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Hot Of The Press New – UEFI BIOS Updates – Firmware – Feb 2015

BIOS / UEFI releases for the work week 7 of 2015 / February 9th 2015.

As any enthusiast knows hardware only takes you so far. When considering what affects your experience with component products whether it be a motherboard, graphics card or a router, firmware makes a big difference. Firmware affects almost all aspects of a product whether it be performance, compatibility / interoprability, reliability as well as general functionality and even the GUI.  This is an area ASUS has spent considerable time and effort, committing a large number of its internal resources to ensure we have leading firmware that provides a superior user experience. In this new ongoing series we will be covering new updates as they are released. We will be noting what type improvements they enable or implement. Additionally as drivers can also affect performance considerably we  will do our best to give you visibility on important driver releases that can provide or enable new functionality, resolves issues or overall improve the user experience. So if you have been wondering whether a new UEFI ( BIOS ) has been released for your board. look no further.

Below is the list of motherboards have received updates this month. As always you can grab these updates at support.asus.com. For networking we hope to have the list of released firmware available soon and incorporate this into our weekly update.

I have listed updates issues for motherboards since our last post in mid Sept.

I would recommend you use control F ( find ) to search if your motherboard is listed.

For the majority of users if you currently have a system working free of issues then I would advise there is no need for updating your firmware ( UEFI / BIOS ). Conditions I would recommend you update the UEFI are noted below.

  1. Building your system – Updating to the latest UEFI will help to ensure you have the best interoprability, compatibility, performance and stability
  2. Experiencing stability or compatibility issues – While stability and compatibility issues can be affected by a wide range of factors independent of the UEFI if you have gone through standard troubleshooting steps and have verified the issue at stock operation ( as well after a full clean OS installation ) you should consider updating to a newer UEFI / BIOS.
  3. Interested in new features – At times post the launch of initial firmware we may integrate new levels of functionality into the UEFI and applications associated with the UEFI ( such as AiSuite ).

Advisory note – Updating the UEFI can affect RAID configurations due to the option ROM potentially being updated / modified this can render a previously configured RAID unusable. As such it is always advised if you are running a RAID to research prior to the update as well as complete a backup of important data.

It has been a little since we posted our last update include below are updates going back to our last update posted in December.

UEFI releases of note.

RAMPAGE V EXTREME – 1001

X99 DELUXE – 1305

A88X-PRO – 1703

CROSSBLADE RANGER – 0903

 

Complete listing of newly released UEFI / BIOS.

RAMPAGE-V-EXTREME 1001
B85M-VIEWPAKER-SI 0307
H61M-E 1202
A55-C 6601
X99-DELUXE 1305
A78M-E 1102
A68HM-PLUS 0704
A58M-F 1203
A58M-E 1504
A58M-K 1203
A58M-A/USB3 1402
A58M-E R2.0 0603
A78M-A 1301
A88XM-A 2102
A88XM-E 1102
A68HM-E 0702
A68HM-K 0702
A88X-PRO 1703
CROSSBLADE RANGER 0903
A88X-GAMER 0802
A88X-PLUS 2202
A88XM-PLUS 2102
A55BM-E 2302
A55BM-K 1602
A55BM-A/USB3 2502
A55BM-PLUS 2002