MSI Adds Intel Rocket Lake 11th Gen CPU Support on Z490 Motherboards, Also Demos Resizable-BAR Performance For AMD RX 6000 GPUs on Z490 Platform

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MSI is the latest of manufacturers to announce full support for Intel's 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs on its Z490 motherboard lineup. In addition to the BIOS support, MSI has also shared with us its internal performance numbers, demonstrating resizable-BAR enabled on Intel's Z490 platform & also shared an official release plan for the AGESA 1.1.9.0 BIOS firmware for AMD 500 & 400 series motherboards.

MSI Announces Full Support For Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake Desktop CPUs on Z490 Motherboards

The first and most important announcement that MSI has made today is announced 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU support on its Z490 motherboards. MSI has its entire top-to-bottom Z490 motherboard lineup now shipping with the latest BIOS which adds support for the following brand new features:

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  • Update ME 14.1
  • Support Re-size BAR function to enhance GPU performance.
  • BIOS updated to be compatible with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors
MEG Z490 GODLIKE https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-GODLIKE https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-GODLIKE/Specification
MEG Z490 ACE https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-ACE https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-ACE/Specification
MEG Z490 UNIFY https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-UNIFY https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490-UNIFY/Specification
MEG Z490I UNIFY https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490I-UNIFY https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-Z490I-UNIFY/Specification
MPG Z490 CARBON EK X https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-CARBON-EK-X https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-CARBON-EK-X/Specification
MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-CARBON-WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-CARBON-WIFI/Specification
MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI/Specification
MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-PLUS https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490-GAMING-PLUS/Specification
MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490M-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MPG-Z490M-GAMING-EDGE-WIFI/Specification
MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-Z490-TOMAHAWK https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-Z490-TOMAHAWK/Specification
Z490-A PRO https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Z490-A-PRO https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Z490-A-PRO/Specification

MSI Demos Resizable-BAR Performance on Intel Z490 & AMD Radeon RX 6000 Platform

As part of the new BIOS release, MSI has also shared with us its own internal performance testing for resizable-BAR on the Intel Z490 platform. In the tests, MSI used its MEG Z490 GODLIKE board & equipped it with an Intel Core i9-10900K CPU and an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card.

The performance measurements are in percentage values and you can see where BAR works, it offers up to 14% improvement. In other titles, there's definitely a performance loss but that is mostly within the margin of error.  From all the benchmarks done, enabling the resizable BAR feature delivers an average improvement of 2.5%. That may not sound like much but then again, you will be getting some major uplifts in a handful of titles.

MSI has also confirmed full PCIe Gen 4.0 compliancy for its Z490 motherboards with existing AMD Radeon RX 6000 series and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. As we published before, MSI motherboards perfectly support resizable BAR with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs too but a final driver is required from NVIDIA to deliver performance uplifts.

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As per our sources, the reason why NVIDIA is taking so long to work on the drivers is that the graphics cards have to be flashed to enable BAR support. The vBIOS flash procedure on graphics cards is riskier than motherboards and only a handful of RTX 30 series graphics cards offer dual-BIOS support. Keeping that in mind, NVIDIA is devising a way to add support via drivers and bypass BIOS flashing which is taking BAR support longer than usual on Ampere graphics cards.

MSI Unveils AGESA 1.1.9.0 BIOS Firmware Roll-Out Plan For AMD 500 & 400 Series Motherboards

MSI has also unveiled its full rollout plan for the AGESA 1.1.9.0 BIOS Firmware on its AMD 500 & 400 series motherboards. While an unofficial BETA version of the Patch D BIOS has already been rolled out to several X570 and B550 motherboards, the full release is expected around the middle of January while AMD 400-series motherboards will be receiving the BIOS update around the end of January.

AMD's Curve Optimizer will be a prominent feature of the new AMD AGESA 1.1.9.0 firmware and something that many consumers should look forward to as it offers more performance and stable clocks as demonstrated here.

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