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Can someone confirm if this is ok..

Daytrader
Level 11

I have the STRIX Z790-H and 13900K, and i am on bios 1303, that bios came with  intel ME version16.1.27.2176, i don't want to update to bios 1402 yet, so in my download section for my motherboard, can i still use the latest chipset drivers  V101196008418 for Windows 11 21H2 64-bit.(WHQL), and latest ME drivers Intel ME Consumer V2334.5.1.0 (SW 2335.5.26.0), or do i have to use old chipset and old ME drivers to match this bios and ME firmware ? and if i do have to use the old drivers, how do i know what drivers to use, thx

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JohnAb
Level 17

Just my opinion, but I think you'll be OK to update the chipset drivers and leave ME Firmware and BIOS where they are. In fact, you can update ME firmware as well (and run a newer version) before the BIOS, but if you are not going to update the BIOS, then probably not much to be gained by doing that.

However, I would recommend backing up your OS drive so that you can easily restore it if anything gives a problem. Something like Macrium Reflect (free) is good for doing that. 

Z690 Hero, BIOS 3401, MEI 2406.5.5.0, ME Firmware 16.1.30.2361, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 23H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.

Thx for your reply, i use Macrium Reflect and its great, so i can use latest ME drivers also then ? thx

All I can say is that ME firmware can be updated before (it should be installed before the BIOS anyway) the BIOS. So yes, should be OK, I was just saying that if not planning on updating the BIOS, perhaps there is no advantage, but it should be fine to do so. 

Z690 Hero, BIOS 3401, MEI 2406.5.5.0, ME Firmware 16.1.30.2361, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 23H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.

Thx for reply again, i mean this ME drivers Intel ME Consumer V2334.5.1.0, not the ME firmware as thats done when i updated bios this time.

OK, if you're mot updating the ME firmware either, then probably not much point in updating the ME Consumer V2334.5.1.0 drivers, but should do no harm. 

Z690 Hero, BIOS 3401, MEI 2406.5.5.0, ME Firmware 16.1.30.2361, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 23H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.

Ok, thx for your reply and help again, cheers