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PDF Content Summary: GA-Z77X-UD3H User's Manual Rev. 1003 12ME-Z77XU3H-1003R

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Copyright © 2012 GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. All rights reserved. The trademarks mentioned in this manual are legally registered to their respective owners. Disclaimer Information in this manual is protected by copyright laws and is the property of GIGABYTE. Changes to the specifications and features in this manual may be made by GIGABYTE without prior notice. No part of this manual may be reproduced, copied, translated, transmit ted, orpublished in any form or by any means without GIGABYTE's prior written permission. Documentation Classifications In order to assist in the use of this product, GIGABYTE provides the following types of documentations: ④ For quick set-up of the product, read the Quick Installation Guide included with the product. ④ For detailed product information, carefully read the User's Manual. For product-related information, check on our website at: gigabyte.com Identifying Your Motherboard Revision The revision number on your motherboard looks like this: "REV: X.X." For example, "REV: 1.0" means the revision of the motherboard is 1.0. Check your motherboard revision before updating motherboard BIOS, drivers, or when looking for technical information. Example: Table of Contents Box Contents...................................................................................................................6 Optional Items .................................................................................................................6 GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard Layout.............................................................................7 GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard Block Diagram................................................................8 Chapter 1 Hardware Installation .....................................................................................9 1-1 Installation Precautions ................................................................................... 9 1-2 Product Specifications................................................................................... 10 1-3 Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler............................................................... 13 1-3-1 Installing the CPU ..................................................................................................13 1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler ......................................................................................15 1-4 Installing the Memory .................................................................................... 16 1-4-1 Dual Channel Memory Configuration....................................................................16 1-4-2 Installing a Memory................................................................................................17 1-5 Installing an Expansion Card......................................................................... 18 1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI Configuration.............................. 19 1-7 Back Panel Connectors ................................................................................. 20 1-8 Onboard Buttons, Switches, and LEDs......................................................... 22 1-9 Internal Connectors ....................................................................................... 24 Chapter 2 BIOS Setup ..................................................................................................33 2-1 Startup Screen............................................................................................... 34 2-2 The Main Menu.............................................................................................. 35 2-3 M.I.T. .............................................................................................................. 37 2-4 System........................................................................................................... 48 2-5 BIOS Features ............................................................................................... 49 2-6 Peripherals..................................................................................................... 51 2-7 Power Management....................................................................................... 56 2-8 Save & Exit .................................................................................................... 58 Chapter 3 Drivers Installation .......................................................................................59 3-1 Installing Chipset Drivers............................................................................... 59 3-2 Application Software...................................................................................... 60 3-3 Technical Manuals ......................................................................................... 60 3-4 Contact........................................................................................................... 61 3-5 System........................................................................................................... 61 - 4 - 3-6 Download Center........................................................................................... 62 3-7 New Program................................................................................................. 62 Chapter 4 Unique Features...........................................................................................63 4-1 Xpress Recovery2.......................................................................................... 63 4-2 BIOS Update Utilities..................................................................................... 66 4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility.......................................................... 66 4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility........................................................... 69 4-3 EasyTune 6 .................................................................................................... 70 4-4 Q-Share ......................................................................................................... 71 4-5 eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D).......................................................................... 72 4-6 Auto Green..................................................................................................... 73 4-7 Intel Rapid Start Technology ......................................................................... 74 4-8 Intel Smart Connect Technology ................................................................... 76 4-9 Intel Smart Response .................................................................................... 78 Chapter 5 Appendix ......................................................................................................81 5-1 Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s).................................................................... 81 5-1-1 Configuring Intel Z77 SATA Controllers ................................................................81 5-1-2 Configuring Marvell 88SE9172 SATA Controllers................................................ 89 5-1-3 Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System............................ 95 5-2 Configuring Audio Input and Output............................................................ 104 5-2-1 Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio................................................................104 5-2-2 Configuring S/PDIF Out...................................................................................... 106 5-2-3 Configuring Microphone Recording.....................................................................107 5-2-4 Using the Sound Recorder ..................................................................................109 5-3 Troubleshooting ............................................................................................110 5-3-1 Frequently Asked Questions ...............................................................................110 5-3-2 Troubleshooting Procedure ................................................................................. 111 5-4 Debug LED Codes........................................................................................113 5-5 Regulatory Statements .................................................................................117 - 5 - Box Contents 🖵 GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard 🖵 Motherboard driver disk 🖵 User's Manual 🖵 Quick Installation Guide 🖵 Four SATA 6Gb/s cables 🖵 I/O Shield 🖵 One 2-Way SLI bridge connector 🖵 One GC-WB150 (including two antennas, one USB 2.0 cable, driver disk, and user's manual)① 🖣 Only for GA-Z77X-UD3H The box contents above are for reference only and the actual items shall depend on the product package you obtain. The box contents are subject to change without notice. Optional Items ⑥ 2-port USB 2.0 bracket (Part No. 12CR1-1UB030-6*R) ⑥ eSATA bracket (Part No. 12CF1-3SATPW-4*R) ⑥ 3.5" Front Panel with 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (Part No. 12CR1-FPX582-0*R) ⑥ HDMI-to-DVI adapter (Part No. 12CT2-HDMI01-1*R) - 6 -

GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard Layout KB_USB3 CPU_FAN ATX_12V_2X4 LGA1155 DVI VGA DP_HDMI_SPDIF USB3_ESATA USB30_LAN CMOS_SW W S _ W P 2 N A F _ S Y S ATX RST_SW VCORE CPUVTT VSA CPUPLL VDIMM DDRVTT PCHIO

AUDIO VIA VL800 PCIEX1_1 BAT mSATA

Atheros GbE LAN PCIEX1_2 PCIEX16 GA-Z77X-UD3HB_BIOS 4 _ 3RDD 2 _ 3RDD 3 _ 3RDD 1 _ 3 R D D F_USB30 1 P 4 X T A

PCIEX1_3 CODEC PCI PCIe to PCI Bridge F_AUDIO BBIOS_LED MBIOS_LED M_BIOS PCIEX8 PCIEX4 Marvell 88SE9172 Intel® Z77 iTE Super I/O SYS_FAN3 SATA3 SATA2 S O M C _ R L C 1 0 3 2 5 4 1 N A F _ S Y S Debug LED (Note)

TPM F_USB3 F_USB1 SPDIF_O F_USB2 SW4 SYS_FAN4 (Note) For debug code information, please refer to Chapter 5. F_PANEL

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PCIe CLK (100 MHz) 1 PCI Express x16 or 2 PCI Express x8 LGA1155 CPU CPU CLK+/- (100 MHz) DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz Dual Channel Memory

x16 x8 Switch PCI Express Bus 3 PCI Express x1 0. 2 I MD I DF 4 USB 3.0/2.0 VIA VL800 x1 2 SATA 6Gb/s Marvell 88SE9172 x1 or 1 PCI Express x4 x4 Switch PCI Express Bus PCIe CLK x1 LAN RJ45 Atheros GbE LAN x1 x1 Intel® Z77 PCI Express Bus D-Sub DisplayPort DVI-D HDMI 2 SATA 6Gb/s 3 SATA 3Gb/s

(100 MHz) PCI Bus PCIe to PCI Bridge h or c t i w S 1 SATA 3Gb/s 1 mSATA

Dual BIOS CODEC LPC Bus 4 USB 3.0/2.0 6 USB 2.0/1.1 iTE

1 PCI PCI CLK (33 MHz) t u O r e ka e p S dn u o r r u S t u O r e ka e p S r e fo o w bu S/ r e tn e t u O r e k a e p S e di S C I M t u O e n iL n I e n iL t u O FI D P/ S Super I/O PS/2 KB/Mouse

For detailed product information/limitation(s), refer to "1-2 Product Specifications."C - 8 - Chapter 1 Hardware Installation 1-1 Installation Precautions The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Prior to installation, carefully read the user's manual and follow these procedures: • Prior to installation, make sure the chassis is suitable for the motherboard. • Prior to installation, do not remove or break motherboard S/N (Serial Number) sticker or warranty sticker provided by your dealer. These stickers are required for warranty validation. • Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components. • When connecting hardware components to the internal connectors on the motherboard, make sure they are connected tightly and securely. • When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors. • It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling electronic components such as a motherboard, CPU or memory. If you do not have an ESD wrist strap, keep your hands dry and first touch a metal object to eliminate static electricity. • Prior to installing the motherboard, please have it on top of an antistatic pad or within an electrostatic shielding container. • Before unplugging the power supply cable from the motherboard, make sure the power supply has been turned off. • Before turning on the power, make sure the power supply voltage has been set according to the local voltage standard. • Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors of your hardware components are connected. • To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact with the motherboard circuit or its components. • Make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the computer casing. • Do not place the computer system on an uneven surface. • Do not place the computer system in a high-temperature environment. • Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system components as well as physical harm to the user. • If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician. - 9 - Hardware Installation 1-2 Product Specifications CPU ⑩ Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.) ⑩ L3 cache varies with CPU Chipset ⑩ Intel® Z77 Express Chipset Memory ⑩ 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB. ⑩ Dual channel memory architecture ⑩ Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules ⑩ Support for non-ECC memory modules ⑩ Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)

Onboard Graphics ⑩ Chipset: - 1 x D-Sub port - 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter. - 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 - 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600

Audio ⑩ VIA VT2021 codec ⑩ High Definition Audio ⑩ 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel ⑩ Support for S/PDIF Out LAN ⑩ Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) Expansion Slots ⑩ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot. ⑩ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode. * Whether PCI Express 3.0 is supported depends on CPU and graphics card compatibility. ⑩ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4) * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with all PCI Express x1 slots. All PCI Express x1 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed. ⑩ 3 x PCI Express x1 slots (The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) ⑩ 1 x PCI slot Multi-Graphics Technology ⑩ Support for 2-Way AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology (PCIEX16 and PCIEX8) Hardware Installation - 10 - Storage Interface ⑩ Chipset: - 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0/SATA3 1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices - 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2 2~5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices - 1 x mSATA connector * The SATA2 5 connector will become unavailable when the mSATA connector is installed with a solid state drive. - Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected. ⑩ Marvell 88SE9172 chip: - 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices - Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1 USB ⑩ Chipset: - Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header) * In Windows XP, the Intel USB 3.0 ports can support up to USB 2.0 transfer speed. - Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers) ⑩ VIA VL800 chip: - Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel * Due to a Windows 7 limitation, please connect your USB device(s) to the Intel controlled USB port(s) (located below the RJ-45 LAN port) before the VIA USB 3.0 controller driver is installed.

Internal Connectors ⑩ 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector ⑩ 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector ⑩ 1 x PCIe power connector ⑩ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors ⑩ 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors ⑩ 1 x mSATA connector ⑩ 1 x CPU fan header ⑩ 4 x fan headers ⑩ 1 x front panel header ⑩ 1 x front panel audio header ⑩ 1 x S/PDIF Out header ⑩ 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers ⑩ 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header ⑩ 1 x Clear CMOS jumper ⑩ 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header ⑩ 1 x power button ⑩ 1 x reset button ⑩ 1 x Clear CMOS button ⑩ 1 x Voltage Measurement Points ⑩ 1 x BIOS Switch

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Back Panel Connectors ⑩ 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port ⑩ 1 x D-Sub port ⑩ 1 x DVI-D port ⑩ 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector ⑩ 1 x HDMI port ⑩ 1 x DisplayPort ⑩ 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors ⑩ 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports ⑩ 1 x RJ-45 port ⑩ 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out)

I/O Controller ⑩ iTE I/O Controller Chip

Hardware Monitor ⑩ System voltage detection ⑩ CPU/System temperature detection ⑩ CPU/System fan speed detection ⑩ CPU overheating warning ⑩ CPU/System fan fail warning ⑩ CPU/System fan speed control * Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.

