Answer to both: unfortunately, NO! Your best bet is always to pick up your board from somebody who 'does a lot of volume', like NewEgg - chances are better (stil no guarantee) that you'll get a 'fresh' board, with a later BIOS... The boards have whatever BIOS was current at manufacture; this is a real issue if you'r planning a 'hexacore'; also becomes annoying if you 'putz' a lot, and are likely to 'lunch' a BIOS once in a while - every time it 'recovers and reverts', it recovers to the 'as shipped' BIOS rev!
Thanks for the reply.
I was just trying to head off/early identify a problem....i7 980 processor in a board without the 6 core BIOS rev.
Already been down this road before with another board, I resolved the problem but it was a PIA.
Install a i7 960, load the OS, update the BIOS, etc, etc.......