ASUS ROG Strix X470-F

AMD announced that the newest Ryzen 3000 series processors can run on specific older AM4 motherboards with nothing but a BIOS update. That means if you have one of these motherboards, you'll be able to buy a new Ryzen 3, 5, 7, or 9 3000 processor and install it without needing a new motherboard. Here's how to check if you have the right motherboard and how to update the BIOS.

Products used in this guide

Check if your motherboard supports Ryzen 3000 CPUs

We compiled a list of motherboards that support AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs and what BIOS version is the minimum you'll need to be running to unlock support.

X470

AM4 Motherboards

Vendor Motherboard BIOS
ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate
X470 Taichi
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4
X470 Master SLI/ac
X470 Master SLI
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac
P3.30
P3.40
P3.40
P3.40
P3.40
P3.30
ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO
ROG CROSS. VII HERO WI-FI
ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING
ROG STRIX X470-F GAMING
PRIME X470-PRO
TUF X470-PLUS GAMING
2302
2302
2302
4804
4804
4805
GIGABYTE X470 AORUS GAM. 7 WIFI-50
X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI
X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING
X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI
X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
MSI X470 GAMING M7 AC
X470 GAMING PRO CARBON
X470 GAM. PRO CARBON AC
X470 GAMING PLUS
X470 GAMING PRO
E7B77AMS.191
E7B78AMS.291
E7B78AMS.191
E7B79AMS.AA2
E7B79AMS.1A1

B450

AM4 Motherboards

Vendor Motherboard BIOS
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4
B450 Steel Legend
B450 Pro4
B450M Steel Legend
B450M Pro4-F
B450M Pro4
B450M-HDV R4.0
B450M-HDV
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
P3.20
P2.30
P3.20
P2.10
P1.40
P3.30
P2.30
P3.10
P3.40
ASUS ROG STRIX B450-E GAMING
ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING
ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING
TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING
TUF B450M-PRO GAMING
TUF B450-PLUS GAMING
TUF B450-PRO GAMING
PRIME B450M-A
PRIME B450M-A/CSM
PRIME B450M-K
B450M-DRAGON
B450M-D3V
PRIME B450-PLUS
PRIME B450M-GAMING/BR
2301
2301
2301
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
1201
GIGABYTE B450 Gaming X
B450M GAMING
B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
B450 AORUS PRO
B450 AORUS M
B450 AORUS ELITE
B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
B450M DS3H WIFI
B450M S2H
B450M DS3H
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
F40
MSI B450M BAZOOKA
B450M BAZOOKA V2
B450M PRO-VDH
B450M PRO-VDH PLUS
B450M PRO-VDH V2
B450I GAMING PLUS AC
B450M PRO-M2
B450M PRO-M2 V2
B450M THUNDER
B450 GAM. PRO CARBON AC
B450 GAMING PLUS
B450-A PRO
B450M GAMING PLUS
B450M MORTAR
B450M MORTAR TITANIUM
B450M BAZOOKA PLUS
B450 TOMAHAWK
E7A38AMS.H71
E7A38AMS.P51
E7A38AMS.M71
E7A38AMS.941
E7A38AMS.861
E7A40AMS.A71
E7B84AMS.282
E7B84AMS.442
E7B84AMS.282
E7B85AMS.171
E7B86AMS.181
E7B86AMS.A82
E7B87AMS.171
E7B89AMS.171
E7B89AMS.A71
E7B90AMS.171
E7C02AMS.181

X370

AM4 Motherboards

Vendor Motherboard BIOS
ASRock X370 Taichi
Fatal1ty X370 Prof. Gaming
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X
X370 Killer SLI/ac
X370 Killer SLI
X370 Pro4
X370M Pro4 R2.0
X370M Pro4
X370M-HDV R4.0
X370M-HDV
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITX/ac
P5.60
P5.40
P5.40
P5.50
P5.40
P5.40
P5.80
P1.30
P5.80
P2.00
P1.80
P5.70
ASUS ROG CROSS. VI EXTREME
CROSSHAIR VI HERO
ROG CROSS. VI HERO WI-FI
ROG STRIX X370-F GAMING
ROG STRIX X370-I GAMING
PRIME X370-A
PRIME X370-PRO
7002
7002
7002
4801
4801
4801
4801
MSI X370 XPOW. GAM. TITANIUM
X370 GAMING PRO CARBON
X370 GAM. PRO CARBON AC
X370 GAMING PLUS
X370 GAMING PRO
X370 KRAIT GAMING
X370 SLI PLUS
X370 GAMING M7 ACK
E7A31AMS.1M1
E7A32AMS.1N1
E7A32AMS.2I1
E7A33AMS.5J1
E7A33AMS.4I1
E7A33AMS.1J1
E7A33AMS.3J1
E7A35AMS.1F1

