Intel's 5th Generation Core series of CPUs, codenamed Broadwell, have been on the market for a while now, in the form of mobile processors. The biggest benefits of the design in the mobile space is of course improved power consumption, which improves battery life, and improved graphics performance. On the desktop front however, we're expecting increased performance, power efficiency, and overclocking headroom. And thanks to ASUS, current H97 and Z97 board owners will be able to pick up a new broadwell processor, and use it right away.
ASUS has announced support for nearly their entire range of H97 and Z97 motherboards based on the LGA1150 socket. The boards do support the higher performance Maximus, Gryphon, and Sabertooth series, making investments in those boards a good one. Users just have to download and update their UEFI BIOS with the ASUS bios updater app, which is available from their suport website. Just pop in your board model and it should take you to the right place. Just make sure you hang on to your current generation chip so you can flash the board, before you sell it to pay for your broadwell upgrade.
With Intel's "Skylake" platform coming down the pipe soon, with a new socket named LGA1151, this should give users that invested in the current LGA1150 platform a bit more performance in the meantime.
The full press release including models that will currently receive the upgrade as well as the exact BIOS versions you'll want to get a hold of, are posted below.
ASUS Announces Support for 5th-Generation Intel Core Processors
Fremont, CA (March 10, 2015) - ASUS today announced that all 9 Series motherboards offer support for 5th-generation Intel® CoreTM processors, assuring a quick, safe, and smooth upgrade — immediately. The easy-to-use ASUS USB BIOS Flashback or BIOS Updater tools enable users to update the UEFI BIOS quickly, unleashing the performance of the latest high-performance CPUs.
Easy update for instant compatibility with new 5th-generation Intel Core processors
ASUS 9 Series motherboards that include the renowned ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature enable users to apply UEFI BIOS updates with incredible ease. This innovative tool downloads the latest BIOS to a USB flash drive, enabling users to update the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS quickly and easily. The motherboard does not even need to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place: users can simply connect the power supply, plug in their USB drive, press the USB BIOS Flashback or Reset button and then sit back and wait — there’s nothing else to do.
For other ASUS 9 Series motherboards the necessary UEFI BIOS update takes just one click in an easy-to-use Windows-based BIOS updater application , which can be downloaded free of charge from the ASUS website.
Users keen to take advantage of the power of the latest 5th-generation Intel Core processors can visit the ASUS website, at www.asus.com, and download the relevant UEFI BIOS version today. The following ASUS 9 Series motherboards can be updated for compatibility with the latest Intel CPUs:
|1. Users should check their ASUS 9 Series motherboard model for feature availability. Check the list below or visit www.asus.com for more information.
2. BIOS-update process may require motherboard to be fitted with a current-generation processor.