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#16 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 04.02.2021 01:04

Thank you SKyRo - your mod worked great on my board.

#17 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Kosmonaut 04.02.2021 17:09

Hello rjhwuk,
thank you. That's great.
I hope it will help me.

Thank you very much again.

Best regards
Kosmonaut

#18 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 04.02.2021 23:01

Step by Step Guide

ASUS P8Z68-V LX migrating my Windows 10 system (Boot) disk on an SSD to MVME drive without re-install or losing any data.
Modified BIOSs are available for many ASUS Z68 and P67 motherboards here [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) - many thanks to SKyRo for the work that he has generously done to provide them.

I did not update the Intel Management Engine (ME)

My System Specs -
Original BIOS Version: 4105 x64
Build Date: 07/01/2013
ASUS Motherboard: P8Z68-V LX
ME Version: 8.0.4.1441
EC Version: MBECD-0006a
South Bridge Stepping: B3
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz
Memory: 4 x 4GB Crucial DIMM

Storage
1x Crucial BX500 SSD 250GB (Scratch drive)
2x Samsung 860 EVO SSD 500GB (1 system/boot drive & 1 backup drive)
1x Kingston KC2500 M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD (NVMe)

The daily use for my PC is word processing and spreadsheets. I occasionally use video editing software so I was keen to get the best out of my PC in terms of speed that I could, but I could not justify spending much so a decent motherboard upgrade was out of the question. I had heard that NVME was a lot faster than SSD, so I thought I would give it a try. I understand that my motherboard would read and write to NVME but I wanted to be able to boot from it and not just use it for data. I do like a bit of tinkering and I find it satisfying to get this sort of thing done.

I’m no expert at computing and I generally learn only what I need to in order to achieve something, often leeching off those who do know what they’re doing. You don’t need to be an expert either. If you can get into a DOS box and run DISKPART you should be good to go.

This guide is for those with less time on their hands than I have and want to get the job done without the frustrations that I encountered. There may be other, possibly better, guides out there but I couldn’t find any.

If your System disk, (Boot Disk), is formatted MBR style then it will need to be converted to GUID Partition Table or GPT for short. A GPT disk has a main partition for your system and data and a separate drive for booting. When a MBR disk is converted both partitions are created automatically. My boot disk was MBR. If you want to check the style of your drive then you can see the setting in the disk properties, volume in computer management.

There is no guarantee that this will work on your PC and following this guide is done completely at your own risk.
Many thanks to those referenced in the guide for the work that they have put into helping me.

Summary of tasks:
Obtain the correct modified BIOS file
Update the BIOS
Apply the correct motherboard settings
Make a clone the boot disk and safeguard the original
Convert the cloned disk to GPT style partition
Check that the drive will boot
Clone the converted boot disk onto the NVME drive
Install the NVME drive
Set the NVME drive as the boot drive in the BIOS

Setting up the board
You need to download the modified BIOS. I used “10. P8Z68-V LX” provided by SKyRo here [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) and save it somewhere but try to keep it simple by storing it in the root of a drive.

Boot your PC and press Delete during the boot process and you’ll enter the BIOS setup. Go into Advanced Mode, select the Tool menu and use EZFlash to update your BIOS. Re-boot your PC and go back into Advanced Mode. Select the Advanced menu, Onboard Devices Configuration. Select the “PCI Express X16_2 slot (Black) bandwidth” and select the “4,0,0,0 X4…” option. Select the Boot tab Select “PCI ROM Priority” to “EFI Compatible…” option. The next menu item – “Option ROM Messages” should be set to “Keep Current”. Select “Save and Exit” from the BIOS and allow the PC to start up.

I used Acronis True Image for Crucial to make a clone of my Samsung Boot disk. It’s free to use for cloning if you have a Crucial SSD on your system. Other cloning software should be able to do this – I only used Crucial because I had it on my system. This took about 10 minutes but will vary with different systems. At this stage I removed my original boot disk for safe keeping together with any other disks that are not involved in the conversion process.
Using the cloned boot drive I re-booted into windows 10 opened a DOS box by typing CMD into Windows search at the bottom left of the screen and chose “Run as Administrator”.

Your boot disk needs to be of the GPT partition style. You need to know the disk number to convert and if you are in any doubt then use the DISKPART command to confirm. You can read this for further information on DISKPART and MBR2GPT https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...ment/mbr-to-gpt
Run the following commands in the DOS box – it assumes that your drive is 0 and you need to change it if yours is different.
You can check that your disk is ok to convert by running the following command.

mbr2gpt /validate /disk:0 /allowFullO
If all is ok then run the command below to convert your disk.

mbr2gpt /convert /disk:0 /allowFullO
It won’t take long to complete and should finish with a confirmation that it was successful in a few seconds.

