AMD latest line of APUs, AMD Raven Ridge, launched earlier this week with a great critical reception and these APUs are also compatible with AM4 socket motherboards, however, a BIOS update is required before you can use the AMD Raven Ridge APUS on AM4 socket motherboards.
Updating the BIOS for a motherboard can be tricky and requires a cheap CPU in the motherboard to carry out the tasks and AMD has announced that it will be providing a cheap CPU to update your BIOS.
As noted by Ars Technica, AMD has noted on its support website that it will be shipping “bootkit” to AMD Raven Ridge APU owners to help them flash the firmware. The kit will feature a dual-core A6-9500 APU, a bare minimum CPU to get things started.
However, you will have to send the chip back when you are finished with it. But this is nonetheless a very consumer-friendly move that even Intel has never made.
All you have to do is visit AMD’s warranty claim page, and fill out the information required and the company will ship you the Bootkit to you.
In related news, AMD Athlon 200GE APU’s listing has popped up online. According to the specs, it will be a DUal-Core with four threads L2 2x512KB, L3 4MB Cache, with a base frequency of 3.2GHz. According to the listing, AMD Athlon 200GE will be used for Lenovo 234
Speaking of leaked processors, Intel Core i9-8950HK mobile processor has been leaked online suggesting that the mobile processor will be unlocked and users will be able to overclock it.
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