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P9X79

PRO

Motherboard

E8037

Revised Edition V2

January 2013

Copyright © 2013 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.

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Contents

Notices vi

 

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

vii

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

viii

P9X79 PRO specifications summary.........................................................................

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Chapter 1:

Product introduction

 

1.1

Welcome!

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

1-1

1.2

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

1-1

1.3

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

1-2

 

1.3.1 ........................................................................

Product highlights

1-2

 

1.3.2 .....

Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control

1-3

 

1.3.3 ............................................................

ASUS Exclusive Features

1-4

 

1.3.4 .....................................................

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution

1-5

 

1.3.5 ..............................................................................

ASUS EZ DIY

1-6

 

1.3.6 ..................................................................

Other special features

1-7

Chapter 2:

Hardware information

 

2.1

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

2-1

2.2

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

2-2

 

2.2.1

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

2-2

 

2.2.2

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

2-4

 

2.2.3

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

2-5

 

2.2.4

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

2-14

 

2.2.5

Onboard switches......................................................................

2-16

 

2.2.6

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

2-20

 

2.2.7

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

2-26

2.3

Building your computer system..............................................................

2-36

 

2.3.1

Additional tools and components to build a PC system.............

2-36

 

2.3.2

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

2-37

 

2.3.3

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

2-39

 

2.3.4

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

2-40

 

2.3.5

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

2-41

 

2.3.6

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

2-43

 

2.3.7

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

2-44

 

2.3.8

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

2-45

 

2.3.9

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

2-46

 

2.3.10

USB BIOS Flashback................................................................

2-47

 

2.3.11

Rear panel connection...............................................................

2-48

 

2.3.12

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

2-50

2.4

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

2-52

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2.5 Turning off the computer.........................................................................2-52

Chapter 3:

BIOS setup

 

3.1

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

3-1

3.2

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

3-1

 

3.2.1

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

3-2

 

3.2.2

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

3-3

3.3

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

3-5

3.4

Ai Tweaker menu........................................................................................

3-7

 

3.4.1

DRAM Timing Control................................................................

3-10

 

3.4.2

DIGI+ Power Control.....................................................

3-19

 

3.4.2

CPU Performance Settings........................................................

3-22

3.5

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

3-26

 

3.5.1

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

3-27

 

3.5.2

CPU Power Management Configuration....................................

3-28

 

3.5.3

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

3-29

 

3.5.4

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

3-29

 

3.5.4

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

3-32

 

3.5.6

Onboard Devices Configuraton.................................................

3-33

 

3.5.6

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

3-35

3.6

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

3-36

3.7

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

3-39

3.8

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

3-40

 

3.8.1

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

3-40

 

3.8.2

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

3-41

 

3.8.3

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

3-42

 

3.8.4

ASUS Drive Xpert......................................................................

3-43

3.9

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

3-44

3.10

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

3-45

 

3.10.1

ASUS Update utility...................................................................

3-45

 

3.10.2

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

3-48

 

3.10.3

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

3-49

 

3.10.4

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

3-50

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

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Contents

 

4.3.1

AI Suite II.....................................................................................

4-3

 

4.3.2

TurboV EVO................................................................................

4-4

 

4.3.3

DIGI+ Power Control...................................................................

4-8

 

4.3.4

EPU...........................................................................................

4-10

 

4.3.5

FAN Xpert+................................................................................

4-11

 

4.3.6

Sensor Recorder........................................................................

4-12

 

4.3.7

Probe II......................................................................................

4-13

 

4.3.8

BT GO!.......................................................................................

4-14

 

4.3.9

USB 3.0 Boost...........................................................................

4-15

 

4.3.10

ASUS SSD Caching..................................................................

4-16

 

4.3.11

ASUS Update............................................................................

4-17

 

4.3.11

MyLogo2....................................................................................

4-18

 

4.3.8

Audio configurations..................................................................

4-20

4.4

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

4-21

 

4.4.1

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

4-21

 

4.4.2

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

4-22

 

4.4.3

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

4-22

 

4.4.4

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

4-22

 

4.4.5

Marvell RAID utility....................................................................

4-26

4.5

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

4-30

 

4.5.1

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

4-30

 

4.5.2

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

4-30

 

4.5.3

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

4-31

 

4.5.4

Using a USB floppy disk drive...................................................

4-32

Chapter 5:

Multiple GPU technology support

 

5.1

AMD® CrossFireX™ technology ...............................................................

5-1

 

5.1.1

Requirements..............................................................................

5-1

 

5.1.2

Before you begin..........................................................................

5-1

 

5.1.3

Installing two CrossFireX™ graphics cards.................................

5-2

 

5.1.4

Installing the device drivers.........................................................

5-3

 

5.1.5

Enabling the AMD® CrossFireX™ technology.............................

5-3

5.2

NVIDIA® SLI™ technology..........................................................................

5-4

 

5.2.1

Requirements..............................................................................

5-4

 

5.2.2

Installing two SLI-readygraphics cards.......................................

5-4

 

5.2.3

Installing the device drivers.........................................................

5-5

 

5.2.4

Enabling the NVIDIA® SLI™ technology......................................

5-5

Notices

Federal Communications Commission Statement

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

This device may not cause harmful interference, and

This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or

television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

Canadian Department of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

REACH

Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.

DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.

DO NOT throw themercury-containingbutton cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal waste.

