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GIGABYTE has the same problem as ASUS with Z790 cards and SSDs

The ASUS problem is spreading as motherboards continue to reach their users and unfortunately it is no longer limited to this brand. And it is that the exact same problem that the company suffers in its main rival in the market has been reported. Also, it’s no longer in the Z690, but GIGABYTE has the SSD problem in the new Z790. What is the motive? There is a solution ?

Well, there’s a good part of that and a bad part. The good news is that there seems to be a solution and it’s quite simple, although it’s not offered yet and it may take a while to arrive, the bad news is that it seems that the problem is is spreading and will spread to a greater number of users.

GIGABYTE and the problem of Z790 motherboards and SSDs

History repeats itself, at least in more than half of them, since last Thursday we already reported that many users from different forums and another analyst reported Performance issues on Raptor Lake and its Core 13 with ASUS cards. Specifically, the Z690 chipset was discussed and something quite curious was the fact that these issues arose after installing a new BIOS to provide support and improvements.

The number of motherboard models was growing and the problem still appeared in the update, so it seemed like everything was more or less limited. Well, it now turns out that GIGABYTE has the exact same problem with the same modus operandi, which has already set off alarm bells, as they are now the two largest motherboard manufacturers in the world.

The mismatching factor is the chipset because now GIGABYTE has issues with SSDs but not in Z690 but in Z790. The reason may have been discovered.

The F3a BIOS is the cause of the problems, the reason comes from Intel

GIGABYTE Z790 SSD problem

That’s right, this BIOS version for the Z790 AORUS Elite AX have the same problem this ROG Z690 HERO: the slot M2_1 It does not work, it seems dead after the update and logically it does not detect the SSD which is present.

In principle and according to what is read on the GIGABYTE site, this BIOS dated 4 days ago only has two improvements:

  • Checksum: 007E
  • Add “Instant 6GHz” profile in CPU upgrade option (supports i9-13900K only)

So there’s not much understanding of what’s going on here. If we look at the changes in the BIOS 2103 of the ASUS ROG Z690 HERO We already know where the problems are coming from. There are three major changes in this release:

GIGABYTE Z790 SSD problem

  • Improve system overclocking stability on 13th Gen Intel processors.
  • Update microcode for 13th generation Intel processors.
  • Update microcode for 12th generation Intel processors.

That is, two microcode updates and a stability improvement. The two BIOSes are only a day apart, so it’s understood that they contain new Intel microcode for both chipsets. The main assumption is that the same version of MEI is distributed and this leaves the M2_1 directly connected to the CPU.

The solution, if it allows, is to revert to the previous version of the BIOS and wait for this to be fixed, as it is not a disabled setting per se. ASUS is aware of the issue, GIGABYTE is probably already fixing it, so please be patient and wait, as Intel is the only one who can fix the issue by new firmware and MEI.

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