MSI Releases Fix for Intel Skylake Freeze Bug
Last week, we reported about a bug in Intel Skylake that was affecting the platform by causing freezing and crashing when tasked with certain “complex workloads.” The bug was brought to our attention by a team of mathematicians known as the Mersenne Community. Later, Intel confirmed the existence of the bug further revealing that:
… issue only occurs under certain complex workload conditions, like those that may be encountered when running applications like Prime95. In those cases, the processor may hang or cause unpredictable system behaviour.
MSI, however, has already addressed the issue as it makes an updated beta BIOS available for owners of the Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM and Z170A GAMING M7 motherboards.
In an email to a tech news blog HEXUS.net, the Taiwanese hardware company stated that day-to-day users would very rarely experience the freeze bug but the firm has acted swiftly to address it so that users might not shy away from Intel’s latest-and-greatest architecture and the benefits it brings. The company reassures “potential buyers of MSI boards that it’s not an issue now.”
The updated beta BIOS from MSI is available right away from the firm’s OneDrive account, while the same fix will be coming to the full roster of Skylake motherboards in due course.
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