Asus Addresses Intel CPU Crash Issue with “Baseline” Motherboard BIOS

The latest Asus Z790 BIOS update rolls back adjustments made by both users and Asus in an attempt to address crashes with Intel’s fastest processors.


Intel manufactures some very good, very expensive CPUs, but now they’re having some not-so-good crash issues. Even Intel isn’t sure why some high-end 13th and 14th generation processors are crashing under load, but they’re working on it. In the meantime, some original equipment manufacturers and system builders are taking matters into their own hands to address the support issues. Asus is the latest company to proactively release BIOS updates for high-end motherboards.

Reportedly, the latest BIOS update for Asus Z790 motherboards supporting 13th and 14th gen Core processors includes an “Intel Baseline Profile” option, which resets all custom settings to Intel’s factory defaults. From my reading, this includes not only the usual overclocking done by gamers and performance enthusiasts themselves but also the subtle factory tweaks Asus has made to give the motherboards a bit of extra edge.

With the new Asus BIOS adjustments provided, there’s hope to address the crash issues, which typically manifest as out-of-memory errors when running games and other demanding applications. These issues have affected a small but significant number of users, particularly those using desktop i7 and i9 processors. Among them, Will Smith diagnosed game crashes caused by an i9-13900K failure.

Intel has acknowledged these issues and is investigating… but has yet to provide specific reasons for the crashes or a timeline for fixes. These BIOS updates may result in a slight performance decrease, but stability is expected to improve.

Given that these are the most expensive processors on the consumer market, it’s no wonder users are frustrated by frequent crashes and seeking support from all angles. Nvidia even told its customers to blame these specific crashes on Intel, not their GeForce graphics cards. Asus may not be the last manufacturer to try to mitigate the load with software-based stopgaps.

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