Brand new Z87M Gaming motherboard - Haswell Refresh compatible?

h.zhou21

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Will a brand new Z87M Gaming be compatible with a Haswell Refresh CPU like the i5 4690K straight out of the box? Or will I need to flash the BIOS? If I need to flash, can I do it without a CPU? My old CPU is an i5 2400 and it's not compatible, so I'm very worried about being stuck with a useless mobo.
 

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this CPU is supported with BIOS 1.2 and above:
http://www.msi.com/support/mb/Z87M-GAMING.html#support_support

bios 1.2 is released long time ago,
so yes probably should be supported straight out of the box
 

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Interesting. You mean that when MSI makes new copies of the same motherboard, they also update the BIOS version?
 

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shipped bios version vary depend when the board was manufactured

yes when board is manufactured they flashed it with latest current BIOS version at that time
 

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Ok, thanks for letting me know. It looks like I'll have to ask the retailer about the BIOS version.
 

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yes, you can ask him to flash your mainboard BIOS to the latest version for you
 
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