A Grand Master from the ROG Forum - Chino, has made a definitive guide on how to make the OC Panel or OC Panel II to work on the latest ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard. Whether you are already a proud owner or in the market for one, this will be a handy guide for reference. Let's get cracking!
The OC Panel is one of the niftiest device that has ever been invented to complement a motherboard. Overclockers love it because it lets them do on-the-fly overclocking without having to go inside the BIOS every single time. Hardcore enthusiasts love it as well since they can monitor the motherboard’s vitals in real-time. Frankly I don’t know how anyone can live without the OC Panel. Well, maybe you can, but do you really want to?
The OC Panel is normally bundled with the highest-end ROG motherboards like the Maximus Extreme or the Rampage models. So I know a lot of you are probably disappointed that ROG didn’t decide to include it with their limited Rampage V Edition 10. But don't be disheartened. You can probably find users on eBay who are eager to sell you theirs. Getting the OC Panel to work with the Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard is as simple as flashing a specific firmware for it. So let’s do it!
Determining Which OC Panel You Own/Bought
Before we start with the flash process, it is of utter importance to identify which OC Panel you own. Flashing the wrong firmware can certainly brick the device. Upon inspection, original OC Panel has a simple white ROG logo on the cover while the OC Panel II has a translucent red ROG logo on the cover that lights up when the motherboard is turned on.
If you bought the OC Panel from a third party seller, it would be wise to examine the sticker that’s on the back of the device. Better safe than sorry.
Checking The OC Panel’s Firmware
In order to check your OC Panel’s firmware, you need to have it connected to the motherboard and your system must be on so that the device is getting power. Then proceed to push and hold the OK and Clear buttons for approximately 7 seconds. The current firmware will appear on the display.
For the OC Panel and OC Panel II to work with the Rampage V Edition 10, they need to be running firmware 0603 and 0109 respectively. If your device complies with that requirement, then you’re good. If not, proceed to download the Firmware Update Tool along with the firmware that corresponds to your OC Panel.
Flashing the OC Panel/OC Panel II Firmware
This step might be different depending on which motherboard you own. You need to enter your BIOS and disable the Intel xHCI Mode option. This option is normally found under the USB Configuration section in the Advanced tab.
After you’ve disabled the option, press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS. Your system will restart and go on to load your OS.
When you’re inside Windows, locate the compressed Firmware Update Tool and Firmware files. Extract both. If you look inside the Firmware folder, you will see another compressed file with a HEX termination. Extract that file into the Firmware’s root folder like the image below.
Run the Firmware Update Tool with administrator privileges. Then click the … button and look for the file that has the H00 termination. Click the Start button to initiate the flash process.
The process should finish in a matter of seconds. If the flash is done correctly, you will see the EC_Mode Pass! message at the end.
Time to go back into the BIOS and change the Intel xHCI Mode option back to Smart Auto.
Press F10 once more to save your changes and exit the BIOS. Enjoy your newly flashed OC Panel / OC Panel II on your Rampage V Edition 10.
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