Sunday, April 22, 2012

ASRock updated the UEFI on Z68 Extreme4 (and other Z68 boards) for IvyBridge, then pulled the update?

ASRock released new UEFIs for the entire Z68 lineup, getting ready for the IvyBridge launch.

Z68 Extreme4(m)

Here’s a comparison between 1.60G UEFI and L2.02 beta UEFI on my Z68 Extreme4 (non-Gen3).

The makeover actually is same as the one on the ASRock Z77 mobos. =)

Main screen:

ASRock UEFI (2)1

OC Tweaker screen:

ASRock UEFI (3)2

ASRock UEFI (4)34

Note: The new UEFI lets you set different muftipliers for different core utilization levels, but it did not work for me. I would just stick to the 4-core multi. Also, when this is enabled, CPU speed shown on the POST screen would be a weird value, like 25GHz or something. Open-mouthed smile

Advanced Screen:

New options

1. Intel Rapid Start Technology

2. Intel Smart Connect Technology

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Advanced\CPU Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (6)6

Advanced\North Bridge Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (7)7

Advanced\South Bridge Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (8)8

Advanced\Storage Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (9)9

Advanced\Super IO Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (10)12

Advanced\ACPI Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (11)13

Advanced\USB Configuration Screen:

ASRock UEFI (12)14

HW Monitor Screen:

ASRock UEFI (13)15

New sections specific to the new UEFI:

Advanced\Intel Rapid Start Technology:

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Note: So far I have not been able to get this to work. I can enable it in UEFI. I can use ASRock’s own software to make a hidden partition. But I cannot install the Intel driver. It says “Platform not supported”.

Platform_not_supported.-2012-04-21_13.51.50

Advanced\Intel Smart Connect Technology

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I don’t have anything to test feature with. Sad smile

 

Anyways, I wonder why they pulled this version. Maybe it is not complete. As far as stability goes, this beta BIOS is top notch. Further, the cold boot speed is almost identical, but warm boot speed is super fast.

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