BIOS ⑩ 2 x 64 Mbit flash ⑩ Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS ⑩ Support for DualBIOS™ ⑩ PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a Unique Features ⑩ Support for @BIOS ⑩ Support for Q-Flash ⑩ Support for Xpress Install ⑩ Support for Xpress Recovery2 ⑩ Support for EasyTune * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model. ⑩ Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) ⑩ Support for Auto Green ⑩ Support for ON/OFF Charge ⑩ Support for Q-Share ⑩ Support for 3D Power

Bundled Software Operating ⑩ Norton Internet Security (OEM version) ⑩ Intel® Rapid Start Technology ⑩ Intel® Smart Connect Technology ⑩ Intel® Smart Response Technology ⑩ LucidLogix Virtu MVP * Make sure the monitor cable has been connected to the integrated graphics port on the back panel.

System ⑩ Support for Microsoft® Windows 7/XP Form Factor ⑩ ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm * GIGABYTE reserves the right to make any changes to the product specifications and product-related information without prior notice. * Please visit GIGABYTE's website to check the supported operating system(s) for the software listed in the "Unique Features" and "Bundled Software" columns. Hardware Installation - 12 - 1-3 Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU: • Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.) • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage. • Locate the pin one of the CPU. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly. (Or you may locate the notches on both sides of the CPU and alignment keys on the CPU socket.) • Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU. • Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating and damage of the CPU may occur. • Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications. It is not recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the standard specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc. 1-3-1 Installing the CPU A. Locate the alignment keys on the motherboard CPU socket and the notches on the CPU. LGA1155 CPU Socket Alignment Key Alignment Key Pin One Corner of the CPU Socket LGA1155 CPU

Notch Triangle Pin One Marking on the CPU Notch

- 13 - Hardware Installation B. Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU into the motherboard CPU socket. Before installing the CPU, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the CPU.

Step 1: Gently press the CPU socket lever handle down and away from the socket with your finger. Then completely lift the CPU socket lever and the metal load plate will be lifted as well. Step 2: Remove the CPU socket cover as shown. Hold your index finger down on the rear grip of the socket cover and use your thumb to lift up the front edge (next to the "REMOVE" mark) and then remove the cover. (DO NOT touch socket contacts. To protect the CPU socket, always replace the protective socket cover when the CPU is not installed.)

Step 3: Hold the CPU with your thumb and index fingers. Align the CPU pin one marking (triangle) with the pin one corner of the CPU socket (or you may align the CPU notches with the socket alignment keys) and gently insert the CPU into position. Step 4: Once the CPU is properly inserted, use one hand to hold the socket lever and use the other to lightly replace the load plate. When replacing the load plate, make sure the front end of the load plate is under the shoulder screw.

Step 5: Push the CPU socket lever back into its locked position. NOTE: Hold the CPU socket lever by the handle, not the lever base portion.

Hardware Installation - 14 - 1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler on the motherboard. (The following procedure uses Intel® boxed cooler as the example cooler.) Male

Step 1: Direction of the Arrow Sign on the Male Push Pin Step 2: Push Pin The Top of Female Push Pin Female Push Pin

Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the installed CPU. Before installing the cooler, note the direction of the arrow sign on the male push pin. (Turning the push pin along the direction of arrow is to remove the cooler, on the contrary, is to install.)

Step 3: Place the cooler atop the CPU, aligning the four push pins through the pin holes on the motherboard. Push down on the push pins diagonally. Step 4: You should hear a "click" when pushing down each push pin. Check that the Male and Female push pins are joined closely. (Refer to your CPU cooler installation manual for instructions on installing the cooler.)

Step 5: After the installation, check the back of the motherboard. If the push pin is inserted as the picture above shows, the installation is complete. Step 6: Finally, attach the power connector of the CPU cooler to the CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) on the motherboard.

Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease/tape between the CPU cooler and CPU may adhere to the CPU. Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may damage the CPU. - 15 - Hardware Installation 1-4 Installing the Memory Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory: • Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.) • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the memory to prevent hardware damage. • Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only one direction. If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction. 1-4-1 Dual Channel Memory Configuration This motherboard provides four DDR3 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology. After the memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically detect the specifications and capacity of the memory. Enabling Dual Channel memory mode will double the original memory bandwidth. The four DDR3 memory sockets are divided into two channels and each channel has two memory sockets as following: Channel A: DDR3_2, DDR3_4 Channel B: DDR3_1, DDR3_3 Dual Channel Memory Configurations Table DDR3_4 DDR3_2 DDR3_3 DDR3_1 Two Modules - - DS/SS - - DS/SS DS/SS - - DS/SS - - Four Modules DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS (SS=Single-Sided, DS=Double-Sided, "- -"=No Memory)

4 _ 3R DD 2 _ 3R DD 3 _ 3R DD 1 _ 3R DD

Due to CPU limitations, read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode. 1. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one DDR3 memory module is installed. 2. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two or four memory modules, it is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used. For optimum performance, when enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules, we recommend that you install them in the DDR3_1 and DDR3_2 sockets. Hardware Installation - 16 - 1-4-2 Installing a Memory Before installing a memory module, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the memory module. DDR3 and DDR2 DIMMs are not compatible to each other or DDR DIMMs. Be sure to install DDR3 DIMMs on this motherboard. Notch DDR3 DIMM A DDR3 memory module has a notch, so it can only fit in one direction. Follow the steps below to correctly install your memory modules in the memory sockets. Step 1: Note the orientation of the memory module. Spread the retaining clips at both ends of the memory socket. Place the memory module on the socket. As indicated in the picture on the left, place your fingers on the top edge of the memory, push down on the memory and insert it vertically into the memory socket. Step 2: The clips at both ends of the socket will snap into place when the memory module is securely inserted. - 17 - Hardware Installation 1-5 Installing an Expansion Card Read the following guidelines before you begin to install an expansion card: • Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. Carefully read the manual that came with your expansion card. • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage. PCI Express x1 Slot PCI Express x16 Slot PCI Slot Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot. 1. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis back panel. 2. Align the card with the slot, and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot. 3. Make sure the metal contacts on the card are completely inserted into the slot. 4. Secure the card’s metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw. 5. After installing all expansion cards, replace the chassis cover(s). 6. Turn on your computer. If necessary, go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for your expansion card(s). 7. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system. Example: Installing and Removing a PCI Express Graphics Card: • Installing a Graphics Card: Gently push down on the top edge of the card until it is fully inserted into the PCI Express slot. Make sure the card is securely seated in the slot and does not rock. • Removing the Card: Press the latch at the end of the PCI Express slot to release the card and then pull the card straight up from the slot. Hardware Installation - 18 - 1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI Configuration A. System Requirements - Windows 7, XP operating system - A CrossFireX/SLI-supported motherboard with two PCI Express x16 slots and correct driver - Two CrossFireX/SLI-ready graphics cards of identical brand and chip and correct driver - CrossFireX(Note)/SLI bridge connectors - A power supply with sufficient power is recommended (Refer to the manual of your graphics cards for the power requirement) B. Connecting the Graphics Cards Step 1: Observe the steps in "1-5 Installing an Expansion Card" and install two CrossFireX/SLI graphics cards on the PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots. Step 2: Insert the CrossFireX(Note)/SLI bridge connectors in the CrossFireX/SLI gold edge connectors on top of the cards. Step 3: Plug the display cable into the graphics card on the PCIEX16 slot. C. Configuring the Graphics Card Driver C-1. To Enable CrossFireX Function After installing the graphics card driver in the operating system, go to the Catalyst Control Center. Browse to Performance\AMD CrossFireX Configurations and ensure the Enable CrossFireX™ check box is selected and click Apply. C-2. To Enable SLI Function After installing the graphics card driver in the operating system, go to the NVIDIA Control Panel. Browse to the Set SLI and Physx Configuration screen and ensure Maximize 3D performance is enabled. (Note) The bridge connector(s) may be needed or not depending on your graphics cards. • Procedure and driver screen for enabling CrossFireX/SLI technology may differ by graphics cards and driver version. Refer to the manual that came with your graphics cards for more information about enabling CrossFireX/SLI technology. • When two or more graphics cards are installed, we recommend that you connect the SATA power cable(s) from the power supply to the ATX4P1 connector to ensure system stability. - 19 - Hardware Installation 1-7 Back Panel Connectors PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port Use this port to connect a PS/2 mouse or keyboard. USB 3.0/2.0 Port The USB 3.0 port supports the USB 3.0 specification and is compatible to the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as a USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc. D-Sub Port The D-Sub port supports a 15-pin D-Sub connector. Connect a monitor that supports D-Sub connection to this port. DVI-D Port (Note) The DVI-D port conforms to the DVI-D specificationand supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 (the actual resolutions supported depend on the monitor being used). Connect a monitor that supports DVI-D connection to this port. Optical S/PDIF Out Connector This connector provides digital audio out to an external audio system that supports digital optical audio. Before using this feature, ensure that your audio system provides an optical digital audio in connector. HDMI Port HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an all-digital audio/video interface capable of transmitting uncompressed audio/video signals. The HDMI port is HDCP compliant and supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HDMaster Audio formats. It also supports up to 192KHz/24bit 8-channel LPCM audio output. You can use this port to connect your HDMI-supported monitor. The maximum supported resolution is 1920x1200, but the actual resolutions supported are dependent on the monitor being used. After installing the HDMI device, make sure to set the default sound playback device to HDMI. (The item name may differ depending on your operating system. The screenshot below is from Windows 7.) In Windows 7, select Start>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Sound>Playback, set Intel(R) Display Audio to the default playback device. (Note) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter. • When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector, first remove the cable from your device and then remove it from the motherboard. • When removing the cable, pull it straight out from the connector. Do not rock it side to side to prevent an electrical short inside the cable connector. Hardware Installation - 20 - DisplayPort DisplayPort is one of the new generation interface technologies that delivers high quality digital imaging and audio, supporting bi-directional audio transmition. DisplayPort can support both DPCP and HDCP content protection mechanisms. Connect the audio/video device that supports DisplayPort to this port. The DisplayPort Technology can support a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 but the actual resolutions supported depend on the monitor being used. After installing the DisplayPort device, make sure the default device for sound playback is the DisplayPort device. (The item name may differ from operating system. For example, in Windows 7, go to Start>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Sound>Playback and set the DisplayPort device as the default playback device. Refer to the HDMI settings information on the previous page for the configuration dialog box.) Dual Display Configurations for the Onboard Graphics: This motherboard provides four video output ports: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Dual monitor confgurations are supported in operating system environment only, but not during the BIOS Setup or POST process. eSATA 6Gb/s Connector This connector supports SATA 6Gb/s specification. Use the port to connect an external SATA device or a SATA port multiplier. The Marvell 88SE9172 chip supports RAID function. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring a RAID array. RJ-45 LAN Port The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 1 Gbps data rate. The following describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.

