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|Megone||2:45pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010|
|CAN NOT BEAT ASROCK ASROCK is a brown label of ASUS. I have not had an Asrock board fail me once yet. They are the best bang for the buck. not bad not bad not a bad board at all after a few bugs i had to work out like bios for vista for audio and a new hard drive thing works great for the...|
|canette||12:12am on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010|
|Note: This review has been rewritten and republishedHere is my review on the refurbished Asrock 775i65G revision 2.0 with bios version 3. Here is my review on the refurbished Asrock 775i65G revision 2.0 with bios version 3.20 that will work with a 65 nm.|
|fatman||11:44am on Saturday, June 26th, 2010|
|Truly a good Mobo, but a pain when starting. Also, it be nice if ASRock gave you a list of the "beep codes" for the Mobo.|
|balteo||7:30am on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010|
|ASROCK 4COREDUAL review This is an Awesome board if you want to upgrade your PC but still want to get some mileage out of you current old system compo...|
|Boudie||1:34am on Saturday, April 10th, 2010|
|installed every thing just fine no problems with install fits the case like a champ very good mobo hope it last me a while none at all|
|amccaf1||1:48pm on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010|
|ASrock P45XE Motherboard applies northbridge Intel P45 and southbridge Intel ICH10 chipset.|
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Intel G41+ ICH7 Chipsets
- Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6-in x 7.6-in, 24.4 cm x 19.3 cm - LGA 775 for Intel CoreTM 2 Extreme / CoreTM 2 Quad / CoreTM 2 Duo / Pentium Dual Core / Celeron Dual Core / Celeron, supporting Penryn Quad Core Yorkfield and Dual Core Wolfdale processors - Supports FSB1333/1066/800/533 MHz - Supports Hyper-Threading Technology - Supports Untied Overclocking Technology - Supports EM64T CPU - Northbridge: Intel G41 - Southbridge: Intel ICH7 - Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology - 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots - Supports DDR3 1333(OC)/1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory - Max. capacity of system memory: 8GB - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot - 1 x PCI Express x1 slot - 2 x PCI slots - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 - Pixel Shader 4.0, DirectX 10 - Max. shared memory 1759MB - Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 60Hz - 5.1 CH Windows VistaTM Premium Level HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec) - PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s - Realtek RTL8111DL - Supports Wake-On-LAN I/O Panel - 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port - 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port - 1 x Serial Port: COM1 - 1 x VGA Port - 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports - 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED) - HD Audio Jack: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone - 4 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors (No support for RAID and "Hot Plug" functions) - 1 x ATA100 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices) - 1 x Floppy connector - 1 x Print port header - CPU/Chassis FAN connector - 24 pin ATX power connector - 4 pin 12V power connector - Front panel audio connector - 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports) - 8Mb AMI Legal BIOS - Supports "Plug and Play" - ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events - SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support - CPU, VCCM, NB, SB,VTT Voltage Multi-adjustment - Supports Smart BIOS - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial ; Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB - Trial) - ASRock OC Tuner - Intelligent Energy Saver - Instant Boot - ASRock Instant Flash - ASRock OC DNA - Hybrid Booster: - CPU Frequency Stepless Control - ASRock U-COP - Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.) - CPU Temperature Sensing - Chassis Temperature Sensing - CPU Fan Tachometer - Chassis Fan Tachometer - CPU Quiet Fan - Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore - Microsoft Windows 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant - FCC, CE - EuP Ready (EuP ready power supply is required) - Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield - 2 x SATA Data Cables (Optional)
Expansion Slot Graphics
Rear Panel I/O
- Supports FSB1333/1066/800/533 MHz CPUs - Supports Dual Channel DDR(OC) - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500, Pixel Shader 4.0, DirectX 10, Max. shared memory 1759MB - EuP Ready - PCIE Gigabit LAN - Supports ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash, OC DNA, ASRock OC Tuner (Up to 158% CPU frequency increase) - Supports Smart BIOS, Intelligent Energy Saver (Up to 20% CPU Power Saving) - Free Bundle : ASRock Software Suite
Support CD Unique Feature
OS Certifications Accessories
The specification is subject to change without notice. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than original product specification is not guaranteed.
