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Asrock Announces X99 BIOS Update, Outs Entire Intel Broadwell-E Lineup

Ahead of Intel’s anticipated Broadwell-E processor launch, Asrock announced the availability of an updated BIOS with support for the new X99 platform CPUs.

The update applies to all of Asrock’s X99 motherboard lineup. The new Broadwell-E processors drop into the same LGA 2011-v3 sockets as their Haswell-E predecessors, and the new CPUs introduce 14 nm lithography to Intel’s Extreme Edition chipset.

Asrock said its new BIOS updates will support the entire Broadwell-E lineup, which includes the deca-core Core i7-6950X, the Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K. Aside from a few leaked product reference tables, Asrock appears to be the first reputable source to confirm the Broadwell-E lineup offerings (or at least the processor names) ahead of Intel’s official announcement, presumably slated for Computex.

Asrock’s X99 BIOS updates with support for Intel Broadwell-E processors is available right now from the company’s website. Now we just have to wait for the CPUs.

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.

  • gggplaya
    I'm still gonna buy a zen processor.
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  • jkhoward
    I'm still gonna buy a zen processor.

    Same here, even if it is slower than my i5-4670K. I see a lot of potential with HSA in the future and a power dedicated graphics for DX12.
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  • tical2399
    I got a 5820k so no need to upgrade here, but I really want to see what Zen is all about. I'm sure it wont beat whatever i5/i7 is out at that time, but all it needs to do is be somewhat close and cost a good deal less and it might just be the go to recommendation for those who just want to game well and not focused on what cpu is at the top of the food chain.
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  • This update completely breaks power management in Haswell-E processor.
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  • tical2399
    17807947 said:
    This update completely breaks power management in Haswell-E processor.

    Who has an extreme edition cpu and is concerned about power management? We bought them for power, efficiency be damned.
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  • RedJaron
    17807955 said:
    17807947 said:
    This update completely breaks power management in Haswell-E processor.

    Who has an extreme edition cpu and is concerned about power management? We bought them for power, efficiency be damned.
    If it just raises a little power consumption, that's nothing big. Or is he saying this causes actual power management problems that leads to system instability? Can't tell the way it's worded.
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  • Turb0Yoda
    I wouldn't think anything would be wrong with power delivery, otherwise they would have made new boards. All these need are BiOS update(s).
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  • CRITICALThinker
    It seems like Asrock continues to poke the bear that is Intel, first advertising non-Z/K overclocking, and then leaking data. I wonder how this will turn out - I don't think there will be any popcorn needed, but something should happen, right?
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  • Turb0Yoda
    17808837 said:
    It seems like Asrock continues to poke the bear that is Intel, first advertising non-Z/K overclocking, and then leaking data. I wonder how this will turn out - I don't think there will be any popcorn needed, but something should happen, right?

    Sssssh Everything will be all right haha

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  • jimmysmitty
    17808837 said:
    It seems like Asrock continues to poke the bear that is Intel, first advertising non-Z/K overclocking, and then leaking data. I wonder how this will turn out - I don't think there will be any popcorn needed, but something should happen, right?

    None of this is news though. We have known about the Broadwell-E parts, their numbers and their core counts. Only thing we do not know is what their pricing of what kind of performance increase per core per clock we will see.
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