Page 1 of 11 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 104
  1. #1
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Axle Grease PC Specs
    Axle Grease PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme w/ BIOS 3801
    ProcessorIntel i7-5960X
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15Q-16GRR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Corsair MP510 1.92TB (NVMe)
    Storage #22 X Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H110
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyAntec HCP-1300 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches
    Mouse Roccat Kone XTD
    Headset Kington HyperX Revolver S
    Mouse Pad Razer Goliathus
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine HD6
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterLinksys WRT1900ACS
    Accessory #1 HTC Vive (1st gen)
    Axle Grease's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    153

    Rampage V Extreme. Instructions for updating the BIOS file CPU microcode.

    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE 29-Jan-18: I recommend to not patch the BIOS until Intel uploads a fixed microcode update.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE 16-Mar-18: Intel posted a new microcode update dated 12-Mar-18, so get it while you can.
    I patched the BIOS using the tools available in Jan and flashed it, which worked fine. I did it again
    with the current version of the tools which also worked fine and have updated this post to reflect that.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE 22-Mar-18: Linked to "MMTool 502.0024 Mod" as it is compatible with both Aptio V & Aptio IV
    BIOSes.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE 27-Mar-18: DON'T EVEN TRY FLASHING A BIOS YOU'VE PATCHED IF THE MOTHERBOARD DOES
    NOT SUPPORT USB BIOS FLASHBACK OR SOMETHING SIMILAR, LEST SOMETHING GOES HORRIBLY WRONG
    AND THE PC IS RENDERED UNBOOTABLE. Hasn't happened yet AFAIK, but thought this needs to be made clear.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE 9-Apr-18: I have replaced the link to Ashampoo Spectre-Meltdown-CPU-Checker
    with GRC InSpectre. The latter provides more info.
    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _
    UPDATE
    6-Apr-19: I have change the link in 1) to point to version 1.69.16 of UBU because....
    "It just works"--Jensen Huang. heh heh.


    These instructions are primarily for owners of the original Rampage V Extreme since I have that mobo. I recommend rebooting into CMOS Setup and save the current BIOS settings to a USB drive as a *.COM file.

    "Tools" -> "ASUS Overclocking Profile" -> "Load/Save Profile from USB Drive" -> "[F2] Save as a new *.com file"

    The settings actually get saved as a *.CMO file, but that works, too. ASUS programmers...

    FYI: A quirk that may or may not occur with your R5E. After flashing *any* BIOS on my R5E, the video output defaults to the HDMI port. I disable the "Compatibility Support Module": "Boot" -> "CSM Compatibility Support Module", reboot, and the video outputs to my displayport as it should. Also, without CSM disabled, the PC will *freeze* when trying to load the saved BIOS settings from the USB drive.

    Now that the quirky bits are out of the way...

    1) Download version 1.69.16 of the "UEFI BIOS Updater" here.

    2) Download MMTool version 5.02.0.24 (patched). Extract the contents and remove the version number from the filename.
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/406sua...02_patched.zip

    3) Download the latest "Linux Processor Microcode Data File" from:
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/873/Processors and extract the contents. (Current version: 20180312)

    4) Download the latest unpatched BIOS. ( Currently 3801 for the Rampage V Extreme ). I extracted the BIOS image and renamed it R5E_3801.CAP

    5) Extract the UBU archive. I extracted mine to the Desktop. Rename the folder "UBU", and place both the BIOS image and MMTool.exe in the UBU root folder.

    6) Download CPU-Z. Run CPU-Z. Gather the values for "Ext. Family", "Ext. Model", and "Stepping" in that order. For my Intel i7-5960X they are 6,3F,2.
    Now, jot them down in this format: 06-3F-02.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	cpu-z.jpg 
Views:	577 
Size:	96.8 KB 
ID:	70755

    Go to the "intel-ucode" folder inside the microcode folder extracted earlier. Look for the microcode update filename that matches with what was jotted down, and copy it to the UBU folder.

    7) In a PowerShell or Command Prompt with admin privileges, make the UBU folder the Current Directory.
    For example, I'd enter CD C:\Users\axle\Desktop\UBU into a PowerShell.

