GIGABYTE B760M AORUS ELITE X AX - Motherboard Manual

GIGABYTE B760M AORUS ELITE X AX - Motherboard Manual

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GIGABYTE B760M AORUS ELITE X AX - Motherboard Manual

Identifying Your Motherboard Revision

The revision number on your motherboard looks like this: "REV: X.X." For example, "REV: 1.0" means the revision of the motherboard is 1.0. Check your motherboard revision before updating motherboard BIOS, drivers, or when looking for technical information.

Example:
Identifying Your Motherboard Revision

Product Introduction

Motherboard Layout

Motherboard Layout

Motherboard Block Diagram

Motherboard Block Diagram

warning Note: Actual support may vary by CPU.

Hardware Installation

Installation Precautions

The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Prior to installation, carefully read the user's manual and follow these procedures:

  • Prior to installation, make sure the chassis is suitable for the motherboard.
  • Prior to installation, do not remove or break motherboard S/N (Serial Number) sticker or warranty sticker provided by your dealer. These stickers are required for warranty validation.
  • Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components.
  • When connecting hardware components to the internal connectors on the motherboard, make sure they are connected tightly and securely.
  • When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
  • It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling electronic components such as a motherboard, CPU or memory. If you do not have an ESD wrist strap, keep your hands dry and first touch a metal object to eliminate static electricity.
  • Prior to installing the motherboard, please have it on top of an antistatic pad or within an electrostatic shielding container.
  • Before connecting or unplugging the power supply cable from the motherboard, make sure the power supply has been turned off.
  • Before turning on the power, make sure the power supply voltage has been set according to the local voltage standard.
  • Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors of your hardware components are connected.
  • To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact with the motherboard circuit or its components.
  • Make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the computer casing.
  • Do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.
  • Do not place the computer system in a high-temperature or wet environment.
  • Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system components as well as physical harm to the user.
  • If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician.
  • If you use an adapter, extension power cable, or power strip, ensure to consult with its installation and/or grounding instructions.

Product Specifications

CPU
  • LGA1700 socket: Support for the 14th, 13th, and 12th Generation Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
    (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
Chipset
  • Intel® B760 Express Chipset
MEMORY
  • 14th and 13th Generation Intel® Core i9/i7 Pocessors:
  • 13th Generation Intel® Core i5/i3 and 12th Generation Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors:
  • 4 x DDR5 DIMM sockets supporting up to 192 GB (48 GB single DIMM capacity) of system memory
Onboard Graphics
  • Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:
    • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@60 Hz
    • 1 x Front HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1080@30 Hz
    • 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
(Graphics specifications may vary depending on CPU support.)
Audio
  • Realtek® Audio CODEC
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    • You can change the functionality of an audio jack using the audio software. To configure
      7.1-channel audio, access the audio software for audio settings.
LAN
  • Intel® 2.5GbE LAN chip (2.5 Gbps/1 Gbps/100 Mbps)
Wireless Communication Module
  • Realtek® Wi-Fi 6E RTL8852CE (PCB rev. 1.0)
    • WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5/6 GHz carrier frequency bands
    • BLUETOOTH 5.3
    • Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (For PCB rev. 1.1)
    • WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5/6 GHz carrier frequency bands
    • BLUETOOTH 5.3
    • Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard
(Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.)
Expansion Slots
  • CPU:
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 5.0 and running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      • For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
  • Chipset:
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 4.0 and running at x4 (PCIEX4)
Storage Interface
  • CPU:
    • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_CPU)
  • Chipset:
    • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_SB)
    • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 support for SATA storage devices
USB
  • Chipset:
    • 1 x USB Type-C ® port on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support
    • 1 x USB Type-C ® port with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
    • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel
    • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
    • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers
  • Chipset+USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hub:
    • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  • Chipset+USB 2.0 Hub:
    • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports on the back panel
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0/GC-TPM2.0 SPI V2 module only)
  • 1 x HDMI port
Back Panel Š Connectors
  • 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
I/O Controller
  • iTE ® I/O Controller Chip
Hardware Monitor
  • Voltage detection Te
  • mperature detection
  • Fan speed detection
  • Water cooling flow rate detection
  • Fan fail warning
  • Fan speed control
    • Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the fan you install.
BIOS
  • 1 x 256 Mbit flash
Unique Features
  • Support for GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC)
    • Available applications in GCC may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Q-Flash Plus
Bundled Software
  • Norton ® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • LAN bandwidth management software
Operating System
  • Support for Windows 11 64-bit
  • Support for Windows 10 64-bit
Form Factor
  • Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 24.4cm

* GIGABYTE reserves the right to make any changes to the product specifications and product-related information without prior notice.

information Please visit the SERVICE/SUPPORT\Utility page on GIGABYTE's website to download the latest version of apps. https://www.gigabyte.com/Support/Utility/Motherboard?m=ut

Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler

warning Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU:

  • Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
  • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage.
  • Locate the pin one of the CPU. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly. (Or you may locate the notches on both sides of the CPU and alignment keys on the CPU socket.)
  • Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU.
  • Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating and damage of the CPU may occur.
  • Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications. It is not recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the standard specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.

Step A. Note the CPU Orientation

warning Note the alignment keys on the motherboard CPU socket and the notches on the CPU.

Note the CPU Orientation

warning Do not remove the CPU socket cover before inserting the CPU. It may pop off from the load plate automatically after you insert the CPU and close the load plate.

information Please visit GIGABYTE's website for details on hardware installation.
https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/210/quick-guide.html?m=sw

Step B. Installing the CPU

Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU into the motherboard CPU socket.

Step 1
Installing the CPU - Step 1

Step 2
Installing the CPU - Step 2
Hold the CPU with your fingers by the edges. Align the CPU pin one marking (triangle) with the pin one corner of the CPU socket (or you may align the CPU notches with the socket alignment keys) and gently insert the CPU into position.

Step 3
Installing the CPU - Step 3
Make sure the CPU is properly installed and then close the load plate. The plastic protective cover will pop off, just remove it. Secure the lever under its retention tab to complete the installation of the CPU.
* Always replace the plastic protective cover when the CPU is not installed to protect the CPU socket.

warning Do not force to engage the CPU socket locking lever when the CPU is not installed correctly as this would damage the CPU and CPU socket.

Step C. Installing the CPU Cooler

Be sure to install the CPU cooler after installing the CPU. (Actual installation process may differ depending the CPU cooler to be used. Refer to the user's manual for your CPU cooler.)

  1. Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the installed CPU.
  2. Place the cooler atop the CPU, aligning the four push pins through the pin holes on the motherboard. Push down on the push pins diagonally.
    Installing the CPU Cooler
  3. Finally, attach the power connector of the CPU cooler to the CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) on the motherboard.

Installing the Memory

warning Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory:

Dual Channel Memory Configuration

This motherboard provides four memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology. After the memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically detect the specifications and capacity of the memory. Enabling Dual Channel memory mode will double the original memory bandwidth.

The four memory sockets are divided into two channels and each channel has two memory sockets as following:

* Recommended Dual Channel Memory Configuration:

DDR5_A1 DDR5_A2 DDR5_B1 DDR5_B2
2 Modules - - DS/SS - - DS/SS
4 Modules DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS

(SS=Single-Sided, DS=Double-Sided, "- -"=No Memory)

Due to CPU limitations, read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode.

  1. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one memory module is installed.
  2. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two or four memory modules, it is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.
    Dual Channel Memory Configuration

warning When installing a single memory module, we recommend that you install it in the DDR5_A2 or DDR5_B2 socket.

Installing an Expansion Card

Installing an Expansion Card

warning Read the following guidelines before you begin to install an expansion card:

  • Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. Carefully read the manual that came with your expansion card.
  • Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage.

Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot.

  1. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis back panel.
  2. Align the card with the slot, and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot.
  3. Make sure that the expansion card is fully seated in its slot.
  4. Secure the card's metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.
  5. After installing all expansion cards, replace the chassis cover(s).
  6. Turn on your computer. If necessary, go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for your expansion card(s).
  7. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system.

