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  • Page 1 H81M-P 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-P PLUS specifications summary ..............vi Chapter 1: Product introduction Before you proceed ..................1-1 Motherboard overview ................. 1-1 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ..............1-4 System memory .................... 1-7 Headers .......................
  • 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 Memory QVL for details. ** Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List). ® *** Due to Intel chipset limitations, DDR3 1600MHz and higher memory modules on XMP mode will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600MHz.
  • Page 7 - 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports at the rear panel [black], 4 ports at mid-board) ASUS Exclusive Features: ASUS unique features - ASUS EPU - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring a friendly graphical user interface - ASUS GPU Boost - ASUS Ai Charger+ - ASUS AI Suite 3 - ASUS Anti-surge Protection...
  • Page 8 BIOS features 64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory...
  • Page 9: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components. 1.2.1 Placement direction When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below. ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 10: Screw Holes

    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. Place this side towards the rear of the chassis H81M-P PLUS Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 11: Motherboard Layout

    Motherboard layout 17.4cm(6.85in) KBMS CPU_FAN ATX12V 1442 LGA1150 USB3_E12 1042 CHA_FAN LAN_USB34 BATTERY AUDIO H81M-P PLUS PCIEX16 Intel ® I218V 64Mb BIOS PCIEX1_1 Super CHASSIS Intel ® SPEAKER PCIEX1_2 F_PANEL USB56 USB3_12 SATA3G_1 SATA3G_2 SATA6G_1 SATA6G_2 AAFP USB910 ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 12: Central Processing Unit (Cpu)

    12. USB 2.0 connectors (10-1 pin USB910, USB56) 1-18 13. TPM header (14-1 pin TPM) 1-14 14. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 1-13 Central Processing Unit (CPU) This motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1150 socket designed for the Intel ® generation and new 4th generationCore™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3, Pentium and Celeron ® ® processors. H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS CPU socket LGA1150 Unplug all power cables before installing the CPU. • Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. • Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA1150 socket. • The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP cap.
  • Page 13 1.3.1 Installing the CPU ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 14: 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. To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 15: System Memory

    To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly System memory 1.4.1 Overview This motherboard comes with two Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets. 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. According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended to protect the ® CPU. Channel Sockets Channel A DIMM_A1 Channel B DIMM_B1 H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 16 Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows OS. ® I nstall a 64-bit Windows OS if you want to install 4GB or more on the ® motherboard. For more details, refer to the Microsoft support site at http://support.microsoft. ® com/kb/929605/en-us. • This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512 megabits (Mb) chips or less. • Memory modules with memory frequency higher than 2133 MHz and its corresponding timing or the loaded X.M.P. Profile is not the JEDEC memory standard. The stability and compatibility of these memory modules depend on the CPU’s capabilities and other installed devices. • The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its Serial Presence Detect (SPD), which is the standard way of accessing information from a memory module. Under the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. • For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a full memory load (2 DIMMs) or overclocking condition. • Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 17 1.4.3 Installing a DIMM To remove a DIMM ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 18: Installing An Expansion Card

    1.5.1 Installing an expansion card To install an expansion card: Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card. Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis). Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later use. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot. Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier. Replace the system cover. 1.5.2 Configuring an expansion card After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings. Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup. Assign an IRQ to the card. Install the software drivers for the expansion card. 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. 1.5.3 PCI Express x1 slots This motherboard supports two PCI Express x1 network card, SCSI card, and other card that comply with the PCI Express specifications.
  • Page 19: Headers

    Headers Clear RTC RAM (2-pin CLRTC) This header allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords. CLRTC H81M-P PLUS PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS Clear RTC RAM To erase the RTC RAM: Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord. Use a metal object such as a screwdriver to short the two pins. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re- enter data. • If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and short the two pins again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the battery. • You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.) feature. Shut down and reboot the system, then the BIOS automatically resets parameter settings to default values.
  • Page 20: Connectors

    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. LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications. LAN port LED indications Activity/Link LED Speed LED Speed Activity Link Status Description Status Description No link 10Mbps connection Orange Linked ORANGE 100Mbps connection Orange (Blinking) Data activity GREEN...
  • Page 21 USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for USB 2.0/1.1 devices. USB 3.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 9-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports connect to USB 3.0/2.0 devices. • Due to USB 3.0 controller limitations, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under a Windows OS environment and after USB 3.0 driver installation. ® • The plugged USB 3.0 device may run on xHCI or EHCI mode, depending on the operating system’s setting. • USB 3.0 devices can only be used for data storage. • We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster and better performance from your USB 3.0 devices. DVI-D port. This port is for any DVI-D compatible device. DVI-D can’t be converted to output RGB Signal to CRT and isn’t compatible with DVI-I. HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), 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-P PLUS 1-13...
  • Page 22: Internal Connectors

