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#1 [OFFER] Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 mod BIOS by Phoenix48 21.08.2016 18:50

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Warning: This is for the Asus Crosshair V Formula and NOT for the Asus Crosshair V Formula Z. (C5F is a .rom bios and C5FZ is a .CAP bios, so it won't flash anyway even if you mismatch them)

This is the latest Asus BIOS v1703 with the the following improvements:

Changelog (Original -----> Update):

[Updated] - CPU microcodes all updated to the latest (Last check 2021-03-19):

CPU microcodes:

Before update:

╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗
║ AMD ║
╟────┬──────────┬──────────┬────────────┬───────┬──────────┬──────╢
║ # │ CPUID │ Revision │ Date │ Size │ Offset │ Last ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 1 │ 00100F40 │ 01000085 │ 2008-05-01 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x34208C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 2 │ 00100FA0 │ 010000BF │ 2010-02-17 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x3435FC │ No ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 3 │ 00100F62 │ 010000C7 │ 2010-03-11 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x344414 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 4 │ 00100F43 │ 010000C8 │ 2010-03-11 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x344FD4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 5 │ 00100F41 │ 010000C6 │ 2010-03-11 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x3457D4 │ No ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 6 │ 00680F00 │ 06000017 │ 2010-10-29 │ 0x980 │ 0x349B4C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 7 │ 00680F01 │ 0600011F │ 2011-02-27 │ 0x980 │ 0x34A4D4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 8 │ 00600F10 │ 06000425 │ 2011-04-08 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34AE5C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 9 │ 00600F11 │ 0600050D │ 2011-06-27 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34B884 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 10 │ 00600F20 │ 0600081C │ 2012-07-11 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34C2A4 │ No ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 11 │ 00600F12 │ 06000629 │ 2012-07-09 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34D2A4 │ No ║
╚════╧══════════╧══════════╧════════════╧═══════╧══════════╧══════╝

After update:

╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗
║ AMD ║
╟────┬──────────┬──────────┬────────────┬───────┬──────────┬──────╢
║ # │ CPUID │ Revision │ Date │ Size │ Offset │ Last ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 1 │ 00100F40 │ 01000085 │ 2008-05-01 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x34208C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 2 │ 00100FA0 │ 010000DC │ 2011-10-24 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x3435FC │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 3 │ 00100F62 │ 010000C7 │ 2010-03-11 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x344414 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 4 │ 00100F43 │ 010000C8 │ 2010-03-11 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x344FD4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 5 │ 00100F41 │ 010000DB │ 2011-10-24 │ 0x3C0 │ 0x3457D4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 6 │ 00680F00 │ 06000017 │ 2010-10-29 │ 0x980 │ 0x349B4C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 7 │ 00680F01 │ 0600011F │ 2011-02-27 │ 0x980 │ 0x34A4D4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 8 │ 00600F10 │ 06000425 │ 2011-04-08 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34AE5C │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 9 │ 00600F11 │ 0600050D │ 2011-06-27 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34B884 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 10 │ 00600F20 │ 06000852 │ 2018-02-06 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34C2A4 │ Yes ║
╟────┼──────────┼──────────┼────────────┼───────┼──────────┼──────╢
║ 11 │ 00600F12 │ 0600063E │ 2018-02-07 │ 0xA20 │ 0x34D2A4 │ Yes ║
╚════╧══════════╧══════════╧════════════╧═══════╧══════════╧══════╝

[Updated] - OROM AMD RAID MISC 4392 v3.2.1540.6 -----> v3.3.1540.19

[Updated] - OROM AMD RAID MISC 4393 v3.3.1540.17 -----> v3.3.1540.19

[Updated] - EFI AMD RAID v1.0.0.17 -----> v1.0.0.49

[Updated] - EFI AMD Utility v1.0.0.17 -----> v1.0.0.49

[Updated] - OROM LAN Intel Boot Agent GE v1.3.51 -----> v1.5.89

[Updated] - ASMedia 106x AHCI ROM v0.93 -----> ASMedia 106x AHCI ROM v0.97

[Added] - -----> SAMSUNG_M2_DXE (New feature) Added support for AHCI boot from SSD with PCIe

