Intel GA-8N-SLI PRO, GA-8N-SLI, GA-8N-SLI ROYAL User Manual

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GA-8N-SLI Royal/

GA-8N-SLI Pro/

GA-8N-SLI

Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition

Intel® Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 LGA775 Processor Motherboard

User's Manual

Rev. 1004 12ME-8NSLIRO-1004

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI Royal

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI Royal

May 6, 2005

May 6, 2005

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI Pro

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI Pro

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI

Motherboard

GA-8N-SLI

Oct. 26, 2005

Oct. 26, 2005

Copyright

© 2005 GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

The trademarks mentioned in the manual are legally registered to their respective companies.

Notice

The written content provided with this product is the property of Gigabyte.

No part of this manual may be reproduced, copied, translated, or transmitted in any form or by any means without Gigabyte's prior written permission. Specifications and features are subject to change without prior notice.

Product Manual Classification

In order to assist in the use of this product, Gigabyte has categorized the user manual in the following:

For quick installation, please refer to the "Hardware Installation Guide" included with the product.

For detailed product information and specifications, please carefully read the

"Product User Manual".

For detailed information related to Gigabyte's unique features, please go to "Technology Guide" section on Gigabyte's website to read or download the information you need.

For more product details, please click onto Gigabyte's website at www.gigabyte.com.tw

Table of Contents

GA-8N-SLI Royal / GA-8N-SLI Pro / GA-8N-SLI Motherboard Layout ..........................

8

Block Diagram ................................................................................................................

 

9

Chapter 1 Hardware Installation ....................................................................................

11

1-1

Considerations Prior to Installation ...................................................................

11

1-2

Feature Summary ..........................................................................................

12

1-3

Installation of the CPU and Heatsink ..............................................................

14

1-3-1 Installation of the CPU .........................................................................................

14

1-3-2 Installation of the Heatsink ..................................................................................

15

1-4

Installing/Removing Cool-Plus (Northbridge Cooling Fan) .........................

16

1-5

Installation of Memory ....................................................................................

16

1-6

Installation of Expansion Cards ......................................................................

18

1-7

Installation of U-Plus DPS (Universal Plus Dual Power System) .................

19

1-8

Setup of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) Configuration .......................................

20

1-9

I/O Back Panel Introduction ...........................................................................

23

1-10

Connectors Introduction ..................................................................................

24

Chapter 2 BIOS Setup ................................................................................................

35

The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : GA-8N-SLI Royal F3l) .........................

36

2-1

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

38

2-2

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

40

2-3

IntegratedPeripherals .....................................................................................

42

2-4

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

45

2-5

PnP/PCI Configurations .................................................................................

47

2-6

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

48

2-7

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) .......................................................................

50

2-8

Select Language .............................................................................................

53

2-9

Load Fail-Safe Defaults ...................................................................................

53

2-10

Load Optimized Defaults .................................................................................

53

2-11

Set Supervisor/User Password .....................................................................

54

2-12

Save & Exit Setup .........................................................................................

55

2-13

Exit Without Saving .......................................................................................

55

Only for GA-8N-SLI Royal.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Pro. - 6 -

Chapter 3 Drivers Installation ......................................................................................

57

3-1

Install Chipset Drivers ....................................................................................

57

3-2

SoftwareApplication .......................................................................................

58

3-3

Software Information .......................................................................................

58

3-4

Hardware Information .....................................................................................

59

3-5

Contact Us .....................................................................................................

59

Chapter 4 Appendix ...................................................................................................

61

4-1

Unique Software Utilities ................................................................................

61

 

4-1-1

EasyTune 5 Introduction .....................................................................................

62

 

4-1-2

Xpress Recovery2 Introduction .........................................................................

63

 

4-1-3 Flash BIOS Method Introduction ........................................................................

65

 

4-1-4

Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility Introduction ......................................................

76

 

4-1-5

2- / 4- / 6- / 8- Channel Audio Function Introduction ......................................

