I really was not able to get any useful information. The displays did not come on at all. The MB buzzer beeped twice, four times and the fan surged a couple of times. This was very similar to what happened when I loaded BIOS 35 (with the i5) and then the system completely died. I thought I'd bricked my MB. As it turned out, the power supply had failed. Upon replacing the power supply, I was able to get BIOS 35 to boot and then I upgraded again to BIOS 39. Because of the issues with the BIOS upgrade, I'm a bit gun shy on the CPU upgrade. When things did not go well with the i7, I shut down and went back to the i5.
I'm not aware that there are any BIOS settings that would be different with the i7 than with the i5. Nothing in the boot order or power settings is changing. I am aware that Intel states that the "ME (managment engine) must be 8.x or later". See http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-033076.htm
. However, this all that Intel has to say about ME8. My understanding is that the later BIOS have both ME7 and ME8. Intel says nothing about turning on one or the other and I could not find either one referenced anywhere in the computer's Windows 7 settings.