12 months ago
this is my mobo and I'm thinking of an i5-7600 or i7-7700, is a bios flash or anything of that nature needed? also i have been running the PC for a year and a half on an i3-6100.
You can check what BIOS version you are running in BIOS and look up what is needed to support those CPU on the motherboard manufacturers compatibility list.
For these two processors (and for any other Kabylake CPU) you need BIOS ver. F20 and up.
Look under the System tab in your BIOS for your current version.
Other ways to check your boards BIOS version.
Of course you will update the BIOS to the latest available version. It's ver. F25
That's great. These Kabylake CPUs will work on that board.
However, i would strongly recommend to update the BIOS to ver. F25
There are a lot of useful fixes that you should bother with.
F25 -> Update CPU microcode
F24 -> Update Intel ME for security vulnerabilities
F23 -> Update intel ME for security vulnerabilities
F23b -> Update CPU micro code to fix HT flaw issue
F22 -> Improved USB Hard Disk compatibility
how do i update from the bios? q-flash key?
Yep, as this guy describes below...
2 things, 1 bios updating looks pretty sketchy, what do I have to watch out for. 2 what would I lose if I stayed with my current bios version, would I experience any differences between the CPU I have now and the new CPU?