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  • Page 1 H81M-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 H81M-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 v2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions...
  • 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 H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 10: Motherboard Layout

    Place this side towards the rear of the chassis H81M-PLUS 1.2.3 Motherboard layout 18.3cm(7.2in) CPU_FAN KBMS DIGI +VRM HDMI ATX12V 1442 CHA_FAN LAN_USB34 BATTERY AUDIO H81M-PLUS PCIEX16_1 8111G 64Mb PCIEX1_1 BIOS 1042 Intel ® CLRTC Super PCIEX1_2 SB_PWR PCIEX1_3 887-VD2...
  • 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. ® ® H81M-PLUS H81M-PLUS CPU socket LGA1150 ASUS H81M-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 H81M-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 H81M-PLUS H81M-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 H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 18: Jumpers

    H81M-PLUS Normal Clear RTC (Default) H81M-PLUS Clear RTC RAM To erase the RTC RAM: Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
  • Page 19: Usb Device Wake-Up

    DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power mode). USBPWF H81M-PLUS +5VSB (Default) H81M-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 H81M-PLUS +5VSB (Default) H81M-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. Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other VGA-compatible devices.
  • Page 21 HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector, and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected content. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard. ASUS H81M-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: Front Panel Audio Connector

    H81M-PLUS HD-audio-compliant Legacy AC’97 pin definition compliant definition H81M-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 support the ASUS Fan Xpert feature. 1-16 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 25: Usb 3.0/Usb 2.0 Connector

    USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency, and backward compatibility with USB 2.0. USB3_12 PIN 1 USB3+5V USB3+5v IntA_P1_SSRX- IntA_P2_SSRX- IntA_P1_SSRX+ IntA_P2_SSRX+ IntA_P1_SSTX- IntA_P2_SSTX- IntA_P1_SSTX+ H81M-PLUS IntA_P2_SSTX+ IntA_P1_D- IntA_P2_D- IntA_P1_D+ IntA_P2_D+ H81M-PLUS USB3.0 Front panel connector The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately. ASUS H81M-PLUS 1-17...
  • Page 26: System Panel Connector 10-1 Pin Panel

    PIN 1 H81M-PLUS +HDD_LED RESET H81M-PLUS System panel connector • System power LED (2-pin PWR_LED) This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
  • Page 27: Onboard Leds

    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 LED. SB_PWR H81M-PLUS Standby Power Powered Off H81M-PLUS Onboard LED ASUS H81M-PLUS 1-19...
  • Page 28: 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 Drivers, Manual, Contact and Specials tabs to display their respective menus.
  • Page 29: 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 30: 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 31: Asus Crashfree Bios 3 Utility

    2.1.3 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility 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 32 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 Menu. Select the USB flash drive as the boot device. The DOS screen appears.
  • Page 33 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 H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 34: 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 35: 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 H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 36: 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 37: 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 H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 38: 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 39: 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 H81M-PLUS 2-11...
  • Page 40: 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 41: 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 H81M-PLUS 2-13...
  • Page 42 Memory Profile (X.M.P.) Technology, select this item to set the profiles supported by your memory modules for optimizing the system performance. 2.5.2 ASUS MultiCore Enhancement [Auto] [Auto] Default set to [Auto] for maximum performance under XMP/Manual/User- defined memory frequency mode.
  • Page 43 Allows you to set the memory operating frequency. The configuration options vary with the BCLK Frequency : DRAM Frequency Ratio item settings. Selecting a very high memory frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-15...
  • Page 44: Dram Timing Control

    2.5.8 Max. CPU Graphics Ratio [Auto] [Auto] The iGPU frequency is set to its optimized setting depending on the system loading. [Manaul] Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the optimal iGPU frequency value. The frequency may vary depending on the system loading. 2.5.9 GPU Boost [As Is] Allows you to enable the GPU Boost to accelerate the integrated GPU for extreme graphics...
  • Page 45 Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] tWRWR [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [7 DRAM Clock] tWRWR_dr [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] tWRWR_dd [Auto] Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clock] – [15 DRAM Clock] ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-17...
  • Page 46 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)] 2.5.12 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 47: Cpu Power Management

