AM4 Motherboard BIOS Updates Released to Support AMD Ryzen APUsby Joe Shields on February 12, 2018 12:00 PM EST
AMD’s Ryzen CPUs made a large impact on the market starting around mid-2017 when they were released. When Ryzen based CPUs hit the scene, performance was on generally on par or better than its Intel counterparts and pricing was notably better for the same thread count. This was a dramatic change from previous generations and brought competition back to the CPU market. Fast forward to today and AMD's new Ryzen-based APUs are being released – the Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G – which merge AMD's Vega GPU architecture along with Ryzen CPU.
With this latest release of what AMD is calling their 2000-series processors, existing X370, B350, and A320 based motherboards will require a BIOS update for proper support of the new APUs. As a result, all of the major board partners have released updates for their respective lineups to include AMD's AGESA 188.8.131.52 microcode, allowing existing boards to fully support these new APUs.
In accordance with this latest round of updates, we have compiled a list from four major OEMs of all the updated BIOS versions below. Missing is Biostar who did not make any announcements. We checked the website and as of today, they have not released new BIOSes for their AM4 boards which include the AGESA 184.108.40.206 update supporting these APUs.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Biostar announced its support list 2/12 after publication. It has been added below.
MSI distributed a press release a couple days ago on its website. These can be found at the motherboard's site and the support section.
|MSI X370 Motherboards|
|Name||PCB Version||BIOS Version|
|X370 XPower Gaming Titanium||1.1||E731AMS.1C0|
|X370 Gaming M7 ACK||1.1||E7A35AMS.150|
|X370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC||1.1||E7A32AMS.280|
|X370 Gaming Pro Carbon||1.1||E732AMS.1C0|
|X370 Krait Gaming||1.0 / 1.1||E7A33AMS.190|
|X370 Gaming Pro||2.0 / 2.1||E733AMS.480|
|X370 SLI Plus||2.0 / 2.1||E7A33AMS.390|
|X370 Gaming Plus||3.0||E7A33AMS.580|
|B350 Gaming Pro Carbon||1.1||E7B00AMS.190|
|B350 Krait Gaming||1.0||E7B08AMS.180|
|B350 Tomahawk Plus||1.2||E7B36AMS.180|
|B350 Tomahawk Arctic||3.0||E7A34AMS.HA0|
|B350 Gaming Plus||4.0||E7A34AMS.M70|
|B350M Mortar Arctic||2.1||E7A7AMS.AA0|
|B350M Gaming Pro||1.0||E7A39AMS.2C0|
|B350 PC Mate||2.0||E7A34AMS.AA0|
|B350M Pro-VD Plus||1.1||E7B38AMS.250|
|B350I Pro AC||1.1||E7A40AMS.110|
|B350M Pro-VH Plus||1.0||E7B07AMS.250|
|A320M Gaming Pro||1.0||E7A39AMS.190|
|A320M Pro-VH Plus||1.0||E7B07AMS.360|
|A320M Pro-VD Plus||1.0||E7B38AMS.310|
|A320M Pro-VD Plus||1.1||E7B38MAS.150|
Asus also sent out an official announcement on their new BIOSes. The Asus website lists them as well as instructions on how to update. The X370 Crosshair motherboards are able to flash via BIOS Flashback or EX Flash 3 while the rest of the of the boards will use the more traditional EX Flash 3.
|Asus X370 Motherboards|
|ROG Crosshair VI Extreme||3502|
|ROG Crosshair VI Hero (Wi-Fi AC)||3502|
|ROG Crosshair VI Hero||3502|
|ROG Strix X370-F Gaming||3803|
|ROG Strix X370-I Gaming||3803|
|ROG Strix B350-F Gaming||3803|
|ROG Strix B350-I Gaming||3803|
|TUF B350M-Plus Gaming||3803|
|Prime A320M-C R2.0||3803|
ASRock also made an announcement, however, it was only on their Japanese website or via email to the press. Since that was published, additional BIOSes have already been released and are listed below.
|ASRock X370 Motherboards|
|X370 Killer SLI/AC||4.50|
|X370 Killer SLI||4.50|
|Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming||4.40|
|Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4||4.50|
|Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X||4.50|
|Fatal1ty X270 Gaming-ITX/AC||4.40|
|Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/AC||4.40|
|Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4||4.60|
GIGABYTE did not have an official announcement but are listed on the website for all AM4 motherboards.
|GIGABYTE X370 Motherboards|
Biostar announced their support through the Taiwan website.
|Biostar X370 Motherboards|
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Katsutoshi - Monday, February 12, 2018 - linkJust a little info.
The BIOS for the MSI B350 Gaming Pro is extremely broken. The RAM voltage is running at 1.5v+ and it's recommended to not o upgrade or get the latest beta version.
JFish222 - Monday, February 12, 2018 - linkwill these post without proper CPU support to support a bios upgrade? I imagine there will be a glut of boards with older BIOS revisions on the market. A new buyer with a "new" board and APU in hand may be in for some headaches. Anyone know how this can be handled at scale?
Alexvrb - Monday, February 12, 2018 - linkI'd like to know the answer to this as well... if you can at least get into the BIOS and flash from there, that would be nice.
Samus - Monday, February 12, 2018 - linkI'd like to know too. At least POST perhaps requiring a dGPU?
I know some boards do a blind update via USB negating the need to initialize video...it'd be good to know what the situation is for these updates in case we get old stock boards and a new APU.
Alexvrb - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - linkSome Asus boards have USB Flashback and not only do they not require video, you don't need a CPU or RAM! Unfortunately they've been REALLY stingy with USB Flashback and AM4 - only a couple of the highest-end Crosshair boards support it. I'm kind of pissed at Asus about that... they don't have any compact boards AM4 that support it. Asus this should be standard at LEAST on all boards with an X chipset.
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