[Added] - -----> NvmExpressDxe_4 (New feature) Added support for NVMe boot from SSD with PCIe

[Fixed] - -----> AMD AHCI ROM v3.3.2.0 for DEV_4391 (Missing module added) The module was missing in the original BIOS for the device 4391


Notes:

- ASMedia SATA ROM was updated to v0.97 instead of v3.80 or v4.27 because of the following reasons: v3.80 and v4.27 are not working properly on the Crosshair V Formula because the chip is not made for that at all. Suffice to say here the proof being that the module won't post at startup. Rather than to write a long explanation of all the differences between v0.xx and v3.xx (or v4.xx) and why the latter ones are not the appropriate versions to use here, i refer you to this post that explain all of it in details very well.

- The addition of the missing module AMD AHCI ROM v3.3.2.0 for DEV_4391, if you use your system in AHCI mode, should give you an noticeable improvement in startup time of up to 13 seconds for Windows.


Which Bios i am currently using:

- I am currently using the AGESA v1.5.0.0 v17 untill i can find a way to fix the Cool & Quiet feature and the video card memory reporting glitch in Radeon settings that appear in all the other AGESA versions.


It seems that the latest AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.7 in v5 is causing the Cool and Quiet feature to not work at all (Thanks to Davey for reporting the issue) so the CPU is not downclocking when not in use.

UPDATE: After having many reports that the overclock feature is not working with the v1.5.0.2 in v5 (Thanks to everyone who to took the time to report it), i decided to put back the original v1.5.0.0. This is the only version where everything is working as expected. As a consequence of this and to simplify things, here are the latest developments:

I made 2 new v6 versions trying to make a true integration the AGESA v1.5.0.2 into the Bios. V6.1a and v6.1b are in beta test and it was found that the Cool & Quiet feature is not working and the system amount of memory is not reported right in the AMD radeon settings of an AMD video card. These 2 problems are present with the AGESA v1.5.0.7 v6 Hybrid. The v1.5.0.2 is simpler for me to try to integrate in the bios for testing. If i can make a successfull integration without any bugs, i will try to do the same with the agesa v1.5.0.7 if possible.

Meanwhile, the v1.5.0.7 Hybrid version remains for anyone wishing to try it.


>CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.ROM with AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.0 mod v17 (2021-03-19)< Status: Stable. No problem detected.

>CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.ROM with AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.2 mod v6.1a (2018-03-04)< Status: Beta. Cool and Quiet feature not working. System memory amount reporting glitch in Radeon settings for AMD video card.

>CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.ROM with AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.2 mod v6.1b (2018-03-04)< Status: Beta. Cool and Quiet feature not working. System memory amount reporting glitch in Radeon settings for AMD video card.

>CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.ROM with AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.2 mod v7 (2018-08-03)< Status: Beta. Please report if the same problems as in the v6.1x are still present or not.

>CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.ROM with AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.7 mod v6 Hybrid (2018-03-04)< Status: Beta. Hybrid without a true integration of the AGESA 1.5.0.7. Bios fully updated in preparation for a future complete integration. Cool and Quiet feature not working. System memory amount reporting glitch in Radeon settings for AMD video card. Waiting for v1.5.0.2 test results before further development.

As for the difference between AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.0 and v1.5.0.2 or v1.5.0.7, as far as i know, only AMD truly knows and keep it secret, but we can assume at least some bugs for BIOS stability were corrected and devices initialisation at boot should be faster. For those who don't know: For the Crosshair V Formula, the AGESA is in at least 2 modules. First, the AGESA driver itself is responsible for the order and how all the different modules are loaded when the bios is started and it seems a good theory to assume that a newer version can possibly make the bios initialize faster, even if there is not much chance that the increase in speed would be perceptible. Second, a different AGESA module is responsible for which CPU microcode is chosen and initialized and how it is managed. A true integration of a new AGESA version can not be achieved by updating only the driver even if it can often work without updating the second part that is managing the CPU microcodes. Again, it seems a good theory that a new version can possibly make the initialization of the CPU microcode faster and, maybe, make the way the CPU microcode is managed more stable but, here again, there is not much chance that it will be perceptible by a user. So why bother changing the AGESA version? For the same reason as any other modules: Because any increase in speed and stablility are adding up one on top of the others and, in the end, it usually become perceptible.