Back Panel Connectors

Back Panel Connectors

  1. USB 2.0/1.1 Port
    The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices.
  2. SMA Antenna Connectors (2T2R)
    Use this connector to connect an antenna.
    information Tighten the antennas to the antenna connectors and then aim the antennas correctly for better signal reception.
  3. DisplayPort
    DisplayPort delivers high quality digital imaging and audio, supporting bi-directional audio transmission. DisplayPort can support the HDCP 2.3 content protection mechanism. You can use this port to connect your DisplayPort-supported monitor. Note: The DisplayPort Technology can support a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz but the actual resolutions supported depend on the monitor being used.
  4. HDMI Port

    The HDMI port is HDCP 2.3 compliant and supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio formats. It also supports up to 192KHz/24bit 7.1-channel LPCM audio output. You can use this port to connect your HDMI-supported monitor. The maximum supported resolution is 4096x2160@60 Hz, but the actual resolutions supported are dependent on the monitor being used.
    information After installing the DisplayPort/HDMI device, make sure to set the default sound playback device to DisplayPort/HDMI. (The item name may differ depending on your operating system.)
  5. USB Type-C® Port (with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Support)
    The reversible USB port supports the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 specification and is compatible to the USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 1, and USB 2.0 specifications. Use this port for USB devices.
  6. USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port
    The USB 3.2 Gen 1 port supports the USB 3.2 Gen 1 specification and is compatible to the USB 2.0 specification. Use this port for USB devices.
  7. USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Port (Red) (Q-Flash Plus Port)
    The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port supports the USB 3.2 Gen 2 specification and is compatible to the USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0 specification. Use this port for USB devices. Before using Q-Flash Plus (Note), make sure to insert the USB flash drive into this port first.

warning Note: To enable the Q-Flash Plus function, please navigate to the "Unique Features" page of GIGABYTE's website for more information.

  • When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector, first remove the cable from your device and then remove it from the motherboard.
  • When removing the cable, pull it straight out from the connector. Do not rock it side to side to prevent an electrical short inside the cable connector.
  1. RJ-45 LAN Port
    The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 2.5 Gbps data rate. The following describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.

Speed LED:

State Description
Orange 2.5 Gbps data rate
Green 1 Gbps data rate
Off 100 Mbps data rate

Activity LED:

State Description
FLASH Data transmission or receiving is occurring
On No data transmission or receiving is occurring
  1. Line Out/Front Speaker Out
    The line out jack.
  2. Mic In/Rear Speaker Out
    The Mic in jack.
  3. Optical S/PDIF Out Connector

This connector provides digital audio out to an external audio system that supports digital optical audio. Before using this feature, ensure that your audio system provides an optical digital audio in connector.

Audio Jack Configurations:

Jack Headphone/ 2-channel 4-channel 5.1-channel 7.1-channel
Line Out/Front Speaker Out
Mic In/Rear Speaker Out
Front Panel Line Out/Side Speaker Out
Front Panel Mic In/Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out

information You can change the functionality of an audio jack using the audio software. To configure 7.1-channel audio, access the audio software for audio settings.

warning Please visit GIGABYTE's website for details on configuring the audio software.
https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/697/realtek897-audio.html

Onboard Buttons and LEDs

Quick Buttons

The reset button (RST_SW) allows users to quickly turn on/off the computer in an open-case environment when they want to change hardware components or conduct hardware testing.
Quick Buttons

information The reset button provides you with several functions to use. To remap the button to perform different tasks, please navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "RST_SW (MULTIKEY)" for more information.

QFLASH_PLUS (Q-Flash Plus Button)

Q-Flash Plus allows you to update the BIOS when your system is off (S5 shutdown state). Save the latest BIOS on a USB thumb drive and plug it into the dedicated port, and then you can now flash the BIOS automatically by simply pressing the Q-Flash Plus button. The QFLED will flash when the BIOS matching and flashing activities start and will stop flashing when the main BIOS flashing is complete.
QFLASH_PLUS (Q-Flash Plus Button)

information To enable the Q-Flash Plus function, please navigate to the "Unique Features" page of GIGABYTE's website for more information.

