EVGA force 780i SLI FTW User Manual

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EVGA force 780i SLI FTW Motherboard

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Table of Contents

Before You Begin… ..........................................................................................................................

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Parts NOT in the Kit .....................................................................................................................

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Intentions of the Kit.......................................................................................................................

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EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Motherboard .........................................................................................

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Motherboard Specifications ...........................................................................................................

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Unpacking and Parts Descriptions ....................................................................................................

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Unpacking .....................................................................................................................................

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Equipment .....................................................................................................................................

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EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Motherboard ....................................................................................

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Hardware Installation .........................................................................................................................

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Safety Instructions.........................................................................................................................

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Preparing the Motherboard............................................................................................................

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Installing the CPU .....................................................................................................................

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Installing the CPU Fan ..............................................................................................................

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Installing Memory DIMMs .........................................................................................................

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Installing the Motherboard ...........................................................................................................

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Installing the I/O Shield...........................................................................................................

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Securing the Motherboard into the Chassis ............................................................................

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Connecting Cables and Setting Switches ....................................................................................

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Power Connections.................................................................................................................

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24-pinATX Power (PWR1) ................................................................................................

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8-pinATX 12V Power (PWR2) ...........................................................................................

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Connecting IDE Hard Disk Drives ...........................................................................................

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Connecting Serial ATA Cables................................................................................................

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Connecting Internal Headers ..................................................................................................

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Front Panel Header............................................................................................................

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IEEE 1394a........................................................................................................................

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USB Headers .....................................................................................................................

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Audio ......................................................................................................................................

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Fan Connections.....................................................................................................................

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COM1 .....................................................................................................................................

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FDD Connector.......................................................................................................................

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Expansion Slots ......................................................................................................................

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PCI Slots ............................................................................................................................

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PCI Express x1 Slot ...........................................................................................................

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PCI Express x16 Slots........................................................................................................

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Clear CMOS Button ................................................................................................................

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Configuring the BIOS .......................................................................................................................

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Enter BIOS Setup........................................................................................................................

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Main Menu ..................................................................................................................................

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Standard CMOS Features Menu .................................................................................................

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Date and Time ........................................................................................................................

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IDE Channel and SATA Channel ............................................................................................

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Drive A....................................................................................................................................

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Halt On ...................................................................................................................................

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Memory...................................................................................................................................

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Advanced BIOS Features............................................................................................................

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Removable Device Priority......................................................................................................

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Hard Disk Boot Priority............................................................................................................

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Network Boot Priority ..............................................................................................................

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CPU Internal Cache................................................................................................................

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Quick Power On Self Test.......................................................................................................

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First/Second/Third Boot Device ..............................................................................................

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Boot Other Device ..................................................................................................................

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Boot Up NumLock Status........................................................................................................

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Security Option .......................................................................................................................

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APIC Mode .............................................................................................................................

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MPS Version Control For OS..................................................................................................

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Full Screen LOGO Show ........................................................................................................

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Advanced Chipset Features ........................................................................................................

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System BIOS Cacheable ........................................................................................................

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HPET Function .......................................................................................................................

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Integrated Peripherals Menu .......................................................................................................

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IDE Function Setup.................................................................................................................

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RAID Config............................................................................................................................

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USB Config.............................................................................................................................

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MAC Config ............................................................................................................................

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IEEE1394 controller................................................................................................................

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HD Audio ................................................................................................................................

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IDE HDD Block Mode .............................................................................................................

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Onboard FDC Controller .........................................................................................................

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Onboard Serial Port 1 .............................................................................................................

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Power Management Setup Menu ................................................................................................

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ACPI Function.........................................................................................................................

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ACPI Suspend Type ...............................................................................................................

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Soft-Offby PBNT ....................................................................................................................

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WOL(PME#) From Soft-Off.....................................................................................................

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Power On by Alarm.................................................................................................................

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POWER ON Function .............................................................................................................

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PnP/PCI Configuration Menu ......................................................................................................

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Init Display First ......................................................................................................................

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Reset Configuration Data........................................................................................................

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Resources Controlled By ........................................................................................................

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IRQ Resources .......................................................................................................................

