In His Name, the Most High

As part of diversifying the content on my blog, being a technologist1, and given that I have recently upgraded my equipment to the AMD Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs, coupled with the X570 Chipset based motherboards, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss and explain how to perform the BIOS upgrade for my mother – which is the MSI MEG X570 ACE2.

While the BIOS upgrade procedure will generally be the same for MSI motherboards, I had found on Reddit and the MSI Forums and generally around the internet that some people were experiencing difficulties with this process; so I had created a guide that has worked for me.  I have two of these motherboards (one for myself and one for my better half who also has the same motherboard and a very similar configuration.

The process I used to update the BIOS is as follows3 – I will also give some of the settings that I configure in the BIOS at the end:

  1. Use a clean FAT32 USB 2.0 Key4
  2. Download the current BIOS for your motherboard5.  For my motherboard, this meant going to the MSI support site – https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MEG-X570-ACE – and selecting the BIOS tab (if it wasn’t already selected).  Then download the file for the most current stable BIOS version6.  In my case, the file that I would download (at the time of writing) would be the one marked as version 7C35v16.  Simply click the arrow down icon to download the BIOS file.
    MSI MEG X570 ACE BIOS download page
  3. The downloaded file will be named something along the lines of 7C35v16.zip7.  Once the file has downloaded, you will need to extract this file.  On extracting the file, you will see two files inside a folder named 7C35v168:
    1. A text file (in this case named 7C35v1x.txt)
    2. A binary file named E7C35AMS.1609
  4. This folder – that contains the two files – needs to be copied over to the USB key that you prepared in Step 1 (above).  You should place this folder in the root of the FAT32 formatted USB Key10.
  5. Once this is completed, while leaving the USB Key in your computer (ideally in a USB 2.0 port on the back of your motherboard, though it can work from any USB port, even USB 3.0/3.111; shutdown your computer fully.
  6. Once your computer has shut down, turn off your power supply at the back, wait about a minute, and then turn the power supply back on – but do not turn your computer on yet12.
  7. Now, turn your computer on, and as it turns on, keep pressing the DELETE key on your keyboard13
  8. Once your BIOS screen shows up, either press the F7 key to enter Advanced Mode (if you are not already in Advanced Mode)14.
  9. In the screen that follows, you will see an M-FLASH button (normally to the bottom left of your screen, as you look at it).  Press this button.  The system will say that it is going to boot into M-Flash (BIOS Flashing) mode.  Allow the computer to boot itself into BIOS Flashing/M-Flash mode.
  10. Once you have booted into M-Flash mode, you will be presented with a screen that shows the contents of the USB key you have plugged in.  If you do not see this, then plug the USB Key into another port – ideally a USB 2 port for maximum compatibility.  If this still doesn’t show up, go back to Step 1 and ensure that you have formatted the USB Key in FAT32 format (See Step 1) and that you have copied the extracted folder to the root of the same USB Key (See Steps 3 and 4).  If you still have problems, leave a comment here and I’ll try to help if I can.
  11. In the M-FLASH screen, select the folder that contains your BIOS file (the folder you copied across in Step 4).  Hover over, or select the binary file (in our case named E7C35AMD.160).  M-Flash will tell you the current version of BIOS that is installed on your motherboard and will tell you the version of BIOS that the file you have selected contains.  Ensure that the file contains the correct BIOS.
  12. If the chosen BIOS file version is correct and you want to continue with the BIOS Upgrade, simply press Yes in the Dialog box that appears asking if you want to flash the BIOS.
  13. NOW WAIT.
  14. NO REALLY WAIT.
  15. NO NOTHING, PRESS NOTHING, WATCH YOUR SCREEN AS THE BIOS UPGRADE STARTS AND THE PROGRESS METER UPDATES.
  16. JUST WAIT, SERIOUSLY, WAIT
  17. Once the BIOS Upgrade has completed, the system will reboot.  DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING.  DO NOTHING.  JUST WATCH THE SCREEN AND LET IT REBOOT.
  18. The computer might boot cycle a couple of times, this is to allow the CPU, Memory and other peripherals and components to be “trained” and configured correctly.  PRESS NOTHING.
  19. DO NOT TRY TO GET INTO THE BIOS OR DO ANYTHING WHILE THE COMPUTER IS IN THIS STATE.  JUST WAIT – IT WON’T BE LONG – I PROMISE!
  20. BE PATIENT, THIS MIGHT TAKE A FEW MINUTES – JUST WAIT.
  21. Once the computer has successfully booted into your Operating System (log in screen or desktop depending on your configuration).  Login (if required), and just make sure everything is okay.  You’re not done yet, this is just a sanity check, we’ll be going back into the BIOS momentarily.
  22. Once you are sure the computer seems to be working fine.  Reboot, and as it reboots, press the DELETE key15 to enter the BIOS.
  23. Once you are back in the BIOS, you can make any tweaks that you require to optimize your setup as per your preferences.  As a quick starter, the settings that I tend to modify are as follows16:
    1. Enable A-XMP for Memory
    2. Set Boot Mode to UEFI (not CSM or Legacy)
    3. Enable Erp Ready
    4. Enable Wake on USB
    5. Enable AMD Cool’n’Quiet
    6. SVM Enable (Enable virtualization)
    7. Set custom fan curves for all my installed fans – including CPU and case fans as applicable.
  24. Once you have completed your BIOS changes, you can save your settings and reboot.
  25. Again, after changing BIOS settings, your computer might boot cycle a couple of times, this is normal; let it do its thing.
  26. Once you are in the operating system again, login (if required) and ensure all is working well.
  27. Safely eject the USB Key with the BIOS image and keep it in a safe place, ready for use the next time you need to update your BIOS.
  28. Congratulations!  You have successfully updated your BIOS to a more recent and stable version.  Happy Computing!

