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Thnx guys for the answers.
Version of bios 3101 is the latest for my mobo.
I think that probably is issue of bios.
The strange is only in windows(control panel system etc.) I got 1 gb less.
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Thnx guys for the answers.
Version of bios 3101 is the latest for my mobo.
I think that probably is issue of bios.
The strange is only in windows(control panel system etc.) I got 1 gb less.

It's the motherboard. It reserves (uses) 1GB of memory which is why there is 1GB less available. It's in the manual. rolleyes.gif
    
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Thnx guys for the answers.
Version of bios 3101 is the latest for my mobo.
I think that probably is issue of bios.
The strange is only in windows(control panel system etc.) I got 1 gb less.

the best bios for my Deluxe is 3004... 3101 isn't good bios .. at least for me rolleyes.gif
   
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Question,

To use this Indigo Xtreme Phase Change Alloy Thermal Kit http://www.xtremerigs.net/2013/03/14/indigo-extreme-review-guide/ I need to heat up my CPU to 95C and keep it there a minute or so.

On an ASUS X99 motherboard do I keep 'Enable Thermal Throttling' on and set the max temp to 95C? Would that work? I can monitor CPU temps with Core Temp, turn my water pump and fans off during the liquid metal reflow procedure, Just need to max out temps on CPU to 95 a minute or so with Prime95.

I think i saw when I had it maxing out at 85C in BIOS it throttled at 80C or something though, why I ask. rolleyes.gif

It's really important I do it right with this kit, without good thermal flow I waste the kit. redface.gif

Edit: Just thought I can turn the water pump off, try it with Thermal Throttling' on set at 95C, if I hit 95C I know its good... brb, doing a quick test.

this is what I was talking about. a day or two ago. . the melt can be a real problem, and if it does not work well the first time... you have to cook your cpu again. You have a very good sample.. just use Thermal Grizzly. trash the indigo. But in case you are on a suicide mission: you need to disable the cpu temp sensor in bios and unplug your water pump. only way to do it.
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Hi there guys, unfortunately I'm here for a bit of advice on troubleshooting a very extended POST time on the ASUS X99A-II motherboard.

I have been trying to keep my cool and focusing on researching the issue as much as I could so here's my experience so far (it's been a couple of days).

Context: I just spent the weekend setting up my new rig since I have decided to upgrade my original build from a mATX to ATX form factor.

First time doing something overkill like this so I was pretty excited!

This included new parts starting with the
  1. ASUS X99A-II motherboard
  2. Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 (model confirmed in ASUS' RAM compatibility PDF here)
  3. 2 x EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  4. Phanteks ATX TG case in silver

Full specifications: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here are some pictures to start if you would like to see: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



I absolutely love how it turned out; however, my experience was unfortunately soured by the motherboard's POST time.

Issue: By long POST time, I don't think I'm being unreasonable that 2 to 3 minutes is very high for a system running SSDs.

It would then go into a black screen with a "_" flashing on the top left of the screen then cycle through multiple splash screens as well as hang on the Intel Rapid Storage post screen (I didn't have anything resembling this in my previous rig with the same SSDs and HDDs).

Initial boot set-up: I was running RAID 0 with the 2 x Samsung EVO 850s and RAID 1 with the 2 x WD Black Hard Drives.

Troubleshooting: With a 16GB SanDisk USB for Windows 8.1 Pro, I've tried the following:
  1. First waited for UEFI to pop-up and headed over to advanced boot options and set my respective SATA controller A to RAID for the SSDs.
    - The WD Black hard drives were also connected to this SATA controller A at this time.
    - Post time still very lengthy so I continue
  2. Disable XMP profiles since I flicked the physical switch on the motherboard
    - I thought maybe the RAM was a bad batch and turned off XMP and continued
  3. Flashed UEFI and updated to latest version "X99-A II BIOS 0601"
  4. Only plugged in mouse and KB USB connections.
  5. Clean Installed Windows via 16GB SanDisk (not UEFI/2nd option in UEFI boot priority)
    - I wanted to do this to see if it made any difference from UEFI.
  6. Clean Installed Windows via 16GB SanDisk (as UEFI option in UEFI boot override)
    - The UEFI USB is the recommend way and fastest so I tried this option as well.
  7. Un-raided the RAID 0 array and reformatted the two SSDs via Ctrl+I Intel rapid storage splash screen
    - Cleared the RAID and wanted to see if it would affect POST, it's tough to gauge at this point since I've booted up so many times; however, the feeling that I get is the ACHI > RAID is just more consistent so I decide to go with it.
  8. I separated the SSDs and HDDs to different SATA controllers--Manual stated 6 and onward did not support RAID (IIRC?) thus
    - SATA Controller A for WD HDDs running in RAID 1 config
    - SATA Controller B or C for 2 x Samsung 850 EVOs un-raided and wiped running ACHI
  9. After 10 - 20 shutdowns/boot-ups, I forgot at which specific point; however, my RAID 1 "degraded", but would pop up later on to "rebuild"

