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Is it like the motherboard does not support Ivy Bridge?

Hello,

I just bought a Z68AP-D3 and a Core i5-3450 (Ivy Bridge). Probably the mobo needs a BIOS upgrade to support it.

But the only way to do the upgrade is to buy another CPU and installing it.

Before I go ahead and throw away more money, could some one confirm what would be like if my mobo is only missing the upgrade to work?

Right now, when I turn it on, cpu and system fans start, the phase led are all on, but no video, no post.
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forum! :)

    GA-Z68AP-D3 (rev. 1.0) ; requires BIOS F7 2012/02/21 - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3897

    GA-Z68AP-D3 (rev. 2.0) ; requires BIOS FC 2012/02/21 - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=4015

    I have not run across cases where a 'Donor SB CPU' is required. I would try to Clear CMOS via the 'Jumper' method and if the PC is stable in the BIOS then use the Q-Flash method to update your BIOS.

    Q-Flash + FAT32 Flash Drive:

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCCId1Mcrw4
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlx5GBkiaM0
    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX78S4qyHu0

    IF you cannot get into the BIOS after a Clear CMOS then schedule and RMA with Gigabyte.
  2. Best answer
    With a 3rd gen cpu, z68 needs a bios update. To do this, you need a 2nd gen cpu installed on it.
  3. Call a computer builder near you they have programs that can flash a BIOS with out buying a CPU.
    Hope this helps!
  4. I question why someone would buy a Z68 and a Ivy Bridge cpu.
  5. geekapproved said:
    I question why someone would buy a Z68 and a Ivy Bridge cpu.


    Yeah, even some z77 model is cheap as z68. No point to buy it now.
  6. mubin said:
    Yeah, even some z77 model is cheap as z68. No point to buy it now.


    I went for a Z77, but here where I live we don't have a whole lot of options...

    Do you think it is really a big waste to keep with the z68?
  7. Every Intel chipset has advantages and once in a while disadvantages, going from a P67 or Z68 to a Z77 is IMO a waste for most folks.
  8. mamendes said:
    I went for a Z77, but here where I live we don't have a whole lot of options...

    Do you think it is really a big waste to keep with the z68?


    If you cant buy z77 in your budget, then keep it. z68 and z77 are almost equal but z68 need a bios update and old.
  9. I finally got a i5-2310 and now the computer is working. Bad enough I'm not getting to do the motherboard bios update but, whatever, I'll return the 3450.

    Thanks everyone.
  10. Best answer selected by mamendex.
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