EVGA nForce 122-CK-NF68-XX User Manual

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User Guide

EVGA nForce 680i SLI

Motherboard

With Intel Processor

Installation and Configuration

Installing and Configuring the EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard

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Table of Contents

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

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

10

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

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Introduction to the EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard .............................

1

Features .........................................................................................................

1

Engineered for Enthusiasts ...........................................................................

1

Extreme Overclocking ..................................................................................

2

Extreme FSB speeds.................................................................................

2

Extreme DDR2 Speeds..............................................................................

2

Comprehensive Overclocking Tools ............................................................

2

Designed for NVIDIA SLI Technology ............................................................

3

True 2 x16 PCI Express SLI Support ..........................................................

3

NVIDIA SLI-ReadyMemory .......................................................................

3

NVIDIA SLI Certified Components..............................................................

3

Third PCIe Slot for Graphics Expansion ..........................................................

3

DualDDR2 Memory Architecture ....................................................................

3

NVIDIA MediaShield Storage.........................................................................

4

Multiple Disk Setup...................................................................................

4

DiskAlert System ......................................................................................

4

RAID Morphing ........................................................................................

4

Bootable Multidisk Array ...........................................................................

4

Six SATA 3Gb/s Drives..............................................................................

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Networking with NVIDIA nForce....................................................................

5

NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet.................................................................

5

NVIDIA FirstPacket™ technology ...............................................................

5

NVIDIA DualNet® technology ...................................................................

5

High Definition Audio (HDA) .........................................................................

6

USB 2.0 ......................................................................................................

6

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

7

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

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

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

9

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard..............................................................

10

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

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

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

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

14

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

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

15

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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Auxiliary Power for Graphics (PWR3)........................................................

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

20

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

20

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

21

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

21

IEEE 1394a (Optional) ............................................................................

22

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

23

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

24

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

25

COM1 (Optional)........................................................................................

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COM1 (Optional)........................................................................................

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

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Speaker ....................................................................................................

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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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Jumper Settings ............................................................................................

28

Clear CMOS Jumper: CLR_CMOS .................................................................

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

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System Voltages ........................................................................................

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

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PCI Clocks.................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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NVIDIA GPU Ex .........................................................................................

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LinkBoost ..................................................................................................

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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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System Monitor Menu ....................................................................................

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

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Software Installation ..................................................................................

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Windows XP Drivers Install.............................................................................

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Using the NVIDIA Software .......................................................................

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NVIDIA Monitor.............................................................................................

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NVIDIA nTune 5.0 .........................................................................................

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Manual Tuning ..........................................................................................

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Adjust Motherboard Settings ...................................................................

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System Voltages ....................................................................................

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System Fans ..........................................................................................

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Memory Timing......................................................................................

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Adjust GPU Settings ...............................................................................

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Dynamic BIOS Access ................................................................................

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Available BIOS Pages..............................................................................

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General Settings.....................................................................................

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Advanced Settings..................................................................................

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Boot up Setting......................................................................................

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Automatic Tuning ......................................................................................

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Management .............................................................................................

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View System Information........................................................................

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Adjust Custom Rules ..............................................................................

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System Stability.............................................................................................

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Perform Stability Test.................................................................................

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Storage ........................................................................................................

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Health ......................................................................................................

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View Storage Configuration.....................................................................

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Management .............................................................................................

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Delete Array ..........................................................................................

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Rebuild Array.........................................................................................

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Migrating Array ......................................................................................

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Synchronize Array ..................................................................................

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NVIDIA Networking .......................................................................................

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Performance..............................................................................................

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First Packet............................................................................................

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TCP/IP Acceleration .................................................................................

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Teaming .................................................................................................

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Installing Graphics Cards in an SLI Configuration...................................

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Building an SLI System ................................................................................

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Determine Component and Operating System Needs ..................................

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Install Your NVIDIA SLI-ReadyParts..........................................................

105

Install NVIDIA SLI Software......................................................................

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Enable NVIDIA SLI...................................................................................

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Appendix A. On-boardLED Codes .............................................................

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