Asustek Computer has quietly began to add BIOS support for Intel Corp.’s next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) microprocessors to its mainboards with LGA2011 sockets. Owners of motherboards from Asus will be able to enjoy the new chips and new levels of speeds as soon as they hit the market in early September.
By now, new BIOS versions with support for Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” central processing units have been released for virtually all Asus mainboards based on Intel X79 core-logic set and equipped with LGA2011 sockets. The list of Asus mainboards that now support such chips as Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition, Core i7-4930K and the Core i7-4820K now includes ROG Rampage IV Extreme, ROG Rampage IV Formula, ROG Rampage IV Gene, TUF Sabertooth X79 as well as P9X79-serie, reports TechPowerUp web-site.
The new Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” microprocessors will slightly improve performance compared to existing HEDT chips. Considering the fact that the new chips carry the same amount of cores – four or six – and have nearly similar clock-speeds as predecessors, they will not unleash significantly higher horsepower out-of-the-box. Nonetheless, since the new CPUs are made using thinner 22nm process technology than the Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E”, they will likely provide better overclocking capabilities.
Intel Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” products are expected to emerge commercially in early September, 2013.