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AMD Ryzen 3000 support being rolled out to compatible motherboards

Motherboard OEMs have started offering support for AMD Ryzen 3000 well ahead of launch. (Source: AMD)
Motherboard OEMs have started offering support for AMD Ryzen 3000 well ahead of launch. (Source: AMD)
The AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 CPUs are still a couple of months away from launch but motherboards OEMs have started prepping for it by offering new AGESA updates that support the new processors. MSI, Asus, and BioStar have started rolling out AGESA v0.0.7.x that includes support for Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Other OEMs are expected to follow suit as we head closer to launch.

The next generation AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 CPUs are all set to be available in June and motherboard OEMs seem to be gearing up for the launch by releasing BIOS support for the new CPUs for the current crop of socket AM4 boards. AMD already said that Socket AM4 will be supported at least till 2020 implying that you can upgrade to the latest CPU release while still hanging on to an earlier motherboard model.

MSI, Asus, and BioStar have started rolling out updates for their current X470, B450, and X370 motherboards. Interestingly, B350 boards are not in the queue for Ryzen 3000 support; at least, not all of them. The AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA ) v0.0.7.x is expected to support Zen 2 and from what we know so far, BioStar and MSI are offering AGESA v0.0.7.2 while Asus is using the older AGESA v0.0.7.0 BIOS. TechPowerUp reports that the 0.0.7.x version is for testing of Zen 2 engineering samples and we might see an AGESA v1.0.0.0 closer to official launch.

There is some speculation in the media that some B350 boards will not be getting support for Ryzen 3000 due to BIOS size limitations. AMD or motherboard OEMs are yet to confirm this so consider it a rumor for now. Also, we don't find any reason why existing BIOSs will not be able to accommodate an update that essentially just helps the motherboard to recognize the CPU. After all, modders were successful in getting to run Coffee Lake on Z100/200 series motherboards even though Intel said that it isn't supporting the older platform due to power constraints.

As we get closer to the Zen 2 launch, more motherboard OEMs can be expected to offer BIOS support for Ryzen 3000. We'll keep you posted on related developments so watch this space.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-03-22 (Update: 2019-03-22)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.