ALSO RECOMMENDED: Update your ASMedia ASM-1042 USB 3.0 firmware: WARNING: Somehow, some motherboards ended up with ASM-1042A instead of the regular ASM-1042 chipset. DO NOT flash the ASM-1042 firmware if you have ASM-1042A and vice versa. This would likely result with the loss of your 2 USB 3.0 ports and it may even brick your ASM-1042(A) chipset. To know for sure which one you have, follow the instructions in this spoiler:

1- Open your PC and look for the model number on the chipset on the motherboard itself. If need be, download and use the motherboard user manual to find where the 2 chips are located.)

2- Download the firmware version according to the model you read on the chipset.

3- Make an additional verification by using the /A command with the flasher to create a dump of the original ASM firmware in your current chipset. (This has the additional benefice that it can also be use to flash this back-up of the old firmware back if anything goes wrong later during the flash process.)

4- Open the dump file with HxD Editor (Usually something like DE0_0232.BIN) to see the number on the top. Here is what you can find:

U2104_RCFG = ASM-1042
or
2104B_RCFG = ASM-1042A

If everything is right and you downloaded the right firmware version according to the answers you got, you are now ready to update the firmware by flashing the new version.

In extremely rare case, the model may be different on the chipset compared to what you read in the file with HxD Editor. If this is the case, your best bet is to flash according to the model in HxD Editor.

Last advice: Never "force" a flash. Unless you really know what you are doing and why you are doing it. If you have to force a firmware update, it is because you are "forcing" the wrong firmware into the chipset. Be very aware of that.


[Changed] - ASM-1042 Firmware v110322_00_02_32 -----> ASM-1042 Firmware v130125_00_02_00 (This will fix random device disconnect and hanging)

You can download the new ASM-1042 firmware here: >ASMedia Firmware v130125_00_02_00 for ASM-1042<

If you have an ASM-1042A chipset, download this firmware update instead:

[Changed] - ASM-1042A Firmware v130704_10_02_01 -----> ASM-1042A Firmware v140124_10_10_04 (This should help to increase transfer speed)

You can download the new ASM-1042A firmware here: >ASMedia Firmware v140124_10_10_04 for ASM-1042A<


A GOOD HABIT TO HAVE: Because any flashing of the BIOS is a risky thing for so many reasons, it is a good habit to have to take a preventive measure before doing it. Among the many reasons a flash can go wrong, there are the chances, no matter how small they are, that there is a loss of power during the flashing process or simply that the bios got corrupted by the download process without you knowing it. The Crosshair V Formula, unfortunately, don't have the Asus Flashback feature or a double BIOS chipset. But it has a recovery program embeded in the BIOS that kicks in when it detects any corruption in the bios at startup. A good habit to have is to always be ready to use that fonctionality before flashing any new Bios. To do so is simple: Take a known working version of your bios and rename it C5F.ROM and put it in the main directory of a USB key (Not sure if FAT32 formating is required). If you wish, you can even put it side by side with the new one you are trying to flash and have both on the the same USB key. The goal here is for you to know that the recovery mode exist and will try to look for a file name C5F.ROM. One last thing you also should know: The recovery mode will try to search for the file but may not be very good in finding it. If this happen to you, unplug everything not esential for the recovery mode to find other than your USB key (which is ideally plugged in a USB 2.0 port) like all the other HDD, SDD, CD-ROM, etc. Then it should find it.


