Wednesday, August 7th 2019

AMD's Latest AGESA Update Removes PCIe 4.0 Support from Pre-X570 Motherboards

AMD's latest AGESA update, which is being seeded to motherboard manufacturers, culls efforts to implement support for PCIe 4.0 in boards not carrying the latest X570 chipset. Some motherboard manufacturers had enabled support for the new standard on existing B450 and X470 motherboards - some with limited support, as was the case on some of ASUS' motherboards, others with full support. However, these efforts from motherboard manufacturers went against AMD's strategy with their X570 platform - all in all, these "rogue additions" reduced one additional feature of new X570 motherboards over their older counterparts.

The new AGESA code carries the part number AM4 1.0.0.3 ABB, and will likely be reflected in manufacturers' release notes for new BIOS versions that incorporate the code - and remove added PCIe 4.0 functionality. Other changes in this AGESA code release include fixes for Destiny 2 gamers' woes, which were having a hard time getting the game to run properly on Ryzen 3000 processors. If you're an avid Destiny 2 player and want PCIe 4.0 support, you'll likely be reminded of Rick and Morty's pickle episode. If not, you can always defer these AM4 1.0.0.3 ABB updates, if your system is behaving properly.
Source: PC Games Hardware.de
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143 Comments on AMD's Latest AGESA Update Removes PCIe 4.0 Support from Pre-X570 Motherboards

#101
xorbe
The 400 boards were not validated against gen 4, it would be suicide to allow this wrt qa and reputation. Cold hard business decision. If there's some bios hack where enthusiasts want to have a go at it, I don't see a problem with that. But it shouldn't be advertised or sold as supported. The risk outweighs the benefit.
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#102
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
xorbe, post: 4094746, member: 102945"
The 400 boards were not validated against gen 4, it would be suicide to allow this wrt qa and reputation. Cold hard business decision. If there's some bios hack where enthusiasts want to have a go at it, I don't see a problem with that. But it shouldn't be advertised or sold as supported. The risk outweighs the benefit.
Hence the beta bios with disclaimers attached.

r9, post: 4094741, member: 56898"
Can these new BIOSes be modded ?
Have at it
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#103
RH92
Chomiq, post: 4094728, member: 185703"
And still, Intel got away with worse and they still own what? 80% of the market.
Intel got away with worse ? Do you live in some parallel universe or what , im asking cause here in our universe Intel is getting sh*** storm even for the tiniest wrong move , let alone the blood bath that will follow if they cut the support of something already working based on financial motivations , as it is the case here with AMD !

Chomiq, post: 4094728, member: 185703"
I'll give AMD some slack with their decisions.
Ofc you will , im not expecting anything better for someone who applies double standards .
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#104
zlobby
kapone32, post: 4094734, member: 181865"
Or sometimes every 6 months :D
Yeah, but I don't see any ruckus when intel does it. For some reason when AMD try to to keep a socket for 4 years everyone loses their mind.

And just for the record - no matter what the reason for this PCIe 4.0 fiasco is, AMD really managed it poorly. 'Managed' OFC is a gross overstatement here.
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#105
kapone32
zlobby, post: 4094777, member: 172939"
Yeah, but I don't see any ruckus when intel does it. For some reason when AMD try to to keep a socket for 4 years everyone loses their mind.

And just for the record - no matter what the reason for this PCIe 4.0 fiasco is, AMD really managed it poorly. 'Managed' OFC is a gross overstatement here.
AMD did not handle it poorly. It was some MB vendors that released a BIOS update even before AMD announced it. The issue for me is that people are now complaining about something that could have potentially caused headaches for AMD and it's board partners. Even though the first x16 slot on AM4 is meant for Graphics cards. Some of the boards supported lane splitting. I could imagine that 4 PCI _E 4.0 NVME drives in RAID 0 could potentially damage the naturally 3.0 wired x16 slot on X470.
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#106
xorbe
eidairaman1, post: 4094759, member: 40556"
Hence the beta bios with disclaimers attached.
I personally think that's still a bridge too far. Perhaps bios posted at some overclocking forum, but not at the motherboard's main support website. It's not a beta feature, it's an unsupported feature.
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#107
Totally
Flyordie, post: 4094630, member: 61056"
PCIe 4.0- Disabled by default on X470 boards. Problem solved.

Only allow it for the top PCIe x16 slot and the closest m.2 slot.

Don't list PCIe 4.0 as a feature on the X470 boards.

