AMD finally allows board partners to support Ryzen 5000 on X370 motherboards?
After years of waiting, AMD is finally letting board partners officially support Ryzen 5000 CPUs.
The situation around AMD 300 series motherboards supporting Zen3 CPUs couldn’t be any more confusing. AMD has repeatedly told that supporting new CPUs is a complicated task and it cannot easily be done. Not to mention all the missing features such as PCIe Gen4 which were simply unavailable with the first generation of AMD Ryzen motherboards.
There were leaked BIOSes that brought partial support of Vermeer CPUs, as well as announcements of BIOSes that disappeared from manufacturer websites just as quickly as they were announced, or even BIOSes from other vendors being flashed to completely different boards. But not once AMD 300/Vermeer’s support was official.
As it turns out, today ASRock released the first X370 BIOS that supports Ryzen 5000 series. The new BIOS is already available for download and the CPU support list has been updated accordingly:
ASRock X370 Pro4 with Ryzen 5000 support, Source: ASRock
The support for Ryzen 5000 has already been confirmed by KOMACHI_ENSAKA through SMU (System Management Unit) Checker, which lists Vermeer as supported:
— 遠坂小町 (@KOMACHI_ENSAKA) January 12, 2022
Other vendors and ASRock are likely to drop BIOSes for other boards soon. Importantly, due to limited space on the BIOS, AMD had to remove Bristol Ridge support, so keep that in mind when upgrading.