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Regarding 3305...
I am selling my old equipment and building a Ivy/p8z77 v-pro build right now. I thought I would do a few tests to see how each board handled each chip and report back here.
I got as far as installing 3305 (and dl and setting up all drivers, monitoring programs, etc) with my sandy to find any setting that I touch in the bios so far is pushing my CPU voltage from ~1.2 to an exact 1.472. This number doesnt change with speedstep or anything, but when I look in the bios it says auto.
After seeing it act that way there is no way Im dropping my ivy chip in this board as 1.472 in sandy is ok, Ivy on the other hand might get cooked. Now I have to revert bios back for the guy im selling this to. (and I spent hours setting this thing up for testing last night so I hope that doesnt F up any installed progs)

sorry to hear, yes the 3x Bios's on some boards seem to get borked on flash no matter what.
however my method of flashing back to the 0402 works great thumb.gif
let us know how it goes.



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How-To properly downgrade aka force flash your bios after upgrading/inducing failure to the newer "ivy microcode" bios updates.
symptoms of a bad flash:
  • Check the "Main" tab in bios and look at the "ME" version. (0 or N/A means its buggered)
  • Computer doesnt Post.
  • Erroneous post codes and reboots.
  • Unable to change any bios settings without being greeted by "Overclock Failed... Press F1"
  • AO post code
  • Sluggish system
  • Unusually high Vcore
  • Other random weirdness, instabilities and BSOD's
Ok so I used Linux Mint 12 full 64bit because I had that burnt to dvd already, worked flawlessly and is pretty dang noob friendly, so i'll be giving instructions for Linux Mint 12 full 64bit.
You can grab Linux Mint 12 here.

Burn that to a dvd then boot from it (Press F8 repeatedly while computer is posting which will bring up the Asus boot menu, choose the dvd drive and boot Linux Mint).
note: clear cmos for 20 seconds before booting Linux Mint to flash.
In Linux Mint open terminal. (there is the main menu sort of like the windows start menu tongue.gif its right there, click Terminal icon)
Type sudo apt-get install flashrom (this will download and install Flashrom for you)
Test flashrom to see if it properly detects your chipset (Z68)
Type sudo flashrom (shows deteced platform and help options)
Working? Great! (Might say un-tested platform, this is OK)
Now open up Firefox (main menu like in windows) and grab the appropriate bios for the motherboard, when complete click extract, and extract it to desktop.
Go to destop and rename the downloaded and extraced Bios file to something easy. ex: 0402.rom (right click re-name. Note: when typing to Flashrom in terminal it case sensitive)
Open terminal again and type cd Desktop (case sensitive)
Type sudo flashrom --read backupbios.rom (This will save a backup as backupbios.rom and is a good test if Flashrom can read the image from the flash chip)
Time to flash. smile.gif
Type sudo flashrom --write 0402.rom (this will do a full erase and write of the new bios image to bios chip)
In terminal, hopefully it says successful, you should be good to power down via the upper right menu on the desktop of linux mint, remove cd and restart the computer.
NOTE: If it says failed take note of the message, and DO NOT POWER DOWN SYSTEM OR RESTART.
If failed ask for assistance via Flashrom IRC chat or email them
NOTE: On next power up if the screen greets you with a "Press F1..." (not overclock failed press F1, just the normal Press F1 to configure) the flash was successful, Grats!
Go in and load optimized defaults, also check out the "Main" tab and check ME version, if it shows a string of numbers you flashed successfully and you will now have a fully functional mobo, that doesnt freak when you change ram speed or try to overclock lol
NOTE: Generally when it says press F1 overclock failed, it wasnt successful, and you have to try it again.
Please dont heckle me if you failed to do this successfully, it is the method I personally used when I flashed those damn new double hybrid Ivy bios' IT WORKS
If you dont understand anything ask here or at Flashrom.org thumb.gif
 
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What kind of cases are you all running?? I really want to upgrade and use a smaller case and still use my h60 and fit my new 670 GTX that's on its way.

I'm thinking:
SilverStone SUGO SG02
SilverStone TJ08B
or maybe go with one of the Fractal design cases. Any other suggestions??
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I love the TJ08B-E. Super quiet and great cooling. I ran an H60 for several months with this board in that case.
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I just pulled the trigger on the TJ08-E thanks for the input smile.gif
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im trying to move into a lian li v354 case and i need a low profile heatsink. i found a couple coolers that will work, but i wanted to save a couple bucks. does anyone know what is the widest cooler you can use on a gene-z 4 with out blocking the pci-e lane? im looking at this cooler, but it is a 144mm wide and im scared im going to run into the vcard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100
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im trying to move into a lian li v354 case and i need a low profile heatsink. i found a couple coolers that will work, but i wanted to save a couple bucks. does anyone know what is the widest cooler you can use on a gene-z 4 with out blocking the pci-e lane? im looking at this cooler, but it is a 144mm wide and im scared im going to run into the vcard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100

