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H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0
User Manual

Version 1.0 Published September 2011 Copyright©2011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.

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Copyright Notice:
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Disclaimer:
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

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Contents
1 Introduction......................................................... 5
1.1 Package Contents ......................................................... 1.2 Specifications................................................................. 1.3 Motherboard Layout (H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0) .............................. 1.4 I/O Panel (H61M-VGS R2.0) ....................................... 1.5 I/O Panel (H61M-VS R2.0) .......................................... 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Screw Holes................................................................... Pre-installation Precautions ......................................... CPU Installation ............................................................. Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan ............................. Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) ........................ Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots)................................. 5 6 11 12 13 14 14 15 17 18

2 Installation ........................................................... 14

19 2.7 Multi Monitor Feature ..................................................... 20 2.8 Jumpers Setup .......................................................... 22 2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors ............................ 23 2.10 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks Installation .................................................................. 27 2.11 Hot Plug Function for SATA / SATAII HDDs .................. 27 2.12 SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide ......................................................................... 28 2.13 Driver Installation Guide ............................................ 30 2.14 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ................... 30 2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions............................................................ 30 2.14.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............... 31

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3 UEFI SETUP UTILITY ................................................. 32
3.1 Introduction .................................................................... 3.1.1 UEFI 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 North Bridge Configuration................................... 3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration .................................. 3.4.4 Storage Configuration .......................................... 3.4.5 Super IO Configuration ........................................ 3.4.6 ACPI Configuration............................................... 3.4.7 USB Configuration ............................................... 3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ................... 3.6 Boot Screen ................................................................... 3.7 Security Screen ............................................................. 3.8 Exit Screen .................................................................... 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 .............................................. 32 32 33 33 35 38 39 41 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 52 52 52 52 52

4 Software Support ................................................. 52

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Chapter 1: Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance. In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-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

1.1 Package Contents
ASRock H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0 Motherboard (Micro ATX Form Factor: 8.9-in x 6.8-in, 22.6 cm x 17.3 cm) ASRock H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0 Quick Installation Guide ASRock H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0 Support CD 2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional) 1 x I/O Panel Shield ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our support CD for details.

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1.2
Platform CPU

Specifications
- Micro ATX Form Factor: 8.9-in x 6.8-in, 22.6 cm x 17.3 cm - Solid Capacitor for CPU power - Supports 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package - Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology - Supports K-Series unlocked CPU - Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1) - Intel® H61 - Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 2) - 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots - Supports DDR3 1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory - Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB (see CAUTION 3) - 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (blue @ x16 mode) - 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot - Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals: Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) - Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 11 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, DirectX 10.1 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU - Max. shared memory 1759MB (see CAUTION 4) - Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 75Hz - 5.1 CH HD Audio (VIA® VT1705 Audio Codec) - H61M-VGS R2.0 Realtek PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN RTL8111E, speed 10/100/1000 Mb/s - H61M-VS R2.0 Realtek PCIE x1 LAN RTL8105E, speed 10/100 Mb/s - Supports Wake-On-LAN - Supports PXE I/O Panel - 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port - 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port - 1 x VGA Port - 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports - 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)

Chipset Memory

Expansion Slot Graphics

Audio LAN

Rear Panel I/O

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Connector

BIOS Feature

Support CD

Unique Feature

Hardware Monitor

- HD Audio Jack: Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone - 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions - 1 x Print Port header - 1 x COM port header - CPU/Chassis/Power 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) - 32Mb AMI BIOS - AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support - Supports “Plug and Play” - ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events - Supports jumperfree - SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support - IGPU, DRAM, PCH, CPU PLL, VTT, VCCSA Voltage Multi-adjustment - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB - Trial; ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite OEM) - ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 5) - ASRock Instant Boot - ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 6) - ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 7) - ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 8) - ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 9) - ASRock XFast LAN (see CAUTION 10) - Hybrid Booster: - ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 11) - Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.) - Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) (see CAUTION 12) - Good Night LED - CPU Temperature Sensing - Chassis Temperature Sensing - CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer - CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature) - CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control - Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

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OS Certifications

- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant - FCC, CE, WHQL - ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required) (see CAUTION 13)

* 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 third-party 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.

