The 13th generation of Intel processors, currently as the most powerful generation of user-class processors, is the main goal of upgrading these days for users around the world. We have always suggested upgrading every generation, but the power and performance of 13th generation processors are such that we recommend that even friends who have 12th generation processors should upgrade to 13th generation.
Because even the 13th generation flagship Core i5 is more powerful than the 12th generation flagship Core i7. But many users who have Intel 600 series motherboards, including B660, H670, H610 and Z690, do not have an easy way to support 13th generation Intel processors. At least for now, for 600 series motherboards to fully support 13th generation processors, it is not as simple as a simple BIOS update and problems may arise.
Therefore, to solve the problems of users who already have 600 series motherboards, and want to get 13th generation processors, or friends who want to buy 600 series motherboards with 13th generation processors because of the better price, it is better to familiarize yourself with the following so as not to face the problem.
- The motherboard does not boot and the RAM warning light remains fixed
- Lack of motherboard support for XMP profile, after enabling this profile, the system does not boot and freezes
- Shutdown and failure of the first M.2 slot of the SSD memory so that the drive is not recognized in the BIOS.
- Crashing the system/Windows, especially if you use the old Windows on the new system!
To solve the above problems, you should do the following steps:
Before installing the 13th generation processor, update the motherboard BIOS to the latest version!
Until now, in order to use the next generation of processors on the previous generation Intel motherboard (of course, if support is available), you did not need to update the BIOS. But this time you have to. This means that without updating the BIOS of the 600 series motherboards to the latest version, these motherboards will not boot with 13th generation processors, and all kinds of RAM warnings, such as the RAM warning light remaining steady, indicate this.
This issue is not a problem for motherboards that have the ability to update the BIOS while the system is off, because you can use the Q-FLASH button to update your BIOS to the latest version when the motherboard is off.
But since your motherboard does not have such a possibility, in which case you have to use a 12th generation processor (buy or borrow) to turn on the system first, update its BIOS, and then install the 13th generation processor. so that you don’t come across the ROM warning.
Temporarily place your SSD NVMe memory in the M.2 slot branched from the chipset!
As always, the best and fastest M.2 SSD memory slot is the first slot below the processor socket, where you should install your SSD. Well, this slot generally stops working after installing 13th generation processors on 600 series motherboards and is not recognized even in the BIOS. what’s the solution?
Place the SSD in the M.2 slots branched out from the chipset, i.e. the slots below the graphics card slot. Install Windows and drivers on it. If your motherboard has only one M.2 slot, you have to install a temporary Windows on the hard disk or SSD connected to SATA and perform the following steps:
Pay attention, be sure to download and install the latest version of the following drivers from the official website of the motherboard:
- Intel Chipset Driver
- Intel ME Driver
Then go to the BIOS firmware section and download the Intel engine update software called MEUpdateTool (for Asus motherboards) and Intel Management Engine Firmware (for Gigabyte motherboards) and then run and install it. This software will ask to restart the system after running.
After reentering Windows, install the latest version of the Intel serial driver:
Intel Serial I/O Driver or Intel SIO Driver
After this step, you can turn off the system, and remove your NVMe SSD and insert it into the first slot under the processor socket.
In this way, the first M.2 slot will be recognized.
To support RAM memory frequency higher than 3200MHz
It is very necessary to perform the last step and install the latest version of the SIO driver, after that you can go to the BIOS and enable the XMP profile. If you still cannot boot the system RAMs at high frequency, you should wait for the next updates.
Use the latest IRST/VMD Intel driver to prevent Windows from crashing!
VMD driver is one of the most important Intel drivers, also known as Intel Rapid Storage.
Without it, Windows cannot be installed and storage memory cannot be used properly. Using an old version of VMD can cause the system to crash. Therefore, be sure to install Windows again if you already have it and use the latest version of the VMD driver. Version 19.5 and up.
During the installation of Windows, if none of the system memories are recognized (nothing is displayed on the installation partition selection page), you must download the VMD driver manually and copy it to the flash memory of the Windows installation so that the memories are Be recognized by the system.
It should be noted that the above steps are only needed for the first time installing Windows, after going through it once, you can use the system normally.