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M E13369 Revised Edition V2 May 2018 Copyright © 2018 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (“ASUS”). Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing. ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. 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If however you encounter any problems in obtaining the full corresponding source code we would be much obliged if you give us a notification to the email address gpl@asus.com, stating the product and describing the problem (please DO NOT send large attachments such as source code archives, etc. to this email address). ii Contents Safety information...................................................................................................... vi About this guide........................................................................................................ vii ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary................................................... ix Package contents..................................................................................................... xiv Installation tools and components.......................................................................... xv Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1.1 Motherboard overview...............................................................................1-1 1.1.1 Before you proceed.....................................................................1-1 1.1.2 Motherboard layout .....................................................................1-2 1.1.3 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ...................................................1-4 1.1.4 System memory ..........................................................................1-5 1.1.5 Expansion slots...........................................................................1-7 1.1.6 Onboard buttons and switches....................................................1-9 1.1.7 Jumper......................................................................................1-13 1.1.8 Onboard LEDs ..........................................................................1-14 1.1.9 Internal connectors....................................................................1-16 1.1.10 ProbeIt.......................................................................................1-30 Chapter 2: Basic Installation 2.1 Building your PC system...........................................................................2-1 2.1.1 CPU installation...........................................................................2-1 2.1.2 CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation...............................2-4 2.1.3 Motherboard installation..............................................................2-5 2.1.4 DIMM installation.........................................................................2-6 2.1.5 ATX power connection................................................................2-7 2.1.6 SATA device connection.............................................................2-7 2.1.7 Front I/O connector.....................................................................2-8 2.1.8 Expansion card installation .........................................................2-9 2.1.9 M.2 installation ..........................................................................2-11 2.1.10 Wi-Fi antenna installation..........................................................2-12 2.2 BIOS update utility...................................................................................2-13 2.3 Motherboard rear and audio connections .............................................2-14 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection ..................................................................2-14 2.3.2 Audio I/O connections...............................................................2-16 2.4 Starting up for the first time....................................................................2-18 2.5 Turning off the computer ........................................................................2-18 iii Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.1 Knowing BIOS ............................................................................................3-1 3.2 BIOS setup program ..................................................................................3-2 3.2.1 Advanced Mode ..........................................................................3-3 3.2.2 EZ Mode......................................................................................3-6 3.2.3 Q-Fan Control .............................................................................3-7 3.2.4 EZ Tuning Wizard .......................................................................3-9 3.3 My Favorites .............................................................................................3-11 3.4 Main menu ................................................................................................3-13 3.5 Extreme Tweaker menu ...........................................................................3-13 3.6 Advanced menu .......................................................................................3-14 3.6.1 AMD fTPM configuration...........................................................3-14 3.6.2 ROG Effects..............................................................................3-14 3.6.3 SATA Configuration ..................................................................3-15 3.6.4 Onboard Devices Configuration................................................3-15 3.6.5 APM Configuration....................................................................3-18 3.6.6 CPU Configuration ....................................................................3-18 3.6.7 Network Stack Configuration.....................................................3-18 3.6.8 HDD/SSD SMART Information .................................................3-18 3.6.9 USB Configuration ....................................................................3-19 3.7 Monitor menu ...........................................................................................3-19 3.8 Boot menu ................................................................................................3-20 3.9 Tool menu.................................................................................................3-21 3.9.1 ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utility ............................................................3-21 3.9.2 Secure Erase ............................................................................3-22 3.9.3 ASUS Overclocking Profile .......................................................3-23 3.9.4 ROG OC Panel H-Key Configure..............................................3-23 3.9.5 ASUS SPD Information.............................................................3-23 3.9.6 Graphics Card Information........................................................3-24 3.10 Exit menu..................................................................................................3-24 3.11 Updating BIOS..........................................................................................3-25 3.11.1 EZ Update.................................................................................3-25 3.11.2 ASUS EZ Flash 3......................................................................3-26 3.11.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3..........................................................3-28 iv Chapter 4: RAID Support 4.1 AMD RAID Array configurations...............................................................4-1 4.1.1 RAID definitions ..........................................................................4-1 Appendix Notices .................................................................................................................... A-1 ASUS contact information...................................................................................... A-8 v Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical 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 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. vi 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. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard. • Chapter 2: Basic Installation This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing system components. • Chapter 3: BIOS Setup This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided. • Chapter 4: RAID Support This chapter describes the RAID configurations. Where to find more information Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. 1. ASUS website The ASUS website ( asus.com) provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. 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. vii 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. Typography Bold text Indicates a menu or an item to select. Italics Used to emphasize a word or a phrase. <Key> 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 (+). viii ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary CPU AMD® SocketTR4 for AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors * Refer to asus.com for CPU support list. Chipset AMD® X399 AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors

Memory Expansion slots - 8 x DIMM, max. 128GB, DDR4 3600(O.C) / 3200(O.C) / 2800(O.C) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory* * Please refer to Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for details. AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors - 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (supports x16, x8+x8, x8+x4+x4, x4+x4+x4+x4)* - 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (supports x8, x4+x4)* AMD® X399 chipset - 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 - 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 * The PCIE_x8/x4_4 slot shares bandwidth with U.2.

