Thursday, May 7th 2020

AMD B550 Chipset Detailed, It's Ready for Zen 3, Older AM4 Motherboards not Compatible

In their briefing leading up to today's Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X review embargo, AMD disclosed that its upcoming "Zen 3" 4th generation Ryzen desktop processors will only support AMD 500-series (or later) chipsets. The next-gen processors will not work with older 400-series or 300-series chipsets. This comes as a blow to those who bought premium X470 motherboards hoping for latest CPU compatibility running into 2020. At this time only B550 is available, but we expect more news on enthusiast chipsets as the Zen 3 launch date comes closer. AMD B550 is a fascinating new mid-range chipset by AMD. Launching today as a successor to the popular B450 chipset, B550 is a low-power silicon with roughly the same 5-7 W TDP as the older 400-series chipset. Although AMD won't confirm it, it's likely that the chipset is sourced from ASMedia. It brings a lot to the table that could draw buyers away from B450, but it also takes some away.

The AMD B550 currently only supports 3rd generation Ryzen "Matisse" processors. Ryzen 3000 "Picasso" APU are not supported. What's more, older Ryzen 2000 "Pinnacle Ridge," "Raven Ridge," and first gen Ryzen 1000 "Summit Ridge" aren't supported, either. The Athlon 200 and 3000 "Zen" based chips miss out, too. AMD argues that it ran into ROM size limitations when trying to cram AGESA microcode for all the older processors. We find that hard to believe because B450 motherboards with the latest ComboAM4 AGESA support 2nd gen and 3rd gen processors, including APUs and Athlon SKUs based on the two. On the bright side, AMD assured us (within its marketing slides for the B550), that the chipset will support upcoming processors based on the "Zen 3" microarchitecture. The company also came up with a new motherboard packaging label that clarifies that the processors won't work with the 3400G and 3200G.
AMD B550 chipset highlights AMD B550 processor support AMD B550 vs B450

AMD B550 motherboards will feature partial PCI-Express gen 4.0 support. The main PCI-Express x16 slot, and one of the M.2 NVMe slots that are wired to the "Matisse" processor will be PCI-Express gen 4.0, however, all downstream PCIe lanes put out by the B550 chipset are gen 3.0. This is still a step up from 400-series "Promontory" chipsets, which are limited to gen 2.0. B550 puts out eight PCIe gen 3.0 lanes, which combine with the 20 usable processor lanes from "Matisse" to take the platform's total PCIe budget to 28 lanes (x16 gen 4.0 + x4 gen 4.0 + x8 gen 3.0). The B550 chipset itself connects to the "Matisse" processor via a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 connection.

In terms of connectivity, AMD's B550 chipset puts out up to six SATA 6 Gbps ports with AHCI and RAID capability; two each of 10 Gbps USB 3.2 gen 2 and 5 Gbps USB 3.2 gen 1 ports; and six USB 2.0 ports. PCIe, SATA, and USB connectivity from the "Matisse" processor is unchanged: four 10 Gbps USB 3.2 gen 2 ports, and up to two SATA 6 Gbps ports.
AMD B550 platform layout
The processor includes a PCI-Express 4.0 x16 PEG connection that can be split between slots. AMD is allowing motherboard designers to have multi-GPU capability with the B550, where the x16 PEG link is split between two x16 slots (electrical x8). Previously this capability was limited to the top-tier X370 and X470 boards. The processor also puts out one PCI-Express 4.0 x4 link meant to drive one M.2 NVMe slot or U.2 NVMe port. Every B550 motherboard we've seen so far features one M.2 PCIe gen 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) slot.
AMD B550 motherboards
As with both its predecessors, the B350 and B450, the new B550 chipset enables full multiplier-based CPU overclocking, along with broad memory overclocking support. Motherboard designers are at liberty to kit out the B550 with the most elaborate CPU VRM solutions. Expect some of the pricier B550 boards to match their X570 counterparts in overclocking capability.

