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Originally Posted by garyd9 View Post

I've recently purchase a Maximus IX "Hero" board and I've been seeing some oddities with it. Before I return the board for a replacement, I thought I might post here to see if they are common issues with the board or not.

The board has the most recent BIOS/UEFI as of April 23rd 2017 (0906). I've reset the CMOS a few times in trying to clear up some of these issues. An intel i7-7700k is installed alongside 4 sticks of Corsair LPX 3200 8GB DDR4 (for a total of 32GB.) The only mass storage device is a samsung 960 EVO m.2. I also have a few assorted fans, USB keyboard, USB mouse, GTX 1070 video card, power supply (EVGA 650 G2), and ethernet cable attached to the board.

1. With a cleared CMOS, I'll go into the BIOS and change it to use XMP. At the prompt for the asus multi-core enhancement, I select "No" (so that the board uses intel's stock settings for turbo speeds.) With only these changes, after I boot the machine, I've noticed that the VID reported by both HWInfo and HWMonitor will be locked to a specific voltage for a specific frequency. For example, if my processor has 4 cores at 4400, the VID is 1.17. This is the same REGARDLESS OF LOAD. I could be running 8 threads of linpack, or just have 4 threads churning no-ops. Those utilities do show a (often massive) difference in "package power" for those different loads, but vcore and vid are constant.

(#1 goes away if I start overclocking... I haven't narrowed it down, but one of the several changes in BIOS when overclocking allows the VID to change based on load even at the same frequencies.)

2. On the board itself, there's that little square LED segment thing that shows a 2 digit numeric representation of the boot process. ("Q-Code LED") Within BIOS, there's a setting ("Q-Code LED Function") to allow this to display ONLY the POST codes ("POST Code Only") or to display the CPU temp after the POST is completed ("Auto".) When I have this set to "Auto", the LED does show the processor temp (or within 1-2 degrees of the processor temp) but eventually the LED gets "stuck" showing 30, and nothing but "30." I can run 8 threads of linpack and drive the cores to 70C, and this still shows "30."

I considered that "30" might be some kind of BIOS code, but referring to the table in the manual shows that "30" is a ACPI code for "System is waking up from the S3 sleep state." Obviously, if I'm running linpack, it's not in a sleep state anymore... So, either the temp is getting stuck at 30, or the LED is getting stuck with the "wake from S3" code and never going back to showing the processor temp.


3. The BIOS has the ability to store and load multiple BIOS setting "profiles." If I save anything to profile #1, when I try to load those settings, the entire motherboard locks up immediately upon confirming the action. If I save to a different profile number, the profile loads properly. (In order to repeat this after a CMOS reset, I obviously have to first make some BIOS changes and save those settings to the first profile.)


Are others having the same issues?

Thanks
Gary


I have the same board and bios 0906 is buggy. Go back to 0801 and wait for Asus to fix it. Check out the ROG forum . I had similar problems with 0906 so I reverted back to 0801. Everything now works as it should.
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I have the same board and bios 0906 is buggy. Go back to 0801 and wait for Asus to fix it. Check out the ROG forum . I had similar problems with 0906 so I reverted back to 0801. Everything now works as it should.

I've got the same board and haven't experienced anything like yourself or @garyd9 is, I'm running 0906 BIOS.
Temp sensor is working as it should, overclock is fine, memory is able to use the XMP profile correctly (4x8GB 2800Mhz Corsair Vengeance).

It don't doubt you guys are experiencing issues, just thought I'd put it out there that some aren't.
(Ask the guys here, I'm the king of strange issues, they're all probably surprised I haven't got any now. biggrin.gif )
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I have the same board and bios 0906 is buggy. Go back to 0801 and wait for Asus to fix it. Check out the ROG forum . I had similar problems with 0906 so I reverted back to 0801. Everything now works as it should.
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I've got the same board and haven't experienced anything like yourself or @garyd9 is, I'm running 0906 BIOS.
LOL. So, either it's the BIOS or just my specific board. Well, I guess it'd be better for me to not take the risk and just return the board for another one while I'm still in my return period. Bringing it back is annoying, but it's significantly faster and easier than trying to do an RMA directly with Asus if it turns out that it's a board issue.