Status LEDs

The status LEDs show whether the CPU, memory, graphics card, and operating system are working properly after system power-on. If the CPU/DRAM/VGA LED is on, that means the corresponding device is not working normally; if the BOOT LED is on, that means you haven't entered the operating system yet.
Status LEDs
CPU: CPU status LED
DRAM: Memory status LED
VGA: Graphics card status LED
BOOT: Operating system status LED

Internal Connectors

Internal Connectors

  1. ATX_12V_2X2/ATX_12V_2X4
  2. ATX
  3. CPU_FAN
  4. SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2/SYS_FAN3
  5. ARGB_V2_1/ARGB_V2_2/ARGB_V2_3
  6. LED_C
  7. SATA3 4/5/6/7
  8. M2A_CPU/M2P_SB
  9. F_PANEL
  10. F_AUDIO
  11. F_U32C
  12. F_U32
  13. F_USB1/F_USB2
  14. F_HDMI
  15. SPI_TPM
  16. THB_C1/THB_C2
  17. CLR_CMOS
  18. RST
  19. BAT

warning Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices:

  • First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect.
  • Before installing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices.
  • After installing the device and before turning on the computer, make sure the device cable has been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard.

ATX_12V_2X2/ATX_12V_2X4/ATX

(2x4 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector)

With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, first make sure the power supply is turned off and all devices are properly installed. The power connector possesses a foolproof design. Connect the power supply cable to the power connector in the correct orientation.

The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the 12V power connector is not connected, the computer will not start.

information To meet expansion requirements, it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (500W or greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power, the result can lead to an unstable or unbootable system.

 ATX_12V_2X2/ATX_12V_2X4/ATX

ATX_12V_2X2

Pin No. Definition
1 GND
2 GND
3 +12V
4 +12V

ATX_12V_2X4:

Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition
1 GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V) 5 +12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
2 GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V) 6 +12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
3 GND 7 +12V
4 GND 8 +12V

ATX:

Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition
1 3.3V 13 3.3V
2 3.3V 14 -12V
3 GND 15 GND
4 +5V 16 PS_ON (soft On/Off)
5 GND 17 GND
6 +5V 18 GND
7 GND 19 GND
8 Power Good 20 NC
9 5VSB (stand by +5V) 21 +5V
10 +12V 22 +5V
11 +12V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 23 +5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
12 3.3V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX) 24 GND (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)

CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2/SYS_FAN3

(Fan Headers)

All fan headers on this motherboard are 4-pin. Most fan headers possess a foolproof insertion design. When connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation (the black connector wire is the ground wire). The speed control function requires the use of a fan with fan speed control design. For optimum heat dissipation, it is recommended that a system fan be installed inside the chassis.

CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2/SYS_FAN3

CPU_FAN/ SYS_FAN1

SYS_FAN2

SYS_FAN3

Tab 1:

Pin No. Definition
1 GND
2 Voltage Speed Control
3 Sense
4 PWM Speed Control

Tab 2:

Connector CPU_FAN SYS_FAN1/2/3
Maximum Current 2A 2A
Maximum Power 24W 24W

warning

  • Be sure to connect fan cables to the fan headers to prevent your CPU and system from overheating. Overheating may result in damage to the CPU or the system may hang.
  • These fan headers are not configuration jumper blocks. Do not place a jumper cap on the headers.

ARGB_V2_1/ARGB_V2_2/ARGB_V2_3

(Addressable RGB Gen2 LED Strip Headers)

The headers can be used to connect a standard 5050 addressable RGB Gen2 LED strip, with maximum power rating of 3A (5V) and maximum number of 256 LEDs.

ARGB_V2_1/ARGB_V2_2/ARGB_V2_3

ARGB_V2_2

ARGB_V2_1/ ARGB_V2_3

Pin No. Definition
1 V (5V)
2 Data
3 No Pin
4 GND

Connect your addressable RGB Gen2 LED strip to the header. The power pin (marked with a triangle on the plug) of the LED strip must be connected to Pin 1 of the addressable LED strip header. Incorrect connection may lead 1 to the damage of the LED strip.

Addressable RGB Gen2 LED Strip

information For how to turn on/off the lights of the LED strip, please navigate to the "Unique Features" page of GIGABYTE's website.

warning

  • To avoid abnormal LED behavior, do not connect addressable RGB Gen1 LED strips and addressable RGB Gen2 LED strips to the same header at the same time.
  • Before installing or removing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer.
    Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices.

LED_C (RGB LED Strip Header)

The header can be used to connect a standard 5050 RGB LED strip (12V/G/R/B), with maximum power rating of 2A (12V) and maximum length of 2m.

