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  1. The Zenith II Extreme Alpha is almost identical to the original Zenith II Extreme. The newer version has a slightly higher maximum memory speed, and one or more reviews mentioned beefed up power stages. Since the price was the same for both boards, it was a little disappointing to have an improved version come up a month or so after the original. I still don't know what ASUS found out about my original motherboard, but hopefully the replacement won't have the same problems.
  2. ASUS got in touch with me about replacing the Zenith II Extreme. Because it's been replaced by the Zenith II Extreme Alpha, I'll be getting one of those in a week or two.
  3. The population density is low and pretty much everyone here wants to be in small towns and/or near the Chesapeake. It's quiet and undeveloped compared to most of the DC metro area, and the kind of people who like that tend to people who get along easily with other, similar people regardless of political affiliations or other potentially divisive details. We don't have much in the way of beaches, so it's people who enjoy being on the water in boats. Several of my neighbors are licensed charter captains, for example. There is a growing number of DC people who've discovered that they can have
  4. I grew up in Washington, DC, when it was a small southern city, so the changes are huge. However, the small town on the Chesapeake Bay where I live is still very much like an old-fashioned small town. People wave and say hello, and neighbors help each other when someone gets sick, which could be important in the next months. A lot of us have lived here for a long time because it's a beautiful area, convenient to DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, and less expensive than most areas on the Bay.
  5. Thanks. I saved the information for later. I have no idea how long it will be until ASUS send a replacement Zenith II Extreme. I've gotten the impression that the board has be replaced in the ASUS line up by the Zenith II Extreme Alpha, but I guess they must have some of the original model somewhere. However, I was already warned that parts from overseas could take a while. I just learned that I have a bunch of relatives in Texas, in the Dallas area.
  6. ASUS will be sending a replacement for the RMA Zenith II Extreme, but haven't said what was wrong with the first one. The backup memory I used on the Zenith II Extreme while Corsair was exchanging its memory only worked at 2133 Mhz on that motherboard, but has been running with no problems at 3600 Mhz/1t on the Maximus X Apex Z370 motherboard. However, that still could be a fundamental problem with the Trx40 chipset or Threadipper 3960x memory controller.
  7. ASUS will be sending me a new Zenith II Extreme. However, there's no information about what was wrong with the original one.
  8. I was able to get the tests to run, but got 'No session in progress' before the results were displayed, which is pretty standard for the past few years. However, the screen was still twice as big so I had to page down to get to the start button, I was unable to login, and the test started and ran without my being logged in. It looks like the test itself is the same as it has been, but the screen invoking it is functioning differently.
  9. Have there been recent changes to the Overdrive page? I ran most of a scan last week and it looked the same as it has for years, but tonight it has a screenful of links and you have to page down to see most of the Overdrive stuff. Then I couldn't log in until I selected the option to create a free account, which finally brought up the login and password slots on the left. However, I couldn't log in because of some setting (I forgot to write it down), although the settings haven't changed on this system since the last time I logged in.
  10. I was impressed by the reviews of the new Threadipper 3960x and 3970x and TRX40 chipset, so I replaced my ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex and Intel Core i7-8700k with a Threadripper 3960x and ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme two months ago, along with new four-channel Corsair Dominator DDR4-4266 memory in place of the two-channel Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4500 memory on the old motherboard. The initial CPU benchmark scores were exciting, as were the PCIe4 M.2 drive scores. 2d and 3d video scores didn't change much, presumably because the same Gigabyte RTX 2080 ti was used on both systems. Memory scores w
  11. Good luck. There's a lot of information about this update on the Internet. I couldn't get into Safe Mode on my PC.
  12. Thanks for the link. I saved the instructions for future reference. I copy the whole hard drive to hot swap hard drives regularly, so I can always restore the system easily. If necessary, I could boot from the backup drive, too. With mechanical drives, backing up or restoring the drive takes about 20 minutes, but now that the system is on M.2 drives, the old SSDs make it possible to backup or restore in under 10 minutes. That enabled me to restore the system to before the update process about 20 times in the past week before I finally got the update applied.
