AMD Ryzen Zen 2 Processors May Not Work With 300-Series Motherboards – Forbes
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AMD Ryzen Zen 2 Processors May Not Work With 300-Series Motherboards – Forbes

MSI hints that only 400-series motherboards will work with AMD’s next-gen CPUs

Reddit – u/master3553

Translated, the above states exactly that. When asked about whether an X370 motherboard would support future AMD processors, the reply states that only X470 and B450 chipsets will support 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs.

Till now, everyone has assumed that as Socket AM4 was slated to be part of AMD’s plans till at least next year, that new CPUs would be compatible with all older motherboards. However, it could well be down to individual motherboard manufacturers as to whether they support AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs, which are due for release this summer.

Not all 300-series chipset AMD motherboards may be compatible with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs

Antony Leather

Motherboard manufacturers have been hit by slowing sales over the last 9 months, with MSI claiming this was largely due to poor availability of Intel’s 14nm 8th gen and 9th gen CPUs. It’s little wonder, then, that having a third generation of CPUs not requiring a new motherboard to work will likely frustrate motherboard manufacturers when this is usually a time of price premiums and sky-high sales.

The worrying thing is that the exact same thing happened with Intel’s Z370 chipset in 2017. That time, it was ASRock who revealed that Intel’s 200-series chipsets would not support future Coffee Lake CPUs – news I broke here on Forbes having been the first to spot ASRock’s reply to a Twitter user. The tweet was quickly deleted but sure enough, 200-series chipset motherboards never gained official support for

ASRock stated on twitter that Coffee Lake CPUs would not be compatible with Z270 motherboards – that turned out to be true.

Antony Leather

There are a few reasons why this would be a shame. For starters, if you spent big on your first AM4 motherboard as the Reddit user did with his X370 XPower Titanium, it’s reasonable to assume that you’re looking to upgrade your first generation Ryzen CPU this year, but still have a perfectly good motherboard. Also, AMD made good headway in improving stability and memory support throughout those first few months and while the latest X470 motherboards sport new features, they didn’t really offer much more performance.

I’ve asked MSI for a statement on the issue and also requested clarification from Asus and Gigabyte and will report back as soon as I hear anything. For now you can follow me at any of the social media outlets below.

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Motherboard manufacturer MSI may have unwittingly revealed that AMD’s Zen 2 processors, otherwise known as 3rd Generation Ryzen, will not work on older 300-series chipset motherboards such as X370. In a customer service reply, the company claims that the new CPUs will only work with 400-series, such as B450 and X470 chipsets, leaving owners of older motherboards out in the cold.

MSI hints that only 400-series motherboards will work with AMD’s next-gen CPUs

Reddit – u/master3553

Translated, the above states exactly that. When asked about whether an X370 motherboard would support future AMD processors, the reply states that only X470 and B450 chipsets will support 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs.

Till now, everyone has assumed that as Socket AM4 was slated to be part of AMD’s plans till at least next year, that new CPUs would be compatible with all older motherboards. However, it could well be down to individual motherboard manufacturers as to whether they support AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs, which are due for release this summer.

Not all 300-series chipset AMD motherboards may be compatible with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs

Antony Leather

Motherboard manufacturers have been hit by slowing sales over the last 9 months, with MSI claiming this was largely due to poor availability of Intel’s 14nm 8th gen and 9th gen CPUs. It’s little wonder, then, that having a third generation of CPUs not requiring a new motherboard to work will likely frustrate motherboard manufacturers when this is usually a time of price premiums and sky-high sales.

The worrying thing is that the exact same thing happened with Intel’s Z370 chipset in 2017. That time, it was ASRock who revealed that Intel’s 200-series chipsets would not support future Coffee Lake CPUs – news I broke here on Forbes having been the first to spot ASRock’s reply to a Twitter user. The tweet was quickly deleted but sure enough, 200-series chipset motherboards never gained official support for

ASRock stated on twitter that Coffee Lake CPUs would not be compatible with Z270 motherboards – that turned out to be true.

Antony Leather

There are a few reasons why this would be a shame. For starters, if you spent big on your first AM4 motherboard as the Reddit user did with his X370 XPower Titanium, it’s reasonable to assume that you’re looking to upgrade your first generation Ryzen CPU this year, but still have a perfectly good motherboard. Also, AMD made good headway in improving stability and memory support throughout those first few months and while the latest X470 motherboards sport new features, they didn’t really offer much more performance.

I’ve asked MSI for a statement on the issue and also requested clarification from Asus and Gigabyte and will report back as soon as I hear anything. For now you can follow me at any of the social media outlets below.

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