87

4-2

Troubleshooting ...............................................................................................

91

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GA-8N-SLIRoyal/GA-8N-SLIPro/GA-8N-SLIMotherboardLayout

KB_MS

 

VRM_CONN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPDIF_O

 

 

 

 

LGA775

 

 

 

LPT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB

LAN2

 

 

 

 

8N-SLI

 

 

USB

LAN1

 

 

 

nVIDIA®

(Pro)/GA-

 

 

AUDIO1

(LAN2)Phy

CPU_FAN

 

nForce 4 SLI

Royal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO2

 

 

ATX_12V

Intel Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

-8N-SLI

DDRII1 DDRII2

DDRII3 DDRII4

 

 

Marvell

PCIE_12V

NB_FAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F_AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GA

 

 

Marvell

 

 

PCIE_1

 

 

 

8053 (LAN1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main

 

 

PCIE_16_1

 

 

nVIDIA®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOS

 

SLI Switch Module Socket

 

 

MCP-04

 

 

 

PCIE_2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CODEC

BIOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCIE_16_2

TSB82AA2

 

 

CDIN

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPDIF

 

RF_ID

PCI1

 

 

PDC20779

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSB81BA3

 

 

 

ATX

PWR FAN

 

FDD

IDE2 IDE1

IDE3

SYS_FAN CLR_CMOS

BATTERY

IT8712F

CI

PCI2

F2_1394

F1_1394

ESATAII1SATAII2 SATAII1

ESATAII0SATAII3 SATAII0 PWR_LED F_PANEL

F USB1

F USB2

F USB3

Only for GA-8N-SLI Royal.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Pro.

- 8 -

Block Diagram

1 PCIE x 16 2 PCIE x 8

PCI-ECLK (100MHz) or

Normal Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLI Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCI Express x 16 Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCI Express Bus

 

PCI-ECLK

 

 

 

 

 

 

x 1

 

 

 

x 1

 

 

 

 

x 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvell

 

 

 

 

(100MHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8053

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 PCI Express x 1

 

 

RJ45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAN 2

 

 

RJ45

 

 

Marvell PHY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCI Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGA775 CPUCLK+/-(1066/800/533MHz)

Processor

 

Host

 

 

DDRII 667/533MHz DIMM

 

Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Channel Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nVIDIA®

 

 

NBCLK (25MHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HCLK+/- (133/200/266MHz)

nForce 4 SLI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intel Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33MHz

25MHz

48MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROMCLK33MHz

 

 

 

 

Dual BIOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 SATA 3Gb/s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nVIDIA®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATA33/66/100/133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCP-04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDE Channels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PDC20779

TSB82AA2

 

 

 

 

TSB81BA3

CODEC

 

2 SATA 3Gb/s

ATA33/66/100/133IDE Channel

3 IEEE1394b

Surround Speaker Out Center/SubwooferSpeaker Out Side Speaker Out MIC Line-Out Line-In SPDIF In

SPDIF Out

2PCI

 

 

 

 

PCICLK

 

 

 

 

(33MHz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LPC BUS

IT8712F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LPT Port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COM Port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 MHz

 

 

PS/2

 

KB/Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.576MHz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only for GA-8N-SLI Royal.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Pro.

 

- 9 -

- 10 -

Chapter 1 Hardware Installation

1-1 Considerations Prior to Installation

Preparing Your Computer

The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Thus, prior to installation, please follow the instructions below:

1.Please turn off the computer and unplug its power cord.

2.When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.

3.It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) cuff when handling electronic components (CPU, RAM).

4.Prior to installing the electronic components, please have these items on top of an antistatic pad or within a electrostatic shielding container.

5.Please verify that the power supply is switched off before unplugging the power supply connector from the motherboard.

Installation Notices

1.Prior to installation, please do not remove the stickers on the motherboard. These stickers are required for warranty validation.

2.Prior to the installation of the motherboard or any hardware, please first carefully read the information in the provided manual.

