MSI Confirm Support For Intel's Next-Gen 22nm Processors

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅23.02.2012 18:18:43

MSI have officially stated that their latest generation of Z68 (G3) and H61 (G3) motherboards will support Intel's upcoming 22nm refresh of Sandy Bridge on LGA1155, known commonly as Ivy Bridge. Many retail H61M (G3) motherboards in circulation are already up to date, and new BIOS revisions of MSI's full range of Z68A-G and -GD (G3) boards are in the process of being released. Users who have taken advantage of MSI's Live Update tool will be upgraded automatically; other users will be able to download the new BIOS direct from MSI in the near future.

Full Ivy Bridge compatibility is defined as support for the upcoming range of processors built on Intel's 22nm process and LGA1155 socket, as well as support for PCI Expresses Gen3 - a significant bandwidth increase over Gen 2. Whilst other MSI motherboards may also support some features of Ivy Bridge, only the boards listed below have been confirmed to fully support the new processor:

Full text of Press Release:

22nm CPU support for MSI Z68 (G3) and H61 (G3)

MSI announces today that its MSIís Z68 (G3)/H61 (G3) series of mainboards offers official support of Intelís next-generation CPU based on the 22nm manufacturing process. Users can download the corresponding BIOS listed below at no charge to upgrade their existing MSI Intel Z68/H61 mainboard, allowing a full experience of superior performance and powerful features found on the next-generation 22nm Intel CPU. MSI G3 mainboards also fully support the latest PCI Express Gen 3 specification, reaching twice the current bandwidth and maximizing performance from next-generation PCI Express Gen 3 video cards. Via MSIís unique intelligent update tool Ė Live Update Ė your computer will automatically download and update the latest BIOS for next-generation CPU compatibility, providing an immediate upgrade without spending extra money on a new mainboard!

Next-gen Technology Support

MSI mainboards features several models that allows usage of Intelís next-generation 22nm processor. Additionally, MSIís Intel Z68 (G3)/H61 (G3) series of mainboards fully complies with next-generation PCI Express Gen 3 design specifications. All that is required by the user is a simple update to the newest BIOS via MSIís proprietary Live Update tool, and next-generation 22nm CPU support is instantly available. Additionally, up to 32GB/s of amazing bandwidth and support for next-generation PCI Express Gen 3 graphics cards is unlocked, enhancing the enthusiastís performance experience.


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