AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Backwards Compatibility Confirmed on Current AM4 Boards From Asus & Asrock

AMD's brand new Zen 2 CPUs will be backwards compatible with current 300 series and 400 series AM4 motherboards, Asus and ASRock confirm.

We're less than a month away from the debut of AMD's next generation family of Ryzen 3000 series processors. With the launch quickly approaching we've seen some motherboard makers proclaim, mistakenly perhaps, that you will have to buy a new board to enjoy one of the new chips.

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Thankfully however, Asus confirmed last month that this won't be the case. As they're readying a new BIOS update to ensure backwards compatibility of Ryzen 3000 series processors on the existing roster of Asus motherboards. Asrock has joined Asus with a similar announcement of an upcoming BIOS update that will ensure backwards compatibility with the current family of AM4 motherboards from the company.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Support Coming to Existing AM4 Boards With New BIOS Update From Asrock

The new BIOS versions will be landing in May and will include pretty much all of Asrock's motherboards.

"TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 6th, 2019 – ASRock has announced BIOS updates for AMD X470/B450/X370/B350 and A320 series motherboards to support the soon to be released new AMD Ryzen processors. The latest BIOS update will be available for download from our website or simply update through ASRock APP Shop."

X470 Chipset BIOS Version
X470 Taichi Ultimate P3.30
X470 Taichi P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 P3.40
X470 Master SLI/ac P3.40
X470 Master SLI P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.30
B450 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 P3.30
B450 Steel Legend P2.10
B450 Pro4 P3.30
B450M Steel Legend P2.10
B450M Pro4-F P1.40
B450M Pro4 P3.30
B450M-HDV R4.0 P2.30
B450M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.40
X370 Chipset BIOS Version
X370 Taichi P5.60
Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X P5.50
X370 Killer SLI/ac P5.40
X370 Killer SLI P5.40
X370 Pro4 P5.80
X370M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
X370M Pro4 P5.80
X370M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
X370M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
B350 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 P5.80
AB350 Pro4 P5.80
AB350M Pro4 P5.90
AB350M Pro4-F P1.20
AB350M Pro4 R2.0 P1.40
AB350M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
AB350M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
AB350M-HDV P5.90
AB350M P5.10
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
A320 Chipset*
*Supports AMD Next-Gen Ryzen series APU only.
BIOS Version
A320M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
A320M Pro4-F P1.10
A320M Pro4 P5.90
A320M-DVS R4.0 P1.70
A320M-DVS R3.0 P3.10
A320M-DGS P5.80
A320M-HDV R4.0 P1.90
A320M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
A320M-HDV P5.80
A320M-ITX P5.60



AMD's Brand New X570 Chipset For the Ryzen 3000 Series

With all of that being said, AMD will still give you plenty of reason to grab a new shiny motherboard alongside your new shiny Ryzen 3000 series CPU. And that reason is the company's all new X570 chipset.

The new chipset will be the first ever to bring PCIe Gen4 support to the market, which promises to deliver double the bandwidth of current PCIe Gen3. This could translate to better multi-GPU performance with the company's CrossfireX technology on next generation graphics cards like Navi. Although AMD hasn't announced yet that Navi will support PCIe Gen4. Although, the fact that the company is rolling out the technology on its next generation mainstream AM4 platform indicates that Navi very well could.

A teaser shot of an upcoming ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming motherboard which is expected to be unveiled at Computex 19.

We still don't know too much about the new X570 chipset. But we could certainly expect new power efficiency features, improved power delivery in preparation for the higher core count Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, which will include SKUs with up to 16 cores, as well as smarter frequency boost functions like we've seen with X470 and Precision Boost 2.0.

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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Rumored Specs & Prices

AMD Ryzen CPUCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockTDPPriceDebut
Ryzen 3 33006/123.2GHz4.0GHz50W$99CES
Ryzen 3 3300X6/123.5GHz4.3GHz65W$129CES
Ryzen 3 3300G6/123.0GHz3.8GHz65W$129Q3 2019
Ryzen 5 36008/163.6GHz4.4GHz65W$178CES
Ryzen 5 3600X8/164.0GHz4.8GHz95W$229CES
Ryzen 5 3600G8/163.2GHz4.0GHz95W$199Q3 2019
Ryzen 7 370012/243.8GHz4.6GHz95W$299CES
Ryzen 7 3700X12/244.2GHz5.0GHz105W$329CES
Ryzen 9 3800X16/32TBATBA125W$449CES
Ryzen 9 3850X16/32TBATBA135W$499TBA
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