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madcratebuilder
Level 10
Should I update bios 1302? I have the new build up, new build bugs worked out. Three sleeved commercial cables from a well known retailer bad, one with a bad 24 pin connection, 1 fan extension does not supply voltage and a molex extension with the 5 & 12 volt wires reversed.

I'm running at default with a minor mem oc, 9590, raid0, r9 280x. I generally do not do firmware upgrades unless I'm attempting to correct a specific problem. Should I leave well enough alone?
Speedbird 9590@5.1/CHVFZ/8gb G Skill@2133/ASUS R9-280X all on EK blocks controlled with Aquaero 6 Pro

Goonybird 8350@4.6/GA990FXAUD3/16gb Corsair@1600/Crossfired Sapphire 7990's cooled with CM 240L XSPC res
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mrazster
Level 7
Well...that really depends on your point of view !

Some people thinks that "don´t try to fix things that aren´t broken...and if everything works as should, out of the box, than leave it at that.
Personaly I´m always trying to be as updated as possible with all software...however before updating I usally do a quick google just to make sure there arn´t any major bugs reported.

So my advice is stay updated with the software of your beloved hardware !

TheNerdBench
Level 10
madcratebuilder you really make a case for why you should benchtest a system first. You also make a good case why NOT use "extension" cables...mis-pinned cables could of caused smoke and fire if that would of been on the main ATX power cable!

Before I upgrade the BIOS I always make sure to have a copy of a "working" bios on a flash drive just in the event that some goes wrong during the flashing process or the newly release BIOS has "problems".

In my computer hardware class (I'm an instructor at tech college) I teach only to upgrade the BIOS to (as I share mrazster's insight as well)
1) new CPU support
2) resolve a bug issue
3) support new new features of built-in hardware

With that said most of us who build our own systems are not the average users and try to squeeze every ounce of performance so I think most people who have our M/B will upgrade to the most current version. Again it goes to what I've posted on this subject before...it is all about how/what you want out of your system.

Sorry for the long winded response 🙂

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madcratebuilder
Level 10
Thanks guys, I think I'll run 1302 for a while and get to know this new box. Then a upgrade would be noticeable...maybe. I'm pleased with this board so far. It handles memory much better than my GA board. Other than my self inflicted wounds it's great.
Speedbird 9590@5.1/CHVFZ/8gb G Skill@2133/ASUS R9-280X all on EK blocks controlled with Aquaero 6 Pro

Goonybird 8350@4.6/GA990FXAUD3/16gb Corsair@1600/Crossfired Sapphire 7990's cooled with CM 240L XSPC res

TheNerdBench
Level 10
The take-away on this is that we generally learn from our mistakes 🙂 At least you didn't "brick" the board so don't be too hard on yourself. Keep asking questions too 🙂

Enjoy the board and keep learning 🙂

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MB: Crosshair V Formula-Z • CPU: FX-8350 • GPU: Asus Matrix R9 280x • RAM: 8GB of Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer (1866)• PSU: Thermaltake DPS Thoughpower 750 Watt • CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio Advanced • Keyboard: TT Sports Challanger Ultimate • Mouse: TT Sports Black Element • Case: Thermaltake GT Level 10


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