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    Question GIGABYTE Latest Beta BIOS

    Warning

    Some of beta BIOSes are still undergoing compatibility testing. GIGABYTE is sharing these BIOSes for testing purposes only and are not meant for general release. If you are not familiar with beta BIOS testing, then please only flash the recommended release BIOSes that are posted on the GIGABYTE website, as only release BIOSes have passed compatibility testing.


    Before flashing BIOS,please read: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide" In case of Q-Flash issue (size error) - flash under DOS with FLASHSPI/Efiflash or @BIOS / @BIOS (X79) / @BIOS (Z77) / @BIOS (Z87/Z97)
    Rufus 1.4.10 -Bootable USB drive

    Backup BIOS reflash:
    ALT+F12 - AWARD BIOS
    ALT+F10 - UEFI BIOS

    GA-Z97 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-Z97X-SOC Force - F7d
    GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2- F3b
    GA-Z97X-SOC - F6a
    GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 - F7b
    GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK - F6b
    GA-Z97X-Gaming GT - F6b
    GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 - F7i
    GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 - F6c
    GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 - F6d
    GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 - F5a
    G1.Sniper Z97 - F7b
    GA-Z97X-UD7 TH - F5b
    GA-Z97X-UD5H - F9e
    GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK - F7b
    GA-Z97X-UD3H - F8b
    GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK - F7b
    GA-Z97X-SLI - F7b
    GA-Z97-D3H - F8b
    GA-Z97M-D3H - F6e
    GA-Z97-HD3 - F7b
    GA-Z97N-WIFI - F5b

    GA-Z87 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-Z87X-OC Force - F10c
    GA-Z87X-OC - F9c
    G1.Sniper Z87 - F4a
    G1.Sniper 5 - F10b
    G1.Sniper M5 - F10a
    GA-Z87X-UD7 TH - F5a
    GA-Z87X-UD5 TH - F5d
    GA-Z87X-UD5H - F10c
    GA-Z87X-UD4H - F10c
    GA-Z87X-UD3H - F10b
    GA-Z87X-D3H - F9c
    GA-Z87MX-D3H - F7c
    GA-Z87M-D3H - F11b
    GA-Z87-D3HP - F7c
    GA-Z87-HD3 - F8c
    GA-Z87M-HD3 - F9c
    GA-Z87N-WiFi - F6c
    GA-Z87P-D3 - F8b

    GA-Z77 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-Z77X-UP7 - F7a
    GA-Z77X-UP5 TH - F12
    GA-Z77X-UP4 TH - F11c
    GA-Z77MX-D3H TH - F7e
    G1.Sniper 3 - F8n
    G1.Sniper M3 - F10f
    GA-Z77X-UD5H - F16g
    GA-Z77X-UD4H - F3a
    GA-Z77X-UD3H - F20e
    GA-Z77X-D3H - F18hb
    GA-Z77-D3H - F23
    GA-Z77-HD4 - F2f
    GA-Z77-HD3 - F3
    GA-Z77M-D3H - F15a
    GA-Z77MX-D3H - F17b
    GA-Z77N-WiFi - F4a

    GA-X79 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-X79S-UP5 - F5f
    GA-X79-UP4 - F8e
    G1.Assassin 2 - F13c
    GA-X79-UD7 - F12f
    GA-X79-UD5 - F14e
    GA-X79-UD3 - F21d

    GA-Z68 - Previous BetaBIOS

    G1.Sniper 2 - U1c
    GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 - F11a
    GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 - F10
    GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 - U1e
    GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 - U1f
    GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - U1l
    GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 - U1f
    GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 - U1f
    GA-Z68XP-UD5 - U1a
    GA-Z68XP-UD4 - U1l
    GA-Z68XP-UD3 - U1k
    GA-Z68XP-UD3-issd - U1c
    GA-Z68XP-UD3P - U1g
    GA-Z68XP-UD3R - U1e
    Flash: UEFI back to AWARD


    GA-H67 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 - F8
    GA-H67M-D2-B3 - F7
    GA-H67M-UD2H-B3 - F6
    GA-H67MA-D2H-B3 - F6
    GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 - F8
    GA-H67A-USB3-B3 - F7
    GA-H67N-USB3-B3 - F10b

