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Missing DIMMs, Updating BIOS, and the Destruction of RAID0

Flyprdu
Level 7
Hello everyone,

I've been a long-time Rampage_Extreme fan since my R2E purchase back in 2009. My R2E was rock solid and ran a 60% overclock for 6+ years.
So naturally, I would go with its successor when it came time to build a new PC in 2015. I became the proud owner of a Rampage 5 Extreme... and to be honest, it's been nothing but a pain in the ass.

I have had to reinstall my RAID0 drive no less than 4 times over the 5 short months I've owned this motherboard. Every time I even think about making a change to the BIOS, it will drop the array like a bad habit.

Well it all came to a head when I had a memory stick drop out for no reason. According to the R5E forums, this is common and you have to goose the voltage above XMP to get the board to recognize the DIMM. This cost me about $20 dollars in unnecessary RMA shipping with Corsair, as the memory kit was fine.

But all those resets and BIOS tweaks would break my RAID every time. Even if the BIOS would stop the boot process, it would still break the array. And yes, I would try to get back into the BIOS to change the settings back. But sometimes the boot was too fast or the keyboard was disabled. I'm sadly disappointed there aren't more safeguards built into something so critical and rudimentary for the computer system.


With my Rampage 2 Extreme, I NEVER had this sort of issue. If the RAID array went offline, it remained offline and intact until RAID was restored in the BIOS menu.

Until I get confirmation that this computer crippling bug has been fixed, I won't upgrade my BIOS anymore. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this board to my peers and friends because of the disastrous issues that have come with it. Between the memory DIMMs falling offline and RAID issues -- it has been a terrible experience.

Thanks for listening to my rant.
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Flyprdu
Level 7

jrmcdou
Level 10
Yeah the bios updates break my RAID 0 every time. I just make an Acronis image backup before I flash. I hope the new Edition 10 board doesn't have this issue with the new type of bios it uses where you create your array within the UEFI bios.
Rampage VI Extreme bios 1503
Core i9 7980XE @ 4.4ghz all cores
64 gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3600
2x RTX 2080 Ti FE NvLink/SLI
2x Samsung 970 Pro 1tb NVME
Corsair AX1600i
Corsair 1000D case
1x Dell U3818DW 38" Curved Ultrawide and 2x Dell S2716DG 27" 1ms GSYNC 2560x1440 144 hz
Win 10 Pro x64

linxeye
Level 8
I had that same experience with RAID updates. Now there's a warning when you start. Anyway due to previous painful experience I always physically unplug my 4 HDD in RAID before proceeding with flashing. You never know !

linxeye wrote:
I had that same experience with RAID updates. Now there's a warning when you start. Anyway due to previous painful experience I always physically unplug my 4 HDD in RAID before proceeding with flashing. You never know !


This is a brilliant idea. Thanks for the advice!

linxeye wrote:
I had that same experience with RAID updates. Now there's a warning when you start. Anyway due to previous painful experience I always physically unplug my 4 HDD in RAID before proceeding with flashing. You never know !

Hello

This procedure has been advised multiple times and should be followed when updating the BIOS/UEFI on any board.

linxeye
Level 8
Flyprdu wrote:
This is a brilliant idea. Thanks for the advice!


You're welcome ! Glad my wasted hours messing with BIOS updates could help 😛

Praz wrote:
This procedure has been advised multiple times and should be followed when updating the BIOS/UEFI on any board.


Never did that once with my previous X79 rig...