Connection/ Speed LED Activity LED Connection/Speed LED: Activity LED:

State Description Orange 1 Gbps data rate Green 100 Mbps data rate Off 10 Mbps data rate LAN Port State Description Blinking Data transmission or receiving is occurring Off No data transmission or receiving is occurring

Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Jack (Orange) Use this audio jack to connect center/subwoofer speakers in a 5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration. Rear Speaker Out Jack (Black) This jack can be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration. Side Speaker Out Jack (Gray) Use this audio jack to connect side speakers in a 7.1-channel audio configuration. Line In Jack (Blue) The default line in jack. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as an optical drive, walkman, etc. Line Out Jack (Green) The default line out jack. Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. This jack can be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration. Mic In Jack (Pink) The default Mic in jack. Microphones must be connected to this jack. In addition to the default speakers settings, the ~ audio jacks can be reconfigured to perform different functions via the audio software. Only microphones still MUST be connected to the default Mic in jack ( ). Refer to the instructions on setting up a 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio." Refer to the instructions on setting up a 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio." - 21 - Hardware Installation 1-8 Onboard Buttons, Switches, and LEDs BIOS Switch and BIOS LED Indicators The BIOS switch (SW4) allows users to easily select a different BIOS for boot up or overclocking, helping to reduce BIOS failure during overclocking. The LED indicator (MBIOS_LED/BBIOS_LED) shows which BIOS is active. BIOS Switch: SW4 1: Main BIOS (Boot from the main BIOS) 3: Backup BIOS (Boot from the backup BIOS) oltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) V ) BIOS Switcher (SW4 oltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) V ) BIOS Switcher (SW4 BIOS LED Indicators: MBIOS_LED (The main BIOS is active) BBIOS_LED (The backup BIOS is active) )(X58A-OC) ATA PCIe power connector (S )(X58A-OC) ATA PCIe power connector (S 3 1 2 3 1 2

P P I ID D 3 3 2 2 11 P DI P DI

Quick Buttons DIP

DIP 11

This motherboard has 3 quick buttons: power button, reset button and clearing CMOS button. The power button 2

1 2 3 1 2 3 2 3 3 D DP I P I w/housing w/housing

PWM Switch (X58A-OC) PWM Switch (X58A-OC) and reset button allow users to quickly turn on/off or reset the computer in an open-case environment when they M TP

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want to change hardware components or conduct hardware testing. Use this button to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset the CMOS values to factory defaults when needed. A AT M_S

A AT M_S 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 PW_SW: Power button RST_SW: Reset button T DB_POR CMOS_SW: Clear CMOS Button T DB_POR

BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) NEL(NH) PA F_ NEL(NH) PA F_ F_AUDIO(H) 0 F_USB3 F_AUDIO(H) 0 F_USB3

• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing the CMOS values. • After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for BIOS configurations). Hardware Installation - 22 -

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Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) 1 D 1 TPM 1 PWM Switch (X58A-OC) 1 DIP w/housing 1 3 1 2 2 D 3

BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) P I 1 P M_SATA

DB_PORT 1 2 3 I 3 2

TPM Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) 1 D P DI 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) 1

PWM Switch (X58A-OC) 1 DIP w/housing 1 3 1 2 2 D 3

BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) P I 1 P M_SATA

DB_PORT 1 2 3 I 3 2

TPM Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) 1 D P DI 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) 1

PWM Switch (X58A-OC) 1 DIP w/housing 1 3 1 2 2 D 3

BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) P I 1 P M_SATA

DB_PORT 1 2 3 I 3 2

TPM Voltage Measurement Points Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) 1 D P DI 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) 1

PWM Switch (X58A-OC)

w/housing 1 1 DIP 1 2 3 3 1 2D P I M_SATA

Users can use a multimeter to measure component voltages, including VCORE, CPU VTT, VSA, CPU PLL, DDR P 1 2 3 3 I 2 Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC)

TPM 1 D P DI 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC)

VTT, VDIMM, and PCHIO. You can employ following way to measure component voltages. PWM Switch (X58A-OC)

DIP w/housing 1 3 1 2 2 D 3 P I P 1 2 3 3 I 2 Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) D P DI Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) 1

TPM VCORE PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) PWM Switch (X58A-OC)

w/housing Pin 1 P DIP 1 2 3 3 1 2D P I

1 2 3 3 I 2 D P DI Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) Pin No. Definition 1

CPUVTT Pin 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) 1 +12V DIP 1 2 3 1 2 3 D P I

Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) 2 GND

VSA Pin 1 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC)

Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) CPUPLL Pin 1 Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) DDRVTT Pin 1 Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) VDIMM Pin 1 Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) PCHIO Pin 1 Steps: Connect the red lead of the multimeter to the pin 1 (+12V) of a voltage measurement point and the black lead to the pin 2 (ground). - 23 - Hardware Installation 1-9 Internal Connectors 1 4 5 2 9 8 14 3 6 7 5 16 11 12 13

5 15 5 10

1) ATX_12V_2X4 2) ATX 3) ATX4P1 4) CPU_FAN 5) SYS_FAN1/2/3/4 6) SATA3 0/1 7) SATA2 2/3/4/5 8) mSATA 9) BAT 10) F_PANEL 11) F_AUDIO 12) SPDIF_O 13) F_USB1/F_USB2/F_USB3 14) F_USB30 15) TPM 16) CLR_CMOS

Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices: • First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect. • Before installing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices. • After installing the device and before turning on the computer, make sure the device cable has been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard. Hardware Installation - 24 - 1/2) ATX_12V_2X4/ATX (2x4 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector) With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, first make sure the power supply is turned off and all devices are properly installed. The power connector possesses a foolproof design. Connect the power supply cable to the power connector in the correct orientation. The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the 12V power connector is not connected, the computer will not start. To meet expansion requirements, it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (500W or greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power, the result can lead to an unstable or unbootable system. ATX_12V_2X4: Pin No. Definition 1 GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)

2 GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V) 3 GND 4 GND 5 +12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V) 6 +12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V) 7 +12V 8 +12V ATX: 5 8 1 4 ATX_12V_2X4

12 24 Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition 1 3.3V 13 3.3V 2 3.3V 14 -12V 3 GND 15 GND 4 +5V 16 PS_ON (soft On/Off) 5 GND 17 GND 6 +5V 18 GND 7 GND 19 GND 8 Power Good 20 -5V 9 5VSB (stand by +5V) 21 +5V 10 +12V 22 +5V

1 13 ATX 11 +12V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 12 3.3V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 23 +5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 24 GND (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)

- 25 - Hardware Installation ) H A N ( T L A E 3) ATX4P1 (PCIe Power Connector) S N _ A M P _ F The power connector provide auxiliary power to the onboard PCI Express x16 slots. When two or more

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graphics cards are installed, we recommend that you connect the SATA power cable(s) from the power 1 A

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supply to the ATX4P1 connector to ensure system stability. r

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4/5) CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2/SYS_FAN3/SYS_FAN4 (Fan Headers) All fan headers on this motherboard are 4-pin. Most fan headers possess a foolproof insertion design. g 0 n 3 i B s u S When connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation (the black connector wire is o M U h _ / P F

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the ground wire). The speed control function requires the use of a fan with fan speed control design. For optimum heat dissipation, it is recommended that a system fan be installed inside the chassis. CPU_FAN:

1 1 CPU_FAN SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2 1 SYS_FAN3/SYS_FAN4 SYS_FAN2/3: Pin No. Definition 1 GND 2 +12V 3 Sense 4 Speed Control Pin No. Definition 1 GND 2 +12V/Speed Control 3 Sense 4 Speed Control SYS_FAN1: Pin No. Definition 1 GND 2 Speed Control 3 Sense 4 Reserve SYS_FAN4: Pin No. Definition 1 GND 2 +12V 3 Sense 4 Reserve

• Be sure to connect fan cables to the fan headers to prevent your CPU and system from overheating. Overheating may result in damage to the CPU or the system may hang. • These fan headers are not configuration jumper blocks. Do not place a jumper cap on the headers. Hardware Installation - 26 - 6) SATA3 0/1 (SATA 6Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by Intel Z77 Chipset) The SATA connectors conform to SATA 6Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s standard. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The "SATA3 0" and "SATA3 1" connectors support RAID 0 and RAID 1. RAID 5 and RAID 10 can be implemented on the two connectors with the "SATA2 2/3/4/5" and mSATA connectors. (Note). Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring a RAID array. G.QBOFM Pin No. Definition

SATA3 7 1 1 7 1 0 1 GND 2 TXP 3 TXN 4 GND 5 RXN 6 RXP 7 GND

7) SATA2 2/3/4/5 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by Intel Z77 Chipset) The SATA connectors conform to SATA 3Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s standard. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The Intel Z77 Chipset supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring a RAID array.

SATA2 7 7 G.QBOFM 1 1 G.QBOFM 5 3 4 2 Pin No. Definition 1 GND 2 TXP 3 TXN 4 GND 5 RXN 6 RXP 7 GND

• A RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration requires at least two hard drives. If more than two hard drives are to be used, the total number of hard drives must be an even number. • A RAID 5 configuration requires at least three hard drives. (The total number of hard drives does not have to be an even number.) • A RAID 10 configuration requires four hard drives. EBUG ORT (Note) When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected. - 27 - Hardware Installation 8) mSATA (Solid-State Drive Connector, Controlled by the Intel Z77 Chipset) The mSATA connector conforms to SATA 3Gb/s standard and can connect to a single solid-state drive. When the mSATA connector is installed with a solid-state drive, the SATA2 5 connector will become S T ) L E N A P_ F ) H N( LE N A P_ F 2 D- M1 6 H( unavailable. 9) BAT (Battery) ) C O- A 85 X ( r T P C _ I P C A A T A S _ M 1 ) B V I - A G ( ) C O - A 8 5 X ( 1 2 3 T P C _ B M S mSATA DIP D P I 1 2 3 ) B VI - A G( O MC RL C _ I C E M_ SI D PC 51 PG _ ) B VI - A G( U P C_ P DX H C P_ P DX ) B VI - A G(

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The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time information) t

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in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low S W O P I level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost. B ) C O

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D UA F _ OP BD You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery: e p m e I _ 1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord. e C g P a t l )

2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. o 3 V r (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative e p i n terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.) S . 1 3. Replace the battery. G ( s t n 4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer. i o p t n e m • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery. e r u s a • Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced with e m

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• Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself o V or uncertain about the battery model. • When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-) g 0 n 3 i B s of the battery (the positive side should face up). u S o M U h _ / P F • Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations.

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Hardware Installation - 28 - 10) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header) Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker, chassis intrusion switch/sensor 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. Message/Power/

Sleep LED + G S Power Switch Speaker + + W

2 1 M + DH - GS M DH P SE R - WP + SE R IC + I C KA EP S + R WP KA EP S R WP 20 19

Hard Drive Reset Power LED

Activity LED • MSG/PWR (Message/Power/Sleep LED, Yellow/Purple): Switch Chassis Intrusion Header

System Status LED S0 On S3/S4/S5 Off • PW (Power Switch, Red): Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED is off when the system is in S3/ S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).

Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Power Management," for more information). • SPEAK (Speaker, Orange): Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status by issuing a beep code. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup. • HD (Hard Drive Activity LED, Blue): Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data. • RES (Reset Switch, Green): Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart. • CI (Chassis Intrusion Header, Gray): Connects to the chassis intrusion switch/sensor on the chassis that can detect if the chassis cover has been removed. This function requires a chassis with a chassis intrusion switch/sensor. 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 assignments are matched correctly. - 29 - Hardware Installation 11) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header) The front panel audio header supports Intel High Definition audio (HD) and AC'97 audio. You may connect your chassis front panel audio module to this header. Make sure the wire assignments of the module connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection between the module connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For HD Front Panel Audio: For AC'97 Front Panel Audio:

9 1 Pin No. Definition 1 MIC2_L 2 GND Pin No. Definition 1 MIC 2 GND

F_AUDIO(H) F_PANEL(NH) F_PANEL

10 2 3 MIC2_R 4 -ACZ_DET 5 LINE2_R 6 GND 7 FAUDIO_JD 8 No Pin 9 LINE2_L 10 GND 3 MIC Power 4 NC 5 Line Out (R) 6 NC 7 NC 8 No Pin 9 Line Out (L) 10 NC (H61M-D2)

DB_PORT • The front panel audio header supports HD audio by default. If your chassis provides an AC'97 BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC) front panel audio module, refer to the instructions on how to activate AC'97 functionality via the 1 1 audio software in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."