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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

Thisuserguidecontainstheinformationyouneedwheninstallingandconfiguringthemotherboard.

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.

Chapter 2: Hardware information

This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing system components. It includes description of the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.

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: Multiple GPU technology support

This chapter describes how to install and configure multipleAMD® CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics cards.

Where to find more information

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

1.ASUS websites

The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.

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 (+).

 

Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>

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P9X79 PRO specifications summary

CPU

Chipset

Memory

Expansion slots

Multi-GPUsupport

Storage

LAN

Bluetooth

2nd Generation Intel® Core ™ i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Intel® X79 Express Chipset

8 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 1866 /

1600/1333/1066MHz,non-ECC,un-bufferedmemory

Quad channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.

** Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified

Vendors Lists).

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (Dual at x16/ x16 mode; Triple at x16/ x8/ x8 mode)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIe x16_3 at x8 mode) 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

* This motherboard is ready to support PCIe 3.0 SPEC. Function will be available when using PCIe 3.0-compliantdevices. Please refer to www.asus.com for updated details.

Supports NVIDIA® 3-WaySLI™ Technology Supports AMD® Quad-GPUCrossFireX™ Technology

Intel® X79 Express Chipset

- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support - 4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support

Marvell® 9128 SATA controllers

- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

ASMedia® 1061 SATA controllers

- 2 x Power eSATA 6Gb/s ports

Intel® 82579V Gigabit LAN controller

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

ASUS BT GO! Utility

 

Audio

Realtek® ALC8988-channelHigh DefinitionAudio CODEC

 

 

 

- Supports 192khz / 24bit True BD Lossless Sound

 

 

 

- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC II

 

 

 

- DTS Connect

 

 

 

- Supports Jack-Detection,Multi-Streaming,and

 

 

 

Front Panel Jack-Retasking

 

 

 

- Optical S/PDIF Out port at back I/O

 

 

USB

ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers

 

 

 

- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at mid-boardfor front panel support

 

 

 

- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel with 1 x additional VIA

 

 

 

SuperSpeed USB hub controller (blue)

 

 

 

Intel® X79 Express Chipset

 

 

 

- 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

 

 

 

(6 ports at mid-board;6 ports at back panel)

 

 

 

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P9X79 PRO specifications summary

ASUS unique features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3

 

 

with New DIGI+ Power Control:

 

CPU Power

 

- Industry leading Digital 8+2 Phase Power Design

 

-

CPU Power Utility

 

DRAM Power

 

- Industry leading Digital 2+2 Phase Power Design

 

-

DRAM Power Utility

 

ASUS EPU

 

- EPU utility, EPU switch

 

ASUS TPU

 

- Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch

 

ASUS BT GO!

 

- Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net,

 

 

Music Player, Personal Manager, BT Turbo Remote

 

ASUS Exclusive Features:

 

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user

 

-

interface

 

ASUS SSD Caching

 

-

USB 3.0 Boost

 

- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support

 

-

MemOK!

 

-

AI Suite II

 

-

AI Charger

 

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:

 

- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipesolution

 

-

ASUS Fan Xpert+

 

ASUS EZ DIY:

 

-

USB BIOS Flashback

 

-

ASUS O.C. Profile

 

-

ASUS MyLogo 2

 

-

Percision Tweaker 2

 

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

 

- ASUS EZ Flash 2

 

- Multi-languageBIOS

 

ASUS Q-Design:

 

-

ASUS Q-Code

 

-

ASUS Q-Shield

 

-

ASUS Q-Slot

 

-

ASUS Q-DIMM

 

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

 

-

ASUS Q-Connector

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P9X79 PRO specifications summary

ASUS exclusive overclocking features

Back panel I/O ports

Internal I/O connectors

BIOS features

Manageability

Support DVD contents

Form factor

Precision Tweaker 2:

- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment

- vTTCPU: Adjustable I/O voltage at 0.00625V increment - vCCSA: 255-stepsystem agent voltage control

- vDRAM Bus: 160-stepMemory voltage control - vPCH:96-stepChipset voltage control

- vCPU_PLL: 48-stepCPU &PCH PLL voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):

- BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection:

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

1 x Bluetooth module

1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port

1 x LAN (RJ-45)port

2 x Power eSATA 6G ports

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

1 x USB BIOS Flashback button

8-channelAudio I/O ports

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)

1 x CPU Optional Fan connector (4-pin)

4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin)

1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x Clear CMOS button

1 x 24-pinEATX Power connector

1 x 8-pinEATX 12V Power connector

1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)

1 x MemOK! button

1 x EPU switch

1 x TPU switch

1 x Power button

1 x Reset button

64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-languageBIOS,

ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

Drivers

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update

Anti-virussoftware (OEM version)

ATX form factor: 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Chapter 1

Chapter 1:

Product introduction

1.1Welcome!

Thank you for buying an ASUS® P9X79 PRO motherboard!

The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!

Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.

1.2Package contents

Check your motherboard package for the following items.

Chapter 1

Manual

User

ASUS P9X79 PRO

User guide

Support DVD

motherboard

 

 

4 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables 2 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s cables

1 x ASUS SLI™ bridge

connector

 

1 x ASUS Q-Shield

1 x 2-in-1ASUSQ-Connectorkit

1 x ASUS 3-waySLI™ bridge

connector

 

 

• If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.

• The illustrated items above are for reference only.Actual product specifications may vary with different models.

ASUS P9X79 PRO

1-1