Some notables I've read:

- Some users have even gone as far as disabling DRAM testing in the UEFI, this doesn't seem to be a good idea IMO so I did not attempt this.
I've seen Raja on the ROG forums state that X99 platforms' ASUS mobos are slower due to memory checking and PCIe lanes...but I can't help think of my previous EVGA X99 Micro2 mobo which booted in seconds.
- Some have disabled CSM, I have yet to try and I'm not sure if I can (some options are grayed out/not available to apply in the ASUS UEFI, I'll have to double check which but I think CSM was one of them and so was Secure Boot)
- The little of changes makes a big impact: a user finally found the culprit by disconnecting an USB connector to his rudder pedals biggrin.gif
- Some users suggested registry edits and I do not wish to try such a thing just yet...
- Would using "S3" help in my post time? (I actually have no idea what this is, but I assume it's in the UEFI?)

Currently:
- I've settled with the post time for now...just wanted Windows to be up and working and also needed my computer up and running to type this.
- POST time is ~1 to 2 minutes on one of the 850 EVOs (I'll time more accurately as I update this log)
- Running Latest chipset driver, intel rapid, and bios.
- To be honest, it's kind of annoying at times due to how often a new build requires restarting
- Successfully installed Windows 8.1 Pro on 1 x SSD and 1 for other uses like games
- The RAID 1 popped up again and rebuilt itself.

That was my write-up so thanks if you made it this far and I hope I can come to a solution.

I've always liked ASUS mobos but this one has been a bit sour who-let-rip-smiley.png

I really hope I can resolve this issue. Thanks all. I'll be updating to this log.

long post, not yours.. the rigs, wink.gif is likely due to USB devices. Unplug all USB devices. Still a slow boot? if yes, make sure you have NO warnings in device manager. If you see any, insert the MB DVD or USB and update the drivers (manually point the windows device driver update tool to the DVD/USB)
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I have a WD My Book that increases my boot time by a minute whilst it initialises.
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I have a WD My Book that increases my boot time by a minute whilst it initialises.

for sure... my seagate USB3.0 external SSD drags boot (not post tho) down.
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Anyone seen a review of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228162

the reported numbers look pretty decent...
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Looking for opinions on using a chipset & VRM waterblock or not. I just bought the Asus X99 Deluxe II, upgrading from the first X99 Deluxe, and I'm wondering how much of a difference will I see in cooling using the waterblocks vs keeping the original heatsinks on. Even though I haven't seen this board powered on yet, I like the idea of the LEDs on the MB, for aesthetic reasons obviously. If I pull off the heatsinks and replace with the waterblocks, I'll lose some of the LED lighting. I'll still have my CPU and GPUs watercooled, but if I decide not to use the VRM and chipset waterblocks, how much difference will it make in cooling capacity? Is the aesthetics of the LEDs on the MB worth giving up watercooling the VRM and chipset? I never ran any performance comparisons of heat distribution with the stock heatsinks vs the waterblocks to be able to decide if it's worth it or not. My build theme is blue & white, which is one of the reasons I'm considering keeping the MB stock with the exception of my CPU waterblock. If anyone has any opinions, I'd love to hear them.
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I have a WD My Book that increases my boot time by a minute whilst it initialises.

If I enable my Areca HD controller boot firmware it adds 30 seconds to BIOS boot time. Fortunately I don't boot from it so I disable it.
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