Wednesday, May 15th 2019

BIOSTAR Releases 3rd Gen Ryzen Support BIOS Updates for AM4 Motherboards

BIOSTAR,a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices offers piece of mind for its customers, announcing the BIOSTAR AMD AM4 300-series and 400-series motherboardswill be compatible with upcoming 3rd Gen AMD RYZEN CPUs. BIOSTAR's engineering team have been working relentlessly prior to the availability of the upcoming CPUs to ensure BIOSTAR products keep their promise of ensuring customers get the best value without worrying about future upgrades.

Among the motherboard models eligible for BIOS update are: B350ET2, B350GT3, B350GT5, B350GTN, B450GT3, X370GT3, X370GT5, X370GT7, X370GTN, X470GT8, X470GTN, A320MD PRO, A320MH PRO, TA320-BTC, TB350-BTC, A320MY-Q7, A320MH, B45M2, B450MHC, B450MH, and Hi-Fi B350S1. You should be able to find the BIOS updates in the downloads section of the product pages of these motherboards on the BIOSTAR website.
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8 Comments on BIOSTAR Releases 3rd Gen Ryzen Support BIOS Updates for AM4 Motherboards

#1
B-Real
So as far as I understand, it is possible to get the A320 compatible with 3000 series CPUs. That's enough. Thank you again AMD for providing the same socket for at least 3-4 years.
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ironwolf
B-Real said:

So as far as I understand, it is possible to get the A320 compatible with 3000 series CPUs. That's enough. Thank you again AMD for providing the same socket for at least 3-4 years.
This actually true though? I believe it was MSI or Gigabyte (ASRock maybe?) that mentioned their A320 boards would only support the 3rd Gen APUs (and not the CPUs) with these new BIOS updates.
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tony359
Indeed but there is no mention on any limitations on Biostar’s statement. So finger crossed.
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#4
Caring1
tony359 said:

Indeed but there is no mention on any limitations on Biostar’s statement. So finger crossed.
It will depend on the power delivery capabilities of the board, I wouldn't recommend a high end chip on a crap board.
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HTC
Caring1 said:

It will depend on the power delivery capabilities of the board, I wouldn't recommend a high end chip on a crap board.
Agreed!

tony359 said:

Indeed but there is no mention on any limitations on Biostar’s statement. So finger crossed.
Do you honestly expect to be able to run a 16c / 32t or whatever highest core count chip AMD has planned for AM4 socket on an A320 board?

That said, i fully expect these boards to run up to 8c / 16t Zen 2 CPUs, just like with Zen + CPUs.
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tony359
HTC said:

Do you honestly expect to be able to run a 16c / 32t or whatever highest core count chip AMD has planned for AM4 socket on an A320 board?

That said, i fully expect these boards to run up to 8c / 16t Zen 2 CPUs, just like with Zen + CPUs.
I fail to see the validity of your point here.
The A320 can accept the same 1st and 2nd gen CPUs the bigger brothers can. What makes you think that the A320 was designed with some limitations in mind?

All the contributions I’ve seen on this forum about why the A320 should not support gen 3 ryzen is ‘its cheap, it’s ok that does not support new CPUs’. Sorry but that doesn’t make any technical sense.

Also, it’s not only R9 being released. If the R9 or the bigger R7 are a problem, they could just easily make the A320 compatible with all the other models.
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HTC
tony359 said:

I fail to see the validity of your point here.
The A320 can accept the same 1st and 2nd gen CPUs the bigger brothers can. What makes you think that the A320 was designed with some limitations in mind?

All the contributions I’ve seen on this forum about why the A320 should not support gen 3 ryzen is ‘its cheap, it’s ok that does not support new CPUs’. Sorry but that doesn’t make any technical sense.

Also, it’s not only R9 being released. If the R9 or the bigger R7 are a problem, they could just easily make the A320 compatible with all the other models.
As i said in my previous reply, i'm expecting these boards to support up to 8c / 16t Zen 2 CPUs but i seriously doubt they will support higher core count Zen 2 CPUs.

Take a look @ the following pics:



As can be seen, though you can place an 8c / 16t CPU (Zen or Zen +) in A320 board, you lose quite a bit doing so because it's not available by design. These boards are designed with R3 Zen / Zen + CPUs in mind (and now Zen 2 CPUs as well, supposedly) and, though you can place a higher end CPU in these boards, you lose some of it's features.

I can give you my own example: i have a 2600X CPU in a X370 board. As a result, i don't have precision boost override nor XFR2 enhanced, which i would have if my board had X470 / B450 chipset.
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tony359
I wasn’t aware of that - interesting. But still If a Ryzen 7 series 1 or 2 are supported, I really don’t see why series 3 shouldn’t. Following your logic, then series 2 should have not been supported either.

Don’t get me wrong, I get your point. What I cannot accept is that people agree that the A320 should not support series 3 because ‘it’s cheap’. That’s not a sound reason in my opinion.
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