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  • Page 1 Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Product highlights ............1-2 1.3.2 ROG Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features ... 1-4 1.3.3 ROG unique features ............1-7 1.3.4 ASUS special features ............ 1-9 Chapter 2: Hardware information Before you proceed ..............2-1 Motherboard overview ..............2-2 2.2.1 Motherboard layout ............2-2 2.2.2...
  • Page 4: Contents

    3.5.10 LED Control ..............3-30 Monitor menu ................3-31 Boot menu .................. 3-35 Tools menu ................. 3-37 3.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash Utility ........... 3-37 3.8.2 Asus SPD Information ........... 3-37 3.8.3 ASUS O.C. Profile ............3-38 3.8.4 GO Button File .............. 3-39 3.8.5...
  • Page 5 Updating BIOS ................3-42 3.10.1 ASUS Update utility ............3-43 3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash Utility ........... 3-46 3.10.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility ........3-47 3.10.4 ASUS BIOS Updater ............. 3-48 Chapter 4: Software support Installing an operating system ........... 4-1 Support DVD information ............
  • Page 6 Contents Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support CrossFireX™ technology ............ 5-1 ® 5.1.1 Requirements ..............5-1 5.1.2 Before you begin ............. 5-1 5.1.3 Installing CrossFireX graphics cards ......5-2 5.1.4 Installing the device drivers ..........5-3 5.1.5 Enabling the ATI CrossFireX™...
  • Page 7: Notices

    Notices Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 8 RF exposure warning This equipment must be installed and operated in accordance with provided instructions and the antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
  • Page 9 Wireless Operation Channel for Different Domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Ch01 through CH11 Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz Ch01 through Ch14 Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz Ch01 through Ch13 France Restricted Wireless Frequency Bands Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case maximum authorized power indoors are: •...
  • Page 10: Canadian Department Of Communications Statement

    Canadian Department of Communications Statement This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications. This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numérique de la classe [B] est conforme à...
  • Page 11: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. • When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device.
  • Page 12 Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://csr.asus.com/ english/REACH.htm. DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling.
  • Page 13: About This Guide

    Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. ASUS websites The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information. Optional documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer.
  • Page 14: Conventions Used In This Guide

    Conventions used in this guide To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.
  • Page 15 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) ® * The max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market. ** Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
  • Page 16 Maximus IV Extreme-Z specifications summary 2 x Intel Gigabit LAN ® High Definition Audio RealteK ALC889 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking - Supports 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O Bluetooth Module Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR...
  • Page 17 Other Special Features CPU Level Up MemOK! Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at rear) Q-Fan Plus ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) ASUS Q-Connector ASUS Q-Shield ASUS Q-Slot ASUS Q-DIMM ASUS EZ Flash 2...
  • Page 18 Maximus IV Extreme-Z specifications summary BIOS Features 64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS Manageability WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE Software Support DVD: - Drivers and applications * ASUS AI Suite II...
  • Page 19: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    This chapter describes the motherboard features and the new technologies it supports. Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 20 Chapter summary Welcome! ..................1-1 Package contents ................. 1-1 Special features ................1-2 ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 21: Welcome

    Welcome! Thank you for buying an ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard! The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards! Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.
  • Page 22: Special Features

    Green ASUS This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
  • Page 23: Intel Smart Response Technology

    Key benefits are expedited hard drive speeds, reduced load and wait times and maximized storage utilization. Power consumption also goes down by reducing unnecessary hard drive spin, an important part of Green ASUS eco-friendly computing. LucidLogix Virtu ™...
  • Page 24: Rog Intelligent Performance & Overclocking Features

    SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand Why choose when you can have both? SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z, you'll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFireX on Demand technology, supporting SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
  • Page 25: Usb Bios Flashback

    This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintenance and management with more control and efficiency. ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 26: Loadline Calibration

    ProbeIt Get all hands-on with hardware-based overclocking ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard’s measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of 8 sets of detection points so you’ll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester. Extreme Tweaker One stop performance tuning shop Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal...
  • Page 27: Rog Unique Features

    ROG offers a whole new EFT BIOS feature to handle the demands of an overclocking experience. Maximus IV Extreme-Z features ROG BIOS Print which allows users to easily share their BIOS settings to others with the press of a button.
  • Page 28: Onboard Switches

    With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving jumpers! ASUS Q-Connector Make connections quick and accurate The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module.
  • Page 29: Asus Special Features

    Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
  • Page 30 Q-Shield Easy and Comfortable Installations The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual ""fingers"" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
  • Page 31: Chapter 2: Hardware Information

    This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform when installing system components. It includes description of the jumpers and Chapter 2: Hardware connectors on the motherboard. information...
  • Page 32 Chapter summary Before you proceed ..............2-1 Motherboard overview ..............2-2 Building your computer system ..........2-40 2.4 Starting up for the first time ............2-56 Turning off the computer ............2-57 ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 33: Before You Proceed

    Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power supply 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, or components. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 34: Motherboard Overview

