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HOW TO BIOS updates for the Gigabyte AX370- Gaming 5 are located in the downloads section of the board’s support tab With that information in hand, look for your motherboard’s model in your search engine of choice. The manufacturer’s page for it should appear near the top of the results; that’s the link you want. (For example, I’d want the AX370-Gaming 5 page on Gigabyte’s website for this PC.) Here’s where things get tricky. You’re looking for the latest available BIOS for your motherboard, which some manufacturers hide in a support page, others hide in a dedicated ‘downloads’ or ‘drivers and tools’ tab, and yet others hide in a ‘downloads’ or ‘drivers and tools’ section of the support page. Keep poking around until you find the appropriate area. Most motherboard manufacturers list available BIOS versions in chronological order, with the newer updates at the top. Each should be listed with a version number and a release date. As I’m writing this on February 8, 2018, AMD hasn’t released any CPU firmware patches 100 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018

HOW TO Clean, descriptive BIOS update notes are always welcome yet, and Intel only just released the first round of ‘fixed’ Spectre patches yesterday, for 6th-gen Skylake CPUs alone. Any Spectre-related motherboard BIOSes will be dated 8/2/2018 or later, in other words. Earlier BIOS updates that include CPU microcode fixes are the buggy version Intel yanked. You don’t want those. If you’re lucky there will also be release notes explaining the changes in each BIOS version. If you see a BIOS version from after 8 February that says it includes CPU microcode updates (or similar verbiage), that’s the one you want to download. If you don’t see an update available, you’ll have to manually check again in the future. (Hey, I said this is messy.) Don’t hold your breath for a motherboard BIOS update if you’re running an older system, though. Thus far, many motherboard manufacturers and system providers have only promised to release fixes for PCs with modern Skylake, Kaby Lake, or Coffee MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 101

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