Updated Firmware Available for 6th, 7th and 8th Gen. Intel Processors

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  1. Faith's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home October 2018 Update 64-bit
       21 Feb 2018 #10

    Intel is prioritizing their royalty above all else, as usual. Haswell and Broadwell showed symptoms of instability first and there's no updated codes for these yet. And I don't understand how Intel can manage to release new firmware updates so quickly when they knew about the exploits 6 months in advance. Either they sat on their buttocks for 6 months prior, or the mitigation process takes longer than that, which questions the stability on all of new microcodes. They failed once, and it doesn't surprise me if these updates fail aswell given time. I'm not going to update until the new codes are known to work properly, and I'm not going to take Intel's word of mouth if they "work". Sorry Intel.
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  2.    21 Feb 2018 #11

    Checking for Dell stuff right now: just checked Asrock (nothing) and Lenovo (ditto). Come on, OEMs, come on!

    PS: Nothing from Dell yet for my Haswell All-in-one or my Haswell hybrid tablet (which is now repeatedly crashing again on the latest Insider Preview build -- rolling back now...)
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  3.    21 Feb 2018 #12

    I can’t see my laptop (PC Specialist) getting any BIOS updates even for Spectre/Meltdown as they seem reluctant to issue them. Several users have ask on their forums about them.
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  4.    21 Feb 2018 #13

    They didn't mention the Haswell (4th gen) CPU's in the announcement.
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  5.    21 Feb 2018 #14

    fireberd said: View Post
    They didn't mention the Haswell (4th gen) CPU's in the announcement.
    Still pending.
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  6. ericnixmd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
       21 Feb 2018 #15

    My Dell Precision 3520 with Xeon 3.0 got an update today. Was dated 18 Feb for release.
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  7.    21 Feb 2018 #16

    In that white paper, Intel almost seems to be acknowledging that Google's "Retpoline" fix is a better approach for mitigating variant 2 of Spectre. Retpoline has already been implemented in the latest Linux kernel. So if you have a computer that runs a distribution of Linux, you don't even need a CPU microcode update. And you'll be protected even if the processor in your computer is many generations old. It would be interesting to know why Microsoft chose not to go this route.
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  8. Geneo's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Retail
       22 Feb 2018 #17

    essenbe said: View Post
    @bordi, that is correct and they probably already have. It will be a BIOS update. Yours should be Version 1003 (https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-X-HERO-WI-FI-AC/HelpDesk_BIOS/) if this is your board.
    BIOS 1003 has version 7C, that is not the new microcode, which is 84. The new BIOS will be > 1003, when Asus releases it. it will probably take at least a week.
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  9. Geneo's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Retail
       22 Feb 2018 #18

    fireberd said: View Post
    They didn't mention the Haswell (4th gen) CPU's in the announcement.
    Those are still in beta.
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  10.    23 Feb 2018 #19

    Getting a little confusing now but I think I’ve got it

    My current Bios is no 1003 dated 21/12/2017

    Available Bios updates from Asus is 0802-17/11/2017 and 1003-02/01/2018

    Any Spectre-related motherboard BIOS will be dated from 08/02/2018 or later

    Conclusion, wait until Asus releases another Bios update :)
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