ASRock recently circulated a press release to inform its users about its Intel x99 chipset based motherboards now have a new BIOS which enabled them to use the new LGA 2011-E Broadwell-E CPUs.
It is unlikely that this update is accidentally out. This update is also available on its website and usually, it gets taken down. ASRock also mentioned that “Clearly the new chips aren’t available in the market yet, but if patience isn’t your strong suit, then perhaps you could get a two minute head start by downloading the BIOS and upgrading now.” which makes it even more obvious that it was an intentional release and not an accidental ‘leak’.
The Broadwell-E SKUs that’s mentioned in the update are the flagship ten-core CPU the Core i7-6950X, followed by the Core i7-6900K, Core i7-6850K and the Core i7-6800K. The news update confirms some of the long-standing rumours that the i7-6950X is a ten core twenty threads based Broadwell-E architecture.
The new BIOS for ASRock X99 motherboards can be downloaded from here.
It’s a no-brainer that other manufacturers should be providing updates for the Broadwell-E compatibility. While the official release dates are not out, it shouldn’t be long since BIOS updates have started rolling out.