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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

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    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

    About this guide ....................... xiii How this guide is organized ................xiii Where to find more information ..............xiii Conventions used in this guide ..............xiv Typography ....................xiv RAMPAGE IV EXTREME specifications summary ..........xv Chapter 1: Product introduction Welcome! ....................1-1 Package contents..................1-1 Special features..................

  • Page 4: Contents

    Contents 2.2.6 Onboard LEDs ................2-22 2.2.7 Jumper ..................2-30 2.2.8 Internal connectors..............2-31 Building your computer system ............. 2-42 2.3.1 Additional tools and components to build a PC system .... 2-42 2.3.2 CPU installation................. 2-43 2.3.3 CPU heatsink and fan assembly installation ......2-45 2.3.4 DIMM installation...............

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    Contents Tools menu ....................3-37 3.8.1 ASUS EZ Flash Utility ............... 3-37 3.8.2 ASUS O.C. Profile ..............3-38 3.8.3 BIOS FlashBack ................ 3-39 3.8.4 GO Button File ................3-40 Exit menu ....................3-41 3.10 Updating BIOS ..................3-42 3.10.1 ASUS Update utility..............3-42 3.10.2...

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    4.5.2 Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows ® ............... 4-28 4.5.3 Installing the RAID driver during Windows OS installation ..4-29 ® 4.5.4 Using a USB floppy disk drive ........... 4-30 Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support CrossFireX™ technology ............... 5-1 ®...

  • 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: Declaration Of Conformity (r&tte Directive 1999/5/ec)

    Declaration of Conformity (R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC) The following items were completed and are considered relevant and sufficient: • Essential requirements as in [Article 3] • Protection requirements for health and safety as in [Article 3.1a] • Testing for electric safety according to [EN 60950] •...

  • Page 9: Wireless Operation Channel For Different Domains

    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: Operation Safety

    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: Rampage Iv Extreme Specifications Summary

    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details. ** Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe3.0 x16 (red) slots, support x16;...

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME specifications summary ROG Exclusive ROG OC Key - OSD TweakIt Overclocking Features - OSD Monitor ROG Extreme OC Kit - Subzero Sense - VGA Hotwire - Slow Mode - LN2 Mode - PCIe x16 Lane switch - Q_Reset...

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    - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS MyLogo 3 - ROG BIOS Wallpaper ASUS Q-Design - ASUS Q-Connector - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) - ASUS Q-Slot - ASUS Q-DIMM Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port...

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME specifications summary 2 x 64Mb Flash ROMs, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, BIOS Features 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...

  • Page 19: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    Chapter 1: Product introduction Welcome! Thank you for buying an ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 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 20: Special Features

    SLI/CrossFire On-Demand Why choose when you can have both? SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME, 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 21: Rog Intelligent Performance & Overclocking Features

    10K Black Metallic capacitors, while the digital VRM design allows you to achieve ultimate performance with adjustable CPU and memory power management frequencies. Precise adjustments create greater efficiency, stability, five times stronger lifespan than solid capacitors* and performance for total system control. (*At an operating temperature of 105°C) ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 22: Bios Flashback

    Thanks to the Bluetooth support that comes with select ASUS ROG motherboards, you can monitor your PC and tweak parameters such as voltages and frequencies in real time wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad! GPU.DIMM Post...

  • Page 23: Sound With Clarity

    Sound with Clarity 7.1 channel Audio Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 7.1 channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 24: Rog Ez Diy Features

    When used with a optional fans, you may activate Q-Fan function on up to 3 additional devices of your choice! 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 25: Chapter 2: Hardware Information

    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 26: Motherboard Overview

    Motherboard overview 2.2.1 Motherboard layout Refer to 2.2.8 Internal connectors and 2.3.10 Rear panel connection for more information about rear panel connectors and internal connectors. Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 27: Layout Contents

    Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 2-32 Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) 2-30 EZ Plug connectors (6-pin EZ_PLUG_1; 4-pin EZ_PLUG_2) 2-34 OC Key connector (10-1 pin OC_KEY) 2-34 OT header (ROG Connect switch) 2-24 ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 28: Central Processing Unit (cpu)

    Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/ transit-related.

  • Page 29: 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 ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 30: Memory Configurations

    • According to Intel spec, the max. 64GB 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.

