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09-17-2019 06:02 AM
pharaohspaw Thanks Splave - good to know!

So far things have continued to work out well for me with the full set of RGB software config utils for my case/fans/mobo/GTX1080's, they're playing nicely with the iCue software and not bumping into each other.

Regrettably the RGB Plus Fan controller they include with the View 91 case does not store your preferred lighting in non-volatile memory so you get default rotary rainbow effect on the Riing Plus 14 fans without running the (Windows only) RGB Plus software. But at least it doesn't interfere with iCue.

The drive image I rolled back to before starting again with iCue software was a very early one for my Win7 SP1 x64 build which had never seen ANY RGB software installed -- I wanted to rule out any possibility of registry, appdata, etc. being a problem. I really think getting it working had to be something they did new in 3.19.120, because even going back again to this same image and installing the 3.18.77 again with the updated firmware on the Corsair RGB DIMM's, 3.18.77 couldn't "see" those DIMM's.

Sadly there are a LOT of reports out there on Corsair forums (busiest thread link: HERE ) of people having serious FPS drops, high interrupts and CPU utilization, etc. for people running Intel CPU's and Corsair RGB modules with this release that were not happening with the previous version, and rolling back to the previous version fixes it.

Also at least for me and this rig, the Timings menu for the DIMM modules doesn't work for me in iCue 3.19.120, it doesn't display anything.

So while the 3.19.120 iCue release is progress for finally getting the ability to control/configure the lighting on Corsair RGB modules for our X299 OCF boards, it isn't all good news. Word is Corsair has identified the lag/stutter problem and a fixed release is coming. If you're gaming on your system it might be better to wait for the fixed update, or plan on uninstalling/zapping the iCue software after you get your DIMM RGB lighting set the way you like it to get your FPS/performance back.

But it is nice to at least be able to switch that default rainbow swirl effect off and set something more to my liking for now.

Cheers,
PharaohsPaw
09-16-2019 12:37 PM
Splave I wouldn't use 1.70 it uses microcode for Cascade Lake-X Processors, it performed worse for me on ln2 at least and has some issues with AFD on high clocks.
09-08-2019 04:05 PM
pharaohspaw For anyone else with one of these boards and Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB modules you can't configure the RGB lighting on in iCue, I just might have some good news for you.

Sometime in the last several days, Corsair released version 3.19.120 of their iCue software. Despite reading of some problems people have reported with system stabilty and micro-stuttering with this 3.19.120 version that goes away when reverting back to priors like 3.18.77, I decided to start from a clean backup/restore point and see if this updated version would "see" my Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB modules and let me configure the RGB lighting. Since no previous iCue version or anything else I have tried has worked, I figured why not give it a try.

I am very happy to report that my Asrock X299 OCF board running BIOS v1.60 was immediately able to recognize the (4) 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3000 modules. It also found a firmware update was available for them which it offered to and successfully applied, and afterwards I am able to configure the RGB lighting on the modules without issue -- at least so far.

This is of course with the SPD Write Enable feature enabled under the Advanced -> PCH IO settings in the BIOS -- which as described previously, this setting and indeed the entire section it is found in only exists on BIOS v1.60. Of course, other BIOS versions may just ALLOW SPD Writes without a setting to govern it -- this has been reported elsewhere in general for ASRock boards, but I'll leave that for someone else to discover and verify.

Of course challenges may come with the other RGB lighting control software needed, at least temporarily, to configure other RGB lighting on the rig -- as well as HWInfo64 which could also cause some fun. Time will tell.

Thus far I have tried installing the ASRock RGB LED utility 1.0.41 and Thermaltake RGB Plus v1.2.4 software utilities "on top of" / alongside iCue 3.19.120, and the modules are still showing up and their RGB lighting is configurable in iCue after reboots, etc. The last tool for any configurable lighting is the EVGA PrecisionX software for my older GTX 1080's.
08-12-2019 08:21 PM
pharaohspaw My replacement desktop rig is up and running on the Asrock refurb'd board. I'll plug along on getting my previous desktop rig re-configured as Pharaoh 2019 in my copious free time. Both are Asrock X299 OCF boards now in Thermaltake View 91 cases, Pharaoh '19 is the 7940x and Patriot has the 9980XE now.

Won't spam the thread with a bunch of "look what I built", I'll update the rig specs and add/replace a few pics sometime. But since info on newer BIOS's versions released and other stuff with these boards has kind of thinned out, I'll share a few notes and observations I had while experimenting with different BIOS versions that I havent' seen out there elsewhere. There are a few signficant differences with some.

I haven't tried any kind of clocking on the 9980XE yet, won't have time for that for a little while since we're moving soon and flaky power is among many other problems with our current domicile. But I look forward to seeing what this rig will do when I can.

This isn't exhaustive but some quick high-level overview of some of the more recent BIOS versions. Due to problems (still unresolved) getting Corsair's iCue software to detect the Corsair Dominator RGB modules so I could configure the RGB lighting away from the default "rainbow swirl" effect, I had occasion to try 4 different recent-ish BIOS versions on my refurb x299 OCF. Here are a few notes:

v1.40
- Recognizes/ID's my 9980XE as such (I was curious whether it would or not since 1.50 was apparently the first official Skylake-X Refresh series release)
- still has the RGB LED applet in the tool menu to configure the RGB lighting of the ICH/southbridge and two onboard RGB LED headers
- no choice of which microcode level to run with, only latest as of the BIOS release
- no SPD write setting found anywhere in DRAM menu or elsewhere.

