Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer) Support Creeps Up on Select MSI 300-series AMD Motherboards

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Looks like AM4’s backward compatibility has been extended once again. A select number of 300 series motherboards from MSI was apparently given the official confirmation to support Ryzen 5000 CPUs. At the very least, this seems to be in conjunction with a widescale implementation of a BIOS update that should provide native support for Windows 11.

AM4 Lives Forever More

If WCCFTech’s sources are to be believed, Zen 3 is now available on MSI’s aged 300 series motherboards. This is in part due to a relatively recent product-line-wide BIOS update that is intended to provide native Windows 11 support (on both AMD and Intel lines actually) for most motherboards that were released over the last four or so years.

According to the information shown via Ryzen SMU Checker, product codes for some Ryzen 5000 CPUs were clearly listed upon checking. The source even provided a CPU-Z screenshot of a Ryzen 5 5600X, which was supposedly running on an MSI MAG B350 Tomahawk.

In addition, WCCFTech also provided a comprehensive list of MSI 300 series motherboards that had the Windows 11 BIOS update packaged with the CPU support. Here’s the list, including the specific BIOS update that you should be using:

X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM 7A31v1MT
X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC 7A32v2IS
X370 GAMING PRO CARBON 7A31v1NY
X370 KRAIT GAMING 7A33v1JU
X370 GAMING PRO 7A33v4IR
X370 GAMING PLUS 7A33v5JS
X370 SLI PLUS 7A33v3JU
B350 GAMING PRO CARBON 7B00v1JS
B350M GAMING PRO 7A39v2NS
B350 KRAIT GAMING 7B08v1IS
B350 GAMING PLUS 7A34vMHS
B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC 7A34vHKS
B350 TOMAHAWK PLUS 7B36v1ER
B350 TOMAHAWK 7A34v1Q2
B350M MORTAR ARCTIC 7A37vAKT
B350M MORTAR 7A37v1MW
B350M BAZOOKA 7A38v1LR
B350 PC MATE 7A34vALS
B350M PRO-VH PLUS 7B07v2FV
B350M PRO-VD PLUS 7B38v2GV
B350M PRO-VDH 7A38vAJS
B350I PRO AC 7A40v1CR
X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC 7A32v2IS
X370 GAMING PRO CARBON 7A31v1NY
X370 KRAIT GAMING 7A33v1JU
X370 GAMING PRO 7A33v4IR
X370 GAMING PLUS 7A33v5JS
X370 SLI PLUS 7A33v3JU
B350 GAMING PRO CARBON 7B00v1JS
B350M GAMING PRO 7A39v2NS
B350 KRAIT GAMING 7B08v1IS
B350 GAMING PLUS 7A34vMHS
B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC 7A34vHKS
B350 TOMAHAWK PLUS 7B36v1ER
B350 TOMAHAWK 7A34v1Q2
B350M MORTAR ARCTIC 7A37vAKT
B350M MORTAR 7A37v1MW
B350M BAZOOKA 7A38v1LR
B350 PC MATE 7A34vALS
B350M PRO-VH PLUS 7B07v2FV
B350M PRO-VD PLUS 7B38v2GV
B350M PRO-VDH 7A38vAJS
B350I PRO AC 7A40v1CR
Again, you can try to double-check on the official BIOS support listing if that specific update is mainly built for Windows 11 support.

By the way, if the title isn’t obvious enough, we need to re-clarify that this BIOS update is only for Vermeer Ryzen 5000 CPUs. So, basically Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800/5800X, and Ryzen 9 5900/5900X/5950X. Cezanne Ryzen 5000 CPUs like, for example, Ryzen 3 5300G or Ryzen 5 5600G are still NOT going to be compatible.

After A320 Zen 3 and Beyond

Since AM4’s launch, the crowning chipset socket has proven to be one of AMD’s most important competitive advantages over Intel’s traditional Tick&Tock CPU support style. That being said, due to the limited amount of data that can be stored in the BIOS, CPU support crept up ever so slowly upward, eventually phasing out the oldest supported generations in favor of the latest ones.

Even so, this system of continued support allowed the revolutionary Matisse architecture Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) and Vermeer architecture Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) to be compatible with what essentially should have only been natively usable by Zen+ CPUs (400 series). And for the past five years, catching up with the latest and greatest… had only ever required a timely BIOS update for AMD’s current platform.

Earlier this year, a similar development also occurred for Asus and Gigabyte, rolling out BIOS updates that would technically allow Rzyen 5000 CPUs to work on entry-level A320 motherboards. So from a tinfoil hat perspective, MSI’s extended support rollout might be yet another one of AMD’s fire fanning moves to dampen the release of lower-end (non-K) Intel Alder Lake CPUs in the first quarter of 2022.

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