ASUS clarifies its position on Zen 3; support for X470 and B450 chipsets still coming early next year
Yesterday, we reported that ASUS had decided to drop support for Ryzen 5000 processors on its X470 motherboards. Representatives of the company had apparently informed at least one customer that their ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO motherboard would not receive the BIOS update necessary to run Zen 3 processors. However, ASUS has now confirmed that this is not the case.
According to ComputerBase and Planet 3DNow!, ASUS Germany reacted to the attention that the Reddit post received and sought clarification from company headquarters in Taiwan. Apparently, nothing has changed, so ASUS will upgrade its X470 motherboards to support Ryzen 5000 (Zen 3) processors. The same applies to B450 motherboards, too.
Support for X470 and B450 motherboards is due to arrive in January 2021. AMD claims that BIOS updates for the chipsets are 'currently in development with motherboard partners', but Planet 3DNow! suggests a different story. Apparently, AMD is only letting motherboard manufacturers roll out Ryzen 5000-compatible BIOSes from next year. Hence, the January 2021 date may be one set by AMD, not by motherboard manufacturers.