ASROCK

990FX Extreme4

User Manual

Version 1.0 Published June 2011 Copyright02011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.

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EC

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the fol-

lowing two conditions:

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

CALIFORNIA, USA ONLY

The Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxic substance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations passed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery in Cali- fornia, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance.

“Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, see

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Contents

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1. Introduction

Thank you for purchasing ASRock 990FX Extreme4 motherboard, a reliable moth- erboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance.

In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step- by-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.

Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated ver- sion will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as well. ASRock website _ http://www.asrock.com

If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit our website for specific information about the model you are using.

www.asrock.com/support/index.asp

1.1 Package Contents ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Motherboard (ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Quick Installation Guide ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Support CD 1 x ASRock SLI Bridge 28 Card 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA 66/100/133 IDE Ribbon Cable 1 x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive 4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional) 2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional) 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional) 1 x I/O Panel Shield 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel 4 x HDD Screws 6 x Chassis Screws 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket

BES ASRock Reminds You..

( 9 P ) To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64 bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our support CD for details.

1.2 Specifications

- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm

- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

- Support for Socket AM3+ processors

- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors

- Supports 8-Core CPU

- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1)

- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design

- Supports CPU up to 140W

- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology

- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)

- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)

- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology

- Northbridge: AMD 990FX pe | mens OO Memory - Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3) - 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots - Support DDR3 2100(0C)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 4)

- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 5) Expansion Slot - 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: x16 mode;

PCIE5: x4 mode)

- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

- 2 x PCI slots

- Supports AMD™ Quad CrossFirex™, 3-Way CrossFirex™ and CrossFirex™

- Supports NVIDIA? Quad SLI™ and SLI™

- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)

- Premium Blu-ray audio support

- Supports THX TruStudio™

LAN - PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s - Broadcom BCM57781 - Supports Wake-On-LAN - Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az

- Supports PXE Rear Panel I/O I/O Panel

- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port

- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port

- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port

- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port

- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports

- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports

- 1 x eSATA3 Connector

- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED

LED)

- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port

- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED

- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/ Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 6)

- 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by AMD SB950, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5), NCQ AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions

- 2 X SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions (SATA3_8 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)

- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0 /2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s

- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s

Connector - 8 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors

- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)

- 1 x Floppy connector

- 1 x IR header

- 1 x COM port header

- 1 x IEEE 1394 header

- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header

- 1 x Power LED header

- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector

- 24 pin ATX power connector

- 8 pin 12V power connector

- CD in header

- Front panel audio connector

- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)

- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)

- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)

- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED - 1 x Power Switch with LED

11 x Reset Switch with LED

BIOS Feature

Support CD

Unique Feature

Hardware Monitor

Certifications

- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support - Supports “Plug and Play” - ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events - Supports jumperfree - SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support - CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, AMD Fusion, AMD Fusion Media Explorer, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial) - ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 7) - ASRock Instant Boot - ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 8) - ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 9) - ASRock SmartView (see CAUTION 10) - ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 11) - ASRock On/Off Play Technology (see CAUTION 12) - Hybrid Booster: - CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 13) - ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 14) - Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.) - Turbo 50 / Turbo 60 CPU Overclocking - Turbo UCC - CPU Temperature Sensing - Chassis Temperature Sensing - CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer - CPU Quiet Fan - CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control - Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore - Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant - FCC, CE, WHQL - ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required) (see CAUTION 15)

* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http:/Awww.asrock.com

WARNING

Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the third-party over- clocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.

CAUTION!

1. ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activa- tion. As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC’, you can unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is supported with AM3 CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3 CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be malfunctioned.

2. This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read “Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 48 for details.

3. This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the installation guide of memory modules on page 17 for proper installation.

4. Whether 2100MHz memory speed is supported depends on the AM3/ AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3 2100 memory module on this motherboard, please refer to the memory support list on our web- site for the compatible memory modules.

ASRock website http://www.asrock.com

5. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 / Vista™ / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.

6. For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-chan- nel, 6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13 for proper connection.

7. ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hard- ware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclock- ing, you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system per- formance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to

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their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing com- puting performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).

ASRock website: http:/Awww.asrock.com

ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without prepar- ing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.

If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful so- lution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Sus- pend to RAM (S98), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience than ever.

ASRock website: http:/www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp ASRock SmartView, a new function of internet browser, is the smart start page for IE that combines your most visited web sites, your history, your Facebook friends and your real-time newsfeed into an enhanced view for a more personal Internet experience. ASRock motherboards are exclu- sively equipped with the ASRock SmartView utility that helps you keep in touch with friends on-the-go. To use ASRock SmartView feature, please make sure your OS version is Windows” 7 / 7 64 bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64 bit, and your browser version is IE8.

ASRock website: http:/Awww.asrock.com/Feature/SmartView/index.asp ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The performance may depend on the property of the device.

ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great audio ex- perience from the portable audio devices, such like MP3 player or mobile phone to your PC, even when the PC is turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)! This motherboard also provides a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that ensures users the most convenient computing environment.

Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU

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bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the CPU.

While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown. Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC sys- tem.

EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by Eu- ropean Union to define the power consumption for the completed system. According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.

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1.3 Motherboard Layout

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1.4 I/O Panel

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1 PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) 10 Microphone (Pink)

2 Coaxial SPDIF Out Port 11 USB 3.0 Ports (USB23)

*3 LAN RJ-45 Port 12 IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)

4 USB 2.0 Ports (USB45) ***13 eSATA3 Connector

5 Side Speaker (Gray) 14 USB2.0 Ports (USB67)

6 Rear Speaker (Black) 15 USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)

7 Central / Bass (Orange) 16 Optical SPDIF Out Port

8 Line In (Light Blue) 17 Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN) 9 Front Speaker (Lime) 18 PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)

* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.

