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

BIOS / UEFI releases for the work week 19 of 2015 / May 4th 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: the firmware for those components & devices makes a big difference. Firmware affects almost all aspects of a product whether it be performance, compatibility / interoperability, 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. 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 would recommend you use control F ( find ) to search if your motherboard is listed.

Please keep in mind that if you motherboard is not listed it does not mean it will not be updated ( especially if it was produced within the last year or more recently ). For boards beyond one year ( 1 ) of age production updates will become less frequent at the vast majority of aspects that require updating will have been implemented / phase into the UEFI. With a few exceptions most boards will not see updating beyond two years ( 2 ) since the chipset release of date of production, this is again due to the vast majority of reasons to continue release will have been implemented.

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. In the stage of building your PC – Updating to the latest UEFI will help to ensure you have the best interoperability, 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 ). Some users look to take advantage of these new features and functionality.

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.

Additionally overclockers should keep in mind that auto rules within the UEFi can be revised or changed extensively. These along with other low level adjustments to the UEFI can change the state of an overclocked system. In some situations it can cause a stable overclock to become unstable and also take an overclock that was once unstable to stability ( although this is far less likely ). With this in mind it is strongly recommend you have a back up of the previous UEFI along with all values you defined to achieve your overclock.

 

Important updates present within these UEFI releases.

  • All X99 motherboards received a UEFI update to fully support NVMe based SSDs as well as offer support of the ASUS Hyperkit module. This module allows X99 motherboards to support using Intel’s 750 series 2.5 inch SSD via the Hyperkit module which interfaces with the onboard M.2 slot.
  • All Z97 motherboards have recevied a UEFI update to fully support NVMe based SSDs including Intel’s 750 series. The

 

Complete listing of newly released UEFI / BIOS. * this list contains updates spanned across the 6 weeks. As such there are multiple updates for the same board. Please check the support site for the most current build.

Q87T-SI 0912
H81T-R2-SI 0501
A88X-PRO 1803
H81M-C-BR 2101
Z97M-PLUS-BR-SI 2701
H81M-C-R2 2201
H81M-E 2201
F2A85-M-LE 6504
H81M-K 1101
F2A55-M-LE 6604
B85M-F-PLUS 0303
H81M-D 2203
H81M-A 2201
H81M-C 2301
GR6 0401
CS-B 1201
H81-PLUS 2301
B85M-G-PLUS 0304
H87I-PLUS-SI 2003
F2A85-V-PRO 6504
H81M-V-PLUS-SI 2006
H81M-V3-SI 2005
AM1M-E 0401
H81M-R 0401
H81M-A-BR-SI 2201
MAXIMUS-VII-GENE 2501
Q87I-PLUS-SI 0401
H81T-SI 0801
M5A97-EVO-R20 2603
X99-A 1402
H81M-CS/BR 0401
B85M-V-PLUS-SI 0602
B85M-F 2402
X99-PRO 1501
P8Z68-V-PRO-GEN3 3802
Q87M-E 1501(D)
X99-DELUXE 1601
X99-DELUXE/U3.1 1601
X99-S 1601
UN42 0701
UN62 0701
VC62B 0405
Z97-K-USB-31 0401
RAMPAGE-V-EXTREME 1401
RAMPAGE-V-EXTREME/U3.1 1401
MAXIMUS-VII-FORMULA 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-FORMULA/WATCH DOGS 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-HERO 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-HERO/ACU 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-RANGER 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-GENE 2601
MAXIMUS-VII-IMPACT 2601
UN62V 0401
Z97-E-USB-31 0402
VC60 1105
VM42 1108
GR6 0501
GR8 0702
TROOPER-B85 0402
B85M-GAMER 0601
B85M-D 2008
B85M-D PLUS 0510
B85M-F 2601
B85M-K 1005
B85M-K PLUS 0401
H81M-R 0503
VM62 1108
H81M-P 2303
B85-PLUS-USB-31 0309
N3150M-E 0204
VM60 0706
H81M-PLUS 2109
Q87M-E 1502
VC60V 0605
F1A55-M-LX3 0901
B85M-G-PLUS-USB31 0305
H81M-Apollo1 0101
A88X-PLUS 2302
J1900I-C-SI 0613
A88XM-PLUS 2202
A88X-PRO 1902
A88X-GAMER 0904
A88XM-A 2204
CROSSBLADE-RANGER 1002
H81M2 2203
H81M-D-PLUS 2303
A55BM-E/BR 1603
A58M-A/BR 1102
A58M-A/BR 1103
B85M-GAMER 0602
H81-GAMER 0503
H97I-PLUS 2603
H97M-E 2402
H97M-PLUS 2501
H97-PLUS 2502
H97-PRO 2801
H97-PRO GAMER 2405
Z97-C 2404
Z97-E 0702
Z97-E/USB 3.1 0403
Z97I-PLUS 2604
Z97-K 2603
Z97-K R2.0 0802
Z97-K/USB 3.1 0402
Z97M-PLUS 2801
Z97M-PLUS/BR 2801
Z97-P 2801
Z97-PRO GAMER 2103
N3050M-E-ASUS-0216. 0216
A88XM-E 1204
TROOPER-B85 0405
A68HM-PLUS 0803
A68HM-E 0803
A68HM-K 0803
M5A78L-LE 2101
VM62N 1108
VANGUARD-B85 2202
A58M-K 1302
GR8 1001
M5A78L-M-LE 0211
B85M-E-BR-SI 2107
A58M-A-BR-SI 1103
B85M-V5-PLUS 0403
A58-C 0803
A68HM-F 0505
B85M-V-PRO-SI 0501
A55BM-PLUS 2102