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B2 revision of AMD's Ryzen 5000 CPUs appears in motherboard support documents

The release of AMD's new B2 revision of Ryzen 5000 CPUs appears to be imminent (Image: AMD)
The release of AMD's new B2 revision of Ryzen 5000 CPUs appears to be imminent (Image: AMD)
AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors with the new B2 stepping may not offer any improvements in terms of performance, but they could possibly improve the availability and supply of these hard to get gaming CPUs.

Back in May of 2021, emerging rumors claimed that AMD was working on a new revision of its high-performing Ryzen CPUs like the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (from US$299 on Amazon). This new B2 stepping, which AMD instead labels as a new revision, does not bring any kind of performance improvement or new features, but there are some speculations that the new Ryzen 5000 processors could possibly include some behind the scenes changes to the so-called "Predictive Store Forwarding" (PSF) technology, which in its present form may become a security issue in the future.

This rumored B2 revision of AMD's Ryzen 5000 CPUs has now appeared in compatibility lists of several mainboards made by the well-known manufacturers ASRock, ASUS and MSI, which may indicate that the launch of the slightly updated processors is imminent. Existing motherboards with the AM4 socket are compatible with these CPUs, so there's no need to upgrade your mainboard and in most cases not even a BIOS update should be necessary to equip your gaming rig with one of these new chips.

Even though AMD's B2 Ryzen revision does not offer any performance improvements or other noticeable changes, its release is still good news for gamers. With the new revision, AMD reportedly made some improvements in terms of production and logistics, which means that these new Ryzen 5000 CPUs may be available in higher quantities. This could potentially lead to prices closer to MSRP, but it remains to be seen if the new Ryzen revision can meet the always increasing demand for computer hardware.

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Tom's Hardware, Image: AMD

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Enrico Frahn, 2021-10- 8 (Update: 2021-10- 8)