Multi-GPU support Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way/3-Way/2-way GPU SLI™ Technology Supports AMD® 4-Way/3-Way/2-way GPU CrossFireX™ Technology AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors* - 1 x DIMM.2 Card with 2 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)

Storage USB LAN - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/ (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support - 1 x U.2 port AMD® X399 chipset - 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors - 8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (8 ports at back panel[blue]) AMD® X399 chipset - 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector - 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (4 ports at mid-board) - 2 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board) ASMedia® 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller - 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (1 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C™ at back panel) ROG AREION 10G Ethernet Card Intel® Ethernet Controller I211-AT Anti-surge LANGuard ROG GameFirst IV (continued on the next page)

ix ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC - Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback* - High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input - Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs - SupremeFX Shielding Technology

Audio Special Features - Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-retasking - Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel ESS® SABRE9018Q2C High Definition DAC Audio Feature - Sonic Studio III - Sonic Radar III * Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio. ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5 - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App ASUS Wi-Fi GO! Module - 1x1 802.11 ad Wi-Fi - 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support dual frequency band 2.4/5 GHz ASUS Exclusive Features - AI Suite 3 - USB 3.1 Boost - AI Charger+ - Push Notice ASUS EZ DIY - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 3 - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall) ASUS Q-Design - LIVEDASH OLED - ASUS Q-Connector - ASUS SafeSlot - ASUS SafeDIMM slots (continued on the next page)

x ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary Extreme Engine Digi+ - MicroFine Alloy Choke - NexFET MOSFETs - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors ROG DIMM.2 extension card with two M.2 slots Pre-mounted IO Shield OC Zone - Start Button - Reset Button - Safe Boot Button - ReTry Button - LN2 Mode - Slow Mode switch - PCIe x16 lane switches

ROG Exclusive Features Back I/O Ports UEFI BIOS features - Extreme Tweaker - Tweakers’ Paradise - ROG SSD Secure Erase - O.C. Profile - Graphics Card Information Preview KeyBot II - One-click overclocking - DirectKey - Clr CMOS - Power On ROG RAMCache II ROG Overwolf ROG CPU-Z ROG CloneDrive 1 x Clear CMOS Button 1 x BIOS Flashback Button 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (1x1 802.11 ad Wi-Fi + 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.1) 8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports [blue] 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (1 x Type-A [red] and 1 x Type-C™ [black]) 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 5 x LED-illuminated audio jacks (continued on the next page)

xi ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 1 x USB 2.0 header supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports [via ROG_EXT header] 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors 1 x U.2 port 1 x DIMM.2 slot 1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (Supports PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) 1 x 4-Pin CPU fan connector 1 x 4-Pin CPU_OPT fan connector 1 x 4-Pin H_AMP Fan connector 1 x 4-Pin W_PUMP+ connector 2 x 4-Pin Chassis fan connectors 2 x Thermal sensor connectors 1 x 24-Pin EATX power connector

Internal I/O Ports Wireless & Bluetooth 2 x 8-Pin EATX 12V power connectors 1 x EZ Plug connector (4-pin Molex power connector) 1 x W_IN header 1 x W_OUT header 1 x W_FLOW header 1 x WB_SENSOR header 2 x Aura RGB headers 1 x Aura Addressable header 1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP) 1 x Start button 1 x Reset button 1 x Safe Boot button 1 x ReTry button 1 x Slow mode Switch 1 x LN2 mode jumper 1 x TPM connector 1 x System panel connector Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) supports frequency band 60GHz* Up to 4.6Gbps 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac supports dual frequency band 2.4/5 GHz Up to 867Mbps transfer speed Bluetooth v4.1** * 802.11ad(WiGig) is only available in certified countries. ** Support for the Bluetooth specification depends on the Windows® version. (continued on the next page)

xii ROG ZENITH EXTREME specifications summary 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.1, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree

BIOS BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

Manageability WfM 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE Drivers ROG GameFirst technology ROG RAMDisk ROG RAMCache II ROG CPU-Z Overwolf ROG Keybot II CloneDrive

Software Kaspersky® Anti-Virus DAEMON Tools Software LIVEDASH Sonic Studio III Sonic Radar III Aura WinZip Fan Xpert 4 ASUS Utilities

Operating System Support Windows® 10 64-bit Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor, 12 inch x 10.9 inch (30.5cm x 27.7cm) • Specifications are subject to change without notice. • Visit the ASUS website for the software manual. xiii Package contents Check your motherboard package for the following items. Motherboard 1 x ROG ZENITH EXTREME motherboard 1 x 3-in-1 thermistor cable 3 x 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s Cables

Cables Accessories 1 x RGB LED extension cable 1 x RGB Addressable LED extension cable 1 x Wafer cable 1 x ROG DIMM.2 Card 1 x ROG DIMM.2 fan stand pack 1 x SLI™ HB Bridge(2-way-L) 1 x 3-Way SLI™ bridge 1 x 4-Way SLI™ bridge 1 x ROG AREION 10G Ethernet Card 3 x M.2 Screw Package 1 x FAN_EXT card 1 x Bracket for FAN_EXT card 1 x Q-Connector Kit 1 x ROG Coaster 1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label 1 x ROG big sticker 1 x ROG VGA holder 1 x ASUS 1x1 dual band Wi-Fi moving antenna (Wi-Fi 802.11ad compliant) 1 x ASUS 2x2 dual band Wi-Fi moving antenna (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

Application drive 1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers Documentation 1 x User guide If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer. xiv Installation tools and components 1 Bag of screws Phillips (cross) screwdriver PC chassis Power supply unit AMD® SocketTR4 CPU AMD® SocketTR4 compatible CPU Fan DDR4 DIMM SATA hard disk drive SATA optical disc drive (optional) Graphics card (optional) The tools and components in the table above are not included in the motherboard package. xv xvi Product Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1 r 1.1 Motherboard overview e t p 1.1.1 Before you proceed a h Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change C 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. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-1 1.1.2 Motherboard layout C h a p t e r 1 Refer to 1.1.9 Internal connectors and 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection for more information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors. 1-2 Chapter 1: Product Introduction Layout contents Connectors/Jumpers/Buttons and switches/Slots Page 1. Water Block connector (9 pin WB_SENSOR) 1-28 2. DDR4 DIMM slots 1-5 1 3. CPU SocketTR4 1-4 r 4. AURA RGB headers (4-pin RGB_HEADER1-2) 1-23 e t 5. DIMM.2 slot (DIMM.2_SLOT) 1-27 p 6. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V1; 8-pin a EATX12V2; 4-pin EZ_PLUG)) 1-21 h C 7. CPU, CPU optional, high amp, water pump+, extension, cover, and chassis

fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin H_AMP_FAN; 4-pin W_PUMP+; 3-pin COV_FAN; 5-pin EXT_FAN; 4-pin CHA_FAN1-2) 1-20