1 M_SATA

• Audio signals will be present on both of the front and back panel audio connections simultaneously. 1 If you want to mute the back panel audio (only supported when using an HD front panel audio

module), refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio." ACPI_CPT (GA-IVB)

• Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each wire Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) instead of a single plug. For information about connecting the front panel audio module that has PWM Switch (X58A-OC) 3 1 2 different wire assignments, please contact the chassis manufacturer.

P 3 I 2 D P DI 1 12) SPDIF_O (S/PDIF Out Header) DIP 1 2 D 3 P I SMB_CPT

1 2 3 This header supports digital S/PDIF Out and connects a S/PDIF digital audio cable (provided by expansion (GA-IVB) PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) cards) for digital audio output from your motherboard to certain expansion cards like graphics cards and sound cards. For example, some graphics cards may require you to use a S/PDIF digital audio cable for digital audio output from your motherboard to your graphics card if you wish to connect an HDMI display to the graphics card and have digital audio output from the HDMI display at the same time. CLR_CMOS For information about connecting the S/PDIF digital audio cable, carefully read the manual for your

expansion card. e measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) 1 Pin No. Definition 1 SPDIFO 2 GND CI DIS_ME GP15_CPT (GA-IVB) XDP_CPU XDP_PCH (GA-IVB)

Hardware Installation - 30 - 13) F_USB1/F_USB2/F_USB3 (USB 2.0/1.1 Headers) The headers conform to USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Each USB header can provide two USB ports via an G optional USB bracket. For purchasing the optional USB bracket, please contact the local dealer. Pin No. Definition 1 Power (5V)

9 1 10 2 14) F_USB30 (USB 3.0/2.0 Header) 2 Power (5V) 3 USB DX 4 USB DY 5 USB DX+ 6 USB DY+ 7 GND 8 GND 9 No Pin 10 NC

F_USB30 F_AUDIO(H) The header conforms to USB 3.0/2.0 specification and can provide two USB ports. For purchasing the optional 3.5" front panel that provides two USB 3.0/2.0 ports, please contact the local dealer. Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition

10 11 1 20 TPM 1 VBUS 11 D2+ 2 SSRX1- 12 D2- 3 SSRX1+ 13 GND 4 GND 14 SSTX2+ DB_PORT 5 SSTX1- 15 SSTX2- 6 SSTX1+ 16 GND 7 GND 17 SSRX2+ 8 D1- 18 SSRX2- 9 D1+ 19 VBUS 10 NC 20 No PinVoltage measurement module(X58A-OC) BIOS Switcher (X58A- 1 1 1 1 PWM Switch (X58A-

• Do not plug the IEEE 1394 bracket (2x5-pin) cable into the USB 2.0/1.1 header. w/housing 3 1 2 • Prior to installing the USB bracket, be sure to turn off your computer and unplug the power cord P 3 I 2 D P DI 1 from the power outlet to prevent damage to the USB bracket. DIP 1 2 D 3 P I

1 2 3 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC) - 31 - Hardware Installation Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4) 15) TPM (Trusted Platform Module Header) You may connect a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) to this header. 1 19 TPM w/housing 2 20 DB_PORT Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC) BIOS Swit 1 1 PWM Sw P I D DIP Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition 1 LCLK 11 LAD0 2 GND 12 GND 3 LFRAME 13 NC 4 No Pin 14 ID 5 LRESET 15 SB3V 6 NC 16 SERIRQ 7 LAD3 17 GND 8 LAD2 18 NC 9 VCC3 19 NC 10 LAD1 20 SUSCLK 1 2 3 PCIe power connector (SATA)(X58A-OC)

16) CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS Jumper) Voltage measurement points(G1.Sniper 3) BIOS Switcher (SW4)

Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset the CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two pins for a few seconds. Open: Normal Short: Clear CMOS Values • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing the CMOS values. • After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for BIOS configurations). Hardware Installation - 32 - Chapter 2 BIOS Setup BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) records hardware parameters of the system in the CMOS on the motherboard. Its major functions include conducting the Power-On Self-Test (POST) during system startup, saving system parameters and loading operating system, etc. BIOS includes a BIOS Setup program that allows the user to modify basic system configuration settings or to activate certain system features. When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS to keep the configuration values in the CMOS. To access the BIOS Setup program, press the <Delete> key during the POST when the power is turned on. To upgrade the BIOS, use either the GIGABYTE Q-Flash or @BIOS utility. • Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily upgrade or back up BIOS without entering the operating system. • @BIOS is a Windows-based utility that searches and downloads the latest version of BIOS from the Internet and updates the BIOS. For instructions on using the Q-Flash and @BIOS utilities, refer to Chapter 4, "BIOS Update Utilities." • Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS, do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction. • It is recommended that you not alter the default settings (unless you need to) to prevent system instability or other unexpected results. Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. If this occurs, try to clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values. (Refer to the "Load Optimized Defaults" section in this chapter or introductions of the battery or the clear CMOS jumper/button in Chapter 1 for how to clear the CMOS values.) - 33 - BIOS Setup

2-1 Startup Screen The following startup Logo screen will appear when the computer boots. Function Keys: <DEL>: BIOS SETUP\Q-FLASH Function Keys

Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup or to access the Q-Flash utility in BIOS Setup. <F9>: SYSTEM INFORMATION Press the <F9> key to display your system information. <F12>: BOOT MENU Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use the up arrow key <↑> or the down arrow key <↓> to select the first boot device, then press <Enter> to accept. The system will boot from the device immediately. Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings. <END>: Q-FLASH Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first. BIOS Setup - 34 - 2-2 The Main Menu A. The 3D BIOS Screen (Default) On GIGABYTE's uniquely designed 3D BIOS screen, you can use your mouse to move through the motherboard image and click to enter the function menu in each area for quick configuration. For example, pass your mouse arrow over the CPU and memory sockets and enter the System Tuning menu to configure CPU/memory frequency, memory timings, and voltage settings. For more detailed configuration items, you can click the function menu icons at the bottom of the screen or press <F1> to switch to the main menu of the BIOS Setup program. (If a mouse is not connected, the 3D BIOS screen will automatically switch to the main menu of the BIOS Setup Program.) B. The Main Menu of the BIOS Setup Program On the main menu of the BIOS Setup program, press arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter a sub-menu. Or you can use your mouse to select the item you want. (Sample BIOS Version: F1b) Setup Menus