Thank you both
Gary
    
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Q-code 30 is normally displayed after wake from sleep, normally nothing wrong with that
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Q-code 30 is normally displayed after wake from sleep, normally nothing wrong with that
Yes... but for how long? I can understand it displaying a code 30 for a few seconds while resuming from ACPI S3, but does it STAY that way (and thereby completely cripple the feature that shows the processor temperature?)
    
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Yes... but for how long? I can understand it displaying a code 30 for a few seconds while resuming from ACPI S3, but does it STAY that way (and thereby completely cripple the feature that shows the processor temperature?)

Nope, it stays there until you restart, happens on my wife's Hero VII board as well when she wakes it from sleep.
It's not a bug it's a Windows/UEFI thing, but it's also super annoying biggrin.gif
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Nope, it stays there until you restart, happens on my wife's Hero VII board as well when she wakes it from sleep.
It's not a bug it's a Windows/UEFI thing, but it's also super annoying biggrin.gif
Well, that makes me feel somewhat better. I only have two flaws on the board (which I hope will be fixed with an exchange) and one flaw that, apparently, is a long standing multi-generational bug in the firmware.

It's an extremely minor thing in the great scheme of the world.. the LED display is primarily for POST codes, of course. The temp thing was just a neat feature that I can live without.
    
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Have a Strix Z270G. I'm trying to find out how many fans I can tie together on one channel with a fan splitter.

The manual says " CPU_Fan 1.0amps" Doesn't say anything for water pump, alt_cpu, case_fan1 or case_fan2 headers. Are they all the same? I have 5 EK Vardar fans on radiators at .18 each = total of .90 amps. I would like to use them on one header if possible.
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Have a Strix Z270G. I'm trying to find out how many fans I can tie together on one channel with a fan splitter.

The manual says " CPU_Fan 1.0amps" Doesn't say anything for water pump, alt_cpu, case_fan1 or case_fan2 headers. Are they all the same? I have 5 EK Vardar fans on radiators at .18 each = total of .90 amps. I would like to use them on one header if possible.

The fans will probably run fine, but I would advise against connecting the TACH signal from all the fans together. Instead choose one fan to send the tachometer signal back to the motherboard otherwise your RPM reading will be way off.
     
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I have a Z270 Hero and everything is gucci except for some audio problems. First i had to actually remove sonic studio, i never cared for the software but it was bundled with the audio drivers, but then i found that it was preventing me from using voice chat in Overwatch. Now the other issue im facing is with the HD Audio Manager where i select the option to treat front panel and rear panel audio as two different audio streams letting me toggle between my headphones and speakers.

After each reboot i still see in playback devices that my headphones and speakers are separated, but when i have audio playing to the headphones the little equalizer bars are jumping up and down but im not actually getting any sound. If i set the default device to the speakers i start getting sound from both the headphones and speakers at the same time. To fix this each time i reboot i have to go back into the audio manager and tick "Mute the rear output device, when a front headphone plugged in", select OK, then go back into the options and select "Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously". Only then can i once again toggle between the speakers and headphones normally and get audio from each one depending on what is currently set to default.

Previously on my Z97-G45 from MSI i had no such issues and could freely toggle between headphones and speakers with that option ticked, never needing to redo it every time i restart the PC. Is there a fix for this or do i need to find a different board?

EDIT: One more thing irks me... the auto amplify level that is selected each time. I have a manual volume knob on my headphone cord that i use to control volume with but the only way the software picks up on the actual impedance is if i have it set to max which is too loud for normal listening. Otherwise if i have the volume at half it selects Extreme 110+ ohms when my headphones are actually only 32 ohms. Is there a way to disable it from automatically setting an amplify level? I just want it to be set to "Performance" which is the lowest amplification level. Again this only happens after it reboot where it will override the amplification setting i manually dialed in.
Edited by Malinkadink - 4/26/17 at 3:55pm
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