With the arrival of Spectre and Meltdown security exploits many motherboard manufacturers have rolled out BIOS updates to patch the security vulnerabilities and now ASRock has announced that it will soon roll out BIOS update for ASRock motherboards in cooperation with Intel.
According to ASRock, the company is working closely with Intel to patch out the security vulnerabilities in ASRock 100/200/Z370/X299 series motherboards. The company further noted that new BIOS patches for ASRock 8/9/X99 series and SoC motherboards will be released once the ASRock 100/200/Z370/X299 boards are patched.
ASRock is aware that the current Intel® microcode version might be defected by security vulnerabilities, we are working closely with Intel® to fix and update new BIOS for ASRock 100/200/Z370/X299 series motherboards.New BIOS versions for ASRock 8/9/X99 series and SoC motherboards will be created after new intel microcode is available.
We recommend users update their systems by flashing the latest BIOS as soon as the relevant revision for your motherboard is available
You can check out the list of all the ASRock motherboards that will be getting patched in the image below. As you can see, the company is trying to patch the security vulnerabilities of as many boards as possible.
The company has not revealed if the Bios update for ASRock Motherboards will have any impact on the performance of the systems as the Cloud-Based services will see as low as 30% drop in performance. However, gaming performance will not be impacted by these patches as much as the Cloud-Based services.
In related news, ASRock has also revealed the Intel Gemini Lake based J/N series motherboards. These mini-ITX motherboards will feature built-in Intel Celeron or Pentium Silver processor.
These board will come with Intel Pentium Silver, Celeron J, and Celeron N lines of the Intel processor. These boards are a perfect match for a compact build as they feature fan-less cooling solution with a built-in processor.
Compared to the previous Apollo Lake Motherboards, these Intel Gemini based boards offer decode support for 10-bit HEVC and VP9 video codecs. This is quite important for those who like to play certain HDR content using their HDMI 2.0 ports.
ASRock is yet to reveal when the BIOS update for ASRock motherboards will roll out.