Windows 8 Exclusive Features
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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 a single-chipset design to support the new 1155 socket Intel® 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, which allows 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 2200 (O.C.)/ 2133 (O.C.)/ 2000 (O.C.)/ 1866 (O.C.)/ 1333 / 1066 MHz to boost the system’s performance, and to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications.
*DDR3 1600 MHz and higher memory frequency is supported by Intel® 3rd generation processors.
**Due to the CPU behavior, DDR3 2133/1866 memory module will run at DDR3 2000/1800 MHz frequency.
PCIe 3.0 Ready
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide 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). As such, 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. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them.
* PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Core™ processors.
ASUS Exclusive Features
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. 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 already natural anti-corrosion properties of stainless steel. That’s why ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.
Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
One Click to prioritize network traffic for the application you're currently using, or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times to maximize network bandwidth all through the intuitive user interface.
AI Suite II
One stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all the exclusive ASUS features into one simple to use software package. It allows users to supervise energy management, fan speed control, voltage and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and ease to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
ASUS UEFI BIOS（EZ Mode）
Flexible and Easy BIOS Interface
ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond the traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.
ASUS exclusive interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings, and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.
New upgrade! Quick and easy information for enhanced system control
- F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI information and troubleshooting
- New F3 Shortcut for most accessed information
- ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) information for accessing memory information, detecting faulty DIMMs, and helping with difficult POST situations.
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!
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
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
Active Quiet & Cool
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
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.
H61-PLUS Product Overview