    GA-P67 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-P67A-UD7-B3 - F7
    GA-P67A-UD5-B3 - F8
    GA-P67A-UD4-B3 - F8
    GA-P67A-UD3-B3 - U1d
    GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 - F9
    GA-P67A-UD3R-B3 - U1b
    GA-P67X-UD3-B3 - U1b
    GA-P67X-UD3R-B3 - U1d

    GA-X58 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-X58A-OC - F5e
    G1.Assassin - F5d
    G1.Sniper - F4e
    G1.Guerrilla - F4d
    GA-X58A-UD9 - F6
    GA-X58A-UD7 - F9d
    GA-X58A-UD7 (2.0) - FD
    GA-X58A-UD5 - F8b
    GA-X58A-UD5 (2.0) - FF3
    GA-X58A-UD3R - F8b
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0) - FH
    GA-X58-USB3 - F5f

    GA-H55 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-H57M-USB3 - F9
    GA-H55-UD3H - F10
    GA-H55M-UD2H - F12j
    GA-H55-USB3 - F7
    GA-H55M-USB3 - F11
    GA-H55N-USB3 - F6a

    GA-P55A - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-P55A-UD7 - F8b
    GA-P55A-UD6 - F12c
    GA-P55A-UD5 - F13b
    GA-P55A-UD4 - F15
    GA-P55A-UD4P - F15a
    GA-P55A-UD3 - F11
    GA-P55A-UD3P - F14
    GA-P55A-UD3R - F14b

    GA-P55 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-P55-UD6 - F11d
    GA-P55-UD6-C - F11b
    GA-P55-UD5 - F11c
    GA-P55-UD4 - F10
    GA-P55-UD4P - F11a
    GA-P55-UD3 - F10a
    GA-P55-UD3L - F7
    GA-P55-UD3P - F9
    GA-P55-UD3R - F9a
    GA-P55-USB3 - F10g

    GA-EX58 - Previous BetaBIOS

    GA-EX58-Extreme - F13u
    GA-EX58-UD5 - F13
    GA-EX58-UD4 - F11t

    GA-EX58-UD4P - F14q
    GA-EX58-UD3R - F12r
    GA-EX58-UD3R (1.x) - FK
    GA-EX58-DS4 - F12o

    Gigabyte Z97/Haswell Overclocking(OC) Guide-by Sin0822
    Gigabyte Z87/Haswell Overclocking(OC) Guide-by Sin0822
    "Modding" of AMI UEFI BIOS
    Ivy Bridge Overclocking Guide (Z77)-by Sin0822
    Sandy Bridge-E Overclocking Guide (X79)-by Sin0822
    Ultimate Sandy Bridge OC Guide + P67A-UD7 Performance Review-by Sin0822
    GA-EX58-Extreme BIOS Template
    Guide to Overclock Your Core i3, i5, or i7 Practical BIOS Editing-PDF
    Debug LED Code List-PDF

    Z97X SOC Force Review & Overclocking

    Z97 BIOS (OC with LN2)

    Z87 BIOS

    Z77 BIOS

    Z77 OC Guide

    X79 OC Guide


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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    Don't flash unless you absolutely need it to fix a problem. It's far too risky IMO after my experiences and other people's as well.

    I would avoid the 8a Bios(es). They should not even have been released IMO and should be withdrawn.

    Have you noticed how Gigabyte releases Bioses and then replaces the Bioses with different files with the same name and version number?

    I have and I have several Bioses on my PC all with different Md5's yet the same stated Bios Version.

    The files were downloaded several times from different servers and Md5's checked to make sure that the file was not corrupt. Currently, that is the only way to make sure that the Bios that you download is not corrupted while downloading.

    My advice after personal experience and knowing other people's experience is not to flash the Bios for any reason unless absolutely necessary. It could destroy your system.
    Last edited by RedDwarf; 11-06-2008 at 06:25 AM.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    Yes, a BIOS flash is always a risk and should only be done if a user knows the risk and accepts it.

    If you HAVE to flash to support your CPU you are using then it would be a must. Other then that should only be if you have issues with a certain BIOS that a newer one addresses and then only be done if you know what you are doing and have read and accepted all associated warnings.

    Rule of thumb for everyday non enthusiasts is "Dont' Fix it, if it ins't broke" as stated above.