ASRock OC Tuner:
ASRock OC Tuner is a user-friendly and untied tool which allows you to guard your system by hardware monitor function and overclock your hardware devices to get the best system performance
System Health Hardware Monitor Overclocking Voltage Control
Energy Saving :
Supports ASRock Intelligent Energy Saver (I.E.S)
CPU power information
CPU Power saving up to 20%
EuP Ready Motherboard
EuP Ready Power Supply
What is EuP?
EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system. With the great quantity and the popularly using of the electrical products nowadays and the continuously increasing of the electrical products categories in the following 20 to 30 years, European Union decided to establish an effective strategy to solve the energy consumption problem. That is, according to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be under 1.00W in off mode condition.
ASRock, Worldwide First EuP Ready Motherboard Manufacturer!
To meet EuP standard, the EuP ready motherboard and the EuP ready power supply are required. As a motherboard vendor with eco-awareness, ASRock is the pioneer to develop EuP Ready motherboards based on the great efforts of our exceptional hardware design.
Save your OC settings as a profile and share with friends. Try OC DNA now!
OC DNA Instruction
Save your BIOS OC settings as User Default in BIOS OC Tweaker menu. (For example: we name this User Default setting as CPU_OC3.8GHz)
Execute ASRock OC DNA under OS, you will find CPU_OC3.8GHz as User Profile 1.
Press Save button to save the CPU_OC3.8GHz OC settings as a profile.
Send the CPU_OC3.8GHz profile to other friends.
When the friend receives your CPU_OC3.8GHz profile, he can press Load to load the CPU_OC3.8GHz profile in OC DNA.
After that, the friend can enter into BIOS OC Tweaker menu to load the CPU_OC3.8GHz profile as his BIOS OC settings.
Now, you have successfully share your OC setting profile with your friends.
*The OC DNA works only when users use the same motherboard and BIOS version.
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Boot is a new feature invented exclusively by ASRock. It can boot up system in an amazing speed, which is 10 times faster than traditional boot up. For home users or office PC users, ASRock Instant Boot can also guarantee a clean Windows OS, and consumed less power! For details:
http://www.asrock.com/feature/InstantBoot/index.asp * This function is applicable ONLY to single user that does not secure ID and Password to their systems. * The boot up time depends on the hardware configuration.
10 Times Faster, Only 4 Secs to Boot Up to Windows!
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is an exclusive and the most userfriendly BIOS flash utility developed by ASRock. It is embedded in Flash ROM which is used to update the system BIOS without having to enter operating systems like MS-DOS or Windows.
Once executing ASRock Instant Flash, the utility will automatically detect all devices such as USB, hard disk or even floppy drive to find the exact BIOS for your system. Instead of giving you all BIOS in your devices, the Instant Flash just list BIOS versions that apply to your motherboard model only. For example, if you have many different BIOS of different motherboards saved in your devices, but you just need to flash your P45 motherboard, the Instant Flash will just list the P45 BIOS versions for you. This unique function allows you to easily select the suitable BIOS version instead of browsing through all data.
Instant Flash just list BIOS versions that apply to your motherboard model.
Click and start Flashing!
CyberLink Power2Go 6.1 LE OEM
Power2Go 6 lets you burn and backup videos, photos, music and data onto Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
CyberLink MediaShow 4.1 SE OEM
Photo and video management software MediaShow edits videos and photos instantly, creates slideshow, and allows publishing directly to YouTube and Flickr.
CyberLink PowerDVD 8.0 DTS Trial
World-renowned PowerDVD 8 DTS delivers outstanding DVD movie playback quality on your PC.
CyberLink PowerDirector 8.0 Trial
PowerDirector - Video Editing software edits high-definition videos including AVCHD, allows output to PSP iPod and Blu-ray Disc.
CyberLink PowerBackup 2.5 Trial
PowerBackup backups valuable data on your PC.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB Trial
The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB solution provides premium audio quality, effects and features for PC systems equipped with onboard audio. For gamers, the EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0, with its state-of-the-art Multi-Environment rendering and reverb modelling, delivers a much more realistic and immersive 3D gaming experience than your motherboard audio ever will.