B350

AM4 Motherboards

Vendor Motherboard BIOS
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4
AB350 Pro4
AB350M Pro4
AB350M Pro4-F
AB350M Pro4 R2.0
AB350M-HDV R4.0
AB350M-HDV R3.0
AB350M-HDV
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac
P5.80
P5.80
P5.90
P1.20
P1.40
P2.10
P3.10
P5.90
P5.70
ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING
ROG STRIX B350-I GAMING
TUF B350M-PLUS GAMING
PRIME B350M-A
PRIME B350M-E
PRIME B350M-K
PRIME B350-PLUS
B350M-DRAGON
4801
4801
4801
4801
4801
4801
4801
4801
MSI B350 TOMAHAWK
B350 PC MATE
B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC
B350 GAMING PLUS
B350M MORTAR
B350M MORTAR ARCTIC
B350M BAZOOKA
B350M PRO-VDH
B350M GAMING PRO
B350I PRO AC
B350 GAMING PRO CARBON
B350M PRO-VH PLUS
B350 KRAIT GAMING
B350 TOMAHAWK PLUS
B350M PRO-VD PLUS
E7A34AMS.1N1
E7A34AMS.AK1
E7A34AMS.HJ1
E7A34AMS.MG1
E7A37AMS.1M1
E7A37AMS.AK1
E7A38AMS.1L1
E7A37AMS.AJ1
E7A39AMS.2N1
E7A40AMS.1C1
E7B00AMS.1J1
E7B07AMS.2F1
E7B08AMS.1I1
E7B36AMS.1E1
E7B38AMS.2G1

A320

AM4 Motherboards

Vendor Motherboard BIOS
ASRock A320M Pro4 R2.0
A320M Pro4-F
A320M Pro4
A320M-DVS R4.0
A320M-DVS R3.0
A320M-DGS
A320M-HDV R4.0
A320M-HDV R3.0
A320M-HDV
A320M-ITX
A320TM-ITX
DeskMini A300 Series
P1.40
P1.20
P6.00
P2.20
P3.10
P5.90
P2.30
P3.10
P5.90
P5.60
P3.10
P3.50

The utmost effort was poured in to get this data just right. It may not be up-to-date, so do check with your manufacturer in case your motherboard is supported.

Ensure your motherboard BIOS is up-to-date

UEFI BIOS

If your motherboard is listed above, you'll be able to update the BIOS to enable support for the newer 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen processors. It's a good idea to do this before you throw away your 2nd-gen CPU since you'll need a compatible CPU to install the BIOS update — if you're building a new system, check first to see if the BIOS version is at least the version that adds Ryzen 3000 series support.

Updating the BIOS automatically (recommended)

Please note that this process may differ between motherboard manufacturers, but our steps below should still be relevant. It's best if you have your PC connected to your router via Ethernet for this automatic method. If it's using a Wi-Fi dongle, you may encounter issues with the motherboard not being able to connect to the internet directly. If so, follow our manual update method instead.

  1. Install and run CPU-Z.
  2. Check the BIOS version it reports against the version you need in the tables above.
  3. If you need to update, reboot your PC.
  4. Keep tapping the "Del" or "F2" key once you see the splash screen of the manufacturer.
  5. Navigate to the BIOS update utility.
  6. Follow the wizard, choosing DHCP as the connectivity method.
  7. Allow the software to check for updates (it may require a reboot. If it does require a reboot, follow steps 2 - 4 again).
  8. Install the latest BIOS update.
  9. Follow step 2 again.
  10. Confirm the BIOS version reflects at least the version you need in CPU-Z.

You'll now be able to turn off the system and insert an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor.

Updating the BIOS manually

  1. Install and run CPU-Z.
  2. Check the BIOS version it reports against the version you need in the tables above.
  3. If you need to update, visit your motherboard manufacturer's website:
  4. Download the corresponding BIOS update for your motherboard.
  5. Unzip the file and copy the downloaded BIOS update to a flash drive.
  6. Reboot your PC.
  7. Keep tapping the "Del" or "F2" key once you see the splash screen of the manufacturer.
  8. Navigate to the BIOS update utility.
  9. Choose to update BIOS using a flash drive.
  10. Follow the wizard (it may require a reboot. If it does require a reboot, follow steps 2 - 4 again).
  11. Confirm the BIOS version reflects at least the version you need in CPU-Z.

You'll now be able to turn off the system and insert an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor.

You'll need a 3rd-gen Ryzen CPU

To take advantage of all the improvements AMD added to the 3000 series of Ryzen CPUs, you'll need to buy one.

Mid-range

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

Mid-range price with shocking levels of performance

The Ryzen 5 3600X shouldn't perform as well as it does when looking at just how aggressively AMD has priced the processor. You've got six cores and 12 threads, making it an amazing CPU for gaming and productivity, all at a reasonable price.

AMD's latest Ryzen 53600X is the company's new mid-range six-core processor with hyperthreading. That provides you with more than enough performance for gaming, productivity tasks, and more. You can even kickstart a streaming career with nothing more than a good GPU to accompany this CPU. For the price, it offers excellent value.

Extreme Performance

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

12-core CPU with insane performance

You likely don't require a Ryzen 9 3900X, but it would be nice to have one installed inside your PC. With 12 cores and 24 threads, this thing will make mince work of your games and other intensive applications.

Should a total of 12 threads not be enough for what you need your PC to do, there's always Ryzen 9, a new family of Ryzen processors from AMD to take on Intel's Core i9. The 3900X is a 12-core processor with 24 threads. We don't need to explain just how much performance is available compared to the 3600X — it has double the cores and threads.

Additional Equipment

If you can't seem to get the motherboard to update on its own, you'll need to do it manually using a USB drive.

16GB SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 ($6 at Amazon)

16GB is more than enough for storing a BIOS update for your motherboard. After you've updated your motherboard and installed your Ryzen 3000 series CPU, we recommend you use this drive to install various portable utilities you can use on the fly, like CPU-Z.

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