3-way CrossFireX""and Quad 
CrossFirex™ feature. CrossFirex™ technology offers the most advantageous 
means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing 
Units (GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with 
intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFirex™ 
enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D 
application. Currently CrossFireX"" feature is supported with Windows® XP with 
Service Pack 2 / Vista™ / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFirex™ and Quad CrossFirex™ feature 
are supported with Windows® Vista™ / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for 
AMD™ CrossFirex™ driver updates. 


A 1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the 
ar performance benefits of CrossFireX"". All three CrossFireX"" components, a 
CrossFireX"" Ready graphics card, a CrossFireX"" Ready motherboard and a 
CrossFireX"" Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly 

to benefit from the CrossFireX"" multi-GPU platform. 
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFirex™ Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both 


cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFirex™ mode. 


2.6.1 Graphics Card Setup 


2.6.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireX"-Ready Graphics 
Cards 


| Different CrossFirex™ cards may require different methods to enable CrossFi- 
$\ rex™ feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example 
Å graphics card. For other CrossFirex™ cards that AMD™ has released or will 
release in the future, please refer to AMD™ graphics card manuals for detailed 
installation guide. 


Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon 
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated 
on the slots. 





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Step 2. 


Step 3. 


Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on 
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards. 
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not 
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor 
for details.) 





Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graph- 
ics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert 
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor 
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.) 


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2.6.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireX"-Ready Graphics 


Cards 
Step 1. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation 
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”. 





Step 2. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation 
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”. 





Step 3. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIES slot. For the proper installation 
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”. 





Step 4. Use one CrossFire™ Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2 
and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFire™ Bridge to connect Radeon 
graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. (CrossFire™ Bridge is provided 
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. 
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.) 


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Step 5. 





CrossFire'" Bridge 





Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graph- 
ics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert 
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor 
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.) 





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2.6.2 Driver Installation and Setup 


Step 1. 
Step 2. 





Step 3. 


Step 4. 
Step 5. 


Step 6. 


Power on your computer and boot into OS. 
Remove the ATI™ driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your sys- 
tem. 


The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this 
utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation. 
Please check AMD website for ATI™ driver updates. 


Install the required drivers to your system. 

For Windows” XP OS: 

A. AMD™ recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be 
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed 
in your system, there is no need to download it again): 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx 

B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to 
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please 
check Microsoft website for details. 

For Windows” 7 / Vista™ OS: 

Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for de- 

tails. 

Restart your computer. 

Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer. 

Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar. 


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ATI Catalyst Control Center 


Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFi- 
reX'"”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireX""”. Select *2 GPUs” 
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select “3 
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards). 


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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFire™”, the Cross- 


Firex™ function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically 
reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option 
“Enable CrossFire’ in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; 
if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of 
CrossFirex™ feature. 





Step 7. You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFirex™, 3-Way CrossFirex™ or 
Quad CrossFireX"" feature. 


* CrossFireX"" appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD™ Technologies Inc., and is 
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe. 

* For further information of AMD™ CrossFirex™ technology, please check AMD website for 
updates and details. 


2./ Surround Display Feature 

This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on PCI 
Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature. 
For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following path in the 
Support CD: 

..\ Surround Display Information 


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2.8 Jumpers Setup 

The illustration shows how jumpers are 

setup. When the jumper cap is placed on 

pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap -i Vy 


is placed on pins, the jumper is "Open”. The 


illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose 
Short Open 





pint and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap 

is placed on these 2 pins. 

Jumper Settin 

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(CLRCMOS1) Go CEE 


(see p.12, No. 3) Default Clear CMOS 





Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS in- 
cludes system setup information such as system password, date, time, and 
system setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to de- 
fault setup, please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the 
power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2 
and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the 
CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when 
you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then 
shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. 


The Clear CMOS Switch has the same function as the Clear CMOS 
jumper. 





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2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors 


Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place 
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps 
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the 
motherboard! 








FDD connector 
(33-pin FLOPPY 1) 
(see p.12 No. 30) 





the red-striped side to Pin1 


Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the 
connector. 


