ASRock officially adds support for Ryzen 5000 on x370 cards

Update can give old cards and AM4 socket a survival

Last week we reported that AMD was working on bringing support for Ryzen 5000 processors on motherboards with 300th generation chipsets. Following this information, ASRock is the first motherboard manufacturer to add support for AMD Ryzen 5000 processors in their boards equipped with the 300 series chipsets, as promised by AMD’s David McAfee.

The company’s boards are equipped with state-of-the-art 300 series chipsets. Due to BIOS changes, it is possible that X370 boards now support Zen 3 processors.

Loss of support for older processors

And that means older X370 motherboards can now work with Zen3 processors such as Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X. ASRock X370 Pro motherboard is the first to receive this update. The trade-off users must make is that ASRock will no longer support AMD Bristol Ridge APUs on their motherboards (released in mid-2017). Also, while ASRock has not stated that it will remove support for previous-generation Ryzen processors, it does recommend that you do not upgrade if your computer is equipped with a Summit Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge, or Raven Ridge processor (Ryzen 1000, Ryzen 2000, and 2000 and 3000 series APUs, respectively).


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Even as these BIOS updates begin to roll out, the X370 motherboards and the other 300-series boards (A320 and B350) are still not ideal choices for AMD’s current-generation processors, according to the company. The platform updates that users have experienced with the new 400 and 500 series motherboards will not materialize with a new BIOS, and as AMD warned, some of the Vermeer processors (Ryzen 5000) “will not deliver the performance that the product is capable” due to factors such as PCIe Gen 4.0, PBO, SAM, and improved power delivery features in newer designs, among other things.

Despite this, users should be able to maintain most of the performance gains achieved over previous generation processors. After the release of this update, by ASRock, other manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte and MSI will release their updates (Biostar please you too). As we noted last year, several vendors were willing and able to upgrade their A320 motherboards to support Ryzen 5000 processors quickly and efficiently.

It will be interesting to see if other motherboard manufacturers adopt the same strategy of removing Bristol Ridge support entirely to pack the necessary code into the BIOS to support Vermeer processors. Keep an eye on Adrena news for more updates on this topic.

AMD seeks to support Ryzen 5000 processors on motherboards with 300 chipset

AMD seeks to support Ryzen 5000 processors on motherboards with 300 chipset
If implemented, socket AM4 backwards compatibility will be complete

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