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PCI/VGA Palette Snoop..........................................................................................................

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Maximum Payload Size ..........................................................................................................

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PC Health Status .............................................................................................................................

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Dynamic Fan Control...................................................................................................................

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Frequency/Voltage Control..........................................................................................................

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Dummy O.C. ...............................................................................................................................

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System Clocks.............................................................................................................................

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Frequency Settings .....................................................................................................................

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HT Multiplier ................................................................................................................................

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Spread Spectrum ........................................................................................................................

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FSB & Memory Config .....................................................................................................................

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SLI Ready Memory .....................................................................................................................

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FSB & Memory clock mode .........................................................................................................

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FSB (QDR), MHz.........................................................................................................................

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MEM (DDR), MHz .......................................................................................................................

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Memory Timing Settings..............................................................................................................

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Optimal .......................................................................................................................................

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Expert ........................................................................................................................................

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CPU Feature ..............................................................................................................................

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Limit CPUID MaxVal....................................................................................................................

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Intel SpedStep ............................................................................................................................

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PPM Mode .................................................................................................................................

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CPU Thermal Control .................................................................................................................

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C1E Enhanced Halt State ...........................................................................................................

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Execute Disable Bit ....................................................................................................................

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Virtualization Technology ..........................................................................................................

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CPU Core 1-3 .............................................................................................................................

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System Voltage ..............................................................................................................................

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EVGA VDroop Control ...............................................................................................................

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CPU Core ...................................................................................................................................

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CPU FSB ....................................................................................................................................

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Memory .....................................................................................................................................

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nForce SPP ................................................................................................................................

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nForce MCP ...............................................................................................................................

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HT nForce SPP <->MCP ...........................................................................................................

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nForce MCP Auxiliary .................................................................................................................

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GTLVREF Lane 0-2 ....................................................................................................................

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GTLVREF Lane 3 .......................................................................................................................

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NVMEM Memory Test ................................................................................................................

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Load Timing/Voltage Set ............................................................................................................

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Save Timing/Voltage Set ............................................................................................................

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Installing Drivers and Software ........................................................................................................

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Driver Installation.........................................................................................................................

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EVGA Enthusiast Glossary..........................................................................................................

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Appendix A. POST Codes for EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Platform...............................................

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NVMM POST Codes ...................................................................................................................

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List of Figures

Figure 1.

EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Motherboard Layout

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Figure 2.

Chassis Back Panel Connectors .................................................................................

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Figure 3.

Power Supply Connectors .........................................................................................

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Figure 4.

PWR1 Motherboard Connector .................................................................................

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Figure 5.

BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Menu........................................................................

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Figure 6.

Standard CMOS Features Menu ...............................................................................

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Figure 7.

Advanced BIOS Features Menu ................................................................................

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Figure 8.

Advanced Chipset Features ......................................................................................

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Figure 9.

Integrated Peripherals Menu .....................................................................................

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Figure 10.

Power Management Setup Menu ..............................................................................

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Figure 11.

PnP/PCI Configuration Menu.....................................................................................

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Figure 12.

PC Health Status.......................................................................................................

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Figure 13.

System Clocks Menu.................................................................................................

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Figure 14.

FSB & Memory Config Menu .....................................................................................

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Figure 15.

CPU Configuration Menu...........................................................................................

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Figure 16.

System Voltages Menu..............................................................................................

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Before You Begin…

Parts NOT in the Kit

This kit contains all the hardware necessary to install and connect your new EVGA force® 780i SLI FTW motherboard. However, it does not contain the following items that must be purchased separately to make the motherboard functional.

Intel microprocessor

System Memory

Cooling fan for the microprocessor

Graphics Card

Power Supply

EVGA assumes you have purchased all necessary parts needed to allow for proper system functionality.

Intentions of the Kit

This kit provides you with the motherboard and all connecting cables necessary to install the motherboard into a PC case. If you are building a PC, you will use most of the cables provided in the kit. If however, you arereplacing a motherboard, you will not need many of the cables.

When replacing a motherboard in a PC case, it is highly recommended to reinstall the operating system even though the current drives may already have an operating system.

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