Switch to Enter Q-Flash Select Default Language

3D BIOS screen Configuration Items Current Settings Help Function Keys

- 35 - BIOS Setup BIOS Setup Program Function Keys <←><→> Move the selection bar to select a setup menu <↑><↓> Move the selection bar to select an configuration item on a menu <Enter> Execute command or enter a menu <+>/<Page Up> Increase the numeric value or make changes <->/<Page Down> Decrease the numeric value or make changes <F1> Switch to 3D BIOS screen <F5> Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus <F7> Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus <F8> Access the Q-Flash utility <F9> Display system information <F10> Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program <F12> Capture the current screen as an image and save it to your USB drive <Esc> Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup programSubmenus: Exit current submenu BIOS Setup Menus ④ M.I.T. Use this menu to configure the clock, frequency, and voltages of your CPU and memory, etc. Or check the system/CPU temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds. ④ System Use this menu to configure the default language used by the BIOS and system time and date. This menu also displays information on the devices connected to the SATA ports. ④ BIOS Features Use this menu to configure the device boot order, advanced features available on the CPU, and the primary display adapter. ④ Peripherals Use this menu to configure all peripheral devices, such as SATA, USB, integrated audio, and integrated LAN, etc. ④ Power Management Use this menu to configure all the power-saving functions. ④ Save & Exit Save all the changes made in the BIOS Setup program to the CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. You can save the current BIOS settings to a profile or load optimized defaults for optimal-performance system operations. • When the system is not stable as usual, select the Load Optimized Defaults item to set your system to its defaults. • The BIOS Setup menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by BIOS version. BIOS Setup - 36 - 2-3 M.I.T. Whether the system will work stably with the overclock/overvoltage settings you made is dependent on your overall system configurations. Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to CPU, chipset, or memory and reduce the useful life of these components. This page is for advanced users only and we recommend you not to alter the default settings to prevent system instability or other unexpected results. (Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. If this occurs, clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.) This section provides information on the BIOS version, CPU base clock, CPU frequency, memory frequency, total memory size , CPU temperature, Vcore, and memory voltage. - 37 - BIOS Setup 🢦 M.I.T. Current Status This screen provides information on CPU/memory frequencies/parameters. 🢦 Advanced Frequency Settings ✀ CPU/PCIe Base Clock Allows you to manually set the CPU base clock and PCIe bus frequency in 0.01 MHz increments. (Default: Auto) Important: It is highly recommended that the CPU frequency be set in accordance with the CPU specifications. ✀ Internal Graphics Clock Allows you to set the onboard graphics clock. The adjustable range is from 400 MHz to 3200 MHz. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU Clock Ratio Allows you to alter the clock ratio for the installed CPU. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU being installed. ✀ CPU Frequency Displays the current operating CPU frequency. BIOS Setup - 38 - 🢦 Advanced CPU Core Features ✀ CPU Clock Ratio, CPU Frequency The settings under the two items above are synchronous to those under the same items on the Advanced Frequency Settings menu. ✀ Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology (Note) Allows you to determine whether to enable the Intel CPU Turbo Boost technology. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Turbo Ratio (1-Core Active~4-Core Active) (Note) Allows you to set the CPU Turbo ratios for different number of active cores. Auto sets the CPU Turbo ratios according to the CPU specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ Turbo Power Limit (Watts) Allows you to set a power limit for CPU Turbo mode. When the CPU power consumption exceeds the specified power limit, the CPU will automatically reduce the core frequency in order to reduce the power. Auto sets the power limit according to the CPU specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ Core Current Limit (Amps) Allows you to set a current limit for CPU Turbo mode. When the CPU current exceeds the specified current limit, the CPU will automatically reduce the core frequency in order to reduce the current. Auto sets the power limit according to the CPU specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU Core Enabled (Note) Allows you to determine whether to enable all CPU cores. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Hyper-Threading Technology (Note) Allows you to determine whether to enable multi-threading technology when using an Intel CPU that supports this function. This feature only works for operating systems that support multi-processor mode. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) (Note) This item is present only when you install a CPU that supports this feature. For more information about Intel CPUs' unique features, please visit Intel's website. - 39 - BIOS Setup ✀ CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note 1) Enables or disables Intel CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function, a CPU power-saving function in system halt state. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power consumption. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ C3/C6 State Support (Note 1) Allows you to determine whether to let the CPU enter C3/C6 mode in system halt state. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power consumption. The C3/C6 state is a more enhanced power-saving state than C1. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU Thermal Monitor (Note 1) Enables or disables Intel CPU Thermal Monitor function, a CPU overheating protection function. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced when the CPU is overheated. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU EIST Function (Note 1) Enables or disables Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST). Depending on CPU loading, Intel EIST technology can dynamically and effectively lower the CPU voltage and core frequency to decrease average power consumption and heat production. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note 2) Allows the BIOS to read the SPD data on XMP memory module(s) to enhance memory performance when enabled. Disabled Disables this function. (Default) Profile1 Uses Profile 1 settings. Profile2 (Note 2) Uses Profile 2 settings. ✀ System Memory Multiplier (SPD) Allows you to set the system memory multiplier. Auto sets memory multiplier according to memory SPD data. (Default: Auto) ✀ Memory Frequency (MHz) The first memory frequency value is the normal operating frequency of the memory being used; the second is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the System Memory Multiplier settings. (Note 1) This item is present only when you install a CPU that supports this feature. For more information about Intel CPUs' unique features, please visit Intel's website. (Note 2) This item is present only when you install a CPU and a memory module that support this feature. BIOS Setup - 40 - 🢦 Advanced Memory Settings ✀ Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note), System Memory Multiplier (SPD), Memory Frequency(Mhz) The settings under the three items above are synchronous to those under the same items on the Advanced Frequency Settings menu. ✀ Performance Enhance Allows the system to operate at three different performance levels. Normal Lets the system operate at its basic performance level. Turbo Lets the system operate at its good performance level. (Default) Extreme Lets the system operate at its best performance level. ✀ DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD) Quick and Expert allows the Channel Interleaving, Rank Interleaving, and memory timing settings below to be configurable. Options are: Auto (default), Quick, Expert. ✀ Profile DDR Voltage When using a non-XMP memory module or Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) is set to Disabled, this item will display as 1.50V. When Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) is set to Profile1 or Profile2, this item will display the value based on the SPD data on the XMP memory. ✀ Profile VTT Voltage The value displayed here is dependent on the CPU being used. ✀ Channel Interleaving Enables or disables memory channel interleaving. Enabled allows the system to simultaneously access different channels of the memory to increase memory performance and stability. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Rank Interleaving Enables or disables memory rank interleaving. Enabled allows the system to simultaneously access different ranks of the memory to increase memory performance and stability. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) (Note) This item is present only when you install a CPU and a memory module that support this feature. - 41 - BIOS Setup 🢦 Channel A/B Timing Settings This sub-menu provides memory timing settings for each channel of memory. The respective timing setting screens are configurable only when DRAM Timing Selectable is set to Quick or Expert. Note: Your system may become unstable or fail to boot after you make changes on the memory timings. If this occurs, please reset the board to default values by loading optimized defaults or clearing the CMOS values. 🢦 Advanced Voltage Settings BIOS Setup - 42 - 🢦 3D Power Control ✀ PWM Phase Control Allows you to automatically change the PWM phase according to the CPU load. The power-saving levels are (from lowest to highest): eXm Perf (Extreme Performance ), High Perf (High Performance), Perf (Performance), Balanced, Mid PWR (Mid Power), and Lite PWR (Light Power). Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Vcore Voltage Response Allows you to configure the response time for Vcore changes using four preset levels. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) Standard~Fast Selects Standard or Fast which represents different levels of the response time for Vcore changes. - 43 - BIOS Setup ✀ Vcore Loadline Calibration (mΩ) Allows you to set the Load-Line Calibration level for the Vcore. The levels are (from highest to lowest): Extreme, Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Standard. Selecting a higher level keeps the Vcore more consistent with what is set in BIOS under heavy load. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting and sets the voltage following Intel's specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ GFX Voltage Loadline Calibration Allows you to set the Load-Line Calibration level for the GFX voltage. The levels are (from highest to lowest): Extreme, Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Standard. Selecting a higher level keeps the GFX voltage more consistent with what is set in BIOS under heavy load. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting and sets the voltage following Intel's specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ DDR CH(A/B) Voltage Loadline Calibration Allows you to set the Load-Line Calibration level for the memory voltage. The levels are (from highest to lowest): Extreme, Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Standard. Selecting a higher level keeps the voltage more consistent with what is set in BIOS under heavy load. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting and sets the voltage following Intel's specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU Vtt Loadline Calibration Allows you to set the Load-Line Calibration level for the CPU Vtt voltage. The levels are (from highest to lowest): Extreme, Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Standard. Selecting a higher level keeps the CPU Vtt voltage more consistent with what is set in BIOS under heavy load. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting and sets the voltage following Intel's specifications. (Default: Auto) ✀ Vcore Protection Allows you to set the voltage limit on the Vcore for over-voltage protection. The adjustable range is from 150.0mV to 300.0mV. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU Vtt Protection Allows you to set the voltage limit on the CPU Vtt voltage for over-voltage protection. The adjustable range is from 150.0mV to 300.0mV. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ DDR CH(A/B) Voltage Protection Allows you to set the voltage limit on Channel A and Channel B memory voltage for over-voltage protection. The adjustable range is from 150.0mV to 300.0mV. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ Vcore Current Protection Allows you to set the over-current protection level for the Vcore. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) Standard~Extreme Selects Standard, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, or Extreme which represents different level of over-current protection for the Vcore. ✀ CPU Vtt Current Protection Allows you to set the over-current protection level for the CPU Vtt voltage. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) Standard~Extreme Selects Standard, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, or Extreme which represents different level of over-current protection for the CPU Vtt voltage. BIOS Setup - 44 - ✀ GFX Current Protection Allows you to set the over-current protection level for the GFX voltage. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) Standard~Extreme Selects Standard, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, or Extreme which represents different level of over-current protection for the GFX voltage. ✀ DDR CH(A/B) Current Protection Allows you to set the over-current protection level for the memory voltage. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) Standard~Extreme Selects Standard, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, or Extreme which represents different level of over-current protection for the memory voltage. ✀ Vcore PWM Thermal Protection Allows you to set the PWM thermal protection threshold for the Vcore area. Options are 130.0oC and 135.0oC. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ DDR CH(A/B) PWM Thermal Protection Allows you to set the PWM thermal protection threshold for the Channel A and Channel B memory area. Options are 130.0oC and 135.0oC. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto) ✀ CPU PWM Switch Rate Displays the current operating CPU PWM frequency. ✀ GFX PWM Switch Rate Displays the current operating GFX PWM frequency. ✀ CPU Vtt PWM Switch Rate Displays the current operating CPU Vtt PWM frequency. ✀ DDR CH(A/B) PWM Switch Rate Displays the current operating PWM frequency for Channel A and Channel B memory. 🢦 CPU Core Voltage Control This section provides CPU voltage control options. 🢦 DRAM Voltage Control This section provides memory voltage control options. - 45 - BIOS Setup 🢦 PC Health Status ✀ Reset Case Open Status Disabled Keeps or clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status. (Default) Enabled Clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status and the Case Open field will show "No" at next boot. ✀ Case Open Displays the detection status of the chassis intrusion detection device attached to the motherboard CI header. If the system chassis cover is removed, this field will show "Yes", otherwise it will show "No". To clear the chassis intrusion status record, set Reset Case Open Status to Enabled, save the settings to the CMOS, and then restart your system. BIOS Setup - 46 - ✀ CPU Vcore/Dram Voltage/+3.3V/+12V Displays the current system voltages. ✀ CPU/PCH/System Temperature Displays current CPU/Chipset/System temperature. ✀ CPU/System FAN Speed Displays current CPU/system fan speeds. ✀ CPU Warning Temperature Sets the warning threshold for CPU temperature. When CPU temperature exceeds the threshold, BIOS will emit warning sound. Options are: Disabled (default), 60oC/140oF, 70oC/158oF, 80oC/176oF, 90oC/194oF. ✀ CPU/System Fan Fail Warning Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU fan or system fan are not connected or fail. Check the fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. (Default: Disabled) ✀ CPU Fan Control mode Auto Lets the BIOS automatically detect the type of CPU fan installed and sets the optimal CPU fan control mode. (Default) Voltage Sets Voltage mode for a 3-pin CPU fan. PWM Sets PWM mode for a 4-pin CPU fan. Note: The Voltage mode can be set for a 3-pin CPU fan or a 4-pin CPU fan. However, for a 4-pin CPU fan that is not designed following Intel PWM fan specifications, selecting PWM mode may not effectively reduce the fan speed. ✀ CPU Fan Speed Control Allows you to determine whether to enable the CPU fan speed control function and adjust the fan speed. Normal Allows the CPU fan to run at different speeds according to the CPU temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on your system requirements. (Default) Silent Allows the CPU fan to run at slow speeds. Manual Allows you to control the CPU fan speed under the Slope PWM item. Disabled Allows the CPU fan to run at full speeds. ✀ Slope PWM Allows you to control the CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only when CPU Fan Speed Control is set to Manual. Options are: 0.75 PWM value /oC ~ 2.50 PWM value /oC. ✀ 1st/2nd/3rd System Fan Speed Control (SYS_FAN1, SYS_FAN2 and SYS_FAN3 Connectors) Allows you to determine whether to enable the system fan speed control function for the system fans connected to SYS_FAN1, SYS_FAN2 and SYS_FAN3 connectors and adjust the fan speed. Normal Allows the system fan to run at different speeds according to the system temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on your system requirements. (Default) Silent Allows the system fans to run at slow speeds. Manual Allows you to control the system fans speed under the Slope PWM item. Disabled Allows the system fans to run at full speeds. ✀ Slope PWM Allows you to control the system fan speed. This item is configurable only when 1st/2nd/3rd System Fan Speed Control is set to Manual. Options are: 0.75 PWM value /oC ~ 2.50 PWM value /oC. - 47 - BIOS Setup 2-4 System This section provides information on your CPU, memory, motherboard model, and BIOS version. You can also select the default language used by the BIOS and manually set the system time. ✀ System Language Selects the default language used by the BIOS. ✀ System Date Sets the system date. The date format is week (read-only), month, date and year. Use <Enter> to switch between the Month, Date, and Year fields and use the <Page Up> or <Page Down> key to set the desired value. ✀ System Time Sets the system time. The time format is hour, minute, and second. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:0:0. Use <Enter> to switch between the Hour, Minute, and Second fields and use the <Page Up> or <Page Down> key to set the desired value. ✀ Access Level Displays the current access level depending on the type of password protection used. (If no password is set, the default will display as Administrator.) The Administrator level allows you to make changes to all BIOS settings; the User level only allows you to make changes to certain BIOS settings but not all. 