G41M-GS3 / G41M-S3 User Manual
Version 1.0 Published October 2009 Copyright2009 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
No part of this manual may be reproduced, transcribed, transmitted, or translated in any language, in any form or by any means, except duplication of documentation by the purchaser for backup purpose, without written consent of ASRock Inc. Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be registered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the owners benefit, without intent to infringe.
Specifications and information contained in this manual are furnished for informational use only and subject to change without notice, and should not be constructed as a commitment by ASRock. ASRock assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may appear in this manual. With respect to the contents of this manual, ASRock does not provide warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall ASRock, its directors, officers, employees, or agents be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including damages for loss of profits, loss of business, loss of data, interruption of business and the like), even if ASRock has been advised of the possibility of such damages arising from any defect or error in the manual or product.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. CALIFORNIA, USA ONLY The Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxic substance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations passed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery in California, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance. Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, see www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate ASRock Website: http://www.asrock.com
1 Introduction... 5
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Package Contents... Specifications... Motherboard Layout.. I/O Panel... 10 11
2 Installation... 12
2.1 Screw Holes.. 12 2.2 Pre-installation Precautions.. 12 2.3 CPU Installation.. 13 2.4 Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan. 15 2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM).. 16 2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots). 17 2.7 Jumpers Setup... 18 2.8 Onboard Headers and Connectors.. 20 2.9 SATAII Hard Disk Setup Guide.. 24 2.10 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks Installation... 25 2.11 Driver Installation Guide... 25 2.12 Untied Overclocking Technology. 25
SETUP 3 BIOS S ETUP UTILITY.. 26
3.1 Introduction... 3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar... 3.1.2 Navigation Keys.. 3.2 Main Screen.. 3.3 OC Tweaker Screen.. 3.4 Advanced Screen.. 3.4.1 CPU Configuration.. 3.4.2 Chipset Configuration.. 3.4.3 ACPI Configuration.. 3.4.4 Storage Configuration... 3.4.5 PCIPnP Configuration.. 3.4.6 Floppy Configuration.. 3.4.7 Super IO Configuration.. 3.4.8 USB Configuration.. 3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen. 3.6 Boot Screen.. 3.6.1 Boot Settings Configuration.. 3.7 Security Screen.. 3.8 Exit Screen... 50
4 Software Support.. 51
4.1 Install Operating System.. 4.2 Support CD Information.. 4.2.1 Running Support CD.. 4.2.2 Drivers Menu... 4.2.3 Utilities Menu... 4.2.4 Contact Information... 51 51
Chapter 1 Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock G41M-GS3 / G41M-S3 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRocks consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRocks commitment to quality and endurance. In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step-by-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit our website for specific information about the model you are using. www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
WARNING Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the thirdparty overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.
1. This motherboard supports native FSB1333/1066/800 MHz. For normal operation, you do not need to adjust the jumper settings. For special overclocking mode, please refer to page 19 for proper jumper 2. 3. 4. settings. About the setting of Hyper Threading Technology, please check page 34. This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read Untied Overclocking Technology on page 25 for details. This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the installation guide of memory modules on page 16 for proper installation. Please check the table below for the CPU FSB frequency and its corresponding memory support frequency. CPU FSB Frequency Memory Support Frequency DDR3 800, DDR3 1066, DDRDDR3 800, DDRDDRDDR3 800
* DDRmemory modules will operate in overclocking mode. * When you use a FSB533-CPU on this motherboard, it will run at DDRif you adopt a DDRmemory module. * If you adopt a DDRmemory module on this motherboard, you need to adjust the jumpers. Please refer to page 19 for proper jumper settings. 6. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows 7 / VistaTM / XP. For Windows OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation. The maximum shared memory size is defined by the chipset vendor and is subject to change. Please check Intel website for the latest information. Before installing SATAII hard disk to SATAII connector, please read the SATAII Hard Disk Setup Guide on page 24 to adjust your SATAII hard disk drive to SATAII mode. You can also connect SATA hard disk to SATAII connector 9. directly. Power Management for USB 2.0 works fine under Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit / 7 / VistaTM 64-bit / VistaTM / XP 64-bit / XP SP1 or SP2.