Note for those who open the Bios with UEFITool: You will notice that UEFITool always report this error for one of the raw file inside the Bios: "parseBios: one of volumes inside overlaps the end of data". This is normal and it was like that even in the original Bios. It is because the RAW file has a volume header inside, which is then used by the firmware in case header recovery is needed for some reason. But the RAW file itself is too small to fit that volume, and that's why UEFITool reports it. So please ignore this message, nothing needs to be done for this file.

If you like my BIOS mod and want to help me in providing always the latest BIOS update then please consider making a donation to my PayPal account: https://paypal.me/Phoenix61228

#2 RE: CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703 modded BIOS by thurask 21.08.2016 20:55

Might as well put up my Crosshair V Formula 1703 mod:

* Updated RAID OROM (3.3.1540.19/1.0.0.49), LAN OROM (1.5.79) and Asmedia 106X OROM (3.80) with UBU

* Updated CPU Microcode with hex editor + BIOS Extractor Tool (comparison screenshots)

Works well on Debian sid + FX-8350.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3f5SP...ejhac2pDQ3l2NVk


#3 RE: CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703 modded BIOS by Stickmode 19.11.2016 17:30

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Hi, this is for both Phoenix48 and Thurask. I have a Crosshair V Formula Z wich is similar to this motherboard. I'm a little bit confused, do the AMD CPU microcodes are stored inside the AGESA module?, if so, Why not just replace the AGESA module instead to patch the microcodes?, When you replace the AGESA module for an updated version it has to be from a board bios with the same chipset (AMD 990FX or 970)?, and last but not less, could you explain step by step the procedure to patch the microcode?


Thank you!!

#4 RE: CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703 modded BIOS by Phoenix48 23.11.2016 10:03

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It would be hard for me to answer all your questions because i took an already updated CPU microcodes BIOS version and simply built on it. So even with all the research i made, i don't even know myself yet where are the microcodes in an AMD BIOS. It is still a mystery to me. I only know where it is in an INTEL BIOS.

As for the AGESA module and microcodes, i can tell you for sure that i didn't lost my updated microcodes after upgrading the AGESA module. But was it because they weren't there or because the new AGESA module was also already updated? I just don't know because i am not that good yet. My guess is it is because they were not there and are somewhere else but i would not bet all in on it.

I know enough to tell you this: I think the AGESA module is one of the most dangerous thing to play with. Because it controls the order things are loaded by the BIOS, you can NOT say that it just need the same chipset. The motherboard you take for the extraction of a new version must be almost identical and even then, there is no guaranty that everything will still work as it is supposed to. An other problem is that, more and more often, the AGESA module is deeply integrated in the BIOS (often over many modules) and that adds to complications. And, for what i read, the integration is different fo each company. The only reason it worked in this case is because the FORMULA and FORMULA Z are basically the same motherboard from the same company (Yes, the new AGESA module i used come from a FORMULA Z BIOS). I would not even dream of trying it on other motherboards with less similarity, unless you are a very good BIOS programmer that really knows what he is doing.

Since you have a Z version, my recommendation is to don't change the AGESA module. It is already the latest AND safest version in it. Any new AGESA module is playing with fire. Simply find a BIOS version with the latest microcodes and built on it like i did.

Sorry to not be able to answer more precisely all your questions...

#5 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by 3volts 07.01.2017 05:49

Hi, sorry to bump this old post but im trying to update my 1703 bios with your modded one and ASUS EZ Flash (BIOS Tool) wont recongnize it as an EFI ROM.
So how i flash it?

Thanks.

#6 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Lurkios 07.01.2017 06:15

Zitat von 3volts im Beitrag #5
Hi, sorry to bump this old post but im trying to update my 1703 bios with your modded one and ASUS EZ Flash (BIOS Tool) wont recongnize it as an EFI ROM.
So how i flash it?

Thanks.