  13. I finally got KB 4532693 to install successfully. I'd downloaded the manual install file, run it, and gotten the same "Preparing Automatic Repair" message. I couldn't get into any of the advanced troubleshooting options because they all required logging on to the administrator account. I was vaguely aware that I hadn't seen an "Administrator" account in Windows 10, but a quick Internet search revealed that it is automatically created but disabled unless you specifically enable it in an administrator CMD window using "net user administrator /enable:yes". After restoring the system, I enable
  14. This is a different and more common problem: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3528771/with-a-fix-for-the-temporary-profile-bug-still-elusive-win10-1903-and-1909-customers-should-check-p.html This is the problem I'm having: https://www.windowslatest.com/2020/02/16/windows-10-kb4532693-update-is-now-causing-boot-failures/ Unfortunately, the recommended fix is to select Advanced Options and reboot in Safe Mode to uninstall the patch, but my PC won't boot into Safe Mode on either motherboard. The next alternative is System Restore, which is equivalent to my restore fr
  15. I have two hard drives with independent Windows 10 x64 operating systems. One is working fine with all Windows updates as of today, but the other goes into a 'Preparing Automatic Repair' loop every time I let Windows Update try to install KB 4532693. I've restored the hard drive over a dozen times on my Zenith II Extreme motherboard, which is going to ASUS for repair for unrelated issues, and now on my ASUS Maximus X Apex motherboard in the course of narrowing down the problem to KB 4532693, which turns out to have a history of various serious problems. I can pause Windows 10 updates, but t
  16. The Zenith II Extreme is out and I'm back up on the ASUS Maximus X Apex and Core i7-8700k, which are running with no problems. Windows 10 swapped in the Intel drivers with no complications. I'll get the Zenith II Extreme packed up and shipped to ASUS in a day or two. For some reason, ASUS wants just the motherboard returned, not its accessories, and not in its original packaging, so I have to figure out how to get it packed safely for shipment. Recent searches turned up three or four other people having the same problems with the Zenith II Extreme, so I'm not terribly optimistic
  17. The new power supply arrived this morning and the PC is up and running using it. However, all the same problems seem to be present. So far, I've seen reboots running memory at anything above 3200 MHz and drives disappearing when the system restarts (but never on a cold boot). I'm restoring the other Windows 10 system now to see if it still gets 'Preparing Automatic Repair', but I'm not optimistc. It looks as though the next step will be to contact ASUS about a motherboard RMA.
  18. I just ordered a new power supply. The current one is four years old, which isn't necessarily a problem, but I've had flaky, inconsistent processing which went away with a new power supply several times. I tried restoring the 'Preparing Automatic Repair' system on a different hard drive with a different connection to the system with the same results, so it's not the hard drive. One of the other drives intermittently disappears when the system reboots, so there are multiple issues going on. The memory is running at 2133 MHz, but if it's really bad, it could still be the problem
  19. It looks like the Corsair Dominator DDR4-4266 isn't stable at non-overclocked speeds. It had been running at 3200 MHz, which is the last non-OC value according to Zenith II Extreme specs, apparently without issues, but one of my operating systems began kicking into 'Preparing Automatic Repair' yesterday. I restored the hard drive from a back full copy and the problem went away. The system would boot successfully several times before reverting to 'Preparing Automatic Repair'. I did CHKDSK, SFC, and DISM disk scans, which found no problems after the drive was restored. Neither did Windows D
  20. That's what I used, but I was looking for the fastest 4 x 8 Gig kits available on Newegg, so the selection was more limited. It will be time consuming to research the 3600 MHz kits, but I'll also write to the manufacturer first to find out if they guarantee them at their rated speed. Even if they didn't, one 3600 GHz 4 x 8 kit I checked out cost a fifth of what the Dominator DDR4-4266 cost. I'm not sure what you're paying for if it's only guaranteed to work as well as something costing 80 percent less.
  21. I didn't know about the 3600 MHz threshold when I bought the RAM. However, Corsair wouldn't guarantee its DDR4-3600 at anything over 3200 MHz, either. I tried the RAM I have using Corsair Dominator DDR4-3600 timings and voltages, and that was unstable, too. I'm assuming that there aren't very many motherboards for which anything over 3200 MHz isn't an overclock value, which would seem to give vendors a free ride to charge high amounts for memory rated above that without any responsibility if it doesn't work. Overdrive, AIDA64, Passmark Performance Test, and other benc
  22. The PC wasn't stable booting with the Corsair DDR4-4266 memory running at anything over 3200 MHz. Corsair RMAed the memory, which took almost three weeks, and the replacement memory has the same issues struggling to boot at any timings and voltages with the clock over 3200 MHz, including the DOCP settings. Now Corsair says that anything over 2800 MHz is overclocked and they don't guarantee that it will work at higher speeds. 3200 MHz is actually the last memory speed not considered overclocked on the Zenith II Extreme, but I would not have paid four times as much for DDR4-4266 as I would ha
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