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01-20-2020 06:06 AM
xxpenguinxx If you plan on using registered ECC RAM, it needs to be 2Rx8. Other configurations won't post. You will need to enable ECC in the BIOS to get full functionality. If it's not available the RAM will still work, it just won't have error correction.
01-18-2020 01:24 PM
nofearek9 anyhing with 6 cores will give you boost from a x5650 to 5675 which might be a litttle easier to overclock you will pay around 20$ or less
got mine from this store : https://www.aliexpress.com/store/gro...11379533.1_0_4

sine ecc ram are working on some motherboards there is no guarantee,you have to buy them and try or find someone with the exact board that made it work,someone here with similar board (GA X58a Ud3r)managed it to make it work : https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/e...oughts.120646/
01-18-2020 07:09 AM
m4shroom Hi guys.
I have gigabyte ga-ex58-ud5 running with i7 920. I want to upgrade to xeon.Which xeon do you recomend for gaming ? Can I use ecc ram with this mobo ?_?

thx for your help ..
01-02-2020 11:22 AM
xxpenguinxx Maybe not enough VTT or the uncore is too high? I've a few RAM kits at 2000Mhz without an issue.
01-02-2020 10:51 AM
LDV617 I bumped the RAM down to 1200mhz but it was booting and running prime/aida64 at 4ghz without changing voltage (1.29vcore) so I'm letting it test for a few hours in Prime.

I think it may be a memory problem more than anything else. Kind of sad to run 1200mhz in modern games, but hopefully it doesn't impact performance too much.
01-02-2020 08:24 AM
AeroZ
Quote: Originally Posted by LDV617 View Post
I have a x5660 on a Rampage Gene II that's running at 3.8ghz and passes aida64 for 6 hours straight. Temps never break 70c and in gaming it usually floats around 60c.



My GF has been playing Destiny 2 on it and occasionally the PC will lock up or bsod with a clock management error.



I bumped up the vcore the other day - but given the stress test results I find it hard to believe it's a voltage issue.



I've read that 1600mhz isn't supported on x58 - should I downclock the ram below 1600mhz (BCLK is 200).



Any tips? If more info is needed I can post. The machine is awesome for how cheap I built it.


Aida is not a proper stability test. Run prime95 for at least 24 hours (select custom, use 90-95% of RAM and 10 min for each test).


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01-02-2020 08:21 AM
LDV617 I have a x5660 on a Rampage Gene II that's running at 3.8ghz and passes aida64 for 6 hours straight. Temps never break 70c and in gaming it usually floats around 60c.

My GF has been playing Destiny 2 on it and occasionally the PC will lock up or bsod with a clock management error.

I bumped up the vcore the other day - but given the stress test results I find it hard to believe it's a voltage issue.

I've read that 1600mhz isn't supported on x58 - should I downclock the ram below 1600mhz (BCLK is 200).

Any tips? If more info is needed I can post. The machine is awesome for how cheap I built it.
12-21-2019 04:33 PM
sgor Ok, first of all, thanks a lot to all of you for taking the time to answer!

Indeed, I can probably piece together the parts to rebuild a BIOS file that works, but I have much less time than what I had back then (as in kids), also the Xeon build is working really stable and I don't have it nearby so that I can fix it if something breaks, so I guess the plan for now is to leave it mostly as it is.

The microcode-on-usb looks really interesting, that I will try that because if it stops working for whatever reason, I can just as easily unplug it and go back to business as usual.

It takes a long time on post to show something on screen, and now I'm wondering if it actually has something to do with the secondary BIOS failing to boot and passing the torch to the primary or something like that. Or maybe it's because of the presumably stuck 20x multiplier for the uncore. Whatever is the cause, the raspberry zero working as a keyboard emulator that presses enter if ping fails works extremely reliably, it started out as a hack-on-trial but I see it now as part of the build.

Regarding the microcode, the build is running Server 2016 which includes microcode updates, and using the command "reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\Cen tralProcessor\0" I can see that "Update Revision" and "Previous Update Revision" differ, which in theory means that Windows is actually updating the microcode as expected. The values are 1E000000 for the currently running microcode and 14000000 for the boot/previous, I will investigate if it means that it's on the latest available.

A question I have that I'm not qualified to answer is this: let's asume the cause of the long POST and "overclocking failed" error is indeed the microcode, would giving an updated microcode via usb-boot or windows update actually "fix" whatever is faulting, perhaps the theoretically stuck multiplier on the uncore? Are the timings set on POST and microcode-depending, and further changes on the microcode "on the fly" have less chance of fixing things? My gut feeling is that usb-microcode and windows-microcode are less capable and thus unable to fix timings. More stuff to investigate.

Regarding the 4-core vs 6-core differences, my Xeon X5687 is from the fab a 6-core CPU with 2 cores disabled, which is perfectly fine for me because I value more the higher stock multipliers (highest of the "normal" CPUs for LGA1366) while also retaining the full 12MB L3 cache, meaning 50% more L3 for each CPU compared to a 6-core. Anything that applies to 6-core units I expect to apply to my CPU, it's just as Westmere as any other, just with less cores but faster.

