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When you have a RAID Setup, you will see the prompt of IRST and asking you to press CTRL-I when booting your computer...

Just follow the procedure on updating firmware carefully to give you a better result. For me, there's nothing to worry cause if it fails, there's always a feature "CrashFree Bios." That's why I love ASUS motherboards.

To all:
I am not encouraging you to update your firmware if you're not sure of what you are doing. In fact, there's always a saying " Don't fix, if there's nothing to fix."
Edited by ney2x - 10/23/11 at 6:13am
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Originally Posted by ney2x View Post
When you have a RAID Setup, you will see the prompt of IRST and asking you to press CTRL-I when booting your computer...

Just follow the procedure on updating firmware carefully to give you a better result. For me, there's nothing to worry cause if it fails, there's always a feature "CrashFree Bios." That's why I love ASUS motherboards.

To all:
I am not encouraging you to update your firmware if you're not sure of what you are doing. In fact, there's always a saying " Don't fix, if there's nothing to fix."
Well, you're right about that but since we are here in OCN we ought to have the latest firmware as much as possible, I think you agree with that

I know about the Ctrl-I when you're setting up RAID since I was in a RAID0 setup before I opt to have an SSD as my main drive. Where can you download the latest firmware for IRST if ASUS didn't release it yet?
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Bios 0706, 0801 and 0902 has IRST OROM which is v10.6.0.1091 it's the same version on the latest Intel motherboard DZ68BC. I think it's the latest cause I always check and read the release note of bios update of the latest intel motherboards (e.g. DZ68BC bios 0027)

I am expecting a version 11.x.x.xxxx IRST OROM on their next bios release. Ifever ASUS did not update IRST OROM on their next bios, well, Mr. Google has it

Anyways, a friend of mine already tried the IRST OROM 11.xx Alpha on his rig. Transfer rate has improved on his Intel SSD. I haven't tried it cause I don't have SSD Drive now.
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Thanks for the info. So the OROM is inlcuded with the ASUS BIOS updates, usually? And for the next BETA BIOS update from ASUS, they will also include the latest MEI firmware?
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Yup, usually IRST OROM updates are included on bios updates. Only ASUS are late on integrating the OROM update on their boards. Gigabyte and MSI are always updated when it comes to firmwares though.

An ASUS employee named Raja from Hardforum.com has posted that MEI update are locked by Intel but we already prove to them that we can update. Time will tell... Maybe they will tell us its "misunderstanding"
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Don't overclock via Asus software. Go into the UEFI and manually change the settings there. And don't use any preset overclocking profiles, they're all garbage.

Yes, it improves speeds significantly.

No, stick to using the Intel 6Gb/s ports. If you don't have anything hooked up to the Marvell ports, disabled it in the BIOS. Will help a little bit with boot times.

When in the BIOS/UEFI, set Ai Overclock Tuner to Manual. Make sure BCLK/PEG Frequency is at 100.0.

Change the Turbo Ratio to 45 for starters. Only change your multiplier, don't mess with the BCLK.

Internal PLL Overvoltage can be left at AUTO or disabled since this is a minimal overclock. Enable it when you're trying for 4.8GHz+.

Set Load-Line Calibration to Ultra-High.

Change the VRM Frequency to 350 or 360.

Set Phase Control to Extreme. The same goes with Duty Control.

Leave CPU Current Capability at 100%.

CPU Voltage is where it can get tricky. Some CPUs might need more voltage than others. So start off with 1.32v and if that isn't stable, increase it two notches.

DRAM voltage is your memory voltage, you can get the read from the side of the sticks. And don't forget to adjust your Memory Frequency.
I normally don't oc at all, but I read this and gave it a try. Unfortunately, I got a bsod. Also tried going up to 1.4v, but the same thing happened.

Do you have a more comprehensive bios guide on what else to turn off when oc'ing (i.e. the Intel specific cpu options and what not)?
    
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I normally don't oc at all, but I read this and gave it a try. Unfortunately, I got a bsod. Also tried going up to 1.4v, but the same thing happened.

Do you have a more comprehensive bios guide on what else to turn off when oc'ing (i.e. the Intel specific cpu options and what not)?
Try disabling any power saving features (e.g. EIST, C1E, etc.).

Also, was this at 4.5GHz? Did it BSOD under load?

I'll see about making a better guide (with pictures) and posting it the OP.
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Try disabling any power saving features (e.g. EIST, C1E, etc.). Also, was this at 4.5GHz? Did it BSOD under load? I'll see about making a better guide (with pictures) and posting it the OP.
It bsod' right after the Windows splash screen. Tried 4.5Gz-4.7GHz, fiddling with the voltages a bit, but no luck. All the other bios options are on default, so it has to be something in there.

Edit: SimpleTech, I also have Asus AI Suite II (which seems kinda useless) running at startup. Not sure if that has anything to do with the bsod problem to?
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It bsod' right after the Windows splash screen. Tried 4.5Gz-4.7GHz, fiddling with the voltages a bit, but no luck. All the other bios options are on default, so it has to be something in there.

Edit: SimpleTech, I also have Asus AI Suite II (which seems kinda useless) running at startup. Not sure if that has anything to do with the bsod problem to?
It could be. Maybe try disabling it at startup or uninstalling the software altogether.
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It bsod' right after the Windows splash screen. Tried 4.5Gz-4.7GHz, fiddling with the voltages a bit, but no luck. All the other bios options are on default, so it has to be something in there.

Edit: SimpleTech, I also have Asus AI Suite II (which seems kinda useless) running at startup. Not sure if that has anything to do with the bsod problem to?
There's a lot of factors to consider when overclocking. BSOD or instability are cause of cpu coolers you used, software (AI Suite), UEFI bios overclocking. There are a alot of maybes... Trial and error is your option. In my case, I only up the ratio to 47 and memory is XMP Profile then I'm set and stable to 4.7Ghz
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