CAUTION!
1. 2. About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page 39. 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 18 for proper installation. 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. ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to fine-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com

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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 key during the POST or press 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. If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience than ever. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp SmartView, a new function of internet browser, is the smart start page for IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history, your Facebook friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced view for a more personal Internet experience. ASRock motherboards are exclusively equipped with the SmartView utility that helps you keep in touch with friends on-the-go. To use SmartView feature, please make sure your OS version is Windows® 7 / 7 64 bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64 bit, and your

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browser version is IE8. ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/ SmartView/index.asp 9. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The performance may depend on the property of the device. 10. ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which includes below benefits. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your application priority ideally and/or add new programs. Lower Latency in Game: After setting online game priority higher, it can lower the latency in game. Traffic Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD video and download files simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With the status window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are currently transferring. 11. 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.

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12. Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) provides the flexible option to adopt three different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156. Please be noticed that not all the 775 and 1156 CPU Fan can be used. 13. 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 Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.

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1.3 Motherboard Layout (H61M-VGS R2.0 / H61M-VS R2.0)
1 2 3

17.3cm (6.8 in)

DX10.1

ErP/EuP Ready

ATX12V1

RoHS

Designed in Taipei

DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)

DDR3

USB 2.0 T: USB0 B: USB1

DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)

USB 2.0 T: USB2 B: USB3

ATXPWR1

22.6cm (8.9 in)
4 5 6
32Mb BIOS

USB 2.0 T: USB4 B: USB5

Top: RJ-45

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Bottom: MIC IN Top: LINE IN Center: FRONT

PCI Express 2.0
PWR_FAN1

LAN PHY

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PCIE1

AUDIO CODEC

Super I/O
CLRCMOS1

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HD_AUDIO1

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CMOS Battery

Dual Channel

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PS2 Keyboard

PS2 Mouse
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CPU_FAN1

VGA1

Intel H61
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SPEAKER1

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PCIE2
USB8_9

SATA2_3

SATA2_1
CHA_FAN1

COM1

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USB6_7
PLED PWRBTN

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1
HDLED RESET

LPT1

PANEL1

SATA2_2

SATA2_0

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1155-Pin CPU Socket ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1) CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1) ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots (Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, Blue) Intel H61 Chipset 32Mb SPI Flash SATA2 Connector (SATA2_1, Blue) Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1) SATA2 Connector (SATA2_0, Blue) SATA2 Connector (SATA2_3, Blue) SATA2 Connector (SATA2_2, Blue)

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Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, White) System Panel Header (PANEL1, White) USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7, Blue) USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Blue) COM Port Header (COM1) Print Port Header (LPT1, White) PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE2, White) Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1) PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1, Blue) Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1, White) Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)

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1.4 I/O Panel (H61M-VGS R2.0)
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1 *2 3 ** 4 5

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PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) LAN RJ-45 Port Line In (Light Blue) Front Speaker (Lime) Microphone (Pink)

USB 2.0 Ports (USB45) USB 2.0 Ports (USB23) USB 2.0 Ports (USB01) VGA Port PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)

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

LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED Status Description Status SPEED LED Description
ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED

Off No Link Blinking Data Activity On Link

Off Orange Green

10Mbps connection 100Mbps connection 1Gbps connection
LAN Port

To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “VIA HD Audio Deck” tool on your system. Please follow below instructions according to the OS you install. For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: Please click “VIA HD Audio Deck” icon , and click “Speaker”. Then you are allowed to select “2 Channel” or “4 Channel”. Click “Power” to save your change. For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS: Please click “VIA HD Audio Deck” icon , and click “Advanced Options” on the left side

on the bottom. In “Advanced Options” screen, select “Independent Headphone”, and click “OK” to save your change.

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1.5 I/O Panel (H61M-VS R2.0)
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1 *2 3 ** 4 5

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PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) LAN RJ-45 Port Line In (Light Blue) Front Speaker (Lime) Microphone (Pink)

USB 2.0 Ports (USB45) USB 2.0 Ports (USB23) USB 2.0 Ports (USB01) VGA Port PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)

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

LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED Status Description Status SPEED LED Description
ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED

Off No Link Blinking Data Activity On Link

Off Orange

10Mbps connection 100Mbps connection
LAN Port

To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “VIA HD Audio Deck” tool on your system. Please follow below instructions according to the OS you install. For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: Please click “VIA HD Audio Deck” icon , and click “Speaker”. Then you are allowed to select “2 Channel” or “4 Channel”. Click “Power” to save your change. For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS: Please click “VIA HD Audio Deck” icon , and click “Advanced Options” on the left side

on the bottom. In “Advanced Options” screen, select “Independent Headphone”, and click “OK” to save your change.