    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. AAFP PIN 1 PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS HD-audio-compliant Legacy AC’97 pin definition compliant definition H81M-P 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]. If you want to connect an AC’97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set to [HD]. 1-14 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 23 CPU and chassis fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 4-pin CHA_FAN) Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector. CPU_FAN CHA_FAN H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS Fan connectors Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. 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 and chassis fan support the ASUS Fan Xpert feature. ASUS H81M-P PLUS 1-15...
  • Page 24 PIN 1 PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS USB2.0 connectors Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard! The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately. USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12) This connector allows you to connect a USB 3.0 module for additional USB 3.0 front or rear panel ports. With an installed USB 3.0 module, you can enjoy all the benefits of USB 3.0 including faster data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, faster charging time for USB-chargeable devices, optimized power efficiency, and backward compatibility with USB 2.0. USB3_12 PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS USB3.0 Front panel connector The USB 3.0 module is purchased separately. 1-16 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 25: Atx Power/Speaker Connector

    -5 Volts PIN 1 +5 Volts +5 Volts PSON# H81M-P PLUS +3 Volts -12 Volts +3 Volts +3 Volts PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS ATX power connectors • We recommend that you use an ATX 12V Specification 2.0-compliant power supply unit (PSU) with a minimum of 300W power rating. This PSU type has 24-pin and 4-pin power plugs. • DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug. Otherwise, the system will not boot up. • We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when configuring a system with more power-consuming devices or when you intend to install additional devices. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
  • Page 26 Intel H81 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA3G 1~2 [dark brown]) ® These connectors connect to Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s signal cables. H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the SATA Mode Selection item in the BIOS to [AHCI]. Intel H81 Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (7-pin SATA6G_1~2 [yellow]) ® These connectors connect to Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s hard disk drives via Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s signal cables. H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors When using hot-plug and NCQ, set the SATA Mode Selection item in the BIOS to [AHCI].
  • Page 27: Chassis Intrusion Connector

    The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal is then generated as a chassis intrusion event. By default, the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the chassis intrusion detection feature. CHASSIS H81M-P PLUS PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS Chassis intrusion connector TPM connector (14-1 pin TPM) This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures platform integrity. PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS H81M-P PLUS TPM connector The TPM module is purchased separately. ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 28: System Panel Connector

    This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions. F_PANEL +PWR LED- PWR BTN PIN 1 H81M-P PLUS +HDD_LED- RESET H81M-P 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. • Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDD_LED) This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable to this connector. The HDD LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written...
  • Page 29: Software Support

    The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features. 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. To run the Support DVD 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. The following screen is for reference only. Click an icon to display Support DVD/motherboard information Click an item to install If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD. ASUS H81M-P PLUS 1-21...
  • Page 30 1-22 Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 31: Chapter 2: 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 32: 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 33: 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 34 ENTER to select boot device ESC to boot using defaults P2: ST3808110AS (76319MB) aigo miniking (250MB) UEFI: (FAT) ASUS DRW-2014L1T(4458MB) P1: ASUS DRW-2014L1T(4458MB) UEFI: (FAT) aigo miniking (250MB) Enter Setup When the booting message appears, press <Enter> within five (5) seconds to enter FreeDOS prompt.
  • Page 35 DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure. Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Optimized Defaults item under the Exit BIOS menu. See Chapter 2 of your motherboard user guide for details. ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 36: 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 37 Displays the Advanced mode menus • The boot device options vary depending on the devices you installed to the system. • The Boot Menu(F8) button is available only when the boot device is installed to the system. ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 38: Advanced Mode

    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>. Back button Menu items...
  • Page 39: My Favorites

    Favorites page. You cannot add the following items to My Favorites: • Items with submenu options • User‑configurable items such as language and boot device order • Configuration items such as Memory SPD Information, system time and date ASUS H81M-P PLUS...
  • Page 40: Main Menu

    Main menu The Main menu screen appears when you enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS Setup program. The Main menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to set the system date, time, language, and security settings. •...
  • Page 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-P PLUS 2-11...
  • Page 42: 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. 2-12 Chapter 2: Getting started...
  • Page 43: Monitor Menu

    Monitor menu The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to change the fan settings. Scroll down to display the following items: ASUS H81M-P PLUS 2‑13...
  • Page 44: Boot Menu

    Boot menu The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Scroll down to display the following items: 2-14 Chapter 2: Getting started...
  • Page 45: Tool Menu

    The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal default values for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items. You can access the EZ Mode from the Exit menu. ASUS H81M-P PLUS 2-15...
  • Page 46 2-16 Chapter 2: Getting started...
  • Page 47: Appendices

    Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. ASUS H81M-P...
  • Page 48: Canadian Department Of Communications Statement

    IC: Canadian Compliance Statement Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations. This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
  • Page 49 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 50 Slovenščina AsusTek Inc. tukaj izjavlja, da je ta naprava skladna s di conformità CE. temeljnimi zahtevami in drugimi relevantnimi določili direktiv CE. Za več Компания ASUS заявляет, что это устройство соответствует основным informacij glejte Izjavo CE o skladnosti. требованиям и другим соответствующим условиям европейских...
  • Page 51: Asus Contact Information

    +1-510-739-3777 +1-510-608-4555 Web site http://www.asus.com/us/ Technical Support Support fax +1-812-284-0883 Telephone +1-812-282-2787 Online support http://www.service.asus.com/ ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-959911 Web site http://www.asus.com/de Online contact http://eu-rma.asus.com/sales Technical Support Telephone +49-1805-010923* Support Fax...
  • Page 52 Appendices...