AMD A6-9500 Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2016 with 2 cores and 2 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 65W power rating. A6-9500 is based on the Bristol Ridge 28nm family and part of the A6 series.
Price 73.4%
Speed 71%
Productivity 47%
Gaming 74%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics Radeon R5 (on die)
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2016 Model
Price 64 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 2 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.8 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.8 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 28 nm
L3 Cache 0 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 73.4 %
Speed Score 71 %
Productivity Score 47 %
Gaming Score 74 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 59.8 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 29.9 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 15 %
Overall Score 33/100

The A6-9500 is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2016 with 2 cores and 2 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.8GHz, and a 65W power rating. The A6-9500 is based on the Bristol Ridge 28nm family and is part of the A6 series.

AMD's Excavator+ series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

Moving beyond games, it’s an easy win for the Core i3-7350K. The Core i3 upgrade path on B150, B250, B360, B365, C232, C236, C246, H110, H170, H270, H310, H370, Q170, Q270, Q370, Z170, Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboards, all support upcoming Kaby Lake-S processors. So if you buy a nice B150, B250, B360, B365, C232, C236, C246, H110, H170, H270, H310, H370, Q170, Q270, Q370, Z170, Z270, Z370, Z390 board now with the Core i3-7350K, you’ll be able to slap a Bristol Ridge processor on there later in the year, or whenever you deem it necessary.

One of the nice things about the AMD A6-9500 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD A6-9500 up for $64 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD A6-9500 retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

The AMD A6-9500 seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $64 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i3-7350K 2-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics ($179 shipped).

Bottom Line, the AMD A6-9500 does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 7 Gen Core Bristol Ridge processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

The A6-9500 clocks up to 3.8Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.9GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370, X470, X570 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream A6 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its A6-9500 processors, which the company is making available as of Dec 2016.

AMD arms A6-9500 with a 3.5 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 3.8 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The A6-9500 also offers a 3.5 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel keeps its Core i3-7350K operating at a static 4.2 GHz clock rate.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD A6-9500

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD A6-9500.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $33 75.8 FPS
100.8 FPS
73.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $17.6 73.8 FPS
98.1 FPS
71.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $10.4 67 FPS
88.2 FPS
63.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $46.7 64.2 FPS
85.4 FPS
63.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $11 63.3 FPS
82.5 FPS
59.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $12.8 59.4 FPS
78.7 FPS
56.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $8.5 59 FPS
75.9 FPS
54.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $20.6 58.2 FPS
75.9 FPS
56.2 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $12 58.2 FPS
75.4 FPS
53.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $7 56.7 FPS
73.4 FPS
52.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $8.9 55.9 FPS
71 FPS
51.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $7.6 52.9 FPS
66 FPS
47.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $6.7 51.9 FPS
67.3 FPS
47.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $9.9 50.4 FPS
64.3 FPS
45.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $7 49.8 FPS
60.8 FPS
42.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $5.7 49 FPS
62.9 FPS
44.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $31.7 47.3 FPS
59.4 FPS
45.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $10.6 47.1 FPS
61.1 FPS
43.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $8.8 46.7 FPS
59.6 FPS
42.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $22 45.4 FPS
57.2 FPS
40.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $6.3 44.4 FPS
56.7 FPS
40.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $9 44.2 FPS
57.1 FPS
40.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $9.3 43 FPS
54.4 FPS
38.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $5.5 41.9 FPS
53.5 FPS
38.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $16.4 39.5 FPS
50.2 FPS
35.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $5.6 39.4 FPS
50.3 FPS
35.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $7.5 37.4 FPS
46.3 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $18.1 35.9 FPS
47.7 FPS
34.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $4.7 34.3 FPS
43.7 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $5.9 34 FPS
42.1 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $16.2 33.9 FPS
42.5 FPS
30.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $6.9 33.2 FPS
41 FPS
28.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $19.8 32.7 FPS
42.6 FPS
30.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $31.5 31.7 FPS
39.4 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $17.8 30.9 FPS
40.1 FPS
28.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $8.2 30.8 FPS
38.4 FPS
27.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $5.5 30.5 FPS
37.9 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $14.4 29.7 FPS
38.5 FPS
27.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $5.8 29.2 FPS
36.5 FPS
26 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $11.5 28.7 FPS
35.5 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $14.3 27.9 FPS
35.8 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $11.9 27.7 FPS
35.1 FPS
23.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $6.2 27.4 FPS
34.7 FPS
24.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $5.7 26.2 FPS
33.1 FPS
23.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $7.3 24.4 FPS
31.1 FPS
22 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $11.2 20.5 FPS
25.9 FPS
18.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $13.5 18.4 FPS
23.3 FPS
15.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $10.9 18.3 FPS
23.1 FPS
15.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $9.4 18 FPS
22.8 FPS
16.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $15.6 17.9 FPS
22.7 FPS
15.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $11.3 17.6 FPS
22.1 FPS
15.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $11 15.4 FPS
19.2 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $7 14.2 FPS
17.6 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $11.4 13.9 FPS
17.2 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $10.9 13.7 FPS
16.2 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $11 13.6 FPS
15.7 FPS
11.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $11.1 12.6 FPS
15.6 FPS
11 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $12.3 12.1 FPS
13.4 FPS
9.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $8 9.9 FPS
12.4 FPS
8.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $8.3 9.5 FPS
11.8 FPS
7.9 FPS