Primary IDE connector (Blue) 
(39-pin IDE 1, see p.12 No. 18) 





connect the blue end KV sp connect the black end 
to the motherboard to the IDE devices 
80-conductor ATA 66/100/133 cable 


Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details. 


Serial ATA (SATA) | Either end of the SATA data 
Data Cable cable can be connected to the 
(Optional) = SATAS3 hard disk or the SATA3 


connector on this motherboard. 


3.5mm Audio Cable 
(Optional) 


Either end of the 3.5mm audio 
cable can be connected to the 
portable audio devices, such 
as MP3 player and mobile 
phone or the Line-in port of 
your PC. 





Serial ATA (SATA) Please connect the black end 


Power Cable v J of SATA power cable to the 
(Optional) Gate Jå A power connector on each drive. 


HDD power connector w Then connect the white end of 


connect to the SATA power cable to the power 
power supply connector of the power supply. 


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Serial ATA3 Connectors 
(SATA3 1 2: see p.12, No. 21) 
(SATA3 3 4: see p.12, No. 20) 
(SATA3 5 6: see p.12, No. 19) 
(SATA3 7:see p.12, No. 32) 
(SATA3 8: see p.12, No. 33) 


USB 2.0 Headers 
(9-pin USB2 3) 
(see p.12 No. 14) 


(9-pin USB8 9) 
(see p.12 No. 13) 


USB 3.0 Header 
(19-pin USB3 0 1) 
(see p.12 No. 28) 


Infrared Module Header 
(5-pin IR1) 
(see p.12 No. 44) 





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These eight Serial ATA3 
(SATA3) connectors support 
SATA data cables for internal 
storage devices. The current 
SATAS interface allows up to 
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate. If 
you install the HDD on the 
eSATA port on the rear I/O, 
the internal SATA3_ 8 will not 
function. 


Besides six default USB 2.0 
ports on the I/O panel, there 
are two USB 2.0 headers on 
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0 
header can support two USB 
2.0 ports. 


Besides two default USB 3.0 
ports on the I/O panel, there is 
one USB 3.0 header on this 
motherboard. This USB 3.0 
header can support two USB 
3.0 ports. 


This header supports an 
optional wireless transmitting 
and receiving infrared module. 


Internal Audio Connectors This connector allows you 


(4-pin CD) 


CD1 to receive stereo audio input 


(CD1: see p.12 No. 42) eeu from sound sources such as 
500-4 
a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, TV 
tuner card, or MPEG card. 
Front Panel Audio Header on aa This is an interface for the front 
(9-pin HD AUDIO1) MIC2 R PRESENCE# panel audio cable that allows 
OUT2_R MIC_RET . . 
(see p.12 No. 43) J SENSE convenient connection and 
OUT2_L OUT_RET 


. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio 


System Panel Header 


(9-pin PANEL1) 


control of audio devices. 


High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on 
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the 
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system. 


header as below: 
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L. 
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L. 
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND). 
D. MIC RET and OUT RET are for HD audio panel only. You don't 
need to connect them for AC'97 audio panel. 
E. To activate the front mic. 
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: 
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”. 
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit OS: 
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust 
“Recording Volume”. 


This header accommodates 
several system front panel 





(see p.12 No. 29) functions. 
a N Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator 
$ \ on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. 


Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables. 


PWRBTN (Power Switch): 
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may con- 
figure the way to turn off your system using the power switch. 


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Chassis Speaker Header  : aa 
SPEAKER 
) DUMMY 


(4-pin SPEAKER 1 
(see p.12 No. 23) 


RESET (Reset Switch): 

Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset 
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to per- 
form a normal restart. 

PLED (System Power LED): 

Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The 
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking 
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system 
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). 

HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED): 

Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The 
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data. 


The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module 
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive 
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front 
panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the 
pin assign-ments are matched correctly. 


sy DUMMY speaker to this header. 


