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El Quintron
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Happy Returns

I just got my replacement P8Z77-V back, and let me ya, it's made a world of difference. It's so freakin' fast I'm kinda flabbergasted.

I'm curious, could it be that the mobo I sent back was such a POS that my getting a new board actually shows perceptible performance gains?

Would a firmware update make that much of a difference?

Could it be that I didn't assemble it correctly the first time around?

I'm curious about your experiences with this stuff, because I've never seen this before, I'm experiencing speeds that are approximately 30%-40% faster on my replacement Mobo with a near exact same configuration.

Your thoughts?

I'm not complaining, but I am puzzled.
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A bad mobo is a bad mobo. This was the one that wouldn't post after installing the sound card, correct?

Odds are something else was wrong with it that caused this behavior.

Anyways, glad you got a replacement that worked!
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Depends on what the firmware update does. My 2 older bro got this MB »www.gigabyte.com/products/produc···=4139#ov

Both has the same problem which is unstable. Random crash. F6 didn't fix the issue. F7 fix a bit. F8 everything was fix and stable. Finally both my bro with 2 of the same mainboard able to do and play games that they want with out an issue.

PS: I am always in favor with flash updating the firmware. I even flash it up to beta.



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said by FizzyMyNizzy:

Depends on what the firmware update does.

So, a Firmware update could increase performance on a motherboard in any case, especially if the mobo is shipping with first run firmware... which would have been the case for sure with mine.
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Version 1504
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 1504
1.Improve compatibility with Windows 8 OS.
2.Improve system stability.
3.Improve memory compatibility.
File Size
4,61 (MBytes) 2012.08.09 update
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Version 1406
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 1406
1.Improve compatibility with Windows 8 OS.
2.Improve system stability.
3.Enhance compatibility with some USB devices.
4. Fixed Nvidia GTX 680 hang when runing with UEFI driver.
5.Support new CPUs. Please refer to our website at: »support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpus···ge=en-us
File Size
4,61 (MBytes) 2012.07.31 update
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Version 1205
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 1205
1.Improve Improve system stability.

2.Enhance compatibility with some USB devices.
File Size
4,63 (MBytes) 2012.06.08 update
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Version 1015
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 1015
1.Improve system stability.
2.Improve memory compatibility.
3.Enhance compatibility with some USB devices.
4.Support new CPUs. Please refer to our website at: »support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpus···ge=en-us
File Size
4,58 (MBytes) 2012.05.31 update
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Version 0906
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 0906
1.Improve system stability.
2.Improve memory compatibility.
File Size
4,42 (MBytes) 2012.04.19 update
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Version 0801
Description P8Z77-V BIOS 0801
First release Bios
File Size
4,31 (MBytes) 2012.03.26 update
»usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_···download

Most important one IMO "Improve system stability."


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said by FizzyMyNizzy:

PS: I am always in favor with flash updating the firmware. I even flash it up to beta.

Ya I always flash the firmware to the latest non-beta

and if the notes on what the beta adds look worth it I'll give it a spin


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said by FizzyMyNizzy:


Most important one IMO "Improve system stability."

Interesting, I don't know if the system not booting really counts as a stability issue, because it never when wonky (on either Ubuntu or Win 7) when it was booted, the issue was just getting it to Post.

The performance (response time and boot time) is actually much faster than it was with the defective mobo.

Might also be worth noting that the board arrived at my doorstep with v.1406 the second most recent update.


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My Gigabyte board is currently running F7 bios. Is it worth it to flash to F8?

I've had no performance issues.



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Then I'd update it to 1504 before settling down with it.



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said by Ghastlyone:

My Gigabyte board is currently running F7 bios. Is it worth it to flash to F8?

I've had no performance issues.

My way of doing it is the following

First time the computer is assembled, update to the latest BIOS at the time

After that look at what the new ver offers and see if it sound like its worth it.

Then on servers at work any time the OS is wiped and reloaded (ie 2003 to 2008R2 or just being re-purposed) I run the HP firmware update DVD (it updates the bios/Raid controller/Nic/Harddrive/iLo and any other firmwares that are on the system)

What I don't do is just randomly grab a bios update and toss it on, on a currently fine system.


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said by DarkLogix:

Then I'd update it to 1504 before settling down with it.

