Overheating fix released for Gigabyte X79 mobos

Gigabyte has cranked out UEFI updates for four of its motherboards based on Intel's X79 Express chipset, and it's urging users to upgrade. According to the company, those X79 mobos "may malfunction due to excess heat when performing Extreme Overclocking beyond the board's limit," if they're running older UEFI releases.

Here are the affected motherboards and the links to corresponding firmware updates:

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

Gigabyte points out that users can grab its @BIOS utility to upgrade instead of manually handling firmware files. The company also notes, "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 description of the updates simply reads, "Improve protection mechanism," which presumably refers to the boards' overheating protection in response to so-called extreme overclocking. Although "extreme overclocking" typically refers to rather unusual scenarios involving liquid nitrogen, caffeinated drinks, and outlandish clock speeds, we'd expect most owners of these boards should upgrade to the new firmware, just to be safe.

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