Please connect the chassis 


Power LED Header 
(3-pin PLED1) 


PLED 
r+ 


(see p.12 No. 22) PLEDE 


Chassis and Power Fan Connectors 


(4-pin CHA_FAN1) 
(see p.12 No. 45) 


(3-pin CHA_FAN2) 
(see p.12 No. 4) 


(3-pin CHA_FAN3) 
(see p.12 No. 2) 


CHA_ 


12V 
CHA_FAN_SPEED 


FAN_SPEED 
+12V 
GND 


GND 


+12V 
CHA_FAN_SPEED 


GND 
4 


FAN_SPEED_CONTROL 


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Please connect the chassis 
power LED to this header to 
indicate system power status. 
The LED is on when the system 
is operating. The LED keeps 
blinking in S1 state. The LED is 
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state 
(power off). 


Please connect the fan cables 
to the fan connectors and 
match the black wire to the 
ground pin. CHA_FAN1/2/3 fan 
speed can be controlled through 
UEFI or AXTU. 


(3-pin PWR_FAN1) 
(see p.12 No. 40) 
PWR_FAN_SPEED 
+12V 


CPU Fan Connectors CONF SPEED Please connect the CPU fan 
+12V | FAN SPEED CONTROL 
(4-pin CPU FAN1) es cable to the connector and 
(see p.12 No. 6) ee match the black wire to the 
ground pin. 


À Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin 
/#\ CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. 
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this 
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3. 
Pin 1-3 Connected +— ET 





3-Pin Fan Installation 


(3-pin CPU FAN2) gr 


(see p.12 No. 7) GND | PWR FAN SPEED 


ATX Power Connector 
(24-pin ATXPWR1) 
(see p.12 No. 12) 


Please connect an ATX power 
supply to this connector. 





/#\ Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector, 

i 5 it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply. 
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power 
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13. 


20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation 





ATX 12V Power Connector 
(8-pin ATX12V1) 
(see p.12 No. 5) 


Please connect an ATX 12V 
power supply to this connector. 





“A | Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work 
f \ if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power 
= supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5. , 


4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation 





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IEEE 1394 Header GNB 
(9-pin FRONT_1394) FN AE 
GND GND 


(see p.12 No. 15) 


RXTPAM 0 RXTPAP 0 


Serial port Header 
(9-pin COM1) 
(see p.12 No.31) 





DDCD#1 


HDMI_SPDIF Header 


(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1) Jo] 


| GND 
SPDIFOUT 


(see p.12 No. 1) 


Front USB 3.0 Panel Installation Guide 


Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0 
Panel, four HDD screws, and six 
chassis screws. 








Sea Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into 
the 2.5” drive bay of the chassis. 








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Besides one default IEEE 1394 
port on the I/O panel, there is 
one IEEE 1394 header 
(FRONT_ 1394) on this 
motherboard. This IEEE 1394 
header can support one IEEE 
1394 port. 


This COM1 header supports a 
serial port module. 


HDMI_SPDIF header, providing 
SPDIF audio output to HDMI 
VGA card, allows the system to 
connect HDMI Digital TV/ 
projector/LCD devices. Please 
connect the HDMI SPDIF 
connector of HDMI VGA card to 
this header. 


Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front 


USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws. 






SGE] Screw the Front USB 5.0 Panel to 


the drive bay with six chassis screws. 


Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the Step 6 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready 





USB 3.0 header (USB3 0 1) on the to use. 
motherboard. 





Rear USB 3.0 Bracket Installation Guide 





Unscrew the two screws from the Front Put the USB 3.0 cable and the 
USB 3.0 Panel. rear USB 3.0 bracket together. 





Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into 
the chassis. 





Sie) Screw the two screws into the rear Step 4 
USB 3.0 bracket. 








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2.10 Smart Switches 

This motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear 
CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the system or clear the 
CMOS values. 





Power Switch Power Switch is a smart switch, 
(PWRBTN) (D allowing users to quickly turn 
(see p.12 No. 26) on/off the system. 





Reset Switch Reset Switch is a smart switch, 
(RSTBTN) allowing users to quickly reset 
(see p.12 No. 25) the system. 

