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First off I want to say hello everyone! I've posted only a couple times and been a member for less than a month.
I'm having a couple of issues with my board and I wanted to get everyones opinion on my issues.

I have scoured these forums for 4.8GHz+ Sandy Bridge OC guides (last processor I overclocked was a AMD Duron using the 'pencil' trick), followed them to a T and tried various things but alas it was not to be. (Sin's guide is the one I most closely followed).

I'm running a solid 4.6GHz now at 1.3v (Prime95 tested for an hour), but this post isn't really about overclocking, moreover it's about the d@mn BIOS on this board.

It's the first Gigabyte board I've ever owned, (usually go ASUS), I'm slightly regretting my choice as every BIOS other than the stock F3 causes boot loops, lockups, bios re-writes and just plain nothing but trouble - even with completely stock settings.

Has anyone else had issues like this with their board? My specs in my sig are correct and up to date, the PSU is the GOLD series 750W Corsair so I doubt it's a crappy PSU issue (dealt with enough of those now I spend some real cashola on a good PSU).

On F3 BIOS this system is solid and I have hardly any issues with VDroop, at least not that CPUID is showing so I'm content with the board as is but it's disappointing to know that if I wanted 3GB+ I couldn't really attain it since anything past F3 BIOS causes horrible system performance - if it even boots.

I've read around here that using the Intel builtin RAID, (which I'm indeed using), interface can cause boot loop issues which definitely seemed to be the case because bios splash would load and disappear and then Raid bios would load and then boom reboot, sometimes would only happen once and other times would happen 3 times followed by an automatic downgrade of my BIOS.

I'd appreciate any feedback/suggestions/advice as I'm tempted to go the refund option that Gigabyte is offering due to P67 chipset issues and go back to my good pal ASUS.
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Did you flash both BIOSes to match once you updated? That tends to make things a lot more stable.

Just so you know, these problems are not common Gigabyte BIOS issues, this funky stuff only started with P67, until then Gigabyte BIOS has been awesome. And many other P67 boards are also having a tough time getting things going as well, I think they just launched the platform way to early is all.

They'll get the Vdroop sorted out, just have to give it time

RAID should be fine, I always use it and never have issues. They just need to sort out the BIOS bugs is all.

If you haven't flashed the backup BIOS this is how you do it. First update the MAIN BIOS, then once you get that going and set how you want for stock then reboot and press ALT + F12 once on the splash/POST screen and it will ask you to update the backup BIOS with the MAIN BIOS contents. Once you do that it will be more stable, and you wont have to flash back from F3 to newer BIOSes anymore either.

Quick boot must be disabled to do the above
    
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Ah ok, well I might give that a try then because I didn't do that although I wondered if that was a possibility.
I would assume you wouldn't want to flash the backup BIOS while OC'd in the main BIOS?
As far as the P67 isolated case I can understand that as I've seen other threads in ASUS forums with similar bickering.

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Well I re-flashed F7 again and after various bootloops and other fun I could never get ALT+f12 to do anything other than restart the pc (Quickboot was off, checked 3 times).
Going to flash back to F3 as I re-flashed F6 to try the same ALT+F12 thing but it wouldn't do it either.
Think I'm going to junk this board and get a better one.
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ALT-F12 isn't working because it doesn't recognize your keyboard. Get ahold of a keyboard with a PS/2 connector and you should be good to go. Once you get past this odd quirk and successfully reflash the backup bios, the board becomes much more stable.
    
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If I flash F7 and it has all these issues and then I just go ahead and flash the backup bios as well with F7 why would that help at all, not being argumentative just trying to understand. Does the motherboard do some kind of comparison at each boot between both the main and the backup BIOS?
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Honestly I have no clue. I just know that now I never get the checksum error anymore and when I get BSOD while overclocking I restart the machine and all my settings haven't been wiped clean.
    
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post #8 of 9
Disable quick boot to flash backup bios my usb keyboard works just fine after that, you still get the random overclocking failed error anyways so you just got to live with it if you decided to keep the board.
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Ok I have found the source of my issue and I feel retarded. I got back to F3 BIOS and started setting up everything again just as I always had when I realized that I was manually setting memory settings including command rate, and I thought "I wonder....". So I set the mem settings on the motherboard to AUTO even though I knew it would set my 1600 Vengeance ram to 1333.
I setup overclocking and everything else exactly as I always had BCLK @ 100.2 etc.
Wouldn't ya know it booted right up no boot loops or anything, I found out in the end that the ram I have:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...z8gx3m2a1600c9
Isn't listed as being supported on Gigabytes website even though, besides the command Rate being 2 instead of their advertised 1, it works okay and I really can't tell any difference.
So in the midst of all the buggy BIOS (F7b), overclocking and tweaking the real issue was manually setting some RAM values... I'll never assume full 100% compatibility again

Let that be a lesson to you kids

I'm still not going to bother with F7 at this point but may try it again later once I find the time.

Thanks to all those that replied.
Edited by xyexz - 2/16/11 at 12:45pm
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