Monday, May 6th 2019

ASRock Releases Next-gen AMD CPU BIOS Updates for Socket AM4 Motherboards

ASRock has announced BIOS updates for AMD X470/B450/X370/B350 and A320 series motherboards to support the soon to be released new AMD Ryzen processors. The latest BIOS update will be available for download from specific product pages on ASRock website or simply update through ASRock APP Shop. The latest BIOS for each motherboard are listed as below. BIOS are expected to be released in May.
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14 Comments on ASRock Releases Next-gen AMD CPU BIOS Updates for Socket AM4 Motherboards

#1
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Asrock stepped over the others with supporting zen 2 on A320
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#3
ironwolf
IceShroom, post: 4043056, member: 175457"
AsRock's website says 3000 Series Picasso APU, not Zen2 on A320 Chipset.
https://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?iD=4238
Nice catch, noticed that only after you mentioned it. The exact text from that page: "Supports AMD Next-Gen Ryzen series APU only. "
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#4
Rexolaboy
I'm sure others will have pointed this out but the Ryzen 3xxx APUs are not 7nm and therefore compatibility with the A320 chipset is reasonable.
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#5
tony359
too bad. That really seems to confirm that the A320 won’t be supporting 3000 series 7nm chips. It would have been nice for AMD or the motherboard manufacturers to list this limitation on the features. Because I’m assuming there is a technical limitation for this to happen.
If not, then it’s just wrong.
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#6
bug
If the AsRock's AMD boards are anything like the Intel boards, you can update the BIOS/UEFI straight from BIOS/UEFI ;)
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#7
PanicLake
bug, post: 4043449, member: 157434"
If the AsRock's AMD boards are anything like the Intel boards, you can update the BIOS/UEFI straight from BIOS/UEFI ;)
What am I going to do with that "if"?
If my grandpa had 3 balls it would have been a pinball machine...
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#8
Rexolaboy
tony359, post: 4043440, member: 186575"
too bad. That really seems to confirm that the A320 won’t be supporting 3000 series 7nm chips. It would have been nice for AMD or the motherboard manufacturers to list this limitation on the features. Because I’m assuming there is a technical limitation for this to happen.
If not, then it’s just wrong.
I would agree with you if the A320 were the go to chipset for AM4 boards but it's actually been constantly consider a rip off compared to b350, x370, b450, and x470. I think I've seen some prebuilt gaming PCs use the a320 which should be considered a crime. A320 has been a throwaway board/chipset since the start, hope no one bought them over b350.
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#9
tony359
My point is that when I selected my motherboard I checked the comparison table and - correct me if I’m mistaken - I could only see less sata ports, no overclocking abilities etc. As I didn’t need those features, why on earth should have I purchased the ‘better’ chipset?
If the comparison table said ‘max TDP xyz’ and that was lower than other chipsets, rest assured I would have spent the extra quid to be more future proof.
I wasn’t given that information. I feel it’s unfair. The fact that the A320 was the cheapest is totally not relevant.
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#10
bug
tony359, post: 4043646, member: 186575"
My point is that when I selected my motherboard I checked the comparison table and - correct me if I’m mistaken - I could only see less sata ports, no overclocking abilities etc. As I didn’t need those features, why on earth should have I purchased the ‘better’ chipset?
If the comparison table said ‘max TDP xyz’ and that was lower than other chipsets, rest assured I would have spent the extra quid to be more future proof.
I wasn’t given that information. I feel it’s unfair. The fact that the A320 was the cheapest is totally not relevant.
The reason you weren'r given the max TDP in the chipset's spec sheet is because the chipset doesn't dictate the max TDP of the CPU.
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#11
Rexolaboy
tony359, post: 4043646, member: 186575"
My point is that when I selected my motherboard I checked the comparison table and - correct me if I’m mistaken - I could only see less sata ports, no overclocking abilities etc. As I didn’t need those features, why on earth should have I purchased the ‘better’ chipset?
If the comparison table said ‘max TDP xyz’ and that was lower than other chipsets, rest assured I would have spent the extra quid to be more future proof.
I wasn’t given that information. I feel it’s unfair. The fact that the A320 was the cheapest is totally not relevant.
Well luckily there is still Ryzen 7 2700x for you if you need an upgrade, which is a great CPU currently.
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#12
tony359
Bug - what I’m trying to say is that if there is a technical limitation, it should have been advertised.
If there isn’t, then manufacturers are being greedy.
Either way, it’s wrong.

Indeed the 2700X is a nice CPU but I would have definitely paid those few extra quid to get onto the 3000 bandwagon.
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#13
bug
tony359, post: 4043694, member: 186575"
Bug - what I’m trying to say is that if there is a technical limitation, it should have been advertised.
If there isn’t, then manufacturers are being greedy.
Either way, it’s wrong.

Indeed the 2700X is a nice CPU but I would have definitely paid those few extra quid to get onto the 3000 bandwagon.
What I was trying to say is the difference was probably advertised. You just look at the wrong place.
You looked at a comparison between chipsets, but you are now complaining about a motherboard limitation.
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#14
tony359
That’s an interesting point. My MB is an MSI BTW so not all is lost.
I’ve just checked at the website and I do not see any specific limitations mentioned.
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