    Motherboard overview 2.2.1 Motherboard layout Refer to 2.3.10 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors. Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 35: Layout Contents

    2-39 USB 2.0 connectors 2-33 (10-1 pin USB12; USB34; USB56; USB78) Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 2-37 Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF�OUT) 2-34 USB 3.0 connector (USB3�910) 2-34 RC Bluetooth connector (RC�BLUETOOTH) 2-52 ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 36: Central Processing Unit (Cpu)

    ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related. • Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA1155 socket.
  • Page 37: System Memory

    The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) slots. A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT install a DDR or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot. Recommended memory configurations ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 38 • The max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market. • According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect the CPU.
  • Page 39 Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR��2���MH�� capability 3-2333MHz capability -2333MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM KINGSTON KHX2333C9D3T1K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) 1.65 • • Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR��22��MH�� capability...
  • Page 40 Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR��2���MH�� capability 3-2000MHz capability -2000MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support Brand (Optional) 1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM A-DATA AX3U2000GB2G9-2G(XMP) DS - 9-9-9-24 1.55~ • • • 1.65 Apacer 78.AAGD5.9KD(XMP)
  • Page 41 Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR������MH�� capability 3-1800MHz capability -1800MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size SS/DS Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 1 DIMM 2 DIMM 4 DIMM G.SKILL F3-14400CL6D-4GBFLS(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) 6-8-6-24 1.65 • • • G.SKILL F3-14400CL9D-4GBRL(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) 9-9-9-24 •...
  • Page 42 GEIL GE34GB1600C9DC(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS - 9-9-9-28 • • GEIL GV34GB1600C8DC(XMP) 4GB(2 x 2GB) DS - 8-8-8-28 • • KINGMAX FLGD45F-B8MF7(XMP) SS - • • KINGSTON KHX1600C7D3K2/4GX(XMP) 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) DS - 1.65 • • •...
  • Page 43 Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR������MH�� capability 3-1333MHz capability -1333MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 1DIMM 2DIMM 4DIMM A-DATA SU3U1333B1G9-B Hynix H5TQ1G83TFR • • • A-DATA SU3U1333B2G9-B Hynix H5TQ1G83TFR • •...
  • Page 44 OCZ3G1333LV3GK 3GB(3 x 1GB) 9-9-9 1.65 • OCZ3P1333LV3GK 3GB(3 x 1GB) 7-7-7 1.65 • • • OCZ3G1333ULV4GK 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) 8-8-8 1.35 • • OCZ3P1333LV4GK 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) 1.65 • OCZ3RPR13334GK 4GB ( 2x 2GB ) 6-6-6 1.75 •...
  • Page 45: Memory Configuration

    It is recommended to install the memory modules from the red slots for better overclocking capacity. • Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2333/2250/2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/2133/2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-13...
  • Page 46: Expansion Slots

    2.2.5 Expansion slots Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components. Slot No. Slot Description PCIe 2.0 x16/8�1 slot PCIe 2.0 x1�1 slot PCIe 2.0 x16�2 slot PCIe 2.0 x8�3 slot (PCIe 2.0 x16 slot with x8 bandwidth) PCIe 2.0 x16�4 slot...
  • Page 47: Irq Assignments For This Motherboard

    – shared – – – – – Intel 82579 – – – shared – – – – PCIEx4 shared – – – – – – – PCIEx1 shared – – – – – – – ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-15...
  • Page 48: Onboard Switches

    2.2.6 Onboard switches Onboard switches allow you to fine-tune performance when working on a bare or open-case system. This is ideal for overclockers and gamers who continually change settings to enhance system performance. Power-on switch Press the power-on switch to wake/power up the system. Reset switch Press the reset switch to reboot the system.
  • Page 49 (GO_Button file) for temporary overclocking when in BIOS button The motherboard comes with two BIOS. Press the BIOS button to switch BIOS and load different BIOS settings. The nearby BIOS LEDs indicate the BIOS you are using. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-17...
  • Page 50 PCIe x16 Lane switch These slide switches allows you to enable and disable the corresponding PCIe x16 slots. When one of the installed PCIe x16 cards is out of order, you can use the slide switch to find out the faulty one without removing the cards. LN2 Mode switch With LN2 mode activated, the ROG motherboard is optimized to remedy the cold-boot bug during POST at an extremely low temperature and help the...
  • Page 51 When the LN2�Mode switch does not work and your CPU cannot resume function, press the Q reset button to temporarily stop the power supply to the CPU and help the CPU recover from a frozen condition. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-19...
  • Page 52: Onboard Leds