🢦 ATA Port Information This section provides information on the device connected to each SATA port controlled by Intel Z77 Chipset. You can enable/disable each SATA port or enable/disable the hot plug capability. BIOS Setup - 48 - 2-5 BIOS Features ✀ Boot Option Priorities Specifies the overall boot order from the available devices. For example, you can set hard drive as the first priority (Boot Option #1) and DVD ROM drive as the second priority (Boot Option #2). The list only displays the device with the highest priority for a specific type. For example, only hard drive defined as the first priority on the Hard Drive BBS Priorities submenu will be presented here. Removable storage devices that support GPT format will be prefixed with "UEFI:" string on the boot device list. To boot from an operating system that supports GPT partitioning, select the device prefixed with "UEFI:" string. Or if you want to install an operating system that supports GPT partitioning such as Windows 7 64-bit, select the optical drive that contains the Windows 7 64-bit installation disk and is prefixed with "UEFI:" string. ✀ Hard Drive/CD/DVD ROM Drive/Floppy Drive/Network Device BBS Priorities Specifies the boot order for a specific device type, such as hard drives, optical drives, floppy disk drives, and devices that support Boot from LAN function, etc. Press <Enter> on this item to enter the submenu that presents the devices of the same type that are connected. This item is present only if at least one device for this type is installed. ✀ Bootup NumLock State Enables or disables Numlock feature on the numeric keypad of the keyboard after the POST. (Default: Enabled) ✀ Full Screen LOGO Show Allows you to determine whether to display the GIGABYTE Logo at system startup. Disabled skips the GIGABYTE Logo when the system starts up. (Default: Enabled) ✀ PCI ROM Priority Allows you to determine which Option ROM to launch. Options are Legacy ROM and EFI Compatible ROM. (Default: EFI Compatible ROM) - 49 - BIOS Setup ✀ Limit CPUID Maximum (Note) Allows you to determine whether to limit CPUID maximum value. Set this item to Disabled for Windows XP operating system; set this item to Enabled for legacy operating system such as Windows NT4.0. (Default: Disabled) ✀ Execute Disable Bit (Note) Enables or disables Intel Execute Disable Bit function. This function may enhance protection for the computer, reducing exposure to viruses and malicious buffer overflow attacks when working with its supporting software and system. (Default: Enabled) ✀ Intel Virtualization Technology (Note) Enables or disables Intel Virtualization Technology. Virtualization enhanced by Intel Virtualization Technology will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions. With virtualization, one computer system can function as multiple virtual systems. (Default: Disabled) ✀ Administrator Password Allows you to configure an administrator password. Press <Enter> on this item, type the password, and then press <Enter>. You will be requested to confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You must enter the administrator password (or user password) at system startup and when entering BIOS Setup. Differing from the user password, the administrator password allows you to make changes to all BIOS settings. ✀ User Password Allows you to configure a user password. Press <Enter> on this item, type the password, and then press <Enter>. You will be requested to confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You must enter the administrator password (or user password) at system startup and when entering BIOS Setup. However, the user password only allows you to make changes to certain BIOS settings but not all. To cancel the password, press <Enter> on the password item and when requested for the password, enter the correct one first. When prompted for a new password, press <Enter> without entering any password. Press <Enter> again when prompted to confirm. (Note) This item is present only when you install a CPU that supports this feature. For more information about Intel CPUs' unique features, please visit Intel's website. BIOS Setup - 50 - 2-6 Peripherals ✀ LAN PXE Boot Option ROM Allows you to decide whether to activate the boot ROM integrated with the onboard LAN chip. (Default: Disabled) ✀ SATA Controller(s) (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enables or disables the integrated SATA controllers. (Default: Enabled) - 51 - BIOS Setup ✀ SATA Mode Selection (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enables or disables RAID for the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel Z77 Chipset or configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. IDE Configures the SATA controller to IDE mode. RAID Enables RAID for the SATA controller. AHCI Configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug. (Default) ✀ xHCI Pre-Boot Driver (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enabled The USB 3.0 ports are routed to the xHCI controller before booting to OS. (Default) Disabled The USB 3.0 ports are routed to the EHCI controller before booting to OS. When this item is set to Enabled, the xHCI Mode below will be automatically set to Smart Auto; when this item is set to Disabled, the xHCI Mode below will be automatically set to Auto. ✀ xHCI Mode (Intel Z77 Chipset) Allows you to determine the operating mode for the xHCI controller in OS. Smart Auto This mode is available only when the BIOS supports the xHCI controller in the pre-boot environment. This mode is similar to Auto, but it adds the capability to route the ports to xHCI or EHCI according to setting used in previous boots (for non-G3 boot) in the pre-boot environment. This allows the use of USB 3.0 devices prior to OS boot. xHCI controller enabling and rerouting should follow the steps in Auto, when previous boot routs ports to EHCI. Note: This is the recommended mode when BIOS has xHCI pre boot support. (Default) Auto BIOS routes the sharable ports to EHCI controller. Then it uses ACPI protocols to provide an option to enable the xHCI controller and reroute the sharable ports. Note: This is the recommended mode when BIOS does NOT have xHCI pre-boot support. Enabled All shared ports are eventually routed to the xHCI controller during the BIOS boot process. If BIOS does not have pre-boot support for the xHCI controller, it should initially route the sharable ports to the EHCI controller and then prior to OS boot it should route the ports to xHCI controller. Note: OS has to provide support for the xHCI controller in this mode. If the OS does not provide support, all sharable ports won't work. Disabled The USB 3.0 ports are routed to the EHCI controller and the xHCI controller is turned off. All USB 3.0 devices function as High Speed devices regardless of xHCI software support/availability. If this item is set to Disabled, the HS Port #1/2/3/4 Switchable and xHCI Streams items below will become unconfigurable. ✀ HS Port #1 Switchable~HS Port #4 Switchable (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enabled Corresponding USB 3.0 port is routed to xHCI. The USB 3.0 device attached on this port with Super-Speed capability is visible to xHCI controller. (Default) Disabled Corresponding USB 3.0 port is routed to EHCI. The USB 3.0 device attached on this port with Super-Speed capability will function as High-Speed. ✀ xHCI Streams (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enables or disables multi-stream data transfer. Note: For Windows 7 USB 3.0 Streams support, devices may require UASP class driver updates from UASP driver vendors to be fully compatible with Intel USB 3.0 Streams Support. (Default: Enabled) ✀ USB Controller (Intel Z77 Chipset) Enables or disables the integrated USB 3.0/2.0 controller. (Default: Enabled) BIOS Setup - 52 - ✀ Audio Controller Enables or disables the onboard audio function. (Default: Enabled) If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in audio card instead of using the onboard audio, set this item to Disabled. ✀ Init Display First Specifes the frst initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI graphics card, PCI Express graphics card, or the onboard graphics. Auto Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default) IGFX Sets the onboard graphics as the first display. PEG Sets the PCI Express graphics card on the PCIEX16 slot as the first display. PCI Sets the graphics card on the PCI slot as the first display. ✀ Internal Graphics Enables or disables the onboard graphics function. (Default: Auto) ✀ Internal Graphics Memory Size Allows you to set the onboard graphics memory size. Options are: 32M~1024M. (Default: 64M) ✀ DVMT Total Memory Size Allows you to allocate the DVMT memory size of the onboard graphics. Options are: 128M, 256M, MAX. (Default: MAX) ✀ Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology Enables or disables Intel Rapid Start Technology. This item is configurable only when an SSD is installed. (Default: Disabled) ✀ Legacy USB Support Allows USB keyboard/mouse to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Enabled) ✀ XHCI Hand-off Determines whether to enable XHCI Hand-off feature for an operating system without XHCI Hand-off support. (Default: Enabled) ✀ EHCI Hand-off Determines whether to enable EHCI Hand-off feature for an operating system without EHCI Hand-off support. (Default: Disabled) ✀ Port 60/64 Emulation Enables or disables emulation of I/O ports 64h and 60h. This should be enabled for full legacy support for USB keyboards/mice in MS-DOS or in operating system that does not natively support USB devices. (Default: Disabled) ✀ USB Storage Devices Displays a list of connected USB mass storage devices. This item appears only when a USB storage device is installed. 🢦 Trusted Computing ✀ TPM SUPPORT Enables or disables Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Set this item to Enable when a TPM device is installed. (Default: Disable) ✀ OnBoard USB3.0 Controller#1 (VIA VL800 USB Controller, USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel) Enables or disables the VIA VL800 USB controller. (Default: Enabled) - 53 - BIOS Setup ✀ OnBoard LAN Controller#1 Enables or disables the onboard LAN function. (Default: Enabled) If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in network card instead of using the onboard LAN, set this item to Disabled. ✀ PCIE Slot Configuration Specifies the operating bandwidth for the PCIEX4 slot. Auto Lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting depending on the expansion card being installed. All PCI Express x1 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed. (Default) x1 PCIEX4 operates at x1 mode. x4 PCIEX4 operates at x4 mode. 🢦 Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology ✀ ISCT Configuration Enables or disables Intel Smart Connect Technology. (Default: Disabled) BIOS Setup - 54 - 🢦 Marvell ATA Controller Configuration ✀ GSATA Controller (Marvell 88SE9172 Chip, GSATA3 6 and GSATA3 7 connectors) Enables or disables RAID for the SATA controllers integrated in the Marvell 88SE9172 chip or configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. The area below displays the current status of the two SATA ports. IDE Mode Disables RAID for the SATA controllers and configures the SATA controllers to IDE mode. AHCI Mode Configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug. (Default) RAID Mode Enables RAID for the SATA controllers. Disabled Disables this function. - 55 - BIOS Setup 2-7 Power Management ✀ AC BACK Determines the state of the system after the return of power from an AC power loss. Always Off The system stays off upon the return of the AC power. (Default) Always On The system is turned on upon the return of the AC power. Memory The system returns to its last known awake state upon the return of the AC power. ✀ Power On By Keyboard Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 keyboard wake-up event. Note: To use this function, you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Disabled Disables this function. (Default) Any Key Press any key to turn on the system. Keyboard 98 Press POWER button on the Windows 98 keyboard to turn on the system. ✀ Resume by Alarm Determines whether to power on the system at a desired time. (Default: Disabled) If enabled, set the date and time as following: Wake up day: Turn on the system at a specific time on each day or on a specific day in a month. Wake up hour/minute/second: Set the time at which the system will be powered on automatically. Note: When using this function, avoid inadequate shutdown from the operating system or removal of the AC power, or the settings may not be effective. ✀ ErP Determines whether to let the system consume less than 1W power in S5 (shutdown) state. (Default: Disabled) Note: When this item is set to Enabled, the following functions will become unavailable: PME event wake up, power on by mouse, power on by keyboard, and wake on LAN. BIOS Setup - 56 - ✀ High Precision Event Timer (Note) Enables or disables High Precision Event Timer (HPET) for Windows 7 operating system. (Default: Enabled) ✀ Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN Configures the way to turn off the computer in MS-DOS mode using the power button. Instant-Off Press the power button and then the system will be turned off instantly. (Default) Delay 4 Sec Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn off the system. If the power button is pressed for less than 4 seconds, the system will enter suspend mode. ✀ Internal Graphics Standby Mode Allows you to determine whether to let the onboard graphics enter standby mode to decrease power consumption. (Default: Enabled) ✀ Internal Graphics Deep Standby Mode Allows you to determine whether to let the onboard graphics enter deeper standby mode. (Default: Enabled) (Note) Supported on Windows 7 operating system only. - 57 - BIOS Setup 2-8 Save & Exit ✀ Save & Exit Setup Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes. This saves the changes to the CMOS and exits the BIOS Setup program. Select No or press <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu. ✀ Exit Without Saving Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes. This exits the BIOS Setup without saving the changes made in BIOS Setup to the CMOS. Select No or press <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu. ✀ Load Optimized Defaults Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes to load the optimal BIOS default settings. The BIOS defaults settings help the system to operate in optimum state. Always load the Optimized defaults after updating the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS values. ✀ Boot Override Allows you to select a device to boot immediately. Press <Enter> on the device you select and select Yes to confirm. Your system will restart automatically and boot from that device. ✀ Save Profiles This function allows you to save the current BIOS settings to a profile. You can create up to 4 profiles and save as Setup Profile 1~ Setup Profile 4. Press <Enter> to complete. ✀ Load Profiles If your system becomes unstable and you have loaded the BIOS default settings, you can use this function to load the BIOS settings from a profile created before, without the hassles of reconfiguring the BIOS settings. First select the profile you wish to load and then press <Enter> to complete. BIOS Setup - 58 - Chapter 3 Drivers Installation • Before installing the drivers, first install the operating system. • After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk into your optical drive. The driver Autorun screen is automatically displayed which looks like that shown in the screen shot below. (If the driver Autorun screen does not appear automatically, go to My Computer, double-click the optical drive and execute the Run.exe program.) 3-1 Installing Chipset Drivers After inserting the driver disk, "Xpress Install" will automatically scan your system and then list all the drivers that are recommended to install. You can click the Install All button and "Xpress Install" will install all the recommended drivers. Or click Install Single Items to manually select the drivers you wish to install. • Please ignore the popup dialog box(es) (e.g. the Found New Hardware Wizard) displayed when "Xpress Install" is installing the drivers. Failure to do so may affect the driver installation. • Some device drivers will restart your system automatically during the driver installation. After the system restart, "Xpress Install" will continue to install other drivers. • After "Xpress Install" installs all of the drivers, a dialog box will appear asking whether to install new GIGABYTE utilities. Click Yes to automatically install the utilities. Or click No if you want to manually select the utilities to install on the Application Software page later. • For USB 2.0 driver support under the Windows XP operating system, please install the Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later. After installing the SP1 (or later), if a question mark still exists in Universal Serial Bus Controller in Device Manager, please remove the question mark (by right-clicking your mouse and select Uninstall) and restart the system. (The system will then autodetect and install the USB 2.0 driver.) - 59 - Drivers Installation 3-2 Application Software This page displays all the utilities and applications that GIGABYTE develops and some free software. You can click the Install button on the right of an item to install it. 3-3 Technical Manuals This page provides the content descriptions for this driver disk. Drivers Installation - 60 - 3-4 Contact For the detailed contact information of the GIGABYTE Taiwan headquarter or worldwide branch offices, click the URL on this page to link to the GIGABYTE website. 3-5 System This page provides the basic system information. - 61 - Drivers Installation 3-6 Download Center To update the BIOS, drivers, or applications, click the Download Center button to link to the GIGABYTE website. The latest version of the BIOS, drivers, or applications will be displayed. 3-7 New Program This page provides a quick link to GIGABYTE's lately developed utilities for users to install. You can click the Install button on the right of an item to install it. Drivers Installation - 62 - Chapter 4 Unique Features 4-1 Xpress Recovery2 Xpress Recovery2 is a utility that allows you to quickly compress and back up your system data and perform restoration of it. Supporting NTFS, FAT32, and FAT16 file systems, Xpress Recovery2 can back up data on PATA and SATA hard drives and restore it. Before You Begin: • Xpress Recovery2 will check the first physical hard drive (Note) for the operating system. Xpress Recovery2 can only back up/restore the first physical hard drive that has the operating system installed. • As Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file at the end of the hard drive, make sure to leave enough unallocated space in advanced (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending on the amount of data). • It is recommended to back up your system soon after the operating system and drivers are installed. • The amount of data and hard drive access speed may affect the speed at which the data is backed up/ restored. • It takes longer to back up a hard drive than to restore it. System Requirements: • At least 512 MB of system memory • VESA compatible graphics card • Windows XP with SP3 or later, Windows 7 • Xpress Recovery and Xpress Recovery2 are different utilities. For example, a backup file created with Xpress Recovery cannot be restored using Xpress Recovery2. • USB hard drives are not supported. • RAID drives are not supported. • GPT partitions are not supported. • Hard drives larger than 2.2 TB are not supported. Installation and Configuration: Turn on your system to boot from the Windows 7 setup disk. A. Installing Windows 7 and Partitioning the Hard Drive

