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Desktop Motherboard Firmware Updates

October 16, 2021

It turns out, updating motherboard firmware is no fun. I’ve been using Dell XPS 13 for a few years, and it can handle firmware updates automatically, so I never had to think about it. Desktop motherboards seem to operate in a different way, though. About a week ago, I found out that my new GIGABYTE motherboard has an outdated firmware. To add insult to injury, many updates I missed included various improvements for systems equipped with my CPU.

How hard is it to update desktop firmware? Well, I had to find a flash drive, format it to legacy FAT filesystem and then do a few manual adjustments in BIOS. None of those missed updates had any critical fixes, but it would be naive to dismiss the importance of being able to update firmware quickly and easily. There is certainly a room for improvement in the desktop segment.