You should be fine with the GeminII. I use a Noctua NH-C12P (152mm wide) with the heatpipes pointing down towards the PCIe slot, and I have around 1cm of clearance between the heatpipes and the videocard.
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there to totally different style coolers. if you look at the noctua vs the cooler master...the coolermaster base is inline with the back of the cooler. the noctua is offset inward abit. i serched google up and down and can't come up with any proof that this cooler will work. thx for shooting me some info on the noctua though. i already serched though the front page of the thread where it lists everyones coolers. no luck there either.
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there to totally different style coolers. if you look at the noctua vs the cooler master...the coolermaster base is inline with the back of the cooler. the noctua is offset inward abit. i serched google up and down and can't come up with any proof that this cooler will work. thx for shooting me some info on the noctua though. i already serched though the front page of the thread where it lists everyones coolers. no luck there either.

Yeah, I thought that the inline base of the GeminII would give it even more clearance than with the Noctua. However, that's assuming the mounting system allows you to install it with the heatpipes down.

On the Newegg reviews for the GeminII, there's an user that has it installed on a Maximus IV Gene :
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Other Thoughts: This thing is massive! I knew this before purchasing it but was still a little amazed when I unpacked it. I have it installed on an ASUS maximus IV gene micro atx board. Not really a con but installed on a micro atx board and with it configured to blow air on my ram, the cooler is very nearly touching the back of my graphics card. It is not touching the card but I felt it was worth noting since it could bother some people.

Does not tell how much "very nearly" is, but still gave it 5 stars thumb.gif
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Yeah, I thought that the inline base of the GeminII would give it even more clearance than with the Noctua. However, that's assuming the mounting system allows you to install it with the heatpipes down.
On the Newegg reviews for the GeminII, there's an user that has it installed on a Maximus IV Gene :
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Other Thoughts: This thing is massive! I knew this before purchasing it but was still a little amazed when I unpacked it. I have it installed on an ASUS maximus IV gene micro atx board. Not really a con but installed on a micro atx board and with it configured to blow air on my ram, the cooler is very nearly touching the back of my graphics card. It is not touching the card but I felt it was worth noting since it could bother some people.
Does not tell how much "very nearly" is, but still gave it 5 stars thumb.gif

lol, you must have went atleast 7 pages back on them reviews. i read that one to. thx for putting in the effort to help me out. its just so hard to go by what anyone says with out a picture for proof.
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I need some help here. It's starting to get scary.


I was updating the BIOS via the option in the Asus Utility (From stock bios to the newer one). It all went correctly, the computer restarted and so on.

Then I tried to start using it ... but now it won't start! I turn it on and it keeps looping on the 'press DEL to enter BIOS setting' it goes black and back to the same screen.

I enter the bios and then to the boot order. I change from CD to HDD and nothing ... from CD to HDD and still nothing. It keeps looping.

I made some research and the most commented suggestion is to go to 'Advanced' in the BIOS, then to 'SATA Configuration' and change the 'SATA MODE SELECTION'.

The options I am given are 'DISABLED, IDE, AHCI, RAID'. I'm running on a single -Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM- so I assumed IDE was the correct selection. But no, the same thing keeps happening, I changed it to AHCI and RAID just to check and nothing.

I tried Booting with the CD that came with the motherboard and it sends me to a DOS page, and I don't know what to type, so I haven't even tried.
I tried a USB boot with the latest BIOS in it, it installed ... and still nothing happened.

Please give me some help, I'm starting to get desperate here.

How do I downgrade the BIOS? I want to go back to the stock BIOS to see if that works.

Anything helps. Thanks.


Forgot to mention, before the update It asked if I wanted to backup the current BIOS, is there a way to access it? I tried using the EZ Flash Utility but it says the image is outdated.

Should I try and reinstall windows 7?

Specs.

-Intel i7 2600k
-Asus Carbide 500r
-Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
-CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
-Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1333mhz
-EVGA GTX570 Classified 1280MB
-Corsair AX750 750w
-Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM



UPDATE: Well, after almost a day of suffering, I managed to find the problem. I though I'd just post it in case anyone, even if they don't usually visit this page, is having the same trouble.

Turns out the BIOS update managed to erase my Windows 7 install. I don't know if this is usually what happens after a BIOS update, but that's what happened to me.
I just had to reinstall it, formatting my HDD (lucky for me it was a fresh build, so only a couple of gigs were lost).

It was a huge pain in the ass to find the solution, I was almost at the point of starting the RMA process ... So I hope this is useful to someone, sometime.

I will never update the BIOS using the Asus Update Utility. Lesson learned.
Edited by Charlie117 - 5/29/12 at 1:57am
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