The war between AMD and its partners continues its course, but in this new episode we have a chapter that feels more like an internal battle with various prohibitions than an agreement in itself. And is that according to reports, the new BIOS Beta from motherboard manufacturers has been or will be phased out to stay within AMD’s guidelines, but what if AMD itself contradicts itself?
AMD struggles to avoid Ryzen 5000 support on some chipsets
It sounds incredible, because it would make the most sense for AMD to have been the first interested in offering official support for all motherboards with AM4 socket to its new Ryzen 5000 processors. But far from it, it is at least entering a battle. against its partners. which suggests an ASRock representative who after being asked by a customer about the availability of BIOSes to support the AMD 300 series and newer processors Veermer
As we know, the X370, B450 and X470 chipsets (the last two supports are that, BETA) either have an express ban on the Lisa Su (X370) or a partial block for the new Ryzen 5000.
At first there was speculation about an issue with the BIOS size of older boards and the size of the microcode, but that theory seems to falter a bit when a manufacturer like ASRock managed to unofficially include support under the table.
ASRock circumvented restrictions and received a reprimand from AMD
The email sent to ASRock by a user regarding support and BIOS had the following response:
Unfortunately, we received a warning from AMD stating that the X370 should not be compatible with Vermeer processors. Obviously some customers ignored the restriction under the table, AMD took note and said ASRock shouldn’t. The attached file is the latest BIOS I can provide to you in this case, please if you share it with users, please do it under the table.
There should be no controversy in this regard, since it is AMD which offers the microcode for its CPUs, the official support for MCUs and logically it is who updates it and therefore who decides what to do or not to do with it. their chipsets. But originally and if we have memory, AMD said that the compatibility of AM4 and its processors will be until 2020, therefore considering that Zen 3 and its Ryzen 5000
Why not allow these manufacturers to release dedicated BIOSes with more compact microcode that eliminates support for older Ryzen processors and allows new ones? You don’t even need to run official support, with BIOS Beta under the responsibility of each manufacturer it would suffice to wash your hands and please everyone …
There is no answer yet, but obviously it will come out sooner or later as there are some very annoying users who had to go through the checkout and leave X370 behind when their investment was really high since its inception with a promise that was not ultimately fulfilled.