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I'd stick with F3 for the time being.  Its highly probable there will be another BIOS for this board.

I agree, the dual bios feature is great.  I left Asus after 13 yrs because of this one feature alone. 
Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: Downgrade Bios
« Last post by sono on March 16, 2017, 02:17:22 pm »
I mentioned in a different thread that some Gigabyte motherboards have main bios and backup bios.  You can select which one boots with a motherboard switch (change the switch position with the system powered off!)

So if you update the main one the backup should still be at the previous version.  This means you can easily check if you have a problem caused specifically by the new bios easily. 

I have used this feature on GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboard and it works very well.
Interesting concept.  But makes sense as switching between dual and triple channel is not an adjustable setting AFAIK?

As far as i know there's no setting for that. And reading along forums many people seems to change settings in a "strange" way to swich between channels mode.
Motherboards with Intel processors / GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 with Plextor 512Gb M.2 NVMe SSD
« Last post by sono on March 16, 2017, 12:30:17 pm »
I have the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 motherboard and Plextor PX-512M8PeG NVMe SSD detailed here

 I have windows 10 64 bit installed on this ssd.  The ssd initialises and boots windows 10 just fine and the performance seems also as expected.

The issue is that if I go into the Gigabyte bios NVMe menu, the bios says "no NVME devices found."

I have tried the Plextor SSD in both motherboard M2 slots. I had the issue with both the Gigabyte F3 and F4 version bios.

Does anyone have this motherboard with an NVME device plugged in and do you see this behaviour in the bios also ?
Thank you. So I powered it down, flipped the switch on the motherboard to use backup bios and booted and yes the backup bios is still F3. That is a great feature Gigabyte!

So the F3 bios I can confirm I am able to set XMP profile 1 with all the defaults and it boots no issue with this memory.

Running CPU-Z in windows 10 reports the memory frequency as 2*1866 = 3732Mhz with Bios F3.

As mentioned above Bios F4 with the same settings (XMP profile 1 and everything else set to auto) fails to even boot through the bios. I have to override the bios auto frequency to use memory frequency 3600Mhz

Notebooks and netbooks / Re: P34g battery replacement
« Last post by Kpnk on March 16, 2017, 01:27:32 am »
thank you people of the Internet.
I've owned a P34 for several years now and since about 2 years ago I gave up on having a battery. Since then it's been a portable desktop computer to me.

I went ahead and bought the Schenker GNC-C30 from and it worked. Shipped to Mexico and took 12 days from the moment I clicked "buy" to the moment I received it.

Battery size was perfect and I get ~3h30m of battery on regular browsing use. Not amazing but a huge step up from my portable desktop.
I know this thread is pretty old, but maybe there are some others (like me) who are having the same problem nowadays.

I'm using a FX 8320 on a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 rev 3.0 and was facing the throthling issue.
I tried to disable a lot of the power saving mechanisms, but none of it helped.

Finally I disabled "Core Performance Boost" an that did help.

Sure the CPU doesn't auto-oc now, but those 300MHz on a few of the cores surely aren't such a big deal and most users might oc on there own anyway.
Hopefully my answer will help someone out there who's annoyed by a missing option to disable APM.
Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: Z170Z Gaming 7 Audio Problem
« Last post by Sandokan on March 15, 2017, 04:36:59 pm »
In my experience actually PAX drivers didn't solves audio issues with Z170X Gaming 7. Also Op-amp it is not the cause of broken audio (anyway this is a few cents $/€ component).
After a lot of test I found that there are some compatibility issues about Creative audio drivers. I found a lot of errors related to Creative drivers into the Windows Reliability Monitor. It seems that Creative drivers are not fully compatible with Windows and other audio devices.
I made test with RC1, RC2 drivers provided by Gigabyte and different versions provided by Windows Update. In my case I found this work around starting from a fresh Windows 10 installation:

- install Creative RC2 driver version without optional stuff (only drivers and control panel).
- install AMD graphic and hdmi audio driver provided by Window update (I have a R9 Fury)
- install last AMD drivers without updating AMD HDMI audio drivers
- deactivate "Turn on fast startup" option (

In this way I do not have errors into Windows Reliability Monitor and my audio issues dissapered magically. If errors appears maybe some driver was overwritten (in this case rollback it) and try again.

I opened a ticket to Gigabyte support and  they published 2 new driver versions in the while. I didn't made test with these 2 january driver versions provided by Gigabyte to avoid brokening something. I'm waiting that PAX will give a look to them before.

I suggest to you to give a look to Windows Reliability Monitor before attempt any action.

As a rule for the future I will avoid to bought any motherboard with Creative audio chip. Only Realtek...

Motherboards with AMD processors / Re: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P Problems
« Last post by mike_ironfist on March 15, 2017, 11:12:41 am »
Hi friends! I've got an improved solution! Hopefully this will fix the problems for most of you.
The "soft" IOMMU option is actually bad because it doesn't allow you to use IOMMU for VMs.


1. Enable IOMMU in BIOS/EFI settings.

2. Boot your Linux system normally and then open a terminal and edit /etc/default/grub. I usually use nano to edit system config files.
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sudo nano /etc/default/grub
Find the line that says this:
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Change it so that is says this:
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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="amd_iommu=on iommu=pt"
3. Finally, update GRUB and reboot.
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sudo update-grub && sudo reboot
4. All done! All of your USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports will work, your ethernet will work AND you will be able to use IOMMU features for GPU passthroughs on virtual machines. This also fixes the slow boot times.
See pages 7 & 23 of your manual.  BIOS switch location.

See this post for BIOS downgrade instructions..

Getting your 3866Mhz ram to run at 3600 is great.  Is the RAM on the QVL for your board?  The section for 3800~3866 is pretty short, but is dominated by GSkill DIMMs.  If you are stable, I'd call it a day.
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