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  • Page 1 H81-PLUS...
  • 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

    Contents Safety information ..................iv About this guide ..................iv Package contents ..................vi H81-PLUS specifications summary ............vi Product introduction Before you proceed ..............1-1 Motherboard overview ..............1-1 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ........... 1-3 System memory ................1-7 Expansion slots ................
  • Page 4: 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 5: Conventions Used In 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 6: Package Contents

    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Please refer to the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) for details. ** Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List). ® *** Due to Intel chipset limitation, the DDR3 1600MHz and higher memory modules on XMP mode will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600MHz.
  • Page 7 ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution: - ASUS Fan Xpert - ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatsink solution ASUS EZ DIY: - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphical user interface - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2 ASUS Q-Design:...
  • Page 8 BIOS features 64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS v2.7, ACPI v4.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE...
  • Page 9: Product Introduction

    1.2.2 Screw holes Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis. Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 10: Motherboard Layout

    Place this side towards the rear of the chassis H81-PLUS 1.2.3 Motherboard layout 18.8cm(7.4in) CPU_FAN KBMS DIGI +VRM ATX12V 1083 USB3_12 LAN_USB34 CHA_FAN BATTERY AUDIO H81-PLUS PCIEX16_1 RTL 8111G 64Mb BIOS PCIEX1_1 1083 Intel ® PCIEX1_2 Super PCI1 PCI2 CLRTC...
  • Page 11: Central Processing Unit (Cpu)

    Central Processing Unit (CPU) This motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the Intel ® generation Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3, Pentium , Celeron processors. ® ® H81-PLUS H81-PLUS CPU socket LGA1150 ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 12: Installing The 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 13: Cpu Heatsink And Fan Assembly Installation

    1.3.2 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. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 14 To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 15: System Memory

    Sockets Channel A DIMM_A1 Channel B DIMM_B1 H81-PLUS H81-PLUS 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets 1.4.2 Memory configurations You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR3 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets. • You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration.
  • Page 16: Installing A Dimm

    For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full memory load (2 DIMMs) or overclocking condition. • Visit the ASUS website at: www.asus.com for the latest QVL. 1.4.3 Installing a DIMM Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system components.
  • Page 17: Expansion Slots

    When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 18: Jumpers

    CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords. H81-PLUS CLRTC Normal Clear RTC (Default) H81-PLUS Clear RTC RAM 1-10 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 19: Usb Device Wake-Up

    DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power mode). H81-PLUS USBPWF +5VSB (Default) H81-PLUS USB device wake up • The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port; otherwise, the system would not power up. •...
  • Page 20: Connectors

    BIOS. KB_USBPWB +5VSB H81-PLUS (Default) H81-PLUS Keyboard and USB device wake up Connectors 1.7.1 Rear panel connectors PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse. Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or other devices.
  • Page 21 Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other VGA-compatible devices.. Serial port. This 9-pin COM port is for pointing devices or other serial devices. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard. ASUS H81-PLUS 1-13...
  • Page 22: Internal 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. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port. 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.
  • Page 23: Intelh81 Serial Ata 6.0Gb/S Connector

    H81-PLUS HD-audio-compliant Legacy AC’97 pin definition compliant definition H81-PLUS Front panel audio connector • We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability. • If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, set the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS setup to [HD].
  • Page 24 These are not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors! The CPU_FAN connector supports a CPU fan of maximum 1A (12 W) fan power. Only the 4-pin CPU fan supports the ASUS Fan Xpert feature. 1-16 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 25 The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL) This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions. PANEL PWR_LED SPEAKER PIN 1 H81-PLUS +HDD_LED PWRSW RESET * Requires an ATX power supply H81-PLUS System panel connector ASUS H81-PLUS 1-17...
  • Page 26: Onboard Leds

    The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED. SB_PWR H81-PLUS Standby Power Powered Off H81-PLUS Onboard LED 1-18 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 27: Software Support

    Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the DVD automatically displays the Specials screen which lists the unique features of your ASUS motherboard. Click Drivers, Utilities, AHCI Driver, Manual, Contact and Specials tabs to display their respective menus.
  • Page 28: Bios Information

    Managing and updating your BIOS Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update utility.
  • Page 29: Asus Ez Flash

    2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS-based utility. Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com. To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2: Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
  • Page 30: Asus Crashfree Bios

    2.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 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 updated BIOS file.
  • Page 31 Insert the DOS-bootable USB flash drive with the latest BIOS file and BIOS Updater to your computer’s USB port. Boot your computer. When the ASUS Logo appears, press <F8> to show the BIOS Boot Device Select Menu. Select the USB flash drive as the boot device. The DOS screen appears.
  • Page 32 Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit menu. Refer to section 2.10 Exit menu for details. • Ensure to connect all SATA hard disk drives after updating the BIOS file if you have disconnected them. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 33: Bios Setup Program

