Official Coffee Lake Thread/BIOS For ALL SkyLake/KabyLake Clevo LGA1151 laptops

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  1. DaMafiaGamer

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    DISCLAIMER: This mod is NOT officially supported on the Clevo laptops mentioned below, and YOU assume all the risk and liability by attempting this mod on your own laptop. This thread was created merely to show that these mods are possible!

    Also remember: The CPU mods only work on skylake, kabylake and coffee lake CPU's as of now, future cannon lake CPU's MAY be supported with updated BIOS mods.

    ALL modified BIOSes have been included!


    Things you WILL need:
    A USB stick, preferably formatted to fat32, to flash bios firmware
    A SPI flasher with BIOS 8 pin clip (pomona clip) just in case BIOS cannot be flashed through firmware update due to 'fpt error message'
    The BIOS of course, YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE THE ONE COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR MODEL! You can check the model number on the back of the laptop or in dxdiag in windows.
    A coffee lake CPU, preferably a tested one, such as an i5 8600k or i7 8700k, although all coffee lake cpu's in hindsight SHOULD work as all microcodes have been added, for pentium, i3, i5 and i7 coffee lake cpu's.


    BEFORE YOU START

    Make a backup of your bios, or have a backup ready just in case anything goes wrong.
    Make sure you have a SPI flash programmer handy, you may not need it but it is always useful to have if you brick the laptop bios or end up with a black screen on boot.
    Make sure you DO NOT UPDATE your Intel management engine firmware at all, this will block coffee lake CPU recognition, the BIOS flash will update the ME firmware accordingly!



    THE PROCESS

    Read this first, for laptops without the GTX 10xx series cards you can skip the below process!

    For MXM ONLY GTX 1000 series graphic card users:

    You may need update GOP of your card .
    Make sure your GOP version is 0x30006 or higher or this BIOS wont work with it!
    Enter the nvflash_tool folder provided in the attached link and run "Check_GOP_Version.bat" as administrator.
    Then check the UEFI Version. If the version is lower than 0x30006, for example it is "0x30002", you must flash @dsanke provided vbios file to your graphics card.
    Copy the proper vbios file for your graphic card (They were identified by Model, SLi and G-Sync) to the nvflash_tool folder.
    Then run "Backup_vBIOS.bat" as administrator to backup your current vBIOS .
    You will get "backup_master.rom" and "backup_slave.rom" (Last one only for dual graphic card laptops e.g. p870dm)
    Then run "Flash_vBIOS.bat" as administrator to flash the vBIOS of your graphic card(s).
    You may receive error message telling you "Invalid display adapter index specified", that is normal for single graphic card device because you don't have a second graphics card.
    Then run "Check_GOP_Version.bat" as administrator and check the UEFI Version again.

    Now you can continue to flash the coffee lake BIOS to your device .


    You will first need to try and flash the bios through the USB method as listed below:

    1) Plug in your charger, enter the BIOS, change 2 values .
    a) Setup->Boot->UEFI Settings->UEFI Boot->Enabled
    b) Setup->Security->Secure Boot->Disabled (If you can not find this then you don't need to change it)
    2) Unplug all your drives including any SSD's and HDD's
    3) Put the EFI folder into your FAT32 formatted USB Flash Disk, now put the bios file into the EFI->Boot folder and boot your laptop through the USB.
    4) Wait for startup.nsh to execute, and then type "meset", press enter.
    5) Your laptop will auto reboot and the fan will run at high speed, THIS IS NORMAL, boot to the USB Flash Disk again.
    6) Wait for startup.nsh to execute, and then type "fpt -d backup.bin", press enter to backup your bios.
    7) Now type "fpt -f BIOS.bin -rewrite -y", press enter to flash new the coffee lake bios .
    8) Type "fpt -greset" and press enter, to let ME and BIOS initialize.
    9) You should successfully have the bios firmware updated, skip the below process and go to the pin mod section!

    If the bios flash was unsuccessful read below:

    If you cannot do this (keep receiving FPT Error message) you will need to use the SPI programmer, make sure backup before you flash!
    OR
    If you cannot get the screen to work, the screen stays blank, then you will need use the SPI programmer to reflash your BIOS chip

    You will now need to use the SPI flash programmer because the usb flash failed, I used a SkyPro specifically but any bios programmer should work, just remember to note down the details of your bios chip (this will require disassembling your laptop) so they can be entered into the flashing software as shown below:
    Please note: Your BIOS chip details will be different to the ones shown below!
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    How would I find the bios chip?

    You can locate the bios chip on your motherboard, it may have a coloured 'dot' on it, this makes it easier to find it.
    Otherwise you will need to look at a schematic or look for 8 pin lookalike chips on your motherboard to find the bios chip, it shouldn't be hard. Remember, if you find the bios chip you can identify it by reading what is written on top of it. You can also attach the 8 pin clip to the chip with the 'red' wire facing the 'embedded' circle on the chip as shown below:
    Please note: The 'embedded' circle is NOT the 'coloured' dot, if there is one.

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    Also note: The bios chip will be 8MB in size NOT 1MB, DO NOT ACCIDENTALLY FLASH THE EC CHIP!

