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Flash BIOS?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by elli5on, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. elli5on

    elli5on Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all, been a while since i have last posted. My question is, I have a DFI Lan Party NF4 Ultra-D MOBO. current bios version is 4. something(not entirely sure at the moment). I have Nvidia Ntune on my computer which gives me the option to Flash my BIOS, Which i need to do as i want to upgrade CPU very soon.

    Just wondered the safest way to do it? Dont want to mess up BIOS settings and have to clear the CMOS etc etc.

    Any help would be welcomed.

    Craig
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    My basic view is to only flash the BIOS if it absolutely necessary!
    How much faster is this new CPU over the old?
    Unless it is at least 50% faster, and preferably 100% faster you will have a hard time telling the difference!

    Normaly most flash upgrades will leave settings as is, but occasionaly they don't. Best thing is to take a note of all settings. Old fashioned printers will usualy be able to respond with Ctrl-P, otherwise a digital camera will do nicely.

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  3. elli5on

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    well, im currently running an athlon 64 3700+. Upgrading to a athlon 64X2 4800+.My motherboard does not support this class cpu so a BIOS flash is necessary. But im not 100% certain on how to do it.

    Any suggestions
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    1) Check with the mobo manuf that you have to do this. Looking at their BIOS update page doesn't suggest that you do.

    2) What are you using this machine for? If games I would suggest that you might not get your money's worth from such a processor upgrade.

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  5. elli5on

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    It is mainly for games yeh, alot pf people have said that. I was thinking of going for An Athlon 64 4000+. Would you recommend this??

    Heres are my PC Stats:

    DFI Lan Party NF4 Ultra D(939)
    Athlon 64 3700+
    250 western digital 16 mb cache hard drive
    Ati Radeon X1800XT 512mb Graphics Card
    1GB Kingston DDR 400 ram( was thinking of investing in 2GB of Mushkin Ram)
    Hiper 580 Watts PSU
    DVD R/ +- RW DRIVE

    My motherboard states that it only supporst up to 3700+ cpu(at current)
     
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  6. hbroomhall

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    I cannot find anything in the manual stating that 3700 limit. Where do you get this from?

    On the DFI site I cannot find anything to suggest that the flash updates support higher clock speeds - where do you get this from?

    Given that you want to use this for gaming, and want to throw money about, I'd swap the motherboard for a SLI capable varient. This, IMHO, will give a beter 'bang for the buck'.

    I see no point in buying extra memory, unless your game insists on it.

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  7. elli5on

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    All the information is on the DFI website, something to do with cpu class supported. It tells you the bios version required to install such a device.

    i was thinking of changing the motherboard as well, I always use DFI however. They have always proved very reliable for me.

    What about the 4000+ ???
     
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  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Ah - found it now!
    You would be hard put to notice any difference between 4000 and 3700 IMHO.
    I still think the SLI version would produce the most noticable difference, when partnered with the right video cards.

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  9. elli5on

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    Well im running an ATI Radeon X1800XT 512MB, so..... should be ok
     
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