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PalZer0, it's a GUI to Intel FWUpdate tools, so it will work on Z68 boards. I have updated ME to 8.1. on my Gene-Z with this tool, so i can confirm it works.
Thanks for your update utility CodeRush. I'm using my signature's system, does it brings any benefit to it updating ME firmware to 8.1 from 8.0 since I'm still using Win7 on a SB/Z68 platform?

Kind Regards and thanks in advance!
post #1052 of 1418
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New version of AI Charger+ is on the ASUS website - 2.00.00.
EDIT: Found an Intel ME firmware updater on the P8Z77-V Premium download page. Can anyone confirm if this tool also works for the P8Z68-V Pro?

What is the P8Z77-V Premium download page?
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PalZer0, it's a GUI to Intel FWUpdate tools, so it will work on Z68 boards. I have updated ME to 8.1. on my Gene-Z with this tool, so i can confirm it works.

Is it recommended to install the AI Suite from ASUS? I guess the latest ones for the Z77 boards will also work for the Z68 boards, yes?
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elbubi, the differences between ME 8.0 and ME 8.1 are small: slightly better Windows 8 support, better PCH temperature reading, that's all. If you don't need that - wait for ASUS to make ME 8.1 BIOS as they made for Z77 series and then flash it with upd_all.bat. No need to hurry, i think.

kevindd992002, Ai Suite is a pile of useless crap, regardless of version and motherboard model. I don't know about ASUS recommendations and Ai Suite version compatibility, but i you like to hear my personal opinion: stay away from it. Use BIOS to overclocking and fan control , use last version of AIDA64 to monitor your voltages and fan speeds. Use CPU-Z, GPU-Z and RealTemp to make screenshots of your benchmark results. You don't need a single piece of Ai Suite in most cases.
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CodeRush:
Are you a programmer for ASUS by any chance?
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lol going by his comments (agree with) I somehow don't think so.. smile.gif
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PalZer0, no, but if it would be any vacant places in ASUS Germany for software or BIOS developer, then why not? smile.gif
The problem with all motherboard software we have today is that software is mostly for new inexperienced users and aims not to be functional or stable, but to be colorful and fancy.
Compare RivaTuner and MSI Afterburner, compare SpeedFan and ASUS FanXpert, compare SetFSB and Gigabyte EasyTune, an so on.
All hardware vendors have their own fancy software utilities, and near all of them are crap. It is marketing issues and no one except vendors CEOs can do much about it. But if programs from vendors are crappy, there is space for some less crappy utilities, especially if vendor utility didn't work as expected or has idiotic limitations (like ASUS BIOS updating tools, all four of them).
The most annoying thing about this situation: many people don't know any alternative to vendor tools and don't wish to find that alternatives, so you can't earn much money (or any money at all) developing better alternatives for vendor tools from scratch. It's hard, it requires much reverse-engineering and low-level programming and your program will become obsolete too fast, because vendors release new lineup of processors and boards each 6-9 month.
That's why we can't have nice things on vendors software market.
Edited by CodeRush - 9/15/12 at 2:00am
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post #1057 of 1418
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elbubi, the differences between ME 8.0 and ME 8.1 are small: slightly better Windows 8 support, better PCH temperature reading, that's all. If you don't need that - wait for ASUS to make ME 8.1 BIOS as they made for Z77 series and then flash it with upd_all.bat. No need to hurry, i think.
Thanks CodeRush, think I'll wait then till I install Win8 and Asus releases a new updated BIOS version with 8.1 ME included.
Thanks once again for spreading your wide knowledge!
post #1058 of 1418
AMEN !! Coderush

Well said....Companies are too busy pushing out new products so fast, with new design, to get us to buy more.
They don’t take the time to tweak the last set of products. It’s not there bottom line... it's all about money.smile.gif
    
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kevindd992002, Ai Suite is a pile of useless crap, regardless of version and motherboard model. I don't know about ASUS recommendations and Ai Suite version compatibility, but i you like to hear my personal opinion: stay away from it. Use BIOS to overclocking and fan control , use last version of AIDA64 to monitor your voltages and fan speeds. Use CPU-Z, GPU-Z and RealTemp to make screenshots of your benchmark results. You don't need a single piece of Ai Suite in most cases.

Ok. How about for controlling fans, what should I use? SpeedFan?

And how about USB3 Boost Software from AI Suite, is it that useful at all?
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post #1060 of 1418
SpeedFan has too weak P67/Z68/Z77 support now, so if you need a tool to control your fans and BIOS fan speed control isn't enough, then you have to use FanXpert.
USB3 Boost is somehow useful too, but the trade-off between having +2Mbps USB3 speed in some cases and having 3 unnecessary COM services eating 200 Mb of memory and don't being deleted after Ai Suite uninstall is painful.
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