Wednesday, June 17th 2020

MSI Releases Latest AGESA BIOS Updates Enabling Ryzen 3000XT Processor Support

MSI, the world leading gaming motherboard brand, releases optimized BIOS updates for the new Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT Processors. Combo PI V1 1.0.0.6 BIOS and Combo PI V2 1.0.0.2 BIOS are released and able to download successively in coming days. More detail information about the Combo PI V2 1.0.0.2, Combo PI V1 1.0.0.6 or newer BIOS update, please check this blog.

Since AMD releases their new Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT Processors today, MSI also made great efforts to offer optimized BIOS updates for 300-, 400-, and 500-series motherboards. The latest AMD Combo PI V1 version 1.0.0.6 BIOS for 300- and 400-series motherboards will be ready for users to download and update in the end of June. Regarding 500-series motherboards, Combo PI V2 version 1.0.0.2 BIOS will be released in the beginning of July. The updated BIOS updates are mainly optimized for the new Ryzen CPUs. Besides, there are several key points for the BIOS improvements.
Main Highlights for the Optimized BIOS Updates
  • Support discrete graphics card identification, allowing users to successfully enter OS with AM4 CPU (w/o integrated graphics) and without graphics card installed.
  • Solve compatibility issues for graphics card and USB sound card.
  • Optimize A-XMP memory functions
  • Optimize BIOS function - Memory Try It!
  • Optimize FCH BCLK-related functions
Find the BIOS in the support section of your motherboard's product page on the MSI website in the coming days.
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7 Comments on MSI Releases Latest AGESA BIOS Updates Enabling Ryzen 3000XT Processor Support

#1
Mindweaver
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This is funny because I remember MSI saying they were not going to offer an upgrade with their motherboard. I can't remember if it was from B350 to B450 or higher. They back down pretty quick. I can agree with that if it's holding the board back. Everything I've seen says this is only a "refresh" adding 100-200mhz from the x variant. Nothing new added to the chip itself. So, I see all board manufacturers doing it as well. I just saw that the Ryzen 3600 is going for 166 usd. I'm thinking about jumping on that to upgrade my 2600. My youngest daughter asked me the other day if she could have a pc to game on like daddy. So, I feel an upgrade is near. I did have an old Phenom x2 521 laying around and built it for her but it's pretty slow. I upgraded it to a 545 the next day.. This week I'm pulling that system and putting an i5 2500k, 16gb, r5 270.. but I have the upgrade itch so I'll probably grab a 3600 and a B550 board for myself.
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jeremyshaw
Mindweaver
This is funny because I remember MSI saying they were not going to offer an upgrade with their motherboard. I can't remember if it was from B350 to B450 or higher. They back down pretty quick. I can agree with that if it's holding the board back. Everything I've seen says this is only a "refresh" adding 100-200mhz from the x variant. Nothing new added to the chip itself. So, I see all board manufacturers doing it as well. I just saw that the Ryzen 3600 is going for 166 usd. I'm thinking about jumping on that to upgrade my 2600. My youngest daughter asked me the other day if she could have a pc to game on like daddy. So, I feel an upgrade is near. I did have an old Phenom x2 521 laying around and built it for her but it's pretty slow. I upgraded it to a 545 the next day.. This week I'm pulling that system and putting an i5 2500k, 16gb, r5 270.. but I have the upgrade itch so I'll probably grab a 3600 and a B550 board for myself.
I think the events of the past months have made it pretty clear it was AMD that didn't intend to support older boards, and MSI was simply the first one to break the news. All of the ire got wrongly focused on MSI, while AMD got away with it. The second time around, AMD broke the news of yet another attempt to drop older chipsets, so AMD took all of the pressure, instead of individual board vendors.
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#3
HD64G
Interesting now features and improvement highlights imho.
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#4
milewski1015
"Support discrete graphics card identification, allowing users to successfully enter OS with AM4 CPU (w/o integrated graphics) and without graphics card installed."

What am I missing here? No iGPU or installed dGPU but you can still enter your OS? What is this wizardry?
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#5
Vecix6
milewski1015
"Support discrete graphics card identification, allowing users to successfully enter OS with AM4 CPU (w/o integrated graphics) and without graphics card installed."

What am I missing here? No iGPU or installed dGPU but you can still enter your OS? What is this wizardry?
I got the same question, and... ¿Which discrete graphics card will you identify if there is no graphics card?

Probably a bad traduction from Chinese PR?
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#6
SimpleTECH
milewski1015
"Support discrete graphics card identification, allowing users to successfully enter OS with AM4 CPU (w/o integrated graphics) and without graphics card installed."

What am I missing here? No iGPU or installed dGPU but you can still enter your OS? What is this wizardry?
It's a headless system. Before you couldn't get it to past POST without a GPU and now you can. Other board partners like ASUS and ASRock implemented that back when Zen first launched 3 years ago.

My ASRock X370 Taichi can do it. Used to run a Ryzen 3 1200 and that board as a server without a graphics card (was running XigmaNAS).
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#7
milewski1015
SimpleTECH
It's a headless system. Before you couldn't get it to past POST without a GPU and now you can. Other board partners like ASUS and ASRock implemented that back when Zen first launched 3 years ago.

My ASRock X370 Taichi can do it. Used to run a Ryzen 3 1200 and that board as a server without a graphics card (was running XigmaNAS).
Ah, okay. Makes more sense. Thought they were getting at full system functionality (including display) without any form of GPU. Thanks for the clarification
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