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Asus Z87-A ATX for a i5 4690k or 4670k

morganm

63 months ago

Here's the builds I'm considering: 4690k - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/morganm/saved/P8wD4D 4670k - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/morganm/saved/qjsMnQ

I looked up the specs here: http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z87A/specifications/

Says it supports 4th gen socket 1150. However some are telling me I may need a bios flash for these CPUs. I'm wondering if that's because technically Asus has upgraded the bios and all new ones off the line are compatible but current older stock at retailers may not be up to date? Or perhaps it's compatible after you flash the bios and they are leaving out the detail that you have to do that step before it's compatible?

Also some are saying I need the z97 series to get the faster SATA support for my SSD. However the specs say it supports SATA 3 @ 6gb/s. Am I missing something? Seems like it's good to go.

Please advise; thanks!

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  • 63 months ago
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Z87 boards will require a BIOS update to work with the 4690K/4790K/Pentium 3258. They also don't support M.2, or SATA express. Z97 boards aren't really any more expensive, and are newer and will support Broadwell CPUs in the future, so there isn't really a reason not to go Z97.

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