10. It is a user-friendly ASRock overclocking tool which allows you to surveil your system by hardware monitor function and overclock your hardware devices to get the best system performance under Windows environment. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock OC Tuner. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com 11. Featuring an advanced proprietary hardware and software design, Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers unparalleled power savings. In other words, it is able to provide exceptional power saving and improve power efficiency without sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of Intelligent Energy Saver. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com 12. ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows. With this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system. 13. The software name itself OC DNA literally tells you what it is capable of. OC DNA, an exclusive utility developed by ASRock, provides a convenient way for the user to record the OC settings and share with others. It helps you to save your overclocking record under the operating system and simplifies the complicated recording process of overclocking settings. With OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends! Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings as yours! Please be noticed that the OC profile can only be shared and worked on the same motherboard. 14. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the CPU. 15. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown. Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system. 16. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system. According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to Intels suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
1.3 Motherboard Layout
19.3cm (7.6 in)
FSB1333 DDRDual Channel
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 2.0 T: USB2 B: USB3 USB 2.0 T: USB0 Top: RJ-45 B: USB1
FSB1 FSB2 FSB3
Center: Line Out Bottom: Mic In Top: Line In
Intel G41 Chipset
24.4cm (9.6 in)
PS2_USB_PWR1 Jumper 775-Pin CPU Socket North Bridge Controller CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1) 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots (Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1; Blue) ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) IDE1 Connector (IDE1, Blue) Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1) South Bridge Controller Third SATAII Connector (SATAII_3; Orange) Fourth SATAII Connector (SATAII_4; Orange) Secondary SATAII Connector (SATAII_2; Red) Primary SATAII Connector (SATAII_1; Red) Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, Purple)
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7, Blue) USB 2.0 Header (USB4_5, Blue) System Panel Header (PANEL1, Orange) BIOS SPI Chip Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1) Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1) Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1, Lime) PCI Slots (PCI1- 2) PCI Express x16 Slot (PCIE2) PCI Express x1 Slot (PCIE1) Print Port Header (LPT1, Purple) FSB1 / FSB2 / FSB3 Jumper ATX 12V Connector (ATX12V1)
Panel 1.4 I/O Panel
Microphone (Pink) USB 2.0 Ports (USB01) VGA Port COM Port PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) USB 2.0 Ports (USB23) RJ-45 Port Line In (Light Blue) Line Out (Lime)
* For G41M-GS3 motherboard, please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED Status Description Status SPEED LED Description
ACT/LINK SPEED LED LED
Off No Activity Blinking Data Activity
Off Orange Green
10Mbps connection 100Mbps connection 1Gbps connection
* To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front panel audio header. Please refer to below steps for the software setting of Multi-Streaming. For Windows XP: After restarting your computer, you will find Mixer tool on your system. Please select Mixer ToolBox , click Enable playback multi-streaming, and click ok. Choose 2CH or 4CH and then you are allowed to select Realtek HDA Primary output to use Rear Speaker and Front Speaker, or select Realtek HDA Audio 2nd output to use front panel audio. Then reboot your system. For Windows 7 / VistaTM: After restarting your computer, please double-click Realtek HD Audio Manager on the system tray. Set Speaker Configuration to Quadraphonic or Stereo. Click Device advanced settings, choose Make front and rear output devices playbacks two different audio streams simultaneously, and click ok. Then reboot your system.
Chapter 2 Installation
G41M-GS3 / G41M-S3 is a Micro ATX form factor (9.6" x 7.6", 24.4 x 19.3 cm) motherboard. Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard. Failure to do so may cause physical injuries to you and damages to motherboard components.
2.1 Screw Holes
Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.
Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
2.2 Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change any motherboard settings. 1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component. 2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object before you handle components. 3. Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs. 4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
If you want to overclock the CPU you adopt to FSB1333 on this motherboard, you need to adjust the jumpers. Please short pin2, pin3 for FSB1 jumper, short pin3, pin4 for FSB2 jumper and pin4, pin5 for FSB3 jumper. Otherwise, the CPU may not work properly on this motherboard. Please refer to below jumper settings.
2.8 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the motherboard!
