Something to look forward to: Intel’s 13th-generation processors aren’t expected to hit the market for months, but vendors are already preparing existing motherboard models with BIOS updates. Asus is the latest, following Asrock’s BIOS rollout last month, although the former has initially only revealed updates for flagship boards.
On Friday, Asus issued BIOS updates to prepare its Z690 motherboards for Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs when they launch later this year. We already knew that Raptor Lake 600-series owners wouldn’t need to upgrade to the upcoming 700-series boards, as compatibility for the new processors only requires a BIOS patch.
Asrock rolled out similar updates in late June, but they applied to its Z690, H670, B660, and H610 motherboards. So far, Asus has only released downloads for the high-end Z690 chipset. These patches and other announcements confirm that Raptor Lake processors will support DDR4 RAM.
Asus has rolled out a new BIOS to its ROG, ROG Strix, ProArt, Prime and TUF Gaming lines. Most use version 1601, but all affected Prime cards except Prime Z690-A require BIOS version 1603. Users can find the updates at Asus’ Download Center by searching for their specific model.
It is not known when Asus will update its other 600 series boards, but the company has plenty of time as rumors place the Raptor Lake launch in Q3 or Q4 2022. The competing Zen 4 processors are also coming later this year, but that will require new motherboards. using the upcoming AM5 socket platform, which in turn requires DDR5 RAM.