    If you still can't find the bios chip upload some high quality pictures of the motherboard and I'll let you know!

    Now all you have to do is open the bios file from the EXTRACTED .7z folder and flash it in the program with the programmer connected, click on 'auto' as it does the whole process manually including erasing, writing and verifying.

    And that's it for the software!

    Time for the pin mod:

    This is practically very simple to do and I will show a diagram of it here, you need to isolate two pins as shown below:

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    You can isolate these 2 contact pins using kapton tape, or any tape for that matter, just DO NOT COVER ANY OTHER PINS. I accidentally did that and got many bsods on load!

    The reason we do not need to SHORT the two pins at the top is because we have already injected the bios and microcode into the motherboard, therefore the coffee lake cpu should be recognized just fine!

    And that is it! You can now carefully put the processor into the socket, put the heatsink back on and watch as the computer boots with it's beastly new coffee lake cpu installed.

    Here are some known bugs:

    - G-Sync may no longer work ( depending on CPU and display panel ) .

    W650DC/DD/KJ/KK series


    Uncore ( cache ) ratio is 3x lower than setting value ( set 31x will get 28x , and you can not set it higher .)

    P7xxDM and DM1 series

    Sound only work with Microsoft provided driver , optical jack now work as headphone jack .
    Power off will become reboot when you plug in AC PSU .

    P870DM and DM1 series

    Optical jack now work as headphone jack .
    EC FW = 1.05.05
    Sometimes cannot boot to OS , stuck in "Resume from Hibernation..." , you need force shutdown and reboot.
    EC FW < 1.05.05
    Power off will become reboot when you plug in AC PSU .


    BENCHMARKS

    Clevo P870DM-G Benchmarks:

    Benchmarks of my i5-8600K in this beast laptop:
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    More advanced benchmarks are shown below:

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    That's all!


    Benchmarks of an i7-8086K in this laptop, courtesy of @God601
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    WHICH PROCESSOR SHOULD I BUY?

    Personally I only see two processors that are viable for this coffee lake mod in the first place.
    Those processors being the i5-8600K and i7-8700K.
    The i5 has 6 cores and 6 threads whilst the i7 has 6 cores and 12 threads.

    Advantages of the i5-8600K over the i7-7700K:
    It can run games very well, reaching from 10 to 20 fps more than a 7700k can provide even on stock clocks.
    It runs much cooler than the last kabylake generation and undervolts well.
    It is actually faster than a stock i7 7700k in all aspects when overclocked to ~ 4.5GHz, your range MAY vary.
    It can lead to slightly quicker render times than the i7 7700k, due to 2 extra PHYSICAL cores.
    Similarly priced to the i7 and is binned well which means high overclocks are more likely.
    Less power consumption than the i7.

    Advantages of the i7-8700K over the i5-8600K (note the 8700k is the successor of the 7700k):
    The processor has hyper threading enabled, can lead to overall better performance, especially in rendering and benchmarks (a stock 8600k gets demolished in cinebench with a stock 8700k).
    Games run slightly better on the i7 1-5fps difference in most games.
    Runs slightly cooler than the i5, again your range may vary but on the whole it runs cooler!
    The best cpu you can use right now, if you are an enthusiast this is the option for you!

    Hope this can help you decide which CPU to buy!


    LINK & CREDIT GIVEN

    Coffee Lake Bioses are available here, please read the README file in the attachment for further information on the bios you want to flash:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1G0E3wLFpURN32k_EfZ_0Qf6W_TzEOYUo


    Credit is due to @dsanke for providing the BIOSes, donate to him via PayPal, he worked hard to make fully functioning bioses for us: dsanke1997@gmail.com

    You can also donate to me here: http://paypal.me/ZeeshanAkhlaq

    It's crazy how I'm the first one to post this! I hope you all enjoy your coffee lake upgraded laptops!
     
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    I will be adding my personal benchmarks in soon!

    Which processor to buy section is coming soon!
     
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    Try again, refresh the page.

    7z is possibly the worst compression file type I have ever used. The file is now a zip file.

    Download is roughly 60mb and no its not a virus, no idea why chrome thinks that.
     
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    I need a P870TM bearbone with vapor chamber heatsink used or new, if you can help me with that?.
    I have one Clevo GTX1080, SSD's, RAMs, I'll need only the CPU as well with the bearbone, maybe the i7 8086k
     
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    I don't have a P870TM laptop, you can check on ebay for barebones. There are pretty easy to come across.
     
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    It's fine now.
    But there is no BIOS for the P870DM3?
     
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    All bios relating to p870dm are same, read the readme file
     
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    Since I already was pre-testing Dsanke bioses for the P870DM laptop, I can give some results in case you want them.

    I would not recommend to use a i7-8700k or i7-8086k using the bios due to the cpu heatsink that is not able to handle them properly and will result to overheating if the cpu ratio for multi threading exceeds 46x.

    Hope this information will help with the thread :)

    Here is a screenshot of my P870DM-G using a i7-8086k with 16gb DDR4 2133Mhz:

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    BTW if your headphone jack doesn't work roll back the realtek drivers and go back to Microsoft High definition driver.
    Then in advanced make dvd quality frequency studio quality.
    Restart your computer and the headphone port should work!
     
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