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Asrock z68 pro3 gen3 cpu?

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June 11, 2012 1:07:04 AM

Ive just bought an asrock z68 pro3 gen3 mobo with 16gb of 1600mhz ram with 2x128 samsung 830 raid0, gainward gtx 550 ti gs. shall i buy a i5 2500k or i5 3750k? ive heard that its a bit of a ball ache to update bios for IB. Also will i be able to get 1700mhz on xmp profile?

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June 11, 2012 1:16:28 AM

You'll have to go with the 2500K unless the BIOS on the board is new enough that the 3570K will work (doubtful). I wouldn't take that chance though. The only way to update the BIOS is with a SB CPU installed first.
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June 11, 2012 1:59:25 AM

The I5 2500K if you are going for max overclock. The OC headroom eats up Ive's oer clock performance advantage.
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June 11, 2012 2:04:26 AM

You'll have to go with an i5-2500k whether you like it or not. The asrock z68 pro3 gen3 will most likely not have the latest BIOS installed to support Ivy Bridge CPUs (if they are supported at all).
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June 11, 2012 3:16:30 AM

ryski2011 said:
Ive just bought an asrock z68 pro3 gen3 mobo with 16gb of 1600mhz ram with 2x128 samsung 830 raid0, gainward gtx 550 ti gs. shall i buy a i5 2500k or i5 3750k? ive heard that its a bit of a ball ache to update bios for IB. Also will i be able to get 1700mhz on xmp profile?



Not really a pain, but as Asrock's website states, in order to make this board compatible with Intel's 3rd generation, you have to update the BIOS and AXTU, which is Asrock's overclocking utility.

Quote from the website: "To support Intel's 3rd Generation (Ivy Bridge) CPU, corresponding BIOS, drivers and AXTU update are required."

Best regards.

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June 11, 2012 3:18:28 AM

notlim981 said:
Not really a pain, but as Asrock's website states, in order to make this board compatible with Intel's 3rd generation, you have to update the BIOS and AXTU, which is Asrock's overclocking utility.

Quote from the website: "To support Intel's 3rd Generation (Ivy Bridge) CPU, corresponding BIOS, drivers and AXTU update are required."

Best regards.

AXTU can only be accessed through windows.

As well updating the bios is a complete pain on asrock boards. The easiest and pain free method is from windows, believe me if you try from USB you're going to have a bad time.
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June 11, 2012 4:04:45 PM

Thank you
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