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More reliable memory training.

Definitely.

Memory is much more stable with the newer bios.
Edited by combat fighter - 8/24/16 at 7:17am
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Almost bricked my board while testing memory stability.

Was pushing the limits of what timings vs. VLs I could get stable and this somehow corrupted my primary bios. To make matters worse, I didn't realize this immediately and apparently shut the system down when the dual BIOS feature was recovering the primary BIOS. Details of what happened are kinda fuzzy as I wasn't paying attention to the POST codes while all this was going on, nor was I even expecting firmware corruption to be possible on a modern board when not trying to write new firmware. I ended up with one totally dead BIOS (the main one with F22n in it) and one BIOS (secondary, with F22h) that would freeze with an A9 POST code.

After some fiddling I managed to boot the secondary BIOS manually, but only after unplugging the power to all of my HDDs (the firmware module that registered them is what was corrupted) and was able to reflash the primary with a USB stick. Ended up manually erasing both BIOS ROM chips in Windows with FPT, then flashing F4m to the secondary and F22n back to the primary, as well as updating the ME firmware on each.

Everything is working fine again, and I did isolate the issue I was originally trying to, but this is the first time since the Socket A days that I've actually seen board firmware corrupted from an OC alone.

I've decided to disable the dual-BIOS mode permanently and manually switch between BIOSes as necessary to avoid further risk of corruption by leaving the automatic feature intact.

Additionally, I've noticed something odd about this board that I didn't notice before...CPU power consumption differential between OC socket switched off and on is almost non-existent and I'm questioning if the switch merely hides access to the VLs without actually disabling the OC socket features. This is further reinforced by the fact that I'm able to get at least 3.8GHz uncore with the OC socket switched off.
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Bios corruption when you're overclocking it's not common the last years, as you mentioned, but you're overclocking so it might happen. The good thing is that you can recover it.
I would suggest you to enable the single bios feature if you haven't done it already. Sometimes the backup bios gets triggered for safety reasons. At least that's what I've understood since it was starting flashing sooner than when I was on single bios mode.
The CPU mode switch...it doesn't disable or enable the extra pins. It hides the extra voltage options and it sets them at a low default value. When you enable this feature you can manually control them as you wish.
Edited by sofos1990 - 9/13/16 at 1:33am
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I would suggest you to enable the single bios feature if you haven't done it already.

Yeah, that's what I did.
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The CPU mode switch...it doesn't disable or enable the extra pins. It hides the extra voltage options and it sets them at a low default value. When you enable this feature you can manually control them as you wish.

I'm not sure how low the defaults are when hidden.

With F22m/n the CPU mode switch set to defaul allows me to OC the uncore further, and causes the CPU to draw slightly more power, than if I switch the CPU mode on and manually set the VLs to their minimum, or even use the "normal" settings. All manual minimum VLs also results in uncore OCs that closely match what I get out of non-OC socket boards, while simply having the CPU mode switch on default allows for higher OCs than this.
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With F22m/n the CPU mode switch set to defaul allows me to OC the uncore further, and causes the CPU to draw slightly more power, than if I switch the CPU mode on and manually set the VLs to their minimum, or even use the "normal" settings. All manual minimum VLs also results in uncore OCs that closely match what I get out of non-OC socket boards, while simply having the CPU mode switch on default allows for higher OCs than this.

The voltages aren't set to the minimum. I don't remember the exact values but they are close to 1.2V or so.
Yes, if you set them at the lowest value manually you will get pretty much the same frequencies as on a board without an OC socket.
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The voltages aren't set to the minimum. I don't remember the exact values but they are close to 1.2V or so.
Yes, if you set them at the lowest value manually you will get pretty much the same frequencies as on a board without an OC socket.

That's what I was suspecting. Kinda misleading to have the the CPU mode switch in the default/disabled position offer non-spec voltages to a part.
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Does anyone know how to flash the BIOS using the Q-Flash Plus feature? The board doesn't have the white USB port like the other X99 boards so.....

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Does anyone know how to flash the BIOS using the Q-Flash Plus feature? The board doesn't have the white USB port like the other X99 boards so.....

Thanks in advance


There's no such a port on this motherboard.
Do you want to flash back to a previous BIOS version?
Try to use FPT.
http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte/62479-force-revert-bios-x99-gaming-5p.html#post503583
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Problem is I bought the board 'used' with an older bios, which doesn't work with the 6850k I have....:doh: 

 

Gigabyte should be a little more specific when advertising new features then

 

http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/372/images/safe.html

 

http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.com/2014/09/gigabyte-x99-new-function-qflash-plus.html


Edited by Donkey1514 - 10/6/16 at 9:12pm
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