Asus has announced that all its 9 Series motherboards will offer support for the fifth generation of Intel processors through a simple, fast and secure BIOS update (thanks to the Asus USB BIOS Flashback application). This announcement also implies that the fifth generation of Intel processors is coming soon, a rumours continue to swirl.
Rumor has it Intel will finally release its 14nm Broadwell desktop processors in the middle of next quarter (think somewhere around mid-May), so you still have some time to prepare for an upgrade or overhaul, if going that route.
“The motherboard does not even need to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place; users can simply connect the power supply, plug in their USB drive, press the USB BIOS Flashback or Reset button, and then sit back and wait — there’s nothing else to do,” Asus says.
Another way is to use Asus’ Windows-based BIOS updated application. It’s available to download from Asus, though if you can go the other route, you’ll remove a bit of risk from the equation. I’ve updated BIOSes from within Windows on several occassions, but generally don’t advise it in case there’s an OS hiccup that interrupts the process and corrupts the BIOS.