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I also got a computer that's running a Z77. Would feel a lot better if mobo manufacturers put out a statement saying they're working on the firmware updates, and which models they're planning to update. I'm looking at Asus and Gigabyte websites and forums, and they are in the dark like we are. I'm sure all of the manufacturers are working hard. Just would like some info.
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Another Z77 Extreme6 with Core i5 3570K

Subscribing to the thread in the hope that when Asrock gets around to providing a patch (or making a statement that they won't), that info will be posted in this thread.
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Intel has stated that they will release microcode update for 90% of cpu's which are 5 years old or newer. Without the microcode-update there can't be a bios update. I guess it's possible that they would also fix older systems, but I wouldn't bet on it.

The worst holes (meltdown) are fixed by the OS updates. With the microcode-update the cpu would also have protection against some of the spectre variants but not all. With the microcode-update the computer would be reasonably safe. Without them it depends on the user. If security is a must, you need to get newer hardware. If it is not highest of priorities, keep using it and try to be careful.

That's how I see it now. We should know in the near future what's gonna happen to the older systems.


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Yeah so the Intel press release says their updates should cover CPUs released in the last 5 years. But my Z77 has an Ivy Bridge. Most of the consumer versions of Ivy Bridge came out in mid 2012, that's 5.5 years ago. Might be  bad news  for me. However, lots of the business versions of Ivy Bridge came out mid 2013. So I'm still hoping all of Ivy Bridge will be included.
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Another Z77 (Extreme4) owner here. I am following this thread and hoping for ASRock to release a timely BIOS update to fix these urgent security issues.

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I will watch the MB manufacturer's actions in this Intel case thoroughly. If Intel release microcode updates but AsRock will not publish updated BIOS versions then, my next mainboard will be one from these manufacturers which were more accommodating. I own a Z97E-ITX/ac with i5-5675c Broadwell.

I織m just a bit sceptical atm - not the slightest note/statement/post from AsRock until now, right?
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Originally posted by Termie Termie wrote:

I will watch the MB manufacturer's actions in this Intel case thoroughly. If Intel release microcode updates but AsRock will not publish updated BIOS versions then, my next mainboard will be one from these manufacturers which were more accommodating. I own a Z97E-ITX/ac with i5-5675c Broadwell.

I織m just a bit sceptical atm - not the slightest note/statement/post from AsRock until now, right?
I agree with you dude!
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Glad to see several Z77 people! I'm on Z77 ITX, so my replacement options are quite limited o_O
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Bad news. Asus announced that they are only doing updates for 6th, 7th, and 8th gen CPUs, which I think are Skylake, Kabylake and Coffeelake. The only older ones they will do is X99 chipset, which I think is for the enthusiast tier Haswell and Broadwell 4th and 5th gen. Essentially, Asus is only supporting back to 3 years, which is the typical warranty period for most mobos.

If this is what other mobo manufacturers are doing, then I assume we will not get updates for Sandy, Ivy, and most Haswell and Broadwell.

The only thing we can hope for is that Spectre is difficult to exploit. Meltdown should be mitigated by the Windows updates.


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Originally posted by Unregisteredabc Unregisteredabc wrote:

Asus announced that they...


Well, at least they announced something... If you judge by ASRock's silence you'd get the impression they closed shop for good...
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