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    Default H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    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.

    SOMEONE HELP!!!

    Sorry for the long message.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Over 140 views...Anybody got any ideas?

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Quote Originally Posted by Avi-K View Post
    I was on bios version P1.50 and everything worked perfectly.
    So you tried to make perfectly working system to be more...perfect? Why then did you touch it?
    Simply I don't get it.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Quote Originally Posted by radier View Post
    So you tried to make perfectly working system to be more...perfect? Why then did you touch it?Simply I don't get it.
    2 reasons. 1. Later versions usually run more stable. 2. I'm using the onboard gfx for now and I could double the shared memory in the later version to 1024mb.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Ad. 1 So perfect system needed more stability?
    Ad. 2 Do you really believe that integrated GPU could take any benefit from extra memory?

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Quote Originally Posted by radier View Post
    Ad. 1 So perfect system needed more stability?Ad. 2 Do you really believe that integrated GPU could take any benefit from extra memory?
    Its been proven that systems sometimes run on lower voltages with bios updates. Many people have experienced that. I said it "ran perfect". That doesn't necessarily mean it can't be better. If most cars have a little 4 pot engine, why do you be picky and choose one? Because its all different. Nothing is alike. Same situation with the bios. One can be different and be improved.As for the shared memory issue, some games are running much smoother with the doubled size at the exact same clockspeed. My WEI graphics score was 4.3 and now its 4.7. I only doubled the shared memory, nothing else. So for your question, yes I do think it benefits and windows 7 agrees.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    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.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    is that the one you are talking about amibios ?

    H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update-american_bios-png

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    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.

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    Default Re: H61m-vs R2.0 CPU Ratio not working after BIOS update

    Hi Avi-k,
    This is not working for me,
    the bios is not entirely erased.

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