Some AMD 300 series motherboards may support Ryzen 5000 series

Posted on Monday, November 09 2020 @ 11:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Officially, AMD says its Ryzen 5000 series processors exclusively work on motherboards with the 500 series and 400 series chipsets. Even the latter isn't really getting proper support as beta BIOS versions that will enable Ryzen 5000 series compatibility will not arrive until January 2021.

Interestingly, there are some reports now that even some 300-series motherboards could support the Zen 3-based processors. TechPowerUp reports two enthusiasts claim they got Ryzen 5000 series chips up and running on 300-series motherboards:
An forum user by the name Brko has recently claimed that Zen 3 processors can run on a GIGABYTE X370 motherboard with a beta BIOS and AGESA update. This claim has been partially validated by chm128256m who got a Ryzen 9 5900X to run on his modded ASRock A320M motherboard. AMD is extremely unlikely to officially support this backwards compatibility with 300 series motherboards given their previous statements. It will be interesting to see if any OEMs provide backward compatibility updates and any issues that may arise.

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