    8) Enter: .\UBU

    The name of the BIOS image file will appear momentarily at the top-left corner. This is the output I got.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	UBU_o1.jpg 
Views:	18 
Size:	109.5 KB 
ID:	70756

    Press any key to continue.



    9) Select '7'.


    10) Select 'm' and upload your CPU microcode update. In my case "06-3F-02".

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	pic-update1.jpg 
Views:	422 
Size:	39.6 KB 
ID:	72337

    11) Select 'Y' to update.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	picupdate2.jpg 
Views:	422 
Size:	70.9 KB 
ID:	72336

    Press any key to continue...

    12) To save the updated BIOS image select '0' to go to the main menu, then '0' again to exit, and select '1'.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	UBU_o4.jpg 
Views:	569 
Size:	22.4 KB 
ID:	70759

    Done! Just press any key to exit the BIOS updater. The BIOS image file has been renamed R5E.CAP and is ready to flash.
    The size of the patched BIOS image and the unpatched BIOS image must be identical. Don't flash the patched BIOS image if different.

    Success in flashing a modded BIOS image appears to be more likely when using USB BIOS Flashback. More importantly, should the flash go bad and CMOS setup is inaccessible, the same method can still be used to flash a non modded BIOS image.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	InSpectre.jpg 
Views:	236 
Size:	75.3 KB 
ID:	72828

    "InSpectre" from Gibson Research is a utility that checks for the presence of Spectre/Meltdown
    exploit mitigation. https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

    Have a Happy Flash.
    Last edited by Axle Grease; 04-05-2019 at 09:56 PM. Reason: added more information
    "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- Unknown

  2. #2
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Axle Grease PC Specs
    Axle Grease PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme w/ BIOS 3801
    ProcessorIntel i7-5960X
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15Q-16GRR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Corsair MP510 1.92TB (NVMe)
    Storage #22 X Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H110
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyAntec HCP-1300 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches
    Mouse Roccat Kone XTD
    Headset Kington HyperX Revolver S
    Mouse Pad Razer Goliathus
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine HD6
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterLinksys WRT1900ACS
    Accessory #1 HTC Vive (1st gen)
    Axle Grease's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    153

    ...and this.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	spect_status.jpg 
Views:	8 
Size:	129.6 KB 
ID:	70767
    "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- Unknown

  3. #3
    ROG Member Array
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    15

    Thanks for these easy to follow instructions.I have created the new bios successfully,but haven't applied it yet.Are you noticing any general problems,event viewer errors, or uncalled system reboots after updating the microcode? I have similar system to you:rampv,5930x,win 7 ultimate,gtx980s. Thanks again- your easy to follow directions are greatly appreciated!
    raf61
    Rampage Extreme V
    Cpu:5930
    Memory:Corsair Vengance 16 gigs@ 2666 not xmp
    Power:Corsair AX1200i
    Case:Caselabs Merlin SM8
    Cooling: cpu only: XSPC RayStorm/ XSPC 480 rad
    Gpu:Gigabyte 980 G1 sli
    Win 7 ultimate 64 bit

  4. #4
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Axle Grease PC Specs
    Axle Grease PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme w/ BIOS 3801
    ProcessorIntel i7-5960X
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15Q-16GRR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Corsair MP510 1.92TB (NVMe)
    Storage #22 X Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H110
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyAntec HCP-1300 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches
    Mouse Roccat Kone XTD
    Headset Kington HyperX Revolver S
    Mouse Pad Razer Goliathus
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine HD6
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterLinksys WRT1900ACS
    Accessory #1 HTC Vive (1st gen)
    Axle Grease's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    153

