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Use BIOS 1.6 (not 2.0)
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
My Hynix memory tested perfectly, the 970-pro worked as well, but the mobo had a tendency to never ever come out of boot until I downgraded the BIOS to 1.6 (It came from the factory with 1.5, I upgraded to 2.0 after installing the AMD AIO drivers).
1.6 seems to have fixed it for now.
But how can I trust this board to not die tomorrow?
"It works" "It's dead" I was sure of both statements for weeks.
Now I don't know. It works, for now.
The Soldered-on BIOS chip, the apparently non-functional "Clear CMOS", the lack of an ability to emergency-flash BIOS, WIFI+ bluetooth do not make up for these scary missing items.
If I had a recommendation while I can still type, it would be to buy a motherboard with a removable bios chip, so that no matter how bad stuff gets, you can mail away for the fix.
I've been told that "dual-Bios" is mostly useless, but it's a great marketing thing. A pristine bios waiting in the wings, how bad could that be?
BIOS setup is easy, there are TWO manuals, a thick one and a thin one. You have to mostly spend days googling what stuff actually does, knowing what something is doesn't help a person know what to set it at, and overclockers are mostly unhelpful and insane.
It works (now) but it's left a very bad memory in my mind. Lack of trust.
I don't have a competing motherboard to point to, but one with a removable chip and dual-bios support would be a biggie for me.