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upgrade Bios without processor?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by gordoncanada, Nov 4, 2011.

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  1. gordoncanada

    gordoncanada Thread Starter

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    After my Z68 Extreme 4 Motherboard died and I had to take out the processor to RMA it, I started considering upgrading. My Core i5 2500k is on ebay and I was going to buy a Core i7 2600k. However, now I am looking towards the Ivy Bridge Processors coming out in the New Year. Apparently they will use the same socket (1155), but the motherboard will need a Bios update. If I don't have a processor until I get the new one, how will I be able to upgrade the chipset so that the new processor will work with the motherboard? (I know it's confusing, but I look forward to hearing your thoughts).
    Thanks, gordoncanada
     
  2. Mark1956

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    You will not be able to do the Bios update until you have the new CPU in place. The new CPU will work as long as it is compatible with the motherboard but it's performance will be improved with the Bios update. The chipset drivers are something completely different.
     
  3. gordoncanada

    gordoncanada Thread Starter

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    That makes me feel better, thanks!
     
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    Gordoncanada. if your BIOS doesn't support the new processor correctly, the system may not boot. You need to check with your motherboard mfg's tech support and make sure that the hardware revision of your board is compatible with the processor you want, and confirm that the system will at least boot with the new CPU before you even start to address the issue of updating the BIOS.
     
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