If AMD really is all gung-ho about being open and free, they'd have followed that plan.
Wasn't that how it was before the board partners decided to turn it into a feature.
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#108
lexluthermiester
RH92, post: 4093941, member: 174545"
That not cool at all and community needs to raise against this BS !
Why? Is PCIe3 THAT slow for you? Pointless outrage. There is nothing that needs PCIe4 yet.

RH92, post: 4093941, member: 174545"
If motherboard vendors are ok with offering PCIe 4.0 on older platforms then what does AMD care about ? Imagine all the flak Intel would had reveived for pulling such a move !
News flash for you, those older boards don't actually have PCIe4. Board makers have been "enabling" it through configuration trickery. It's not actually there.
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#109
Athlonite
cucker tarlson, post: 4093986, member: 173472"
high end boards would probably handle it fine.
At which point you may aswell have gone with an X570 based mobo

anywho the point of AMD doing this is because it knows who is going to take the brunt of bad publicity should anything go wrong with PCIe4.0 on X470 mobos it won't be the Manufacturers it'll be AMD
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#110
RH92
lexluthermiester, post: 4094903, member: 134537"
Why? Is PCIe3 THAT slow for you? Pointless outrage. There is nothing that needs PCIe4 yet.
How about you go and read the dozens of other comments i made where i respond to the same kind of stupid questions and understand WHY instead of making pointless comments ?

lexluthermiester, post: 4094903, member: 134537"
News flash for you, those older boards don't actually have PCIe4. Board makers have been "enabling" it through configuration trickery. It's not actually there.
What configuration trickery , WTF are you even talking about !

News flash for you , those older boards don't actually need to have PCIe 4.0 onboard ( read chipset that supports PCIe 4.0 ) because they can use the PCIe 4.0 lanes provided by the CPU at least for their 1st PCIe slot ( wich usually meets the signal integrity requirements for PCIe 4.0 due to the proximity with the CPU ) .

Next time make sure you educate yourself before posting some random BS at least it will make your comments less embarasing !
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#111
Xzibit
RH92, post: 4094934, member: 174545"
How about you go and read the dozens of other comments i made where i respond to the same kind of stupid questions and understand WHY instead of making pointless comments ?



What configuration trickery , WTF are you even talking about !

News flash for you , those older boards don't actually need to have PCIe 4.0 onboard because they can use the PCIe 4.0 lanes provided by the CPU at least for their 1st PCIe slot ( wich usually meets the signal integrity requirements for PCIe 4.0 due to the proximity with the CPU ) .

Next time make sure you educate yourself before posting some random BS at least it will make your comments less embarasing !

Doesn't look like they meet signal integrity.



Like I said before even according to them their lower end boards look to be better. At the same time someone buying a $70-$100 (Asus tax $130) is less likely to want to spend greater then that amount on a capable NVME.
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#112
lexluthermiester
RH92, post: 4094934, member: 174545"
How about you go and read the dozens of other comments i made where i respond to the same kind of stupid questions and understand WHY instead of making pointless comments ?
Ooorrr you can stop making a mountain out of a molehill and get over it.
RH92, post: 4094934, member: 174545"
What configuration trickery , WTF are you even talking about !
Calm down Homer.
RH92, post: 4094934, member: 174545"
News flash for you , those older boards don't actually need to have PCIe 4.0 onboard because they can use the PCIe 4.0 lanes provided by the CPU at least for their 1st PCIe slot ( wich usually meets the signal integrity requirements for PCIe 4.0 due to the proximity with the CPU ) .
News flash for you; It doesn't work that way! If you understood the technical aspects of how PCIe data channels derive their clock speeds you would understand, but you don't and thus feel "cheated" out of a bit of extra bandwidth you can't possibly use.
RH92, post: 4094934, member: 174545"
Next time make sure you educate yourself before posting some random BS at least it will make your comments less embarrassing !
Says the guy who can't spell or can't be troubled to use spell-check. Take your own advice!

Athlonite, post: 4094918, member: 80893"
anywho the point of AMD doing this is because it knows who is going to take the brunt of bad publicity should anything go wrong with PCIe4.0 on X470 mobos it won't be the Manufacturers it'll be AMD
Exactly.
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#113
RH92
Xzibit, post: 4094944, member: 105152"
Doesn't look like they meet signal integrity.


What do you mean doesn't look like they meet signal integrity ?