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Chapter 2: Installation
This is a Micro ATX form factor (8.9" x 6.8", 22.6 x 17.3 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.

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2.3 CPU Installation
For the installation of Intel 1155-Pin CPU, please follow the steps below.
Load Plate

Load Lever

Contact Array

Socket Body

1155-Pin Socket Overview

Before you insert the 1155-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the CPU surface is unclean or if there is any bent pin on the socket. Do not force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is found. Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.

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Open the socket: Step 1-1. Disengaging the lever by depressing down and out on the hook to clear retention tab.

Step 1-2. Rotate the load lever to fully open position at approximately 135 degrees. Step 1-3. Rotate the load plate to fully open position at approximately 100 degrees.

Step 2.

Remove PnP Cap (Pick and Place Cap).

1. It is recommended to use the cap tab to handle and avoid kicking off the PnP cap. 2. This cap must be placed if returning the motherboard for after service.

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Step 3.

Insert the 1155-Pin CPU: Step 3-1. Hold the CPU by the edge where is marked with black line.

black line

Step 3-2. Orient the CPU with IHS (Integrated Heat Sink) up. Locate Pin1 and the two orientation key notches. orientation key notch Pin1 alignment key

Pin1 alignment key orientation key notch 1155-Pin CPU 1155-Pin Socket

For proper inserting, please ensure to match the two orientation key notches of the CPU with the two alignment keys of the socket.

Step 3-3. Carefully place the CPU into the socket by using a purely vertical motion. Step 3-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient keys.

Step 4.

Close the socket: Step 4-1. Rotate the load plate onto the IHS. Step 4-2. While pressing down lightly on load plate, engage the load lever.

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2.4

Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink

This motherboard is equipped with 1155-Pin socket that supports Intel 1155-Pin CPU. Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 1155Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray thermal interface material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Ensure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see page 11, No. 3). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your CPU fan and heatsink. Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 1155-Pin CPU. Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of IHS on the socket surface.
Apply Thermal Interface Material

Step 2.

Step 3. Step 4.

Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure fan cables are oriented on side closest to the CPU fan connector on the motherboard (CPU_ FAN1, see page 11, No. 3). Align fasteners with the motherboard throughholes. Rotate the fastener clockwise, then press down on fastener caps with thumb to install and lock. Repeat with remaining fasteners.

Fan cables on side closest to MB header

Fastener slots pointing straight out

Press Down (4 Places)

If you press down the fasteners without rotating them clockwise, the heatsink cannot be secured on the motherboard.

Step 5. Step 6.

Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard. Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure cable does not interfere with fan operation or contact other components.
Please be noticed that this motherboard supports Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.), which provides the flexible option to adopt three different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156. The white throughholes are for Socket LGA 1155/1156 CPU fan.

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2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides two 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration, you always need to install two identical (the same brand, speed, size and chiptype) memory modules in the DDR3 DIMM slots to activate Dual Channel Memory Technology. Otherwise, it will operate at single channel mode.
1. It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into DDR3 slot;otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged. If you install only one memory module or two non-identical memory modules, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory Technology. Some DDR3 1GB double-sided DIMMs with 16 chips may not work on this motherboard. It is not recommended to install them on this motherboard.

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

Step 1. Step 2.

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

notch break

notch

break

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

Step 3.

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

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2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI Express slots on this motherboard. PCIE slots: PCIE1 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics cards. PCIE2 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card, SATA2 card, etc.

Installing an expansion card
Step 1. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware settings for the card before you start the installation. Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis). Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screws for later use. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot. Fasten the card to the chassis with screws. Replace the system cover.

Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6.

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2.7 Multi Monitor Feature
This motherboard supports multi monitor upgrade. With the internal VGA output support and external add-on PCI Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of multi monitor feature. Please refer to the following steps to set up a multi monitor environment: 1. Install the PCI Express VGA card on PCIE1 slot. Please refer to page 19 for proper expansion card installation procedures for details. 2. Connect D-Sub monitor cable to VGA port on the I/O panel. Then connect other monitor cables to the corresponding connectors of the add-on PCI Express VGA card on PCIE1 slot.

