Z68A-GD80(G3) Beta BIOS Versions For Ivy CPU's (Review)

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can you open the archive to check the contents inside?
 

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Svet said:
can you open the archive to check the contents inside?
All I get is the 'valcheck' and the red circled white page 'E7672IMS.J21' file in the image I posted when I look in the archive .rar file. I didn't save the information on the USB stick after the flash. :undecided:

Added: Mode 1 trouble with v1.24h solved! v1.9R9 was actually loading instead! That explains why the archive .rar had to be unpacked. Now in the process of cleaning out all old flash tool files and installing v1.24h fresh. :-))
 

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UEFI/BIOS Beta update went without a hitch on the Z68 that has the Ivy in it. The v1.24h flash tool worked perfectly. This Beta version turns the Z68A-GD80(G3)'s into an OC monster with a Sandy or Ivy CPU! :frankie:

Without much trouble, had the 3770k at 47X on Auto CPU V. and all power saving features operational and intact, plus the new Corsair Platinum's running two 8GB 2133 kits (not recommended to mix kits) for a total of 16GB's @ 2400 on only 1.632v's. Capable of more CPU speed, but the Ivy's get too darn hot even running a low voltage IMO at full load (85C), and I actually experienced a slight performance loss in 7-Zip at the 47X level. IBT showed less than 2 GFlops gain between 46X and 47X.

 
 


Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133's running at 2400;



7-Zip 46X VS 47X. 46X and RAM speed 2200 with tight timings (CR 1, 9 10 10 24, tRFC 88), 47X and RAM speed 2400 with relaxed timings.

 


Load transition towards 100% and post full load;

 


Didn't intend to turn this thread into a review, but so impressed with this particular Beta, had to share what I found. :-))

This thread may be commandeered by an admin or mod for future use for new Z68A-GD80(G3) Beta's.

Thanks again Svet for providing this Beta. It is a winner! :emot-tip-wink:


 

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Hi,
It's safe to flash jxx bioses on a sandy (32nm) CPU?

Thanks.
 

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Yes, I've read them but times ago, in the other thread, some users have experienced some troubles so I have preferred to ask directly ;). Thanks anyways ^__^.
 

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my 2c: It works very well with SB CPU. I'm stable (OCCT) with i72600k@4,5GHz@1.32v
 

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Hi,
I've seen that MSI has published a new official BIOS (J2)

I've flashed months ago the beta version 19.2B2, now the flashing tool says me that is newer than the official release (J2), but the compile date seems older.

Anyone has some more infos about that?

Thanks in advance.
 

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The final MSI release J2 covers everything, Beta or final prior to it in that series. Sometimes a Beta is simply renamed to a final and then published.
 

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Hi all - just replaced my old Asus z68 (went kaput) with Z68A-GD80(G3) - OC went without a hitch but i'm wondering if there's any way to make Vcore drop accordingly with the multiplier? 4.6 is rock solid @ manual 1.375v (on auto vcore Windows 8 Pro wouldn't load). C1E and C state disabled at the moment. Speed step is working and dropping to 1600 when idle, just wondering if I could make the vcore drop as well @1600? Using the bios mentioned here (V19.2B1)

Core i5 2500k, 4x2 Gskill Ripjawx (XMP enabled), Gigabyte GTX670 OC

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Auto voltage is the only way to ensure it drops. Once you use a fixed voltage, thats where it stays.
 

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Back off the OC to 45X on Auto CPU V. and see if it is stable. If so, you won't take much of a performance hit, and, you will have all the power saving features back again. :-))
 

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Froggy Gremlin said:
Back off the OC to 45X on Auto CPU V. and see if it is stable. If so, you won't take much of a performance hit, and, you will have all the power saving features back again. :-))
Bernhard said:
Auto voltage is the only way to ensure it drops. Once you use a fixed voltage, thats where it stays.
Thanks for the input! Had to back down to 44x for a successful boot and IBT stable (maximum 10 pass). Guess my 2500k isn't a good oc'er :p One more question: does this board OC the Ivy Bridge 3570k fine? Might switch to that or I've found a good deal for a 2600k at the same price with the 3570k. Which would u guys recommend?

Thanks
 

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If you have to decide between i5-3570K and i7-2600K at the same price I'd go for the i7 at any time. Should oc perfectly while also offering HT.
 

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2600K  :biggthumbsup:  OCs better than the Ivy and runs cooler. Thats one of the big disadvantages of the Ivy CPUs, higher temps at the same OC levels. If you dont need PCIE 3, stay with the Sandy CPUs.
 

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If you can afford the extra cost, the 2700k is even better. :yes:
 
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