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Help me choose. Xps 9500 vs xps 9300 vs xps 7590 (specs below)

Xps 9500: 10th gen i5, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd. $1800

Xps 9300: 10th gen i5, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd. $1700

Xps 7590: 9th gen i7, 16gb, 512gb, gtx 1650. $1830

Edit: just noticed the i5 in the 9300 and 9500 aren't exactly the same. The one in 9500 is 8mb cache, up to 4.5ghz, and the one in 9300 is 6mb cache, up to 3.6ghz

Canadian here going into first year of university studying cs. Looking for something that will get me through my 4 years.

I know the xps 9500 might come with quality control issues like the trackpad but it's not a dealbreaker for me as I'm willing to take chances.

I really prefer the 16:10 aspect ratio. I once saw my friend's old xps 13 and it was just too damn short for my liking.

As for the size, I'm not sure if I'm gonna find the 13 big enough. Like i said my friends xps 13 was too small and i don't know if the new aspect ratio is gonna help it that much. But I will be carrying it in a backpack almost everyday so is there a significant difference between the 3 devices in portability?

The graphics card on the 7590 is a plus which I can use to do some gaming but I really don't "need" it to be honest.

How do these devices compare in battery life?

Please let me know what you guys think and what would you do in this situation

Blandbl July 21, 2020

The 13 and 15 has completely different processors. The 13 is the lower power version.

As for size, I'd prioritize your use case. I have a desktop so I got the 13 for the portability. If your laptop is going to be your day to day system, I'd personally say the 15 is a must. Little difference in portability between the 7590 and 9500.

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YogurtMilk January 13, 2020
Why my ac2 lags
Why the hell my ac2 goes in 30fps with my nvidia 9500 gt and amd athlon 5000+ and 3gb ram makes no sense
Frag Maniac October 06, 2012
The CPU barely passes min reqs, so low graphics settings and low FPS should be the norm, especailly with so many years wear and tear. You also made no mention of what PSU is being used.

You should note as well that the recomended 8800 GT is roughly 3 times the power of your 9500 GT.

8800 GT Passmark Score = 748

9500 GT Passmark Score = 272

This is why it's normal for the game to lag even on low settings with your spec.