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3 2400 MHz capability DIMM socket support (Optional) Chip Chip Vendors Part No. Size Timing Voltage Brand 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM A-DATA AX3U2400GC4G10(XMP) 10-11-10- 1.65 • • CORSAIR CMGTX3(XMP) 9-11-9-27 1.65...

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3 2000 MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) Brand 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM A-DATA AX3U2000GB2G9B(XMP) 9-11-9-27 1.55~1.75 • •...

  • Page 33: 1800/1600 Mhz Capability

    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3 1800 MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM G.SKILL F3-14400CL9D-4GBRL(XMP) 4GB(2 x DS - 9-9-9-24 1.6...

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    ( DDR3 1600 MHz continued ) Vendors Part No. Size Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM G.SKILL F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP) 16GB ( 4x 9-9-9-24 • • • • 4GB ) G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ(XMP) 4GB ( 2x...

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    4GB(2 x 7-7-7-20 • • 2GB) Patriot PX538G1600LLK(XMP) 8GB ( 2x 8-9-8-24 1.65 • • • 4GB ) Team TXD31024M1600C8-D(XMP) Team T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24 1.65 • • • Team TXD32048M1600HC8-D(XMP) Team T3D1288RT-16 8-8-8-24 1.65 • • • ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-11...

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3 1333 MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM A-DATA AD63I1B0823EV A-DATA 3CCA-1509A • •...

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    • • • SAMSUNG M378B5273BH1-CH9 SAMSUNG K4B2G0846B-HCH9 • • • SAMSUNG M378B5273CH0-CH9 SAMSUNG K4B2G0846C K4B2G0846C - • • • SAMSUNG M378B5273DH0-CH9 SAMSUNG K4B2G08460 • • • ( DDR3 1333 MHz continues on next page ) ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-13...

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    ( DDR3 1333 MHz continued ) Vendors Part No. Size S S / Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM SAMSUNG M378B1G73AH0-CH9 SAMSUNG K4B4G0846A-HCH9 • • Transcend JM133 3KLN-2G (582670) Micron ICD77 C9LGK •...

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    RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL) DDR3 1067 MHz capability Vendors Part No. Size Chip Brand Chip NO. Timing Voltage DIMM socket support (Optional) 2 DIMM 4 DIMM 6 DIMM 8 DIMM ELPIDA EBJ10UE8EDF0-AE-F ELPIDA J1108EDSE-DJ-F • ELPIDA...

  • Page 40: Expansion Slots

    2.2.4 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 3.0 x16_1 slot PCIe 3.0 x8_2A slot PCIe 3.0 x8_2B slot PCIe 3.0 x16/8_3 slot PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot...

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    – – – shared High Definition Audio – – – – – – shared – SATA #0 – – shared – – – – – SATA #0 – – – – shared – – – ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-17...

  • Page 42: Onboard Switches

    2.2.5 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.

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    (GO_Button file) for temporary overclocking when in OS. 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-19...

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    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. Q reset button When the LN2_Mode jumper 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...

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    To over-come this simply flip the switch over to “slow” the processor instantaneously. Switching over to Slow-Mode during critical moments when Temperature/Max Frequency alignment is off-synch saves you a lot of crashes, even when trying to boot into the OS at cold temperatures. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-21...

  • Page 46: Onboard Leds

    2.2.6 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.

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    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-23...

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    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. Q LED Q LEDs check key components (CPU, DRAM, VGA card, and booting devices) in sequence during motherboard booting process.

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    The illustration below shows the location of the onboard power-on switch. 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-25...

  • Page 50: Debug Table

    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 Microcode loading AP initialization after microcode loading System Agent initialization after microcode loading PCH initialization after microcode loading OEM initialization after microcode loading...

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    CPU DXE initialization is started PCI host bridge initialization System Agent DXE initialization is started System Agent DXE SMM initialization is started 6B – 6F System Agent DXE initialization (System Agent module specific) PCH DXE initialization is started ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-27...

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    Debug table (continued) Code Description PCH DXE SMM initialization is started PCH devices initialization 73 – 77 PCH DXE Initialization (PCH module specific) ACPI module initialization CSM initialization 7A – 7F Reserved for future AMI DXE codes 80 – 8F OEM DXE initialization codes Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started Driver connecting is started...

