Friday, October 25th 2019

BIOSTAR Extends Ryzen 9 3950X Support to Even its A320 Chipset Motherboards

On a charm offensive, motherboard maker BIOSTAR revealed that it will extend support for the upcoming 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X even to its cheapest motherboards based on AMD's entry-level A320 chipset. Support for the processor will be added through a UEFI firmware update that should go live on the company website soon, and downloadable from the support section of each motherboard's product page. BIOSTAR's list of motherboards for the 3950X includes almost its entire socket AM4 motherboard lineup, spanning the A320, B350, X370, B450, X470, and X570 chipsets. A spokesperson for BIOSTAR confirmed to us that this wasn't a typo on the company website.
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52 Comments on BIOSTAR Extends Ryzen 9 3950X Support to Even its A320 Chipset Motherboards

#1
micropage7
looks good, even you have low end board they still give the update
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#2
dj-electric


You wanna play a little game? sure, put a 3950X on this board, see what happens at load.
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#3
catulitechup
I like vrm toasted smell in the morning

:)
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#4
GeorgeMan
Nothing will happen, its tdp is still low. Worst case it will throttle. When using stock cooler (top down wraith), the vrms are gonna also get some airflow, so I suppose only at max sustained load there will be some throttling, not during mixed loads.

dj-electric


You wanna play a little game? sure, put a 3950X on this board, see what happens at load.
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#5
ZoneDymo
See if I was in the position of a GN or so I would totally get a low grade A320 board, slap an 3950X on it with a watercooling block, watercool the VRMs etc as well and just see what you can get.

Then maybe take off the watercooling from the board and see if you can fry it.
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#6
krykry
I wouldn't be surprised if the bios would throttle the CPU to 65W.
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#7
AKBrian
dj-electric


You wanna play a little game? sure, put a 3950X on this board, see what happens at load.
Oh, that is adorable!
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#8
R0H1T
krykry
I wouldn't be surprised if the bios would throttle the CPU to 65W.
How come 65W :confused:
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#9
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
If Biostar are willing to do this then other Board makers should follow Suite
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#10
EarthDog
Yikes. Scary. This screams FX octo support on all amd boards when many would throttle at stock. Those a320 based boards have potatos for VRMs. I would expect some x370 boards to wilt and throttle at stock too.

dorsetknob
If Biostar are willing to do this then other Board makers should follow Suite
suit, even. :p
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#11
Tomgang
I feel sorry for those VRM on B320 boards. They are gonna have a very hard time feeding the 16 core monster. Even some of the cheaper X570 boards has a hard time keeping the VRM cool and below throttle point just with a 3900X even throw they have more VRM´s and propaly better cooling and quallity parts as well than B320 boards. My concern: B320 + 3950X = fire hazard:fear:or at very least a 16 core CPU that throttles a lot cause of overheated VRM´s.


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#12
Patriot
Biostar is getting desperate for attention again.
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#13
HugsNotDrugs
Kinda silly to pair it with such an expensive CPU, but would do fine in a pinch with some undervolting and tuning clocks.
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#14
MrPotatoHead
if ran at at stock which it will on a320 then it won't exceed 105w and boost clocks will also be lower than on a 570/470/450/350 board etc so it's possible it could run it just fine if not just a little bit crippled, though who in their right mind is going to pair a $750 processor with a $60 motherboard? I mean you're literally asking for trouble if you put yourself in this scenario
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#15
Chloe Price
I wouldn't put anything over 6c/12t with a 65W TDP for those.
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#16
JAB Creations
Patriot
Biostar is getting desperate for attention again.
Just because you can't comprehend why that is a perfect combination for someone else does not imply you know better on any one else's behalf.
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#17
Alt Bass
GeorgeMan
Nothing will happen, its tdp is still low. Worst case it will throttle. When using stock cooler (top down wraith), the vrms are gonna also get some airflow, so I suppose only at max sustained load there will be some throttling, not during mixed loads.
Considering what GN told in their video about AMD's TDP the figure "105W" only correlates to power consumption.
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#18
R0H1T
MrPotatoHead
if ran at at stock which it will on a320 then it won't exceed 105w and boost clocks will also be lower than on a 570/470/450/350 board etc so it's possible it could run it just fine if not just a little bit crippled, though who in their right mind is going to pair a $750 processor with a $60 motherboard? I mean you're literally asking for trouble if you put yourself in this scenario
I remember a lot of outrage here because AMD couldn't guarantee compatibility, with el cheapo boards, like they promised(?) for AM4 :shadedshu:
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#19
Chloe Price
JAB Creations
Just because you can't comprehend why that is a perfect combination for someone else does not imply you know better on any one else's behalf.
A cheap motherboard with low-tier VRM isn't good for no one, when paired with a high-end CPU which draws more power than these are designed for. I mean, who would buy a 50 eur/usd motherboard and pair it with a 750 eur/usd CPU?

Like I said above, I wouldn't put anything above a 65W 6c/12t on these.
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#20
tony359
JAB Creations
Just because you can't comprehend why that is a perfect combination for someone else does not imply you know better on any one else's behalf.
Exactly.

I was laughed at when I was puzzled on why the A320 should be left behind with no Ryzen 3000 support *at all*. The general argument was "it's cheap, it's normal".

While I understand the TDP concerns on such a board, it is still nice to have such an option if you want an upgrade, maybe in the future when the CPU is not $750 anymore. My A320 is on my HTPC, so it's not running massive loads. It's nice to know I will be able to update my Gen 1 Ryzen 3 with a Gen 3 Ryzen 7 (or even Ryzen 9) when time comes without having to replace the MB.
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#21
Patriot
tony359
Exactly.

I was laughed at when I was puzzled on why the A320 should be left behind with no Ryzen 3000 support *at all*. The general argument was "it's cheap, it's normal".

While I understand the TDP concerns on such a board, it is still nice to have such an option if you want an upgrade, maybe in the future when the CPU is not $750 anymore. My A320 is on my HTPC, so it's not running massive loads. It's nice to know I will be able to update my Gen 1 Ryzen 3 with a Gen 3 Ryzen 7 (or even Ryzen 9) when time comes without having to replace the MB.
the 65w 12c pro version makes sense. This board is a firehazard in general...
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#22
Thefumigator
I've owned an 125watts FX processor and a "potato-VRMs-motherboard" with no heatsink over VRMs, for several years. You couldn't overclock it much. But the thing was ultra stable, despite its age...
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#25
ymbaja
Why so much hate? I for one commend Biostar for this and they’ve gone up a notch in my book. Would it be the optimal solution? Probably not but it’s nice to know you can especially 2-3 years down the road when it’s not going to matter if your hitting top clocks. It would still be a significant upgrade. If they are willing to hang their ass out in the wind and stand behind and provide support for their low end products then it’s a lot more than other vendors are doing...
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