LAN Port LED Indications

ity/Li SPEED LED LED LED Description Description No Link 10Mbps connection 100Mbps connection

f Blinking | Data Activity 1Gbps connection

ACT/LINK SPEED

LAN Port

** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”. See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use. TABLE for Audio Output Connection Audio Output Channels

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To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.

Please select “Mixer ToolBox” | click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”.

Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Pri- mary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.

*“* eSATAS connector supports SATA Gens in cable 1M.

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2. Installation.

This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) motherboard. Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.

Pre-installation Precautions

Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change any motherboard settings.

/ Å Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the

å 4 \ power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.

1. | Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.

2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static elec- tricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object before you handle components.

3. | Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.

4. | Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded anti- static pad or in the bag that comes with the component.

5. When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the mother- board to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.

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2.1 CPU Installation

Step 1. Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.

Step 2. Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.

Step 3. Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.

f \ The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU LE À into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.

Step 4. When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab to indicate that it is locked.

Socker Corner Small Triangle

STEP 1: STEP 2/ STEP 3: STEP 4:

Lift Up The Socket Lever Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock To The Socket Corner Small The Socket Lever Triangle

2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink

After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dis- sipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 6 or CPU_FAN2, see Page 12, No. 7). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink.

2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)

This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration, you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type) DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to install identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Blue slots; see p.12 No.10) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B (DDR3_ A2 and DDR3_B2; White slots; see p.12 No.11), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 DIMMs for dual channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots. You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below.

* For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four

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Dual Channel Memory Configurations

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Please install the memory module into the white slot (DDR3 A2 and DDR3_B2) for the first priority.

If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the same color. In other words, install them either in the set of blue slots (DDR3 A1 and DDR3 Bi), or in the set of white slots (DDR3 A2 and DDR3 B2).

If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory Technology.

If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in DDR3 A1 and DDR3 A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory Technology .

It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be dam- aged.

If you adopt DDR3 2100 memory modules on this motherboard, it is recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2 slots.

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Installing a DIMM

Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.

Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward. Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the

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The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into the slot at incorrect orientation.

Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.

2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)

There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.

PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI interface.

PCIE Slots: PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card. PCIE2 / PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support SLI'" and CrossFireX"" function. PCIE5 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support 3-Way CrossFireX"" function.

1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Ex- press x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.

2. In CrossFirex™ or SLI™ mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these two slots will work at x16 bandwidth.

3. In 3-Way CrossFirex™ mode, please install PCI Express x16 graph- ics cards on PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots will work at x16 bandwidth while PCIE5 slot will work at x4 bandwidth.

4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connec- tor (CHA FAN1, CHA FAN2 or CHA FAN3) when using multiple graphics cards for better thermal environment.

Installing an expansion card

Step 1. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware settings for the card before you start the installation.

Step 2. Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).

Step 3. Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screws for later use.

Step 4. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.

Step 5. Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.

Step 6. Replace the system cover.

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2.5 SLI" and Quad SLI" Operation Guide

This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLI™ and Quad SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express x16 graphics cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLI™ technology supports Windows® XP / XP 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ technology support Windows® Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS only. Please follow the installation procedures in this section.

Requirements

1. For SLI" technology, you should have two identical SLI'-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For Quad SLI™ technolo- gy, you should have two identical Quad SLI™-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified.

2. Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA®? SL technology. Download the driver from NVIDIA®? website (www.nvidia.com).

3. Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power required by your system. It is recommended to use NVIDIA? certified PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA” website for details.

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2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup

2.5.1.1 Installing Two SLI™-Ready Graphics Cards

Step 1. Install the identical SLI"-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly. (Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.

Step2. If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics cards.

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Step3. Align and insert ASRock SLI Bridge 285 Card to the goldfingers on each graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly in place.

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Step4. Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE2 slot.

2.5.2 Driver Installation and Setup

Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the Multi- Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility. Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature.

For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS: (For SLI™ mode only)

A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar.

B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.

C. Reboot your system. D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLI™ feature.

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For Windows® Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS: (For SLI™ and Quad SLI™ mode)

A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar.

B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA Corporation.

C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab.

D. Select Control Panel tab.

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F. Reboot your system. G.You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLI™ or Quad SLI™ feature.

* SLI™ appearing here is a registered trademark of NVIDIA? Technologies Inc., and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.

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2.6 CrossFireX", 3-Way CrossFireX"" and Quad CrossFireX" Operation Guide

This motherboard supports CrossFireX"", 3-way CrossFireX""and Quad CrossFirex™ feature. CrossFirex™ technology offers the most advantageous means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFirex™ enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D application. Currently CrossFireX"" feature is supported with Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 / Vista™ / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFirex™ and Quad CrossFirex™ feature are supported with Windows® Vista™ / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for AMD™ CrossFirex™ driver updates.

A 1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the ar performance benefits of CrossFireX"". All three CrossFireX"" components, a CrossFireX"" Ready graphics card, a CrossFireX"" Ready motherboard and a CrossFireX"" Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly

to benefit from the CrossFireX"" multi-GPU platform. 2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFirex™ Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both

cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFirex™ mode.

2.6.1 Graphics Card Setup

2.6.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireX"-Ready Graphics Cards

| Different CrossFirex™ cards may require different methods to enable CrossFi- $\ rex™ feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example Å graphics card. For other CrossFirex™ cards that AMD™ has released or will release in the future, please refer to AMD™ graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.

Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.

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Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards. (CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)

Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graph- ics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)

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2.6.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireX"-Ready Graphics

Cards Step 1. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.

Step 2. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.

Step 3. Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIES slot. For the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.

Step 4. Use one CrossFire™ Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFire™ Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. (CrossFire™ Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)

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Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graph- ics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)