8. Power-on button (START) 1-9 9. RESET button (RESET) 1-9 10. PCIe x16 Lane switch (PCIEX16_SW) 1-12 11. ProbeIt 1-30 12. USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector (U31G2_1) 1-17 13. Thermal sensor connectors (2-pin T_SENSOR1-2) 1-19 14. LED connectors (8-pin LED_CON2; 13-pin LED_CON3) 1-23 15. M.2 sockets (M.2_1(Socket 3)) 1-26 16. USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector (20-1 pin U31G1_910; 20-1 pin U31G1_1112) 1-18 17. LN2 Mode jumper (3-pin LN2_MODE) 1-13 18. AMD® Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_12; SATA 6G_34; SATA 6G_56) 1-16 19. Water in, water out, and water flow connectors (2-pin W_IN; 2-pin W_OUT; 3-pin W_FLOW) 1-28 20. U.2 connector (U.2) 1-26 21. System panel connectors (10-1 pin F_PANEL; 4-pin SPEAKER) 1-22 22. ReTry button (RETRY_BUTTON) 1-10 23. Safe Boot button (SAFE_BOOT) 1-10 24. Slow Mode switch (SLOW_MODE) 1-11 25. RSVD switch (RSVD) 1-11 26. USB 2.0 connector (10-1 pin USB1314) 1-19 27. ROG Extension connector (18-1 pin ROG_EXT) 1-29 28. Addressable RGB header (4-1 pin ADD_HEADER) 1-24 29. TPM connector (14-1 pin TPM) 1-25 30. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 1-17 31. OLED connector (9-pin OLED_HEADER) 1-25 ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-3 1.1.3 Central Processing Unit (CPU) The motherboard comes with a SocketTR4 designed for the AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors. C h a p t e r 1 The SocketTR4 has a different pinout design. Ensure that you use a CPU designed for the SocketTR4. 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! Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU. 1-4 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1.1.4 System memory The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 4 (DDR4) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) slots. 1 A DDR4 module is notched differently from a DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 module. DO NOT r install a DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 memory module to the DDR4 slot. e t p a h C Recommended memory configurations ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-5 Memory configurations You may install 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB unbuffered and non‑ECC DDR4 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets. C • You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A, Channel B, Channel C, and h Channel D. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the quad a p channel configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then t mapped for single-channel operation. e r • This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512 Mb (64 MB) chips or less 1 (Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1 Megabyte/MB). • 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. • For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full memory load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition. • Always install the DIMMS with the same CAS Latency. For an optimum compatibility, we recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or data code (D/C) from the same vendor. Check with the vendor to get the correct memory modules. 1-6 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1.1.5 Expansion slots Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components. 1 r e t p a h C Slot No. Slot Description 1 PCIe x16_1 slot 2 PCIe x8_2 slot 3 PCIe x4 slot 4 PCIe x16_3 slot 5 PCIe x1 slot 6 PCIe x8/x4_4 slot ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-7 AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors PCI Express 3.0 operating mode

