Question Motherboard said 9th gen compatible, but when I got it, it says 8th gen.

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Hi, I ordered the MSI H310M PRO-VDH PLUS motherboard from amazon, because on both amazon and on MSI's website (https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/H310M-PRO-VDH-PLUS.html) it says this motherboard supports 9th gen Intel cpus out of the box. (Im planning on putting a i3 9100f in it). However I just got it in the mail and the box just says supports intel 8th gen. Did I get an older motherboard that doesn't support 9th gen? I'm assuming that I should just try it anyways with my 9100f and see if it works. But if it doesn't, will I have to get an older intel cpu in it so i can update the bios so it supports 9th gen?
 

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Welcome to the forums my friend!

it says this motherboard supports 9th gen Intel cpus out of the box.
Not out of the box - just compatible. Which it is. But many older generation motherboards need firmware updates to be able to run newer generation CPUs. The H310M is an 8th gen board, that can work with 9th gen processors with a firmware update.

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/H310M-PRO-VDH-PLUS#support-cpu you'll see on the right it states what BIOS is needed for it.

However the 9100F should run without a BIOS update as it only needs 7C09v10.zip whereas say for example i7-9700K needs 7C09v12.zip
 
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Welcome to the forums my friend!


Not out of the box - just compatible. Which it is. But many older generation motherboards need firmware updates to be able to run newer generation CPUs. The H310M is an 8th gen board, that can work with 9th gen processors with a firmware update.

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/H310M-PRO-VDH-PLUS#support-cpu you'll see on the right it states what BIOS is needed for it.

However the 9100F should run without a BIOS update as it only needs 7C09v10.zip whereas say for example i7-9700K needs 7C09v12.zip

so you think I'll be ok for the 9100f to work in this mobo out of the box?
If it won't work, all i have is a i7 6700k to put in so i can update the bios, but idk if that is compatible with this mobo
 

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so you think I'll be ok for the 9100f to work in this mobo out of the box?
If it won't work, all i have is a i7 6700k to put in so i can update the bios, but idk if that is compatible with this mobo
Yes it should work fine accordingly to the support list. v10 is the original BIOS so there are no previous ones.

However the 6700K will undoubtedly NOT work at all.
 
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If the board is in your hands and you've unboxed it, you should be able to see a sticker that's around the 24pin connector or on the motherboard PCB that designates what the BIOS version on the board is/was during the moment of shipping.

According to this CPU support list;
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/H310M-PRO-VDH-PLUS#support-cpu
so long as you have BIOS version 7C09v10, you're good to go.
is there a range? i mean is it that version and up or something? Or only that version specifically - if it says that, then im good. and if it says something else im not
 

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is there a range? i mean is it that version and up or something? Or only that version specifically - if it says that, then im good. and if it says something else im not
V10 was the original BIOS. Each BIOS is just an update on the last.

It's since gone up in increments to V11, V12 - to V15.

The 9100F only requires V10 which is the original BIOS the board came with, so no update necessary according to the support list.
 
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V10 was the original BIOS. Each BIOS is just an update on the last.

It's since gone up in increments to V11, V12 - to V15.

The 9100F only requires V10 which is the original BIOS the board came with, so no update necessary according to the support list.
awesome, good to know my 9100f will work out of the box then. thanks
 
You are almost certainly ok.
Motherboards have the latest bios installed at the time of manufacture.
The box art may not have been updated.
Assuming it is fresh stock, you are certainly ok.

Past that, a earlier bios may well let the processor run, but may not have the text to identify it properly or boost it properly.
Still, in those cases, it will run well enough to be able to update the bios if needed.

If you buy the 9100F and the motherboard from the same shop, they should do what is needed in the event of a problem.
 

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