3.Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors are connected.

4.To prevent damage to the motherboard, please do not allow screws to come in contact with the motherboard circuit or its components.

5.Please make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the computer casing.

6.Please do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.

7.Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system components as well as physical harm to the user.

8.If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician.

Instances of Non-Warranty

1.Damage due to natural disaster, accident or human cause.

2.Damage as a result of violating the conditions recommended in the user manual.

3.Damage due to improper installation.

4.Damage due to use of uncertified components.

5.Damage due to use exceeding the permitted parameters.

6.Product determined to be an unofficial Gigabyte product.

English

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Hardware Installation

English

1-2 Feature Summary

Motherboard

 

GA-8N-SLI Royal or GA-8N-SLI Pro or GA-8N-SLI

 

CPU

 

Supports LGA775 Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition/ Pentium® D /

 

 

 

Pentium® 4

 

 

Supports 1066/800/533MHz FSB

 

 

L2 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

 

Northbridge: nVIDIA® nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition (Crush 19)

 

 

 

Southbridge: nVIDIA® MCP-04

 

 

Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

Memory

 

4

DDR II DIMM memory slots (supports up to 8GB memory)

 

 

 

Supports dual channel DDR II 667/533 unbuffered DIMM

 

 

Supports 1.8V DDR II DIMM

Slots

 

2

PCI Express x 16 slots(Note 1)

 

 

 

2

PCI Express x 1 slots

 

 

2

PCI slots

IDE Connections

 

2 ports from MCP-04 (IDE1/IDE2) (UDMA 33/ATA 66/ATA 100/ATA 133),

 

 

 

allows connection of 4 IDE devices

 

 

- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

1 port from PDC20779 (IDE3)(UDMA 33/ATA 66/ATA 100/ATA 133), allows

 

 

connection of 2 IDE hard drives

 

 

- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

FDD Connections

 

1

FDD connection, allows connection of 2 FDD devices

 

Onboard SATA 3Gb/s

6

SATA 3Gb/s ports:

 

 

 

4 ports from MCP-04 controller (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3)

 

 

- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

2 ports from PDC20779 controller (ESATAII0, ESATAII1)

 

 

- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

 

 

Peripherals

 

1 parallel port supporting Normal/EPP/ECP mode

 

 

1

Serial port (COMA)

 

 

10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (rear x 4, front x 6 via cable)

 

 

3 IEEE1394b connectors (requires cable)

 

 

1 front audio connector

 

 

1 PS/2 keyboard port

 

 

1

PS/2 mouse port

Onboard LAN

 

Onboard Marvell 8053 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)

 

 

 

Onboard Marvell 88E1111/88E1115 phy (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)

 

 

- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

2

RJ45 ports

 

 

 

 

 

(Note 1) In SLI Mode, the two PCIE x 16 slots can run at up to x 8 respectively. In Normal Mode, only the first PCIE x 16 slot (PCIE_16_1, color-coded blue) is available and can run at up to x 16.

Only for

GA-8N-SLI Royal.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Pro.

P4 nForce4

SLI Series Motherboard

- 12 -

Onboard Audio

 

ALC850 CODEC

 

 

Supports 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 channel audio

 

Supports Line In ; Line Out (Front Speaker Out) ; MIC ; Surround Speaker

 

 

Out (Rear Speaker Out) ; Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out ; Side Speaker

 

 

Out connection

 

 

SPDIF_IN connection

 

 

SPDIF_Out (optical+coaxial) connection

 

CD_IN connection

 

I/O Control

 

IT8712F

 

Hardware Monitor

 

System voltage detection

 

 

 

CPU temperature detection

 

 

CPU / system / power

fan speed detection

 

 

CPU warning temperature

 

 

 

CPU / system / power

fan failure warning

 

CPU smart fan control

 

Onboard SATA 3Gb/s

Onboard nVIDIA® MCP-04 chipset

RAID

 