  • Page 53: Asl Status Codes

    System is waking up from the S3 sleep state System is waking up from the S4 sleep state System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in PIC mode System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-29...

  • Page 54: Jumper

    2.2.7 Jumper LN2 Mode Jumper (3-pin LN2) 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 system boot successfully. OT header (ROG Connect switch) The OT header allows connection of a 2-pin cable switch (purchased separately) for users to quickly enable/disable the OC Key feature without using the ROG Connect On/Off button on the rear I/O port.

  • Page 55: Internal Connectors

    Before creating a RAID set, refer to section 4.4 RAID configurations or the manual bundled in the motherboard support DVD. • When using NCQ, set the SATA Mode in the BIOS to [AHCI Mode]. Refer to section 3.5.3 SATA Configuration for details. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-31...

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    ® Intel X79 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G_1–4 [black]) These connectors connect to Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drives and optical disc drives via Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s signal cables. If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 ®...

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    The Subzero Sense connector allows you to connect the K probe cable (purchased seperately) to measure the motherboard temperature via BIOS, OC Key or TurboV EVO without purchasing expensive multimeters. Subzero Sense detects the connector’s ambient temperature when it’s plugged. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-33...

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    USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_56, USB3_78) This connector is for the additional USB 3.0 ports, and complies with the USB 3.0 specificaton that supports up to 4.8Gbps connection speed. If the USB 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.

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    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.

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    Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.

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    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 or CHA_FAN2 for better thermal environment. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-37...

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    Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector. •...

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    1000W power or above to ensure the system stability. • 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. PSU Suggested List AcBel PC7030...

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    EZ Plug connectors (6-pin EZ_PLUG_1; 4-pin EZ_PLUG_2) The EZ Plug connectors provide additional power to the memory modules and PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. Connect a 6-pin power cable to EZ_PLUG_1 when installing four PCIe3.0 x16 display cards to provide sufficient power supply. Connect a 4-pin power cable to EZ_PLUG_2 to provide stable power supply to the DIMMs.

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    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-41...

  • Page 66: 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 2011 CPU Intel LGA 2011 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 motherboard package.

  • Page 67: Cpu Installation

    Please note the order in opening/ closing the double latch. Follow the instructions printed on the metal sealing hatch or the illustrations shown below in this manual. The plastic cap will pop up automatically once the CPU is in place and the hatch properly sealed down. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-43...

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    2-44 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 69: 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 ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-45...

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    To replace the LGA2011 CPU pad (X-Socket) 2-46 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 71: Dimm Installation

    2.3.4 DIMM installation To remove a DIMM ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-47...

  • Page 72: 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. 2-48 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

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    DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-49...

  • Page 74: Atx Power Connection

    2.3.6 ATX Power connection 2-50 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 75: Sata Device Connection

    2.3.7 SATA device connection ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-51...

  • Page 76: Front I/o Connector

    2.3.8 Front I/O Connector To install ASUS Q-Connector To install USB 2.0 Connector To install front panel audio connector AAFP USB 2.0 To install USB 3.0 Connector USB 3.0 2-52 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 77: Expansion Card Installation

    2.3.9 Expansion Card installation To install PCIe x16 cards To install PCIe x1 cards ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-53...

  • Page 78: Rear Panel Connection

    2.3.10 Rear panel connection Rear panel connectors 1. PS/2 mouse and keyboard port 2. USB 2.0 ports 7 and 8 3. Bluetooth module 4. LAN (RJ-45) port* 5. External SATA port 2 6. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2 7. Clear CMOS switch 8.

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    Line Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Pink Mic In Mic In Mic In Mic In Orange – – Center/Subwoofer Center/Subwoofer Black – Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-55...

  • Page 80: Audio I/o Connections

    2.3.11 Audio I/O connections Audio I/O ports Connect to Headphone and Mic Connect to Stereo Speakers Connect to 2.1 channel Speakers 2-56 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

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    Connect to 4.1 channel Speakers Connect to 5.1 channel Speakers Connect to 7.1 channel Speakers ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-57...

  • Page 82: Oc Key Device Installation

    2.3.12 OC Key device installation The OC Key device allows quick on-screen overclocking adjustments. Follow the instruction below to install the OC Key device to your system. To install the OC Key device Thread the OC Key cable through the opening on the I/O shield until the stopper on the cable snaps into place.

