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MAXIMUS VI HERO

Motherboard

E8459

Revised Edition V2

June 2013

Copyright © 2013 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.

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Contents

Safety information......................................................................................................

vi

About this guide.........................................................................................................

vii

MAXIMUS VI HERO specifications summary...........................................................

ix

Package contents.....................................................................................................

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Installation tools and components..........................................................................

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Chapter 1:

Product Introduction

 

1.1

Special features..........................................................................................

1-1

 

1.1.1

Product highlights........................................................................

1-1

 

1.1.2

ROG Gaming Features................................................................

1-2

 

1.1.3

ROG Exclusive Features.............................................................

1-3

 

1.1.4

ASUS Special Features...............................................................

1-3

 

1.1.5

ROG rich bundled software.........................................................

1-4

1.2

Motherboard overview...............................................................................

1-5

 

1.2.1

Before you proceed.....................................................................

1-5

 

1.2.2

Motherboard layout......................................................................

1-6

 

1.2.3

Central Processing Unit (CPU)....................................................

1-8

 

1.2.4

System memory...........................................................................

1-9

 

1.2.5

Expansion slots..........................................................................

1-23

 

1.2.6

Onboard buttons........................................................................

1-25

 

1.2.7

Jumper.......................................................................................

1-28

 

1.2.8

Onboard LEDs...........................................................................

1-29

 

1.2.9

Internal connectors....................................................................

1-38

Chapter 2:

Basic Installation

 

2.1

Building your PC system...........................................................................

2-1

 

2.1.1

Motherboard installation..............................................................

2-1

 

2.1.2

CPU installation...........................................................................

2-3

 

2.1.3

CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation................................

2-4

 

2.1.4

DIMM installation.........................................................................

2-6

 

2.1.5

ATX Power connection................................................................

2-7

 

2.1.6

SATA device connection..............................................................

2-8

 

2.1.7

Front I/O Connector.....................................................................

2-9

 

2.1.8

Expansion Card installation.......................................................

2-10

2.2

BIOS update utility....................................................................................

2-11

2.3

Motherboard rear and audio connections..............................................

2-12

 

2.3.1

Rear I/O connection...................................................................

2-12

 

2.3.2

Audio I/O connections................................................................

2-13

2.4

Starting up for the first time....................................................................

2-17

2.5

Turning off the computer.........................................................................

2-17

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Chapter 3:

BIOS setup

 

3.1

Knowing BIOS.............................................................................................

3-1

3.2

BIOS setup program...................................................................................

3-2

 

3.2.1

EZ Mode......................................................................................

3-3

 

3.2.2

Advanced Mode...........................................................................

3-4

3.3

My Favorites................................................................................................

3-6

3.4

Extreme Tweaker menu..............................................................................

3-7

3.5

Main menu.................................................................................................

3-23

3.6

Advanced menu........................................................................................

3-25

 

3.6.1

CPU Configuration.....................................................................

3-26

 

3.6.2

PCH Configuration.....................................................................

3-28

 

3.6.3

SATAConfiguration....................................................................

3-30

 

3.6.4

SystemAgent Configuration......................................................

3-31

 

3.6.5

USB Configuration.....................................................................

3-33

 

3.6.6

Platform Misc Configuration.......................................................

3-34

 

3.6.7

Onboard Devices Configuration.................................................

3-35

 

3.6.8

APM...........................................................................................

3-37

 

3.6.9

Network Stack............................................................................

3-38

 

3.6.10

ROG Effects...............................................................................

3-38

3.7

Monitor menu............................................................................................

3-39

3.8

Boot menu.................................................................................................

3-42

3.9

Tools menu................................................................................................

3-47

 

3.9.1

ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility.............................................................

3-47

 

3.9.2

ROG Secure Erase....................................................................

3-47

 

3.9.3

ASUS O.C. Profile.....................................................................

3-49

 

3.9.4

ASUS SPD Information..............................................................

3-50

 

3.9.5

ROG OC Panel H-KeyConfigure..............................................

3-50

3.10

Exit menu...................................................................................................

3-52

3.11

Updating BIOS..........................................................................................

3-53

 

3.11.1

EZ Update..................................................................................

3-53

 

3.11.2

ASUS EZ Flash 2.......................................................................

3-54

 

3.11.3

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3..........................................................

3-55

 

3.11.4

ASUS BIOS Updater..................................................................

