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eVGA X58 SLI Micro - No BIOS if VDIMM < 1.5v

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So I have an eVGA X58 SLI Micro board, a Core i7-920 cpu, and I just bought 24GB (6x4GB) of G.Skill Sniper SR2 DDR3 memory. The RAM is rated for 1600Mhz 9-9-9-28 @ 1.25v. I installed the RAM and booted the system (without clearing CMOS or adjusting anything in the BIOS) and it booted fine, except the motherboard defaulted the voltage to 1.5v. I rebooted, changed the voltage to 1.25v, set the SPD to the XMP-1600 profile, and it booted just fine. Passed LinX tests no problem.

The trouble happened when I tried to go back into the BIOS. After a bunch of trial and error, I've determined that the BIOS (latest revision) refuses to "launch" if the VDIMM is set below 1.5V. Instead, I see a blue strip of the BIOS background at the bottom of the screen, and the rest of the screen is black. I let it sit overnight and it didn't change.

I'm stumped, this looks like a BIOS bug but perhaps theres a workaround someone knows about?
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Try increasing CPU VTT voltage a good bit since you're running 6 sticks (1.4vish). Could just be the board isn't that good, for me the E758 was the worst board I had used out of a total of five X58 boards.
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