Asus and Gigabyte provide A320 motherboards with Ryzen 5000 support

In 2016, AMD’s AM4 socket saw the light of day, accompanied by the processor family “Bristol Ridge” – a final sigh for the disgraced Bulldozer family. The following year followed the first generation Ryzen and the beginning of the end for Intel’s definitive position as master of the processor block. In the same vein, AMD also promised to support the AM4 socket until the year 2020, something that has been complied with in the end.

However, those who jumped on the bandwagon with first-generation motherboards and 300-series control circuits have not necessarily been able to keep up with the current Ryzen 5000 series. AMD does not force motherboard manufacturers to release updates for this, something that is more upset with the 400 series control circuits. However, the lack of update requirements does not prevent Gigabyte and Asus from rolling out updates – to step-motherboards with the A320 control circuit.

It is Tom’s Hardware reporting about the updates, which have quietly arrived for the simplest motherboards in recent weeks. A random sample shows that the more well-equipped motherboards with the B350 and X370 control circuits have not received the same treatment, but the underlying cause is unknown. It is clear, however, that those who have an old A320 motherboard can exchange support for “Bristol Ridge” for “Vermeer” – Ryzen 5000.

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The stripped-down Asus Prime A320M-K is an example in the 500-kronor class that gets an upgrade.

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Gigabyte’s Spartan GA-A320M-S2H is another updated motherboard.

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The mid-range Prime B350-Plus saw a Windows 11 update in August, but increased processor support was last seen in a BIOS version from the fall of 2019.

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The GA-AX370-Gaming K7 was updated for Ryzen 3000XT support in the summer of 2020. Since then, there has been radio silence in the BIOS flow.

The disappearance of support for older processors is due to limited memory in the BIOS circuits, and the same can be read in the fine print of many other Ryzen motherboard BIOS updates. Worth keeping in mind is a possible return to an older processor thus requiring an older BIOS version to be installed.

Tom’s Hardware is digging into the reason behind the sudden BIOS updates, which are released long after the latest Ryzen processors. They also do not contain any obvious connections to Windows 11. AMD has not answered Tom’s Hardware’s questions about the company’s approach to BIOS updates and the 300 series has changed. However, the technology site suspects that more motherboard manufacturers will follow the example of Asus and Gigabyte, but whether the B350 and X370 will also get new life remains to be seen.

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