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05-06-2019 07:37 PM
Camo5 I don't believe I set up any sort of dual bios - but the computer has been restarted a few times with no indication of reverting back, so that's good enough for me!!

all I can tell is it's using version FH, so I'm hoping it doesn't become some sort of issue. That being said, it's amazing that intel originally had 6 core processors only to go away from it.

Perhaps I can settle for the xeon w3680 then, as it's only $43

EDIT:

Got the w3680, and overclocked it.


Managed 4.4 ghz at 1.375v,
191 bclk, x23 mult, x19 uncore, x6 ram,
got a wonderful cinebench score of 2106 and 287 (single)
Hasn't crashed or stuttered really on me yet, so i'm keeping it this way ;D

Temps peak around 78 C (66 F ambient) on the corsair H80 with an EF4 vardar in pull

$45 well spent, i'd say. Only thing it can upgrade now is with 3x8gb ECC ram and a 2070
05-06-2019 04:53 PM
ezveedub
Quote: Originally Posted by Camo5 View Post
That's what I had done - set ahci mode with just the ssd. After the bios update I had forgotten to set that back since my profiles were removed because new bios - everything is working properly now and I just scored a 1450 on cinebench R20



Should I splurge on a w3690 or just throw $30 at it with a w3670?


I don’t see W3670 listed....not sure if it will work, as it doesn’t come up on any of the supported list for Gigabyte old X58 mobo....I noticed that even I was checking mine mono a few months ago. Did you flash the backup bios with the current one you’re using?




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05-06-2019 04:17 PM
Camo5 That's what I had done - set ahci mode with just the ssd. After the bios update I had forgotten to set that back since my profiles were removed because new bios - everything is working properly now and I just scored a 1450 on cinebench R20

Should I splurge on a w3690 or just throw $30 at it with a w3670?
05-06-2019 03:37 PM
ezveedub
Quote: Originally Posted by Camo5 View Post
So, downloaded and ran @BIOS , turns out I had a REV 2.0 board. bios updated perfectly! windows hates everything abaout it... .-. currently on a black screen after it said preparing to repair after getting an inaccessible disk error and switching from IDE to AHCI mode, and that's where it's stuck atm.

Tempted to restart again, but not sure what to do now, with a blank screen...did I f up?
If you have a Rev 2 mobo, you need to get the correct bios for it. If you turn on the computer and kill the power and restart it again, the backup bios should kick in after 1-2 times, maybe 3 times of doing that and reflash the old bios back. Or flash it from bios menu. I suggest you check the files and mobo Rev you are using carefully, as wrong bios is the easiest way to brick a mobo and make it a paperweight.

....also, what OS are you using? Win10 can be a bit finicky with Intel AHCI drivers, as I had loaded older ones for my install and stripped the ones from the Win10 image out. You need to install the OS with AHCI enabled in bios first with the one HHD/SSD connected that the OS will go on.
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05-06-2019 03:24 PM
Camo5 So, downloaded and ran @BIOS , turns out I had a REV 2.0 board. bios updated perfectly! windows hates everything abaout it... .-. currently on a black screen after it said preparing to repair after getting an inaccessible disk error and switching from IDE to AHCI mode, and that's where it's stuck atm.

Tempted to restart again, but not sure what to do now, with a blank screen...did I f up?

EDIT:

After playing with more bios settings, turning off force sata controller update, and setting the SSD to boot first, windows has started normally and all is well, sitting at a comfortable 4 GHZ. I think this mobo is now ready for a new shiny 64 bit cpu
05-06-2019 12:46 PM
ezveedub
* The "Official" Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R/UD5/UD7/UD9 Owner's Club *

Quote: Originally Posted by Camo5 View Post
Do you think the f8b bios will work?



https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thre...3R-Rev-1-0-F8A



I'm having a hard time tracking down what I need to use and am worried about bricking with a larger bios install. I only ever updated a bios once, and that was for my laptop and took 2 days .-.



Will the 2 sticks I have still work? Or does it need to be triple channel? is there a limit? is it better to have 6x2gb or 3x4gb?


I would first change the bios battery to make sure its not weak, as that will cause all kinds of issues. Second, download @BIOS app from Gigabyte, as the latest bios files are larger and has to be at F8 or higher to use the later bios files. I’ve used it in Windows 10 with no issues. I get the official file from Gigabyte first and flash it. Then it’s stable, flash the backup bios chip. It should be a dual bios mobo and I have had issues where I was running F7 on my UD7 for years and then went to F8, but if the mobo has a OC failure in boot, it will trigger the back up bios to flash the main and you’ll get rolled back to the old bios. It happened to me a few times when debugging my setup. Once the setup is good and you’ve flashed the backup bios, then try a newer bios or modded one. I try to keep the same bios on both chips, as it seems it will always flash back to an old bios if any boot failures or overclock fails.

As for memory, it will run in dual channel, but triple channel will be better of course. I would run it first to make sure the mobo is good before getting more DDR3. Also, some modded bios are not always perfect, so keep that in mind. That’s why I test with official Gigabyte bios before messing with modded ones. I would run three 4gb DDR3 sticks for triple channel. don’t really need more than 12Gb if memory. You can run six sticks of 2Gb or 4gb DDR also, may not overclock as well as three sticks.


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05-06-2019 12:12 PM
Camo5 Do you think the f8b bios will work?

https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thre...3R-Rev-1-0-F8A

I'm having a hard time tracking down what I need to use and am worried about bricking with a larger bios install. I only ever updated a bios once, and that was for my laptop and took 2 days .-.

Will the 2 sticks I have still work? Or does it need to be triple channel? is there a limit? is it better to have 6x2gb or 3x4gb?
05-06-2019 07:33 AM
ezveedub
Quote: Originally Posted by Camo5 View Post
Hey all,



I've just inherited my brother's old computer - i've overclocked it with 2x4gb 1066 and i7 950 to 4.07 ghz, 192 bclk

Was having problems booting modded factorio only to find out they no longer support 32-bit, so wanted to upgrade the CPU.



Will I need to flash a new bios if I get a W3690 as an upgrade? Is there a better option I could use?



Mobo is x58A-UD3R Rev 1.0



Thanks


For Xeon W3690, you have to use at the F6 bios or higher. Most of the i7 9xx series X processors usually are more money.

You should run 3 or 6 sticks of DDR3 also to have triple channel. You can find usually triple channel 1600 sets for sale on eBay as some still have it laying around. I still have DDR3 sticks laying around, lol


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05-06-2019 07:16 AM
Camo5 Hey all,

I've just inherited my brother's old computer - i've overclocked it with 2x4gb 1066 and i7 950 to 4.07 ghz, 192 bclk
Was having problems booting modded factorio only to find out they no longer support 32-bit, so wanted to upgrade the CPU.

Will I need to flash a new bios if I get a W3690 as an upgrade? Is there a better option I could use?

Mobo is x58A-UD3R Rev 1.0

Thanks
04-05-2019 04:43 PM
ezveedub Old X58A-UD7 is back up to life on water cooling again with W3690 at 4.6Ghz testing now. Seems solid at 4.4Ghz no problem for a few weeks/months now. Also running 1.25v DDR3 G.Skill Sniper 12Gb. Running it now with a GVX1080 I got recently instead of the GTX1070. Found some slightly "patched" F9A bios for spectre/meltdown also.

https://valid.x86.fr/pqglnq

https://www.3dmark.com/fs/18966559
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