I don't believe I set up any sort of dual bios - but the computer has been restarted a few times with no indication of reverting back, so that's good enough for me!!
all I can tell is it's using version FH, so I'm hoping it doesn't become some sort of issue. That being said, it's amazing that intel originally had 6 core processors only to go away from it.
Perhaps I can settle for the xeon w3680 then, as it's only $43
Got the w3680, and overclocked it.
Managed 4.4 ghz at 1.375v,
191 bclk, x23 mult, x19 uncore, x6 ram,
got a wonderful cinebench score of 2106 and 287 (single)
Hasn't crashed or stuttered really on me yet, so i'm keeping it this way ;D
Temps peak around 78 C (66 F ambient) on the corsair H80 with an EF4 vardar in pull
$45 well spent, i'd say. Only thing it can upgrade now is with 3x8gb ECC ram and a 2070