3-56

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Chapter 4:

Software support

 

4.1

Installing an operating system..................................................................

4-1

4.2

Support DVD information...........................................................................

4-1

 

4.2.1

Running the support DVD ............................................................

4-1

 

4.2.2

Obtaining the software manuals ..................................................

4-2

4.3

Software information..................................................................................

4-3

4.4

AI Suite 3

.....................................................................................................

4-3

 

4.4.1 ...............

Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4 - Way Optimization

4-6

 

4.4.2 ..................................................................................

EZ Update

4-13

 

4.4.3 ...........................................................................

USB 3.0 Boost

4-14

 

4.4.4 ....................................................................

System Information

4-15

 

4.4.5 ................................................................

USB BIOS Flashback

4-17

 

4.4.6 ...........................................................................

USB Charger+

4-19

 

4.4.7 ..................................................................

Audio configurations

4-20

4.5

MemTweakIt...............................................................................................

4-21

4.6

RAMDisk....................................................................................................

 

4-23

4.7

Sonic Radar...............................................................................................

4-26

 

4.7.1 ................................................................................

Main menu

4-26

 

4.7.2 ..........................................

Game presets and Radar Selection

4-28

 

4.7.3 ....................................................................

Advanced Settings

4-29

4.8

Perfect Voice.............................................................................................

4-31

Chapter 5:

RAID support

 

5.1

RAID configurations...................................................................................

5-1

 

5.1.1

RAID definitions...........................................................................

5-1

 

5.1.2

Installing Serial ATA hard disks....................................................

5-2

 

5.1.3

Setting the RAID item in BIOS.....................................................

5-2

 

5.1.4

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility...................

5-3

5.2

Creating a RAID driver disk.......................................................................

5-7

 

5.2.1

Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS...................

5-7

 

5.2.2

Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®..................................................................

5-8

 

5.2.3

Installing the RAID driver during Windows® OS installation.........

5-8

Appendices

 

 

Notices

.....................................................................................................................

 

A-1

ASUS contact information......................................................................................

A-4

Safety information

Electrical safety

To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system.

When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.

Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all power cables are unplugged.

Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.

Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power company.

If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

Operation safety

Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals that came with the package.

Before using the product, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.

To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.

Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area where it may become wet.

Place the product on a stable surface.

If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

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About this guide

This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the motherboard.

How this guide is organized

This guide contains the following parts:

Chapter 1: Product introduction

This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it supports. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.

Chapter 2: Basic Installation

This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing system components.

Chapter 3: BIOS setup

This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.

Chapter 4: Software support

This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package and the software.

Chapter 5: RAID support

This chapter describes the RAID configurations.

Where to find more information

Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.

1.ASUS website

The ASUS website (www.asus.com) provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products.

2.Optional documentation

Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the standard package.

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Conventions used in this guide

To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual.

DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task.

CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task

IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task..

NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.

Typography

Bold text

Indicates a menu or an item to select.

Italics

Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.

<Key>

Keys enclosed in the less-thanandgreater-thansign

 

means that you must press the enclosed key.

 

Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or

 

Return key.

<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>

If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key

 

names are linked with a plus sign (+).

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MAXIMUS VI HERO specifications summary

 

LGA1150 socket for the 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/Intel®

 

Core™i5/Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors

 

Supports 22nm CPU

CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*

 

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU

 

types.

 

 

** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

 

Dual channel memory architecture

 

4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 2800 (O.C.) / 2666 (O.C.) / 2600

 

(O.C.) / 2500 (O.C.) / 2400 (O.C.) / 2200 (O.C.) / 2133 (O.C.) / 2000

 

(O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz, non-ECC,

Memory

un-bufferedmemory

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

 

 

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of

 

individual CPUs.

 

** Please refer to Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for details.

 

 

 

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (Red, single at x16 or dual at

 

x8/x8 mode)

 

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (Black, max. at x4 mode)*

Expansion slots

3x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot**

* The PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3) shares bandwidth with PCIe 2.0 x1

 

 

slots. The default setting is x1 mode.

 

** The PCIe 2.0 x1 slots (PCIEX1_1, PCIEX1_2, and PCIEX1_3) are

 

disabled when the PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCIEX4_3) operates under x4

 

speed.

