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post #781 of 1418
Im using 3203 without any problems eh maybe ill goto 3304 im thinking about it but ill wait a bit since im having no issues with this 3203. 3203 improved memory stability and system stability. 3304 just seems to update SRT technology (SSD caching) Im Using IRST and a SSD as my boot drive but not SSD caching aka SRT. eh should i update? any real changes u noticed in 3304 bios.
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Since there aren't any release notes it is hard to tell. For instance, there are other firmware they could update (Marvel SATA and ASmedia USB 3.0) that I would be interested in knowing if there were any changes, Otherwise I will stick to 3203, which has been very stable for my 2500K overclock.

I am really disappointed at the total disregard of the customer for a $200+ board. I mean how hard is it to write down what you did?
post #783 of 1418
Well ill take the plunge and upgrade im having some anxiety but ill see how it goes.
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Well i just updated to 3304. So far its looking good.
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We're supposing meanwhile the following, own experiences added with other experiences from different forums. As GeneO already stated, since we don't get enough infos from ASUS we have to find them on our own but so they can only be speculations based on too less data:

- to get the GENE Z (others ASUS Z68 boards?) ready for Ivy Bridge procs, there must be an update of Intel ME firmware, too. So 3203 consists not only out of the UEFI BIOS but also has included the 8.xx Intel ME firmware, that kills the way back

- because noone knows, which old UEFI includes the 7.xx firmware or even that there have been existing BIOS which includes the Intel ME 7.xx
firmware

- i guess that newer GENE Z (other ASUS Z68 Boards?) have been tested and proofed with 3203 UEFI and are working fine with them while older GENE-Z, this blackscreened one from my m8 and mine is from May 2011, have stability issues

-> Question: comparing these two screens, does anyone know if the AMI BIOS Version (see the last info) gets also upgraded with ASUS UEFI BIOS? Maybe this might be the base of the problem? AMI BIOS Version of a newer Board is 2.10.1208 (BIOS 3203) and mines has 2.00.1201 (BIOS 0902); Thx for your screen lightsout!

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Better for what?

Do you mean what does the Management Engine do? If so, this fellow says:
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The management engine is for the Blue Tooth connection. This is the part that allows you to connect your tablet or smart phone and remote login.
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I Noticed a small difference in the Power off after Power failure setting they removed the G6 State so it only says.


Power On After Failure or Off after power failure? 3304 BIOS.
Power On After Failure or Off after power failure (G6 State)? 3203 BIOS
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Here is the release note from the Asus web site for V-Pro B3 for 3304 bios.

 

P8Z68-V PRO BIOS 3304
For proper operation, please ensure to update Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 10.8.0.1003 and BIOS to version 3304 before enabling Intel Smart Response Technology.

Update procedure for users needing Intel Smart Response Technology:
(1) Enter OS, and ensure Intel Smart Response Technology has been turned off under Intel Rapid Storage Technology interface.
(2) Install version Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 10.8.0.1003.
(3) Reboot the system, and update BIOS to version 3304, then reboot.
(4) Enter the BIOS setup screen, press F5 to load BIOS default, then change the Intel SATA Port to RAID mode.
(5) Boot into OS, and re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology under Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

 

It's clear to me what has been updated. If you want to read the release notes for IRST 10.8.0.1003 they can be found here. I have not had any issue with my data drive setup which is not to dissimilar than many others around here and consist of a single SSD for OS on a Sata 6g Intel port and two other Data drives and 2 optical drives on the Sata 3g Intel ports. Therefore I have no need to update my bios or IRST driver for better performance or anything this new driver offers. If you have more than one Raid array or use Raid 5 you may want to consider updating otherwise leave well enough alone. If you need 22nm Ivy Bridge support then either 3203 or 3304 is required which would be the only good reason to update other than performance and compatibility reason. I see no evidence that the new bios offers better performance or overclocking ability. My memory is compatible but if you are having issue with memory compatibility you may want to consider the updated bios otherwise leave well enough alone. Updating a bios should always be a last resort option to resolving issues and should not be taken lightly or done willy nillie. 

 

FYI Intel MEI is for administrators, remote access and insuring software compatibility and execution in a remote situation. If any one here actually had it up and running they would know this. I see no good reason therefore to update it as a home user or even install it. It is a utility not a requirement for operation and I do not understand why this is such an issue here in these forums. Although I'd be happy to be enlightened. Just because something sounds important doesn't make it so.


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Better for what?

It's what I'm hearing. Any thoughts on that?
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Originally Posted by alancsalt View Post

Do you mean what does the Management Engine do? If so, this fellow says:

That is incorrect. The management engine is really for IT shops to remotely manage BIOS settings. I also think Asus uses this interface to allow you to overclock and manage other BIOS settings from Windows. Also, for some reason I think Ivy Bridge requires a certain revision or above. I don;t think it really matters.
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