Clear CMOS Switch z Clear CMOS Switch is a smart 
(CLRCBTN) i: | switch, allowing users to quickly 
(see p.13 No. 17) = clear the CMOS values 


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2.11 Dr. Debug 


Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even 
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes. 


Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard) 
Microcode not loaded 

PEI Core is started 

Pre-memory CPU initialization is started 

Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific) 


Ox1A Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific) 
Ox1B Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific) 
Ox1 Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific 
Ox 1D — Ox2A OEM pre-memory initialization codes 

Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading 


Memory initialization. Memory presence detection 
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information 
Memory initialization. Configuring memory 


Ox2F Memory initialization (other) 
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below) 
Memory Installed 


CPU post-memory initialization is started 
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization 


CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP) initialization 

CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP) selection 

0x36 CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode (SMM) 
initialization 





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2.12 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation 

This motherboard adopts AMD SB950 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATAS3) 
hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5) functions for 
SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 connectors. It also adopts Marvell SE9120 chipset that sup- 
ports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks for SATA3_7 and SATA3_8 connectors. You 
may install SATA3 hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This 
section will guide you to install the SATA3 hard disks. 


STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis. 

STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk. 

STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard's SATA3 con- 
nector. 

STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk. 


2.13 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs 

This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID / 
AHCI mode. AMD SB950 and Marvell SE9120 chipsets provide hardware support 
for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for 
SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort. 


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F What is Hot Plug Function? 
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot 
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system 
is still power-on and in working condition. 
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been 
installed into the SATA3 HDD. 


What is Hot Swap Function? 

If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot Swap” 
for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is still 
power-on and in working condition. 


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2.14 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide 

This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA3 HDD in RAID / AHCI 
mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you 
process the SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the 
motherboard gift box pack. 

A. 7-pin SATA data cable 

B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface 


A. SATA data cable (Red) B. SATA power cable 





The SATA 15-pin power 1x4-pin conventional 
connector connector (Black) connect power connector (White) 
to SATA3 HDD connect to power supply 
Caution 
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA3 Hot Plug cannot be 
processed. 


2. Even some SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE 
1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional 
power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause 
the HDD damage and data loss. 


Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug: 
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports 

SATA3 HDD Hot Plug. 

* The SATAS Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of 
its limitation, the SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is 
indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com 

2. Make sure your SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or 

HDD user manual. The SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will 

be damaged under the Hot Plug operation. 

3. Please make sure the SATA3 driver is installed into system properly. The latest 

SATAS driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com 

4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our 
motherboard package. 

5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or 
data loss. 


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How to Hot Plug a SATA3 HDD: 


Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug: 
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper 
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss. 


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Connect SATA data cable to 


end (White) to the power supply 1x4-pin the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3 
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How to Hot Unplug a SATA3 HDD: 


Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug: 
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper 
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss. 


Unplug SATA data cable from SATA3 HDD side. 





2.15 Driver Installation Guide 

To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical 
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and 
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side 
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly. 


2.16 Installing Windows” 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / 


Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows” 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit 
on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please 
follow below procedures according to the OS you install. 


2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or 
more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps. 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY —* Advanced screen — Storage Configuration. 
B. Set the "SATA Mode” option to [RAID]. 
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. 
A. Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system. 
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and 
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as 
the boot device. 
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver diskette 
[YN]?”, press <Y>. 
D. Then you will see these messages, 
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive. 
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will 
lose ALL data in it! 
Start to format and copy files [YN]? 
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key. 
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA3 drivers into 
the floppy diskette. 


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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration. 

Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation 
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID 
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD: 

.. \ RAID Installation Guide 

STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. 

After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your 
system. At the beginning of Windows” setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID 
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD RAID 
driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to 
install according to the OS you install. 


2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / 


Vista™ 64-bit With RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit on a RAID disk 
composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below 
steps. 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 

A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY —» Advanced screen —+ Storage Configuration. 

