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Update Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD firemware

A few days ago, my desktop promoted that one firmware needs to be updated. It is a Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD.  Almost nine months ago, I did a speed test on this SSD.

Now, after the update, I did the test again and see the difference.

First, the firmware update notice is on the Samsung Magician software.

Windows 10 notification

Update Samsung Firmware

So now the Firmware of My Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe 250GB SSD is updated from 1B2QEXM7 to 2B2QEXM7.

Drive Details of 970 EVO Plus

The first test is run on the old AS SSD Benchmark 1.8.5636.37293. All others are the same as before.

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Change Logs of the BIOS of B450M DS3H

I mentioned the upgrade of the motherboard BIOS, B450M DS3H rev1.0. But I forgot to describe the difference and changes.

1) There is no need to go into the BIOS settings to do anything. I just restart the computer to make the new BIOS work.

2) Change Logs

F50

  1. Update AMD AGESA 1.0.0.4 B
  2. Improve system boot time
  3. Improve RAID function compatibility
  4. Improve PCIe device compatibility

F42h

  1. Update AGESA 1.0.0.3 ABBA
  2. Improve Destiny 2 gaming compatibility
  3. Correction of PCIe Gen4 being disabled when using a 3rd Gen Ryzen (Matisse) CPU due to this AGESA

F41

  1. Update AGESA 1.0.0.3 AB
  2. Improve M.2 SSD compatibility

F40

  1. Update AGESA 1.0.0.2 for next Gen. AMD Ryzen™ CPUs full support

F32

  1. Improve USB device compatibility
  2. Improve Q-Flash compatibility

F31

  1. Improve USB compatibility

F30

  1. Update AGESA 0.0.7.2 for Athlon 200-series (Raven2) APU and further new CPU support
  2. Improve USB compatibility

F4

  1. Improve USB device compatibility

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Upgrade B450M DS3H BIOS to latest F50

It is my desktop PC‘s motherboard. Gigabyte B450M DS3H. This post focus on its BIOS.

The original BIOS version shipped with the MB is F4. From my old post, you can see it.

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

 

Before I upgrade it today, it is already F42.

B450M DS3H F42B Bios

I can not remember when I upgraded it. So just forget it. I am going to show you how I upgrade the BIOS from F42b to F50.

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Speed test with Shaw Speedtest

The Internet Service Provider I use is CIK Telcom. It is a virtual ISP. The connection is cable, actually from Shaw cable facility.

I did the speed test a long time ago, in 2008.

# Up to 5 Mbps download speed
# Up to 512 Kbps upload speed

Now, my connection plan is 25Mbps download and 2.5Mbps upload.

Let me use the Shaw Speedtest tool to check the speed now.

It is 23.3Mbps download and 1.7Mbps upload. Quite normal, because it is through Modem, router, Wifi. At the same time, there are about more than 5 devices still online now.

So the speed is acceptable.

I almost forget the link of the Shaw cable speed test url. https://speedtest.shaw.ca/

High CPU usage on Dell Inspiron 5570

It is in November 2019. There is a laptop, Dell Inspiron 5570. It is my mother in law’s laptop. Recently she found it is so slow and ask my help.

I connected this laptop through Teamviewer. I checked the CPU usage and found it is so high and the temperature is also high.

It is above 90 degrees.  The CPU usage is 100%. The top two are Intel PROSet/Wireless Event log service and Intel PROSet/Wireless Zero Configure Service.

 

 

 

The Windows 10 was upgraded to the latest one. build 1909.

I have to check the problem on Google and Dell community.

Actually I found the answer.

Excessive power and CPU usage for Intel(R) Proset/Wireless Services on Inspiron 5570 after Win10 update KB4511552

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USB Front Panel for PC

My PC case has a front panel. Including two USB 2.0 ports, one MIC port, and one earphone port. It is not enough. It is not fast enough.
The motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H has F_USB30 and F_USB1 and F_USB2.

I can get a USB front panel and connect it to the motherboard. Then I can use the USB 3.0 and 2.0 together front the front easily.
Let’s have a look at some pictures.

B450M DS3H top view

 

Hard to find the ports. Look at the manual below.

Motherboard USB

 

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XiaoMi MiBox 3 Enhanced

I bought this set-top-box three years ago. It is Mi Box 3, enhanced edition.

It cost me RMB399. Free shipping to my Chinese address.

White color looks nice. Moden design. Not black anymore.

Here is the specification.

  • Rom: 8GB eMMC 5.0
  • Ram: 2GB LPDDR3
  • CPU: MT8693
  • Output resolution: 4K(3840×2160)
  • GPU: Power VR GX6250
  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Video format support: FLV, MOV, AVI, MKV, TS, M2TS, MP4, 3GP, MPEG, OGM
  • Audio format support: MP3, APE, FLAC, AAC, OGG
  • Photo format support: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
  • Decoder format: HD MPEG1/2/4, H.264, H.265, Xvid/Divx4/5/6
  • Wifi: 2.4GHz/5GHz, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Blue-tooth: Bluetoothn 4.1+EDR(enhanced data rate)
  • Interface: HDMI 2.0, USB 2.0

 

 

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UGreen Bluetooth adapter 4.0

It is a new Bluetooth adapter which supports Bluetooth v4.0.

Let’s have a look at the package first. Oh, no. I still want to see the difference between Bluetooth 4.0 and its previous generation, such as v3.0, etc.

Bluetooth Specs

The specification of the adapter I got as below:

  • Chip model: CSR8510
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Data transfer frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Data transfer rate: up to 3Mbps
  • Operation range: up to 20 meters
  • Support USB 2.0 A male port
  • Support protocol: HFP1.5, HSP1.2, AVRCP1.4, A2DP1.2, FTP1.1
  • Compliant with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

The Package Content:

  • USB Bluetooth Adapter
  • Driver CD
  • Manual
  • Warranty Card

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AS SSD Benchmark Test on Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD

I did a little bit test on my new Samsung  970 EVO Plus  NVMe 250GB SSD.

After I installed the new Samsung SSD and migrate the system disk to it. The default NVMe driver is Windows 10 builtin driver.

Microsoft Standard NVM Express Controller

Driver version: 10.0.18362.1

Driver date: 6/21/2006

Standard NVM Express Controller

 

It can be confirmed on the Samsung Magician software. Under NVMe Driver, it shows Microsoft.

Samsung Magician

 

The test result based on AS SSD Benchmark 1.8.5636.37293.

Stornvme driver Score on AS SSD Benchmark 1.8

The score is 3178.

Later I found AS SSD Benchmark has a new version. V2.0.6812.41776.

Then I run the test on the new AS SSD Benchmark software.

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