    Quote Originally Posted by raf61 View Post
    Thanks for these easy to follow instructions.I have created the new bios successfully,but haven't applied it yet.Are you noticing any general problems,event viewer errors, or uncalled system reboots after updating the microcode? I have similar system to you:rampv,5930x,win 7 ultimate,gtx980s. Thanks again- your easy to follow directions are greatly appreciated!
    There are no new errors in Event Viewer . Just the ones I normally get... There's been no uncalled system reboots. The PC is stable just like before. I'm using the same BIOS settings. The only difference is, reboots are slower, and SFC /scannow took longer to complete, and the benchmark scores for certain 4K I/O are bad. Nothing unexpected, though.
    "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- Unknown

  5. #5
    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Vlada011 PC Specs
    Vlada011 PC Specs
    MotherboardRampage V E10 (BIOS 1903)
    ProcessorIntel®i7-5820K (4.5GHz 1.325V)
    Memory (part number)CMD16GX4M4A2666C15
    Graphics Card #1ASUS GTX1080Ti Poseidon
    Sound CardSound Blaster ZxR
    MonitorSamsung P2450H
    Storage #1Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 1TB/WD Black 2TB
    CPU CoolerEK RGB Monoblock RVE10
    CaseLian Li PC-O11 WXC
    Power SupplyEVGA 1200 P2
    Keyboard Deck 87 Francium PRO - MX Brown DS PBT
    Mouse Logitech G900
    Mouse Pad Steeseries QCK
    Headset/Speakers CREATIVE T5900 5.1
    OS Windows 10 Pro x64 v1903
    Accessory #1 iPhone SE Space Grey
    Accessory #2 EK XRES D5 Revo 100 Glass PWM + CoolstreamPE 360
    Accessory #3 Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM x3 (radiator)
    Vlada011's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Reputation
    20
    Posts
    1,462

    Hahaaaa.... I would rather sell everything that do this procedure.
    30% of people who pushed their processors to last percent and memory OC to maximum will not be able to repeat same settings after BIOS Update or load saved profiles.
    They will lost own performance even without impact of patch, that will be extra lost.


  6. #6
    ROG Enthusiast Array JOSHSKORN PC Specs
    JOSHSKORN PC Specs
    MotherboardRampage V Extreme
    Processor5960X
    Graphics Card #1GTX 980

    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    31

    Quote Originally Posted by raf61 View Post
    Thanks for these easy to follow instructions.I have created the new bios successfully,but haven't applied it yet.Are you noticing any general problems,event viewer errors, or uncalled system reboots after updating the microcode? I have similar system to you:rampv,5930x,win 7 ultimate,gtx980s. Thanks again- your easy to follow directions are greatly appreciated!
    I created my R5E.CAP file last night but have no flashed it. Have you?

    I was having trouble with the procedure at first. Basically, I was creating the UBU folder within my Downloads folder, which didn't work. What did work, is creating the UBU file from C:\ (i.e. C:\UBU).

  7. #7
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Axle Grease PC Specs
    Axle Grease PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme w/ BIOS 3801
    ProcessorIntel i7-5960X
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15Q-16GRR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Corsair MP510 1.92TB (NVMe)
    Storage #22 X Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H110
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyAntec HCP-1300 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches
    Mouse Roccat Kone XTD
    Headset Kington HyperX Revolver S
    Mouse Pad Razer Goliathus
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine HD6
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterLinksys WRT1900ACS
    Accessory #1 HTC Vive (1st gen)
    Axle Grease's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    153

    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHSKORN View Post
    I created my R5E.CAP file last night but have no flashed it. Have you?

    I was having trouble with the procedure at first. Basically, I was creating the UBU folder within my Downloads folder, which didn't work. What did work, is creating the UBU file from C:\ (i.e. C:\UBU).
    It's odd that the location has an influence. My UBU folder was on the Desktop.

    Intel pulled the current microcode version from its download site after having pinpointed the cause of the spontaneous reboots. I haven't had any of those so far, but it might be better to wait for the fixed microcode patch to lessen the chance of post flash scares.
    "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- Unknown

  8. #8
    ROG Member Array
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    15

    Quote Originally Posted by JOSHSKORN View Post
    I created my R5E.CAP file last night but have no flashed it. Have you?

    I was having trouble with the procedure at first. Basically, I was creating the UBU folder within my Downloads folder, which didn't work. What did work, is creating the UBU file from C:\ (i.e. C:\UBU).