Noted, I'll be doing that very shortly
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said by Ghastlyone:

My Gigabyte board is currently running F7 bios. Is it worth it to flash to F8?

I've had no performance issues.

I vote you do flash it up to F8. IMO


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Does flashing the bios have a potential to wipe my OS?



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said by Ghastlyone:

Does flashing the bios have a potential to wipe my OS?

Maybe the settings in the bios. It shouldn't wipe your OS. lol.


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Haha, hey I'm just wondering. I've never flashed a Bios before. So I have no clue what could happen.



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said by Ghastlyone:

Haha, hey I'm just wondering. I've never flashed a Bios before. So I have no clue what could happen.

Oh. There are times it will wipe all your bios settings, you just have to set it again. Like IDE to AHCI, disable onboard sound, disable onboard graphics, video card to PEG(Unless your mainboard is on AUTO.) etc.


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said by FizzyMyNizzy:

said by Ghastlyone:

Haha, hey I'm just wondering. I've never flashed a Bios before. So I have no clue what could happen.

Oh. There are times it will wipe all your bios settings, you just have to set it again. Like IDE to AHCI, disable onboard sound, disable onboard graphics, video card to PEG(Unless your mainboard is on AUTO.) etc.

Add "recreate your RAID array" to that list, too.
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said by Ghastlyone:

Haha, hey I'm just wondering. I've never flashed a Bios before. So I have no clue what could happen.

Take notes if you have it really customized that's what I usually do.
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When I updated my P8Z77-V bios, I did remember to change the settings back to RAID, but my PC would not boot because I had left the video setting at default instead of PCIe. I'm using a GTX-570 graphics card and I never installed the integrated graphics drivers, so when the bios was flashed, the video setting was put back to iGPU mode, which obviously the system could not recognize without any drivers.

Other than that 2 minute scare that was easy to resolve, I've had no problems with the motherboard.

I made sure to have all of the motherboard drivers and bios downloaded and unzipped on a USB thumb drive. I never even bothered with the installation disk that came with it. Easiest PC build I've ever had, and I do this about every 9 months.

Love it so far, and it does seem fast.



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said by jmn1207:

Love it so far, and it does seem fast.

As I stated upthread, when I rebuilt it with the replacement Mobo, I was floored by how fast it was. I love this thing now that it's working right.
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I checked on the Gigabyte website regarding Bios flashing, and they state on there that if your system is running stable with no problems, then don't flash to a newer version.



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said by Krisnatharok:

said by FizzyMyNizzy:

said by Ghastlyone:

Haha, hey I'm just wondering. I've never flashed a Bios before. So I have no clue what could happen.

Oh. There are times it will wipe all your bios settings, you just have to set it again. Like IDE to AHCI, disable onboard sound, disable onboard graphics, video card to PEG(Unless your mainboard is on AUTO.) etc.

Add "recreate your RAID array" to that list, too.

That's why I put etc. >.>


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said by Ghastlyone:

I checked on the Gigabyte website regarding Bios flashing, and they state on there that if your system is running stable with no problems, then don't flash to a newer version.

Again it depends if you want the features advertised in the update right?

I usually do 'em all because I love having stuff bleeding edge, but if you're getting good performance, and you're not interested in the featured offered by the update, it may not be worth the effort.
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said by El Quintron:

said by Ghastlyone:

I checked on the Gigabyte website regarding Bios flashing, and they state on there that if your system is running stable with no problems, then don't flash to a newer version.

Again it depends if you want the features advertised in the update right?

I usually do 'em all because I love having stuff bleeding edge, but if you're getting good performance, and you're not interested in the featured offered by the update, it may not be worth the effort.

Yep. I checked the F8 Bios description, and all it says is "Improved Keyboard Compatibility"

If I end up getting a wireless KB down the road and it doesn't work, then I'll update the Bios I guess.


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I usually only update the bios when I first install the motherboard, and then I only care about a new bios if something isn't working correctly. However, 4 months from now I may stumble across the Asus site only to find a new bios version posted.

Unfortunately for most Asus motherboards, the bios versions almost always include something generic about improving stability. It's agonizing knowing that there could be a better version available that might give me a small performance improvement.

Must...resist...temptation...to...flash...unnecessarily...