Ever since AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processors launched, you might be wondering if your old AM4 motherboards support them.
In short, yes. The 3rd Generation Ryzen (3000-series) CPUs still use the AM4 socket, same as 1000/2000 series, which means you can upgrade your CPU to experience higher performance and better multi-core efficiency without having to upgrade your motherboard. However, your motherboard will need a BIOS update.
AMD Ryzen 3500 and AMD Ryzen 3600
In this article, we’ll cover the following:
– Beta BIOS overview – who should update BIOS and how to get it?
– How to update your BIOS? Flash BIOS Button & M-Flash
Beta BIOS Overview
After you update to the beta BIOS, you might notice that the user interface is completely different compared to the version you had before the update.
Long story short, the limited BIOS ROM size made this necessary. We simplified the Beta BIOS interface to support as many processor models as we could, without exceeding the BIOS ROM. Although beta BIOS is a Click BIOS version (GSE Lite) with lower graphics and fewer icons than Click BIOS 5, you won’t lose access to any MSI exclusive features such as A-XMP, M-Flash, and Smart Fan Control.
Only the user interface looks different. Not the functionality!
Who should update to Beta BIOS?
If you’ve already purchased a 3000-series AMD Ryzen AMD Ryzen 3500 and AMD Ryzen 3600 CPU without upgrading to an X570 motherboard, you have to update to the beta BIOS before switching to your new processor.
On the other hand, if you haven’t made your decision yet and are waiting for more third-party tests and reviews, you don’t need to update to the beta BIOS immediately.
How to update BIOS?
Before you can enjoy the improvements that 3rd Generation Ryzen AMD Ryzen 3500 and AMD Ryzen 3600 CPUs offer on older motherboards, you need to update your BIOS. There are two ways for you to update BIOS – regardless of whether you want to switch to the new beta BIOS or roll back to an older version.
Flash BIOS Button
The MSI exclusive feature – Flash BIOS Button simplifies BIOS flash process by a small button on rear IO. This is featured on most MSI 400-series motherboards.
Prepare a USB drive with BIOS files, plug it into the dedicated USB port, and push the Flash BIOS button. The motherboard will flash the new BIOS within minutes. You don’t need to install a CPU, RAM, or a graphics card to update your BIOS thanks to this feature.