Windows 8 Exclusive Features
Instant OS Login
ASUS has released new hardware and software designs to shorten system boot-up time to 2-seconds* for a smoother user experience that removes annoying delays under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Faster system boot and restart means Windows starts quicker and higher efficiency - No more waiting around.
ASUS Boot Setting
Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PCs startup process. You can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features
LGA1155 socket for Intel® 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
This motherboard supports Intel® 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors in LGA1155 package with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (2 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0 or 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
Intel® H61 Express Chipset
The Intel® H61 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design to support the new 1155 socket Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 2nd generation processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.
Dual-Channel,DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
*Due to the CPU behayior,DDR3 2133/1866 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2000/1800 MHz frequency as default
PCIe 3.0 Ready
The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It’s a must-have feature for PC users aiming to improve and optimize graphics performance, as well as have the latest, most future-proof technology.
*PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Core™ processors.
ASUS Exclusive Features
HDMI & DVI Outputs
High-definition Visual Enjoyment
Enjoy high quality visuals with a digital display monitor via HDMI or DVI output. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers mulit-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and Blu-ray discs, HDMI provides you with the highest quality home theater experience.
DIGI+ VRM Digital Power Design
ASUS motherboards using the Intel® H61 chipset employ precise digital voltage regulation for the CPU, called DIGI+ VRM (Voltage Regulation Modules) digital power design. The CPU voltage and VRM frequency are adjusted via either carefully developed automated modes, or by using user-defined profiles. The effect is that DIGI+ VRM technology ensures greater energy efficiency and the best possible PC stability. Boosted by world-renowned ASUS quality, it creates an ideal computing platform for a diverse range of applications, from gaming to multimedia or office work and heavy multitasking. Engineered and tested to assure unmitigated performance, ASUS H61 boards with DIGI+ VRM remain efficient and stability, for reliable application in every scenario.
Superior Components. Excellent Quality and Durability
100% All High-quality Solid Capacitors
ASUS high-quality solid capacitors assure a 5,000 hours lifespan – equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degree and meet Japanese Industrial Standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity.
Extra Durable Stainless Steel Back I/O
ASUS Motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance the anti-corrosion properties. That’s why ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.
UEFI BIOS(EZ Mode)
Full-scale Performance Tuning with Easy BIOS Interface
Media-renowned UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes and native support for hard drives over 2.2 TB. Users can also drag and drop boot priorities with the exclusive EZ mode, while Advanced Mode offers intricate settings.
New upgrade! Quick and easy info for enhanced system control
- F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey
- F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
- ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations
Active Quiet & Cool
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust the CPU and chassis fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and your PC’s loading. The built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
Protect Your Device
Anti-Surge Protection Design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect the system.
- Real-time over voltage detection.
- Active protection against potential damage to your motherboards and systems.
Energy Efficiency All Around
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
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