ASRock Kills Intel Skylake Bug With BIOS Update, Fire

ASRock released BIOS updates for its Intel 100 Series motherboard lineup that corrects a reported bug in Intel’s 6th generation (Skylake) processors that causes the system to freeze or crash when executing complex workloads.

The error was discovered by users of Prime95, a popular CPU stress-testing application that pushes processors to their limits by executing complex prime number equations. It appears that the Intel Skylake architecture took a page from the early Pentium processor and did not behave as intended when stressed with these heavy workloads.

By the time Intel revealed the issues, the company already had a fix worked out and indicated board vendors would be releasing BIOS updates soon. ASRock is one of the first motherboard vendors to offer a fix for the dreaded Skylake bug.

ASRock’s new BIOS updates are available now at the company's support webpage. Kill the bug with fire.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • BulkZerker
    You can always count on asrock to be on top of things. Especially skylake related things.
  • Bannereus
    ASUS has also had their update out since the 18th for some mainstream boards, and the ROG series by the 19th.

    It was never going to kill Skylake, but I'm glad the mobo manufacturers and helping Intel remedy this bit of silliness.
  • dimar
    I actually emailed them on the day I read about the bug on Tom's website :-)
    Thanks from a loyal customer.