Motherboards based on the AMD B550 chipset are expected to launch on June 16, 2020. Prices start at $100, according to AMD.
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433 Comments on AMD B550 Chipset Detailed, It's Ready for Zen 3, Older AM4 Motherboards not Compatible

#426
TheLostSwede
Dredi
MSI stated support for all future AM4 products.
Blame it on the Chinglish... But seriously, the Taiwanese are terrible at things like this, trust me, I live and work in Taiwan and have done plenty of freelance and full time work for local tech companies. They are masters at screwing these kind of things up. Technically this would be a nightmare for them in Taiwan, if it says the same in Chinese, as the consumer rights organisation in Taiwan is handled by the government, so they might have to give out a lot of free boards in Taiwan.
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#427
NoJuan999
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If they did that in the first place there would be no outrage, even though it's not ideal.
It's like I had a crystal ball. ;)
This is what I posted in this thread last week:
I still have hope that MB manufacturers will offer support for 4000 Series CPUs on B450 and X470 motherboards via BIOS updates.
www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/amd-b550-chipset-detailed-its-ready-for-zen-3-older-am4-motherboards-not-compatible.266710/post-4264677
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#428
PYRO1125
Well now LOL, I have a 32mb ROM on my AsRock X470 same as the X570 so of course it will work maybe the smaller 16mb boards might have to remove Ryzen 1000 or 2000 for support of Zen3. I have a 3700x and they can remove everything below that for my board LOL. AMD should have never said that from the start that 400 series will not support Zen3. They just won back so many customers and they want to burn that now? Very bad move from the start, at least now they intend to make it right. For me like I said (in a previous post) I can switch CPU companys at will, Intel or AMD I'm not loyal to either I been going back and forth for years building PC's :D
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#429
NoJuan999
PYRO1125
Well now LOL, I have a 32mb ROM on my AsRock X470 same as the X570 so of course it will work maybe the smaller 16mb boards might have to remove Ryzen 1000 or 2000 for support of Zen3. I have a 3700x and they can remove everything below that for my board LOL. AMD should have never said that from the start that 400 series will not support Zen3. They just won back so many customers and they want to burn that now? Very bad move from the start, at least now they intend to make it right. For me like I said (in a previous post) I can switch CPU companys at will, Intel or AMD I'm not loyal to either I been going back and forth for years building PC's :D
Same for me.
I have a 3700x on my Asus ROG Strix X470-F (32 MB BIOS ROM) and a 2600 on an Asus ROG Strix B450-F (16 MB BIOS ROM).
My plan was always to put the 3700x onto the B450-F when I do eventually upgrade to a Zen 4000 CPU on the X470-F.
I even ran the 3700x on the B450-F for about a month just to be sure I would be happy with that combo.
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PYRO1125
NoJuan999
Same for me.
I have a 3700x on my Asus ROG Strix X470-F (32 MB BIOS ROM) and a 2600 on an Asus ROG Strix B450-F (16 MB BIOS ROM).
My plan was always to put the 3700x onto the B450-F when I do eventually upgrade to a Zen 4000 CPU on the X470-F.
I even ran the 3700x on the B450-F for about a month just to be sure I would be happy with that combo.
Now we can both upgrade to a Zen3 CPU :D
What I'm going to do, is buy the top of the line Zen3 CPU for my board because that will be the final CPU upgrade might as well go for the best lol. I'm saving $$ now, and put about 700$ aside from that stimulus check for it. Did AMD say when they are releasing Zen3 CPUs? Aug. or Sept., I'm not sure.
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#431
NoJuan999
PYRO1125
Now we can both upgrade to a Zen3 CPU :D
What I'm going to do, is buy the top of the line Zen3 CPU for my board because that will be the final CPU upgrade might as well go for the best lol. I'm saving $$ now, and put about 700$ aside from that stimulus check for it. Did AMD say when they are releasing Zen3 CPUs? Aug. or Sept., I'm not sure.
That's the plan.
I don't know when I will upgrade though as the 3700x does everything I need it to and does it quickly too. :D
Ands as far as I know Zen 3 is tentatively slated for an August release date but that isn't set in stone.
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PYRO1125
NoJuan999
That's the plan.
I don't know when I will upgrade though as the 3700x does everything I need it to and does it quickly too. :D
Ands as far as I know Zen 3 is tentatively slated for an August release date but that isn't set in stone.
Agree our 3700x CPUs are great, Aug. hmmm not so far away if it's true. Maybe in a few weeks AMD will announce something.

Gamers Nexus (Tech Jesus) :D Has about a 30min run down on what AMD said:

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#433
djisas
NoJuan999
That's the plan.
I don't know when I will upgrade though as the 3700x does everything I need it to and does it quickly too. :D
Ands as far as I know Zen 3 is tentatively slated for an August release date but that isn't set in stone.
But wouldn't a 4800 be a different kind of beast?
Im on a 3600, good jump from i3 2120, a step up would be a 4700, for 300ish I will think about it...
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