LED_C (RGB LED Strip Header)

LED_C

Pin No. Definition
1 12V
2 G
3 R
4 B

Connect your RGB LED strip to the header. The power pin (marked with a RGB LED Strip triangle on the plug) of the LED strip must be connected to Pin 1 (12V) of this header. Incorrect connection may lead to the damage of the LED strip.

RGB LED Strip

information For how to turn on/off the lights of the LED strip, please navigate to the "Unique Features" page of GIGABYTE's website.

warning Before installing or removing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices.

SATA3 4/5/6/7 (SATA 6Gb/s Connectors)

The SATA connectors conform to SATA 6Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s standard. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The Intel® Chipset supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Please navigate to the "Configuring a RAID Set" page of GIGABYTE's website for instructions on configuring a RAID array.

SATA3 4/5/6/7 (SATA 6Gb/s Connectors)

Pin No. Definition
1 GND
2 TXP
3 TXN
4 GND
5 RXN
6 RXP
7 GND

information To enable hot-plugging for the SATA ports, please navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "SATA Configuration" for more information.

M2A_CPU/M2P_SB (M.2 Socket 3 Connectors)

The M.2 connectors on the motherboard support only M.2 PCIe SSDs.

M2A_CPU/M2P_SB (M.2 Socket 3 Connectors)

M2A_CPU:

Follow the steps below to correctly install an M.2 SSD in the M.2 connector.

Step 1: Turn the M.2 EZ-Latch Click clip clockwise and remove the motherboard heatsink.

Step 2: Insert the M.2 SSD into the M.2 connector at an angle. Press down on the front end of the M.2 SSD and close clip to secure the M.2 SSD.

Step 3: Remove the protective film from the bottom of the motherboard heatsink, and finally, turn the M.2 EZ-Latch Click clip clockwise and then install the heatsink back in place.

M2P_SB:

Follow the steps below to correctly install an M.2 SSD in the M.2 connector.

Step 1: Turn the M.2 EZ-Latch Click clip clockwise and remove the motherboard heatsink. Locate the proper mounting hole for the M.2 SSD to be installed.
information If you want install an M.2 SSD in the 110mm hole, remove the EZ-Latch Plus clip from the 80mm hole first.

Step 2: Insert the M.2 SSD into the M.2 connector at an angle. Press down on the front end of the M.2 SSD and close clip to secure the M.2 SSD.

Step 3: Remove the protective film from the bottom of the motherboard heatsink, and finally, turn the M.2 EZ-Latch Click clip clockwise and then install the heatsink back in place.

* Types of M.2 SSDs supported by each M.2 connector:

M.2 PCIe x4 SSD M.2 PCIe x2 SSD M.2 SATA SSD
M2A_CPU x
M2P_SB x

information Please visit GIGABYTE's website for details on using M.2 EZ-Latch Click/M.2 EZ-Latch Plus.

M.2 SSD installation with M.2 EZ-Latch Click: https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/1048/M.2-EZ-Latch-Click.html
M.2 SSD installation with M.2 EZ-Latch Plus: https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/920/M2-latchplus.html
M.2 SSD removal with M.2 EZ-Latch Plus: https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/921/removeM2.html

* Motherboard heatsink design may vary by model.

F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)

Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker, chassis intrusion switch/sensor and system status indicator on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.

F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)

  • PLED/PWR_LED (Power LED):
System Status LED
S0 On
S3/S4/S5 Off

Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED is off when the system is in S3/ S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).

  • PW (Power Switch):
    Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch (please navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN" for more information).
  • SPEAK (Speaker):
    Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status by issuing a beep code. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup.
  • HD (Hard Drive Activity LED):
    Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
  • RES (Reset Switch):
    Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
  • CI (Chassis Intrusion Header):
    Connects to the chassis intrusion switch/sensor on the chassis that can detect if the chassis cover has been removed. This function requires a chassis with a chassis intrusion switch/sensor.
  • NC: No Connection.

informationThe front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assignments are matched correctly.

F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)

The front panel audio header supports High Definition audio (HD). You may connect your chassis front panel audio module to this header. Make sure the wire assignments of the module connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection between the module connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work or even damage it.

