Intel Alder Lake Motherboard With Coreboot/Dasharo Support On Sale For $153 USD

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 2 April 2023 at 08:48 AM EDT. 3 Comments
If you have been wanting to experiment with running the open-source Coreboot on a modern Intel Alder Lake (Z690) motherboard, the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 that works thanks to 3mdeb's Dasharo is now for sale at its lowest price ever at just over $150.

Since last year consulting firm 3mdeb has been working on porting Coreboot and their downstream Dasharo to the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard that is readily available from major Internet retailers.

3mdeb has provided binary releases for easily flashing Dasharo onto this motherboard and upstreamed the code into Coreboot while still contingent upon Intel FSP blobs.

They have provided new Dasharo updates since then including to enable the DDR5 version of the motherboard.

You can read more about my own testing of this board and the experience in A Dream Come True: Running Coreboot On A Modern, Retail Desktop Motherboard.

Last year I bought the motherboard for $230 USD and it's been in that $220~230 price point for much of the past year. Now though Amazon is listing this motherboard for its lowest price ever at just over $150 USD.

MSI Z690 motherboard on sale

As of this weekend the product page (affiliate link) or the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 lists the retail board for just $153 USD.

It's a nice deal if wanting to assemble an Intel Alder Lake system on the low-end and want to experiment with running Coreboot/Dasharo as an alternative to proprietary BIOS implementations.
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