    I haven't updated yet because as Axle Grease said ,a new microcode is in the works.In the meantime I took pictures of my current overclock, so I will have a record of my current bios settings.When new microcode arrives ,I wont wait for Asus. Security has priority over performance for me.Thanks to Axel Grease I feel like I have some control over the situation and not dependent on Asus;although I hope Asus does provide an updated bios for all X99 boards.
    raf61
    Rampage Extreme V
    Cpu:5930
    Memory:Corsair Vengance 16 gigs@ 2666 not xmp
    Power:Corsair AX1200i
    Case:Caselabs Merlin SM8
    Cooling: cpu only: XSPC RayStorm/ XSPC 480 rad
    Gpu:Gigabyte 980 G1 sli
    Win 7 ultimate 64 bit

  9. #9
    ROG Enthusiast Array JOSHSKORN PC Specs
    JOSHSKORN PC Specs
    MotherboardRampage V Extreme
    Processor5960X
    Graphics Card #1GTX 980

    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    31

    Quote Originally Posted by Axle Grease View Post
    It's odd that the location has an influence. My UBU folder was on the Desktop.

    Intel pulled the current microcode version from its download site after having pinpointed the cause of the spontaneous reboots. I haven't had any of those so far, but it might be better to wait for the fixed microcode patch to lessen the chance of post flash scares.
    Thanks for the info, glad I didn't flash my patched BIOS, because, who knows what would've happened. I'm "assuming"/"guessing" that since Intel has, according to you, pinpointed the reboot issue, that ASUS "may" not be far behind in releasing a Spectre-patched BIOS. From what I understand, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that Anti-virus can detect Spectre BEFORE it exploits my CPU, yes? I use BitDefender 2018.

    I wouldn't know if the Desktop and Downloads folders have different file permissions, thus causing whatever error I'd seen. But it looks like for now, I'm not going to even bother. I'll give ASUS another few weeks to release an updated BIOS before attempting this, again, AND I want to be sure that microcode doesn't cause reboots, even though you'd said you didn't have issues. I'm not taking that chance.

    EDIT: Riddle me this. I looked again at the Linux Processor Microcode Data File page and it was dated 2017. How is this supposed to work, anyways? Yikes, I guess I just gave myself an excuse to wait for an official release, considering this isn't making sense to me.
    Last edited by JOSHSKORN; 01-26-2018 at 08:18 AM.

  10. #10
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Axle Grease PC Specs
    Axle Grease PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme w/ BIOS 3801
    ProcessorIntel i7-5960X
    Memory (part number)F4-3000C15Q-16GRR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus ROG Swift PG278Q
    Storage #1Corsair MP510 1.92TB (NVMe)
    Storage #22 X Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H110
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyAntec HCP-1300 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches
    Mouse Roccat Kone XTD
    Headset Kington HyperX Revolver S
    Mouse Pad Razer Goliathus
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine HD6
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterLinksys WRT1900ACS
    Accessory #1 HTC Vive (1st gen)
    Axle Grease's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    153

    Keeping anti-virus software updated along with the OS and the web-browser is the best protection users with unpatched BIOSes can expect against Spectre exploiting code, short of disconnecting from the internet. Just doing that should stop *known* malware from executing. However, bad things can happen between when pernicious code is first released into the wild and when software updates are installed to block it, which could be days apart. That's why the CPU microcode needs to be updated ASAP, preferably without resulting in spontaneous reboots. I expect Asus will be waiting on Intel to release a 'good' microcode update. Any changes Intel makes will be applied to the microcode file for every CPU from the Pentium II and up, and then there's Intel's rigorous testing procedure. Oh... so then expect a brief wait.

    I can understand your trepidation over updating the BIOS, having to weigh the risks of infection and flashing botched Intel microcode. I think you're right in holding off, and might as well enjoy that final days of good disk I/O performance.

    The Linux Processor Microcode page there now is an older one. The one Intel pulled was dated Jan 8th (I think).
    "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- Unknown

Page 1 of 11 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •