AMD plans to support the AM4 socket till 2020 but for older motherboards, users need to update BIOS to support Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs. But doing so overrides support for 1st and 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs. To counter that MSI plans to relaunch old and new motherboards including A320M, B450M, B450 and X470 chipsets with 32 MB BIOS chip.
MSI is essentially doubling the BIOS chip as current motherboards come with 16 MB BIOS chip. Upgrading it makes sense considering updating the BIOS with 16 MB chip removes support for previous Ryzen CPUs.
With the BIOS chip doubled in size, the motherboard will be able to support all AM4 socket compatible CPUs including all AMD Ryzen CPUs.
This is reported by the Polish website stating that MSI has confirmed the relaunch of A320M, B450M, B450 and X470 chipsets with 32 MB BIOS chip. According to the site, these MSI motherboards will feature “Max” suffix for their name.
While AMD is keeping its promise to support AM4 socket till 2020 but losing support for previous Ryzen CPUs kind of makes a mockery of it. It’s a good step from MSI to provide motherboards that can support all AM4 compatible CPUs.
So if you are one of those PC enthusiasts who like to have a complete package, then you might want to wait for these “Max” motherboards.
Speaking of AMD Ryzen, the latest lineup of Ryzen CPUs including Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3700, Ryzen 9 3900X and more are receiving solid reviews. These chips are giving Intel CPUs a tough time in gaming benchmarks.
Even the mid-range AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X are way ahead of Intel Core i9-9900K in 4K gaming benchmarks. This is interesting considering AMD Ryzen 5 3600X costs $249 and Intel Core i9-9900K costs $499.
Not only that, both Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X feature 6 cores and 12 threads while Core i9-9900K comes with 8-cores and 16 threads. It seems that Intel needs to seriously catch up with today’s tech.
AMD hasn’t only introduced 7nm CPUs but also 7nm GPUs. However, AMD is not the one dominating the GPU market, that would be Nvidia. Nvidia RTX 20 series GPUs are still 12nm but Nvidia claims its 12nm Turing architecture is still the most efficient GPU.