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post #4251 of 4260 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 07:21 AM
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welp, just flashed the 3901 bios that dropped today. seems the performance issues resulting from the microcode updates have been mostly mitigated.
I just saw that the 3901 BIOS update for my X99-E WS/USB 3.1 is available.

Are you saying that the 3901 update will make things faster (than 3803)?

I was thinking that the 3901 update would update the Processor Microcode and that would enable protection against 'zombieload', but probably degrade performance some more in the process. (As I think was the case when Meltdown/Specter updates came along).

If 3901 would boost performance (compared to 3803 under Windows 10) I would probably apply it...

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Quote: Originally Posted by MysteryGuy View Post
I just saw that the 3901 BIOS update for my X99-E WS/USB 3.1 is available.



Are you saying that the 3901 update will make things faster (than 3803)?



I was thinking that the 3901 update would update the Processor Microcode and that would enable protection against 'zombieload', but probably degrade performance some more in the process. (As I think was the case when Meltdown/Specter updates came along).



If 3901 would boost performance (compared to 3803 under Windows 10) I would probably apply it...



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as far as I know the updates that mitigated zombieload and other subsequent mds exploits were pushed by Windows, and the bios update from Asus then mitigates (as much as possible) the performance hit that resulted fromthe Windows updates. this is actually what 3803 did by re-enabling the overclock that many lost as a result of the previous Windows spectre/meltdown updates.
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Only close way to mitigate all these security flaws is to turn off hyper threading
Doubt any bios updates going to do anything worth wild otherwise

Windows updates is offering micro code updates no need for bios updates when that's going on unless a system has a problem with them being installed

Ever bsod help person I've ever read says update bios which is a lame response bios usually solves nothing and only adds more issues.

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Quote: Originally Posted by nodezero View Post
as far as I know the updates that mitigated zombieload and other subsequent mds exploits were pushed by Windows, and the bios update from Asus then mitigates (as much as possible) the performance hit that resulted fromthe Windows updates. this is actually what 3803 did by re-enabling the overclock that many lost as a result of the previous Windows spectre/meltdown updates.
I got the impression that you needed the BIOS CPU Microcode updates to after reading https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en...sory/ADV190013. This suggests checking your mitigation status (of the Specter-like things) by running a program in Powershell (See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ngs-powershell).

Running that program on my X99-E WS USB/3.1 with BIOS 3803 seems to say that L1TF is mitigated, but MDS/Zombieload is not:

"...
Speculation control settings for CVE-2018-3620 [L1 terminal fault]

Hardware is vulnerable to L1 terminal fault: True
Windows OS support for L1 terminal fault mitigation is present: True
Windows OS support for L1 terminal fault mitigation is enabled: True

Speculation control settings for MDS [microarchitectural data sampling]

Windows OS support for MDS mitigation is present: True
Hardware is vulnerable to MDS: True
Windows OS support for MDS mitigation is enabled: False"

I have no idea if the 3901 BIOS update (which I assume would allow MDS protection) also somehow increases performance compared to 3803 (without MDS protection) though. The 3901 BIOS description claims some type of improved system performance, but doesn't seem to make it clear where this would be expected.

Also, I did see that a recent Windows 10 update has enabled 'retpoline' mitigation (at least for my CPU) for an older flaw. This appears to be faster than what they used to do before:

...
BTIHardwarePresent : True
BTIWindowsSupportPresent : True
BTIWindowsSupportEnabled : True
BTIDisabledBySystemPolicy : False
BTIDisabledByNoHardwareSupport : False
BTIKernelRetpolineEnabled : True
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Hi,
Bios rarely if ever address Intel security flaws it's all Intel micro code updates for one and like I said MS is handling them plus any other os security flaws to workaround other flaws
New bios may have a micro code installed in it or new management engine but that's about it other than performance improvements usually related to memory.

It's just a game of whack a mole of threats one is so unlikely to get hit by it's silly to even entertain any worries over.

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Hi, I got the usb3.1 version with the 6850k and with the last w10 may edition I lost the O.C. With the XPM setting I read max 4000mhz for the first core and 3800mhz for the rest(HWINFO64). Just installed the latest 3901 firmware but cannot see any changes. What am I doing wrong, please help. Do I need a microcode? how did the rest of you sorted it out? Recently tried a W10 hack which I found and it worked but obviously the PC would be unprotected, is there another way round to it that I do not know??
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Hi, I got the usb3.1 version with the 6850k and with the last w10 may edition I lost the O.C. With the XPM setting I read max 4000mhz for the first core and 3800mhz for the rest(HWINFO64). Just installed the latest 3901 firmware but cannot see any changes. What am I doing wrong, please help. Do I need a microcode? how did the rest of you sorted it out? Recently tried a W10 hack which I found and it worked but obviously the PC would be unprotected, is there another way round to it that I do not know??
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Broadwell-e thread yes it's a micro code update you need to deal with links in quotes here should help
https://www.overclock.net/forum/5-in...l#post27994668

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Hello everyone I just wanted to document an issue I was having after the Win10 1903 update. Apparently windows reverted me back to the stock SATA drivers after the update. Which on nearly every cold boot failed to completely detect my extra drives . Basically windows said it saw them but you could not access them. After a reboot you could see/use them...most of the time. I was also getting a lot of "The IO operation at logical block address for Disk was retried" in the Event Viewer . Note this was not for just 1 disk it was for 3. After installing the 10.1.2.19 intel chipset drivers off the Asus X99-E WS product page both controllers are now listed correctly and the issue has gone away plus disk performance is back to where it should be.

Intel(R) C610 series/X99 chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller - 8D02
Intel(R) C610 series/X99 chipset sSATA AHCI Controller 1 - 8D62

Is it just me or is trying to find drivers on the Intel website maddening? Am I do something wrong?

I also wanted to note I am using hardware bitlocker on all my sata drives and software bitlocker on my 1 8TB backup disk
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New update is out!

Version 4001
2019/08/12

X99-E WS Formal BIOS 4001 release.
1. Update CPU uCode
2. Improve system performance

https://www.asus.com/Commercial-Serv...HelpDesk_BIOS/
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Damn.
And i'm here with 1301 without any problems. (5960x 4GHz, 32GB 2666, 1080TI, 5 SSD's)
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