F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)

Pin No. Definition
1 MIC L
2 GND
3 MIC R
4 NC
5 Head Phone R
6 MIC Detection
7 SENSE_SEND
8 No Pin
9 Head Phone L
10 Head Phone Detection

information Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each wire instead of a single plug. For information about connecting the front panel audio module that has different wire assignments, please contact the chassis manufacturer.

F_U32C (USB Type-C® Header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support)

The header conforms to USB 3.2 Gen 2 specification and can provide one USB port.

 F_U32C (USB Type-C® Header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support)

Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition
1 VBUS 11 VBUS
2 TX1+ 12 TX2+
3 TX1- 13 TX2-
4 GND 14 GND
5 RX1+ 15 RX2+
6 RX1- 16 RX2-
7 VBUS 17 GND
8 CC1 18 D-
9 SBU1 19 D+
10 SBU2 20 CC2

F_U32 (USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header)

The header conforms to USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0 specification and can provide two USB ports. For purchasing the optional 3.5" front panel that provides two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, please contact the local dealer.

 F_U32 (USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header)

Pin No. Definition Pin No. Definition
1 VBUS 11 D2+
2 SSRX1- 12 D2-
3 SSRX1+ 13 GND
4 GND 14 SSTX2+
5 SSTX1- 15 SSTX2-
6 SSTX1+ 16 GND
7 GND 17 SSRX2+
8 D1- 18 SSRX2-
9 D1+ 19 VBUS
10 NC 20 No Pin

F_USB1/F_USB2 (USB 2.0/1.1 Headers)

The headers conform to USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Each USB header can provide two USB ports via an optional USB bracket. For purchasing the optional USB bracket, please contact the local dealer.

F_USB1/F_USB2 (USB 2.0/1.1 Headers)

Pin No. Definition
1 Power (5V)
2 Power (5V)
3 USB DX-
4 USB DY-
5 USB DX+
6 USB DY+
7 GND
8 GND
9 No Pin
10 NC

warning Prior to installing the USB bracket, be sure to turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the USB bracket.

F_HDMI (HDMI Port)

This port supports HDMI display output, allowing you to connect a display screen inside a computer case. It can support a display screen with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080@30 Hz. The actual supported resolution may vary depending on the display screen you use. For instructions on how to connect a display screen inside your computer case, please refer to the user manual of the display screen.

F_HDMI (HDMI Port)

SPI_TPM (Trusted Platform Module Header)

You may connect an SPI TPM (Trusted Platform Module) to this header.

SPI_TPM (Trusted Platform Module Header)

Pin No. Definition
1 Data Output
2 Power (3.3V)
3 No Pin
4 NC
5 Data Input
6 CLK
7 Chip Select
8 GND
9 IRQ
10 NC
11 NC
12 RST

THB_C1/THB_C2 (Thunderbolt Add-in Card Connectors)

The connectors are used to connect to a GIGABYTE Thunderbolt add-in card.

THB_C1/THB_C2 (Thunderbolt™ Add-in Card Connectors)


Supports a Thunderbolt add-in card.

CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS Jumper)

Use this jumper to clear the BIOS configuration and reset the CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two pins for a few seconds.

CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS Jumper)

Open: Normal
Short: Clear CMOS Values

warning

  • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing the CMOS values.
  • After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (please navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website for more information).

RST (Reset Jumper)

The reset jumper (RST) can connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.

RST (Reset Jumper)

Pin No. Definition
1 Reset
2 GND

information The reset jumper provides you with several functions to use. To remap the button to perform different tasks, please navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "RST_SW (MULTIKEY)" for more information.

BAT (Battery)


The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time information) in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost.

BAT (Battery)

You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery:

  1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.
  2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.)
  3. Replace the battery.
  4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.

warning

  • Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery.
  • Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Damage to your devices may occur if the battery is replaced with an incorrect model.
  • Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself or uncertain about the battery model.
  • When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-) of the battery (the positive side should face up).
  • Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations.

BIOS Setup

BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) records hardware parameters of the system in the CMOS on the motherboard. Its major functions include conducting the Power-On Self-Test (POST) during system startup, saving system parameters and loading operating system, etc. BIOS includes a BIOS Setup program that allows the user to modify basic system configuration settings or to activate certain system features.