Regarding win-raid, it's an amazing site just to read any hardware geek, I am parsing through posts there. Regarding (at)BIOS, I never touched it and never will. Backups of BIOS, I have all of those released for my motherboard stored locally. Worst case, if I screw something really badly I still have my trusty old i7 920, but again, I hope I don't have to get to that point.

Again, thanks a lot!

Quote: Originally Posted by Slayer3032 View Post
The newest bios for your board has the 0F microcode for 206C2, that's the common microcode revision that has that bug. I'm not sure if that's the microcode the quad cores use but that's the one that the hexcores do.

I patched in all of the latest pre-spectre microcodes into my bios, if you've done it in the past you can probably piece together enough to get you in the right direction out of what I can drag up from a couple years ago when I did it. There was a decent bit of posts about spectre and microcodes around that time, if you dig through the thread a little and search around on win-raid you should find plenty more as well.

First, you need to update your backup bios. Same with anyone else on a Gigabyte board really. If your bios corrupts or fails a check, it's going to wipe your updated bios and overwrite it with the oldest possible bios which absolutely doesn't support Westmere. I think this post details what you need to do.
https://www.overclock.net/forum/8-in...l#post26480181

Ignore any of the "Beta" bios'es. You don't want to touch @BIOS (i hope this doesn't tag that poor guy) and I couldn't even convince them to work with CBROM anyways.



You might have to try a few versions of CBROM before you find one that works for your board too. If you want the latest microcodes, I think MC Extractor can get those for you somehow although I think I ripped mine from newer boards, ect. Making your own NCPUCODE.bin isn't too difficult, maybe some of the tools have improved recently.

After your backup bios is updated and you get that all sorted, all you have to do is flash them and if it doesn't work you just revert to your backup bios.
12-21-2019 10:03 AM
99belle99 I could never get my bios updated with micro codes. Admittedly I didn't try very hard and the one time I did. I flashed it with @BIOS and corrupted my bios. I had a X58A-UD7 so I had a backup bios which was never updated so had to source a 4 core chip(good thing it was really cheap) as the hexa core would not work with the what would have been the bios the board shipped with.

So long story short if you have a backup bios make sure it's updated and be careful with micro codes if you do not know what you are doing as it is very easy to flash a corrupted bios you think is fine.
12-20-2019 07:25 PM
Slayer3032
Quote: Originally Posted by sgor View Post
No, I did not update the microcode and it indeed seems to keep the uncore running at 20x (2666MHz NB Freq). I asume it requires editing the BIOS to replace the microcode, I did dabble in BIOS editing back in the... ahem... Vista days, but it's been a decade and I lost track of all info in that regard, tools to be used, procedures, etc. Is there any repository of tested BIOSes for X58 with update microcode for 32nm parts? Thanks for the answer!
The newest bios for your board has the 0F microcode for 206C2, that's the common microcode revision that has that bug. I'm not sure if that's the microcode the quad cores use but that's the one that the hexcores do.

I patched in all of the latest pre-spectre microcodes into my bios, if you've done it in the past you can probably piece together enough to get you in the right direction out of what I can drag up from a couple years ago when I did it. There was a decent bit of posts about spectre and microcodes around that time, if you dig through the thread a little and search around on win-raid you should find plenty more as well.

First, you need to update your backup bios. Same with anyone else on a Gigabyte board really. If your bios corrupts or fails a check, it's going to wipe your updated bios and overwrite it with the oldest possible bios which absolutely doesn't support Westmere. I think this post details what you need to do.
https://www.overclock.net/forum/8-in...l#post26480181

Ignore any of the "Beta" bios'es. You don't want to touch @BIOS (i hope this doesn't tag that poor guy) and I couldn't even convince them to work with CBROM anyways.

Quote: Originally Posted by Slayer3032 View Post
I ended up tracking down the 1D microcode from 2015, although after doing all this I've found that there's a good bit of information on this hidden deep in the X58 Xeon threads on here. I also tracked down the most up to date microcodes according to MCE for the rest of the 1366 CPUIDs I could find by searching through like at least 30-40 bios. From what I can tell 1D is only a security update but they may have been fixing things up to 2013 with 1A. Very few bios had newer than 2008 microcode revisions for the lower end i7's which is disappointing since those were the most common 1366 cpus.

I used MCE and CBROM195 on the F6 bios for my GA-X58A-UD5, the first time I copied it with CBROM it corrupted. Intelmicrocodelist reported it perfectly fine but MCE's list function reported it as having an error. I would probably run your patched bios through MCE, CBROM \D and IntelMicrocodeList to make sure everything looks okay first. This thread is also invaluable https://www.win-raid.com/t2811f16-Gu...enix-BIOS.html



1366CPUMicrocode 147k .zip file
You might have to try a few versions of CBROM before you find one that works for your board too. If you want the latest microcodes, I think MC Extractor can get those for you somehow although I think I ripped mine from newer boards, ect. Making your own NCPUCODE.bin isn't too difficult, maybe some of the tools have improved recently.

After your backup bios is updated and you get that all sorted, all you have to do is flash them and if it doesn't work you just revert to your backup bios.
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