There are plenty of boards on this list who meet signal integrity for Gen 4 x16 and on top of that this list only shows what ASUS has validated so it's not final ( unless ASUS wants us to believe that their low end boards have better built quality than their top of the line boards ) + this is only one board vendor !


lexluthermiester, post: 4094952, member: 134537"
News flash for you; It doesn't work that way! If you understood the technically aspects of how PCIe data channels derive their clock speeds you would understand, but you don't and thus feel "cheated" out of a bit of extra bandwidth.
WTF is you talking about man ? Guy pulls some generic technical term out of internet in order to make himself look like he knows something and thinks people are goin to fall for his BS !

Here is how PCIe lanes are distributed for 3000 series CPUs , so fist your eyes on it and educate yourself !

https://www.techpowerup.com/img/x5IOE9hplxgQwNWM.jpg

CPU provides one direct x16 Gen 4 lane to the first PCIe slot on the mobo ( assuming it meets the signal integrity requirements incase on a PCIe slot built to respect PCIe 3.0 specifications ) and one direct X4 Gen4 PCIe lane for NVMe or SATA . It doesn't work like this ? LOL man you are a joke !

Anyways enough time lost with trolls of your kind , in the trash bin you go !
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#114
Xzibit
RH92, post: 4094982, member: 174545"
What do you mean doesn't look like they meet signal integrity ?

There are plenty of boards on this list who meet signal integrity for Gen 4 x16 and on top of that this list only shows what ASUS has validated so it's not final ( unless ASUS wants us to believe that their low end boards have better built quality than their top of the line boards ) + this is only one board vendor !
Have any vendors said publicly what they are providing ? Links if possible.
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#115
RH92
Xzibit, post: 4094985, member: 105152"
Have any vendors said publicly what they are providing ? Links if possible.
Other than ASUS you mean ? Haven't looked much into it so i don't know but anyways this is why reviews exist ( well i guess not anymore thanks to AMD ) .

We have proof that PCIe 4.0 works perfectly fine on X470/B450 so yeah thats all i need to know as far as i'm concerned . https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.techpowerup.com/257380/asus-begins-enabling-limited-pcie-gen-4-0-on-amd-400-series-chipset-motherboards?amp
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#116
Xzibit
RH92, post: 4094989, member: 174545"
Other than ASUS you mean ? Haven't looked much into it so i don't know but anyways this is why reviews exist ( well i guess not anymore thanks to AMD ) .

We have proof that PCIe 4.0 works perfectly fine on X470/B450 so yeah thats all i need to know as far as i'm concerned . https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.techpowerup.com/257380/asus-begins-enabling-limited-pcie-gen-4-0-on-amd-400-series-chipset-motherboards?amp
Last time I check MyDrivers wasn't Asus plus that link you posted has AMD response
"Our plan has not changed. As previously stated at the Taipei Computer Show, due to reliability and consistency, we plan to disable PCIe 4.0 on the motherboard before the X570 chipset . The AGESA code will be sent to the motherboard manufacturer."
Those charts back-up AMD stance since not all boards are compatible.
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#117
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
xorbe, post: 4094833, member: 102945"
I personally think that's still a bridge too far. Perhaps bios posted at some overclocking forum, but not at the motherboard's main support website. It's not a beta feature, it's an unsupported feature.
Being a beta is just for testing purposes and being beta doesn't mean it's supported.
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#118
lexluthermiester
RH92, post: 4094982, member: 174545"
Anyways enough time lost with trolls of your kind , in the trash bin you go !
As opposed to ignorant entitled fanboys? Trash indeed...

eidairaman1, post: 4095010, member: 40556"
Being a beta is just for testing purposes and being beta doesn't mean it's supported.
Correct.
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#119
gmn 17
EarthDog, post: 4094507, member: 79836"
Lol, no.
Lol, yes.
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#120
RH92
Xzibit, post: 4095002, member: 105152"
Last time I check MyDrivers wasn't Asus
You asked if any vendor has publicly said what they are providing and i responded by " other than ASUS " considering ASUS already made a public list about what their mobos do provide .

Sooo yeah last time you checked MyDrivers wasn't ASUS ? Cool cause i would had been surprised aswell if they where .... now enlighten me how is this related to the discussion exactly ???

Xzibit, post: 4095002, member: 105152"
Those charts back-up AMD stance since not all boards are compatible.
Since when there was a criteria that ALL boards have to be compatible in order for something to be supported ? Asking because if we follow this logic , Strix X370/B350-i didn't offer any video output for APUs yet i didn't saw AMD killing APU support for the entire X370/B350 platforms .... this logic doesn't make sense , does it ?

