In a few weeks I plans on buying a Gigabyte EX58-UD4P motherboard. As a first time builder I have a question about flashing the BIOS. I'm going to try to get the newest stepping for the Core i7-920, which is "D0". My question is I'm pretty sure the motherboard won't come with the latest BIOS installed, which would recognize this new step for the Core i7-920 processor. So can I still update an older BIOS using the new stepping "D0" i7-920 processor. Or am I going to be two miles up a half-mile creek?
Wouldn't you know it? A probable answer is available from this thread. Another forum member had a somewhat similar problem with yours, and he was kind enough to share what he asked Gigabyte:
Question - 747499
Q. Yes I have question about this motherboard bought a Xeon w3520 and use GA-EX58-UD5 will it work? I'm not sure of what the bios version it's still in delivery. Will the D0 stepping chipset work? And if doesn't work because of the outdated bios. How would I upgrade the bios if I already bought the intel chip D0 stepping. Xeon w3520 or i7 920-D0?
Answer - 747499
A. Dear Customer,
If you purchased a current inventory retail boxed GA-EX58 series model motherboard, the BIOS should already be updated for the D0 stepping processor. If not, you will need to use the older C0 stepping processor to boot and update the processor before installing the D0 stepping.
The workstation Xeon series processors has not been validated nor tested on the desktop GA-EX58 series motherboards.
Thank you for choosing Gigabyte products. [emphasis mine]