What you need to know
- AMD has decided not to allow PCIe 4.0 support on older socket AM4 motherboards.
- The company says it made the decision because a lack of clarity on which motherboards could reliably run PCIe 4.0 would cause confusion in the market.
- To get PCIe 4.0, you'll have to use one of AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series processors with an X570 motherboard.
AMD this week revealed that it won't support PCIe 4.0 on older motherboards with its Ryzen 3000 series processors. Though the new processors support the feature and are compatible with the same AM4 socket present on older motherboards, AMD says that it can't guarantee a reliable experience on motherboards that weren't designed with PCIe Gen 4 in mind.
This is an error we are correcting. Pre-X570 boards will not support PCIe Gen 4. There's no guarantee that older motherboards can reliably run the more stringent signaling requirements of Gen4, and we simply cannot have a mix of "yes, no, maybe" in the market for all the older motherboards. The potential for confusion is too high.
When final BIOSes are released for 3rd Gen Ryzen (AGESA 1000+), Gen4 will not be an option anymore. We wish we could've enabled this backwards, but the risk is too great.
In a statement to TomsHardware, AMD elaborated further, stating:
As pre-X570 motherboards were not designed with PCIe 4.0 in mind, their designs may be incapable of running PCIe 4.0 signaling with the requisite stability and performance. To ensure a reliable and consistent experience in the field, PCIe 4.0 will not be an option ultimately available to pre-X570 motherboards. Users may continue with a beta BIOS if they desire, but performance and stability cannot be guaranteed.
If your motherboard has already received an update that added PCIe 4.0 support, AMD says that it will be pulled when the final BIOS updates are released to support the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.
So, in order to take full advantage of the PCIe 4.0 support arriving with the Ryzen 3000 series, you'll need to have one of the new processors running on a motherboard with AMD's new X570 chipset. We've seen several X570 motherboards shown off ahead of AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen launch, including a new collection from MSI.
PCIe 4.0 greatly increases the speed with which storage drives and graphics cards can send data on your PC. Some early PCIe 4.0 SSDs from Corsair and AORUS have teased read speeds upwards of 5,000 MB/s, which is incredibly fast.
The new Ryzen 3000 series is expected to go on sale in July with prices starting at $199.
Affordable accessories that'll pair perfectly with your PC
Every one of these awesome PC accessories will enhance your everyday experience — and none cost more than $30.
KLIM Aim RGB gaming mouse ($30 at Amazon)
Whether you're a gamer or not, this is an absurdly good mouse for the price. It's ambidextrous, has a responsive sensor, a braided cable, tank-like build quality, and, yes, it has RGB lighting, though you can turn it off if that's not your thing.
AmazonBasics USB speakers ($16 at Amazon)
These neat little speakers may only pack 2.4W of total power, but don't let that fool you. For something so small you get a well-rounded sound and a stylish design. And they only cost $16.
Razer mouse bungee ($20 at Amazon)
Use a wired mouse? You need a mouse bungee to keep your cable tidy and free of snags. You get no drag on the cable, and this one has subtle styling, a rust-resistant spring and a weighted base, all for $20.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Update 4: Trump gives blessing to TikTok sale to Microsoft
TikTok may soon be owned by Microsoft. The company is reportedly in talks to buy out the U.S. portion of TikTok amid a rumored Trump administration order for TikTok owner Bytedance to divest. On Monday, President Trump says he does not oppose the sale so long as it is done by September 15.
Microsoft, it's time to speak up about Project xCloud on iOS
With Project xCloud iOS seemingly on hold due to Apple and its App Store restrictions, it’s time for Microsoft to finally speak out.
Review: Horizon Zero Dawn is on the PC now, and it's amazing
One of the greatest PlayStation games in recent memory has come to Steam, all ready to delight a whole new group of people.
The best motherboards for AMD Ryzen 5 3600X in one convenient place
Looking around for a motherboard to install your new AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor? We've got you covered! This collection is packed full of motherboards that work perfectly with the 3600X.