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May 24th, 2024 01:44

XPS 8960, BIOS updates 2.05 and 2.06

The last two BIOS updates for this system have dramatically increased load times in all of my games. I rolled back to 2.04 when 2.05 came out and proved problematic and hoped that the next update might resolve the issue. It did not.

Am I at risk of anything by staying in the older BIOS to increase load speeds? Is there any chance these issues will be resolved in the future? I hate not getting “critical” updates, but I can’t deal with the performance loss.

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May 24th, 2024 03:13

If you prefer to keep your system update with new BIOS firmware whenever they are being released, I think that you should delay the BIOS updates schedule for a couple cycles in exchange for a good system performance and avoiding any issue cause by a bad release.

Dell releases BIOS update every month, many are listed as critical.  Yet, while we hardly see the actual benefits of being the first to update, we saw many posting for the issues caused by certain new BIOS updates.

Therefore, you can choose a balance approach to keep your system secure and also not being the first to deal with a botched BIOS update by delaying your BIOS update schedule for a couple cycle.  Therefore, skipping couple of update should not harm your PC but it will actually help to avoid issue. 

1 Rookie


6 Posts

May 24th, 2024 11:19

Thanks for the reply. Good to know. I appreciate the help.

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May 24th, 2024 15:13

Staying on an older BIOS version to improve load speeds isn't inherently risky, but you may miss out on critical updates. There's a chance performance issues could be resolved in future updates, so keep an eye out for those.

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43.8K Posts

May 24th, 2024 18:39

BIOS updates labeled "Critical" are typically security updates.

BIOS updates marked "Recommended" are typically bug fixes and/or performance improvements.

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