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I just finished setting up my new rig. I've got an i5 2500k paired up with a Sabertooth P67 B3, the Thermal Armor version. The BIOS has version 2001...there have been two newer updates, but I'm not sure if it's really worth the risk. I do plan on OC'ing the cpu, and I plan on getting two 570's or two 480's, but I don't know if the BIOS update will have any effect. Does anyone know of or has any first hand experience with the BIOS of these baby?

On a side note, the thermal radar is really neat, it's nice to know the thermal readings throughout the motherboard! thumb.gif
 
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Well, check the changelog for the bios updates and see if the changes are worth it to you.

Also, I'm pretty sure every motherboard manufacturer has a flash tool now that literally tests your flash and reverts it if you fail. I haven't had a bad flash in my entire life, and I'm pretty much as dumb as they get.

Ante up, soldier.
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Don't have any personal experiences with that MoBo in particular, but as far as updating the BIOS goes. I'd say that if you were to do it, it's nice to do it before you do any OC'ing so that you won't have to start all over. But all in all, as they say - if it ain't broken don't fix it. smile.gif
Check out what changes/improvements are made in the newer version of the BIOS. Anyhow, as for BIOS updating in general with the ASUS MoBo's my experiences there has been good. Updated the BIOS versions due to different fixes on a couple of previous builds with ASUS MoBo's, went perfectly, only boring stuff is to do the fine OC tuning over again.

But as I see it, BIOS updating could have it's benifits in some cases, but that said I see no big reason to do it unless the BIOS update corrects any spesifically known issues which have been commonly known to create a headache for the users. opr gives better support for newer CPU's and such - and in such case, only if the new supported components would be in any upgrade plans for you in the future. And I see especially no big reason if you don't have any issues with the current one.

Anyhow, not sure, but guess that MoBo as other new MoBo's might have the functionality of having two different BIOS's on it? So you could revert if the update failes or messes up something.
     
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post #4 of 11
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Well, check the changelog for the bios updates and see if the changes are worth it to you.
Also, I'm pretty sure every motherboard manufacturer has a flash tool now that literally tests your flash and reverts it if you fail.

Yea Asus has the utility from Windows, just a bit scared to do it within Windows, everywhere I read online people warn not to do it...
 
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Yea Asus has the utility from Windows, just a bit scared to do it within Windows, everywhere I read online people warn not to do it...

I don't see why anyone would do it in Windows when it takes a few seconds to do it in the BIOS/UEFI. All you have to do is readjust your settings afterwards.
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I don't see why anyone would do it in Windows when it takes a few seconds to do it in the BIOS/UEFI. All you have to do is readjust your settings afterwards.

The USB has to be formatted to FAT32 right?
 
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I don't see why anyone would do it in Windows when it takes a few seconds to do it in the BIOS/UEFI. All you have to do is readjust your settings afterwards.

Because you click two buttons and it's the same thing. And a lot more people are comfortable using a program.
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The USB has to be formatted to FAT32 right?
That's what it says in the manual but FAT32 didn't work for me. Instead I formatted it to NTFS and have updated the BIOS about 4-5 times now without problems. Make sure you reset to default settings in BIOS before you update it.
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I'm in the same position as you. Should I update my bios or not? I might do it just not right now. If I did it I'd be using my USB to flash it. thumb.gif
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post #10 of 11
The best time to flash the BIOS is as soon as you get your rig. That way if there are any problems you can exchange the motherboard.
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