Step 1: Click Drive options. Step 2: Click New.

(Note) Xpress Recovery2 checks the first physical hard drive in the following sequence: The first SATA connector, the second SATA connector and so forth. For example, When hard drives are attached to the first and third SATA connectors, the hard drive on the first SATA connector is the first physical drive. - 63 - Unique Features

Step 3: When partitioning your hard drive, make sure to leave unallocated space (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending on the amount of data) and begin the installation of the operating system. Step 5: Step 4: After the operating system is installed, click Start, right-click the Computer and select Manage. Go to Disk Management to check disk allocation.

Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file to the unallocated space (black stripe along the top). Please note that if there is no enough unallocated space, Xpress Recovery2 cannot save the backup file. B. Accessing Xpress Recovery2 Boot from the motherboard driver disk to access Xpress Recovery2. When you see the following message: Press any key to startup Xpress Recovery2, press any key to enter Xpress Recovery2. C. Using the Backup Function in Xpress Recovery2 Xpress Recovery2 will automatically create a new partition to store the backup image file.

Step 1: Select BACKUP to start backing up your hard drive data. Step 2: When finished, go to Disk Management to check disk allocation.

Unique Features - 64 - D. Using the Restore Function in Xpress Recovery2 Select RESTORE to restore the backup to your hard drive in case the system breaks down. The RESTORE option will not be present if no backup is created before. E. Removing the Backup

Step 1: If you wish to remove the backup file, select REMOVE. F. Exiting Xpress Recovery2 Step 2: After the backup file is removed, no backup image file will be present in Disk Management and hard drive space will be freed up.

Select REBOOT to exit Xpress Recovery2. - 65 - Unique Features 4-2 BIOS Update Utilities GIGABYTE motherboards provide two unique BIOS update tools, Q-Flash™ and @BIOS™. GIGABYTE Q-Flash and @BIOS are easy-to-use and allow you to update the BIOS without the need to enter MS-DOS mode. Additionally, this motherboard features the DualBIOS™ design, which enhances protection for the safety and stability of your computer by adding one more physical BIOS chip. What is DualBIOS™? Motherboards that support DualBIOS have two BIOS onboard, a main BIOS and a backup BIOS. Normally, the system works on the main BIOS. However, if the main BIOS is corrupted or damaged, the backup BIOS will take over on the next system boot and copy the BIOS file to the main BIOS to ensure normal system operation. For the sake of system safety, users cannot update the backup BIOS manually. What is Q-Flash™? With Q-Flash you can update the system BIOS without having to enter operating systems like MS-DOS or Window first. Embedded in the BIOS, the Q-Flash tool frees you from the hassles of going through complicated BIOS flashing process. What is @BIOS™? @BIOS allows you to update the system BIOS while in the Windows environment. @BIOS will download the latest BIOS file from the nearest @BIOS server site and update the BIOS. 4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility A. Before You Begin 1. From GIGABYTE's website, download the latest compressed BIOS update file that matches your motherboard model. 2. Extract the file and save the new BIOS file (e.g. Z77XUD3H.F1) to your USB flash drive or hard drive. Note: The USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system. 3. Restart the system. During the POST, press the <End> key to enter Q-Flash. Note: You can access Q-Flash by either pressing the <End> key during the POST or pressing the <F8> key in BIOS Setup. However, if the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash. Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, please do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction. Unique Features - 66 - B. Updating the BIOS In the main menu of Q-Flash, use the keyboard or mouse to select an item to execute. When updating the BIOS, choose the location where the BIOS file is saved. The following procedure assumes that you save the BIOS file to a USB flash drive. Step 1: 1. Insert the USB flash drive containing the BIOS file into the computer. In the main menu of Q-Flash, select Update BIOS From Drive. • The Save BIOS to Drive option allows you to save the current BIOS file. • Q-Flash only supports USB flash drive or hard drives using FAT32/16/12 file system. • If the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash. 2. Select Flash Disk. Q-Flash Utility v1.02 Model Name : Z77X-UD3H BIOS Version : F1 BIOS Date : 02/03/2012 Flash Type/Size : MXIC 25L6465E/6406E 8MB Update BIOS From Drive Save BIOS to Drive Select Device

Flash Disk 3. Select the BIOS update file. Return to BIOS setup

Make sure the BIOS update file matches your motherboard model. Step 2: The process of the system reading the BIOS file from the USB flash drive is displayed on the screen. When the message "Are you sure to update BIOS?" appears, select Yes to begin the BIOS update. The monitor will display the update process. • Do not turn off or restart the system when the system is reading/updating the BIOS. • Do not remove the USB flash drive or hard drive when the system is updating the BIOS. Step 3: When the update process is complete, select Reboot to reboot the system. Q-Flash BIOS update is completed. Power off Reboot - 67 - Unique Features Step 4: During the POST, press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select Load Optimized Defaults on the Save & Exit screen and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults. System will re-detect all peripheral devices after a BIOS update, so we recommend that you reload BIOS defaults. Select Yes to load BIOS defaults Step 5: Select Save & Exit Setup and press <Enter>. And then select Yes to save settings to CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. The procedure is complete after the system restarts. Unique Features - 68 - 4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility A. Before You Begin 1. In Windows, close all applications and TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs. This helps prevent unexpected failures when performing a BIOS update. 2. During the BIOS update process, ensure the Internet connection is stable and do NOT interrupt the Internet connection (for example, avoid a power loss or switching off the Internet). Failure to do so may result in a corrupted BIOS or a system that is unable to start. 3. Do not use the G.O.M. (GIGABYTE Online Management) function when using @BIOS. 4. GIGABYTE product warranty does not cover any BIOS damage or system failure resulting from an inadequate BIOS flashing. B. Using @BIOS 1. Update the BIOS Using the Internet Update Function: Click Update BIOS from GIGABYTE Server, select the @BIOS server site closest to your location and then download the BIOS file that matches your motherboard model. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete. If the BIOS update file for your motherboard is not present on the @BIOS server site, please manually download the BIOS update file from GIGABYTE's website and follow the instructions in "Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function" below. 2. Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function: Click Update BIOS from File, then select the location where you save the BIOS update file obtained from the Internet or through other source. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete. 3. Save the Current BIOS File: Click Save Current BIOS to File to save the current BIOS file. 4. Load BIOS Defaults after BIOS Update: Select the Load CMOS default after BIOS update check box and then the system will automatically load BIOS defaults after BIOS update and after the system restarts. C. After Updating the BIOS Restart your system after updating the BIOS. Make sure that the BIOS file to be flashed matches your motherboard model. Updating the BIOS with an incorrect BIOS file could cause your system not to boot. - 69 - Unique Features 4-3 EasyTune 6 GIGABYTE's EasyTune 6 is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or do overclock/overvoltage in Windows environment. The user-friendly EasyTune 6 interface also includes tabbed pages for CPU and memory information, letting users read their system-related information without the need to install additional software.

The EasyTune 6 Interface Tabs Information

Tab Function The CPU tab provides information on the installed CPU and motherboard. The Memory tab provides information on the installed memory module(s). You can select memory module on a specific slot to see its information. The Tuner tab allows you to change memory settings and voltages. • Quick Boost mode provides you with 3 levels of CPU frequency/base clock to choose to achieve desired system performance. After making changes in Quick Boost mode or clicking Default to restore to default values, be sure to restart your system for these changes to take effect. • Easy mode provides information on CPU/memory. • Advanced mode allows you to individually change system clock settings and voltages settings using the sliders. • Save allows you to save the current settings to a new profile (.txt file). • Load allows you to load previous settings from a profile. After making changes in Easy mode/Advanced mode, be sure to click Set for these changes to take effect or click Default to restore to default values. The button automatically provides you with the fastest and most stable frequency to enhance system performance. The Graphics tab allows you to change the core clock and memory clock for your AMD or NVIDIA graphics card. The Smart tab allows you to specify a Smart Fan mode. Smart Fan Advanced mode allows the fan speed to be changed linearly based on the temperature thresholds you set. The HW Monitor tab allows you to monitor hardware temperature, voltage and fan speed and set temperature/fan speed alarm. You can choose the alert sound from the buzzer or use your own sound file (.wav file). Available functions in EasyTune 6 may differ by motherboard model. Grayed-out area(s) indicates that the item is not configurable or the function is not supported. Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to the hardware components such as CPU, chipset, and memory and reduce the useful life of these components. Before you do the overclock/overvoltage, make sure that you fully know each function of EasyTune 6, or system instability or other unexpected results may occur. Unique Features - 70 - 4-4 Q-Share Q-Share is an easy and convenient data sharing tool. After configuring your LAN connection settings and Q-Share, you are able to share your data with computers on the same network, making full use of Internet resources. Directions for using Q-Share After installing Q-Share from the motherboard driver disk, go to Start>All Programs>GIGABYTE>Q-Share.exe to launch the Q-Share tool. Find the Q-Share icon in the notification area and right-click on this icon to configure the data sharing settings. Figure 1. Data Sharing Disabled Figure 2. Data Sharing Enabled Options Descriptions Option Description Connect ... Displays the computers with data sharing enabled Enable Incoming Folder ... Enables data sharing Disable Incoming Folder ... Disables data sharing

Open Incoming Folder : C:\Q-ShareFolder Change Incoming Folder : C:\Q-ShareFolder Accesses the shared data folder Changes the data folder to be shared (Note)