VGA Configuration C h Single VGA SLI™/CFX 3-Way SLI™/ CFX 4-Way SLI™/ CFX

PCIe x16_1 x16 x16 x16 x16 a p t PCIe x8_2 N/A N/A x8 x8 e r 1 PCIe x16_3 N/A x16 x16 x16 PCIe x8/x4_4 N/A N/A N/A x8* * The PCIE_X8/X4_4 slot shares bandwidth with U.2. In 4-Way configuration, if the PCIE_X8/X4_4 is used in x8 mode, U.2 port will be disabled. • We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running CrossFireX™ or SLI™ mode. • Connect chassis fans to the motherboard chassis fan connectors when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment. 1-8 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1.1.6 Onboard buttons and switches Onboard buttons and switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or open-case system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to enhance system performance. 1 1. Power-on button (START) r e The motherboard comes with a power-on button that allows you to power up or wake t p up the system. The button also lights up when the system is plugged to a power source a indicating that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before h removing or installing any motherboard component. C 2. RESET button (RESET) Press the reset button to reboot the system. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-9 3. Safe Boot button (SAFE_BOOT) The Safe Boot button can be pressed anytime to force the system to reboot into the BIOS safe mode. This button temporarily applies safe settings to the BIOS while retaining any overclocked settings allowing you to modify the settings causing boot failure. Use this button when overclocking or tweaking the settings of your system. C h a p t e r 1 4. ReTry button (RETRY_BUTTON) The ReTry button is specially designed for overclockers and is most useful during the booting process where the Reset button is rendered useless. When pressed, it forces the system to reboot while retaining the same settings to be retried in quick succession to achieve a successful POST. 1-10 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 5. Slow Mode Switch (SLOW_MODE) Slow Mode Switch is employed during LN2 benching. The system may crash due to the CPU being unstable when using extreme overclocking, enabling slow mode will decrease the processor frequency and stabilize the system, allowing overclockers to keep track of their overclocking data. 1 r e t p a h C 6. RSVD switch (RSVD) This switch is reserved for ASUS-authorized technicians only. Ensure to set this switch to disabled, enabling this switch may cause system failure. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-11 7. PCIe x16 Lane switch (PCIEX16_SW) These slide switches allows you to enable and disable the corresponding PCIe x16 slots. When one of the installed PCIe x16 cards is out of order, you can use the slide switch to find the faulty one without removing the cards. C h a p t e r 1 1-12 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 1.1.7 Jumper 1. LN2 Mode jumper (3-pin LN2_MODE) With LN2 mode activated, the ROG motherboard is optimized to remedy the cold-boot bug during POST and help the system boot successfully. 1 r e t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-13 1.1.8 Onboard LEDs 1. Q LEDs (CPU, DRAM, VGA, BOOT) Q LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and booting devices) in sequence during motherboard booting process. If an error is found, the corresponding C LED remains lit until the problem is solved. This user-friendly design provides an h intuitive way to locate the root problem within seconds. a p t e r 1 The order which the LEDs light up may vary per CPU. The Q LEDs provide the most probable cause of an error code as a starting point for troubleshooting. The actual cause may vary from case to case. 2. Hard Disk LED (HD_LED) The Hard Disk LED is designed to indicate the hard disk activity. It blinks when data is being written into or read from the hard disk drive. The LED does not light up when there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or when the hard disk drive does not function. 1-14 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 3. CPU Status LED (CPU_STATUS) This LED will indicate the current status of your CPU. A red light indicates that the CPU is not ready to boot, and the LED will turn off once the problem is solved. This user friendly design helps you quickly identify whether your CPU is ready to boot or not. 1 r e t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-15 1.1.9 Internal connectors 1. AMD® Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_12; SATA 6G_34; SATA 6G_56) These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0 C Gb/s signal cables. h If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, and 10 a p configuration through the onboard AMD® X399 chipset. t e r 1 • These connectors are set to [AHCI] by default. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the SATA Mode Selection item in the BIOS to [RAID]. • Before creating a RAID set, refer to section RAID configurations or the manual bundled in the motherboard support USB. • When using NCQ, set the SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI]. Refer to section SATA Configuration for details. 1-16 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 2. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports HD Audio. Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector. 1 r e t p a h C 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. 3. USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector (U31G2_1) This connector allows you to connect a USB 3.1 Gen 2 module for additional USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. The latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity provides data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-17 4. USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector (20-1 pin U31G1_910; 20-1 pin U31G1_1112) These connectors allow you to connect a USB 3.1 Gen 1 module for additional USB 3.1 Gen 1 front or rear panel ports. With an installed USB 3.1 Gen 1 module, you can enjoy all the benefits of USB 3.1 Gen 1 including faster data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gb/s, faster charging time for USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency, C and backward compatibility with USB 2.0. h a p t e r 1 The USB 3.1 Gen 1 module is purchased separately. The plugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 device may run on xHCI or EHCI mode depending on the operating system’s setting. 1-18 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 5. USB 2.0 connector (10-1 pin USB1314) This connector is for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. This USB connector complies with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mb/s connection speed. 1 r e t p a h C Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard! 1 x USB 2.0 port (USB1314) at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port. 6. Thermal sensor connectors (2-pin T_SENSOR1-2) These connectors are for the thermistor cables that monitor the temperature of the devices and the critical components inside the motherboard. Connect the thermistor cable and place the sensor on the device or the motherboard’s component to detect its temperature. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-19 7. CPU, CPU optional, high amp, water pump+, extension, cover, and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN; 4-pin CPU_OPT; 4-pin H_AMP_FAN; 4-pin W_ PUMP+; 3-pin COV_FAN; 5-pin EXT_FAN; 4-pin CHA_FAN1-2) 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. C h a p t e r 1 • 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! • Ensure that the CPU fan cable is securely installed to the CPU fan connector. • The CPU_FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power. • The EXT_FAN connector supports 2 of 5 thermal sensor sources. • W_PUMP+ function support depends on water cooling device. • Connect the fan of your water cooling kit to the H_AMP_PUMP connector. 1-20 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 8. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin EATX12V1; 8-pin EATX12V2; 4-pin EZ_PLUG)) 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. 1 r e t p a h C Ensure to connect both 8-pin power plugs. A red LED located to the right of the 8-pin power plug will light up if the 8-pin power plug is not connected. • For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a minimum power of 350 W. • We recommend that you use a PSU with a 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 want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with 1000W power or above to ensure the system stability. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-21 9. System panel connectors (10-1 pin F_PANEL; 4-pin SPEAKER) This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions. C h a p t e r 1 • System power LED (2-pin or 3-1 pin PLED) The 2-pin or 3-1 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 HDD_LED) This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable to this connector. The HDD 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 connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the operating system settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF. • 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. 1-22 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 10. LED connectors (8-pin LED_CON2; 13-pin LED_CON3) These connectors are for connecting LED strips on your cover. 1 r e t p a h C 11. AURA RGB headers (4-pin RGB_HEADER1-2) These connectors are for RGB LED strips. The RGB header supports 5050 RGB multi-color LED strips (12V/G/R/B), with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V), and no longer than 2 m. 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. • Actual lighting and color will vary with LED strip. • If your LED strip does not light up, check if the RGB LED extension cable and the RGB LED strip is connected in the correct orientation, and the 12V connector is aligned with the 12V header on the motherboard. • The LED strip will only light up under the operating system. • The LED strip is purchased separately. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-23 12. Addressable RGB header (4-1 pin ADD_HEADER) This connector is for individually addressable RGB WS2812B LED strips or WS2812B based LED strips. C h a p t e r 1 The addressable RGB header supports WS2812B addressable RGB LED strips (5V/Data/ Ground), with a maximum power rating of 3A (5V) and a maximum of 60 LEDs. 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. • Actual lighting and color will vary with LED strip. • If your LED strip does not light up, check if the addressable RGB LED strip is connected in the correct orientation, and the 5V connector is aligned with the 5V header on the motherboard. • The addressable RGB LED strip will only light up under the operating system. • The addressable RGB LED strip is purchased separately. 1-24 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 13. OLED connector (9-pin OLED_HEADER) This connector is used to connect your LiveDash OLED panel. The OLED panel provides you a quick overview of the system temperature, power status, and fan speeds when your system boots up. You can also upload a .gif file for a customized look. 1 r e t p a h C • Use the ROG LiveDash Utility to configure and customize the OLED panel. • The LiveDash OLED provides the most probable cause of an error code as a starting point for troubleshooting. The actual cause may vary from case to case. 14. TPM connector (14-1 pin TPM) This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which securely stores keys, digital certificates, passwords and data. A TPM system also helps enhance network security, protect digital identities, and ensures platform integrity. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-25 15. U.2 connector (U.2) This motherboard comes with a U.2 connector which supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage. C h a p t e r 1 The U.2 connector shares bandwidth with the PCIE_X8/X4_4 slot . Adjust the BIOS settings to use U.2 devices. 16. M.2 sockets (M.2_1(Socket 3)) This socket allows you to install an M.2 SSD module. For AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors, the M.2(SOCKET3) supports PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA mode M Key design and type 2242 / 2260 / 2280 storage devices. The M.2 SSD module is purchased separately. 1-26 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 17. DIMM.2 slot (DIMM.2_SLOT) This socket allows you to install the bundled DIMM.2 card to connect M.2 SSD modules. 1 r e t p a h C • Before you install or remove the DIMM.2 card, 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 or DIMM.2 card. • The DIMM.2 card is notched to fit in only one orientation. Ensure that the notch on your card is aligned correctly with the DIMM.2 slot before inserting the card. • M.2_1 socket supports PCIe 3.0 x4 M Key design and type 2230 / 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 PCIe storage devices. • M.2_2 socket supports PCIe 3.0 x4 M Key design and type 2230 / 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 storage devices. The M.2 SSD module is purchased separately. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-27 18. Water in, water out, and water flow connectors (2-pin W_IN; 2-pin W_OUT; 3-pin W_FLOW) These connectors allow you to connect sensors to monitor the temperature and flow rate of your liquid cooling system. You can manually adjust the fans and water pump to optimize the thermal efficiency of your liquid cooling system. C h a p t e r 1 19. Water Block connector (9-pin WB_SENSOR) This connector allows you to connect a water block connector to monitor the temperature, flow rate, and water leak signals of your third party monoblocks. You can manually adjust the fans and water pump to optimize the thermal efficiency of your third party monoblocks. 1-28 Chapter 1: Product Introduction 20. ROG extension connector (18-1 pin ROG_EXT) This connector is for the OC Panel I/II. 1 r e t p a h C • The OC Panel I/II is purchased separately. • Support for OC Panel I/II varies over different platforms. • Visit asus.com for more information about the devices and the latest compatibility list. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 1-29 1.1.10 ProbeIt The ROG ProbeIt allows you to detect your system’s current voltage and OC settings. Use a multimeter to measure the ProbeIt points even during overclocking. See the illustration below to locate the respective ProbeIt points. C h a p t e r 1 Using ProbeIt You can connect the multimeter to the motherboard as shown on the following figure. The illustration above is for reference only, the actual motherboard layout and measure points may differ by model. 1-30 Chapter 1: Product Introduction