When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS to keep the configuration values in the CMOS.

To access the BIOS Setup program, press the key during the POST when the power is turned on.

To upgrade the BIOS, use either the GIGABYTE Q-Flash or Q-Flash Plus utility.

  • Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily upgrade or back up BIOS without entering the operating system.
  • Q-Flash Plus allows you to update the BIOS when your system is off (S5 shutdown state). Save the latest BIOS on a USB thumb drive and plug it into the dedicated port, and then you can now flash the BIOS automatically by simply pressing the Q-Flash Plus button.

For instructions on using the Q-Flash and Q-Flash Plus utilities, please navigate to the "Unique Features" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "BIOS Update Utilities."

warning

  • Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS, do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction.
  • It is recommended that you not alter the default settings (unless you need to) to prevent system instability or other unexpected results. Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. If this occurs, try to clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.
  • Refer to the introductions of the battery/clear CMOS jumper in "Hardware Installation" or navigate to the "BIOS Setup" page of GIGABYTE's website and search for "Load Optimized Defaults" for how to clear the CMOS values.

information Please visit GIGABYTE's website for details on configuring BIOS Setup.
https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/1055/intel700-refresh-bios.html

Startup Screen:
The following startup Logo screen will appear when the computer boots.

Startup Screen

Function Keys:
: BIOS SETUP\Q-FLASH

Press the key to enter BIOS Setup or to access the Q-Flash utility in BIOS Setup.

: BOOT MENU
Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use the up arrow key <↑> or the down arrow key <↓> to select the first boot device, then press to accept. The system will boot from the device immediately.

warning Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings.

: Q-FLASH
Press the key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first.

Installing the Operating System and Drivers

Operating System Installation

With the correct BIOS settings, you are ready to install the operating system.

To install an operating system on a RAID volume, you need to install the Intel® RST VMD Controller driver first during the OS installation process. Refer to the steps below:

Step 1:
Go to GIGABYTE's website, browse to the motherboard model's web page, download the Intel SATA Preinstall driver file on the Support\Download\SATA RAID/AHCI page, unzip the file and copy the files to your USB thumb drive.

Step 2:
Boot from the Windows setup disc and perform standard OS installation steps. When the screen requesting you to load the driver appears, select Browse.

Step 3:
Insert the USB thumb drive and then browse to the location of the driver. When a screen as shown below appears, select Intel RST VMD Controller 467F and click Next to load the driver and continue the OS installation.

Operating System Installation

Drivers Installation

After you install the operating system, a dialog box will appear on the bottom-right corner of the desktop asking if you want to download and install the drivers and GIGABYTE applications via GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC). Click Install to proceed with the installation. (In BIOS Setup, make sure Settings\Gigabyte Utilities Downloader Configuration\Gigabyte Utilities Downloader is set to Enabled.)
Drivers Installation - Step 1

When the End User License Agreement dialog box appears, press to install GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC). On the GIGABYTE CONTROL CENTER screen, select the drivers and applications you want to install and click Install.
Drivers Installation - Step 2

information Before the installation, make sure the system is connected to the Internet.

information Please visit GIGABYTE's website for more software information. https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/1053/intel700-refresh-app.html
Please visit GIGABYTE's website for more troubleshooting information.

Configuring a RAID Set

RAID Levels

RAID 0 RAID 1 RAID 5 RAID 10
Minimum Number of Hard Drives ≥2 2 ≥3 4
Array Capacity Number of hard drives
* Size of the smallest drive
Size of the smallest drive (Number of hard drives -1)
* Size of the smallest drive
(Number of hard drives/2)
* Size of the smallest drive
Fault Tolerance No Yes Yes Yes

Before you begin, please prepare the following items:
This motherboard supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Prepare the correct number of hard drives as indicated in the table above before configuring a RAID array.

  • SATA hard drives or SSDs. To ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard drives with identical model and capacity.
  • Windows setup disc.
  • An Internet connected computer.
  • A USB thumb drive.

warning The Intel® B760 Chipset doesn't include RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 support for NVMe SSD storage devices.

information Please visit GIGABYTE's website for details on configuring a RAID array.
https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/1054/intel700-refresh-raid.html.

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References

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