AC 2 Requirements
YogurtMilk January 09, 2020
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Remeca August 30, 2019
I think you'd be lucky to get 20fps on lowest settings and 720p. Back in the day AC2 ran OK on my pc on medium , which was similar to yours but had a much much better GPU. You're really not going to be doing much gaming from the last decade on a 9500GT.
mRiddle December 07, 2019
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I'm looking to build a new quiet (silnce and power efficiency are very important to me) mini-pc desktop for learning Data Science and doing side projects at home (i.e competitions).

The reason I'm going for a mini-pc is: I don't need portability, so laptop is not an option. Normal power supplies are very noisy and power hungry, thus I'm searching for something with a low voltage external power brick, and lastly, I don't game nor use CUDA, so I don't need a GPU either.

That leaves me with 2 options:

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    i5 9500 3.0Ghz, 6 Core 9MB
    i7 9700 3.0Ghz, 8 Core, 12MB).
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    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core™ i5 Six Core Processor i5-9500 (3.0GHz) 9MB Cache


    Memory (RAM)
    16GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)

    Graphics Card
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    1st Storage Drive
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    Processor Cooling
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    Thermal Paste

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    USB/Thunderbolt Options
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    Operating System
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    P referred Website(s) for Parts: Open to suggestions.

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    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£57.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (£649.98 @ Box Limited)
    Case: Fractal Design Define S ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair RMx White (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£79.99 @
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    -No Graphics Cards

    This is a new build and I can't figure out what is wrong with it.
    The issue of this build is that it can not boot. I first assembled the computer and placed it in the case I bought and it wouldn't boot. I decided to troubleshoot this and removed the motherboard from its case and did a method called breadboarding. I was told that this motherboard was running and working and that the motherboard was running an R5 2600 with videos of it running. My first test on this motherboard was a Ryzen 5 2400G and the Corsair RAM. I tried running and I didn't get a boot nor signal on the monitor. This was hooked up via HDMI. The keyboard and mouse wouldn't also power on. I checked out the motherboard and the CPU EZ DEBUG LED was on. I started looking through archived post and threads and it all lead to a RAM issue. I removed the ram from the motherboard, I then powered it on and the CPU DEBUG LED was still on, the DRAM LED was off which I was expecting it to be on. I removed the CPU from the motherboard including the RAM removed and powered it on. The CPU EZ DEBUG LED was still on. I started panicking and kept scrolling through threads. I heard methods of trying to only insert one stick onto the A1/B2 slot, one at a time with the CPU and the CPU LED was still on. I then tried another method which was ressetting the CMOS by removing the battery and I got the same results. I then found a post where the bios may not be updated so I got my hands onto the A6-9500, to insure the RAM would work, I traded my Corsair RAM with the Hyper X ram momentarily. I placed the new CPU into the socket and placed the HYPER X RAM into the B2 slot. I got the same result. However, I got a different result when I removed the HYPER X ram. When I powered the motherboard without the RAM, the DRAM LED turned on and the CPU LED turned off. There however still was no display. I did another CMOS battery reset and it produced the same results. I am basically in a dead end and I dont know what to do. Should I test with the Corsair RAM with the A6 or is the motherboard bricked/corrupted.
    Wolfshadw August 03, 2006
    With the A6-9500 CPU and one module of the DDR4-2400 Corsair Vengeance RAM installed in slot DIMMA2 (second from the left), you should be able to boot your system, If you are unable to do so, I would inspect the CPU for bent pins.

    -Wolf sends
    arky217 September 30, 2019
    ultra cheap backup build
    Hi, I just joined the forum.

    I was recently given a new Rosewill case and a 500W Rosewill PS.
    I also have a couple of spare hard drives.

    My daily driver is a fairly decent desktop so I'm not trying to build anything
    to replace it. So, I thought that since I already have the case, PS, and HD,
    why not build a ultra cheap desktop to make use of them either as a backup
    or for another member of the family

    I'm looking at these 3 items; what do you think ?

