ASUS has announced BIOS support and updates, readying a range of motherboards for Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. ASRock was the first to release BIOS support for their Z690, H670, B660 & H610 motherboards and now ASUS has too released BIOS support. However, Asus appears only to be supporting Raptor Lake on its top-end Z690 chipset motherboards, at least initially.
The Official Press Release: ASUS today announced BIOS support & updates, readying a range of motherboards for a new wave of Intel CPUs. ASUS provides convenient tools to update the BIOS, BIOS Flashback, and EZ Flash. The design of BIOS Flashback allows users to update the BIOS without entering the BIOS screen, and the ASUS EZ Flash 3 program allows them to easily update the BIOS version without entering the Windows operating system.
The motherboards that will receive the update are given in the chart below.
|Product line||Model name||BIOS version|
|ROG||ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial||1601|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme||1601|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Formula||1601|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Hero||1601|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Apex||1601|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Eva||1601|
|ROG Strix||ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi||1601|
|ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi||1601|
|ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi||1601|
|ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4||1601|
|ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi||1601|
|ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi||1601|
|ProArt||ProArt Z690-CREATOR WiFi||1601|
|Prime Z690-P WiFi||1603|
|Prime Z690-P WiFi D4||1603|
|Prime Z690-P D4||1603|
|Prime Z690m-Plus D4||1603|
|TUF Gaming||TUF Gaming Z690-Plus||1601|
|TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi||1601|
|TUF Gaming Z690-Plus D4||1601|
|TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4||1601|
All UEFI BIOS updates will be available on the respective motherboard support pages, which can be accessed via the ASUS Support website.
Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake chips are about to launch in Fall 2022, and so far, the benchmark and test results have shown that the next-gen processors will be relatively faster than their Alder Lake predecessors.
AMD is also launching its Ryzen 7000 series around the same time. The added benefit that Intel has over AMD is its support for DDR5 as well as DDR4 memory type in their upcoming CPUs. This was confirmed by the leaked DDR4 variants of ASRock’s motherboard lineup.
With the next-gen chips, Intel will also launch its upcoming motherboard lineup, the 700 series. The Z790 will act as the flagship motherboard along with H770 and B760 included in the 700 series.
The motherboards are impressive over the current-gen 600 series, but there’s no need to upgrade to a new motherboard as the 600 series motherboards are still good enough. Although if you are looking to improve your CPUs, you must have a motherboard that supports them.
If you use an ASUS B660 or H610 motherboard, it doesn’t look like you will be able to upgrade to Raptor Lake CPUs when they come out. However, there are still months left till the launch of Raptor Lake processors, and we should see more BIOS support by ASUS and other manufacturers.
ASUS or ASUSTek Computer Inc. is a Taiwanese computer and electronic hardware company, based out of Beitou, Taipei. They became a common name with their EEE PC and Zenfone series. They have recently introduced Zenbo, a smart hobot robot.
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