Chapter 2: Basic Installation Basic Installation 2.1 Building your PC system 2

The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps are the same for all models. 2.1.1 CPU installation The AMD® SocketTR4 is compatible with AMD® SocketTR4 processors. Ensure you use a CPU designed for the SocketTR4. 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! 2 r e Unplug all power cables before installing the CPU. t p a h Use the bundled Torx screwdriver C

to remove the load plate screws in sequence 3>2>1, then lift the load plate. C B Load plate A 2 3

Use your fingers to pull up the tabs on both sides of the rail frame to release the rail frame, then lift the rail frame to its fully open position. D 1 Load plate Rail frame External cap

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C ha Remove the external cap. B A 2 3 C D 1 Slide the carrier frame with CPU into External cap Rail frame C PnP cap B 2 3 D 1 A A

p te r 2 the rail frame until you hear a click sound, then remove the PnP cap. Gently press down the rail frame C PnP cap Carrier frame with CPU B C

until it latches to the socket housing, then press down the load plate. A B B A B B 1 A B C 2 3 Carrier frame with CPU D

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C Drive the three screws slightly into the holes in sequence 1>2>3, just enough to attach the load plate to the socket. When the A three screws are attached, tighten them in sequence 1>2>3 to completely secure the B load plate. Then apply the Thermal Interface A Material to the CPU. B 1 B C 2 3 D

The load plate screws are Torx T20 models. A torque value of 12 inch-lbf is recommended. 2 r Apply the Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink and CPU before you install the e heatsink and fan if necessary. t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-3 2.1.2 CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly: C h a p t e r 2 2-4 Chapter 2: Basic Installation 2.1.3 Motherboard installation 1. Place the motherboard into the chassis, ensuring that its rear I/O ports are aligned to the chassis’ rear I/O panel. 2 r e t p a 2. Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to h the chassis. C DO NOT over tighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-5

C h a p t e r 2 2.1.4 DIMM installation To remove a DIMM

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2.1.5 ATX power connection Ensure to connect both 8-pin power plugs. 2.1.6 SATA device connection OR AND 2 r e t p a h C

ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-7 2.1.7 Front I/O connector To install ASUS Q-Connector To install USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector USB 3.1 Gen 2 This connector will only fit in one C orientation. Push the connector until it h clicks into place. a p t e r

2 To install USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector USB 3.1 Gen 1 To install front panel audio connector AAFP To install USB 2.0 connector USB 2.0 To install system speaker connector

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2.1.8 Expansion card installation To install PCIe x16 cards To install PCIe x1 cards 2 r e t pa hC

ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-9 To install FAN EXTENSION CARD C h a p t e r 2 The illustrations in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps are the same for all models. 2-10 Chapter 2: Basic Installation

