Asus preps 87 motherboards for next-gen Intel CPUs

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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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I think Kaby Lake is to Skylake as Devil’s Canyon is to Haswell. Or has Intel done a bit more to justify calling it Next Generation?

    • e1jones
    • 3 years ago

    Given the clusterf**k installing Win7 on a brand new 100-series Asus board was… their entire BIOS can die in a fire. Something about lacking USB drivers or something… had to abandon a USB stick install and resort to a DVD disk install. And not just the board I was using… it’s pretty much across the line.

      • yuhong
      • 3 years ago

      Blame Intel for this not Asus.

        • e1jones
        • 3 years ago

        Maybe, maybe not… a friend built using Gigabyte, with Win7, and had no such problems.

        At the very least I think Asus owe the consumer a readily available and not painful solution. Which they don’t offer, as of a couple months ago. ‘Cuz at this point I’m going back to Gigabyte.

          • Visigoth
          • 3 years ago

          Quit whining, move on with the times. Install Windows 10 or GTFO.

          • Klimax
          • 3 years ago

          Maybe incorrect setting for USB. IIRC XHCI hand-off.

      • Pwnstar
      • 3 years ago

      Get a better OS.

      • deruberhanyok
      • 3 years ago

      There’s a certain point where it stops making sense to complain about brand new hardware not being supported by an OS, and I think we’ve passed it for Windows 7. It launched in 2009 – it’s time to move on.

      If you don’t like Windows 10, try Ubuntu.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Asus makes 87 LGA 1151 boards? No wonder their products carry a price premium, they’re [b<]INEFFICIENT AF.[/b<] 6 different chipsets x 3 form factors = 18 reasonable permutations Some (not all) of those will have a few extra variants - mostly in the enthusiast gaming sector, but let's face it, you're not going to find a market for security-focused Q170 chipset in a OMG DISCO LIGHTS RGB FRENZY WITH HEATSINKS THAT LOOK LIKE TRANSFORMERS and L337 G4M3RZ branding everywhere.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe it’s 87 total motherboards???

      • I.S.T.
      • 3 years ago

      You’re forgetting the possibility of high middle and low end variations of each chipset…

      That said, 87 is too high.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        I didn’t forget it, that’s the second half of my above post.

        Yes, there are high, middle and low end variants for a few chipsets, but nowhere near all of them. My first example was that there’s no point in a gamer/enthusiast board based on the business chipsets, and to give you another couple of examples:

        There’s no point in a high-end H110 board because H110 has been cut down so much that it’s missing all the high end features.

        There’s no reason to make larger variants of H110/B150 boards because they don’t have the PCIe lanes for more slots than mATX (and even that is pushing your luck) and they don’t need the real estate for their absent M.2, SATA Express or large heatsinks.

        Perhaps all the models that I’m not thinking about are stupid niche configurations for POS terminals and there’s enough profit to make it worth producing an oddball board for a specific use case.

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      Others are not at all far behind. According to skinflint.co.uk, which has the data about 1151 motherboards curently sold in several EU countries, Asus has 83 models, Asrock and Gigabyte each have 69, and MSI has 66. Xeon boards are included here; not sure if they are consumer boards but several have names like Gaming or Extreme.

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 3 years ago

    87 boards! Are these like CPU specific or something.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Each one is custom fitted to the individual Kaby Lake processor that works with it.

      Intel listened very carefully to DoomGuy64 and decided that his rants were nowhere near paranoid enough. Now instead of just preventing you from ever upgrading to a new CPU, Intel will prevent you from ever using a different chip period, even if it’s the exact same model!

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        Thanks for the afternoon laugh. 😀

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Product segmentation at its finest

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    PC sales must be hurting if there are only going to be 87 motherboards made.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 3 years ago

      I thought the same from the headline – but you may be jumping the gun without reading fully – they’re not making 87 new boards, they’re issuing bios upgrades for 87 of their existing motherboards.

      Still nuts that they have 87 different 1151 boards to issue firmware for anyway.

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