Avoid Intel 13th Gen BIOS Update Issues With These Z690 Motherboards

Avoid Intel 13th Gen BIOS Update Issues With These Z690 Motherboards

While being the fastest on the market, Intel’s latest 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” CPUs are also the most expensive. Using a last-generation Intel 600 series motherboard can help you save money on your build because those boards use the LGA 1700 socket Raptor Lake needs. Intel claims that all other things being equal such as board power delivery and cooling capabilities, you should get the same performance on a 600 series board. There’s a price, too. Though all 600 series motherboards may handle Raptor Lake chips, most would require installing a more recent BIOS to enable 13th Gen processors.

Without the proper BIOS, try installing a Core i5-13600K, i7-13700K, or i9-13900K into your 600-series motherboard; it won’t even POST. That’s unfortunate because the lowest Z790 motherboard we could find when we published this article cost $169, whereas the cheapest Z690 motherboard from the prior generation cost $129. The less-priced H610 or B660 chipset boards, which are best for pairing with a Core i5 or i7, can be purchased for as little as $89 or $99 if you don’t want to overclock your CPU. 

To find out which of their 600-series motherboards will actually support Raptor Lake chips, we got in touch with the leading motherboard manufacturers (ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI). There is no logical way to tell whether a board would arrive with a Raptor Lake-compatible BIOS before you buy, according to Asus and Gigabyte, who claimed that specific recently built boards might do so. According to Asus, you can identify a motherboard’s BIOS version by glancing at a sticker on the board. Still, you need to purchase from a physical store where you are allowed to open the box before purchasing to make a purchase.

BIOS upgrades for most 600 series boards add support for Alder Lake, but you must be able to download and install those updates before trying to boot with a 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU. But if there is an older 12th-Gen Alder Lake processor, you can install it on the board, boot into the UEFI interface, update the BIOS there, and you should be ready. If not, check how to enter the BIOS. Most customers today purchasing a Raptor Lake CPU and new motherboard do not have a last-generation processor lying around the house. 

Unlike Intel, AMD once had a loaner scheme where the business would send you an old CPU to use for the BIOS upgrade. AMD used the same AM4 socket over five different processor versions. Therefore, the best motherboard to purchase with a Raptor Lake CPU is one that has BIOS Flashback, a function that enables you to update the BIOS without even having a CPU inserted. You can explore a list of all the Intel 600-series motherboards with BIOS Flashback that we could discover for sale to assist you in determining which models you may utilize to save some money on your new build.

A total of 72 motherboards from the 600 series offer the BIOS Flashback capability, which Gigabyte refers to as Q-Flash Plus but is effectively the same. On the manufacturer’s website, about 30 other models are mentioned, the majority of which are Gigabyte SKUs but which we could not locate for sale in the United States. So the motherboards with price and memory type are listed below:

$109-$149 segment $150-$199 segment$206-$256 segment$259-$379 segment$387-$1159 segment
ASRock B660 Pro RS DDR4ASRock B660 Steel Legend DDR4MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4Gigabyte Z690 Aero G DDR4Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR5
Gigabyte B660 DS3H DDR4ASRock Z690M PG Riptide DDR5Asus ROG Strix B660-A Gaming WIFI D4 DDR4MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite DDR4
Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4Gigabyte B660M Aorus Pro AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690 Gaming X DDR4Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4Asus ProArt Z690 Creator WiFi DDR5
Gigabyte B660M Power DDR4Gigabyte B660M Aorus Pro DDR4Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4Gigabyte B660M D3H DDR4MEG Z690 UNIFY-X DDR5
ASRock B660M Steel Legend DDR4ASRock Z690 PG Riptide DDR4ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E DDR5Gigabyte Z690 Aero G DDR5MSI MEG Z690 ACE DDR5
ASRock H670M Pro RS DDR4ASRock H670M-ITX/AX DDR4 MSI Pro Z690-A WiFi DDR5Asus ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi DDR5Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro DDR4
ASRock H670 PG Riptide DDR4ASRock Z690 Steel Legend DDR4 Gigabyte Z690 Gaming X DDR5MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi DDR5ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition DDR5
Gigabyte B660 DS3H AX DDR4Gigabyte B660M D2H DDR4Gigabyte B660M Aorus Pro DDR4MPG Z690 Force WiFi DDR5ASRock Z690 Aqua OC DDR5
Gigabyte B660M DS3H AX DDR4Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR4ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB4 DDR5Asus ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi DDR5  MSI MPG Z690 EK-X DDR5
ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4 DDR4Gigabyte B660 Gaming X AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite AX DDR4ASRock Z690 PG Velocita DDR5ASRock Z690 Aqua DDR5
Gigabyte Z690I Aorus Ultra Lite DDR4ASRock Z690 Extreme DDR4Gigabyte Z690M Aorus Elite AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690I Aorus Ultra Plus DDR4MSI MEG Z690 Godlike DDR5
ASRock Z690 Pro RS DDR4Gigabyte B660M Gaming DDR4Gigabyte Z690M Aorus Elite DDR4MSI MAG Z690 Torpedo DDR5
ASRock H670 Steel Legend DDR4Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4MPG Z690 Edge WiFi DDR5Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi DDR5
Gigabyte B660M Gaming X AX DDR4ASRock Z690 Extreme Wi-Fi 6E DDR4MPG Z690 Edge WiFi DDR4MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi DDR5
Gigabyte B660M Gaming X AX DDR4Gigabyte B660 and B660M Aorus Elite DDR4MSI Pro Z690-A WiFi DDR4Gigabyte Z690 Aero D DDR5

The greatest deal we could find on a 600 series board with BIOS Flashback was $109, which we saw for a number of ASRock and Gigabyte B660 SKUs. You’ll need to spend at least $139 to overclock your Raptor Lake chip, which many would want to do with a K-series CPU. This is the lowest price for a Z690-powered motherboard in the ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4 and Gigabyte Z690I Aorus Ultra Lite DDR4 boards. The ASRock Z690M PG Riptide DDR5(opens in new tab), which costs $159, is your least-priced option if you want a board that supports DDR5 RAM.

Comparatively speaking, the cheapest Z790 board we’ve seen supports DDR4 memory, and the price jumps to $199 for the DDR5 version.  The least costly option we found for a Z690 motherboard with WiFi is the ASRock Z690 Extreme Wi-Fi 6E, which costs $196. A DDR4 board is that. The ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E, which costs $219, is the least-priced option if you want support for Wi-Fi and DDR5. This still represents a savings compared to the cheapest Z790 board with Wi-Fi we’ve found, which costs $249. A Z690 board over a Z790 makes little sense if you’re spending more than $250.

Laiba Nasir
Laiba Nasir is an experienced technical content writer at GamingDairy and PCIdeaz. She is quite attached to technology, experimenting, and trying new inventions. In addition, she has been writing all types of new, guides, tutorials, and tips for gamers, tech enthusiasts, and computer users to let them know more about tech evolution.