    The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen. • Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this motherboard. •...
  • Page 34: 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 or press F7. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 35: Menu Bar

    Back button Menu items Menu bar Configuration fields General help Last modified settings Quick note Pop-up window Submenu item Navigation keys Scroll bar Menu bar The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items: My Favorites For saving the frequently-used system settings and configuration Main For changing the basic system configuration...
  • Page 36: Scroll Bar

    The Quick Note function does not support the following keyboard functions: delete, cut, copy and paste. • You can only use the English letters to type your notes. Last Modified button This button shows the items that you last modified and saved in BIOS Setup. ASUS H81-PLUS...
  • Page 37: My Favorites

    My Favorites MyFavorites is your personal space where you can easily save and access your favorite BIOS items. Adding items to My Favorites To add frequently-used BIOS items to My Favorites: Use the arrow keys to select an item that you want to add. When using a mouse, hover the pointer to the item.
  • Page 38: Main Menu

    Otherwise, you might be able to see or change only selected fields in the 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>. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-11...
  • Page 39: User Password

    Confirm the password when prompted. 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>. Confirm the password when prompted.
  • Page 40: Ai 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 H81-PLUS 2-13...
  • Page 41 Target DMI/PEG Clock : xxxxMHz Displays the target DMI/PEG clock. Target iGPU Speed : xxxxMHz Displays the target iGPU speed. 2.5.1 ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Auto] [Auto] Default set to [Auto] for maximum performance under XMP/Manual/User- defined memory frequency mode. [Disabled] Allows you to set to default core ratio settings.
  • Page 42 Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the optimal iGPU frequency value. The frequency may vary depending on the system loading. 2.5.8 GPU Boost [As is] Allows you to enable the GPU Boost to accelerate the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance. Configuration options: [As is] [Enabled]. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-15...
  • Page 43: Dram Timing Control

    2.5.9 EPU Power Saving Mode [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the EPU power saving function. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] 2.5.10 DRAM Timing Control The subitems in this menu allow you to set the DRAM timing control features. Use the <+> and <->...
  • Page 44 Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] tRDWR [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [31 DRAM Clock] tRDWR_dr [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [31 DRAM Clock] tRDWR_dd [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [31 DRAM Clock] ASUS H81-PLUS 2-17...
  • Page 45 Channel B DIMM Control [Enable Bot...] Configuration options: [Enable Both DIMMS] [Disable DIMM0] [Disable DIMM1] [Disable Both DIMMS] Scrambler Setting [Optimized ...] Configuration options: [Optimized (ASUS)] [Default (MRC)] 2.5.11 DIGI+ VRM CPU Load-Line Calibration [Auto] Load-line is defined by Intel VRM specification and affects CPU voltage. The CPU working voltage will decrease proportionally to CPU loading.
  • Page 46: Cpu Power Management

    Allows you to limit the turbo ratio’s long duration power. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. CPU Integrated VR Current Limit [Auto] Allows you to limit the CPU Integrated VR current Use <+> and <-> key to adjust the value. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-19...
  • Page 47 CPU Internal Power Switching Frequency Frequency Tuning Mode [Auto] Allows you to set the frequency tuning mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [+] [-] CPU Internal Power Fault Control Thermal Feedback [Auto] When enabled, it allows CPU to take precautionary actions when the thermal of the external regulator exceeds the limit.Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled] CPU Integrated VR Fault Management [Auto]...
  • Page 48 CPU Cache Voltage Offset [Auto] This item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Offset Mode] and allows you to set the CPU cache voltage offset. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-21...
  • Page 49 2.5.16 CPU Graphics Voltage [Auto] This item allows you to set the CPU graphics voltage. Increase the graphics voltage when increasing the iGPU frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode] [Adaptive Mode]. CPU Graphics Voltage Override [Auto] This item appears only when you set the CPU Graphics Voltage to [Manual Mode] and allows you to set the CPU graphics voltage override.
  • Page 50 Allows you to set the DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval 2.5.26 DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB [Auto] Allows you to set the DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval ASUS H81-PLUS 2-23...
  • Page 51: 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. 2.6.1 CPU Configuration The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically detects.
  • Page 52 Allows you to set the processor cores to run faster than the marked frequency in a specific condition. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Turbo Mode is only available on selected CPU models only. CPU C states [Auto] [Auto] Automatic configuration. [Enabled] Enables the CPU C states. [Disabled] Disables the CPU C states. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-25...
  • Page 53: Pch Configuration

