AMD 300 series motherboards still getting new BIOSes, Intel 300 series not so much
The first AMD AM4 (X370/B350/A320) motherboards were released in February 2017. With nearly 6 years and 8 months since launch, the AMD AM4 platform is still being updated.
Recently, a Reddit discussion emerged regarding the long-term support for AMD AM4 motherboards. Users were pleasantly surprised to find that their motherboards, originally designed for the first generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs, are still receiving updates even after six years since their launch.
A quick investigation into this claim has confirmed that all major motherboard manufacturers have indeed released updates in the past 3-4 months. These updates include the latest AGESA firmware update along with some security enhancements.
Although AMD 300 series motherboards are no longer the most cutting-edge platforms, as they lack fundamental features like PCIe Gen4 support, users still have the potential to upgrade their 6-year-old Ryzen CPUs with the 5000X3D series CPUs, which can significantly boost gaming performance. The most recent release in this series, the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X3D CPU with 3D V-Cache, was launched this year.
Meanwhile, the Intel 300 series platform, which was released in 2017 as well, has not seen an update since 2021. Motherboard makers are no longer providing any optimizations and security patches and there is no need for new CPU support. Intel has abandoned the LGA1151v2 socket and has since moved to LGA1200 and later LGA1700. The latter is getting its last update this month before it is phased out by LGA1851 next year.
AMD promised 5 years of updates for its AM4 socket and this claim has indeed been fulfilled. In May 2022, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su said that the AM4 platform isn’t going anywhere, and it will continue for years to come. Regarding AM5 platform support, the AMD CEO said that “AM5 will be a durable rig like AM4. I think AM4 will remain on the market for a few more years”.