B. Set the "SATA Mode” option to [RAID]. 

STEP 2: Use "RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration. 

Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation 

guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID 

installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD: 

.. RAID Installation Guide 

STEP 3: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. 

Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 45. 

STEP 4: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit OS on your sys- 
tem. 


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2.17 Installing Windows” 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / 


Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit 
OS on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below procedures 
according to the OS you install. 


2.17.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows” XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID 
functions, please follow below steps. 


Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode) 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY —* Advanced screen — Storage Configuration. 
B. Set the option "SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 ports.) 
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3 7 and 
SATA3 8 ports.) 
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. 
Make a SATAS driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 45. 
STEP 3: Install Windows” XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. 
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the begin- 
ning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompt- 
ed, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver. After reading 
the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to 
the OS you install. 


Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode) 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY —+ Advanced screen —» Storage Configuration. 
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_1 to SATA3 6 ports.) 
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3 7 and 
SATA3 8 ports.) 
STEP 2: Install Windows” XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. 


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2.17.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / 


Vista™ 64-bit Without RAID Functions 
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit on your SATA3 
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps. 


Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode) 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY —» Advanced screen — Storage Configuration. 
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 ports.) 
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_7 and 
SATA3_ 8 ports.) 
STEP 2: Install Windows” 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit OS on your sys- 
tem. 


Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode) 


STEP 1: Set up UEFI. 
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY — Advanced screen — Storage Configuration. 
B. Set the option "SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 ports.) 
Set the option "Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3 7 and 
SATA3 8 ports.) 
STEP 2: Install Windows” 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit OS on your sys- 
tem. 


2.18 Untied Overclocking Technology 

This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during 
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you 
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter "Overclock Mode” option of UEFI 
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied 
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can 
operate under a more stable overclocking environment. 


| À Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk 
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY 


3.1 Introduction 

This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your sys- 
tem. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You 
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press 
<F2> or <Del>during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP 
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines. 

If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by 
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system 
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on. 


Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following 
UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only, 
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen. 





3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar 

The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections: 
Main To set up the system time/date information 

OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features 

Advanced To set up the advanced UEFI features 

H/W Monitor To display current hardware status 


Boot To set up the default system device to locate and load the 
Operating System 

Security To set up the security features 

Exit To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY 


Use < <— > key or < —*> key to choose among the selections on the menu 
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen. 


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3.1.2 Navigation Keys 


Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation 
key. 


Navigation Key(s) Function Description 


<— | — Moves cursor left or right to select Screens 

ME Moves cursor up or down to select items 

+ / - To change option for the selected items 
<Enter> To bring up the selected screen 
<F1> To display the General Help Screen 
<F9> To load optimal default values for all the settings 
<F10> To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY 
<ESC> To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen 


3.2 Main Screen 


When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display 
the system overview. 


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System Time [Hour:Minute:Second] 
Use this item to specify the system time. 
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year] 
Use this item to specify the system date. 


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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen 
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features. 


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CPU Configuration 

Overclock Mode 
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and 
[Manual]. The default value is [Auto]. 

Spread Spectrum 
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability. 

ASRock UCC 
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation. 
As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can 
unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When 
UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the 
quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also in- 
crease L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade 
CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is 
supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+ 
CPU can support this function because some CPU's hidden core may be 
malfunctioned. 

CPU Active Core Control 
This allows you to adjust CPU Active Core Control feature. The configura- 
tion options depend on the CPU core you adopt. The default value is [Dis- 
abled]. 

Processor Maximum Frequency 
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference. 

North Bridge Maximum Frequency 
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference. 

Processor Maximum Voltage 
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference. 


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Multiplier/Voltage Change 
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust 
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is 
recommended to keep the default value for system stability. 

HT Bus Speed 
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed. Configura- 
tion options: [200MHZ] to [2000MHZ]. 

HT Bus Width 
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width. Configuration 
options: [8 Bit] and [16 Bit]. 


DRAM Configuration 

DRAM Frequency 
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s) 
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically. 