2.1.9 M.2 installation 1 1 1 2 3 2 r e t pa hC

8 5 8 8 7 4 6

Supported M.2 type varies per motherboard. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-11 2.1.10 Wi-Fi antenna installation Installing the ASUS 2x2 dual band W-Fi and ASUS Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) antenna Connect the bundled ASUS 2x2 dual band Wi-Fi antenna connector to the top two Wi-Fi ports at the back of the chassis, then connect the Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) antenna to the bottom Wi-Fi port. C h a p t e ASUS 2x2 dual band W-Fi antenna r 2 ASUS Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) antenna • Ensure that the ASUS 2x2 dual band W-Fi and ASUS Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) antenna is securely installed to the Wi-Fi ports. • Ensure that the antenna is at least 20 cm away from all persons. • Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) is only available in certified countries. • For optimum performance, ensure that the ASUS 2x2 dual band W-Fi antenna is at least 10 cm away from the ASUS Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) antenna. The illustration above is for reference only. The I/O port layout may vary with models, but the Wi-Fi antenna installation procedure is the same for all models. 2-12 Chapter 2: Basic Installation 2.2 BIOS update utility USB BIOS Flashback USB BIOS Flashback allows you to easily update the BIOS without entering the existing BIOS or operating system. Simply insert a USB storage device to the USB port (the USB port hole marked in green on the I/O shield) then press the USB BIOS Flashback button for three seconds to automatically update the BIOS. To use USB BIOS Flashback: 1. Insert a USB storage device to the USB Flashback port. We recommend you to use a USB 2.0 storage device to save the latest BIOS version for better compatibility and stability. 2. Visit asus.com/support/ and download the latest BIOS version for this motherboard. 3. Rename the file as ZE.CAP, then copy it to your USB storage device. 2 4. Shut down your computer. r e 5. Press the BIOS Flashback button for three seconds until the Flashback LED blinks t p three times, indicating that the BIOS Flashback function is enabled. a h C USB BIOS Flashback button KeyBot port USB BIOS Flashback port 6. Wait until the light goes out, indicating that the BIOS updating process is completed. For more BIOS update utilities in BIOS setup, refer to the section 3.12 Updating BIOS in Chapter 3. • Do not unplug portable disk, power system, or press the CLR_CMOS button while BIOS update is ongoing, otherwise update will be interrupted. In case of interruption, please follow the steps again. • If the light flashes for five seconds and turns into a solid light, this means that the BIOS Flashback is not operating properly. This may be caused by improper installation of the USB storage device and filename/file format error. If this scenario happens, please restart the system to turn off the light. • Updating BIOS may have risks. If the BIOS program is damaged during the process and results to the system’s failure to boot up, please contact your local ASUS Service Center. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-13 2.3 Motherboard rear and audio connections 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection Rear panel connectors C h 1. Clear CMOS button (CLR_CMOS). Press this button to clear the BIOS setup a information only when the systems hangs due to overclocking. p t 2. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth V4.1 ports e r 3. USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 5, 6, 7, and 8. 2 4. LAN (RJ-45) port* 5. USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 1, 2. Upper port supports the KeyBot II feature, and lower port supports USB BIOS Flashback function. 6. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port E2 7. USB BIOS Flashback button 8. USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 3, 4 9. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ port EC1 10. Optical S/PDIF OUT port 11. LED-illuminated Audio Jacks** * and ** : Refer to the tables on the next page for LAN port LEDs, and audio port definitions. • When using Windows® 7, the USB 3.1 Gen 1 driver must be manually installed before USB 3.1 Gen 1 devices can be used due to the controller’s limitation. • USB 3.1 Gen 1/Gen 2 devices can only be used as data storage only. • We strongly recommend that you connect your devices to ports with matching data transfer rate. Please connect your USB 3.1 Gen 1 devices to USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and your USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices to USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports for faster and better performance for your devices. • When KeyBot II is activated, USB hot plug function of the KeyBot port (USB 3.1 Gen 1 port 1) will be temporarily disabled. 2-14 Chapter 2: Basic Installation

* LAN ports LED indications Activity Link LED Speed LED Status Description Status Description OFF No link OFF 10 Mbps connection ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED

ORANGE Linked ORANGE 100 Mbps connection BLINKING Data activity GREEN 1 Gbps connection ** Audio 2, 4, 5.1 or 7.1-channel configuration Port Headset LAN port

2-channel 4-channel 5.1-channel 7.1-channel Light Blue Line In Line In Line In Side Speaker Out Lime Line Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out 2 Red Mic In Mic In Mic In Mic In r

Orange – – Center/Sub woofer Center/Sub woofer e tp

White – Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Outa h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-15

C h a p t e r 2 2.3.2 Audio I/O connections Audio I/O ports Connect to Headphone and Mic Connect to Stereo Speakers Connect to 2-channel Speakers

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Connect to 4-channel Speakers Connect to 5.1-channel Speakers Connect to 7.1-channel Speakers 2 r e t pa hC

ROG ZENITH EXTREME 2-17 2.4 Starting up for the first time 1. After making all the connections, replace the system case cover. 2. Ensure that all switches are off. 3. Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis. 4. Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector. 5. Turn on the devices in the following order: a. Monitor b. External storage devices (starting with the last device on the chain) c. System power 6. After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with the “green” standards or if it has a C “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or change from orange to green h after the system LED turns on. a p The system then runs the power-on self tests (POST). While the tests are running, the t e BIOS beeps (refer to the BIOS beep codes table) or additional messages appear on r the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on 2 the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance. BIOS Beep Description VGA detected

One short beep One continuous beep followed by two Quick boot set to disabled No keyboard detected

short beeps then a pause (repeated) No memory detected One continuous beep followed by three short beeps No VGA detected One continuous beep followed by four short beeps Hardware component failure 7. At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the instructions in Chapter 3. 2.5 Turning off the computer While the system is ON, press the power button for less than four seconds to put the system on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Press the power button for more than four seconds to let the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. 2-18 Chapter 2: Basic Installation