VGA port

3. Boot your system. Press or to enter UEFI setup. Enter “Onboard VGA Share Memory” option to adjust the memory capability to [32MB], [64MB], [128MB], [256MB] or [512MB] to enable the function of VGA. Please make sure that the value you select is less than the total capability of the system memory. If you do not adjust the UEFI setup, the default value of “Onboard VGA Share Memory”, [Auto], will disable VGA function when the add-on VGA card is inserted to this motherboard. 4. Install the onboard VGA driver and the add-on PCI Express VGA card driver to your system. If you have installed the drivers already, there is no need to install them again. 5. Set up a multi-monitor display. For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: Right click the desktop, choose “Properties”, and select the “Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the steps below. A. Click the “Identify” button to display a large number on each monitor. B. Right-click the display icon in the Display Properties dialog that you wish to be your primary monitor, and then select “Primary”. When you use multiple monitors with your card, one monitor will always be Primary, and all additional monitors will be designated as Secondary. C. Select the display icon identified by the number 2. D. Click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”. E. Right-click the display icon and select “Attached”, if necessary.

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F. Set the “Screen Resolution” and “Color Quality” as appropriate for the second monitor. Click “Apply” or “OK” to apply these new values. G. Repeat steps C through E for the diaplay icon identified by the number one, two and three. For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS: Right click the desktop, choose “Personalize”, and select the “Display Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the steps below. A. Click the number ”2” icon. B. Click the items “This is my main monitor” and “Extend the desktop onto this monitor”. C. Click “OK” to save your change. D. Repeat steps A through C for the display icon identified by the number three. 6. Use multi monitor. Click and drag the display icons to positions representing the physical setup of your monitors that you would like to use. The placement of display icons determines how you move items from one monitor to another.

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2.8 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are setup. When the jumper cap is placed on pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap is placed on these 2 pins. Jumper Clear CMOS Jumper
(CLRCMOS1) (see p.11, No. 20)

Setting

Description

Default

Clear CMOS

Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394 GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.

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

Serial ATAII Connectors
(SATA2_0: see p.11, No. 10) (SATA2_1: see p.11, No. 8) (SATA2_2: see p.11, No. 12) (SATA2_3: see p.11, No. 11) SATA2_2 SATA2_0 SATA2_3 SATA2_1

These four Serial ATAII (SATAII) connectors support SATA data cables 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 this motherboard.

Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cable
(Optional)

USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB6_7) (see p.11 No. 15)

Besides six default USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel, there are two USB 2.0 headers on this motherboard. Each USB 2.0 header can support two USB 2.0 ports.
USB_PWR P-9 P+9 GND DUMMY 1 GND P+8 P-8 USB_PWR

(9-pin USB8_9) (see p.11 No. 16)

Print Port Header
(25-pin LPT1) (see p.11 No. 18)
1

AFD# ERROR# PINIT# SLIN#

GND

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.

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Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1) (see p.11 No. 22)
1

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 AC’97 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 don’t need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.

System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1) (see p.11 No. 14)

This header accommodates several system front panel functions.

Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables. PWRBTN (Power Switch): Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch. RESET (Reset Switch): Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart. PLED (System Power LED): Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED): Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.

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

Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1) (see p.11 No. 13)

Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.

Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1) (see p.11 No. 9)
CHA_FAN_SPEED +12V FAN_SPEED_CONTROL GND

Please connect the fan cables to the fan connectors and match the black wire to the ground pin.

(3-pin PWR_FAN1) (see p.11 No. 23)

CPU Fan Connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1) (see p.11 No. 3)

4 3 2 1

GND +12V CPU_FAN_SPEED FAN_SPEED_CONTROL

Please connect the CPU fan cable to the connector and match the black wire to the ground pin.

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.11 No. 4)

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Please connect an ATX power supply to this connector.

1

13

Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector, 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.

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20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation

1

13

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ATX 12V Power Connector
(4-pin ATX12V1) (see p.11 No. 2)

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

Serial port Header
(9-pin COM1) (see p.11 No. 17)

This COM1 header supports a serial port module.

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2.10 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® H61 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 motherboard’s SATAII connector. STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.

2.11 Hot Plug Function for SATA / SATAII HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug function for SATA / SATAII in AHCI mode. Intel® H61 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort. NOTE What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATAII HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while the system is still power-on and in working condition. However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been installed into the SATA / SATAII HDD.

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SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide

This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATAII HDD in AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you process the SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the motherboard gift box pack. A. 7-pin SATA data cable B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface A. SATA data cable (Red) B. SATA power cable

SATA 7-pin connector

The SATA 15-pin power connector (Black) connect to SATA / SATAII HDD

1x4-pin conventional power connector (White) connect to power supply

Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug cannot be processed. 2. Even some SATA / SATAII HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.

Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug. * The SATA / SATAII Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of its limitation, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com 2. Make sure your SATA / SATAII HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATAII HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation. 3. Please make sure the SATA / SATAII driver is installed into system properly. The latest SATA / SATAII driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com 4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our motherboard package. 5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or data loss.

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How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATAII HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug: Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end Step 2 (White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable. Connect SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATAII connector.

SATA power cable 1x4-pin power connector (White)

Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) end to SATA / SATAII HDD.

Step 4

Connect SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII HDD.

How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATAII HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug: Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATAII HDD side.

Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATAII HDD side.

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2.13 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.

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Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions

If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.

2.14.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
AHCI mode is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS.

Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function STEP 1: Set up UEFI. A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen SATA Configuration. B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.

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2.14.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps. Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ function STEP 1: Set Up UEFI. A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen SATA Configuration. B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system. Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function STEP 1: Set up UEFI. A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen SATA Configuration. B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.

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Chapter 3: UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The UEFI chip on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press or during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines. If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by pressing + + , or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.

3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections: Main To set up the system time/date information OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features Advanced To set up the advanced UEFI features H/W Monitor To display current hardware status Boot To set up the default system device to locate and load the Operating System Security To set up the security features Exit To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY Use < > key or < > key to choose among the selections on the menu bar, and then press to get into the sub screen. You can also use the mouse to click your required item.

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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation key. Navigation Key(s) Function Description / Moves cursor left or right to select Screens / Moves cursor up or down to select items + / To change option for the selected items To bring up the selected screen To display the General Help Screen To load optimal default values for all the settings To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen

3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display the system overview. H61M-VGS R2.0

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H61M-VS R2.0

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

Load GPU EZ OC Setting Use this item to load GPU EZ overclocking setting. Please note that overclocking may cause damage to your GPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense. CPU Ratio Setting Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard. GT Over Clock Use this to enable or disable GT Over Clock by Internal Graphics Device. The default value is [Disabled]. Intel SpeedStep Technology Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® VistaTM / 7 and want to enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if the current CPU does not support Intel SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.

Intel Turbo Boost Technology Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Technology. Turbo Boost allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific condition. The default value is [Enabled].

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Turbo Boost Power Limit Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Configuration options: [Auto] and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto]. Core Current Limit Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode. DRAM Timing Control DRAM Frequency If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s) inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically. CAS# Latency (tCL) Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Row Precharge Time (tRP) Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Command Rate (CR) Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min: 1N. Max: 2N. The default is [Auto]. Write Recovery Time (tWR) Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Read to Precharge (tRTP) Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].

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Four Activate Window (tFAW) Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Memory Power Down Mode Use this item to adjust DDR power down mode. Configuration options: [Auto], [Slow] and [Fast]. The default value is [Auto]. ODT WR (CHA) Use this item to change ODT WR (CHA) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. ODT NOM (CHA) Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHA) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. ODT WR (CHB) Use this item to change ODT WR (CHB) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. ODT NOM (CHB) Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHB) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto]. Voltage Control Power Saving Mode Use this to enable or disable Power Saving Mode. The default value is [Disabled]. CPU Core Voltage Use this to select CPU Core Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. IGPU Voltage Use this to select IGPU Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. PCH Voltage Use this to select PCH Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. CPU PLL Voltage Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. VTT Voltage Use this to select VTT Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. DRAM Voltage Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. VCCSA Voltage Use this to select VCCSA Voltage. The default value is [Auto]. User Default In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults according to your own requirements.

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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, North Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration and USB Configuration.

Setting wrong values in this section may cause the system to malfunction. ASRock Instant Flash ASRock Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without 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. If you execute ASRock Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process completes.

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3.4.1 CPU Configuration

Intel Hyper Threading Technology To enable this feature, it requires a computer system with an Intel processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating system that includes optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP / VistaTM / 7. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft® Windows® XP, VistaTM, 7, or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology. Active Processor Cores Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor package. Configuration options: [All], [1], [2] and [3]. The default value is [All]. Hardware Prefetcher Use this item to turn on/off the MLC streamer prefetcher. Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch Use this item to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines. Enhance Halt State (C1E) All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor maintains the context of the system caches. CPU C3 State Support Use this to enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to OS. CPU C6 State Support Use this to enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to OS. Package C State Support Selected option will program into C State package limit register. The default value is [Auto].

