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    Where do I start with BIOS & ME updates? Avoid Spectre & Meltdown performance hit?

    After a long and laborious process my system is finally up! I still need to change several things but I can begin setting up software right now.

    Pending jobs:
    -Change internal soft tubing to hard lines. (planning for extra fittings)
    -Install my Phanteks GPU waterblock to my ASUS 1080Ti (testing to make sure the GPU is fine first)

    Other than that I am good to go so I was wondering what to do with BIOS updates.

    Right now the board uses the stock BIOS.


    Which version would you recommend in order to avoid crippling performance due to Spectre & Meltdown patches? Yet, do I need to install the BIOS and ME microcodes separately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    After a long and laborious process my system is finally up! I still need to change several things but I can begin setting up software right now.

    Pending jobs:
    -Change internal soft tubing to hard lines. (planning for extra fittings)
    -Install my Phanteks GPU waterblock to my ASUS 1080Ti (testing to make sure the GPU is fine first)

    Other than that I am good to go so I was wondering what to do with BIOS updates.

    Right now the board uses the stock BIOS.


    Which version would you recommend in order to avoid crippling performance due to Spectre & Meltdown patches? Yet, do I need to install the BIOS and ME microcodes separately?
    you will need latest bios update 1301 and latest's me from here

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/340qmm...0/FWUpdate.rar

    https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...-50-1466/page3

    perform full bios reset with power cord disconected and load optimal defaults and then use your own settings

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    Ok I have installed 1301 + Latest Windows 10 Pro now so I guess I am all patched now. So what about performance with Spectre & Meltdown patching?

    Can I disable them with InSpectre + Using and older BIOS on the 2nd Chip?

    Right now everything (knock wood) works perfectly fine.

    17 Fans work Fine both through Bios and Fan Expert 4

    2 D5 Pumps controlled through PWM

    Aura Sync is working as intented with Trident Z RGB + ROG Strix OC 1080Ti + EK Monoblock + a 200mm RGB Fan + Phanteks Halo Lux Digital (this thing is great) with 30 addressable leds.

    I will add a Phanteks waterblock to the 1080Ti with RGB LEDS but I don't expect any issues.

    No overclocking yet besides XMP memory profile w@ 3600.

    7940X (non-delided) CPU Temps 29-54C while benchmarking
    VRM max 40C
    PHC 54C

    This thing seems rock stable right now but will do some stress testing before I proceed to attemp some mild overclock but I don't really care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    Ok I have installed 1301 + Latest Windows 10 Pro now so I guess I am all patched now. So what about performance with Spectre & Meltdown patching?

    Can I disable them with InSpectre + Using and older BIOS on the 2nd Chip?

    Right now everything (knock wood) works perfectly fine.

    17 Fans work Fine both through Bios and Fan Expert 4

    2 D5 Pumps controlled through PWM

    Aura Sync is working as intented with Trident Z RGB + ROG Strix OC 1080Ti + EK Monoblock + a 200mm RGB Fan + Phanteks Halo Lux Digital (this thing is great) with 30 addressable leds.

    I will add a Phanteks waterblock to the 1080Ti with RGB LEDS but I don't expect any issues.

    No overclocking yet besides XMP memory profile w@ 3600.

    7940X (non-delided) CPU Temps 29-54C while benchmarking
    VRM max 40C
    PHC 54C

    This thing seems rock stable right now but will do some stress testing before I proceed to attemp some mild overclock but I don't really care.
    did you updated the me also ? not only the bios ??it's the firmware

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirceaForce View Post
    did you updated the me also ? not only the bios ??it's the firmware
    But 1301 on Asus page states that it contains the updated microcode. Do I need to do something else?

    My microcode is 11.10.0.1287.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    But 1301 on Asus page states that it contains the updated microcode. Do I need to do something else?

    My microcode is 11.10.0.1287.
    https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...on-11-7-0-1057

    read through the posts carefully
    unfortunately the very helpful screenshots are gone
    there is a command line to backup your current one, which was recommended
    I suggest asking for help for step by step command lines

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    I found good instructions here

    https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...-11-11-50-1466

    So I will get down to it.

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    I updated everything following the instructions on the aforementioned thread and checked with the Intel detection tool. Success!

    Thanks for the heads up I now have both the new firmware & driver for MEI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    I updated everything following the instructions on the aforementioned thread and checked with the Intel detection tool. Success!

    Thanks for the heads up I now have both the new firmware & driver for MEI.
    this is the latest firmware i have already gave you this

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirceaForce View Post
    this is the latest firmware i have already gave you this
    Yes now I will try to get stable moderate overclock profile maybe 4.4GHz I don't mind pushing for more and I won't delid now since I am satisfied with the performance and don't want to void my warranty yet.

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