    Beta BIOS's should also be taken with far more precaution as they are in Beta stage which of course means their could be issues worse then the BIOS you are using now.

    And of course please do take a minute and read the Qflash Guide I wrote and if you feel anything is missing feel free to PM me to add it in.


    This list is provided by end users and not Gigabyte directly, all BIOS flashes carry a risk and please do not flash until you have properly educated yourself on what it involves and accept those risks.

    With that said, If/When you flash be sure you load optimized defaults after you flash is done to complete the BIOS update process.

    And finally as you see in the guide (you read it didn't you) DO NOT USE @BIOS!!!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    From nyar13 @ Tom's H'ware Gb forum:
    "GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    GeForce GTX 260 PCI express
    COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-750-ACAA-A1 750W ATX12V
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS

    I started by assembling everything in the case and attaching all the front panel and fan connectors. When I try to POST, the fans spin up briefly, the PHASE-LED lights on the motherboard all flash on, and then it goes quiet. This will repeat every 5 seconds or so, but doesn't get any further. No beeps, no other indications.
    In troubleshooting so far, I have removed everything from the case with mobo on cardboard box with same result, have reduced memory to one stick and alternated stick, have reseated CPU. Same thing happens.
    If I remove the 8-pin (or 4-pin have tried both) second power connection, the fans will stay spinning and the PHASE-LED stays lit, but nothing happens after that. This is exactly the same behavior if I leave the 8-pin power connector in and remove the CPU (have been removing pieces and attempting power to try and narrow down the issue).
    Does this sound like a mobo problem? Any other troubleshooting steps to recommend at this stage?"
    I told him:
    "Found something else that may be trouble - what sSpec# is your processor?
    If it's "SLAPK" this is not a problem (C0 stepping); if it's "SLB9K" you've got an E0 step CPU, and board probably shipped w/original release F1 BIOS - E0 stepping Wolfdale wasn't supported until F2; you may need to beg/borrow/steal an older processor, just to use to flash the F2 BIOS...

    Sorry to be the bearer of evil tidings...
    Good Luck!
    Bill
    BTW - FWIW, I will have the same #@^% problem, as I have a DS5, which I know didn't ship with the requisite BIOS, as to support the E0 stepping of the 9550 I need a 'beta' BIOS. Intend to build a cheap Ubuntu box to run alongside my workstation to avoid internet exposure of my windoze, so will probably buy a cheap CPU for it in advance, just to do the flash & drop it back into the box for a couple months... "

    Is this correct? As I said, doesn't much matter to me, as I need an E1200 ($54) for an Ubuntu box; I can just drop it in to flash the F8a...

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    Yes, that would likely be correct. Of course "SOME" BIOS's will support a unsupported (In the list) CPU good enough for you to flash to the one you need. But this is not very often the case and you would be correct in saying that he may need a Older CPU to flash with.

    And do keep in mind Older CPU's when speaking of P45 boards Must be VRD11.1 power phase CPU, and are not compatible with VRD10 designed CPU's.

    So always check the CPU support list for said board if you ever do need to pick up a cheaper "old" 775 CPU to be sure it is supported by the board as well as with the BIOS you have or think you may have.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    Ahhh! Thanks for the pointer - my Ubuntu box may have just gotten a performance boost! I had always just assumed (goes to show what assumptions are worth...) that a Socket775 was a Socket775

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    Ya, it is to a extent. With the newer boards though some CPU are only supported by certain BIOS's and of course some of the older 775 CPU's will never work

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    At present Gigabyte have pulled both Bioses F11 & F12b from their (Taiwan & UK) sites for GA-P35C-DS3R...
    Anyone noted the same for other models?

    I know Gigabyte love to continously change their website layout, so perhaps it's got something to do with that and only temporary.
    Last edited by VorLonUK; 11-11-2008 at 02:42 AM.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    F11 and F12a here if you need them >>>>
    GIGABYTE - Support - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-P35C-DS3R (rev. 2.1)

    I would say it is likely more to due with the daily site changes or something else since They are still listed on a few Gigabyte sites. They are both however pulled from the Taiwan page, so who knows?

    Maybe they are about to publish F12-13 final or something?

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    Default Re: Gigabyte latest bios

    F9 was released for the the GA-EP45-DS3L in September. It resolves an S3 sleep issue. Link is currently for F8.

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