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MSI X79A GD-45 (8D) BIOS update question?

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January 20, 2014 12:23:30 PM

Hi guys, I'm new here as I've only just managed (barely!) to build my first PC. Although I'm slightly worried that once I turn it on the BIOS of my motherboard won't be the version required to run the i7-3820. I've read in a number of threads from different forums and it seems to be a recurring theme of this motherboard being slightly problematic.

I'm still waiting on my PSU so I can't check it quite yet although everything else has been assembled.

My question is, can I find out the BIOS version of my motherboard from something like a serial no., and if so, where?

My system is as follows -

MSI X79A-GD45(8D)
i7-3820
R9 270x Hawk
2x8GB G-Skill 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 2133
Cooler Master Hyper 412s
Corsair RM650 80 Plus Gold 650W


Any help would be greatly appreciated, as well as advice on what to do if the BIOS is an old man.

P.S. - there is a ''revision history'' inside the ''software & application'' user guide which notes an update of something (not sure if BIOS) up to ''v1.6 - Update Control Center 2.5 and add MSI SUITE''.
a c 95 V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 12:30:30 PM

The manufacturer's (MSI) website will list all available BIOS versions for the motherboard. It will also include instructions.
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January 20, 2014 12:43:09 PM

Thanks for your answer, but I can't find anything pertaining to my situation, i.e. I want to know the BIOS version without powering up my PC. MSI's site doesn't offer much in the way of help for that. :) 
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a c 95 V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 1:20:38 PM

miniman_obrien said:
Thanks for your answer, but I can't find anything pertaining to my situation, i.e. I want to know the BIOS version without powering up my PC. MSI's site doesn't offer much in the way of help for that. :) 


When there are new boards manufactured sometimes the BIOS is also updated if need be. Some board manufacturers do a better job in identifying specs to the serial numbers and date code, but I would rely on the BIOS version displayed during start-up of the computer. It is quite possible for newer boards of the same model to have different BIOS versions.

When the manufacturer updates the BIOS usually there is a short explanation given regarding the change; the reasons why it is updated.
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January 20, 2014 1:25:40 PM

So I suppose you suggest I should be patient and wait for my PSU to arrive and see what's what? I've asked around MSI now and hope to receive an answer shortly, if not I suppose I'll have to wait and see for myself!

These boards really should specify which BIOS version it contains, seems important, at least from a layman's perspective.
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a c 95 V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 1:34:02 PM

miniman_obrien said:
So I suppose you suggest I should be patient and wait for my PSU to arrive and see what's what? I've asked around MSI now and hope to receive an answer shortly, if not I suppose I'll have to wait and see for myself!

These boards really should specify which BIOS version it contains, seems important, at least from a layman's perspective.


Yes for a few of us like you, me, and others at this Forum, info about the BIOS is helpful. Unfortunately, the majority of computer users have no idea as to what BIOS means and don't care about it.

I was surprised to learn that only 5% of computer users use "Backup & Restore" in Windows. As a result, Microsoft dropped that from Win8 (they do have something called "Windows 7 file recovery")
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January 20, 2014 1:43:59 PM

Well, I didn't know much of BIOS before I built this thing and alas, majority rules.

To be fair, I never have used it myself!

I think I've found a manufacture date on the motherboard itself. It mentions 'EuP 2013'. No idea what that is, there's also a sticker that contains a lot of numbers but ends with '2014'.

Hopefully this means that it's been recently made and I may hope for a newer BIOS version. If not, it's off to MSI with the board I suppose.

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January 20, 2014 1:44:31 PM

Oh and thanks for your help!
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a c 95 V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 1:50:21 PM

miniman_obrien said:
Well, I didn't know much of BIOS before I built this thing and alas, majority rules.

To be fair, I never have used it myself!

I think I've found a manufacture date on the motherboard itself. It mentions 'EuP 2013'. No idea what that is, there's also a sticker that contains a lot of numbers but ends with '2014'.

Hopefully this means that it's been recently made and I may hope for a newer BIOS version. If not, it's off to MSI with the board I suppose.



Yes, manufacturers use date codes the most popular of which utilizes the Julian calendar. Some use a simple encoding of the date. In any case do not remove any stickers as that will definitely void the warranty. "2014" on your board may indicate a very recent manufacture, but how did they get it over from China to the Western hemisphere in such short a time? These manufacturers may be tricky and might be just adding a digit to the year to make it appear more recent. Just a thought.
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January 20, 2014 1:57:41 PM

Suppose I should ask myself whether I believe in magic, aha.

It does sound like a plausible scheme of reselling boards with older BIOS when the seller can't actually update it themselves. Although like you said before I imagine most people aren't aware of these things and wouldn't be looking for that sort so....

I don't know, haha. I'll have to wait and see!
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a c 95 V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 3:30:50 PM

miniman_obrien said:
Suppose I should ask myself whether I believe in magic, aha.

It does sound like a plausible scheme of reselling boards with older BIOS when the seller can't actually update it themselves. Although like you said before I imagine most people aren't aware of these things and wouldn't be looking for that sort so....

I don't know, haha. I'll have to wait and see!


Yes, all things cometh to he that waiteth, .........

:) 
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