AMD's bringing Zen 3 support to their oldest AM4 motherboards
AM4 motherboards with AGESA 1207 will support AMD's Zen 3 processors, including their Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Published: 15th March 2022 | Source: AMD |
AMD's Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series processors will soon be supported on 300-series AM4 motherboards
AMD has announced that Zen 3 support is coming to their X370, B350 and A320 series AM4 motherboards, allowing the company's latest Ryzen processors to be used with the company's oldest AM4 motherboards.
This update is coming thanks to AMD's AGESA 1207 update, which is due to be implemented by motherboard vendors in April and May. If your motherboard has a BIOS/UEFI update with AGESA 1207 or newer, you will be able to update your motherboard to support all of AMD's Zen 3 CPUs, even their V-Cache enhanced Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
If your motherboard receives an AGESA 1207 update, you will be able to upgrade from AMD's original Ryzen 1000 series processors to AMD's latest generation of Ryzen models. This will allow users of older Ryzen systems to benefit from several generations of hardware upgrades. AMD's latest Ryzen processors can feature higher core counts, larger caches, significant clock speed increases, offer greater power efficiency, and deliver more computational performance per clock cycle. Moving from Ryzen 1000 to Ryzen 5000 will be a huge upgrade for any PC builder.
Previously, support for AMD's Ryzen 5000 series processors was limited (officially) to AMD's 400-series and 500-series AM4 motherboards. Now, AMD has worked to enable Ryzen 5000 support on their older 300-series AM4 motherboards, giving users of these motherboards additional upgrade headroom.
With their AGESA 1207 BIOS updates, AMD will be allowing users of their oldest AM4 motherboards to upgrade to their latest Ryzen series processors. That said, this BIOS level support will require AMD's motherboard partners to release BIOS updates for their legacy mainboard designs. This means that it is probable that not all 300-series AM4 motherboards will support AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. Make sure that your 300-series AM4 motherboard supports Zen 3 before investing in a new processor.
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