- supports data striping (RAID 0) or mirroring (RAID 1), striping +

 

 

mirroring (RAID 0+1) or RAID 5 function

 

 

- supports data transfer rate of up to 300 MB/s

 

 

- supports hot plugging function

 

 

- supports a maximum of 4 SATA 3Gb/s connections

 

 

- supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

Onboard Promise PDC20779 chip

 

 

- supports data striping (RAID 0) or mirroring (RAID 1) function

 

 

- supports data transfer rate of up to 300 MB/s

 

 

- supports hot plugging function

 

 

- supports a maximum of 2 SATA 3Gb/s connections

 

 

- supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems

 

 

 

BIOS

 

Use of licensed AWARD BIOS

 

 

Supports Dual BIOS /Q-Flash/Multilanguage BIOS

Additional Features

 

Supports U-Plus DPS

 

 

Supports @BIOS

 

 

Supports EasyTune 5 (Note 2)

Overclocking

 

Over Voltage via BIOS (FSB/DIMM/PCIE/SATA II/CPU)

 

 

Over Clock via BIOS (CPU/DIMM/PCIE)

Form Factor

 

ATX form factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

(Note 2) EasyTune 5 functions may vary depending on different motherboards.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Royal.

Only for GA-8N-SLI Pro.

 

 

 

- 13 -

Hardware Installation

 

English

English

1-3 Installation of the CPU and Heatsink

Before installing the CPU, please comply with the following conditions:

1.Please make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.

2.Please take note of the one indented corner of the CPU. If you install the CPU in the wrong direction, the CPU will not insert properly. If this occurs, please change the insert direction of the CPU.

3.Please add an even layer of heat sink paste between the CPU and heatsink.

4.Please make sure the heatsink is installed on the CPU prior to system use, otherwise overheating and permanent damage of the CPU may occur.

5.Please set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the processor specifications. It is not recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it does not meet the required standards for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the proper specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.

HT functionality requirement content :

Enabling the functionality of Hyper-Threading Technology for your computer system requires all of the following platform components:

-CPU: An Intel® Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology

-Chipset: A NVIDIA® Chipset that supports HT Technology

-BIOS: A BIOS that supports HT Technology and has it enabled

-OS: An operation system that has optimizations for HT Technology

1-3-1 Installation of the CPU

 

 

Metal Lever

Fig. 1

 

Fig. 2

 

 

Gently lift the metal

 

Remove the plastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lever located on the

covering on the CPU

 

 

 

CPU socket to the

 

socket.

 

 

 

upright position.

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 3

 

Fig. 4

 

 

 

Notice the small gold

Once the CPU is

 

 

 

colored triangle located

properly inserted,

 

 

 

on the edge of the CPU

please replace the

 

 

 

socket. Align the

 

load plate and

 

 

 

indented corner of the

push the metal lever

CPU with the triangle and gently insert the CPU into

back into its original

position.

position. (Grasping the CPU firmly between your

 

thumb and forefinger, carefully place it into the socket

 

in a straight and downwards motion. Avoid twisting or

 

bending motions that might cause damage to the CPU

 

during installation.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P4 nForce4 SLI Series Motherboard

- 14 -

 

1-3-2 Installation of the Heatsink

Male Push Pin

The top of Female Push Pin

Female Push Pin

Fig.1

Please apply an even layer of heatsink paste on the surface of the installed CPU.

Fig. 3

Place the heatsink atop the CPU and make sure the push pins aim to the pin hole on the motherboard.Pressing down the push pins diagonally.

Fig. 5

Please check the back of motherboard after installing. If the push pin is inserted as the picture, the installation is complete.

Fig. 2

(Turning the push pin along the direction of arrow is to remove the heatsink, on the contrary, is to install.) Please note the direction of arrow sign on the male push pin doesn't face inwards before installation. (This instruction is only for Intel boxed fan)

Fig. 4

Please make sure the Male and Female push pin are joined closely. (for detailed installation instructions, please refer to the heatsink installation section of the user manual)

Fig. 6

Finally, please attach the power connector of the heatsink to the CPU fan header located on the motherboard.