 

 

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics Processor

VGA

HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz / 2560 x 1600

@ 60Hz

 

 

Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® Clear Video HD

 

Technology, and Intel® Insider™

Multi-GPUsupport

Support NVIDIA® SLI® Technology / AMD CrossFireX™ Technology

 

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset:

 

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports*

 

- Intel®

Rapid Storage Technology 12 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and

 

10

 

 

- Intel®

Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start

Storage

Technology, and Intel® Smart Connect Technology*

ASMedia® SATA 6Gb/s controller:

 

 

2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports**

 

* The supported functions depend on the CPU installed.

 

** These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not

 

supported.

 

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LAN

Audio

1 x Intel® I217-VGigabit LAN Controller

ROG SupremeFX Audio 8-ChannelHigh Definition

Audio

-SupremeFX Shielding Technology

-ELNA® Premium Audio Capacitors

-Content Protection for Full Rate lossless DVD Audio, Blu-rayDVD, andHD-DVDaudio content playback

-Jack-detection,Multi-streaming,Front PanelJack-retasking

-Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel

Audio Feature:

-Sonic Radar

-DTS Connect

 

 

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

 

 

 

6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports at back panel [blue], 2 ports at mid-board

 

 

 

[red]*)

 

 

USB

8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at back panel, for ROG Connect; 4 ports

 

 

at mid-board**)

 

 

 

* Supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, UASP standard on the Intel® native

 

 

 

USB 3.0 is only supported under Windows® 8.

 

 

 

** 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-boardshares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT)

 

 

 

port.

 

 

 

1 xPS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port

 

 

 

4 x USB 2.0 ports

 

 

 

1 x USB BIOS Flashback button

 

 

Back I/O Ports

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

 

 

1 x HDMI port

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 x USB 3.0 ports [blue]

 

 

 

1 x LAN (RJ45) port

 

 

 

6 x Audio jacks

 

 

 

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Extreme Engine Digi+ III

 

 

-

Full digital 8+2 phase CPU/DRAM power

 

 

-

NexFETTM Power Block MOSFET

 

 

-

60A BlackWing Chokes

 

 

- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors

 

 

ROG GameFirst II

 

 

ROG RAMDisk

 

ROG Exclusive Features

CPU Level Up

 

UEFI BIOS features

 

 

 

 

-

Extreme Tweaker

 

 

-

Tweaker’s Paradise

 

 

-

ROG SSD Secure Erase

 

 

-

BIOS Print

 

 

-

GPU.DIMM Post

 

 

-

O.C. Profile

 

 

-

ROG Pulse

 

 

 

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4

 

 

- 4-wayOptimization Tuning Key, consolidating DIGI+ Power

 

 

 

Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 2

 

 

ASUS Exclusive Features

 

 

-

AI Suite 3

 

 

-

USB 3.0 Boost

 

 

-

USB Charger+

 

 

-

AI Charger

 

 

-

Disk Unlocker

 

Special Features

ASUS EZ DIY

 

-

USB BIOS Flashback

 

 

-

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

 

 

-

ASUS EZ Flash 2

 

 

-

ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

ASUS Q-Design

-ASUS Q-Code

-ASUS Q-Shield

-ASUS Q-Connector

-ASUS Q-LED(CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)

-ASUS Q-Slot

-ASUS Q-DIMM

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1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)

 

 

 

2 x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional 4USB 2.0 ports, 1

 

 

 

connector shares with ROG_EXT header)

 

 

 

1 x ROG Extension (ROG_EXT) header

 

 

 

8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

 

 

 

1 x 4-pinCPU fan connector

 

 

 

1 x 4-pinCPU optional fan connector

 

 

 

3 x 4-pinChassis fan connectors

 

 

 

1 x 24-pinEATX power connector

 

 

Internal Connectors

1 x 8-pinEATX 12V Power connector

 

 

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 x Power-onbutton

 

 

 

1 x Reset button

 

 

 

1 x MemOK! button

 

 

 

1 x Directkey button

 

 

 

1 x DRCT (DirectKey) header

 

 

 

1 x S/PDIF out header

 

 

 

1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)

 

 

 

1 x System panel connector

 

 

 

1 x TPM connector

 

 

BIOS Features

64 Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI

 

 

2.0a, Multi-languageBIOS

 

 

 

 

Manageability

WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, PXE

 

Drivers

 

ROG GameFirst II

 

ROG RAMDisk

Software

ROG CPU-Z

ROG Mem TweakIt

 

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

 

DAEMON Tools Pro Standard

 

ASUS WebStorage

 

ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12” x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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