    2.2.7 Onboard LEDs The motherboard comes with a set of LEDs that indicate the voltage conditions of CPU, memory, northbridge and southbridge. You may adjust the voltages in BIOS. There are also an LED for hard disk drive activity and an onboard switch for power status. For more information about voltage adjustment, refer to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker menu.
  • Page 53 The LED does not light up when there is no hard disk drive connected to the motherboard or when the hard disk drive does not function. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-21...
  • Page 54 BIOS LED The BIOS LEDs help indicate the BIOS activity. Press the BIOS button to switch between BIOS1 and BIOS2 and the LED lights up when the corresponding BIOS is in use. GO LED Blinking: Indicates that MemOK! is enabled before POST. Lighting: Indicates that the system loads the preset profile (GO_Button file) for temporary overclocking when in OS.
  • Page 55 ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard power-on switch. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-23...
  • Page 56 Debug LEDs The Debug LED design provides you the 2-digit display, allowing you to know the system status. Refer to the Debug table below for details. Debug table Code Description Not used Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard). AP initialization before microcode loading System Agent initialization before microcode loading PCH initialization before microcode loading OEM initialization before microcode loading...
  • Page 57 S3 Resume PPI not Found S3 Resume Boot Script Error S3 OS Wake Error EC – EF Reserved for future AMI error codes Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery) Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery) ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-25...
  • Page 58 Debug table (continued) Code Description Recovery process started Recovery firmware image is found Recovery firmware image is loaded F5-F7 Reserved for future AMI progress codes Recovery PPI is not available Recovery capsule is not found Invalid recovery capsule FB-FF Reserved for future AMI error codes DXE Core is started NVRAM initialization Installation of the PCH Runtime Services...
  • Page 59 Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End Legacy Option ROM Initialization System Reset USB hot plug PCI bus hot plug Clean-up of NVRAM Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings) B8– BF Reserved for future AMI codes ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-27...
  • Page 60 Debug table (continued) Code Description C0– CF OEM BDS initialization codes CPU initialization error System Agent initialization error PCH initialization error Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources No Space for Legacy Option ROM No Console Output Devices are found No Console Input Devices are found Invalid password...
  • Page 61: Jumper

    • Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R. function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the power cord before rebooting the system. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-29...
  • Page 62: Internal Connectors

    2.2.9 Internal connectors Intel Z68 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1/2 [red]) ® These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables. If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 configuration with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology through the ®...
  • Page 63 You must install Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using ® Serial ATA hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using Windows XP SP3 or later versions. ® ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-31...
  • Page 64 Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors ® (7-pin SATA6G_E1/E2 [red]) These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables. • The SATA6G�E1/E2 (red) connectors are for data drives only. • You must install Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later versions before using ®...
  • Page 65 Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard! You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB, blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector onboard if your chassis supports front panel USB ports.
  • Page 66 3.0 front panel cable is available from your system chassis, with this USB 3.0 connector, you can have a front panel USB 3.0 solution. You can connect the ASUS front panel USB 3.0 box to this connector to obtain the front panel USB 3.0 solution.
  • Page 67 The CPU�FAN connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power. • If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labeled CHA�FAN1, CHA�FAN2, CHA�FAN3 for better thermal environment. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-35...
  • Page 68: Thermal Sensor Cable Connectors

    Thermal sensor cable connectors (2-pin OPT_TEMP1/2/3) These connectors are for temperature monitoring. Connect the thermal sensor cables to these connectors and place the other ends to the devices which you want to monitor temperature. The optional fan1/2/3 can work with the temperature sensors for a better cooling effect.
  • Page 69 Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD]; if you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set to [HD]. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-37...
  • Page 70: Atx Power Connectors

    • If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator. aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details. • If you want to use two or more high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with 1000W power or above to ensure the system stability.
  • Page 71 BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF. • Reset button (2-pin RESET) This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without turning off the system power. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-39...
  • Page 72: Building Your Computer System

    Building your computer system 2.3.1 Additional tools and components to build a PC system 1 bag of screws Philips (cross) screwdriver PC chassis Power supply unit Intel LGA 1155 CPU Intel LGA 1155 compatible CPU Fan DIMM SATA hard disk drive SATA optical disc drive (optional) Graphics card (optional) The tools and components in the table above are not included in the...
  • Page 73: Cpu Installation

    2.3.2 CPU installation ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-41...
  • Page 74 2-42 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 75: Cpu Heatsink And Fan Assembly Installation

    2.3.3 CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation Apply the Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink and CPU before you install the heatsink and fan if necessary. To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-43...
  • Page 76 To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly 2-44 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 77: Dimm Installation

    2.3.4 DIMM installation To remove a DIMM ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-45...
  • Page 78: Motherboard Installation

    2.3.5 Motherboard installation The diagrams in this section are for reference only. The motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same. 2-46 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 79 DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-47...
  • Page 80: Atx Power Connection

    2.3.6 ATX Power connection 2-48 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 81: Sata Device Connection

    2.3.7 SATA device connection ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-49...
  • Page 82: Front I/O Connector

    2.3.8 Front I/O Connector To install ASUS Q-Connector To install USB Connector To install front panel audio connector AAFP 2-50 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 83: Expension Card Installation

    2.3.9 Expension Card installation To install PCIe x16 cards To install PCIe x1 cards To install PCI cards ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-51...
  • Page 84: Rear Panel Connection

