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Asus AMD A-Series Motherboards 'Godavari' (That Is, 'Kaveri') Refresh Ready

Following AMD's announcement of the latest A-series APUs, Asus was quick to announce that all of its current A-series motherboards are ready for the newest refreshed APUs. The company's press release stated that Asus announced support for AMD A-Series "Godavari" APUs. (As we mentioned in an earlier post, though, the new line is a "Kaveri refresh;" "Godavari" was just internal nomenclature.)

The list of boards that support the new processor is quite long. Essentially all of the current A88X, A78, A68, A58, and A55 boards that Asus sells are included. Each of the boards will need to be flashed to the latest BIOS, which is available now through the EZ-Update utility.

Model NameUEFI BIOS VersionUEFI BIOS Update ToolGraphics Driver Version
USB BIOS FlashbackEZ Update
A88XCrossblade Ranger1002YesYesV14.502.1013.0
A88X-Pro1902YesYes
A88X-Gamer904N/AYes
A88X-Plus2302N/AYes
A88XM-Plus2202N/AYes
A88XM-A2204N/AYes
A88XM-E1204N/AYes
A78A78M-A1501N/AYes
A78M-E1301N/AYes
A68A68HM-Plus803N/AYes
A68HM-E803N/AYes
A68HM-K803N/AYes
A68HM-F507N/AYes
A58A58-C804N/AYes
A58M-A/USB31505N/AYes
A58M-A/BR1201N/AYes
A58M-E1603N/AYes
A58M-E R2.0703N/AYes
A58M-K1302N/AYes
A58M-F1303N/AYes
A55A55-C Plus1004N/AYes
A55BM-Plus2102N/AYes
A55BM-A/USB32701N/AYes
A55BM-E2501N/AYes
A55BM-E/BR1701N/AYes
A55BM-K1801N/AYes

Owners of Asus A88X-Pro and Crossblade Ranger motherboards have an additional option for flashing their BIOS. These two top-end boards have support for a feature called USB BIOS Flashback. Using this method, users will save the BIOS file on a USB thumb drive. The motherboard simply needs power -- it doesn't even need a CPU or memory installed. With the USB stick plugged in, simply press the USB BIOS flashback button and the rest should be automatic.

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  • TechyInAZ
    I can't wait until all motherboards can upgrade their BIOSes without CPU or RAM installed.
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  • rwinches
    The latest BIOS version for the ASUS A88X PRO is 2001 just released.

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  • toadhammer
    I can't wait until all motherboards can upgrade their BIOSes without CPU or RAM installed.
    Excellent feature! I hope whoever developed this got a big bonus. If only ASUS would offer a mini ITX for FM2+.
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  • j0ndafr3ak
    Excellent feature! I hope whoever developed this got a big bonus. If only ASUS would offer a mini ITX for FM2+.

    Agreed and possibly one mini itx board with a DP connector. No mini itx fm2+ board out there has it.. just the atx ones do...
    Reply