ASUS releases UEFI updates for Intel’s next-generation LGA 1151 CPUs

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It’s that time again. We’re inching closer to the release of a new Intel processor architecture for desktops. While we can’t share the juicy details with you yet, we can tell you that our R&D department has been working with the CPUs for several months, uncovering everything they have to offer. Things are maturing nicely; in due time, we’ll post a slew of guides and info here on Edge Up that you don’t want to miss.

The Internet rumor mills have been running rampant with gossip for some time, but if you didn’t know already, the new processors utilize Intel’s existing LGA 1151 socket. They’re compatible with 100-series motherboards by way of a simple UEFI update. Our firmware teams have been busy compiling and validating UEFI builds that enable support, and those builds are ready to download today. The current support list includes no fewer than 87 ASUS motherboards, with more to be added in the near future. So, if you already own or are thinking of purchasing one of our 100-series motherboards, you can rest assured it will work with the next-gen CPUs.

Firmware updates made easy

For those of you who already own an ASUS motherboard, updating to the latest firmware couldn’t be easier. Our UEFI interface includes the renowned EZ Flash 3 utility, allowing the firmware to be upgraded with a FAT formatted USB flash drive or via the Internet. ASUS Z170 motherboards also include USB BIOS flashback, enabling firmware updates without a CPU or memory installed. This feature is perfect for updating motherboards to work with CPUs they don’t yet support. It can even help you recover from a failed flash attempt.

We recommend using EZ Flash 3 or USB BIOS Flashback because there’s less chance of a failure. If you prefer doing things within the operating system, the ASUS EZ Update software utility can be used to flash the motherboard’s firmware. Whichever method you choose, we recommend performing the procedure at stock settings to ensure the system is stable during the process.

The sortable, searchable table below lists all 87 motherboards and shows the requisite UEFI version to enable support for the new CPUs. Firmware for each motherboard is available to download from the ASUS website.

Intel ChipsetIntel ChipsetBIOS Version
Z170 MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII HERO2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII GENE 2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII RANGER 2202
Z170MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT2202
Z170Z170 PRO GAMING/AURA2003
Z170Z170 PRO GAMING2003
Z170Z170I PRO GAMING2003
Z170Z170-PREMIUM2202
Z170Z170-DELUXE2202
Z170Z170-PRO2202
Z170Z170-A2202
Z170Z170-AR2202
Z170Z170-E2202
Z170Z170-K2003
Z170Z170-P D32002
Z170Z170-P2003
Z170Z170M-PLUS2002
Z170Z170M-E D32001
Z170SABERTOOTH Z170 S2202
Z170SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 12202
Q170Q170T2002
Q170Q170S12001
Q170Q170M-C2003
Q170Q170M22001
Q170Q170I-PLUS2002
H170H170 PRO GAMING2003
H170H170-PRO/USB 3.12002
H170H170-PRO2003
H170H170-PLUS D32002
H170H170M-PLUS2002
H170H170M-E D32001
H170H170I-PRO2002
H170H170I-PLUS D32001
B150B150 PRO GAMING/AURA2003
B150B150 PRO GAMING D32001
B150B150 PRO GAMING2003
B150B150-A2001
B150B150-PRO D32001
B150B150-PRO2002
B150B150-PLUS D32001
B150B150-PLUS2002
B150B150M-PLUS D32001
B150B150M-PLUS2003
B150B150M-A/M.22003
B150B150M-A2001
B150B150M-C D32001
B150B150M-C2003
B150B150M-D D32001
B150B150M-D2002
B150B150M-V PLUS2002
B150B150M-K D32001
B150B150M-K2003
B150B150M-F PLUS2002
B150B150M-ET M22002
B150B150M-ET D32001
B150B150M-ET2001
B150PIO-B150M2002
B150EX-B150M-V5 D32001
B150EX-B150M-V52002
B150EX-B150M-V32003
H110H110-PLUS2002
H110H110M-R2002
H110H110M-PLUS D32001
H110H110M-PLUS2002
H110H110M-A/M.22003
H110H110M-A/DP2002
H110H110M-A D32001
H110H110M-A2001
H110H110M-C D32001
H110H110M-D D32001
H110H110M-D2002
H110H110M-ET2001
H110H110M-E/M.22002
H110H110M-E D32001
H110H110M-E2002
H110H110M-K D32001
H110H110M-K2003
H110H110I-PLUS2002
H110H110T2002
H110H110S12002
C232E3-PRO V52002
C232E3M-PLUS V52003
C232E3M-ET V52001
C232E3M-ET V52002