Update Q-Share ... Updates Q-Share online About Q-Share ... Displays the current Q-Share version Exit... Exits Q-Share (Note) This option is available only when data sharing is NOT enabled. - 71 - Unique Features 4-5 eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) With GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) (Note 1), users can quickly configure a RAID ready system for RAID 0 when a new SATA drive is added. For a RAID 0 array that already exists, users also can use X.H.D to easily add a hard drive into the array to expand its capacity. All with a simple click of a button, X.H.D helps to enhance your hard drive read/ write performance without the need for complex and time-consuming configurations. The following procedure details the steps to set up a RAID-ready system and configure it for RAID 0. A. Setting Up a RAID-Ready System Step 1: Configure the system BIOS Enter the system BIOS Setup program to enable RAID for the Intel SATA controllers. Step 2: Install the RAID driver and operating system The X.H.D utility supports Windows 7/XP. Before installing the operating system, you have to load the SATA controller driver first. Without the driver, the hard drive may not be recognized during the Windows setup process. (For more details, refer to Chapter 5, "Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System." ) Step 3: Install the motherboard drivers and the X.H.D utiltiy After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk. You can click the Xpress Install All button to automatically install all motherboard drivers, including the X.H.D utility. Or you can go to the Application Software screen to individually install the X.H.D utility later. B. Using GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) Instructions (Note 2): Before launching X.H.D, make sure the newly added harddrive has equal or greater capacity than the RAID-ready system drive. (To add a new hard drive into a RAID 0 array that's been created earlier, make sure the new drive is greater than or equal to the biggest drive in the array.) 1. To automatically set up a RAID 0 array: Click Auto to automatically and quickly set up a RAID 0 array. 2. To manually set up a RAID array (Note 3): Click Manual to access the Intel Rapid Storage Technology, with which you can build a RAID 0, RAID 1, or other supported RAID array depending on your needs and hardware components. 3. Exits the X.H.D utility: Click Cancel to exit the X.H.D utility. (Note 1) The X.H.D utility only supports the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel Chipset. (Note 2) It is recommended that before you run the X.H.D utility, back up all of your data to avoid risk of hardware damage or lost of data. (Note 3) If you manually build a non-RAID 0 array, you'll not be able to automatically set up a RAID 0 array later using the Auto function. Unique Features - 72 - 4-6 Auto Green Auto Green is an easy-to-use tool that provides users with simple options to enable system power savings via a Bluetooth cell phone. When the phone is out of the range of the computer's Bluetooth receiver, the system will enter the specified power saving mode. The Configuration dialog box: First, you have to set your Bluetooth cell phone as a portable key. On the Auto Green main menu, click Configure and then click Configure BT devices. Select the Bluetooth cell phone that you want to use as the portable key (Note 1). (If the screen doesn't display your Bluetooth cell phone, click Refresh to let Auto Green re-detect the device.) Before creating a Bluetooth cell phone key, make sure your motherboard has a Bluetooth receiver and you have turned on the search and Bluetooth functions on your phone. Configuring the Bluetooth cell phone key: After you select a cell phone, the Add device as shown on the left will appear. Enter a passkey (8~16 digits recommended) which will be used for pairing with the cell phone. Then enter the same passkey on your cell phone. Configuring other Bluetooth settings: On the Other Settings tab, you can set how much time it takes to scan your Bluetooth cell phone key, how many times to rescan the key to make sure it is in range of your computer, and when to turn off the hard drive if the system energy saving state lasts over the predetermined period of time. After completing the settings, click Set for the settings to take effect and then click Exit to quit. • Device Scan Time (sec.): Set the length of time Auto Green scans your Bluetooth cell phone key, ranging from 5 to 30 seconds in 5-second increment. Auto Green searches for the key based on the length of time you set. • Rescan Times: Set how many times Auto Green will rescan your Bluetooth cell phone key if it does not detect it, ranging from 2 to 5 times. Auto Green will keep rescanning according to the times you set. When the times limit is reached and your Bluetooth cell phone key is still not detected, the system will enter the selected energy saving mode. • Turn off HD: Set when to turn off the hard drive. If the system inactivity time exceeds the specified time limit, the hard drive will be turned off. Selecting a system energy saving mode: Depending on your needs, select a system power saving mode on the Auto Green main menu and click Save to save the settings. Button Description Standby Enters Power on Suspend mode Suspend Enters Suspend to RAM mode Disable Disables this function The Bluetooth dongle included in the motherboard package(Note 2) allows you to wake up the system from Suspend to RAM mode without the need to press the power button first. (Note 1) If your cell phone has been configured as the Auto Green key, you'll not be able to use it to connect to other Bluetooth device(s) when Auto Green is enabled. (Note 2) Whether the Bluetooth dongle is included depends on the motherboard models. Before installing the Bluetooth dongle, be sure to turn off other Bluetooth receiver on your computer. - 73 - Unique Features 4-7 Intel Rapid Start Technology A. System Requirements 1. Windows 7 with SP1 2. An SSD with size larger than the total system memory 3. Intel Rapid Start Technology enabled in BIOS Setup 4. AHCI/RAID mode supported (please note if the SSD has been assigned as a member of a RAID array, it cannot be used to set up Intel Rapid Start store partition); IDE mode not supported 5. All motherboard drivers correctly installed B. Creating a Primary Store Partition Below it is assumed Windows 7 is already installed on the SATA hard drive. Open Disk Management Tool Step 1: Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management >Storage > Disk Management. Step 2: Select the SSD on which you want to create the store partition (if the SSD is unallocated, create a new partition first), and right-click on the partition you select and select Shrink Volume. (Figure 1) Step 3: Enter the size of the required partition (it should be at least equal to the size of the memory currently installed on the system. (1 GB=1024 MB. For example, to set 8 GB, enter 8192 MB). The recommendation is to create a partition equal to the maximum memory capacity supported on the system, in order to take care of future memory upgrade scenarios.) Step 4: When completed, click Shrink. (Figure 2) Figure 2 Figure 1 C. Launching DiskPart Disk Partitioning Tool to Set up Intel Rapid Start Store Partition Open the command prompt window and run diskpart.exe (enter "diskpart" at the C:\> command prompt and press <Enter>). At the diskpart prompt, type the following commands in sequence. Note: The commands for MBR format and GPT format are different. Refer to the commands below. After entering all of the commands, be sure to restart your computer. MBR format: DISKPART>list disk (Lists the disks and information about them) DISKPART>select disk X (Selects a disk. "X" is the disk number where you want to create the store partition. Refer to results from "list disk" for the exact disk number) DISKPART>create partition primary (Create the primary store partition) Unique Features - 74 - DISKPART>detail disk (Displays the properties of the selected disk and the volumes on that disk) DISKPART>select volume X (Selects the specified volume. "X" is volume of your store partition. Refer to the results from "detail disk" for exact volume number) DISKPART>set id=84 override (Change the partition type) (Figure 3) GPT format: Follow the commands for MBR format. When you execute the last command where you change the partition type (set id="XXX"), enter the following command instead (Figure 4): DISKPART>set id=D3BFE2DE-3DAF-11DF-BA40-E3A556D89593 You have created the Intel Rapid Start Technology store partition after completing the commands above. Restart your computer. Figure 3 Figure 4 D. Enabling the Intel Rapid Start Technology in BIOS Setup 1. When the system restarts, press <Delete> to enter the BIOS Setup program. Go to the Peripherals menu and set Intel Rapid Start Technology to Enabled. 2. Save the settings and exit BIOS Setup. E. Installing and Configuring the Intel Rapid Start Application 1. While in the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk, go to Application Software\Install Application Software, and select Intel Rapid Start Technology to install. After the installation is complete, we recommend that you restart the system. 2. Launch the Intel Rapid Start Technology Manager application from Start\All Programs\Intel or click the icon in the notification area. Instructions: The Intel Rapid Start application allows you to enable or disable the Intel Rapid Start Technology. The Timer slider in Advanced Settings allows you to set when to copy and move the data from the memory to the SSD after entering S3 mode. - 75 - Unique Features 4-8 Intel Smart Connect Technology Intel Smart Connect Technology (Note) allows user's computer to automatically update programs designed to work with the Internet to obtain their data while your system is suspended (sleeping). The user can obtain the latest data when the computer is waked up. A. System Requirements 1. Intel Smart Connect Technology enabled in BIOS Setup 2. Windows 7 with SP1 3. Normal network connection B. Configuring Intel Smart Connect Technology Step 1: After installing the operating system and motherboard drivers, install the Intel Smart Connect Technology application. Restart your computer when completed. Step 2: As shown in the left screenshot below, click the Start button and type regedit in the search field to open the registry editor. Look for the following directory in the registry editor: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\Intel Smart Connect Technology Right-click on Intel Smart Connect Technology and select New > Key. Type OEM. (Note) Intel Smart Connect Technology is for S3 mode only. During the updating process, the monitor will not light up and no sound will be output from the speaker. This feature works best with programs designed to work automatically with the Internet to obtain their data such as Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft Windows Live™ Mail, and Seesmic®. Unique Features - 76 - Step 3: As shown in the left screenshot below, right-click on OEM, select New > Multi-String Value, and type WhiteList. Double-click WhiteList and type the application name to be added in Edit Multi-String. For example, to add Microsoft Outlook, type outlook.exe; to add Microsoft Windows Live, type wlmail. exe. Restart your computer when completed. Step 4: After completing the steps above, go to Start\All Programs\Intel and launch Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology. On the Intel® Smart Connect Technology Configuration menu, click Enable Updating on the Basic tab. (The Enable Updating button has now changed to Disable Updating.) On this menu, the user can set the update frequency to 5 to 60 minutes. (Default: 15 minutes) The Advanced tab allows you to set the time period during which the updates will be performed only every two hours (such as when you are asleep). - 77 - Unique Features 4-9 Intel Smart Response A. System Requirements 1. An Intel Chipset-based motherboard 2. An Intel Core series processor 3. RAID enabled for the Intel SATA controllers in BIOS Setup 4. A conventional SATA disk and an SSD (Note 1) 5. Windows 7 with SP1 (Note 2) 6. All motherboard drivers correctly installed If you have installed the operating system before configuring the Smart Response Technology, all original data on the hard disk will be lost once you enable RAID mode. It is recommended that you back up the hard disk before enabling the Smart Response Technology. B. Configuring Intel Smart Response Technology Step 1: While in the operating system, use the "Xpress Install" function of the motherboard driver disk to install all motherboard drivers, including the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver. Restart your computer when completed. Make sure the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver version is 11.0 or above. Step 2: Find the IRST icon in the notification area and double-click it to open the Intel Rapid Storage Technology utility. Step 3: On the main screen, click the Accelerate button and then click Enable acceleration. ① ② (Note 1) The SSD works as a cache of the hard disk. The maximum cache memory size is 64 GB. If you use an SSD larger than 64 GB, the space beyond 64 GB can still be used for storing your data. (Note 2) The operating system must be installed to the SATA disk. Unique Features - 78 - Step 4: After selecting the SSD you want to use, the size of the SSD allocated for the cache memory, the hard disk/ volume to accelerate, and the acceleration mode, click OK to complete the configuration of the Intel Smart Response Technology. The "Enable Acceleration" Dialog Box: Select the SSD to be used if more than one SSD is installed. Select the size allocated for the cache memory (maximum 64 GB). Select the disk or volume to accelerate (system disk recommended). Select the acceleration mode: • Enhanced mode (default) • Maximized mode • Enhanced mode (default) In this mode, data is written to the cache memory and the disk simultaneously. In the event that the accelerated disk or volume is disconnected, there is no risk of data loss because data on the disk is always synchronized with the data in the cache memory. • Maximized mode In this mode, cached data is written to the accelerated disk or volume at intervals to increase performance. If the cache device is reported as missing or failed and it contained data that had not yet been written to the accelerated disk or volume, then that data will be lost. - 79 - Unique Features Unique Features - 80 -


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