Video Tutorial: How to Flash BIOS with an MSI Motherboard
Setup & Necessary Tools
- Motherboard with simple firmware flashing tools
- USB storage device
- The most recent version of the motherboard’s BIOS, found on the motherboard vendor’s website. Place this onto the USB key.
Warnings & Notes
Flashing BIOS can “brick” the device that is being flashed. This means that it could be damaged irreparably if done incorrectly. This includes abrupt power loss – whether through a surge / interruption or user action – and also includes using the incorrect BIOS version. To avoid component damage, ensure the following:
- Do not flash firmware during power events or storms (lightning) that could cause power loss.
- Do not use any BIOS for any other device. Being the same brand is not good enough. You must use exactly the correct BIOS for the specific device.
- Do not use dodgy USB keys that have a track record of losing connection.
Flashing BIOS will wipe all your current settings, so make sure you’ve backed-up (to USB) any important overclocking or configuration profiles that need to be retained. Note that many high-end motherboards will include multi-BIOS switches with two BIOS chips on the board. This will allow you to switch to the other BIOS chip in the event something goes wrong with the first one.
Step-by-Step Guide to Updating BIOS on an MSI Motherboard
It’s very easy, really:
- Navigate to the motherboard vendor’s website (MSI, in this case) and find the exact board you’re using. Don’t settle for “close enough” – find the exact product.
- Go to Support, then download the latest BIOS that’s relevant to you.
- Boot to BIOS and navigate System Information to find the current BIOS version. Make a note in case you need to roll-back.
- Navigate to M-Flash.
- Select the USB device, then the file, then proceed.
- Accept the prompt after review and allow the flash to continue.
- DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS. If it looks like there is no progress, be patient and walk away from it. Restarting now can damage something.
- Re-apply BIOS settings that you like.
Updating BIOS can help in a few ways. The main one is adding memory support, which we’ve found lacking on all early versions of motherboards from Gigabyte and MSI alike. Later iterations of BIOS can expand support for higher frequency XMP and memory settings, improve overclock stability, and improve temperatures / auto vCore for the CPU.
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