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Hi everyone. I got an ASRock H61M-VS R2.0 motherboard with an i5 2500K processor. I was on bios version P1.50 and everything worked perfectly. I could slightly overclock the cpu with a max ratio of 37 and windows would report the correct clock speed. I then updated the bios to ver 2.10 then 2.20. After that was done, everything went back to the standard auto settings. I decided to update the drivers before I could push the ratio up. I downloaded and installed all the latest drivers from the Asrock site then started overclocking. If I try and set the ratio to any number, windows will always report the standard 3.3ghz.
If I use cpu-z, it will report a x16 ratio and under load report x34 (yes, 34 not 33). If I set the ratio to anything under 34, windows still reports 3.3ghz but under load cpu-z only goes up to the set ratio. If I disable speedstep, it will still idle at x16.
The gt frequency seems to be working fine. So is the ram settings.
Only things I could see not working is the ratio and disabling speedstep.
Some things I have noticed:
This new bios seems to support the new 3rd gen processors (the 3rd gen i5 K series runs at 3.4ghz and 850mhz gt frequency). In the new atxu, gt frequency is set to 850mhz standard (impossible as the 2500K has a 1100mhz minimum and 3.3ghz standard clock). But, as I said, gt frequency works as it should when overclocked.
Things I have tried:
Formatting the hdd and reinstalling windows. Clearing cmos. Removing cmos battery for 5min. Nothing works.
I have even tried to contact support from the Asrock website exactly a week ago but all I got was their automated message but no reply. They didn't even supply a ticket number for support like other manufacturers do.
Could the new bios think that there's a different cpu installed?
I liked that these boards are cheap and have a lot of potential but I see they haven't done enough testing and their customer support is a little slack.
I have been pulling out my hair for the past week over this. I still got more upgrading to do this month but this problem is holding me back.
Sorry for the long message.
Over 140 views...Anybody got any ideas?
Ad. 1 So perfect system needed more stability?
Ad. 2 Do you really believe that integrated GPU could take any benefit from extra memory?
Ok. I seem to have sorted it out BUT there are some things I must point out.
I was on 2.20 then I downgraded to 1.70 using instant flash. The problem still stayed there. I tried reflashing the same version and I noticed that the instant flash still looked the same as 2.20 but it was different from 1.50. Since my problem didn't go away, I couldn't find a 1.50 instant flash bios but I did find the exact same version with an american megatrends loader that executes from windows. So I flashed 1.50 using the ami loader and the problem went away! It was working the way I wanted. I then instant flashed 1.70 over that and the problem came back. I again tried instant flashing 1.70 over the same 1.70 and it didn't do much, the problem stayed. This time I saw the same instant flash loader from 1.50 stayed in 1.70. Now I flashed 1.50 back using the ami loader and it works perfect. Only downside is that I'm back to 512mb shared memory.
So, in conclusion: 1. The problem started in 1.70. 2. The instant flash utility does not overwrite to the entire bios. It only writes over the major parts. The american megatrends loader is much more trustworthy. 3. The asrock support team is VERY slack. I still haven't gotten a response from them and I doubt I ever will. I even sent emily from asrock tsd a pm, and she didn't reply. I even saw her online yesterday but I got nothing.
I'm not bad mouthing anybody and I don't intend to offend anyone, but that's the way I see it. Maybe this thread might help someone in future. A mod may close the thread. Thanks.
is that the one you are talking about amibios ?
That's it. Beware, when they say to close all programs and when you click ok, it starts flashing automatically. Clicking ok is basically clicking start.
Btw, a small tip: there's a secret little asrock ftp server that you can get all the previous files from.
Last edited by Avi-K; 05-11-2012 at 01:37 AM.
This is not working for me,
the bios is not entirely erased.
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