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    Default ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Hello All,

    First time poster. I have an ASRock Extreme6 on order from NewEgg. It should be here late this week. I also ordered 2 x 4GB RAM which was listed on the Motherboard compatibility list. Anyway, I wanted to ask some questions prior the boards arrival. I have an i7 4790K CPU and according to the ASRock website, I will have to upgrade the BIOS to P1.30. So an apologies for what is probably a silly question but does that mean I go this page and download the 1.30 BIOS version for Windows? I plan to run Windows 7. Any tips on installing the BIOS?

    Speaking of BIOS, what setting should I modify if any? I plan on installing an SSD drive for my OS and Microsoft Office with two x 1TB Mechanical Hard drives. I will also have a SATA DVD.

    Thanks, Bill

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Hopefully if NE ship you a current MB it will come with the latest BIOS. Otherwise you may have an issue updating the BIOS with the CPU you ordered, it looks like it needs at least 1.30 to recognize your intended CPU. What version does the NE website offer in their details for your MB?

    If you are new to BIOS changes, download the MB manual and take time to understand the features before it arrives, for your configuration, its that not complicated until you go deep into features.

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Hello bpatters69,
    I'm on my first build with the Extreme6 that I had purchased around July '14 with an i7-4790K. I'm a newbie on this stuff and I had no problems at ALL getting the pc running.
    Do go to the page you listed to d/l the bios. That's where I got mine!
    ASRock Z97 Extreme6 ATX LGA 1150--Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz Quad-Core LGA 1150--EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC 2.0 ACX GPU--Corsair H80i 120mm Liquid Cooler--Kingston HyperX Predator Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2666--EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ Gold Modular--Thermaltake Overseer RX-I ATX Full Tower--Crucial MX100 128GB SATA III MLC 2.5" SSD--Crucial MX100 256GB SATA III MLC 2.5" SSD--WD 500GB 3.5" 7200 RPM HDD--WD My Book 4TB External HD--Windows 10--1 extra top-mount Thermaltake 200mm Blue LED exhaust fan.


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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters69 View Post
    Hello All,

    First time poster. I have an ASRock Extreme6 on order from NewEgg. It should be here late this week. I also ordered 2 x 4GB RAM which was listed on the Motherboard compatibility list. Anyway, I wanted to ask some questions prior the boards arrival. I have an i7 4790K CPU and according to the ASRock website, I will have to upgrade the BIOS to P1.30. So an apologies for what is probably a silly question but does that mean I go this page and download the 1.30 BIOS version for Windows? I plan to run Windows 7. Any tips on installing the BIOS?

    Speaking of BIOS, what setting should I modify if any? I plan on installing an SSD drive for my OS and Microsoft Office with two x 1TB Mechanical Hard drives. I will also have a SATA DVD.

    Thanks, Bill
    Britgeezer, There is no chance that Newegg will know what BIOS version the boards they ship have, they never provide that type of information on their web pages.

    bpatters69, The BIOS version your board has can be found by finding the white sticker (two actually) that are put on the BIOS chips at the factory. The BIOS chips are located in the lower right hand corner of the board, just above the board's Reset and Power buttons.

    IMO, your board will have at least BIOS version 1.30, and probably a newer version than that. This board is very popular and no doubt has been restocked several times by Newegg, and have the latest production units. The 1.30 BIOS is six months old, and I doubt ASRock has not made any more stock since that time.

    But in reality, the BIOS version should not be an issue for you at all. All Z97 boards should support Devils Canyon processors like yours with any BIOS version. That was one of the main reasons the Z97 chipset exists, to support DC processors. The 1.30 BIOS version just adds the "Easy OC" table entries for your processor, but it will function fine without the Easy OC entries, which are just an ASRock feature.

    FYI, most mother boards need a functioning CPU in order to update the BIOS, your board is one of that kind. If your CPU did not work in the board, you could not update the BIOS.

    The default BIOS settings are fine for installing a SSD and HDDs. If you plan on using RAID arrays in the future, you must set the SATA mode to RAID before you install Windows, it is not easy to change to RAID mode after installing your OS.

    More important is locating and using the Intel SATA ports on your board. The board also has four SATA ports provided by two ASMedia SATA chips that do not perform as well as the Intel SATA ports do, and would also require a driver to be installed during the OS installation. Check the manual for the Intel SATA port locations, but I can tell you that the six lower SATA ports are the Intel SATA ports.