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CPU Thermal Throttling You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep the CPU from overheated. Intel Virtualization Technology When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not support Intel Virtualization Technology. No-Excute Memory Protection No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement to the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX) Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious software to execute code. This option will be hidden if the current CPU does not support No-Excute Memory Protection. Local x2APIC Use this to enable or disable Local x2APIC. The default value is [Disabled]. Please be noted that some OS do not support this function.

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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration

Low MMIO Align Low MMIO resources align at 64MB/1024MB. The default value is [64MB]. VT-d Use this to enable or disable Intel® VT-d technology (Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O). The default value of this feature is [Disabled]. Primary Graphics Adapter This allows you to select the boot graphic adapter priority. Configuration options: [Onboard] and [PCI Express]. The default value is [PCI Express]. Onboard VGA Share Memory This allows you to set onboard VGA share memory feature. The default value is [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto], [32MB], [64MB], [128MB], [256MB] and [512MB]. Render Standby Use this to enable or disable Render Standby by Internal Graphics Device. The default value is [Enabled]. IGD Multi-Monitor Use this to enable or disable IGD Multi-Monitor by Internal Graphics Device. The default value is [Disabled]. 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 / 7 OS because the driver will intelligently detect physical memory available and allocate necessary video memory.

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DVMT Memory You are allowed to adjust the shared memory size in this item. Configuration options: [128MB], [256MB] and [Maximum]. The option [Maximum] only appears when you adopt the memory module with 1024MB or above.

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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration

Restore on AC/Power Loss This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss. If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system starts to boot up when the power recovers. Deep Sx Mobile platforms support Deep S4/S5 in DC only and desktop platforms support Deep S4/S5 in AC only. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Enabled in S5] and [Enabled in S4 and S5]. The default value is [Enabled in S5]. Onboard LAN This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard LAN” feature. Onboard HD Audio Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound Card is plugged. Front Panel Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel. Onboard HDMI HD Audio This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard HDMI HD Audio” feature. ACPI HPET Table Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is [Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.

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3.4.4 Storage Configuration

SATA Mode Use this to select SATA mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE Mode]. AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ and other new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE mode does not have these advantages. SATA Controller 0 Please select [Compatible] when you install legacy OS. If native OS (Windows® XP / VistaTM / 7) is installed, please select [Enhanced]. SATA Controller 1 Use this item to enable or disable SATA Controller 1. Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] and [Enabled].

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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration

Serial Port Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port. Serial Port Address Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4]. Parallel Port Use this item to enable or disable the onboard parallel port. Device Mode Use this item to change the Printer Port mode. Change Settings Use this item to select an optional setting for Super IO device.

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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration

Suspend to RAM Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it. Check Ready Bit Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit. PS/2 Keyboard Power On Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode. PCI Devices Power On Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode. Ring-In Power On Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode. RTC Alarm Power On Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the system.

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3.4.7 USB Configuration

USB 2.0 Controller Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller. Legacy USB Support Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only]. The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the details of these four options: [Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB. [Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected. [Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS. [UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI setup and Windows / Linux OS.

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

CPU Fan Setting This allows you to set the CPU fan speed. Configuration options: [Full On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On]. Chassis Fan Setting This allows you to set the chassis fan speed. Configuration options: [Full On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On]. Over Temperature Protection Use this item to enable or disable Over Temperature Protection. The default value is [Enabled].

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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.

Setup Prompt Timeout This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key. 65535(0XFFFF) means indefinite waiting. Bootup Num-Lock If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock function after boot-up. Full Screen Logo Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled]. AddOn ROM Display Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled]. Boot From Onboard LAN Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature. Boot Failure Guard Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard. Boot Failure Guard Count Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.

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

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3.8 Exit Screen

Save Changes and Exit When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. Discard Changes and Exit When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY without saving any changes. Discard Changes When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes. Load UEFI Defaults Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used for this operation. Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the available filesystem devices.

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Chapter 4: Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information. 4.2 Support CD Information

The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features. 4.2.1 Running The Support CD

To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus. 4.2.2 Drivers Menu

The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices. 4.2.3 Utilities Menu

The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it. 4.2.4 Contact Information

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

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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating system. 1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or Windows® 7 64-bit. 2. Press or at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility > Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode. 3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1. (“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation files. Normally it is an optical drive.) You can also press to launch boot menu at system POST and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot. 4. Start Windows® installation. 5. If you install Windows® 7 64-bit OS, OS will be formatted by GPT (GUID Partition Table). Please install the hotfix file from Microsoft®: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979903

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