EVGA NFORCE 730a User Manual

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User’s Guide

EVGA nForce 730a

Motherboard

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Table of Contents

User’s Guide..................................................................................................................

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EVGA nForce 730a Motherboard ................................................................................

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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 730a 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 730a 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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24-pinATX Power (PW1) ...................................................................................

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8-pinATX 12V Power (PW12) ............................................................................

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

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

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SPK Header .......................................................................................................

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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 Slots .........................................................................................

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PCI Express x16 Slot .........................................................................................

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Onboard Buttons ...................................................................................................

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

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RESET and POWER Button...............................................................................

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Post Port Debug LED and LED Status Indicators .................................................

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Post Port Debug LED.........................................................................................

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LED Status Indicators ........................................................................................

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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 Menu ............................................................................

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

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

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CD-ROMBoot Priority .......................................................................................

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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 Menu ........................................................................

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

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Hybrid SLI ..........................................................................................................

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Display Detection ...............................................................................................

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iGPU Frame Buffer Control................................................................................

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Frame Buffer Size...............................................................................................

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Onbaord GPU ....................................................................................................

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CPU/ SATA/ PCI/ iGPU Spread Spectrum ........................................................

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SSE/ SSE2 Instructions .....................................................................................

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CPU Thermal-Throttling .....................................................................................

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MCP78 PCIE training .........................................................................................

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HPET Support ....................................................................................................

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

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

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MCP Storage Config..........................................................................................

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Onboard Devices ...............................................................................................

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Legacy Devices..................................................................................................

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USB Device Setting............................................................................................

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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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S5 Resume by USB ...........................................................................................

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

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

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Hot Key Power On .............................................................................................

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PWRON After PWR-Fail.....................................................................................

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

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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 Menu .........................................................................................

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SmartFan Function.............................................................................................

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Shutdown Temperature .....................................................................................

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

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iGPU Frequency.................................................................................................

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

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DRAM Configuration ..........................................................................................

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CPU Frequency..................................................................................................

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PCI Clock ...........................................................................................................

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K8<->NBHT Speed...........................................................................................

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K8<->NBHT Width ............................................................................................

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CPU Voltage.......................................................................................................

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Memory Voltage.................................................................................................

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Chipset Voltage..................................................................................................

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HT Voltage..........................................................................................................

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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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Drivers Installation..................................................................................................

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Appendix A POST Codes for the EVGA nForce 730a Motherboard .......................

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List of Figures

Figure 1.

EVGA nForce 730a Motherboard Layout .......................

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Figure 3.

PW1 Motherboard Connector ........................................

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Figure 4.

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

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Figure 5.

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

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Figure 6.

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

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Figure 7.

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

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Figure 8.

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

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Figure 9.

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

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Figure 10.

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

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Figure 11.

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

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Figure 12.

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

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Figure 13.

CPU Feature Menu.........................................................

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Figure 14.

DRAM Configuration 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 nForce 730a motherboard. However, it does not contain the following items that must be purchased separately to make the motherboard functional.

AMD Microprocessor

Cooling fan for the Microprocessor

System Memory

Graphics Card

Power Supply

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

Intentions of the Kit

This kit provides you with the motherboard and all connecting cables necessary to install the motherboard into a system 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 system case, you will need to reinstall an operating system even though the current drives have an operating system.

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Motherboard

Thank you for purchasing the EVGA nForce 730i Motherboard, with integrated GeForce Graphics, this motherboard offers the tools and performance PC users’ demand.

Motherboard Specifications

Size

ATX form factor of 12 inch x 9.5 inch

AMD Socket AM2/AM2+ (940-pin)support

¾AMD Phenom /Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64/Sempron

¾Support Hyper Transport Bus 5.2GT/s (HT 3.0)

Operating systems:

Supports Windows XP 32bit/64bit and Windows Vista 32bit/64bit

Contains NVIDIA GeForce 8200/nForce 730a Chipset

Support Hybrid SLI technology to enhance Add-onGraphic card performance by nVidia Software settings for Windows Vista only

Integrated VGA

¾Integrated NVIDIA GeForce® Series DirectX 10 graphics processor, 300MHz RAMDAC for display resolutions up to 1920x1200

¾Hybrid SLI technology to increase the performance of discrete GeForce GPUs

¾Next-generationNVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD video processor

¾Integrated HDMI interface with High-DefinitionContent Protection (HDCP) key support and protected audio stream mixing for full HDMI

¾Support Full NVIDIA® nView® multi-displaytechnology capability supportD-SUB+DVI-Dor HDMI