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Do motherboards come with the latest BIOS update?

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Just bought the GA-A320M-S2H motherboard from Newegg. I'm building a PC using a CPU (Athlon 200GE) that requires this motherboard to have the latest BIOS version. My question is, will the motherboard come with the latest BIOS update or will I have to flash it? What will happen if I build the PC usuing the CPU and the motherboard is not updated?


Thx for the help!
 

stevenjemint

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The motherboard will ship with the latest BIOS at time of manufacturer, so even if you bought it this month, if its been sat on a shelf since April it will carry an April BIOS. Best bet is to check the manufacturers website and download if necessary,
 

ex_bubblehead

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The motherboard will ship with whatever BIOS version was current at the time of manufacture. If, for example, your processor requires a newer version than shipped you will have to install a compatible processor (or have it done in a shop) in order to flash to a compatible version.
 
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What would happend if I build the PC and the motherboard is not updated?
 

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Probably nothing, but sometimes they release support for things like RAM that came out after the board was made.

Or there could be a more effiecent power set up.

If you go here - https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-A320M-S2H-rev-1x#support-dl-bios it shows the latest BIOS and what effects it has.

 


It could very easily be non-functional. That is: all you get is a black screen with (maybe) fans running. In the case of a Ryzen motherboard based on 300-series chipsets that is something commonly seen when installing a 2nd generation, 2000 series Ryzen processor.

I believe the Athlon 200ge will work with any pre-Ryzen2000 Ready BIOS though (because that's what AMD will loan you if you get a Ryzen 2000 processor to enable you to update the BIOS). BUT: follow that link Stevenjemint provided to find out for sure.

EDIT: I believe AMD's bootkit is a Bristol Ridge APU processor instead...something like an A6...so don't rely on that bit about an Athlon 200 working with older BIOS'


I don't agree it will ship with latest BIOS as of time of manufacture as some (many) companies standardize on a shipping BIOS for manufacturing expediency. They expect customers to update to latest at time of installation, if it's needed.
 

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