    1) $40 cpu - AMD A6-9500 Dual-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 65W AD9500AGABBOX Desktop Processor Radeon R5
    (also comes with heat sink/fan)
    (I also considered the quad-core A8-9600 for $20 more,
    but the A6-9500 actually has a higher passmark single thread rating of
    1782 vs the A8-9600 of 1573, plus being $20 cheaper)

    2) $62 motherboard - ASUS Prime A320M-K AMD Ryzen AM4 DDR4 HDMI VGA M.2 Micro-ATX A320

    3) $34 memory - G.SKILL Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel X299 / Z270 / Z170 / X99 Platform
    Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C17D-8GNT

    Comes to a total of $136
    Am I overlooking something ?
    Is that Asus motherboard a good inexpensive choice for the A6-9500 ?
    Does this sound like a reasonable build for a cheap backup desktop, seeing that I already have case, PS, HD ?

    Thanks for your comments.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, I also already have monitor, keyboard, mouse.

    Also, does anyone know if the motherboard is compatible with Ubuntu Linux ?
    Barty1884 April 16, 2015
    Even at $40, I can't think of much point in buying any A6 in 2019.

    If you can find an A320 board that you can verify has the BIOS updated (and hasn't sat around on a shelf for a long time), then a 2200G would be a better route to go, IMO.

    As an example, something like this:

    PCPartPicker Part List

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.87 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($38.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $173.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-30 21:44 EDT-0400

    You could opt a little cheaper on the RAM, but 3000MHz is a good sweet spot for Ryzen. It'll "work" just fine with 2133-2400MHz though...
    smmm September 14, 2019
    Confused about power requirements of a GTX 750
    I am building a PC for a friend and the GTX 750 seems like a good low power option, as we are probably using an old HP Pavilion with an AMD Phenom 9500 and a 300w psu. I have used an Asus variant of the 750 before in a Dell Optiplex budget gaming build, which only had a 305w power supply. I had asked about the power requirements of a 750 in a previous thread where I was told it would work fine with even a 250w psu, and it ended up working perfectly with my 305w in the Dell. I was looking at more used 750s on eBay for my friend's PC, and found this Gigabyte model . On Gigabyte's website it lists this GPU as requiring 400w. Is this something I can ignore based on my previous experiences with the 750, or does the Gigabyte model somehow require more power?

    renz496 June 16, 2009
    Sometimes board partner try to increase the PSU requirement a bit more just to be on the safe side. Because not everyone have expensive high quality unit that can output 80% to 90% of it's rated power. Good quality 300w unit should be able to power gtx 750 just fine.
    mana1111 August 29, 2019
    Any other compatible B450 Motherboard?
    Hi guys,

    Lately I made a nice job building a new R5 3600 based system which I'm quite happy about so now need your advises again building a new system for my nephew.
    He plays mostly Steam games such as Arma 3, Counter strike, ARK and Playerunknowns etc.. Looking to make him a system that can run 1440p on ultra with no issues with a nice 4k basic for the future as well. Important for the System to be quiet as possible and yes he wants that to be Intel based.

    This is what i came with:

    PCPartPicker Part List

    CPU | Intel Core i5-9500 3 GHz 6-Core Processor | $220.99 @ Amazon
    CPU Cooler | ARCTIC Freezer 34 CPU Cooler | $32.71 @ Amazon
    Motherboard | Asus Prime B360-Plus ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $100.99 @ Amazon
    Memory | Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $209.99 @ Newegg
    Storage | Kingston A400 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive |-
    Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB AORUS Video Card | $309.99 @ Newegg
    Case | Corsair Carbide 175R RGB ATX Mid Tower Case | $69.99 @ Corsair
    Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $83.99 @ Amazon
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
    | Total | $1028.65
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-29 09:38 EDT-0400 |

    So how's my build? anything to change or upgrade?

    P.S I got this warning on PCpartpicker:
    • Warning!Some Intel B360 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.
    should I worry about it?

    WildCard999 July 18, 2014
    Not everything that will work is listed on the QVL and Corsair is good memory so I'd be surprised if it didn't work. I'd stick with that MSI for the BIOS flash feature.