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What exactly are the revision differences between the two motherboards on a hardware level ?

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  • Realtek 8111E -> Realtek 8111F
  • BIOS 32M -> 64M

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Hey. Below is a transcript of my conversation with Asus regarding the lack of core unlocking on the R2.0. The top post is the most recent, and their answer for my now two week old question.

I will go with Gigabyte next time.





Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry for delayed.

I have check it with the relevant departments.They said the
SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 and SABERTOOTH 990FX is different model.So it is not comparability.

Best Regards,

Fiona


Original Message


Hello.
Any news?
I have been told on a forum that all of the R2 versions of 990FX have the core unlock
feature missing.
Is this to address issues with Windows 8?
Is there any way that the core unlocking can be implemented in the BIOS with a future
update?

I''m disappointed with how long it is taking to get an answer from Asus.

laurie.
Original Message


Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry for your trouble, I have informed the relevant departments to identify,
I am afriad to say you need waiting again. I am so sorry.

Fiona
Original Message


I don''''t have a front panel installed as my system is in a test bench.
I have tried re-installing the audio drivers but the static sound on power down is still
there.
Some people on the forum have the same issue and just say to unplug the
speakers/headphones before turning the system off.
This is a temporary solution but does not explain why this issue is present.
Any further advice would be appreciated.

laurie.

Original Message


Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry for you waiting a long time.
I am afriad to say there is no new on your issus.
I have asked them to solve it.Sorry.
About your another issus.Please don''''t contact the audio pin of the from panel to test if
the audio of back panel has still has problems.
In addition, please reinstall the audio driver from the website for a try.

Best Regards,

Fiona
Original Message

Hello. Sorry to bother you again.
Is there any new on this issue? I'm struggling a bit with only two cores active.

Also there is another issue with the board. The R1 had it too.
When the system powers down the analog sound output makes a horrible loud static
sound through whatever kind of speakers or headphones you have connected.
I have found a couple of other people on a forum with the same issue. If anyone could
advise on this as well I would be grateful.
But the lack of core unlocking is my biggest issue at the moment. Changing from the
R1 to the R2 has been a massive downgrade so far.

All the best.

Laurie.
Original Message


Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for contacting ASUS Customer Service.

My name is Fiona and it''''''''s my pleasure to help you with your problem.

About your questions, I have to inform the relevant departments to identify, Once
having a reply,I will immediately send an email to give you the answer, please be
patient to wait, thank you

Welcome to refer Troubleshooting & FAQ for ASUS products in ASUS website:
http://support.asus.com/servicehome.aspx?SLanguage=en

If you continue to experience issues in the future, please do not hesitate

to contact us.

Best Regards,

Fiona
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Have to say trying to contact ASUS about anything is a wash out imho. when you do get a reply it is barely understandable and they do love the old "R2.0 has the goodies" trick a few of us are asking for Piledriver support for the 8 Series MoBo's (ASRock have managed!) so when ASUS say they aren't supporting something that ASRock have proven to be a usable feature it stinks imho. And they do love releasing "updated" MoBo's touting features you KNOW the "older" one would have done.

Hope you sort something out.

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10th Nov 2012

My 990FX R2.0 has the core unlock in the bios. The bios version is 0219.

I have seen this belief of 'no unlock' in a review at the Amazon sales point for the board, no idea how such a belief came about. It is just core unlock with a different name.


AJB
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You have it wrong I'm afraid.
The feature allows you to lock cores but not unlock. So if you have a chip like a 555, you will not be able to unlock the two locked out cores. You can lock one of the cores out but not enable the factory locked cores. This feature was available on the R1 of the motherboard but is not on the R2. And won't be enabled either.
Please check your facts before posting.

Also you are running the oldest BIOS revision which has some stability issues and does not support newer CPUs.
I have tried every revision of the BIOS for the 2.0 board and none of them can unlock cores, again, they can only lock factory cores out.
Edited by laurie - 11/10/12 at 10:49am
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what chip or chips do you want to unlock? as far as i know, no BDs or PDs can unlock.
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You have it wrong I'm afraid.
The feature allows you to lock cores but not unlock. So if you have a chip like a 555, you will not be able to unlock the two locked out cores. You can lock one of the cores out but not enable the factory locked cores. This feature was available on the R1 of the motherboard but is not on the R2. And won't be enabled either.
Please check your facts before posting.
Also you are running the oldest BIOS revision which has some stability issues and does not support newer CPUs.
I have tried every revision of the BIOS for the 2.0 board and none of them can unlock cores, again, they can only lock factory cores out.

that board is far too advanced not to have unlocking capability. i am 100% sure it does. my old gigabyte ma78lm unlocked cores. lol
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I'm running a Bulldozer at the moment. But I did have a Phenom XII 555 in there. I have had both the R1 of the board and the R2. The R1 can unlock chips no problem. The R2 can not. Asus themselves have confirmed that it does not have this feature in the BIOS. But their reason for the lack of it being there was simply to say that the R1 and R2 are different boards.
It is indeed an advanced board but the feature is not there. Trust me. It's frustrating but true.
It's something to do with Windows quick boot for Windows 8 as far as I can tell. I have older boards and mini ATX boards that can unlock.
The quality and price of the new Sabertooth has nothing to do with it not having the unlock feature. I have also been told that the new Formula boards (R2) also have lost the ability to unlock cores. Though I have not had one to test it out personally.

Did you read the transcription of my conversation with ASUS?
I'm guessing not. This is there answer to the question 'Why can the R2 not unlock cores when the R1 could'

'I have check it with the relevant departments.They said the
SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 and SABERTOOTH 990FX is different model.So it is not comparability.'
Edited by laurie - 11/10/12 at 6:15pm
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I'm running a Bulldozer at the moment. But I did have a Phenom XII 555 in there. I have had both the R1 of the board and the R2. The R1 can unlock chips no problem. The R2 can not. Asus themselves have confirmed that it does not have this feature in the BIOS. But their reason for the lack of it being there was simply to say that the R1 and R2 are different boards.
It is indeed an advanced board but the feature is not there. Trust me. It's frustrating but true.
It's something to do with Windows quick boot for Windows 8 as far as I can tell. I have older boards and mini ATX boards that can unlock.
The quality and price of the new Sabertooth has nothing to do with it not having the unlock feature. I have also been told that the new Formula boards (R2) also have lost the ability to unlock cores. Though I have not had one to test it out personally.
Did you read the transcription of my conversation with ASUS?
I'm guessing not. This is there answer to the question 'Why can the R2 not unlock cores when the R1 could'
'I have check it with the relevant departments.They said the
SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 and SABERTOOTH 990FX is different model.So it is not comparability.'

i'm in the same boat as you trying to research if the board i want to buy has the core unlock. all the old ones have 2 options: core unlocker and core activation. All the new ones seem to only have core activation. have you tried core activation to see if it would unlock the cores?
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