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Um, if the build list says "Some AMD 970 Chipset Motherboards needs a BIOS Update prior to using Vishera CPUs" what does that mean?

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  • 66 months ago

OK, so I have a build list that says everything's compatible, but why does the compatibility notes say that the motherboard needs a BIOS update before using a CPU like an AMD FX 8320. I'm confused.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It means that the motherboard has since been updated to work with that processor, but needs a download to do it. So depending on which processor and which motherboard it is, it might work fine and let you download the update when you get everything set up, or your computer just won't turn on.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the details

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo (motherboard) may have been released long before the processor. Therefore, in order for the mobo to correctly identify the processor and it's requirements, the mobo's BIOS requires an update.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, didn't quite know that, but thanks for telling me the details. But how are you supposed to install an update without a processor or something?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

A supported processor must be installed/used to flash the BIOS. No supported processor = no bios update = no boot. A rare few mobos has feature to update BIOS without a processor but those are rare and success rate varies. Check the mobo manufacturer's website for BIOS version required as a minimum, then contact store to identify which BIOS version is installed on the mobo that will be shipped to you.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the details!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. Better safe than sorry.

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