The BIOS!

Wait.. what is your BIOS?

Basic
Input
Output
System

What does that mean?

Your BIOS…

“is a type of firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the booting process. and to provide runtime services for operating systems and programs.”

Huh?

Basically it’s the configuration of the Input devices on a computer’s motherboard, and how they will Output to the System as a whole.

Over time developers cleanup their code to improve things so their code will run much faster or more securely.  On most devices these improvements are referred to as firmware updates, ROM updates, or simply updates like the one your phone applied the other day. When you refer to a motherboard update, it’s known as a BIOS update. These updates can help tremendously with the stability and performance of your whole system. The BIOS updates can also decrease stability in your system or make it non-functional. This is why BIOS updates are optional and require you to do a few things physically instead of simply updating over your existing operating system.

Below you can see a video showing how to update a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 motherboard and how the increase in performance may be short lived by other instabilities that arise from updating the BIOS. With enough patience and know how of your computer you can tweak your system back into being stable as is explained in this video as well.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN AMD PROCESSOR WE SUGGEST..
AMD FX-8370 8xx series at 4.3GHz stock (same price as FX-9590 probably better for overclocking though)

Used in the video

USB flash drive

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5

Processor
AMD FX-9590

Cooling
Thermaltake Water 3.0

Alternative Chips
most recommended online (also $50 cheaper)
AMD FX-8350

Files

GA-990FXA-UD5  BIOS update

Q-flash readme