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ASRock and ASUS 100-series Motherboards Next-Gen Ready via BIOS Update

ASRock’s current line 100-series of mainboards including entry level H110 and B150 as well as H170 and Z170 models have a new BIOS update that renders them compatible with Intel’s next generation desktop CPUs. These upcoming CPUs use the same LGA1151 socket so they are pin-compatible with 100-series motherboards. Due to non-disclosure agreements of course, specifics about what new features or how much better performing are these new processors going to be cannot be revealed until the embargo date lifts.

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The following ASRock motherboards support this next-gen support update (links open in new window):

ASRock Z170

Model Z170 Extreme7+ Z170 Extreme6+ Z170 Extreme6 Z170 Extreme4+ Z170 Extreme4
Version 7.10 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00
Model Z170M Extreme4 Z170 Extreme3 Z170 Pro4 Z170 Pro4S Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+
Version 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00
Model Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac
Version 7.00 7.00 7.10

ASRock H170

Model H170 Pro4 H170 Pro4S H170M Pro4
Version 7.00 7.10 7.00

ASRock B150

Model B150M Pro4 Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4
Version 7.00 7.10

ASRock H110

Model H110M-HDV H110M-HDS R3.0 H110M-DVS R3.0
Version 7.10 1.10 1.10

Not to be outdone by ASRock, ASUS has also announced that their motherboards will be compatible as well after a firmware update. ASUS’ selection is quite a bit larger however with over 87 motherboards and it even includes C232 chipset models. ASUS has validated that their update is fully compatible and their offerings will be ready much earlier than the launch date. These can be updated either via their EZ Flash 3 feature or via the USB Flashback feature, the latter allows users to update the BIOS with the standby power of the system and without the system actually running with components.

The following ASUS motherboards are supported with the corresponding BIOS version update:

To download the update, users just need to visit their corresponding product’s download page and download the matching UEFI update number. For more information, visit: http://edgeup.asus.com/2016/10/05/asus-announces-support-next-generation-lga-1151-socket-processors/







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