(33-pin FLOPPY1) (see p.10 No. 20)
the red-striped side to Pin1
Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the connector. Primary IDE connector (Blue)
(39-pin IDE1, see p.10 No. 7)
connect the black end connect the blue end to the IDE devices to the motherboard 80-conductor ATA 66/100 cable Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details. Serial ATAII Connectors
(SATAII_1: see p.10, No. 13) (SATAII_2: see p.10, No. 12) (SATAII_3: see p.10, No. 10) (SATAII_4: see p.10, No. 11)
Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cable
These Serial ATAII (SATAII) connectors support SATAII or SATA hard disk for internal storage devices. The current SATAII interface allows up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate. Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the SATA / SATAII hard disk or the SATAII connector on the motherboard.
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB6_7) (see p.10 No. 15)
USB_PWR P-7 P+7 GND DUMMY
GND P+6 P-6 USB_PWR
Besides four default USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel, there are two USB 2.0 headers on this motherboard. Each USB 2.0 header can support two USB 2.0 ports.
(9-pin USB4_5) (see p.10 No. 16)
USB_PWR P-5 P+5 GND DUMMY 1 GND P+4 P-4 USB_PWR
Print Port Header
(25-pin LPT1) (see p.10 No. 25)
AFD# ERROR# PINIT# SLIN#
SPD7 SPD6 ACK# SPD5 BUSY SPD4 PE SPD3 SLCT SPD2 SPD1 SPD0 STB#
This is an interface for print port cable that allows convenient connection of printer devices.
Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1) (see p.10 No. 21)
GND PRESENCE# MIC_RET OUT_RET
This is an interface for front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices.
OUT2_L J_SENSE OUT2_R MIC2_R MIC2_L
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system. 2. If you use AC97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio header as below: A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L. B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L. C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND). D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You dont need to connect them for AC97 audio panel. E. Enter BIOS Setup Utility. Enter Advanced Settings, and then select Chipset Configuration. Set the Front Panel Control option from [Auto] to [Enabled]. F. Enter Windows system. Click the icon on the lower right hand taskbar to enter Realtek HD Audio Manager. For Windows XP / XP 64-bit OS: Click Audio I/O, select Connector Settings , choose
Disable front panel jack detection, and save the change by clicking OK. For Windows 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS: Click the right-top Folder icon , choose Disable front
panel jack detection, and save the change by clicking OK. G. To activate the front mic. For Windows XP / XP 64-bit OS: Please select Front Mic as default record device. If you want to hear your voice through front mic, please deselect "Mute" icon in Front Mic of Playback portion. For Windows 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS: Go to the "Front Mic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Click "Set Default Device" to make the Front Mic as the default record device.
System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1) (see p.10 No. 17)
PLED+ PLEDPWRBTN# GND
This header accommodates several system front panel functions.
DUMMY RESET# GND HDLEDHDLED+
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1) (see p.10 No. 14)
SPEAKER DUMMY DUMMY +5V
Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.
Chassis Fan Connector
(3-pin CHA_FAN1) (see p.10 No. 19)
GND +12V CHA_FAN_SPEED
Please connect a chassis fan cable to this connector and match the black wire to the ground pin. Please connect a CPU fan cable to this connector and match the black wire to the ground pin.
CPU Fan Connector
(4-pin CPU_FAN1) (see p.10 No. 4)
GND +12V CPU_FAN_SPEED FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected 3-Pin Fan Installation
ATX Power Connector
(24-pin ATXPWR1) (see p.10 No. 6)
Please connect an ATX power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector, 12 it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply. To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Connector
(4-pin ATX12V1) (see p.10 No. 27)
Please note that it is necessary to connect a power supply with ATX 12V plug to this connector so that it can provides sufficient power. Failing to do so will cause the failure to power up.