    2.3.10 Rear panel connection Rear panel connectors 1. PS/2 mouse and keyboard port 8. External SATA ports 1 and 2 2. USB 3.0 ports 5 and 6 9. Optical S/PDIF Out port 3. LAN (RJ-45) port 2* 10. USB 3.0 ports 3 and 4 4.
  • Page 85: Audio I/O Connections

    Orange – – Center/Subwoofer Center/Subwoofer Black – Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Gray – – – Side Speaker Out 2.3.11 Audio I/O connections Audio I/O ports Connect to Headphone and Mic ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-53...
  • Page 86 Connect to Stereo Speakers Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers 2-54 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 87 Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-55...
  • Page 88: Starting Up For The First Time

    Starting up for the first time After making all the connections, replace the system case cover. Be sure that all switches are off. Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis. Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
  • Page 89: Turning Off The Computer

    BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 2-57...
  • Page 90 2-58 Chapter 2: Hardware information...
  • Page 91: Chapter 3: Bios Setup

    This chapter tells how to change the system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided. BIOS setup...
  • Page 92 BIOS setup program ..............3-1 Extreme Tweaker menu ............... 3-5 Main menu .................. 3-14 Advanced menu ................. 3-17 Monitor menu ................3-31 Boot menu .................. 3-35 Tools menu ................. 3-37 Exit menu ..................3-41 3.10 Updating BIOS ................3-42 ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 93: Knowing Bios

    USB mouse. The BIOS setup program can be used under two modes: EZ Mode and Advanced Mode. You can change modes from the Exit menu or from the Exit/Advanced Mode button in the EZ Mode/Advanced Mode screen. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 94: Advanced Mode

    The Advanced Mode provides advanced options for experienced end-users to configure the BIOS settings. The figure below shows an example of the Advanced Mode. Refer to the following sections for the detailed configurations. To access the EZ Mode, click Exit, then select ASUS EZ Mode. Menu items Menu bar...
  • Page 95: Ez Mode

    • The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system. The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is • installed to the system. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 96: Menu Items

    Menu items The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items. The other items (Ai Tweaker, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu bar have their respective menu items. Back button This button appears when entering a submenu.
  • Page 97: Extreme Tweaker Menu

    Be cautious when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction. The configuration options for this section vary depending on the CPU and DIMM model you installed on the motherboard. Scroll down to display the following items: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 98 Scroll down to display the following items: Load Extreme OC Profile Press <Enter> and select Yes to load the extreme OC profile to suit extreme overclocking. Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto] Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal frequency.
  • Page 99: Dram Timing Control

    GPU.DIMM Post The sub-items in this menu display the status of the installed VGA cards and memory. The field shows N/A if there’s no device installed on that slot. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 100: Cpu Performance Settings

    CPU Performance Settings The sub-items in this menu allow you to set the CPU ratio and features. CPU Ratio [Auto] Allows you to manually adjust the maximum non-turbo CPU ratio. Use <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The valid value ranges vary according to your CPU model.
  • Page 101 This item appears only when you set the VCore Switching Freq item to [Manual] and allows you to set a fixed VRM frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. The values range from 250KHz to 1100KHz with a 50KHz interval. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 102 VRM efficiency [Standard] Proceeds phase control depending on the CPU loading. [Optimized] Loads the ASUS optimized phase tuning profile. [Extreme] Proceeds the full phase mode. [Manual Adjustment] Allows manual adjustment. When this item is set to [Extreme], the CPU Voltage is set to [Manual] and the voltage is set to [1.2V] automatically.
  • Page 103 Set this item to [Enabled] to choose a higher voltage to overclock, but doing so might decrease CPU life. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] CPU Voltage [Offset Mode] [Manual Mode] Allows you to set a fixed CPU voltage. [Offset Mode] Allows you to set the Offset voltage. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-11...
  • Page 104: Igpu Offset Mode Sign

    Some of the following items are adjusted by typing the desired values using the numeric keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter>...
  • Page 105 Reduce to increase BCLK and increase to reduce BCLK. Configuration options: [Auto] [-12]—[+12] CPU I/O Skew [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [-4]—[+4] CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto] [Auto] Automatic configuration. [Disabled] Enhances the BCLK overclocking ability. [Enabled] Sets to [Enabled] for EMI control. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-13...
  • Page 106: Main Menu

    Main menu The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings.
  • Page 107: Security

    BIOS setup program. To set an administrator password: Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>. From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press <Enter>. Confirm the password when prompted. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-15...
  • Page 108: User Password

    To change an administrator password: Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>. From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then press <Enter>. From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press <Enter>.
  • Page 109: Advanced Menu

    The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system devices. Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-17...
  • Page 110: Cpu Configuration

    �.�.� CPU Configuration The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically detects. The items shown in this screen may be different due to the CPU you installed. Scroll down to display the following items: CPU Ratio [Auto] Allows you to set the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the BCLK Frequency.
  • Page 111 This item appears only when you set the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable or disable the Intel Turbo Mode ® Technology. [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] Allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific condition. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-19...
  • Page 112: System Agent Configuration

    CPU C1E [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] Enables the C1E support function. This item should be enabled in order to enable the Enhanced Halt State. CPU C3 Report [Enabled] Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to OS. CPU C6 Report [Enabled] Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to OS.
  • Page 113: Pch Configuration

    64MB. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] �.�.� PCH Configuration High Precision Timer [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the High Precision Event Timer. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-21...
  • Page 114: Sata Configuration

    �.�.4 SATA Configuration While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. The SATA Port items show Not Present if no SATA device is installed to the corresponding SATA port. Scroll down to display the following items: SATA Mode [AHCI Mode] Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
  • Page 115: Usb Configuration

    The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program. [Auto] Allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-23...
  • Page 116 Legacy USB3.0 Support [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the support for USB 3.0 devices on legacy operating systems (OS). [Disabled] Disables the function. EHCI Hand-off [Disabled] [Enabled] Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand-off feature. [Disabled] Disables the function. USB 2.0 Switch [PCH] Allows you to select from PCH to NEC for USB 2.0 ports.
  • Page 117: Onboard Devices Configuration

    [HD] Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to high definition audio. [AC97] Sets the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-25...
  • Page 118 SPDIF Out Type [SPDIF] [SPDIF] Set the SPDIF OUT mode to SPDIF. [HDMI] Set the SPDIF OUT mode to HDMI. Renesas USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the USB 3.0 controller. [Disabled] Disables the controller. Intel 82583 LAN [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the Intel 82583 LAN controller.
  • Page 119: Apm

    Intel 82579 PXE OPROM [Disabled] This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Enabled] and allows you to enable or disable the PXE OptionRom of the Intel 82579LAN controller. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] 3.5.7 ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-27...
  • Page 120 EuP Ready [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables the Energy Using Products (EuP) Ready function. [Enabled] Allows BIOS to switch off some power at S5 state to get system ready for the EuP requirement. When set to [Enabled], power for WOL, WO�USB, audio and onboard LEDs will be switched off at S5 state.
  • Page 121: Irog Configuration

    ROG Connect ROG Connect [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the ROG Connect function. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] RC Poster Mode [String] RC Poster describes what occurs during the POST. Configuration options: [String] [Code] ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-29...
  • Page 122: Led Control

    3.5.10 LED Control The LED Control menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for the onboard LEDs. Take caution when changing the settings of the LED Control menu items. Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction. All LED Control [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LEDs control.
  • Page 123: Monitor Menu

    PCH Overheat Protection [90ºC] The system automatically shuts down when the PCH is heated over the set temperature to protect it from damage. Configuration options: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] [100ºC] [100ºC] ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-31...
  • Page 124: Fan Speed Control

    PCH OPT TEMP1/2/3 Overheat Protection [90ºC] Allows you to set the temperature over which the system automatically shuts down when any of the thermal sensor cables connected to the motherboard detects device overheat to protect the device from damage. Configuration options: [Disabled] [70ºC] [80ºC] [90ºC] [100ºC] [100ºC] CPU Socket Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the...
  • Page 125 This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to disable or set the chassis fan warning speed. Configuration options: [Ignore] [200 RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] [600 RPM] ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-33...
  • Page 126 Chassis Fan Profile [Standard] This item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis fan. [Standard] Sets to [Standard] to make the chassis fan automatically adjust depending on the chassis temperature.
  • Page 127: Boot Menu

    Allows you to set the temperature at which the power fan rotates at full speed. This item appears when the OPTFAN1/2/3 Control item is set to [User Mode]. Configuration options: [60˚C] [70˚C] [80˚C] [90˚C] Boot menu The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-35...
  • Page 128: Boot Option Priorities

    [Disabled] Disables the full screen logo display feature. Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature. Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled] When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the <F1> key to be pressed when error occurs.
  • Page 129: Tools Menu

    <Enter> to display the submenu. 3.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash Utility Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash Utility. When you press <Enter> to start the application. For more details, refer to section 3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash Utility.
  • Page 130: Asus O.c. Profile

    �.�.� ASUS O.C. Profile This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings. The Setup Profile Status items show Not Installed if no profile is created. Save to Profile Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile. Key in a profile number from one to eight, press <Enter>, and then select Yes.
  • Page 131: Go Button File

    Allows you to use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the values for each item. Refer to 3.3 Extreme Tweaker Menu for details. Load Default Allows you to load default settings. Save Above Settings Allows you to save the adjusted values for specific items as a GO Button file. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-39...
  • Page 132: Bios Flashback

    3.8.5 BIOS FlashBack BIOS Boot Selection [1] Use the numeric key to change the BIOS ROM for booting. 3-40 Chapter 3: BIOS setup...
  • Page 133: Exit Menu

    Select Yes to discard changes and exit. . ASUS EZ Mode This option allows you to enter the EZ Mode screen. Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device This option allows you to attempt to launch the EFI Shell application (shellx64.efi) from one of the available filesystem devices. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-41...
  • Page 134: 3.10 Updating Bios

    Carefully follow the instructions of this chapter to update your BIOS if necessary. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard. The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard BIOS setup program.
  • Page 135: Asus Update Utility

    3.10.1 ASUS Update utility The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you ® • Update the BIOS directly from the Internet •...
  • Page 136 Select the BIOS version that you want to download. Click Next. You can decide whether to change the BIOS boot logo, which is the image appearing on screen during the Power-On Self-Tests (POST). Click Yes if you want to change the boot logo or No to continue.
  • Page 137 The screenshots in this section are for reference only. The actual BIOS information vary by models. • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 138: Asus Ez Flash Utility

    3.10.2 ASUS EZ Flash Utility The ASUS EZ Flash Utility feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to use a bootable floppy disk or an OS-based utility. Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
  • Page 139: Asus Crashfree Bios 3 Utility

    3.10.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can restore a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash drive that contains the BIOS file.
  • Page 140: Asus Bios Updater

    3.10.4 ASUS BIOS Updater The ASUS BIOS Updater allows you to update BIOS in DOS environment. This utility also allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as a backup when the BIOS fails or gets corrupted during the updating process.
  • Page 141: Backing Up The Current Bios

    The BIOS Updater backup screen appears indicating the BIOS backup process. When BIOS backup is done, press any key to return to the DOS prompt. ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.18 [2010/04/29] Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: BOARD: Unknown Maximus IV Extreme-Z VER: 0239 VER: Unknown DATE: 10/08/2010 DATE: Unknown PATH: A:\ BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue. Note Saving BIOS: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 3-49...
  • Page 142 Updating the BIOS file To update the BIOS file using BIOS Updater At the FreeDOS prompt, type bupdater /pc /g and press <Enter>. D:\>bupdater /pc /g The BIOS Updater screen appears as below. ASUSTek BIOS Updater for DOS V1.18 [2010/04/29] Current ROM Update ROM BOARD: Unknown BOARD: Maximus IV Extreme-Z VER: Unknown VER: 0204 DATE: Unknown DATE: 08/05/2010 PATH: A:\ P8P67D.ROM 4194304 2010-08-05 17:30:48 Note [Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info [Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit Press <Tab>...
  • Page 143: Chapter 4: Software Support

    This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package and the software. Software support...
  • Page 144 Chapter summary Installing an operating system ........... 4-1 Support DVD information ............4-1 Software information ..............4-3 4.4 RAID configurations ..............4-21 Creating a RAID driver disk ............4-32 ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 145: Installing An Operating System

    The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates. 4.2.1 Running the support DVD Place the support DVD into the optical drive.
  • Page 146: Obtaining The Software Manuals

    Acrobat Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files. ® ® Click the Manual tab. Click ASUS Motherboard Utility Guide from the manual list on the left. The Manual folder of the support DVD appears. Double- click the folder of your selected software.
  • Page 147: Software Information

    4.3.1 AI Suite II AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows users to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. Installing AI Suite II To install AI Suite II on your computer Place the support DVD to the optical drive.
  • Page 148: Digi+ Vrm

    4.3.2 DIGI+ VRM ASUS DIGI+ VRM allows you to adjust VRM voltage and frequency modulation to enhance reliability and stability. It also provides the highest power efficiency, generating less heat to longer component lifespan and minimize power loss. After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch DIGI+ VRM by clicking Tool >...
  • Page 149 The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification. • Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored. Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 150: Turbov Evo

    II from the motherboard support DVD, launch TurboV EVO by clicking Tool > TurboV EVO on the AI Suite II main menu bar. Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration.
  • Page 151 You will requested to restart the system. Click Yes to make the change take effect. CPU Ratio Click to activate the CPU Ratio Applies all changes Click to restore immediately all start-up settings Undoes all changes without applying ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 152: Auto Tuning

    The CPU Ratio bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your CPU model. Auto Tuning ASUS TurboV EVO includes two auto tuning modes, providing the most flexible auto-tuning options. • The overclocking result varies with the CPU model and the system configuration.
  • Page 153 Read through the warning messages and click OK to start auto-overclocking. TurboV automatically overclocks the CPU and memory and restarts the system. After re-entering Windows, a message appears indicating the current overclocking result. To keep the result, click Stop. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 154 If you did not click Stop in the previous step, TurboV automatically starts further system overclocking and stability test. An animation appears indicating the overclocking process. Click Stop if you want to cancel the Overclocking process. TurboV automatically adjusts and saves BIOS settings and restarts the system.
  • Page 155: Epu

    Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced *• since you click the Clear button • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-11...
  • Page 156: Fan Xpert

    70°C. User: Allows you to configure the CPU fan profile under certain limitations. • Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. 4-12 Chapter 4: Software support...
  • Page 157: Probe Ii

    Loads Applies your Loads the your saved changes default threshold configuration values for each sensor Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-13...
  • Page 158: Rog Cpu-Z

    To launch ROG CPU-Z Double-click the CUPID ROG CPU-Z icon on the desktop. Click the tabs on the top to switch display pages. Click the REPUBLIC OF GAMERS icon to access ROG official website at http://rog.asus.com/. 4-14 Chapter 4: Software support...
  • Page 159: Memtweakit

    Click About on the top to switch the screen and the information of this application is displayed as shown. Click the REPUBLIC OF GAMERS icon to access ROG official website at http://rog. asus.com/. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-15...
  • Page 160: Rog Connect

    4.3.9 ROG Connect ROG Connect allows you to monitor and adjust the local PC through your remote Setting up USB connection between your local and remote PC Install ROG Connect on the remote PC from the provided Support DVD • before using ROG Connect.
  • Page 161 String and Code. RC Remote RC Remote allows you to operate your local system through the ROG Connect cable. RC Diagram RC Diagram allows you to monitor and record your local system status. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-17...
  • Page 162 GPU TweakIt GPU TweakIt allows you to control and monitor the installed GPU on the local system. Use the sliders to adjust the values and click Apply to save your customized settings. 4-18 Chapter 4: Software support...
  • Page 163: Audio Configurations

    Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows Vista™ / 7™ ® Set default Minimize Exit button device button button Device advanced Configuration settings option tabs Connector settings Analog and digital Control connector settings status window Information button ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-19...
  • Page 164 Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows XP Exit Configuration button options Minimize Control settings button window Information button Refer to the software manual in the support DVD or visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for detailed software configuration. 4-20 Chapter 4: Software support...
  • Page 165: Raid Configurations

    With the RAID 10 configuration you get all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-21...
  • Page 166: Installing Serial Ata Hard Disks

    4.4.2 Installing Serial ATA hard disks The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array. To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration: Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
  • Page 167: Creating A Raid Set

    When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives you want to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears: [ SELECT DISKS ] Port Drive Model Serial # Size Status 0 ST3160812AS 9LS0HJA4 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk 1 ST3160812AS 9LS0F4HL 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk 2 ST3160812AS 3LS0JYL8 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk 3 ST3160812AS 9LS0BJ5H 149.0GB Non-RAID Disk Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume. [ ↑↓ ]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-23...
  • Page 168 Use the up/down arrow key to select a drive, and then press <Space> to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection. Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for RAID 0, 10 and 5 only),and then press <Enter>.
  • Page 169: Deleting A Raid Set

    To exit the utility: From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The following warning message appears: [ CONFIRM EXIT ] Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N): Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-25...
  • Page 170 Intel Smart Response Technology ® Intel Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses ® an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available) as a cache for frequently accessed operations, speeding up hard drive/main memory interaction. Key benefits are expedited hard drive speeds, reduced load and wait times, and maximized storage utilization.
  • Page 171 If you want to restore the OS, go to BIOS Option ROM utility and select Acceleration Options to disable Intel Smart Response Technology. ® • The performance of Intel Smart Response Technology varies by SSD. ® ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-27...
  • Page 172: Marvell Raid Utility

    4.4.5 Marvell RAID utility The onboard Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller allows you to create a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array using two SATA hard disk drives. Refer to Chapter 2 of your motherboard user manual for the exact location of the Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s connector.
  • Page 173 Move the selection bar to Next and press <Enter>. The following warning message appears: Create Virtual Disk Do you want to create this virtual disk ? Yes No Press <Y> to create the RAID array, or press <N> to cancel. The new RAID array appears under Virtual Disks, as shown in the image below. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-29...
  • Page 174: Delete An Existing Raid Array

    Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2009 Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Topology Information HBA 0: Marvell 0 Vendor ID : 1B4B ├ Virtual Disks Device ID : 9130 │ └ VD 0: New_VD Revision ID : B1 │ ├ PD 0: ST3160812AS BIOS Version : 1.0.0.1028 │ └ PD 8: ST3160812AS Firmware Version: 2.2.0.1105 PCIe Speed Rate : 5.0Gbps └ Free Physical Disks Configure SATA as: AHCI Mode ▶ ▶ Help Marvell RAID on chip controller. ENTER: Operation F10: Exit/Save ESC: Return Press <F10>. The following warning message appears: Exit Do you want to exit from Marvell BIOS Setup? Yes No Press <Y> to save the RAID setting and exit the Marvell RAID utility. Delete an existing RAID Array Select the RAID array to delete and press <Enter>.
  • Page 175 Press <Y> to delete the Master Boot Record (MBR) from the selected RAID array. Press <F10>. The following warning message appears: Exit Do you want to exit from Marvell BIOS Setup? Yes No Press <Y> to save the RAID setting and exit the Marvell RAID utility. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-31...
  • Page 176: Creating A Raid Driver Disk

    Creating a RAID driver disk A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing a Windows operating ® system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. The motherboard does not provide a floppy drive connector. You have • to use a USB floppy disk drive when creating a SATA RAID driver disk. •...
  • Page 177: Installing The Raid Driver During Windows ® Os Installation

    Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation. Before loading the RAID driver from a USB flash drive, you have to use another computer to copy the RAID driver from the support DVD to the USB flash drive. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-33...
  • Page 178: Using A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    4.�.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive Due to OS limitation, Windows XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive ® when you install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation. To solve this issue, add the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) to the floppy disk containing the RAID driver.
  • Page 179 Type the following line to the bottom of the two sections: id = “USB\VID_xxxx&PID_xxxx”, “usbstor” [HardwareIds.scsi.iaAHCI_DesktopWorkstationServer] id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C02&CC_0106”,”iaStor” id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor” [HardwareIds.scsi.iaStor_DesktopWorkstationServer] id= “PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2822&CC_0104”,”iaStor” id= “USB\VID_03EE&PID_6901”, “usbstor” Add the same line to both sections. The VID and PID vary with different vendors. 10. Save and exit the file. ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 4-35...
  • Page 180 4-36 Chapter 4: Software support...
  • Page 181: Chapter 5: Multiple Gpu Technology Support

    This chapter describes how to install and configure multiple ATI CrossFireX™ and ® NVIDIA SLI™ graphics cards. ® Multiple GPU technology support...
  • Page 182: Chapter Summary

    Chapter summary CrossFireX™ technology ........... -5-1 ® NVIDIA SLI™ technology ............-5-5 ® LucidLogix Virtu™ solution ............-5-9 ® ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 183: Ati ® Crossfirex™ Technology

    For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. For Windows Vista, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. Select your current graphics card driver/s. For Windows XP, select Add/Remove. For Windows Vista, select Uninstall. Turn off your computer. ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 184: Installing Crossfirex Graphics Cards

    5.1.3 Installing CrossFireX graphics cards The following pictures are for reference only. The graphics cards and the motherboard layout may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same. Prepare two CrossFireX-ready graphics cards. Insert the two graphics card into the PCIEX16 slots.
  • Page 185: Installing The Device Drivers

    Windows notification area and select Cayalist Control Center. The Catalyst Control Center Setup Assistant appears when the system detects the existance of multi- graphics cards. Click Go to continue to the Catalyst Control Center Advanced View window. ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 186 Enabling CrossFireX settings In the Catalyst Control Center window, click Graphics Settings > CrossFireX > Configure. From the Graphics Adapter list, select the graphics card to act as the display GPU. Select Enable CrossFireX. Click Apply, and then click OK to exit the window. Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support...
  • Page 187: Nvidia ® Sli™ Technology

    PCIEX16 slots, refer to Chapter 2 in this user manual for the locations of the PCIEX16 slots recommended for multi-graphics card installation. Ensure that the cards are properly seated on the slots. ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 188: Installing The Device Drivers

    Align and firmly insert the SLI bridge connector to the goldfingers on each graphics card. Ensure that the connector is firmly in place. Connect two independent auxiliary power sources from the power supply to the two graphics cards separately. Connect a VGA or a DVI cable to the graphics card. SLI bridge Goldfingers 5.2.3...
  • Page 189 B1. If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item in step (A), select Personalize. B2. From the Personalization window, select Display Settings. B3. From the Display Settings dialog box, click Advanced Settings. ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 190 B4. Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab, and then click Start the NVIDIA Control Panel. B5. The NVIDIA Control Panel window appears. Enabling SLI settings From the NVIDIA Control Panel window, select Set SLI Configuration. Click Enable SLI and set the display for viewing SLI rendered content.
  • Page 191: Lucidlogix ® Virtu™ Solution

    Autorun feature. Click the Drivers tab, then click LucidLogix Virtu™ software. ® Follow the onscreen instructions i-Mode (output from to complete installation. the Sandy Bridge GPU) d-Mode (output from the discrete GPU) ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z...
  • Page 192 i-Mode To use LucidLogix Virtu™ solution in i-Mode, display must be always connected to ® Sandy Bridge motherboard video output. iMode is only available on selected models. d-Mode (recommended mode) To use LucidLogix Virtu™ solution in d-Mode, display must be connected to the ®...
  • Page 193: Software Configuration

    Virtu™� icon in the notification area and select Enable Right-click LucidLogix ® Virtu. LucidLogix Virtu™ is enabled. ® LucidLogix Virtu™ is automatically activated when your system is powered on. ® Select Remove from system tray, if you want to remove LucidLogix Virtu™. ® ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z 5-11...
  • Page 194 To open the control panel icon in the notification area and select Open Right-click LucidLogix LucidLogix Virtu™� icon in the notification area and select ® control panel. In the Main tab, you can check the LucidLogix LucidLogix Virtu™� status and customize status and customize ®...
  • Page 195: Asus Contact Information

    +1-812-282-3777 +1-510-608-4555 Web site usa.asus.com Technical Support Telephone +1-812-282-2787 Support fax +1-812-284-0883 Online support support.asus.com ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-959911 Web site www.asus.de Online contact www.asus.de/sales Technical Support Telephone +49-1805-010923* Support Fax...

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