    Allows you to enable your core processor’s speed to run faster than the marked frequency in a specific condition. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] • Turbo Mode is only available on selected CPU models only. • The following first three items appear only when you set the Turbo Mode to [Enabled]. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-19...
  • Page 48 Turbo Mode Parameters Long Duration Package Power Limit [Auto] Allows you to limit the turbo ratio’s long duration package power. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value. Package Power Time Window [Auto] Allows you to set the package power time window. Use the <+>...
  • Page 49 CPU core voltage offset. The values range from 0.001V to 0.999V with a 0.001V interval. 2.5.16 CPU Cache Voltage [Auto] This item allows you to set the CPU cache voltage. Increase the cache voltage when increasing the ring frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual Mode] [Offset Mode]. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-21...
  • Page 50 CPU Cache Voltage Override [Auto] This item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Manual Mode] and allows you to set the CPU cache voltage override. The values range from 0.001V to 1.920V with a 0.001V interval. Offset Mode Sign [+] This item appears only when you set the CPU Cache Voltage to [Offset Mode] and allows you to set the offset mode sign.
  • Page 51 CPU permanently. We recommend that you install the DIMMs with the voltage requirement below 1.65V. 2.5.24 DRAM CTRL REF Voltage [Auto] Allows you to set the DRAM CTRL REF Voltage. The values range from 0.3950x to 0.6300x with a 0.0050x interval. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-23...
  • Page 52: Advanced Menu

    2.5.25 DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA [Auto] 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 Advanced menu The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system...
  • Page 53 This item allows you to manage and configure the CPU’s power. EIST [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST). ® [Disabled] The CPU runs at its default speed. [Enabled] The operating system controls the CPU speed. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-25...
  • Page 54: Pch Configuration

    Turbo Mode [Enabled] 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.
  • Page 55: Intel Rapid Start Technology

    Hybrid Hard Disk Support [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable hybrid hard disk support. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] Intel Smart Connect Technology [Disabled] ® ICST Configuration [Disabled] Allows you to enable or disable the ISCT configuration. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-27...
  • Page 56: Sata Configuration

    2.6.3 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. SATA Mode Selection [AHCI] Allows you to set the SATA configuration. [Disabled] Disables the SATA function.
  • Page 57: Graphics Configuration

    L0s] [ASPM L1] [ASPM L0sL1] Memory Configuration Memory Scrambler [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable Memory Scrambler support. Memory Remap [Enabled] Allows you to enable or disable remapping the memory above 4GB. [Enabled] Enables the function. [Disabled] Disables this function. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-29...
  • Page 58: Usb Configuration

    2.6.5 USB Configuration The items in this menu allow you to change the USB-related features. The USB Devices item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows None. Legacy USB Support [Enabled] [Disabled] The USB devices can be used only for the BIOS setup program. [Enabled] Enables the support for USB devices on legacy operating systems (OS).
  • Page 59: Onboard Devices Configuration

    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. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-31...
  • Page 60: Network Stack Configuration

    Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled] [Disabled] Disables the Power On by a PS/2 keyboard. [Space Bar] Sets the Space Bar on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. [Ctrl-Esc] Sets the Ctrl+Esc key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. [Power Key] Sets Power key on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system.
  • Page 61: Monitor Menu

    Select Ignore if you do not want to detect this item. 2.7.4 CPU Q-Fan Control [Enabled] [Disabled] Disables the CPU Q-Fan control feature. [Enabled] Enables the CPU Q-Fan control feature. The following items appear only when you set CPU Q-FAN Control to [Enabled]. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-33...
  • Page 62 CPU Fan Speed Low Limit [200 RPM] This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to disable or set the CPU fan warning speed. Configuration options: [Ignore] [100RPM] [200RPM] [300 RPM] [400 RPM] [500 RPM] CPU Fan Profile [Standard] This item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control feature and allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU fan.
  • Page 63: Boot Menu

    2.7.6 Anti Surge Support [Enabled] This item allows you to enable or disable the Anti Surge function. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] Boot menu The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-35...
  • Page 64: Fast Boot

    Scroll down to display the following items: 2.8.1 Fast Boot [Enabled] [Enabled] Select to accelerate the boot speed. [Disabled] Select to go back to normal boot. The following five items appear when you set Fast Boot to [Enabled]. SATA Support [All Devices] [All Devices] All devices connected to SATA ports will be available during POST.
  • Page 65 The third-party ROM messages will be displayed only if the third-party manufacturer had set the add-on device to do so. 2.8.6 Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled] [Enabled] Allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19. [Disabled] Disables this function. ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-37...
  • Page 66: Setup Mode

    2.8.7 Setup Mode [EZ Mode] [Advanced Mode] Sets Advanced Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program. [EZ Mode] Sets EZ Mode as the default screen for entering the BIOS setup program. 2.8.8 CSM (Compatibility Support Module) Allows you to configure the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) items to fully support the various VGA, bootable devices and add-on devices for better compatibility.
  • Page 67: Key Management

    The db (Authorized Signature database) lists the signers or images of UEFI applications, operating system loaders, and UEFI drivers that you can load on the single computer. Delete the db Allows you to delete the db file from your system. Configuration options: [Yes] [No] ASUS H81M-PLUS 2-39...
  • Page 68: 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 69: 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 70: 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 71: 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. H81M-PLUS...
  • Page 72: 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 73: 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 74 Appendices...