SAT SATAII Hard Disk Setup Guide
Before installing SATAII hard disk to your computer, please carefully read below SATAII hard disk setup guide. Some default setting of SATAII hard disks may not be at SATAII mode, which operate with the best performance. In order to enable SATAII function, please follow the below instruction with different vendors to correctly adjust your SATAII hard disk to SATAII mode in advance; otherwise, your SATAII hard disk may fail to run at SATAII mode. Western Digital
If pin 5 and pin 6 are shorted, SATA 1.5Gb/s will be enabled. On the other hand, if you want to enable SATAII 3.0Gb/s, please remove the jumpers from pin 5 and pin 6. SAMSUNG
If pin 3 and pin 4 are shorted, SATA 1.5Gb/s will be enabled. On the other hand, if you want to enable SATAII 3.0Gb/s, please remove the jumpers from pin 3 and pin 4. HITACHI Please use the Feature Tool, a DOS-bootable tool, for changing various ATA features. Please visit HITACHIs website for details: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
The above examples are just for your reference. For different SATAII hard disk products of different vendors, the jumper pin setting methods may not be the same. Please visit the vendors website for the updates.
AT (SAT AT (SAT 2. Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel ICH7 south bridge chipset that supports Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) hard disks. You may install SATA / SATAII hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA / SATAII hard disks. STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATAII hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis. STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk. STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboards SATAII connector. STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.
2. Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2. Untied Overclocking Technology Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter Overclock Mode option of BIOS setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 8 for the possible overclocking risk before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
Chapter 3 BIOS SETUP UTILITY
This section explains how to use the BIOS SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the BIOS SETUP UTILITY. You may run the BIOS SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press <F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines. If you wish to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the following BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar
The top of the Main OC Tweaker Advanced H/W Monitor Boot screen has a menu bar with the following selections: To set up the system time/date information To set up overclocking features To set up the advanced BIOS features To display current hardware status To set up the default system device to locate and load the Operating System Security To set up the security features Exit To exit the current screen or the BIOS SETUP UTILITY Use < > key or < > key to choose among the selections on the menu bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
Overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense.
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Select Screen Select Item Go to Sub Screen General Help Load Defaults Save and Exit Exit
Load Optimized CPU OC Setting You can use this option to load the optiomized CPU overclocking setting. Configuration options: [Press Enter], [CPU 2.64 GHz], [CPU 2.88 GHz], [CPU 3.00 GHz], [CPU 3.12 GHz] and [CPU 3.27 GHz]. Please note that overclocing may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense. DRAM Frequency If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s) inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically. You may select [400MHz DDR3_800], [533MHz DDR3_1066] or [667MHz DDR3_1333]. The configuration options depend on the CPU and memory module you adopt on this motherboard. Please refer to page 8 for the CPU FSB frequency and its corresponding memory support frequency. DRAM Command Rate Use this item to adjust DRAM Command Rate. Configurationoptions: [1N], [2N] and [Auto].
DRAM Timing Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY OC Tweaker DRAM Timing Control
DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM tCL tRCD tRP tRAS tRFC tWR tWTR tRRD tRTP DRAM tCL Value Min = 5 Max = 10
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Select Screen Select Item Change Option General Help Load Defaults Save and Exit Exit
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DRAM tCL This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TCL. Min: 5. Max: 10. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRCD This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRCD. Min: 3. Max: 10. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRP This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRP. Min: 3. Max: 10. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRAS This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRAS. Min: 9. Max: 24. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRFC This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRFC. Min: 15. Max: 78. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tWR This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWR. Min: 3. Max: 15. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tWTR This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWTR. Min: 2. Max: 15. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRRD This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRRD. Min: 2. Max: 15. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM tRTP This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRTP. Min: 2. Max: 13. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM DLL SKEW Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced DRAM DLL SKEW Settings
DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM DRAM CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CH0 CLKSET0 SKEW Info:0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CLKSET0 SKEW CLKSET1 SKEW Info:0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CLKSET1 SKEW CMD SKEW Info :0-0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CMD SKEW CTRL0 SKEW Info :0-0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CTRL0 SKEW CTRL1 SKEW Info :0-0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CTRL1 SKEW CTRL2 SKEW Info :0-0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CTRL2 SKEW CTRL3 SKEW Info :0-0-0-0-0-0-0 [Auto] CTRL3 SKEW
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DRAM CH0 CLKSET0 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CLKSET0 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CLKSET1 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CLKSET1 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CMD SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CMD SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CTRL0 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CTRL0 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CTRL1 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CTRL1 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CTRL2 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CTRL2 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH0 CTRL3 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH0 CTRL3 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CLKSET0 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CLKSET0 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CLKSET1 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CLKSET1 SKEW. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM CH1 CMD SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CMD SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CTRL0 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CTRL0 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CTRL1 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CTRL1 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CTRL2 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CTRL2 SKEW. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM CH1 CTRL3 SKEW This controls the number of DRAM CH1 CTRL3 SKEW. The default value is [Auto].
