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post #791 of 1418
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Originally Posted by owcraftsman View Post

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.

Not clear to me at all what has or has not been updated, though I think maybe I was too harsh. Those are only instructions for upgrading the firmware if you want to use Intel Smart Response, not real release notes.

But I asked an Asus representative on another forum and he said as far as he knows, only the RST OROM was updated.

So I updated my BIOS and I noticed my offset voltage was different (gave a higher load voltage and hence higher temps). I had to adjust my offset voltage down by .01V to get the same overclock that I had before the update. So other things have changed as well I suspect.
Edited by GeneO - 5/11/12 at 12:17pm
post #792 of 1418
^

Same here, I updated few hours ago and now I can archieve my previous overclock with a little less voltage, so they must have changed something else in this new release.
post #793 of 1418
If I have bios Version 3305 and it states to use IRST 10.8.0.1003, does that mean I have to use that version or can I use the new IRST 11.1.0.1006 for Raid? Thanks

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Yes, you can always use a newer RST driver with a older RAID ROM smile.gif
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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.

I swear that I read somewhere in this thread: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1578865&page=298#post1038717745 that the purpose of ME is NOT ONLY for IT purposes. Really.
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I swear that I read somewhere in this thread: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1578865&page=298#post1038717745 that the purpose of ME is NOT ONLY for IT purposes. Really.

More than you'd want to know......I'm not pretending I fully understand it all and all this info does is make me wonder why it is being implemented on consumer desktops...

http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/1004.htm

http://www.intel.com/en_US/Assets/PDF/general/ug_Intel_MEBX.pdf
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IMEI is one component of Intel's VPRO remote access technology. I'm a bit
surprised that it's unexpectedly showing up in what I presume is a consumer
computer; it's an extra-cost item (last time I talked to our account team we
were told that they paid Intel $25 for each system shipped with the
feature). Unless you plan to put the box in a remote location where it can't
be accessed if (when) it gets hung it's probably not that much use to you.
http://www.w7forums.com/intel-management-engine-interface-t8962.html
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From what I can understand of the technical literature it is to allow remote
access over a LAN for IT admin / repair purposes even when the system is
powered down.
http://www.w7forums.com/intel-management-engine-interface-t8962.html
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So even if the IMEIs was disabled in Device Manager, or no driver was loaded,
that doesn't convince me the hardware isn't still "armed". The solution
is dependent on the firmware (stored in BIOS chip), and if the AMT
firmware block is missing or neutered, that would certainly prevent
a lot of stuff from happening. Perhaps reusing a BIOS intended for
Q57, is why this is happening ? But if that was the case, you'd also
expect to see some kind of BIOS control to disable it. Or a jumper
or something... I checked the strap list in the datasheet, and I don't
see something intended to disable IMEI. I did see a reference to
cryptography, so it may not be possible to attack the computer,
without knowing the key needed to facilitate communications.

When I first read of AMT, I knew there'd be a day like this, where
the user would lose control...
http://www.w7forums.com/intel-management-engine-interface-t8962.html
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Intel AMT is hardware and firmware technology that builds certain functionality into business PCs in order to monitor, maintain, update, upgrade, and repair PC's.[1] Intel AMT is part of the Intel Management Engine, which is built into PCs with Intel vPro technology.[2] Intel AMT is designed into a secondary (service) processor located on the motherboard. Intel AMT has moved towards increasing support for DMTF Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) standards and AMT Release 5.1 and later releases are an implementation of DASH version 1.0/1.1 standards for out-of-band management [7].

AMT is not intended to be used by itself; it is intended to be used with a software management application.[1] It gives a management application (and thus, the system administrator who uses it) better access to the PC down the wire, in order to remotely and securely do tasks that are difficult or sometimes impossible when working on a PC that does not have remote functionalities built into it.[1][3][8][9]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Active_Management_Technology
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The Intel MEI driver also seems to enable Intel Identity Protection (which is supposed to be coming to Steam as a new way of authenticating accounts).

EDIT: I can't seem to get an OC of my i5 2500K to show up in Windows. All I did was change the CPU ratio like I have done in previous BIOSes but it doesn't seem to do anything in 3203.
Edited by PalZer0 - 5/20/12 at 5:52am
post #798 of 1418
Anyone noticed their CPU stuck at the highest Multi since the last update? It's happened twice for me now, reboot fixes it so the settings are there for it to downclock - let alone it downclocks just fine 99% of times.
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Eh iv needed to up the vcore a notch with 3304. Noticed 3.3 runs at 3.376-3.392. 3302 had 3.3V+ Running at 3.392 to 3.40.
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Eh iv needed to up the vcore a notch with 3304. Noticed 3.3 runs at 3.376-3.392. 3302 had 3.3V+ Running at 3.392 to 3.40.

I thought I was able to run a little lower, but not. I actually am having difficulty getting back to a stable overclock with 3304 and have Vcore up a notch right now trying to get it stable again. Seems I may need a little higher pll voltage too.
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