  • Page 83

    Use the <Up>, <Down>, <Left> and <Right> to move the highlighted item, use the <Enter> key to enter an item, use the <ESC> key to exit an item, and use the <F10> key to save settings. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-59...

  • Page 84

    Key device and the other end of the cable to any USB port on the rear panel of the motherboard. Launch the firmware upgrade program downloaded from ASUS official website and follow screen intructions to update the OC Key device firmware.

  • Page 85: Starting Up For The First Time

    While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts the system on sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2-61...

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    2-62 Chapter 2: Hardware information...

  • Page 87: Chapter 3: Bios Setup

    BIOS setup Knowing BIOS The new ASUS UEFI BIOS is an Unified Extensible Firmware Interface that complies with UEFI architecture, offering a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard- only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the new UEFI BIOS with the same smoothness as their operating system.

  • Page 88: 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 89: Menu Items

    You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable. A configurable field is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it and press <Enter> to display a list of options. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 90: Ez Mode

    Power Saving mode Loads optimized default Displays the system properties of the Normal mode ASUS Optimal mode selected mode on the right hand side • The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system. •...

  • Page 91: Extreme Tweaker Menu

    Be cautious when changing the settings of the Extreme 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: ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

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    Scroll down to display the following items: Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto] Allows you to select the CPU overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU internal frequency. Select any of these preset overclocking configuration options: [Auto] Loads the optimal settings for the system. [Manual] Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.

  • Page 93: Dram Timing Control

    <-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the keyboard and press the <Enter> key. Changing the values in this menu may cause the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default settings. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

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    Load Elipida Hyper Profile Change settings to suit Elpida Hyper Profile by selecting Yes. Load Tight PSC Profile Change settings to suit Tight PSC Profile by selecting Yes. Load Loose PSC Profile Change settings to suit Loose PSC Profile by selecting Yes. Load RAW MHZ Profile Change settings to suit RAW MHZ Profile by selecting Yes.

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    [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock] tWRDD [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock] tRWSR [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

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    tCCD [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [0 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock] Latency Timings DRAM RTL (CHA/B/C/D D0/1 R0/1 [Auto]) Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 14 Clock] [Advance 12 Clock] – [Advance 4 Clock] [Advance 2 Clock] [Normal] [Delay 2 Clock] [Delay 4 Clock] – [Delay 12 Clock] [Delay 14 Clock] DRAM IOL (CHA/B/C/D D0/1 R0/1 [Auto]) Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 14 Clock] –...

  • Page 97

    Reducing phase number under light system loading to increase 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.

  • Page 98

    Configuration options: [Auto] [manual] Configuration options: [Auto] [manual] DRAM-AB/DRAM-CD Power Phase control [Auto] [Optimized] Allows you to set ASUS optimized phase tuning profile. [Extreme] Allows you to set the Full phase mode. PCH 1.1V PCH 1.1v Switching Freq. [Auto] This item allows you to switch the frequency of PCH power.

  • Page 99: Cpu Performance Settings

    Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. Additional Turbo Voltage [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. CPU Core Current Limit [Auto] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-13...

  • Page 100

    GPU/DIMM Post GPU Post The GPU Post sub-menu allows you to view the information of individual PCI Express slots. PCIe Lane Simulator The PCIe Lane Simulator item allows you to simulate PCIe lane arrangement. DIMM Post The DIMM Post sub-menu allows you to view the information of installed DIMMs. Extreme OV [Disable] This item is set to [Disabled] by default to protect the CPU from being overheated.

  • Page 101

    Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.2500V to 2.5000V with a 0.00625V interval. PCH 1.1v Voltage [Auto] Allows you to set the 1.1v Platform Controller Hub voltage. The values range from 0.8000V to 1.6000V with a 0.00625V interval. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-15...

  • Page 102

    VTTDDR Voltage (CHA, CHB) [Auto] Allows you to set the VTTDDR voltage for DRAM channel A and B. The values range from for DRAM channel A and B. The values range from . The values range from 0.6250V to 1.1000V with a 0.00625V interval. VTTDDR Voltage (CHC, CHD) [Auto] Allows you to set the VTTDDR voltage for DRAM channel C and D.