    The following items appear only when you set the CPU C states to [Enabled]. Enhanced C1 state [Enabled] [Enabled] Enables enhanced C1 state. [Disabled] Disables enhanced C1 state. CPU C3 Report [Enabled] Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C3 report to OS. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] CPU C6 report [Enabled] Allows you to disable or enable the CPU C6 report to OS.
  • Page 54: Sata Configuration

    SATA hard disk drives. Aggressive LPM Support [Auto] This item appears only when you set the previous item to [AHCI] and allows you to enable or disable PCH entering link power state aggressively. Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled] ASUS H81-PLUS 2-27...
  • Page 55: System Agent Configuration

    IDE Legacy / Native Mode Selection [Native] This item appears only when you set the SATA Mode Selection item to [IDE]. Configuration options: [Native] [Legacy] S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled] S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor system. When read/write of your hard disk errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to report warning messages during the POST.
  • Page 56: Memory Configuration

    USB Single Port Control USB3_1~2 [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable an individual USB port. Refer to the section 1.2.3 Motherboard layout in this user manual for the locations of the USB ports. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-29...
  • Page 57: Platform Misc Configuration

    USB_3~6, 9~12 [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable an individual USB port. Refer to the section 1.2.3 Motherboard layout in this user manual for the locations of the USB ports. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]. 2.6.6 Platform Misc Configuration The items in this menu allow you to configure the Platform Misc. PCI Express Native Power Management [Disabled] Allows you to enhance the power saving feature of PCI Express and perform ASPM operations in the operating system.
  • Page 58: Parallel Port Configuration

    Enables the Power On by a PS/2 mouse. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Power On By PCIE/PCI [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the Intel /Realtek LAN device. ® ASUS H81-PLUS 2-31...
  • Page 59: Monitor Menu

    [Enabled] Enables the PCIE/PCI devices to generate a wake-on-LAN feature of the Intel /Realtek LAN device. ® Power On By Ring [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables Ring to generate a wake event. [Enabled] Enables Ring to generate a wake event. Power On By RTC [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables RTC to generate a wake event.
  • Page 60 The following four items appear only when you set CPU Fan Profile to [Manual]. CPU Upper Temperature [70] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the upper limit of the CPU temperature. The values range from 20ºC to 75ºC. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-33...
  • Page 61 CPU Fan Max. Duty Cycle(%) [100] Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the maximum CPU fan duty cycle. The values range from 20% to 100%. When the CPU temperature reaches the upper limit, the CPU fan will operate at the maximum duty cycle. CPU Lower Temperature [20] Displays the lower limit of the CPU temperature.
  • Page 62: Boot Menu

    Only hard drives connected to SATA ports will be detected during POST. Any hardware change will disable fast boot. [Boot Drive Only] Only boot drive connected to SATA ports will be detected during POST. Any hardware change will disable fast boot. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-35...
  • Page 63 USB Support [Partial In...] [Disabled] All USB devices will not be available until OS boot up for a fastest POST time. [Full Initialization] All USB devices will be available during POST. This process will extend the POST time. [Partial Initialization] For a faster POST time, only the USB ports with keyboard and mouse connections will be detected.
  • Page 64 [UEFI and Legacy OpROM] [Legacy OpROM only] [UEFI only] Boot from Network Devices [Legacy OpR...] Allows you to select the type of network devices that you want to launch. Configuration options: [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore] ASUS H81-PLUS 2-37...
  • Page 65: Secure Boot

    Boot from Storage Devices [Legacy OpR...] Allows you to select the type of storage devices that you want to launch. Configuration options: [Both, Legacy OpROM first] [Both, UEFI first] [Legacy OpROM first] [UEFI driver first] [Ignore] Boot from PCI-E/PCI Expansion Devices [Legacy OpR...] Allows you to select the type of PCIe/PCI expansion devices that you want to launch.
  • Page 66: Dbx Management

    Append DBX from file Allows you to load the additional DBX from a storage device so that more db’s images cannot be loaded. The DBX file must be formatted as a UEFI variable structure with time-based authenticated variable. ASUS H81-PLUS 2-39...
  • Page 67: Boot Option Priorities

    • To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS Logo appears. • To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, do any of the following: •...
  • Page 68: Tools Menu

    <Enter> to display the submenu. 2.9.1 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press [Enter] to launch the ASUS EZ Flash 2 screen. For more details, see section 2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2. 2.9.2 ASUS O.C.
  • Page 69: Exit Menu

    This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes. When you select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears. 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...
  • Page 70: Appendices

    Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes : (1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et (2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil. H81-PLUS...
  • Page 71: Canadian Department Of Communications Statement

    ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components as well as the packaging materials.
  • Page 72: 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...
  • Page 73 Appendices...