The heatsink may adhere to the CPU as a result of hardening of the heatsink paste.To prevent such an occurrence, it is suggested that either thermal tape rather than heat sink paste be used for heat dissipation or using extreme care when removing the heatsink.

English

- 15 -

Hardware Installation

English

1-4 Installing/Removing Cool-Plus (Northbridge Cooling Fan)

Fig.1

To attach Cool-Plus to a heatsink, align the extensions on both sides with the grooves in the heatsink as shown. Firmly press down until it snaps into position.

Fig.2

Once the fan is properly affixed onto the heatsink, plug the power cable into the NB_FAN connector.

Fig.3

Before proceeding, first check to make sure that the fan's power cable is disconnected. Then, while applying pressure to the top of the fan, carefully use a screwdriver to dislodge the extension on one side.

Exerting too much pressure on the fan during removal might cause the side extensions to break-off.

1-5 Installation of Memory

Before installing the memory modules, please comply with the following conditions:

1.Please make sure that the memory used is supported by the motherboard. It is recommended that memory of similar capacity, specifications and brand be used.

2.Before installing or removing memory modules, please make sure that the computer power is switched off to prevent hardware damage.

3.Memory modules have a foolproof insertion design. A memory module can be installed in only one direction. If you are unable to insert the module, please switch the direction.

The motherboard supports DDR II memory modules, whereby BIOS will automatically detect memory capacity and specifications. Memory modules are designed so that they can be inserted only in one direction. The memory capacity used can differ with each slot.

Notch

DDR II

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Fig.1

The DIMM socket has a notch, so the DIMM memory module can only fit in one direction. Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into the DIMM socket. Then push it down.

Fig.2

Close the plastic clip at both edges of the DIMM sockets to lock the DIMM module.

Reverse the installation steps when you wish to remove the DIMM module.

Dual Channel DDR II

GA-8N-SLI Royal/GA-8N-SLI Pro/GA-8N-SLI supports the Dual Channel Technology. After operating the Dual Channel Technology, the bandwidth of Memory Bus will double.

If you want to operate the Dual Channel Technology, please note the following explanations due to the limitation of Intel chipset specifications.

1. Dual channel memory cannot be used if one or three DDR II memory

modules are installed.

2. To enable Dual Channel mode with 2 or 4 memory modules, it is

recommended to use memory modules of identical brand, size, chips, and speed.

We'll strongly recommend our user to slot two DDR II memory modules into the DIMMs of the same color in order for Dual Channel Technology to work.

The following table is for Dual Channel Technology combination: (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)

 

DDR II 1

DDR II 2

DDR II 3

DDR II 4

2 memory modules

DS/SS

X

DS/SS

X

 

X

DS/SS

X

DS/SS

4 memory modules

DS/SS

DS/SS

DS/SS

DS/SS

 

 

 

 

 

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1-6 Installation of Expansion Cards

You can install your expansion card by following the steps outlined below:

1.Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the computer.

2.Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer.

3.Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard.

4.Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot.

5.Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card.

6.Replace your computer's chassis cover.

7.Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS.

8.Install related driver from the operating system.

Installing a PCI Express x 16 expansion card:

Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the PCI Express x 16 slot when you try to install/ uninstall the VGA card. Please align the VGA card to the onboard PCI Express x 16 slot and press firmly down on the slot. Make sure your VGA card is locked by the small white-drawable bar.

The PCIE_12V power connector supplies extra power to the PCI Express x 16 slots. Connect this connector depending on your system requirements.