  • Page 103

    DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA/B/C/D The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval. DRAM Read REF Voltage on CHA/B/C/D The values range from 0.38500x to 0.61500x with a 0.0050x interval. PCH Chipset Tweakers’ Paradise ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-17...

  • Page 104

    PCH 1.5v Voltage [Auto] The values range from 1.2000V to 2.3000V with a 0.00625V interval. PCH Logic Reference (1.1VG) [Auto] The values range from 0.80642V to 1.60623V with a 0.00661V interval. PCH DMI Strength [Auto] Configuration options: [-96] – [-1] [Auto] [+1] – [+96] PCH DMI Skew [Auto] Configuration options: [-96] –...

  • Page 105: Main Menu

    System Language [English] Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options. 3.4.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx] Allows you to set the system date. 3.4.3 System Time [xx:xx:xx] Allows you to set the system time. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-19...

  • Page 106: Security

    3.4.4 Security The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. • If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 2.3.10 Rear panel connection for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.

  • Page 107: User Password

    To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password. After you clear the password, the User Password item on top of the screen shows Not Installed. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-21...

  • Page 108: Advanced Menu

    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. 3-22 Chapter 3: BIOS setup...

  • Page 109: Cpu Configuration

    [Enabled] Two threads per activated core are enabled. Active Processor Cores [All] Allows you to choose the number of CPU cores to activate in each processor package. Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-23...

  • Page 110

    Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled] [Enabled] Allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions. [Disabled] Disables this function. Execute Disable Bit [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the No-Execution Page Protection Technology. [Disabled] Forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0). Intel Virtualization Tech [Enabled] [Enabled] Allows a hardware platform to run multiple operating systems separately...

  • Page 111: Pch Configuration

    [RAID Mode] Set to [RAID Mode] when you want to create a RAID configuration from the SATA hard disk drives. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-25...

  • Page 112

    The following two items appear only when you set the SATA Mode item to [IDE Mode]. Serial-ATA Controller 0 [Enabled] Allows you to enabled/disabled the Serial-ATA Controller 0. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Compatible] Serial-ATA Controller 1 [Enabled] Allows you to enabled/disabled the Serial-ATA Controller 1. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] S.M.A.R.T.

  • Page 113: Usb Configuration

    Disables the function. [Enabled] Enables the support for USB 3.0 devices on legacy operating systems (OS). EHCI Hand-off [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables the function. [Enabled] Enables the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand-off feature. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-27...

  • Page 114: Onboard Devices Configuraton

    3.5.5 Onboard Devices Configuraton Azalia HD Audio [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables the controller. [Enabled] Enables the High Definition Audio Controller. The following two items appear only when you set the Azalia HD Audio item to [Enabled]. Front Panel Type [HD] Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC97 or high- definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.

  • Page 115

    ASM1061 Storage OPROM [Enabled] This item appears only when you set the previous item to [IDE Mode] or [AHCI Mode] and allows you to enable or disable the OptionRom of the ASM1061 storage controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-29...

  • Page 116: Apm

    3.5.6 Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off] [Power On] The system goes into on state after an AC power loss. [Power Off] The system goes into off state after an AC power loss. [Last State] The system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state was before the AC power loss.

  • Page 117: Monitor Menu

    CPU Temperature; MB Temperature; PCH Temperature; OPT1/2/3 Temperature[xxxºC/ xxxºF] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU, motherboard, and the assigned devices temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-31...

  • Page 118: Fan Speed Control

    Fan Speed Monitor CPU FAN Speed; CPU OPT Speed; Chassis FAN1/2/3 Speed; PCH FAN Speed; OPT FAN 1/2/3 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A] The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU fan, chassis fan, PCH fan, and optional fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If any of the fans is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows [N/A].

  • Page 119

    Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the minimum chassis fan duty cycle. The values range from 0% to 100%. When the chassis temperature is under 40ºC, the chassis fan will operate at the minimum duty cycle. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-33...

  • Page 120

    PCH Fan Control [Disabled] Allows you to select the PCH fan control mode. When this item is set to [Duty Mode], you can configure the PCH Fan. Duty Cycle() item. When this item is set to [Profile Mode], you can configure the PCH Fan Profile item.

