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June 11, 2014 11:50:13 AM

Hello,

I want to buy a new motherboard with a haswell refresh CPU (4590). The motherboard I am looking to buy is http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=....

However, there is one certain problem. I do not know if the MBO is out of the box haswell compatible. I can't find the BIOS version the motherboard comes with. The CPU SUPPORT list on the gigabyte website says that haswell refresh series is supported SINCE bios F3, the same bios that supports regular haswell series.

That SINCE implies that it is the first BIOS version that supports said CPU, but I'm not sure.

QUESTION: Does it support haswell refresh out of the box and how can I check which BIOS version comes with the motherboard ( it isn't written on the specifications page)

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June 11, 2014 11:56:12 AM

kenan008 said:
Hello,

I want to buy a new motherboard with a haswell refresh CPU (4590). The motherboard I am looking to buy is http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=....

However, there is one certain problem. I do not know if the MBO is out of the box haswell compatible. I can't find the BIOS version the motherboard comes with. The CPU SUPPORT list on the gigabyte website says that haswell refresh series is supported SINCE bios F3, the same bios that supports regular haswell series.

That SINCE implies that it is the first BIOS version that supports said CPU, but I'm not sure.

QUESTION: Does it support haswell refresh out of the box and how can I check which BIOS version comes with the motherboard ( it isn't written on the specifications page)


No support out of the box. At the moment only a select few 8 series motherboards have Devils canyon support. IIRC these are limited to certain Asus models. A new Bios update may come along and the Gigabyte website will most likely update to reflect it.
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June 11, 2014 11:58:15 AM

So I'd have to get another "regular" haswell cpu to update the BIOS, if that's the case than I'll probably just buy a 4440 and avoid the hassle.
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June 11, 2014 12:00:04 PM

kenan008 said:
So I'd have to get another "regular" haswell cpu to update the BIOS, if that's the case than I'll probably just buy a 4440 and avoid the hassle.


Unfortunately it doesn't look like the mobo supports usb bios flash so yes you'd have to put a cpu in and update through windows. I'd go with another mobo or just pick up a 4440 at a reduced price.
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June 11, 2014 12:03:58 PM

I was planning on buying the sapphire 280, will a 4440 be a bottleneck for the card. I googled A LOT and most people say the 4440 can handle any single GPU but I'm still scared because I had a huge bottleneck with my last system (gpu usage never went over 60%).

Currently thinking about the following:

1.Buying a more expensive asus board that supports bios usb flash
2.Simply going with a 4440.

Thank you very much, kind stranger.
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June 11, 2014 12:10:35 PM

kenan008 said:
I was planning on buying the sapphire 280, will a 4440 be a bottleneck for the card. I googled A LOT and most people say the 4440 can handle any single GPU but I'm still scared because I had a huge bottleneck with my last system (gpu usage never went over 60%).

Currently thinking about the following:

1.Buying a more expensive asus board that supports bios usb flash
2.Simply going with a 4440.

Thank you very much, kind stranger.


Should be fine. I have an i3 running with a 7950LE and don't experience bottlenecks in 90% of games. The 4440 has double the cores and a higher clockspeed so you should be fine.


Depends how much you can find a motherboard that supports DC for. The 4590 will be up to 10% faster due to 3.7ghz turbo vs 3.3ghz but the difference for gaming would be negligible in my opinion maybe 1 or 2fps
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June 11, 2014 12:20:56 PM

Just found out that the rev 2.0 of this motherboard supports haswell refresh from the first bios release, I'll ask in the webstore what rev the motherboard is and depending on their answer pick my CPU accordingly.

Thank you for your time.
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June 11, 2014 12:24:03 PM

kenan008 said:
Just found out that the rev 2.0 of this motherboard supports haswell refresh from the first bios release, I'll ask in the webstore what rev the motherboard is and depending on their answer pick my CPU accordingly.

Thank you for your time.


Watch out that it isn't the first refresh their quoting ie 4770 --> 4771. My pleasure
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