Re: Extreme7 Gen3 BIOS 2.03 Killed System!
From reading the various threads that most folks are having undesireable problems except "radier" after updating to the latest UEFI + Intel ME Firmware for Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge for GEN 3 boards, it would seem that maybe this Intel ME firmware update probably contains CPU microcode that is the root, of where the problems might be. Esp since going backwards is not an option. I suspect that this firmware programs some eprom on the chipset itself, besides the CMOS, - hence the no going back disclaimer, and probably where ASRock engineers should focus their attention on, to ascertain the compatibility with the unique system UEFI and the Intel ME firmware, which is more generic for the 2 CPU types. I am not planning on upgrading my CPU since I built my rig less than 8 month ago, and there is not really anything that Ivy Bridge has over Sandy Bridge given that the chipset on the board is Z68 and not an Ivy Bridge chipset designed board. But it would seem a poor business move on that part of ASRock to discontinue separate UEFI updates for GEN 3 boards that use the Sandy Bridge CPU in favor of some combined UEFI coded to work with both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPU's that the threads in this forum are SCREAMING "has created problems" that they have not addressed properly as a manufacturer should. Unless the situation changes and they fix the UEFI and iron out the bugs those of us who are sticking with Sandy Bridge are left out in the cold less than a year after the board was released with no future UEFI updates to at least include hardware up dates like GPU's etc etc that are not currently coded in the last official UEFI update prior to Ivy Bridge....
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