  • Page 121: Boot Menu

    Full Screen Logo [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables the full screen logo display feature. [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] [Disabled] Disables this function. [Enabled] The system waits for the <F1>...

  • Page 122: Boot Option Priorities

    • To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears. • To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, press <F8> after POST.

  • Page 123: 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 124: Asus O.c. Profile

    3.8.2 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. Label Allows you to input the label of setup profile. Save to Profile Allows you to save the current BIOS settings to the BIOS Flash, and create a profile.

  • Page 125: Bios Flashback

    Allows you to boot the system using BIOS chip 2. COPY BIOS1 to BIOS2 Only current operating BIOS can be mirrored. System will enter the soft-off state. After BIOS backup is finished, system will auto power-on. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-39...

  • Page 126: Go Button File

    3.8.4 GO Button File This menu allows you to set the GO Button files, and load the desired GO Button file. Scroll down to display the following items: BCLK Frequency; CPU Ratio; CPU Voltage; CPU VCCSA Voltage; DRAM Voltage (CHA, CHB/CHC, CHD); CPU PLL Voltage; VTT CPU Voltage; PCH 1.1v Voltage;...

  • Page 127: Exit Menu

    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-41...

  • Page 128: Updating Bios

    BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or BIOS Updater utilities. 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 to: ®...

  • Page 129

    To update the BIOS through the Internet: From the ASUS Update screen, select Update BIOS from Internet, and then click Next. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic. If you want to enable the BIOS downgradable function and auto BIOS backup function, check the checkboxs before the two items on the screen.

  • Page 130

    Click Browse to locate your desired picture file. Adjust the picture resolution if needed and click Next to continue. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process. 3-44 Chapter 3: BIOS setup...

  • Page 131

    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 132: 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.

  • Page 133: Asus Crashfree Bios 3 Utility

    The BIOS file in the motherboard support DVD may be older than the BIOS file published on the ASUS official website. If you want to use the newer BIOS file, download the file at support.asus.com and save it to a USB flash drive.

  • Page 134: 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 135

    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: RAMPAGE IV EXTREME BOARD: Unknown VER: 0211 VER: Unknown DATE: 09/05/2011 DATE: Unknown PATH: A:\ BIOS backup is done! Press any key to continue. Note Saving BIOS: ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 3-49...

  • Page 136

    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: BOARD: Unknown RAMPAGE IV EXTREME VER: Unknown VER: 0211 DATE: Unknown DATE: 09/05/2011 PATH: A:\ R4E.ROM 4194304 2010-08-05 17:30:48 Note [Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info...

  • Page 137: Usb Bios Flashback

    The USB BIOS Flashback allows users to update BIOS without entering BIOS or the operating system by using a USB flash disk drive under standby power. Download the latest BIOS program file from the ASUS website. Extract and rename the BIOS image file to R4E.ROM.

  • Page 138: Chapter 4: Software Support

    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 139: Obtaining The Software Manuals

    ® Acrobat Reader from the Utilities menu before opening the files. ® Click on the Manual tab. Click on 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 140: 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 141: Turbov Evo

    After installing AI Suite 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 142

    Set the CPU Ratio Setting item in BIOS to [Auto] before using the CPU Ratio function • in TurboV. Refer to Chapter 3 of your motherboard user manual for details. • The CPU Ratio bars show the status of the CPU cores, which vary with your CPU model. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 143: Auto Tuning

    • The value on the CPU Strap diagram varies 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 144

    Click Stop if you want to cancel the Overclocking process. TurboV EVO automatically adjusts and saves BIOS settings and restarts the system. After re-entering Windows, a message appears indicating auto tuning success. Click OK to exit. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 145: Digi+ Power Control

    4.3.3 DIGI+ Power Control DIGI+ PowerControl 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+ Power Control by clicking Tool >...

  • Page 146

    Set Manual Adjustment to faster phase response to increase system performance or to slower phase response to increase DRAM power efficiency. • The actual performance boost may vary depending on your CPU specification. • Do not remove the thermal module. The thermal conditions should be monitored. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 147: 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. 4-10...

