Originally Posted by oldcompgeek
Hey dude, I hope you don't mind but I need a little experienced direction. Just received my first Asrock Fatality mobo, and wanted to know which bios, if any to install or upgrade to, the best settings to use for a moderate overclock to start with, and lastly How would I get my ssd (sata 3 60 gb) to be my boot drive only with trim so that my system knows not to put anything else on it except windows 7? Thank you for any advice or help as Ive watched countless you tube videos and read buchu articles without much luck.
System hardware: aerocool strike-x st case, fatality 990 fx mobo, fx 8120 cpu, zalman 9900 max red cooler, 2x4 gb ripjaws x 1600 ram, sapphire 6870 flex cards in x-fire, ocz fatality power supply 750 watt modular, tv tuner card, aerocool strike-x fan controller (dual slot), asus burners (1-dvd/cd 1-blu ray/dvd/cd), battery back up protection unit, and a asus 100,000:1 hd 1080 monitor and a somethin er other red lit keyboard with a gigabyte gaming mouse. I want to know as much as possible before I begin the build as this is my first Asrock build after switching from asus due to all of the great features the fatality board has to offer. Thanks again for any direction or advice as the "eggsperts" have never responded although newegg does ship their stuff very quickly lol.
Since you are using the FX8120, I would recommend you to head over at AsRock's website for your board, and install the latest UEFI firmware.
Here's the page for your 990FX Fatal1ty Professional
Please revert everything back to stock, and make sure your system is 100%
stable before engaging the flash. Read tutorials for your particular board before flashing, as it depends from board to board in preparing for the update. Usually there will be guides at AsRock's forums or you may refer to the clubs here at OCN.
Please take note of the precautions, as a bad flash may end up with a bricked board!
For setting up your SSD, I would recommend non other than the excellent guide already available here:
Read it thoroughly, one of the best guides in regards to setting up SSDs for Windows, and will be a seamless procedure.
Originally Posted by Blittzin
Thanks alot bro. I tried the gigabyte site and I actually can't locate my chipset drivers. I tried auto detect on amd and it didn't detect my chips. I even looked in system devices unless i'm missing them. A guy with a new giga board told me they're hard to find. I'll try that download for sure. Have you had any ram problems? Which board do you have? I'm trying to get my 1866 mhz to run just regular speed and manual incremental settings didn't work, eorp didn't work. I get a flashing red warning even with optimized loaded in the bios. I know this board is amped I just gotta get it there. Thanks again. I'm short on time til tomorrow I think oldcompgeek could use a pro's help he posted above. I shared my limited knowledge about his issues. Maybe you can help him I'm new past dual core and ddr2,ssd's, raid, almost everything. much respect and peace always.
Glad you found it helpful.
I'm using the MSI 990FXA-GD80 which is also a 990FX board like your Gigabyte GA990FXA UD5.
I'm running 4sticks of A-Data XPG 1600 2GB modules, they are rated at 1.65 @1600 at CAS9 settings, and I don't have any problems running them at their advertised speeds.
If you don't mind me asking, what CPU are you using ? The Phenoms generally don't like higher spec RAM, rather it's more beneficial to have tighter timings and the performance is even greater even at 1333/1600 at CAS7/8. Whereas the Bulldozer IMC takes anything up to 1866 with ease, but I could be wrong though.
I just went through the page of your board, it lists: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Which is the same as my 990FXA-GD80, I've to install the Realtek drivers before I can use the ethernet controller when doing a fresh install of Windows 7.
Here's the driver for the RTL8111E chip for your boards, directly from Realtek:
Go to Realtek>Downloads>Communication Network ICs>Network Interface Controllers>10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet>PCI Express>Software:
Locate> Win7 and WinServer 2008 R2 Auto Installation Program (SID:1483418)
The current version as of today is 7.050 dated 2012/1/20.
Hope it works.