Finally, as mentioned, here are the configurations for both my computer and my wife’s AMD Ryzen Workstations:

Shabbir’s Workstation (DOLDOL):

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12A 60.09 CFM CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 ACE ATX AM4 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
  • Storage: Addlink S70 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD R/W 3400/3000MB/s Internal Solid State Drive
  • Storage: SanDisk Ultra II 960 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Seagate 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
  • Storage: Toshiba 2 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card
  • Case: Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion+ 860 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120 RGB LED 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120 RGB LED 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans
  • Case Fan: Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Monitor: AOC Q3279VWF 31.5″ 2560×1440 75 Hz Monitor
  • Monitor: AOC Q3279VWF 31.5″ 2560×1440 75 Hz Monitor
  • Monitor: AOC Q3279VWF 31.5″ 2560×1440 75 Hz Monitor
  • Keyboard: MSI VIGOR GK80 Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: MSI Clutch GM60 Wired Optical Mouse
  • Microphone: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver
  • Webcam: Logitech C925e Pro Full HD 1080p Auto-Focus USB Webcam with Omni-Directional Microphones
  • Speaker: ELEGIANT PC Speaker, SR200 Wired Computer Speakers Portable Home theatre-stereo Soundbar Speaker USB Soundbar

Fatema’s Workstation (ZULJANAH):

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12A 60.09 CFM CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 ACE ATX AM4 Motherboard
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
  • Storage: SanDisk Ultra II 480 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Toshiba 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X Video Card
  • Case: Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion+ 860 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120 RGB LED 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120 RGB LED 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Case Fan: Corsair LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans
  • Case Fan: Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM 60.1 CFM 120 mm Fan
  • Monitor: LG 34UM68 34.0″ 2560×1080 75 Hz Monitor
  • Keyboard: MSI VIGOR GK80 Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: MSI Clutch GM60 Wired Optical Mouse
  • Webcam: Logitech C925e Pro Full HD 1080p Auto-Focus USB Webcam with Omni-Directional Microphones
  • Speaker: Xenta Monitor 2.0ch Soundbar

That’s all for now.  I will be adding more tech-related content, both this sort of HOWTO, as well as possibly developer-related stuff, as well as my usual style of articles on Islam and politics over time.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and have a wonderful day.

Peace <3

 

 

 

Footnotes

  1. I’m a software engineer by trade, and a PC enthusiast as a hobby
  2. Full product details can be found at https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-X570-ACE/Overview
  3. If you are using this guide, please be sure to follow this process carefully.  Having said that what I scribe here is provided as-is, and no warranty or guarantee explicit or implicit is provided.  You update your BIOS at your own risk.
  4. Make sure this is empty and has been formatted to FAT32.  There are many guides on how to do this, for example, https://www.maketecheasier.com/format-usb-drives-windows-10
  5. In this case I will be showing how to download the BIOS for the MSI MEG X570 ACE, but as mentioned the same pretty much applies for most MSI motherboards
  6. I tend to steer clear of using Beta BIOS versions on my primary workstation – or to be honest, on any workstation, unless there is a pressing feature that I need, or if the last stable BIOS wasn’t stable – an unlikely scenario in reality
  7. Off course the filename depends on the version being downloaded, but it will generally be a zip file
  8. Again the name of the folder will depend on the version being downloaded and the board for which you are downloading the BIOS image
  9. The exact file name will vary depending on the version being downloaded and the motherboard that you are downloading the BIOS image for.
  10. I tend to have a USB key set aside purely for BIOS images, so that when I need to do BIOS upgrades to any of my computers, I have a single goto USB key, that I can copy the images over to
  11. Though with a USB 2 port you are less likely to encounter problems or issues, so better to be safe in my opinion
  12. This step is optional, but it’s a step that I have always followed
  13. All MSI boards – in my experience, and I’ve used a number of MSI boards – use the DELETE key to enter the BIOS, other board vendors may have another key that needs to be used, check your motherboard manual for details on how to enter your BIOS, and press that key
  14. Again, please note this is specific for the MSI Click BIOS
  15. See note 13
  16. On an MSI BIOS, in Advanced Mode – F7 – you can search for each of the terms that I’ve listed below to find them and configure them

Written by Shabbir Hassanally

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