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ASRock releases new Intel X99 BIOS update, confirms names of future Broadwell-E CPUs

By John Law & Koh Wanzi - on 13 Apr 2016, 9:59am

ASRock releases new Intel X99 BIOS update, confirms names of future Broadwell-E CPUs

All Intel X99 motherboards from ASRock will support Broadwell-E with the updated BIOS. (Image Source: ASRock)

Broadwell-E is coming. In anticipation of the processor launch, ASRock has announced a major BIOS update for its Intel X99 motherboards to add support for the new 14nm CPUs. And while Intel hasn’t officially announced Broadwell-E yet, ASRock has gone ahead and listed a number of the new chips in a blog post, conveniently outing a good number of them, including the 10-core, 20-thread flagship Core i7-6950X chip.

Other processors named by ASRock include the Intel Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K, and the Core i7-6800K. Rumors peg the Core i7-6800K as the most affordable of the lot at around US$390, while the 10-core Core i7-6950X flagship could cost as much as US$1,500 (approx. RM5,781) and will feature a core clock of 3.0GHz, 25MB of L3 cache, and a 140 watt TDP.

The company says that all of its Intel X99 motherboards will support Broadwell-E chips with the new BIOS update. The upcoming CPUs use the same Intel LGA 2011-v3 socket as Haswell-E, so X99 owners need not worry about further compatibility issues as long as they have the right BIOS.

Users planning to upgrade to Broadwell-E can already download the update from ASRock’s website. Back in January, Gigabyte also released a BIOS update to prepare its X99 boards for Broadwell-E.

Intel is expected to officially launch the new processors around the middle of the year, most likely during Computex 2016 in Taipei.

Source: ASRock.