One of the best things about AMD is that, unlike its competitor Intel, when it releases a new generation of CPUs, they are often supported by older motherboards, and that’s happened again with AMD’s new Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 processors.
As promised, many older AMD 500 series motherboards will be able to use the new Ryzen 5000 chips – though they will require a BIOS update first. The ComputerBase website has collected all the compatible motherboard and links to the updates, and we’ve replicated that below.
Some even older AMD 400 series motherboards will also get updates to support Zen 3 processors, but according to AMD, this won’t be until early 2021.
People with AMD 500 series motherboards should upgrade their BIOS to AGESA v2 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206 or later for the new CPU launch on November 5.
Remember, however, that updating the BIOS of a motherboard should only be done carefully by people who know what they are doing, and once all the important data is backed up.
The fact that people with existing AMD motherboards will be able to simply swap out their current processor with a new Ryzen 5000 chip is great, as it means the upgrade process is significantly easier.
Simply swapping the processor is a much less complex and time-consuming process. It also makes upgrading much more affordable, as you don’t have to pay for a new motherboard.
In our view, this gives AMD the edge over Intel, because when Intel reveals a new generation of processors, you’ll usually need a new motherboard as well. It’s great to see AMD is carrying on with its own tradition.
Read on to find out which motherboards support the new chips, and where to download the BIOS firmware from.
If you have any of the above motherboards and want to upgrade to an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor, then make sure you have the firmware installed, but as we said remember to be careful when updating your BIOS.