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ASUS has shared a press release that can confirm its Z690 motherboards will have full support of 13th Gen Intel Core “Raptor Lake” processors thanks to new BIOS updates, something that should come as little surprise to enthusiasts who have been following the news regarding Intel’s next-generation desktop platform, which retains the current LGA 1700 socket that was introduced for Alder Lake chips last year.

Among the motherboards that will include support for 13th Gen Intel Core processors are premium models in the ROG and ROG Strix product lines, including the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial, ROG Maximus Z690 Hero, and ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFI. Others include the ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi, one of the better options for those who prefer a more minimalistic look, and six Prime motherboards, such as the Prime Z690-A and Prime Z690M-Plus D4. Four TUF Gaming motherboards that include the TUF Gaming Z690-Plus are also listed.

Intel is expected to release its first 13th Gen Core “Raptor Lake” processors later this year. Similar to Alder Lake, Raptor Lake will include support for PCI Express 5.0 and DDR5, although DDR4 compatibility is also there for those who are considering cheaper motherboard and memory options. The flagship models will also feature maximum clock speeds of as high as 5.8 GHz, according to some rumors.

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ASUS today announced BIOS support and updates readying a range of motherboards for a new wave of Intel CPUs. ASUS provides convenient tools to update the BIOS — BIOS Flashback and EZ Flashi . The design of BIOS Flashback allows users to update the BIOS without entering the BIOS screen, and the ASUS EZ Flash 3 program allows them to easily update the BIOS version without entering the Windows operating system. ASUS 600-series motherboards will receive support for these new CPUs according to the chart below.

All UEFI BIOS updates will be available on the respective motherboard support pages, which can be accessed via the ASUS Support website at https://www.asus.com/support.

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3 comments

  1. This nis something we can largely thank AMD for I think.
    Not really; Intel has held to ~2 generations per socket for some time now. It's been pretty well understood that Z690 and LGA1700 will support 12th and 13th generation desktop SKUs.

    Bigger question, since bringing up AMD - how will AMD fare with AM5? Intel has pretty regularly expanded the capabilities of their platforms, with Z690 being no different - and the delta in support shows when comparing even Z590 to X570 in terms of expansion support.

    Things like high-bandwidth USB / Thunderbolt will only expand, and folks are going to want more than just a few M.2 slots - essentially, platform support for more bandwidth needs to go up, a lot, and that's not accounting for any sort of add-in cards beyond GPUs.

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