Flex Mode Operation This allows you to enable or disable flex mode operation feature. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. Intelligent Energy Saver Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers unparalleled power savings. The default value is [Disabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you want to enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. Besides the BIOS option, you can also choose our Intelligent Energy Saver utility to enable this function. Primary Graphics Adapter This allows you to select [Onboard], [PCI] or [PCI Express] as the boot graphic adapter priority. The default value is [PCI]. Share Memory This allows you to set share memory feature. The default value is [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto], [32MB], [64MB], [128MB] and [256MB]. PAVP Mode Use this option to adjust PAVP mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] and [Lite]. The default value is [Disabled]. PAVP is the new graphics feature in Intel 4 Series Express chipset family to support increased content protection and robustness requirements for premium content playback (Bluray disc). [Lite] mode is the encryption of compressed video buffer and is hardware-based 128-bit AES decryption. DVMT Mode Select Use this option to adjust DVMT mode. The default value is [DVMT Mode]. DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology) is an architecture that offers breakthrough performance for the motherboard through efficient memory utilization. In DVMT mode, the graphics driver allocates memory as needed for running graphics applications and is cooperatively using this memory with other system components. This item will not be used under Windows VistaTM OS because the driver will intelligently detect physical memory available and allocate necessary video memory. DVMT/FIXED Memory You are allowed to adjust the shared memory size in this item if you set DVMT Mode Select as [DVMT Mode]. Configuration options: [128MB], [256MB] and [Maximum DVMT]. The option [Maximum DVMT] only appears when you adopt the memory module with 1024MB or above. Onboard HD Audio Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound Card is plugged. Front Panel Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
3.4.6 Floppy Configuration
In this section, you may configure the type of your floppy drive.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced Floppy Configuration
Floppy A [1.44 MB 31 2"] Select the type of floppy drive connected to the system.
3.4.7 Super IO Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced Configure Super IO Chipset
OnBoard Floppy Controller Serial Port Address Parallel Port Address Parallel Port Mode EPP Version ECP Mode DMA Channel Parallel Port IRQ [Enabled] [3F8 / IRQ4]  [ECP + EPP] [1.9] [DMA3] [IRQ7] Allow BIOS to Enable or Disable Floppy Controller.
OnBoard Floppy Controller Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller. Serial Port Address Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port or disable it. Configuration options: [Disabled], [3F8 / IRQ4], [2F8 / IRQ3], [3E8 / IRQ4], [2E8 / IRQ3]. Parallel Port Address Use this item to set the address for the onboard parallel port or disable it. Configuration options: [Disabled], , and .
Parallel Port Mode Use this item to set the operation mode of the parallel port. The default value is [ECP+EPP]. If this option is set to [ECP+EPP], it will show the EPP version in the following item, EPP Version. Configuration options: [Normal], [Bi-Directional], and [ECP+EPP]. EPP Version Use this item to set the EPP version. Configuration options: [1.9] and [1.7]. ECP Mode DMA Channel Use this item to set the ECP mode DMA channel. Configuration options: [DMA0], [DMA1], and [DMA3]. Parallel Port IRQ Use this item to set the IRQ for the parallel port. Configuration options: [IRQ5] and [IRQ7].
3.4.8 USB Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced USB Configuration
USB Controller USB 2.0 Support Legacy USB Support [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] To enable or disable the onboard USB controllers.
USB Controller Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB controller. USB 2.0 Support Use this item to enable or disable the USB 2.0 support. Legacy USB Support Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [BIOS Setup Only]. The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the details of these four options: [Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB. [Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and BIOS setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS. [BIOS Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under BIOS setup and Windows / Linux OS.
3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system, including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
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