ASUS releases UEFI BIOS updates for Optane-ready motherboards

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Intel’s Optane technology brings a new class of non-volatile memory to PCs based on Kaby Lake processors and 200-series chipsets. We’ve been working with the company to ensure that its new drives work with Optane-ready ASUS and ROG motherboards, and we’re happy to announce support across a broad range of models. All that’s required is a UEFI BIOS update.

The first consumer-oriented Optane drives use the “gumstick” M.2 form factor. They’re designed to serve as ultra-fast caches for slower storage devices like mechanical hard drives. Frequently accessed data is cached on the drives to improve boot and load times, yielding improved performance for high-capacity storage.

The table below lists the ASUS and ROG motherboards compatible with Optane—and the UEFI BIOS revisions required for each one. You’ll also need a Kaby Lake processor; systems based on older Skylake CPUs aren’t supported. The requisite firmware revisions are available for download on the individual product pages for each board. You can find more information on our Optane ready motherboards, links to UEFI BIOS downloads, and instructions on the update procedure on our Optane-ready microsite.

ChipsetModelUEFI BIOS version
Z270ROG MAXIMUS IX EXTREME0906
Z270ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA0906
Z270ROG MAXIMUS IX CODE0906
Z270ROG MAXIMUS IX APEX0906
Z270ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO0906
Z270TUF Z270 MARK 10906
Z270TUF Z270 MARK 20906
Z270PRIME Z270-A0906
Z270PRIME Z270-AR0906
Z270PRIME Z270-K0610
Z270PRIME Z270-P0608
Z270Z270-DRAGON0608
Z270PRIME Z270M-PLUS0607
Z270ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING0906
Z270ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING0906
Z270ROG STRIX Z270H GAMING0906
Z270ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING0906
Z270ROG STRIX Z270I GAMING0607
H270ROG STRIX H270F GAMING0607
H270PRIME H270-PRO0607
H270PRIME H270-PLUS0609
H270PRIME H270M-PLUS0605
Q270PRIME Q270M-C0609
Q270Q270M-CM-A0609
B250ROG STRIX B250H GAMING0303
B250ROG STRIX B250G GAMING0403
B250ROG STRIX B250F GAMING0606
B250PRIME B250M-A0612
B250PRIME B250M-PLUS0607
B250PRIME B250-PLUS0608
B250PRIME B250-PRO0608
B250PRIME B250M-C0607
B250EX-B250M-V50608
B250EX-B250M-V0307
B250EX-B250-V70607
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