New i5/i7s/P55 MOBOs!

hey guys - I'll try to get some cogent i5/p55 info this week, along with BIOS updates, but i HAD to post this:

Revision Date: 09-21-09 - Intel 32nm fab process running:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=233822
!!!

Excellent Intel 'collector point' for p55 chipset:
http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/chipsets/p55/p55-overview.htm
If you're trying to get one of these babies cooking, be sure to take a peek at all of the pages listed under 'Product Information"...

Revision Date: 09-15-09 - "Tolja so!! New i5; new i7s; new P55 MOBOs:

Problems with i7 MOBOs and Zalman PSUs:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-261373_12_0.html
http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/cannot-install-winxp-win-7-new-ex58-ud4p-based-build-33310/

Latest BIOS 'collection point' from GB for (mainly) Socket 1156/1366 MOBOs:
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_List.aspx

P55 GB Board reviews/comparison grid:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=20115
NEW - CPUs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL090809&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL090809-_-Processor-_-LI1A-_-19115215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL090809&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL090809-_-Processor-_-LI1B-_-19115214
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL090809&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL090809-_-Processor-_-LI1C-_-19115213
NEW - MOBOs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128404
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128402
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128403

Will try to get Intel P55 relevant docs posted this week... (yet again!!)

Am trying to track down changelogs for BIOS marked '???' - half-blind and cross-eyed from reading pages of German translations :cry:

New EX58-UD3R-SLI BIOS added. If you are currently thinking to get your feet wet in the x5x/i7 'pool of disaster', think hard about an EX58-UD3R Rev1.6; the key to really good performance would seem to be found in cranking the PCIe frequency a bit - and the 'secret' to cranking the PCIe appears to be a hardware mod, which the 1.6 already has! If that board doesn't meet your needs, I firmly suggest waiting just a bit longer - new boards are 'waiting in the wings' for their 'debut'! Within a day or three, I will be posting a raft of new stuff - and I may give up the 'disjunctive logic' approach of databasing all the failures to 'reduce the pile' to the working stuff; for now, take a peek here (and marvel!): http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=225264 By all means, shift to the new BIOS revs - the memory stability issues appear to be 'night and day' (and, they support the mod...)!

Revision Date: 08-28-09 - new BIOS added; gamers, rejoice!
----------Most BIOS 'patched' to fix your beloved Logi G-15s! (I'm ticked - if they came in blue, I'd have one! - I'm suffering along with a G-11 :cry: ...)
----------note1: BIOS listed as 'bare' are actual, uncompressed, 1meg BIOS files - don't contain the usual flasher/autoexec usually included - gotta "roll yer' own!"
----------note2: Still working on the UD3R-SLI updates - need some confirmation, don' wanna give you the wrong files!!
----------note3: GB's standard caveat regarding beta BIOS applies:
--What is a BETA? BETA describes a new version that is reliable yet may not include all the features of the final product. During this phase we are previewing new features and gathering customer input to insure our product provides the best experience possible.


I've re-collated some access points here, and moved the current BIOS revs to MediaFire - I figure we've all got better things to occupy our time than waiting around on GB's web-site (which appears to be hosted on an old Apple IIe with 16K of RAM, and a six hundred baud modem - well, maybeee three hundred - it's hard to tell!); and, gotta great new reference site for GB BIOS/docs/'what have you':
http://www.station-drivers.com/page/gigabyte/gigabyte%20index.htm
(have to polish up your old high school French, though!) (doesn't seem to be too reliable, either - last night, when I found it, I had to ask if the link was good; couldn't get on - early this AM - worked fine for hours - now [10AM-Central] no go... Guess we'll just have to try back - it does sometimes work, and it's really good!) (and one more! - finally dawned on me [that high school French is pretty rusty!]: "Renovation de la page en cours" = "Restoration of the page in progress..."; they're probably up and down for maintenance!!! - damn nuns should'a hit me over the head more often back in HS...)

Archive of all (I think) of the Intel i7/x58 documentation: http://www.mediafire.com/?yzj5ggmyt4g

Excellent 'link page' to stress and memory testers, sundry drivers, etc. :
http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/latest-overclocking-programs-system-info-benchmarking-stability-tools-30530/

Everyone should at least have a copy of MemTest86+:
http://home.att.net/~chip.programmer/Memtest86/memtest86.211a.iso.zip
Unzip it to an .iso, and burn it to a CD - makes a bootable RAM tester, which I'm guessing we'll be using extensively...