See http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/USB_BIOS_Flashback_GUIDE/

#7 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Stickmode 07.01.2017 16:48

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Happy new year everyone, I'll ask Phoenix48: Does this Bios can be upgraded to boot M.2 SS drives?. As I did with the CF5Z Bios, I inserted both Samsung_M2.DXE & NVMeEXPRESS.DXE boot modules with MMTool so if you want to boot from a PCIe 4X connected M.2 SSD adapter, you can do it for every M.2 model in the market.
I think it could work, because this MOBO has similarities with the CF5Z.


Thank you!!

#8 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Phoenix48 08.01.2017 15:36

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Hi 3volts, if the BIOS tool EZ Flash don't recognize it as an EFI rom then verify those points:

1- Be sure you have a FORMULA motherboard and not a FORMULA Z. FORMULA use .rom BIOS file and FORMULA Z use .cap BIOS file.
2- Be sure the file downloaded properly, a bad download can introduce error in the file then it wont be recognized anymore. If in doubt, download it again.
3- Be sure to uncompress it before trying to install. You should see the CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.rom file before trying anything.

If all this is right then you should be able to select the CrosshairV-Formula-ASUS-1703.rom file using ASUS EZ Flash in the BIOS to start the update. I used it and it worked perfectly. Hope that help.

#9 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Phoenix48 08.01.2017 15:59

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Hi Stickmode, this is a good question. I think it should work as long as there is still enough free space in the BIOS to accept it. I don't think it is a problem. Unfortunately, i can't test that theory myself because i don't have any of those SSD to test the fonctionality. And i won't modify my BIOS for others to download it here, at least for now, because this thread is only for tested and fully working BIOS.

But if someone with those SSD is really interrested by that option and willing to be the tester of this, he can post a request and i can try to modify it and send it privately for testing and get the results.

With positive results, i would then post a new version of the BIOS with those new modules included.

#10 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by 3volts 15.01.2017 22:38

All that checked but no go.
The file is stored in my C: drive, should i use some usb flash drive??

Thanks!

#11 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Phoenix48 17.01.2017 03:52

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Yes, the .rom file should be on a USB flash drive when you try to use it with the ASUS EZ Flash tool in the BIOS.

#12 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Davey 03.03.2017 11:50

Hey guys, thanks for the updated BIOS, I flashed this the other day successfully which obviously reset / cleared the BIOS, so set everything back up but seems my CPU (FX-8350) will not downclock at idle or lower it's clocks any longer, even with all the power saving features enabled in BIOS and Windows, using offset CPU vCore too exactly as I used to have it

Can anyone confirm that their chip is downclocking at idle so I can rule out this BIOS being the cause and look elsewhere?

Thanks

#13 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Davey 06.03.2017 12:02

Zitat von Davey im Beitrag #12
Can anyone confirm that their chip is downclocking at idle so I can rule out this BIOS being the cause and look elsewhere?
Bump :)

#14 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Davey 16.03.2017 13:07

Zitat von Davey im Beitrag #12
Hey guys, thanks for the updated BIOS, I flashed this the other day successfully which obviously reset / cleared the BIOS, so set everything back up but seems my CPU (FX-8350) will not downclock at idle or lower it's clocks any longer, even with all the power saving features enabled in BIOS and Windows, using offset CPU vCore too exactly as I used to have it

Can anyone confirm that their chip is downclocking at idle so I can rule out this BIOS being the cause and look elsewhere?

Thanks


Final bump before flashing back to stock

#15 RE: Asus Crosshair V Formula 1703 modded BIOS by Phoenix48 18.03.2017 20:28

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Hi Davey,

I tried to test it by enabling the cool and quiet feature and see if it is downclocking at any point but it doesn't seems to do so. I have a FX-8150 so i can safely say that it is not an issue for only your CPU. Beyond that, i can only guess that it is probably a problem caused by the latest AMD AGESA OrochiPI v1.5.0.7. If you absolutely need this feature to work, i would suggest to simply change this module in the BIOS and replace it by either the v1.5.0.2 that you can find in the original Formula Z BIOS version or the v1.5.0.0 in the original Formula BIOS. That should probably fix your issue.

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