v1.50
- Recognizes/ID's my 9980XE as such
- last version that comes with RGB LED applet in-BIOS under the tool menu, unless something newer than 1.70 adds it back
- no choice of which microcode level to run with, only latest (as of 1.40)
- no SPD write setting found anywhere in DRAM menu or elsewhere.

v1.60 (the version the refurb X299 Asrock sent me back had on it)
- you get to pick which microcode level you want to run out of a list, one of the reasons I really wanted to stay back on the (much) older version I was running before
- Very large menu of additional tuning options not seen on any other BIOS version I am aware of for this board to date -- most/all of which are under a new PCH IO item in the Advanced menu. There is a legacy low IO latency mode you can turn on which I will try someday to see if it does anything interesting with my DAW setup, and a bunch of other stuff.
- Has an SPD Write enable/disable setting in with the other stuff in the new Advanced -> PCH IO section. Reputedly, for iCue to be able to configure the lighting on your Corsair Dominator RGB or other Corsair RGB-lighted modules, your BIOS needs to allow SPD Writes. So if I could figure out or find mention anywhere of what other magical settings are needed for iCue to even be able to SEE these modules on an Asrock X299 OCF board, maybe this v1.60 BIOS version has those knobs.
- RGB LED config tool removed from Tool section of the BIOS. You will have to use the software version of the tool if you want to run 1.60 (or 1.70)

v1.70 (just released recent weeks)
- No RGB LED utility built in
- All those cool config items 1.60 had? GONE
- Nothing else worth writing home about
- iCue still can't find the Corsair Dominator RGB modules to configure their lighting
- no SPD Write enable option anywhere in BIOS menus
The official description of what's in 1.70 (only found so far from the App Store I had to install to get the software version of the RGB LED utility) is that its an updated ME firmware and ucode.

You may have different preferences/reasons but I like the extra settings 1.60 has, especially if they solve problems. That remains to be seen though. I went back to 1.60 since 1.70 loses all those settings again AND didn't get the RGB LED utility back either.

I liked the previous BIOS versions' having the RGB LED utilty built in, but I realized after fighting my way through using the software version of RGB LED utility v1.041 to configure the onboard RGB LED headers that I probably wouldn't be messing with the lighting config much once I settle on something for a lighting scheme.

If anybody with one of THESE boards (X299 OCF) or other Asrock X299 boards has successfully used iCue to configure the RGB lighting on Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 modules or other recent Corsair RGB DIMM's like Vengeance Pro RGB, it would be great to compare notes. I have read of others with other Asrock boards and/or even other brands of boards downgrading their BIOS to specific older BIOS versions to get iCue to see and configure the module lighting, but nothing so far for the X299 OCF. I am not sure going back any older than 1.40 would be worth trying.

Cheers,
PharaohsPaw
06-29-2019 10:53 AM
ThrashZone Hi,
Might work might show a 99..x as a 79..x
06-29-2019 10:32 AM
pharaohspaw
Quote: Originally Posted by D-EJ915 View Post
I tested most of the BIOSes with my 9900X and they all work so pick whichever one works best for you and your chip
Oh my! A reply based on actual experience with this board and Skylake X Refresh processors!!! That's what I was secretly hoping for...

Thank you for that D-EJ915.

Main thing I was trying to avoid was being forced to run a BIOS that slows down performance due to Spectre/Meltdown remediations. In my research I've found that the Skylake X Refresh processors have the fix for some of the problems whereas original Skylake X (like 7940x) didn't, but others still require BIOS and/or OS/software to address.

I don't know without benchmarking how much a perf hit there would be anyway, but this rig won't ever be an ecommerce server or otherwise likely ever be exposed to the exploits. Yes I know there are javascripts floating around out there to trigger some of them but I am not going to live in fear over that, I run NoScript and other measures on my web browsers anyway. FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) is for fanboys.

So I'm almost done getting the parts together, just figuring out some details on the fittings etc. for draining the loops and will be building a 9980XE using (grudgingly) the refurb OCF board Asrock sent me back to replace the one that died after lowering the cache voltage with their software utility. I guess I'll find out if it's a good board or not.

PharaohsPaw
06-16-2019 09:42 PM
D-EJ915 I tested most of the BIOSes with my 9900X and they all work so pick whichever one works best for you and your chip
06-13-2019 05:02 PM
pharaohspaw Thanks for the replies, I'll go back through this thread again and refresh my memory of what people have reported about newer BIOS updates. Which hasn't been much good since the early days if I am remembering much at all.

I did see where an update on their site is said to improve the per core specific clock setting that a number of posters here reported got broken somewhere around 1.17. So maybe it is better.
06-13-2019 08:16 AM
bigblock990
Quote: Originally Posted by pharaohspaw View Post
Sorry have been AFK for a while on this thread. RAMIdotGG how did your RAM situation work out?

I'm going to most likely be building another rig with one of these boards. Pharaoh, my first ever watercooled machine, is getting a bit old now (11 years old) and the amount of noise and heat it constantly generates is becoming a bit too much to bear. So if it works out $-wise, I'm going to build a new rig on another x299 OCF and a Skylake refresh, and replace Pharaoh with the current one.

Anybody know offhand if it is absolutely required to update BIOS to 1.60 to use a Skylake refresh CPU (99xx) on these boards? It sort of looks to me like I'd be better off staying with older BIOS revs with some of the quirks reported here in newer ones.
The board will boot with older bios' however to get the best performance/efficiency you need 1.60
06-13-2019 04:58 AM
ThrashZone Hi,
I have an asus board but yes 99..x needed the newest bios to be compatible and yes also I'm stuck on it too no bios flash back options unless I swap back to 79..x series.
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