It's crazy to see all the lengths you peoples go through to not admit the obvious wich is this is purely a money motivated decision . Had any , ANY other company made the same decision you same peoples would had roasted this company based on the principles of anti-consumer behaviour , greedy practices and what have you , but when AMD is doing this stuff you all suddenly act like this :
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#121
cucker tarlson
Athlonite, post: 4094918, member: 80893"
At which point you may aswell have gone with an X570 based mobo

anywho the point of AMD doing this is because it knows who is going to take the brunt of bad publicity should anything go wrong with PCIe4.0 on X470 mobos it won't be the Manufacturers it'll be AMD
talking about those who had it.
and did you see the actual prices of x570 ? entry level costs as much as a upper-mid end x470
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#122
Xzibit
RH92, post: 4095076, member: 174545"
You asked if any vendor has publicly said what they are providing and i responded by " other than ASUS " considering ASUS already made a public list about what their mobos do provide .

Sooo yeah last time you checked MyDrivers wasn't ASUS ? Cool cause i would had been surprised aswell if they where .... now enlighten me how is this related to the discussion exactly ???



Since when there was a criteria that ALL boards have to be compatible in order for something to be supported ? Asking because if we follow this logic , Strix X370/B350-i didn't offer any video output for APUs yet i didn't saw AMD killing APU support for the entire X370/B350 platforms .... this logic doesn't make sense , does it ?

It's crazy to see all the lengths you peoples go through to not admit the obvious wich is this is purely a money motivated decision . Had any , ANY other company made the same decision you same peoples would had roasted this company based on the principles of anti-consumer behaviour , greedy practices and what have you , but when AMD is doing this stuff you all suddenly act like this :
Would help if you actually read up on it
several vendors also told us the first slot wouldn't operate at full speeds due to the closer spacing of the PCIe 3.0-designed slots, which would introduce signal integrity issues.
That means, even under the best circumstances, the first slot on older motherboards would only operate at a portion of the PCIe 4.0 throughput (akin to a "PCIe 3.8" or "PCIe 3.7" connection). The increased data errors on the line would also trigger PCIe's error correction mechanisms more frequently, which could introduce data integrity issues.
You might be right about the money motivation. Asus wanting to sell more boards then their competition. Why else bypass PCI-SIG certification if your not try'n to get more profit under the radar?
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#123
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Can I ask people a simple question? Why would you risk your system's stability with features that your board wasn't intended to support? If you're using an NVMe card, you very well could find yourself with corrupted data as a result. The bottom line is that if something goes wrong with PCIe 4 on an older board, people will want someone to blame and they're not likely to blame themselves if you don't have to go out of your way to do it without a huge warning telling you about the risks. Simply put, having PCIe 4 running on a system not intended to run it is like playing with fire. It's not okay just because you don't always burn the house down.
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#124
EarthDog
Aquinus, post: 4095277, member: 102461"
Can I ask people a simple question? Why would you risk your system's stability with features that your board wasn't intended to support? If you're using an NVMe card, you very well could find yourself with corrupted data as a result. The bottom line is that if something goes wrong with PCIe 4 on an older board, people will want someone to blame and they're not likely to blame themselves if you don't have to go out of your way to do it without a huge warning telling you about the risks. Simply put, having PCIe 4 running on a system not intended to run it is like playing with fire. It's not okay just because you don't always burn the house down.
we wouldnt be. The AIBs would be validating which boards work or do not. That's always how it was. They'd blame the board partner who certified it. Feels like marijuana laws in the US... feds(amd) say it's illegal, states(AIBs) say it is legal... lol

gmn 17, post: 4095074, member: 100603"
Lol, yes.
We won't see DDR5 on the consumer level until at least 2021. Intel's next mainstream chipset will not have it in 2020. Sorry.

https://www.techpowerup.com/255826/intel-sapphire-rapids-brings-pcie-gen-5-and-ddr5-to-the-data-center
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#125
HTC
Aquinus, post: 4095277, member: 102461"
Can I ask people a simple question? Why would you risk your system's stability with features that your board wasn't intended to support? If you're using an NVMe card, you very well could find yourself with corrupted data as a result. The bottom line is that if something goes wrong with PCIe 4 on an older board, people will want someone to blame and they're not likely to blame themselves if you don't have to go out of your way to do it without a huge warning telling you about the risks. Simply put, having PCIe 4 running on a system not intended to run it is like playing with fire. It's not okay just because you don't always burn the house down.
Exactly.
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