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Dell 720 upgrade motherboard needs upgraded

October 10, 2007

QX6850 DieFor those who have upgraded their 700 or 710 to a 720 motherboard using the Dell XPS Upgrade Promotion, here’s an FYI for you.

The BIOS on the motherboard is outdated, vA02.  The current version is vA03 from 8/31/2007 and is available from Dell’s website.  The file is called XPS720-A03.EXE.

For those overclockers and custom processor users, it adds a bit of… oh, helpful things:

1. Added support for new processors.  (Hmm, can maybe upgrade to a QX6850 now!)
2. Update to chipset over-voltage support.
3. Added C1E support.  (Enhanced Halt State — lower power consumption)
4. Modified our SERR enable\disable code.

I noticed that, after the BIOS update, Windows Vista finally recognized my Extreme X6800 at the right CPU speeds.  Who knows why, but nice.

On a side note… maybe it’s just me getting older, but does anyone remember actually having to yank the BIOS chip out of the board and replace it?  Remember when you couldn’t replace it—it was saudered on?  The BIOS update took like 5 seconds and a reboot.  *dreamy eyes*

Oh, and thanks to Michael’s idea… the clipart, rather than being a boring computer chip as I planned, is the core die of the Intel QX6850.  It’s glittery and shiny.

  1. C
    October 22, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    So how does one cash in on this motherboard exchange? =) I have a red 710…

  2. October 22, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    It used to be http://www.xpsupgradeprogramdell.com/, but the site’s down now. I think the promotion ended a couple of weeks ago. đŸ˜¦

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