PSA: Enthusiasts building their own PCs are accustomed to keeping up with latest drivers, especially when it comes to things like graphics cards. Motherboard BIOS updates are also critical to get the most out of your hardware, but it does happen that when everything is running smoothly after weeks or months, you tend to overlook further BIOS upgrades as they mostly bring compatibility improvements and those are not necessary unless you are switching to newer hardware on the same motherboard.
This happened at the office recently when one of our Ryzen systems refused to wake up from sleep properly. After much troubleshooting, we couldn't narrow down the issue until we realized this started happening only after we installed a new GeForce RTX graphics card. Long story short, a BIOS upgrade to the latest firmware in our Asrock motherboard was everything we needed.
Moreover, these days BIOS updates can be performed with ease using Windows utilities offered by most motherboard manufacturers. If you're unsure or don't remember the exact make and model, check out our guide to find your motherboard's brand and model. There are ways to find this on Windows without installing any software, or you can go straight for CPU-Z or Speccy, which will list all your hardware along with some extra system information in a snap.
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