Intuitive UEFI BIOS and easy network controls on H61 platform UEFI BIOS - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface Network iControl - Regulate Network Bandwidth Real-time Anti-Surge - Full-time Power Guardian-Make System Free From Risk ESD Protection - Protect Your Computer with ESD Guards AI Suite II - One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features Windows 8 Ready – Assured Compatibility Shop Modal header Windows 8 Exclusive Features Fast Boot 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 Multi-startup Options 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 the Intel® 3rd/2nd generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package, with iGPU, memory, and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics out with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (2 DIMMs) DDR3 memory, and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 3rd/2nd generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. H61 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. 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. Dual-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C )/2133(O.C )/2000(O.C )/1866(O.C )/1600/1333/1066 support The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2200(O.C )/2133(O.C )/2000(O.C )/1866(O.C )/1600/1333/1066 suppor 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 ASUS Exclusive Features Network iControl Real-time Network Bandwidth Control With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center. ASUS FanXpert 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. 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 Overclocking, 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. 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 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 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity. GreenASUS and ErP Ready The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.