It seems that AMD is working on making Ryzen 5000 processors available for installation on motherboards with AMD 300 series chipsets. This will allow many users to upgrade their systems without having to replace their motherboards.
AMD will allow Ryzen 5000 processors to be installed on motherboards with 300 series chipsets.
A few weeks ago, some motherboard manufacturers already previewed this support. Some motherboards with AMD A320 chipsets already support the Ryzen 5000. AMD has reportedly prevented motherboards with X370 and B350 chipsets from supporting the latest processor family. This has led to heavy criticism in the community.
It should be noted that this is an AMD issue that has been dragging on for two years. The company promised that the AM4 socket would last five years and support all processors. But AMD has limited support for its Ryzen processors. These restrictions have led the company to only allow the Ryzen 5000 to be supported by motherboards with AMD 500-series chipsets. This has led to anger among users. To appease users, motherboards with AMD 400 series chipsets support these new processors.
The company has left out motherboards with AMD 300 series chipsets. This has led to criticism of unnecessary market segmentation. According to David McAfee, AMD corporate vice president, and general manager of the customer channel business, he has had as many as three conversations with AMD teams about this issue.
McAfee points out that the problem lies in the limited ROM capacity of 16 MB. Since there are so many processors compatible with the AM4 socket, support had to be limited. He even notes that some motherboard manufacturers have simplified the BIOS GUIs.
He also notes that there have been significant changes between the AMD 300 series and newer chipset motherboards. He points out that older motherboards cannot guarantee good performance.