AMD plans to support the AM4 socket until 2020, but for older motherboards, users must update the BIOS to support Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs. But doing so overrides support for first and second generation Ryzen CPUs. To counter that, MSI plans to relaunch old and new motherboards, including the A320M, B450M, B450 and X470 chipsets with a 32MB BIOS chip.
MSI is essentially doubling the BIOS chip since the current motherboards come with a 16 MB BIOS chip. The update makes sense considering updating the BIOS with a 16 MB chip that eliminates compatibility with previous Ryzen CPUs.
With the BIOS chip doubled in size, the motherboard can support all AM4 compatible CPUs, including all AMD Ryzen CPUs.
The Polish website reports that MSI has confirmed the relaunch of the A320M, B450M, B450 and X470 chipsets with a 32MB BIOS chip. According to the site, these MSI motherboards will have the suffix "Max" for their name.
While AMD keeps its promise to support the AM4 socket until 2020, but losing support for previous Ryzen CPUs is a mockery. It is a good step for MSI to provide motherboards that support all AM4 compatible CPUs.
So, if you are one of those PC enthusiasts who like to have a complete package, you may want to wait for these "Max" motherboards.
Speaking of AMD Ryzen, the latest Ryzen CPU line that includes Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3700, Ryzen 9 3900X and more are receiving strong reviews. These chips are giving Intel CPUs a hard time at game benchmarks.
Even the mid-range Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X AMDs are well ahead of Intel Core i9-9900K in 4K gaming benchmarks. This is interesting considering that AMD Ryzen 5 3600X costs $ 249 and Intel Core i9-9900K costs $ 499.
Not only that, both Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X have 6 cores and 12 threads, while Core i9-9900K comes with 8 cores and 16 threads. It seems that Intel needs to catch up with current technology.
AMD has not only introduced 7 nm CPU, but also 7 nm GPU. However, AMD is not the one that dominates the GPU market, that would be Nvidia. Nvidia RTX 20 series GPUs still have 12 nm, but Nvidia states that its 12 nm Turing architecture remains the most efficient GPU.
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