Asus preps 87 motherboards for next-gen Intel CPUs

— 12:41 PM on October 6, 2016

Kaby Lake isn't coming to desktop systems until sometime next year, but Asus has already released UEFI BIOS updates for 87 of its LGA 1151 consumer desktop motherboards in anticipation of Intel's "optimized" 14-nm CPU line. More of the company's motherboards are likely to receive firmware updates in the future to that end, as well.

Asus' Edge Up in-house blog conspicuously avoids using the terms "seventh-generation Core" or "Kaby Lake," but the blog post leaves little doubt that the BIOS updates are in fact intended for the Intel's seventh-generation Core CPUs likely to appear on store shelves in Q1 2017.

Asus reminds users that some of its motherboards' firmware can be updated without a CPU or memory by using the integrated USB BIOS Flashback feature. Boards without that feature can be updated through the EFI using its EZ Flash 3 utility. Asus provides Windows UEFI updating software, as well. The full list of motherboards with updated firmware can be viewed in the blog post here.

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