For a PC to work, the processor is one of the essential and necessary elements, as well as RAM, for example. There are times when you need to update the motherboard BIOS to be compatible with your new processor, but if you do not have a compatible processor (i.e. generation previous), it is impossible. However, there are specific occasions when it is possible to update the BIOS without a processor, and we’ll walk you through how.
MSI and AORUS motherboards allow BIOS update without CPU
We have the perfect example from the manufacturer MSI (and some others are starting to follow in their footsteps in this regard), since the manufacturer’s new generation cards already allow the BIOS to be updated without a processor, and in fact without even memory. RAM. . This faculty is called Easy BIOS recovery with BIOS Flash button
This way, you can mount and connect the motherboard without even CPU or RAM, but you will have to connect the power supply. With a USB drive with the BIOS update file attached, you will only have to turn on the computer and, even if you can’t see anything on the screen, press and hold the Flashback button on the back (or on the motherboard itself depending on the model) and the system will automatically update the BIOS without you having to do anything other than wait for the process to complete.
With the next generation Gigabyte AORUS motherboards the same happens and the power is used Flash Q
This is an exception that is incorporated in new generation motherboards from this manufacturer, and although the rest of the manufacturers work on similar systems, these are still exceptions, i.e. normally You will not be able to update your motherboard BIOS unless A processor installed with which the PC can boot normally.
In fact, for the previous generation (the Ryzen 2000 series), AMD offered a “starter kit” that included just enough (an A6-9500 APU) to be able to boot the system with the current motherboard and update the BIOS beforehand. installation. a new processor, but it stopped for a long time.
What if you have an older motherboard?
Unfortunately, the ability to update motherboard BIOS without processor or RAM is quite recent and only the latest generations have it (in fact, not all motherboard models have it), so if you have a previous generation motherboard, you will need to be able to have a processor and RAM to be able to update the BIOS.
It’s a complicated situation, but we don’t update the motherboard BIOS or change the platform every day. Also, when you buy a new motherboard, as a rule, it will already be updated to the latest version of its BIOS, especially when there is intergenerational compatibility between processors from the same manufacturer.