Intersting Gigabyte 'demo' here; uses an Extreme, but, as evidenced below, these are all pretty much the same hardware - give or

take a few peripherals:
http://www.mediafire.com/?5moyzjmqvtv

'Uncore' calcs:
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/77909774/m/259009007931

Motherboard references and BIOS - X58 MOBOs:
=========================

EX58-UD3R Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2989&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD3R
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2989
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F8d: Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F8c: ???
F8a (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB
F7e (beta): Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F7: Improve Memory compatibility/Improve PCIe compatibility/ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support
F6: Update new CPU microcode
F5: Support nVidia SLI
F4: Improve VGA card compatibility/Improve S3 resume compatibility/Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support.
F3: Enhance DDR compatibility
F2: Enhance system stability
Current F7: http://www.mediafire.com/?3ltm1zwiny1
F7e (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?2mjghgybmlr
F8a (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?nrgodznwoyy
F8d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-UD3R Rev1.6 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?
ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3103&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD3R
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3103
+++++++
BIOS avail:
FD4 (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
FC (beta): ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support/B2B CAS Delay Support
FB: Fixed IDE compatibility
FA: For EX58-UD3R rev.1.6
Current FB: http://www.mediafire.com/?0gzzmnzmwlw
FC (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?z5z5ngmiqnz
FD4 (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-UD3R-SLI Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?
ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3018&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3103
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F6d (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F5c (beta): ??? (working on it...)
F4: Update new CPU microcode
F3: Enhance Core i7 D0 stepping compatibility; Fix abnormal messages from EasyTune 6 and DES in Vista
F2: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F1: First Release
Current F4: http://www.mediafire.com/?ynm4xeuxolr
F5c (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?gznmdmmndmi
F6d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda

EX58-UD4 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2988&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD4
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2988
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F7d (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F7c (beta): ???
F7a (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB
F6: Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F5: Update new CPU microcode
F4: Support nVidia SLI
F3: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F2: Enhance system stability
Current F6: (under construction - unavailable at the moment...)
F5: http://www.mediafire.com/?hthznwfw2nw
F6c (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?xkmmkrjttmm
F7a (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?jq20n15yymo
F7d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-UD4P Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2986&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD4P
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2986
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F10d (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F10c (beta): ???
F10a (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB
F9e (beta): Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F9: Improve Memory compatibility/Improve PCIe compatibility/ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support
F8: Update new CPU microcode
F7: Enhance Core i7 D0 stepping compatibility; Fix abnormal messages from EasyTune 6 and DES in Vista
F6: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F5: Enhance DDR compatibility
F4: Make QPI over voltage range more wider (up to 2.0V)
F3: Enhance system stability
Current F9: http://www.mediafire.com/?nmndkmunydq
F9e (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?ynwzl0auydh
F10a (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?mzzzz2tw2mz
F10d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-DS4 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2959&ProductName=GA-EX58-DS4
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2959
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F8c (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F8b (beta): ???
F7e (beta): Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F7: Improve Memory compatibility/Improve PCIe compatibility/ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support
F6: Update new CPU microcode
F5: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F4: Fix S3 resume turbo mode issue; Fix DualBIOS recovery issue; Improve System Stability
Current F7: http://www.mediafire.com/?mygym4z0tiq
F7e (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?zihn12w2nkm
F8c (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-UD5 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2958&ProductName=GA-EX58-UD5
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2958
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F9e (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F9d (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB Keyboard - 2nd pass...
F9a (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB
F8h (beta): Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F8: Update new CPU microcode/Improve Memory compatibility/Improve PCIe compatibility/ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support
F7: Update new CPU microcode
F6: Enhance Core i7 D0 stepping compatibility; Fix abnormal messages from EasyTune 6 and DES in Vista
F5: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F4: Fix S3 resume turbo mode issue; Fix DualBIOS recovery issue; Improve System Stability
F3: Fix CPU compatibility issues
Current F8: http://www.mediafire.com/?qdyn5yn3jiy
Modded F8b w/new AHCI code: http://forums.tweaktown.com/300786-post1025.html
F8h (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?ymizwm2jfmy
F9a (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?hddmmjy4yj1
F9e (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