Chapter 3: BIOS Setup BIOS Setup 3.1 Knowing BIOS 3

The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is a Unified Extensible Interface that complies with UEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard only BIOS controls to enable a more flexible and convenient mouse input. You can easily navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as your operating system. The term “BIOS” in this user manual refers to “UEFI BIOS” unless otherwise specified. BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings such as storage device configuration, overclocking settings, advanced power management, and boot device configuration that are needed for system startup in the motherboard CMOS. In normal circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure optimal performance. DO NOT change the default BIOS settings except in the following circumstances: • An error message appears on the screen during the system bootup and requests you to run the BIOS Setup. • You have installed a new system component that requires further BIOS settings or update. Inappropriate BIOS settings may result to instability or boot failure. We strongly recommend that you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service personnel. When downloading or updating the BIOS file, rename it as ZE.CAP for this motherboard. 3 r e t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-1 3.2 BIOS setup program Use the BIOS Setup to update the BIOS or configure its parameters. The BIOS screen include navigation keys and brief onscreen help to guide you in using the BIOS Setup program. Entering BIOS at startup To enter BIOS Setup at startup, press <Delete> or <F2> during the Power-On Self Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete> or <F2>, POST continues with its routines. Entering BIOS Setup after POST To enter BIOS Setup after POST: • Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete> 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. After doing either of the three options, press <Delete> key to enter BIOS. • The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen. • 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 or press hotkey <F5>. See section 3.10 Exit Menu for details. • If the system fails to boot after changing any BIOS setting, try to clear the CMOS and C reset the motherboard to the default value. See section 1.1.6 Onboard buttons and h switches for information on how to erase the RTC RAM via the Clear CMOS button. a p • The BIOS setup program does not support the Bluetooth devices. t e r 3 Please visit ASUS website for the detailed BIOS content manual. BIOS menu screen The BIOS Setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode. You can change modes from Setup Mode in Boot menu or by pressing the <F7> hotkey. 3-2 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.2.1 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. The default screen for entering the BIOS setup program can be changed. Refer to the Setup Mode item in section Boot menu for details. Configuration fields Pop-up Menu Scroll bar Menu bar Language MyFavorite(F3) Qfan Control(F6) EZ Tuning Wizard(F11) Hot Keys 3 r e t p a h C

Menu items General help Last modified settings Go back to EZ Mode Search on the FAQ Displays a quick overview of the system status

ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-3 Menu bar The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items: My Favorites For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration. Main For changing the basic system configuration Extreme Tweaker For changing the overclocking settings Advanced For changing the advanced system settings Monitor For displaying the system temperature, power status, and changing the fan settings. Chipset For changing the configuration of the chipsets. Boot For changing the system boot configuration Tool For configuring options for special functions Exit For selecting the exit options and loading default settings 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 (My Favorites, Extreme Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have their respective menu items. 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>. Language C This button above the menu bar contains the languages that you can select for your BIOS. h a Click this button to select the language that you want to display in your BIOS screen. p t My Favorites(F3) e r This button above the menu bar shows all BIOS items in a Tree Map setup. Select frequently 3 used BIOS settings and save it to MyFavorites menu. Refer to section 3.3 My Favorites for more information. Q-Fan Control(F6) This button above the menu bar displays the current settings of your fans. Use this button to manually tweak the fans to your desired settings. Refer to section 3.2.3 Q-Fan Control for more information. 3-4 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup EZ Tuning Wizard(F11) This button above the menu bar allows you to view and tweak the overclocking settings of your system. It also allows you to change the motherboard’s SATA mode from AHCI to RAID mode. Refer to section 3.2.4 EZ Tuning Wizard for more information. Search on FAQ Move your mouse over this button to show a QR code, scan this QR code on your mobile device to connect to the BIOS FAQ web page of the ASUS support website. You can also scan the following QR code: Hot keys This button above the menu bar contains the navigation keys for the BIOS setup program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings. 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. 3 General help r At the bottom of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item. Use <F12> key e t to capture the BIOS screen and save it to the removable storage device. p a Configuration fields h C 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. Last Modified button This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-5 3.2.2 EZ Mode 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, select Advanced Mode or press the <F7> hotkey for the advanced BIOS settings. To switch from Advanced Mode to EZ Mode, click EZ Mode(F7) or press the <F7> hotkey. Displays the system properties of the selected mode. Click < or > to switch EZ System Tuning modes

Displays a quick overview of the system status C h a p t e r 3 Selects the display language of the BIOS setup program Creates storage RAID and configures system overclocking

Displays the CPU Fan’s speed. Click the button to manually tune the fans Loads optimized default settings Saves the changes and resets the system Click to go to Advanced mode Search on the FAQ Click to display boot devices Selects the boot device priority

The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system. 3-6 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.2.3 Q-Fan Control The Q-Fan Control allows you to set a fan profile or manually configure the operating speed of your CPU and chassis fans. Click to select a fan to be

configuredClick to activate PWM Mode Click to activate DC Mode

Select a profile to Click to apply the fan setting

apply to your fans Click to undo the changes Click to go back to main menu Select to manually configure your fans 3 r e t pa hC

ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-7 Configuring fans manually Select Manual from the list of profiles to manually configure your fans’ operating speed. Speed points Select to manually configure your fans To configure your fans: 1. Select the fan that you want to configure and to view its current status. 2. Click and drag the speed points to adjust the fans’ operating speed. C h 3. Click Apply to save the changes then click Exit (ESC). a p t e r 3 3-8 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.2.4 EZ Tuning Wizard EZ Tuning Wizard allows you to easily overclock your CPU and DRAM, computer usage, and CPU fan to their best settings. OC Setup OC Tuning To start OC Tuning: 1. Press <F11> on your keyboard or click from the BIOS screen to open EZ Tuning Wizard screen. 2. Click OC then click Next. 3. Select a PC scenario Daily Computing or Gaming/Media Editing, then click Next. 3 r e t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-9 4. Select a Main Cooling System BOX cooler, Tower cooler, Water cooler, or I’m not sure, then click Next. 5. After selecting the Main Cooling System, click Next then click Yes to start the OC Tuning. C h a p t e r 3 3-10 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.3 My Favorites My Favorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite BIOS items. My Favorites comes with several performance, power saving, and fast boot related items by default. You can personalize this screen by adding or removing items. 3 r e t p a h C ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-11 Adding items to My Favorites To add BIOS items: 1. Press <F3> on your keyboard or click from the BIOS screen to open Setup Tree Map screen. 2. On the Setup Tree Map screen, select the BIOS items that you want to save in My Favorites screen. Main menu panel Selected shortcut items Submenu panel Delete all favorite items Recover to default favorite items 3. Select an item from main menu panel, then click the submenu that you want to save as favorite from the submenu panel and click or press <Enter> on your keyboard. You cannot add the following items to My Favorite items: C h • Items with submenu options a p • User-managed items such as language and boot order t e • Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date. r 3 4. Click Exit (ESC) or press <Esc> key to close Setup Tree Map screen. 5. Go to My Favorites menu to view the saved BIOS items. 3-12 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.4 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. 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 2.3.1 Rear I/O connection for the location of the Clear CMOS button to clear 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]. 3.5 Extreme Tweaker menu The Extreme Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items. Be cautious when changing the settings of the Extreme 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. Ai Overclock Tuner Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal frequency. 3 [Auto] Loads the optimal settings for the system. r e [Manual] Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters. t p [D.O.C.P.] Allows you to select a DRAM O.C. profile, and the related parameters will a be adjusted automatically. h C The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking Tuner to [Manual]. BCLK Frequency This item allows you to set the BCLK frequency to enhance the system performance. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. We recommend you to set the value based on the CPU specification, as high BCLK frequencies may damage the CPU permanently. ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-13 Custom CPU Core Ratio This item allows you to set a custom CPU core ratio. The CPU core ratio is calculated with the formula: 2 * FID / DID. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual] The following items appear only when you set the Custom CPU Core Ratio to [Manual]. FID This item allows you to set the core frequency multiplier. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. DID This item allows you to set the core frequency divisor. Use the <+> or <-> to adjust the value. Memory Frequency This item allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configurable options vary with the BCLK (base clock) frequency setting. Select the auto mode to apply the optimized setting. Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR4-1333MHz] - [DDR4-4000MHz] 3.6 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 C can cause the system to malfunction. h a p t 3.6.1 AMD fTPM configuration e r The items in this menu show the AMD fTPM configuration options. 3 TPM Device Selection This item allows you to select the TPM device. [Firmware TPM] Enables AMD CPU fTPM. [Discrete TPM] Disables AMD CPU fTPM. 3.6.2 ROG Effects The items in this menu allow you to configure the LEDs on your motherboard. Onboard LED This item allows you to enable all the onboard LEDs. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] 3-14 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup 3.6.3 SATA Configuration While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The SATA Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA port. SATA Port Enable This item allows you to enable or disable the SATA Device. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] SATA Mode This item allows you to set the SATA configuration. [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. [RAID] Set to [RAID] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA hard disk drives. SMART Self Test S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system that shows a warning message during POST (Power-on Self Test) when an error occurs in the hard disks. Configuration options: [On] [Off] SATA6G_1(Gray) - SATA6G_6(Gray) SATA6G_1 - SATA6G_6 This item allows you to enable or disable the selected SATA port. 3 Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] r Hot Plug e t These items appears only when the SATA Mode is set to [AHCI] and allows you to p a enable or disable SATA Hot Plug Support. h Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] C 3.6.4 Onboard Devices Configuration The items in this menu allow you to switch between PCIe Lanes and configure onboard devices. HD Audio Controller This item allows you to use the Azalia High Definition Audio Controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] CPU PCIE Link Mode This item allows you to set the M.2/PCIE link speed. Configuration options: [Auto] [GEN 1] [GEN 2] [GEN 3] ROG ZENITH EXTREME 3-15 SB PCIE Link Mode This item allows you to set the Southbridge link speed. Configuration options: [Auto] [GEN 1] [GEN 2] PCIEX16_1 Bandwidth [X16 Mode] The PCIe x16_1 slot runs at x16 mode. [PCIe RAID Mode] The four PCIe x16 slots run at x4+x4+x4+x4 mode, which allows you to create a RAID array for up to 4 PCIe devices. Use PCIe RAID Mode when installing the Hyper M.2 x16 card or other M.2 adapter cards. Installing other devices when using PCIe RAID Mode may cause your PC to fail to boot up. PCIEX16_2 Bandwidth [X8 Mode] The PCIe x16_2 slot runs at x8 mode. [PCIe RAID Mode] The PCIe x16 slots run at x4+x4 mode, which allows you to create a RAID array for up to 2 PCIe devices. Use PCIe RAID Mode when installing the Hyper M.2 x16 card or other M.2 adapter cards. Installing other devices when using PCIe RAID Mode may cause your PC to fail to boot up. PCIEX16_3 Bandwidth [X16 Mode] The PCIe x16_3 slot runs at x16 mode. [PCIe RAID Mode] The four PCIe x16 slots run at x4+x4+x4+x4 mode, which allows you to create a RAID array for up to 4 PCIe devices. Use PCIe RAID Mode when installing the Hyper M.2 x16 card or other M.2 adapter cards. Installing other devices when using PCIe RAID Mode may cause your PC to fail to boot up. C h a PCIEX8/X4_4 Bandwidth p [X8 mode] The PCIEX8/X4_4 slot will run at X8 mode for high performance t e with the U.2 disabled. r 3 [X4 mode] The PCIEX8/X4_4 slot will run at X4 mode with the U.2 enabled. [PCIe RAID Mode] The PCIe x16 slots run at x4+x4 mode, which allows you to create a RAID array for up to 2 PCIe devices. The U.2 port will be disabled. Use PCIe RAID Mode when installing the Hyper M.2 x16 card or other M.2 adapter cards. Installing other devices when using PCIe RAID Mode may cause your PC to fail to boot up. Asmedia USB 3.1 Controller [Disabled] Disables the controller. [Enabled] Enables the rear USB 3.1 controller. 3-16 Chapter 3: BIOS Setup


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