PRO Z690-A DDR4 BIOS update 7D25v17 not working

co12b902b7

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Hi,
Using PRO Z690-A DDR4 with i5-12600K and One 32GB Crucial 3200 stick memory in DIMMA2.
Currently on BIOS 7D25v14. Tried to update to 7D25v17 and cannot get pass MSI logo using Flash BIOS Button or BIOS Flash utility. Had to download back to 7D25v14 to get motherboard to work again. Tried clearing BIOS first. Tried updating BIOS 4 times using different USB sticks with same results. During tests I disconnected all I/O and PCIe.
Is there an issue with this BIOS version? Description shows 'Ready for next-gen CPU'. I assume that means 12th Gen, which I am using which is why I wanted to do this BIOS update..
 

doopithac15b902ed

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Ok.. related problem I think.... Z690 Unify with this new Bios 7D28v17 , with this Bios the XMP and Game Boost function do not work in combination with each other... With only Game boost activated no problem...... After activating XMP it keeps hanging in 55 code and then restarts and boots to Bios setting screen. After this restart in bios screen normal operation in Windows.. But in Bios screen Game boost and XMP show enabled only the numbers suggest not . In W11 in Task manager XMP shows the right and wanted performance setting . Thus .. what happens is.. after restart rebooting the system keeps hanging in 55 code.. then Bios screen and after that normal restart and a normal working W11 . Thus... XMP and Game Boost(CPU) do not work together in this upgrade.. Downgraded to 140 and NO problems, Bios showing Game boost and XMP enabled and the numbers are corresponding with this. Restarts without the interruption.. So ........ me think something is wrong with this BIOS 7D28v17 upgrade..

P.s. tested also the option with only XMP activated... same restart and Bios screen problem occured.

Main Board: MEG Z690 Unify

Bios Version: 7D28v17

Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12G

PSU brand and model: Corsair HX1200 V2 PSU / PC

12v rail Rating of listed PSU: non adjustable

CPU: Intel Core i9 12900K

Memory: G.Skill DDR5 Trident Z5 RGB 2x16GB 6400Mhz CL32 black F5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5RK

SSD/ HDD: Samsung MZVL22T0HBLB-00800

CPU COOLER: Corsair iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT

OC: Bios Game Boost , XMP

Operating System: W11
 
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doopithac15b902ed

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Small but important update.. Problem is back.... so another downgrade to version 7D28v13 where I came from .. Wil let you know what happens
 

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GameBoost in the BIOS is completely useless, it pretty much only has downsides. It's a bad generic CPU overclocking function that will only destroy the efficiency, but not do much for performance.
Don't worry about "CPU Speed" in the BIOS being lower without GameBoost, since that shows only the irrelevant "base clock". You will rarely see the CPU at the base clock in Windows, because the CPU will boost much higher than that once there is some load (again, thanks to its different turbo boost modes). And in idle, the frequency will be much lower than the base clock, but that's not a problem either. The CPU will boost to higher turbo frequencies within nanoseconds when there is load.

So the main difference from the days of old is, the game has been changed completely by the CPUs being able to boost their core clocks themselves, according to various parameters. The CPU will dynamically exploit practically all of its frequency reserves, by monitoring power consumption, temperature and so on. If there is any headroom left, the CPU will use that to boost the clocks higher.
This way, Intel and AMD have gotten 99% of the reasonably available performance out of their CPUs already.

GameBoost can make the results in selected benchmarks with full all-core load look a bit better, that's all that it's good for. Otherwise it will make things worse, because it cancels out the intelligent power-saving mechanisms, it adds VCore which makes the CPU run hotter, and the CPU clocks in single-core or any kind of partial load (which is much more common than full multicore load in daily use) are probably lower than when you just let it boost normally. So it's only camouflaging as some kind of beneficial feature, while often being detrimental in several different ways in reality.
 

doopithac15b902ed

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GameBoost in the BIOS is completely useless, it pretty much only has downsides. It's a bad generic CPU overclocking function that will only destroy the efficiency, but not do much for performance.
Don't worry about "CPU Speed" in the BIOS being lower without GameBoost, since that shows only the irrelevant "base clock". You will rarely see the CPU at the base clock in Windows, because the CPU will boost much higher than that once there is some load (again, thanks to its different turbo boost modes). And in idle, the frequency will be much lower than the base clock, but that's not a problem either. The CPU will boost to higher turbo frequencies within nanoseconds when there is load.

So the main difference from the days of old is, the game has been changed completely by the CPUs being able to boost their core clocks themselves, according to various parameters. The CPU will dynamically exploit practically all of its frequency reserves, by monitoring power consumption, temperature and so on. If there is any headroom left, the CPU will use that to boost the clocks higher.
This way, Intel and AMD have gotten 99% of the reasonably available performance out of their CPUs already.

GameBoost can make the results in selected benchmarks with full all-core load look a bit better, that's all that it's good for. Otherwise it will make things worse, because it cancels out the intelligent power-saving mechanisms, it adds VCore which makes the CPU run hotter, and the CPU clocks in single-core or any kind of partial load (which is much more common than full multicore load in daily use) are probably lower than when you just let it boost normally. So it's only camouflaging as some kind of beneficial feature, while often being detrimental in several different ways in reality.
Thanks.. seems plausible...will try the XMP setting in the new Bios ..and not use the Game Boost..
 
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