    When installing Windows, only have the target OS drive (SSD I imagine) connected to the PC. You can have the DVD drive connected too of course, but you don't want either of your HDDs connected (or at least with their power cable connected) or Windows will put the boot partition on one of the HDDs instead of the main OS drive (SSD.) If you have the HDDs connected, if you later remove the one that gets the boot partition put on it, the PC will no longer boot. That can be fixed with the installation disk, but why not do things right in the first place. That is a bad practice that Windows does for some reason, but is easily avoided.

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Britgeezer, There is no chance that Newegg will know what BIOS version the boards they ship have, they never provide that type of information on their web pages.

    bpatters69, The BIOS version your board has can be found by finding the white sticker (two actually) that are put on the BIOS chips at the factory. The BIOS chips are located in the lower right hand corner of the board, just above the board's Reset and Power buttons.

    IMO, your board will have at least BIOS version 1.30, and probably a newer version than that. This board is very popular and no doubt has been restocked several times by Newegg, and have the latest production units. The 1.30 BIOS is six months old, and I doubt ASRock has not made any more stock since that time.

    But in reality, the BIOS version should not be an issue for you at all. All Z97 boards should support Devils Canyon processors like yours with any BIOS version. That was one of the main reasons the Z97 chipset exists, to support DC processors. The 1.30 BIOS version just adds the "Easy OC" table entries for your processor, but it will function fine without the Easy OC entries, which are just an ASRock feature.

    FYI, most mother boards need a functioning CPU in order to update the BIOS, your board is one of that kind. If your CPU did not work in the board, you could not update the BIOS.

    The default BIOS settings are fine for installing a SSD and HDDs. If you plan on using RAID arrays in the future, you must set the SATA mode to RAID before you install Windows, it is not easy to change to RAID mode after installing your OS.

    More important is locating and using the Intel SATA ports on your board. The board also has four SATA ports provided by two ASMedia SATA chips that do not perform as well as the Intel SATA ports do, and would also require a driver to be installed during the OS installation. Check the manual for the Intel SATA port locations, but I can tell you that the six lower SATA ports are the Intel SATA ports.

    When installing Windows, only have the target OS drive (SSD I imagine) connected to the PC. You can have the DVD drive connected too of course, but you don't want either of your HDDs connected (or at least with their power cable connected) or Windows will put the boot partition on one of the HDDs instead of the main OS drive (SSD.) If you have the HDDs connected, if you later remove the one that gets the boot partition put on it, the PC will no longer boot. That can be fixed with the installation disk, but why not do things right in the first place. That is a bad practice that Windows does for some reason, but is easily avoided.
    Thanks to all for the replies. I really appreciate it.

    Parsec,

    I am with you on the hard drives. I am a KISS kind of guy. I was planning on only having the SSD installed and powered when I install Windows. I also have a dedicated graphics card and I will not install that until after windows is installed. The Mobo has a DVI port so I will just use that for the install. Once the OS is installed, I will add the graphics card and hard drives.

    Since you mentioned the SATA connections, here is my understanding of how to connect the drives. Below is a picture. Basd on the manual several of the SATA drives share resources with other SATA connectors so I will only connect my devices to SATA connectors that do not share any resources. You will see in the picture a description which tells you which SATA connectors are shared.
    ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS-sata-drives-jpg

    Am I right? I have an SSD drive (boot), a SATA DVD and two mechanical hard drives.

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Yes, that looks perfect!

    BTW, I have this board and use all the Intel SATA ports. As long as you don't use an M.2 drive in the M2_2 port, or a SATA Express drive (which don't exist currently), you won't have any problem using the SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 ports.

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Yes, that looks perfect!

    BTW, I have this board and use all the Intel SATA ports. As long as you don't use an M.2 drive in the M2_2 port, or a SATA Express drive (which don't exist currently), you won't have any problem using the SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 ports.
    Many thanks

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    Default Re: ASRock Extreme 6 Motherboard - i7 4790K CPU and questions about BIOS

    Oh, I didn't read that part about the boot SATA port... I am going to move mine tonight. Will BIOS automatically just use the new port especially if it's the only drive in the rig at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwachs View Post
    Oh, I didn't read that part about the boot SATA port... I am going to move mine tonight. Will BIOS automatically just use the new port especially if it's the only drive in the rig at the moment?
    I do not see why not Schwachs. Per the manual SATA3_0 is where the motherboard looks first for the boot device. If the boot drive is not connected to SATA3_0, the motherboard will look for a drive in the other SATA ports. Maybe you will notice faster booting and maybe not. I would think that it takes milliseconds for the motherboard to check each SATA port.

    To minimize the boottime, use Intel® Z97 SATA
    ports (SATA3_0) for your
    bootable devices.

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    yeah, i can imagine it's actually perceptible. i mean i have an ssd in there as is...

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