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AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Get Early BIOS Support in X370 & X470 Motherboards, Next-Gen Zen 2 Based Family Internally Codenamed as Valhalla

By Hassan Mujtaba  / 

It looks like motherboard manufacturers have started adding early support on their X370 and X470 series products for the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors. The Zen 2 based AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors are scheduled to launch in mid of 2019 and would be bringing faster clocks, higher core count and improved efficiency while utilizing the brand new 7nm process technology.

Next-Gen AMD Ryzen 3000 “Valhalla” CPUs Get Early BIOS Support on X370 and X470 Motherboards

There are a few manufacturers who have started adding support for the upcoming processors in their existing products. This is part of the commitment which AMD made that all Ryzen series will be compatible with existing AM4 motherboards to offer longevity for the mainstream platforms.

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Currently, ASUS, MSI, and Biostar have released the new AGESA 0070 and AGESA 0072 updates for their respective motherboards. Not all motherboards are currently receiving the BIOS updates but would do so shortly. Both ASUS and MSI clearly list that the BIOS supports “New Upcoming AMD CPU” and because we know that there are no more Zen+ processors on the horizon for the X470 or X370 platform, the only processors that make sense to add support for is the AMD Ryzen 3000 series.

We have heard reports from sources that the first batch of engineering samples was delivered to board partners sometime during the previous month and a newer batch is arriving this month so readying a BIOS early on makes sense since Ryzen 3000 series processors aren’t that different than their older brethren from a compatibility perspective.

So it’s good news that motherboard manufacturers have a BIOS support this early which means that Ryzen 3000 would have pretty solid compatibility on older X370 and X470 motherboards at launch. There would also be the X570 motherboards with an improved feature set for the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs but those who don’t want to get in the hassle of upgrading their motherboards can just swap their older CPUs with the new ones and call it a day.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series Ryzen 5000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) Zen (3) Zen (4)
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+ 5nm/6nm?
High End Server (SP3) EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Rome' EPYC 'Milan' EPYC 'Next-Gen'
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 TBD TBD
High End Desktop (TR4) Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 64/128? TBD TBD
Mainstream Desktop (AM4) Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge) Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse) Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer) Ryzen 5000 Series
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 TBD TBD
Budget APU (AM4) N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+) Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior) Ryzen 5000 Series
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021?

Other than that, there have been some interesting revelations around the Zen 2 family. The recent firmware updates have been dissected to reveal the internal codename of the Ryzen 3000 family which is internally titled as Valhalla.

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Also, the creator of the Ryzen DRAM calculator has listed down some new features that might be coming in the Ryzen 3000 processors with one confirming that the Ryzen 3000 series processors would indeed ship with CCD (Compute Core Design, a new name for CCX), support a maximum of 32 threads which confirms 16 core parts, following is the full list of features which were found:

1) New memory controller with partial error correction for nonECC memory
2) Desktop processor with two (2 CCD) chiplets on board, 32 threads maximum
3) New MBIST (Memory built-in self-test)
4) Core watchdog – is a fail/safe function used to reset a system in case the microprocessor gets lost due to address or data errors
5) XFR – at the moment I do not see anything special about it, the algorithm and limits have been updated. Scalar Controll come back with new processors.
6) Updated core control has a symmetric configuration of the active cores . In 2CCD configurations, each chiplet has its own RAM channel in order to minimize latency to memory access. 1 channel on 8 cores will be a bottleneck if you use the system in the default state.

via Overclock.net

As we get closer to launch which is slated for sometime in July with announcements occurring a month earlier at Computex, we will be looking at more details from various leaks. There already are a bunch of rumors going on with retail stores listing down the entire Ryzen 3000 series family along with their expected price points.

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