EVGA NFORCE 780I SLI User Manual

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User Guide

EVGA nForce 780i SLI

Motherboard

780i 3-WaySLI Motherboard

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Table of Contents

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

ix

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

ix

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

x

EVGA nForce 780i Motherboard..................................................................................

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

1

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

4

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

4

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

4

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

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

9

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

9

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

10

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

10

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

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

11

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

12

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

12

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

13

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

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

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

18

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

19

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

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

20

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

21

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

27

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

27

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

29

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

30

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

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

33

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

34

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

34

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

37

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

40

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

40

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

40

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

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

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

41

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

42

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

43

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

43

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

43

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

43

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

44

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

45

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

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

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

47

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

48

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

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

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

57

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

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

58

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

58

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

58

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

59

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

60

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

61

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

61

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

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

62

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

62

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

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

62

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

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

63

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

64

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

68

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

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

69

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

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

72

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

73

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

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NVIDIA Performance Group of NVIDIA Control Panel ..........................................

75

Device Settings ..................................................................................................

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Current Hardware Settings.............................................................................

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

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

85

Profile Policies....................................................................................................

86

Manage Your System BIOS...............................................................................

87

NVIDIA System Monitor .........................................................................................

88

Appendix A. POST Codes for Tritium Platform...........................................................

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Appendix B. Configuring an SLI Configuration ........................................................

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SLI Connector ......................................................................................................

104

ForceWare Driver.................................................................................................

105

Enabling 3-WaySLI .........................................................................................

107

Verifying 3-waySLI is Active................................................................................

109

Index.........................................................................................................................

110

780i 3-WaySLI Motherboard

List of Figures

Figure 1.

EVGA nForce 780i SLI Motherboard Layout..........................................

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Figure 2.

Chassis Backpanel Connectors .............................................................

7

Figure 3.

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

14

Figure 4.

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

15

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.

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

45

Figure 10.

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

48

Figure 11.

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

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Figure 12.

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

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Figure 13.

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

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Figure 14.

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

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Figure 15.

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

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Figure 16.

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

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Figure 31.

3-wayNVIDIA SLI connector(600-10732-0000-000) .......................

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Figure 18.

Windows Vista Device Manager.........................................................

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Figure 19.

NVIDIA Control Panel, Set SLI Configuration ....................................

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Figure 20.

SLI Visual Indicators Operating in 3DMark2006 ................................

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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® 780i SLI motherboard. However, it does not contain the following items that must be purchased separately to make the motherboard functional.

Intel microprocessor:

Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo Pentium EE, Pentium D, Pentium

Cooling fan for the microprocessor

System memory support:

Supports dual channel DDR2 533/667/800, and up to 1200 MHz SLI-ReadyMemory. Supports up to 8 GBs DDR2 memory.

Graphics Card

This motherboard supports 3-waySLI with three x16 PCI Express slots.

Power Supply

The power supply requirement is dependent upon the power and the number of the GPUs you install. If you are going to SLI two graphics cards, you are going to require more power. As a rule, for one GPU you need a minimum of a 350 W power supply. If you have two GPUs in an SLI configuration, you will need a minimum of a 500 W power supply. If you have three GPUs in an SLI configuration, you will need a minimum of a 1000 W power supply. To calculate the power you are going to require for your specific configuration, go to www.slizone.com.

These instructions tell you how to install each of the parts listed so you can have a functioning motherboard. As you go through the installation instructions, we are assuming you have purchased the necessary parts.