GIGABYTE Releases Urgent BIOS Update to Certain X79 Series Motherboards James White December 31, 2011 Press Release GIGABYTE has formally announced a required update to some of their X79 motherboard lineup. Normally BIOS updates are minor tweaks here and there to improve performance, stability, and/or compatibility. In this case, the BIOS update is focused almost exclusively on stability. It seems some of the MOSFETs on the motherboards were part of a bad bin that may under-perform. To address this issue, the BIOS update will alter some of the voltage regulation specs to ensure these components don’t overheat. This BIOS update should not limit any BIOS options but could possibly affect overclocking potential. GIGABYTE states that after the update, anyone who is unsatisfied is eligible to an unconditional replacement. While bad, I do like the quick response and resolution to the situation. The possibly affected boards are listed below along with the link to the update and @BIOS software. G1.Assassin 2 download GA-X79-UD7 download GA-X79-UD5 download GA-X79-UD3 download [hide-this-part morelink=”Full Press Release”] GIGABYTE Firmware (BIOS) Update on Certain X79 Series Motherboard Models City of Industry, California, December 27, 2011– It has come to our attention that certain X79 Series Motherboards (see models below) may malfunction due to excess heat when performing Extreme Overclocking beyond the boards limit. To address this issue and to ensure our product is being used as intended, we urge existing X79 users to either visit GIGABYTEs official website to download and update their X79 series BIOS, or contact GIGABYTEs regional service center. The GIGABYTE X79 Series Motherboards in question are ONLY limited to the following models: G1.Assassin 2 , GA-X79-UD7, GA-X79-UD5 and GA-X79-UD3. The X79 series motherboards not named above are outside the scope of this statement and not applicable. GIGABYTE is committed to the following: 1. GIGABYTE will make its best efforts to ensure that all partners, distributors and retailers have the latest firmware (BIOS) installed on existing X79 Series Motherboard models. 2. GIGABYTEs commitment to service excellence will not be compromised. The GIGABYTE X79 Series Motherboards offer an unprecedented 5 year warranty, the longest offered in the industry. We encourage users to register for this FREE 5 year warranty here: http://e-service.gigabyte.com/Productregistration/webevent/ExtendWarranty_US.aspx 3. If any existing user is still unsatisfied after the recommended firmware (BIOS) update of their X79 Series Motherboard, GIGABYTE will offer an unconditional replacement of their X79 Series Motherboard (same model). No Questions Asked. The latest X79 Series Motherboard BIOS update may be found below. Alternatively, existing users may also perform the BIOS update by using the GIGABYTE @BIOS utility which may be downloaded from the GIGABYTE website: http://www.gigabyte.us/MicroSite/121/tech_a_bios.htm G1.Assassin 2 Please update to BIOS F7 or later Download?http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4046#bios GA-X79-UD7 Please update to BIOS F7 or later Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4047#bios GA-X79-UD5 Please update to BIOS F7 or later Download?http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4049#bios GA-X79-UD3 Please update to BIOS F7 or later Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4050#bios [/hide-this-part] Share This With The World!