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    ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO New Bios 1601

    Version 1601
    2022/07/08 10.95 MBytes

    ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO BIOS 1601
    "1.Update Microcode for next generation Intel Processors.

    Before running the USB BIOS Flashback tool, please rename the BIOS file (MZ690H.CAP) using BIOSRenamer."

    Not to much to get excited about though.

    https://rog.asus.com/au/motherboards.../helpdesk_bios

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    12900 ks @ 5.4 all core 5.1 ring cache , asus strix d4 ddr4 with dual rank 4133 mhz cl 15-15-15-35 16gb x 2
    i need +0.020v more vcssa vs bios 1503 ....

    evrything else is the same
    8gb x 4 sticks @ 4000 cl 15-15-15-35 requires +0.010v more vcssa as well on a 12900k regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by bass junkie xl View Post
    12900 ks @ 5.4 all core 5.1 ring cache , asus strix d4 ddr4 with dual rank 4133 mhz cl 15-15-15-35 16gb x 2
    i need +0.020v more vcssa vs bios 1503 ....

    evrything else is the same
    8gb x 4 sticks @ 4000 cl 15-15-15-35 requires +0.010v more vcssa as well on a 12900k regular
    Can i ask what overclocking settings you are using to achieve "5.4 all core 5.1 ring cache" ?

    because i am struggling to overclock my 12900k..

    thanks for the help,

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    thx Asus :)

    To me, 1601 is a bless.

    It seems there have been some changes beside the microcode additions/changes for the upcoming raptor lakes, or does a bios update include something like new adjustments for memory based on new metrics/data/device tests?

    I'm not (much) into OCing , especially not when it comes to Memory-related adjustrments and im fairly new on the Z690 Formula - spending the last 2 weeks (well, the very limited time I have per day) trying to find a stable setting for my currently mostly "unconventional" setting (4 x 32GB). While the stock and - from now - 2 previous versions in auto mode didn't yield stability (with the version before 1601 being the worst - up to 6 bsods per day and hundreds of errors on Memtest86), 1601 changed the game: Auto settings (even I didnt recognize any obvious change as far as i went into the deeper nested settings) finally work stable for my setup. Freqs obviously are lower , but that doesnt really matter to me - I need the size of the memory due to work.

    PS: Using 4 x Kingston 32GB 5600MHz CL40

    @alessast:
    What issues do you have with your OC? I have just did some tests initially with the 12900k - reaching like 5.1 all core is not a big thing with it - if you can handle the heat - the 12900k tends to run significantly hotter than the 11900k - but at same time the really critical area is higher than on the 11900k. What cooling do you use? What does the ASUS rating say about your cooler, and SP ? What frequencies you get with what temperature - under what/which test procedure(s)? Keep in mind, the KS has a significantly higher boost and all core boost compared to the K, going up to 5.5 for 2 cores and 5.2 for all cores with its stock boosts (compared to our 4.9 stock), so directly comparing them both is hard - as the KS is basically the "perfect manufacturing outcome" - while our Ks range from "ok to good", the ks is the optimum.

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    MotherboardZ690 Asus Strix D4 x 2 Bios 1604
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    Quote Originally Posted by alessast View Post
    Can i ask what overclocking settings you are using to achieve "5.4 all core 5.1 ring cache" ?

    because i am struggling to overclock my 12900k..

    thanks for the help,
    i can share my asus bios .cmo file or bios settings all text file if u want .

    i can do up to 5.7 ghz all core hyper threading off or 5.5 ghz all core ht on
    high sp chip requires less vcore im a sp 104 ks ( sp 114 + if it was 12900k ish )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bass junkie xl View Post
    i can share my asus bios .cmo file or bios settings all text file if u want .

    i can do up to 5.7 ghz all core hyper threading off or 5.5 ghz all core ht on
    high sp chip requires less vcore im a sp 104 ks ( sp 114 + if it was 12900k ish )
    Yes please , i would be very nice if you could share your Asus bios.cmo file settings as text file (saving it with Ctrl + F2)
    because i don't have the same motherboard as you, so i can only read it as text file.

    I have an average sp chip, but i need to do 5.3 ghz on all cores, with E-core disabled
    and i am a bit desperate to find settings that could work..

    my sp is 93 for P cores Asus Ai rated my CPU cores VID 1.359v to 1.388v.
    Last edited by alessast; 07-15-2022 at 05:59 PM.

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    Someone is having problems with Corsair RGB DDR5 in this firmware?

    Someone is having problems with Corsair RGB DDR5 in this firmware?
    It's seems not to be working the RGB assignations with iCue open, hardware lighting seems to be ok.

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    MotherboardASUS Maximus Z690 Hero
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    BIOS 1601 and Corsair Memory

    Just to say, I am using a Z690 Maximus Hero with BIOS 1601 and 2 sticks of 16GB Corsair DDR5 Vengeance Black PC5-41600 (5200) memory set to XMPI. Everything is running as it should at 5200MHz, no issues whatsoever.

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    Forgot to say

    I'm using iCue with my setup for AIO water cooling (3 RGB fans) plus 4x RGB case fans. No conflicts apparent.

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    New ROGer Array JohnAb PC Specs
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    Monitor28" Samsung 4K & 32" Samsung 4K
    Storage #13x NVME
    Storage #22x HDD, 2x SATA
    CPU CoolerCorsair iCUE H150i ELITE LCD Display 360mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler
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    Power SupplyCorsair RM1000x
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    My Mistake

    Just noticed that you are taking about Corsair RGB memory. I have the non-RGB stuff. Sorry.

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