  • Page 148: Fan Xpert

    However, the fan will speed up when the temperature exceeds 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 149: Sensor Recorder

    4.3.6 Sensor Recorder Sensor Recorder monitors the changes in the system voltage, temperature, and fan speed on a timeline. The History Record function allows you to designate specific time spans on record to keep track of the three system statuses for certain purposes. Launching Sensor Recorder After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch Sensor Recorder by clicking Tool >...

  • Page 150: Probe Ii

    Loads your saved Applies your Loads the default configuration changes threshold 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-13...

  • Page 151: Usb 3.0 Boost

    4.3.8 USB 3.0 Boost The ASUS exclusive USB 3.0 Boost provides speed boost for USB 3.0 devices and the up-to-date support of USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP). With USB 3.0 Boost, you can accelerate the transfer speed of your USB 3.0 devices with ease.

  • Page 152: Ai Charger

    * Check your USB device manufacturer if it fully supports the BC 1.1 function. • ** The actual charging speed may vary with your USB device’s conditions. • Ensure to remove and reconnect your USB device after enabling or disabling Ai Charger+ to ensure normal charging function. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-15...

  • Page 153: Asus Update

    4.3.10 ASUS Update ASUS Update lays out the options for updating BIOS on your system. Update BIOS utility on your system or simply save the utility for later use just by following the directions on this convenient updating feature. Launching ASUS Update After installing AI Suite II from the motherboard support DVD, launch ASUS Update by clicking Update>...

  • Page 154: Mylogo2

    Select the way you would like to do update your boot logo. Then click Next and follow the given instructions. Change the BIOS boot logo of my motherboard Under Current BIOS, click Browse and choose the desired image for your boot logo. Then click on Next. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-17...

  • Page 155

    Click on Auto Tune to adjust image size compatibility or adjust the resolution bar. You can click on Booting Preview to preview the boot image. Then click Next. Click on Flash to start updating the image to the boot logo. Click on Yes to reboot or you can also see the new logo next time you restart your computer.

  • Page 156: Rog Connect

    PC and the remote PC. Press the ROG Connect Button. Double-click the RC TweakIt shortcut on the remote PC to activate the function Using RC TweakIt Use the sliders and buttons to monitor or adjust your local PC. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-19...

  • Page 157

    Click Function to display more options. RC Poster RC Poster shows the status of the local system during the POST. You can switch the display mode between String and Code. RC Remote RC Remote allows you to operate your local system through the ROG Connect cable.

  • Page 158

    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-21...

  • Page 159: Audio Configurations

    Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows XP Exit button Configuration options Minimize button Control settings 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. 4-22 Chapter 4: Software support...

  • Page 160: 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-23...

  • Page 161: 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 162: 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 ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-25...

  • Page 163

    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 164

    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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-27...

  • Page 165: Creating A Raid Driver Disk

    Launch Windows File Manager and locate the following path in the support DVD: \Drivers\RAID\RSTe\Driver Double-click AsMakeDisk.exe to launch the ASUS MakeDisk Utility. Select the USB floppy disk drive as the destination disk. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.

  • Page 166: 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-29...

  • Page 167: Using A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    4.5.4 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 168

    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. Save and exit the file. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 4-31...

  • Page 169

    4-32 Chapter 4: Software support...

  • Page 170: Chapter 5: Multiple Gpu Technology Support

    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 RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 171: Installing Two Crossfirex™ Graphics Cards

    5.1.3 Installing two 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 172: Installing The Device Drivers

    Graphics Settings > Performance > AMD CrossFireX Configuration. 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. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 173: Nvidia ® Sli™ Technology

    NVIDIA SLI™ technology ® The motherboard supports the NVIDIA SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) technology that ® allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in this section. 5.2.1 Requirements • In SLI mode, you should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA ®...

  • Page 174: Installing The Device Drivers

    You can launch the NVIDIA Control Panel by the following two methods. Right click on the empty space of the Windows desktop ® and select NVIDIA Control Panel. The NVIDIA Control Panel window appears (See Step B5). ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 175

    If you cannot see the NVIDIA Control Panel item in step (A), select Personalize. From the Personalization window, select Display Settings. From the Display Settings dialog box, click Advanced Settings. Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support...

  • Page 176

    Panel. 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. When done, click Apply. ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME...

  • Page 177

    Chapter 5: Multiple GPU technology support...

  • Page 178: 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 (Component) +49-1805-010923*...

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