EX58-EXTREME Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2957&ProductName=GA-EX58-EXTREME
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2957
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F9d (beta): Fix 'CoverTemp' - abnormal CPU temperature on some D0s
F9c (beta): ???
F9a (beta): Fix Logitech G15 USB
F8i (beta): Improve Memory Performance/B2B CAS Delay
F8: Improve Memory compatibility/Improve PCIe compatibility/ICH10R RAID eXtreme (XHD) SATA Support
F7: Update new CPU microcode
F6: Enhance Core i7 D0 stepping compatibility; Fix abnormal messages from EasyTune 6 and DES in Vista
F5: Improve VGA card compatibility; Improve S3 resume compatibility; Intel®Core™ i7 processor D-0 stepping support
F4: Fix S3 resume turbo mode issue; Fix DualBIOS recovery issue; Improve System Stability
F3: Fix CPU compatibility issues
Current F8: http://www.mediafire.com/?tzm0yjzwzja
Modded F8x w/new AHCI code: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=3838555&postcount=2835
F8i (beta - 'bare' 1M BIOS): http://www.mediafire.com/?yzhmuz2ymu2
F9a (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?mw4zjjyynrw
F9d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda


Motherboard references and BIOS - P55 MOBOs:
=========================

GA-P55M-UD2 Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=3167
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3165
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F4f (beta): Improve OC ability
F3: Support Intel Clarkdale CPU/Improve USB Compatibility
F3: http://www.mediafire.com/?uzgtdodrzrj
F4f (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?zyhojxzuyij


GA-P55M-UD3R Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3162&ProductName=GA-P55-UD3R
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3162
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F3e (beta): Improve OC ability
F2: Support Intel Clarkdale CPU/Improve USB Compatibility
F2: http://www.mediafire.com/?lnwnqkjjtcu
F3e (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?at0fztfyqm0


GA-P55M-UD4 Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3166&ProductName=GA-P55M-UD4
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3166
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F4g (beta): Improve OC ability
F3: Support Intel Clarkdale CPU/Improve USB Compatibility
F3: http://www.mediafire.com/?5nzwzmn4ynz
F4g (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?wgtizzmifow


GA-P55M-UD4P Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3160&ProductName=GA-P55-UD4P
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3160
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F4p (beta): Improve OC ability
F3: Support Intel Clarkdale CPU/Improve USB Compatibility
F3: http://www.mediafire.com/?ynid5ggnniy
F4p (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?hzzjz33vmum


GA-P55M-UD5 Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3159&ProductName=GA-P55-UD5
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3159
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F5d (beta): Improve OC ability
F4: Fix PCI Express x4/x1 compatibility
F3: Support Intel Clarkdale CPU/Improve DDR-LAN compatibility
F3: http://www.mediafire.com/?otdtykmnygq
F4: http://www.mediafire.com/?2yt2tmtjvwm
F5d (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?yttzdinvdgj


GA-P55-UD6 Rev1.0 Home page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=3158
BIOS page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=3158
+++++++
BIOS avail:
F5c (beta): ???
F5b (beta): Improve CPU compatibility
F4e (beta): ???
F4: Fix PCI Express x4/x1 compatibility.
F3: Improve DDR/LAN compatibility/Support Intel Clarkdale CPU
Current FB: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda
F5b (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda
F5c (beta): http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=24ff1fb6aba8114fd2db6fb9a8902bda

more 55s to come!
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  1. Geez, bilbat . . . I started reading all that stuff as it was posted beginning midnight EST.

    :kaola: Haven't you got anything new?
  2. I like the "He ! Pas touche !" when you try to right click on the French page! Maybe they'll add the AM2+/AM3 boards with their "renovation de la page".

    I notice the Links page doesn't include 3dMark06 - I can't seem to get it to run on my system, installs OK then locks when I start it.
  3. I'll plop in a link; is anyone interested in this? Ts me - I pretty much only use Zs...
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-261373_12_0.html
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/cannot-install-winxp-win-7-new-ex58-ud4p-based-build-33310/

    3DMark:
    Q: 3DMark06 freezes during the startup splash-screen, what is wrong and how can I fix this?
    A: This problem can most likely be corrected by installing this HotFix: http://www.futuremark.com/download/hotfix_oct07/. If the Oct07 HotFix does not correct the problem, you can work around this issue either by renaming the "Direcpll.dll" file (found in %WINDIR%system32FuturemarkMSC) to something else, or you can run the benchmark using the -nosysteminfo command line option. Please note that if you use the -nosysteminfo command line option, you will not be able to publish the result online.
    From:
    http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark06/support/
    D/L @:
    http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark06/download/
  4. Ummm... the link "Ts me - I pretty much only use Zs... " points to the threads on the Zalman/EX58 problem from the other thread.

    Yes, I found that HotFix link too - but the page doesn't exist. And every ref I found about the HotFix points to that page!

    I'll try the other .dll fix - I never want to publish anyway and usually block on Internet traffic from these programs - but know to let it thru if they don't work. I also have a diff. version to try.
  5. Bump for new stuff!
  6. And again!
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