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1-7 Installation of U-Plus DPS (Universal Plus Dual Power System)

The U-Plus Dual Power System (U-Plus D.P.S.) is a revolutionary eight-phase power circuit built for ultimate system protection. Designed to withstand varying current levels and changes, the U-Plus DPS provides an immensely durable and stable power circuit to the CPU for solid system stability. These characteristics make it the ideal companion with the latest LGA775 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor as well as future Intel® processors. As well, 4 blue LED's are mounted on the U-Plus D.P.S. for intelligent indication of system loading.

The U-Plus DPS can work in a Dual Power System: Parallel Mode--

U-Plus DPS and motherboard CPU power can work simultaneously, providing a total of 8-phase power circuit.

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How to install U-Plus DPS?

1.The U-Plus DPS socket (VRM_CONN) has a notch, so the U-Plus DPS can only fit in one direction.

2.Insert the U-Plus DPS vertically into the socket and then push it down.

3.Fix the U-Plus DPS on the motherbard with the clip.

4.Reverse the installation steps if you want to remove the U-Plus DPS.

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1-8 Setup of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) Configuration

The nVIDIA® nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset offers blistering graphics performance with the ability to bridge two NVIDIA SLI-ready PCI ExpressTM graphics cards! The SLI design takes advantage of the increased bandwidth of the PCI ExpressTM bus architecture, features hardware and software innovations within NVIDIA GPU (graphics processing unit) and the nVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. Together, the NVIDIA SLI technologies work seamlessly to allow two graphics cards to operate in parallel and share the work and deliver heart-pounding PC performance. This section introduces steps to configure an SLI system on the GA-8N-SLI Royal/GA-8N-SLI Pro/GA-8N-SLI motherboard.

Before You Begin--

I. Understanding the components:

The SLI bridge connector (GC-SLICON)

The GC-SLICON is used to bridge two SLI-capable graphics cards in order to set up an SLI configuration.

The SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-C19)

The GC-SLISW-C19 switch module is installed in the SLI switch module socket by factory default. This SLI switch module has gold edge connectors on two sides. One is SLI Mode and the other is Normal mode.

GC-SLICON

GC-SLISW-C19

Normal Mode: When the SLI switch module is set to Normal Mode, the first PCIE x 16 slot (PCIE_16_1, color coded blue) is available and can operate at up to x 16 speed. Please note that the second PCIE x 16 slot is not available in Normal Mode.

SLI Mode: In SLI Mode, the two PCIE x 16 slots can operate in two ways:

1.You can install two SLI-capable PCIE x 16 graphics cards of the same model (Example: GIGABYTE GV-NX66T128D) and link them together with the GC-SLICON bridge to enable SLI function to provide enhanced performance.

2.You can use them as two individual PCIE x16 slots and each slot provides up to x8 bandwidth.

The SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-3D1)

For users who wish to install the GIGABYTE GV-3D1 graphics card on this motherboard, they must insert the GC-SLISW-3D1 switch mod-

ule in the 3D1 Mode direction. (The Normal Mode is the same as that

GC-SLISW-3D1

of the GC-SLISW-C19 module.)

 

 

 

 

 

We do not recommend removing the SLI switch module from the motherboard because in that

case, both of the PCIE x 16 slots will not be available.

 

II. Power Requirements:

 

 

 

Before installation, assure that the power supply you use is able to provide sufficient power to fully

support an SLI configuration and other components in your system. We recommend a power supply

that provides at least 20A 5V and 12V current and a minimum of 400W wattage. Please note that the

exact power requirements will depend on your overall system configurations.

 

 

 

 

 

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III. Supported Operating Systems:

Only Windows XP operating system is currently supported by the NVIDIA SLI technology.

Enabling SLI Mode--

Set the SLI switch module:

Note that as the switch module (GC-SLISW-C19) is preinstalled in the Normal Mode direction by factory default, the first step to enable SLI mode on your system is to take out the module from the socket, turn it around and

insert it in the SLI Mode direction.

Step 1: Gently spread the retaining clips of the socket and the module may then be removed from the socket. Hold the module by the edges and lift it away from the socket.

Step 2: Position the SLI Mode side of the module above the socket at a 25o angle. Align the small notch at the top edge of the module with the key in the socket.

Step 3: Insert the top edge of the module into the socket. Make sure the gold edge connectors are fully inserted.

Step 4: Gently press down on the two ends of the module until it is locked in place by the socket clips. (You should hear a "click" when the module is attached.)

Connecting Two Graphics Cards:

Step 1: Observe the steps in "1-6 Installation of Expansion Cards" on page 16 and install two SLI-ready graphics cards of the same model to the PCIE_16_1 and PCIE_16_2 slots.

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Step 2: Insert the SLI bridge (the GC-SLICON) to the SLI gold edge connector on top of both cards. Make sure the two mini female slots on the bridge connector securely fit onto the SLI gold edge connetors of both

cards.

Gold edge connector on the top of

 

 

 

 

 

graphics card

Female slots on the bridge connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: In order to securely fix the bridge connector between the two cards, you must install the retention bracket included with the motherboard and secure the retention bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.

place this part on the top of the bridge connector.

retention bracket

Step 4: Plug the display cable into either one of the two graphics cards for display output. If you plug the display cable to the card on the PCIE_16_1 slot, make sure to set Init Display First in BIOS Setup to PEG; if you plug the display cable to the card on the PCIE_16_2 slot, set Init Display First to PEG(Slot2).

Graphics Card Driver Setting:

Step 1: After installing graphics card driver in operating system, right-click the NVIDIA icon in your system tray and then select NVIDIA Display. The NVIDIA control panel will appear.

Step 2: Select SLI multi-GPU from the side menu and then select the Enable SLI multi-GPU checkbox in the SLI multi-GPU dialog box. System will restart after you click Apply. Then the SLI configuration is completed.

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1-9 I/O Back Panel Introduction

PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector

To install a PS/2 port keyboard and mouse, plug the mouse to the upper port (green) and the keyboard to the lower port (purple).

Parallel Port

The parallel port allows connection of a printer, scanner and other peripheral devices.

COAXIAL (SPDIF_O)

The SPDIF coaxial output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via a coaxial cable.

OPTICAL (SPDIF_O)

The SPDIF optical output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or com pressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via an optical cable.

COMA (Serial Port)

Connects to serial-based mouse or data processing devices.

LAN Port 2

The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet, providing data transfer speeds of 10/100/ 1000Mbps.

LAN Port 1

The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet (PCI Express Gigabit), providing data transfer speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.

USB port

Before you connect your device(s) into USB connector(s), please make sure your device(s) such as USB keyboard, mouse, scanner, zip, speaker...etc. have a standard USB interface. Also make sureyour OS supports USB controller. If your OS does not support USB controller, please contact OS vendor for possible patch or driver upgrade. For more information please contact your OS or device(s) vendors.

Line In

Devices like CD-ROM, walkman etc. can be connected to Line In jack.

Line Out (Front Speaker Out)

Connect the stereo speakers, earphone or front surround speakers to this connector.

MIC In

Microphone can be connected to MIC In jack.

Rear Speaker Out

Connect the rear surround speakers to this connector.

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Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out

Connect the Center/Subwoofer speakers to this connector.

Side Speaker Out

Connect the side surround speakers to this connector.

You can use audio software to configure 2-/4-/6-/8-channel audio functioning.

1-10 Connectors Introduction

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1)ATX_12V

2)ATX (Power Connector)

3)CPU_FAN

4)SYS_FAN

5)PWR_FAN

6)NB_FAN

7)FDD

8)IDE1 / IDE2 / IDE3

9)SATAII0/1/2/3

10)ESATAII0/1

11)PWR_LED

12)F_PANEL

13)F_AUDIO

14)CD_IN

15)SPDIF_IN

16)F_USB1 / F_USB2/F_USB3

17)F1_1394/F2_1394

18)CLR_CMOS

19)CI

20)PCIE_12V

21)BATTERY

22)RF_ID

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