DRAM Timing Control 


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Power Down Enable 
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode. 

Bank Interleaving 
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the 
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention. 

Channel Interleaving 
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration op- 
tions: [Disabled], [Auto]. The default value is [Auto]. 


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CAS# Latency (tCL) 
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The 
default is [Auto]. 

RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Row Precharge Time (tRP) 
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

RAS# Active Time (tRAS) 
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Command Rate (CR) 
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min: 
1T. Max: 2T. The default is [Auto]. 

RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) 
Use this item to change RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) Auto/Manual setting. The 
default is [Auto]. 

Write Recovery Time (tWR) 
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) 
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) 
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Write to Read Delay (tWTR) 
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Read to Precharge (tRTP) 
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting. 
The default is [Auto]. 

Four Activate Window (tFAW) 
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual 
setting. The default is [Auto]. 


Voltage Control 


DRAM Voltage 
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. 


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NB Voltage 
Use this to select NB Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. 
HT Voltage 
Use this to select HT Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. 
CPU Load-line calibration 
Use this to select CPU Load-line calibration. The default value is [Auto]. 
CPU VDDA Voltage 
Use this to select CPU VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. 
PCIE VDDA Voltage 
Use this to select PCIE VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. 


Would you like to save current setting user defaults? 


In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults 
according to your own requirements. 


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3.4 Advanced Screen 

In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configu- 
ration, Nouth Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configura- 
tion, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, and USB Configuration. 


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Setting wrong values in this section may cause 
the system to malfunction. 





Instant Flash 
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This conve- 
nient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering 
operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool 
and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard 
drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without prepar- 
ing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please 
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file 
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI 
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update 
your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process completes. 


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3.4.1 CPU Configuration 


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Cool ‘n’ Quiet 
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ technology. The 
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. 
If you install Windows® 7 / Vista™ and want to enable this function, please 
set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function may re- 
duce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or 
compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies. Please 
set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs. 

Secure Virtual Machine 

When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture) 
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The 
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. 

Enhance Halt State (C1E) 
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported 
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no 
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor 
maintains the context of the system caches. 

CPU Thermal Throttle 
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep 
the CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto]. 


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Primary Graphics Adapter 
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video 
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple 
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Con- 
figuration options: [PCI] and [PCI Express]. 

IOMMU 
Use this to enable or disable IOMMU. The default value of this feature is 
[Disabled]. 


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Onboard HD Audio 
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If 
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound 
Card is plugged. 
Front Panel 
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel. 
On/Off Play 
Use this item to enable or disable On/Off Play Technology. The default val- 
ue is [Enabled]. When On/Off Play is enabled, Deep Sx will be disabled. If 
you want to enable Deep Sx, please disable On/Off Play first. 
Onboard LAN 
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature. 
Good Night LED 
This allows you to enable to turn off Power LED, Lan LED at power on. 
Onboard Debug Port LED 
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard Debug Port LED. 


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3.4.4 Storage Configuration 


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SATA Controller 
This item is for SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 ports. Use this item to enable or dis- 
able the "SATA Controller” feature. 

SATA Mode 
This item is for SATA3 1 to SATA3 6 ports.Use this item to adjust SATA 
Mode. The default value of this option is [IDE Mode]. Configuration op- 
tions: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Model]. 


If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install 
SATA ODD driver on SATA3 5 or SATA3 6 port. 





SATA IDE Combined Mode 
This item is for SATA3 5 and SATA3 6 ports. Use this item to enable or 
disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled]. 


If you want to build RAID on SATA3 5 and SATA3 6 ports, 
please disable this item. 





Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode 
This item is for Marvell SATA3 7 and SATA3 8/eSATA3 ports. Use this 
item to adjust the "Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” feature. Configuration 
options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE 
Mode]. 
Marvell SATA3 Bootable 
Use this to enable or disable Onboard Marvell SATA3 Option ROM. If 
Option ROM is disabled, UEFI cannot use the SATA device to connect to 


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Marvell SATA3 controller as Boot Device. 


We recommend to use SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports for your 
bootable device. This will minimum your boot time and get the 
best performance. But if you still want to boot from Marvell SATA3 
controller, please set this item to [Yes]. 





Onboard IDE & 1394 Controller 
Use this item to enable or disable the “Onboard IDE & 1394 Controller” 
feature. 

Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. 
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analy- 
sis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] 
and [Enabled]. 


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OnBoard Floppy Controller 
Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller. 
Serial Port 
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port. 
Serial Port Address 
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration 
options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4]. 
Infrared Port 
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port. 
Infrared Port Address 
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.Configuration 
options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3]. 


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Suspend to RAM 
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-to- 
RAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it. 

Check Ready Bit 
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit. 

Restore on AC/Power Loss 
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss. 
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power re- 
covers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system 
starts to boot up when the power recovers. 

PS/2 Keyboard Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system 
from the power-soft-off mode. 

PCI Devices Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from 
the power-soft-off mode. 

Ring-In Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system 
from the power-soft-off mode. 

RTC Alarm Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the 
system. 

USB Keyboard/Remote Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB 
Keyboard/Remote. 


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USB Mouse Power On 
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB 
Mouse. 

ACPI HPET table 
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is 
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this moth- 
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3.4.7 USB Configuration 


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USB 2.0 Controller 
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller. 

USB 3.0 Controller 
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller. 

Legacy USB Support 
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four 
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Disabled], [Auto] and [UEFI Setup Only]. 
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the 
details of these four options: 
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB. 
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and 
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility is- 
sue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS. 
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected. 
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI 
setup and Windows / Linux OS. 

Legacy USB 3.0 Support 
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices. 
The default value is [Disabled]. 


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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen 

In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system, 
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU 
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage. 


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CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting 
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full 
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On]. 
Chassis Fan 1 Setting 
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full 
On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On]. 
Chassis Fan 2 Setting 
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full 
On] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On]. 
Chassis Fan 3 Setting 
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Confi guration options: [Full 
On] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On]. 


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3.6 Boot Screen 


In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to config- 
ure the boot settings and the boot priority. 


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Setup Prompt Timeout 
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key. 
65535(0xFFFF) means indefinite waiting. 

Bootup Num-Lock 
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock 
function after boot-up. 

Full Screen Logo 
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled]. 
AddOn ROM Display 
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full 
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the 
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] 
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled]. 

Boot Failure Guard 
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard. 

Boot Failure Guard Count 
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count. 

Boot From Onboard LAN 
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature. 


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3.7 Security Screen 


In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system. 
For the user password, you may also clear it. 


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3.8 Exit Screen 


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Save Changes and Exit 
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save 
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to save the changes 
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. 

Discard Changes and Exit 
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard 
changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY 
without saving any changes. 

Discard Changes 
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard 
changes?” Select [Yes] to discard all changes. 

Load UEFI Defaults 
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used 
for this operation. 

Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device 
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the 
available filesystem devices. 


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4. Software Support 


4.1 Install Operating System 

This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 
7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings 
and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general 
reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information. 


4.2 Support CD Information 
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and 
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features. 


4.2.1 Running The Support CD 

To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD 
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN?” is enabled in your com- 
outer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on 
the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the 
menus. 


4.2.2 Drivers Menu 
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the 
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices. 


4.2.3 Utilities Menu 
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard sup- 
ports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it. 


4.2.4 Contact Information 

If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome 
to visit ASRock's website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your 
dealer for further information. 


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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 21B 


This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows? OS to be 
installed on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to 
install the operating system. 


1. Please make sure to use Windows? Vista™ 64-bit (with SP1 or 
above) or Windows® 7 64-bit. 

2. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility > Advanced > Storage 
Configuration > SATA Mode. 

3. Press F11 to launch boot menu at system POST. 

4. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx*“ to boot. (“xxx” is the device which contains 
your Windows? installation fi les. Normally it is an optical drive.) 

5. Start Windows” installation. 


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