Restart your PC and enter the BIOS settings by pressing DELETE. On the first page drag the drive that you have just converted, it’ll have the blue EUIF tag and its name will start “Windows Boot Manager…” followed by the name of your drive, to the leftmost position. Save and exit the BIOS settings and allow the system to start. Your system should boot using the newly converted drive.

Power off your PC, remove the power cord, open the cabinet, and slot your adaptor/NVME drive into the black PCIe connector. Re-connect the power cord.
Re-boot your PC into Windows 10. Using your cloning software clone your boot disk to the MVME drive. When complete re-boot and enter the BIOS by pressing the DELETE button during booting. Select the NVME drive “Windows Boot Manager (Kingston SK25…)”, the make and model of the drive will depend on your NVME drive, and drag it to the leftmost position. Use “Save and Exit” to exit and re-boot.
Your system should now be booting from your NVME drive.

Your SSD boot disk may not appear in Windows Explorer but you should be able to access it through Disk Management in Windows Computer Management if you want to check it. If you wish to clear the SSD and you have trouble doing so then follow the instructions on how to CLEAN the drive here -

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...nto-an-mbr-disk

I obtained 830MB/S read transfer rates using the CrystalDiskMark testing software using the Black socket and around half that using the blue socket. This compares with 562MB/S read transfer on a Samsung EVO SSD. These results are very satisfying and shows that many older ASUS motherboards shouldn’t be written off due to their factored limits.
Best of luck.

#19 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 06.02.2021 15:19

I just wonder something now. Those mainboard have PCI-Express 2.0. MVNE SSDs will be limited by this right?

#20 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Fernando 06.02.2021 15:34

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@Mambobuzzz: Yes, but the performance will nevertheless be much better than with a SATA connected SSD.

#21 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 06.02.2021 16:40

I've just had a try. Connected a crucial P2 over a PCI-E adapter. I'm having a third of the regular performance of it. :-( Almost the same as a regular SATA SSD. So not really worth it.

#22 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 07.02.2021 14:12

You are welcome - let me know how you get on.

#23 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 07.02.2021 14:22

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Mine is PCIe 2 and it gives a read transfer rate of around 820mbs. If your drive is the sata type (2 slots in the connector) then you wont get the same speeds as the NVMe (Single slot) drive.

#24 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 07.02.2021 14:54

Hi,

I bought this drive: https://www.amazon.de/gp/aw/d/B086BGWNY8...g?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With this adapter:
https://www.amazon.de/Tiamu-Adapter-Schl...z/dp/B07WV9JBHG

So MVNE right?

Is the motherboard the bottleneck of it all?

I get 600mb/s where you get 800mb/s for example...

#25 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 07.02.2021 17:04

Zitat von Mambobuzzz im Beitrag #24
Hi,

I bought this drive: https://www.amazon.de/gp/aw/d/B086BGWNY8...g?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With this adapter:
https://www.amazon.de/Tiamu-Adapter-Schl...z/dp/B07WV9JBHG

So MVNE right?

Is the motherboard the bottleneck of it all?

I get 600mb/s where you get 800mb/s for example...


Yes, that's NVMe. Is your motherboard/memory the same as mine? Have you tried different PCIe slots? I had to switch slots to get the best performance.

#26 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 07.02.2021 18:16

Sorry where do I see what you have? I've got a P8Z68V PRO. I've tried the third slot. The second is to narrow to the GPU to me.

#27 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 07.02.2021 20:03

Oh I got it. The third slot should be in x4 mode. Didn't know about this options... Will have a try.

#28 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by Mambobuzzz 07.02.2021 20:05

Thank you rjhwuk for the guide!

#29 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 07.02.2021 21:04

Zitat von Mambobuzzz im Beitrag #26
Sorry where do I see what you have? I've got a P8Z68V PRO. I've tried the third slot. The second is to narrow to the GPU to me.


My board is P8Z68-V LX. The arrangement of the PCI slots look similar to mine. My adaptor is installed on PCI 2 - the white one on your board and is black on mine.

#30 RE: [OFFER] 21 Modified BIOS for all Asus motherboards with Z68 and P67 (NVME, updated microcodes) by rjhwuk 08.02.2021 00:28

Zitat von Mambobuzzz im Beitrag #27
Oh I got it. The third slot should be in x4 mode. Didn't know about this options... Will have a try.


Let me know how you get on.

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