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AMD seems serious about supporting Ryzen 5000 CPUs on its 1st gen 300 series motherboards

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AMD at CES 2022 expanded its Ryzen 5000 series family by launching the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D. In an interview with Tom's Hardware, the company's Corporate VP and GM of the Client Channel business, David McAfee, revealed that Team Red is looking to also expand the support and compatibility of the Ryzen 5000 series processors onto its old 1st gen 300 series chipset motherboards. The biggest reason for this is perhaps the promise AMD had made back in 2017 that AM4 would be supported through 2020 (via OCUK Facebook). Though we are already more than a year past that point now.

McAfee has stated:

It's definitely something we're working through. And it's not lost on us at all that this would be a good thing to do for the community, and we're trying to figure out how to make it happen

The AMD exec also seems pretty serious about the intentions of such a feature addition as he notes that it is a frequent topic of discussion internally within the company.

I've literally had three conversations on this very topic today. And I'm not talking about with members of the press; I'm talking about internal conversations within our engineering teams and planning teams to understand what options we have and what we can do, and how can we deliver the right experience for a 300-series motherboard user who wants to upgrade to a 5000-series processor

A major hindrance in the path of adding support for newer gen CPUs on these older boards is the fact that they come with just 16MB ROM chips and hence, to include more newer CPU information, some of the GUI elements, among other things, have to be removed.

we had to make some hard choices about what would fit in a particular 16MB SPI ROM footprint, and what product combinations made the most sense to be supported.

It will be great for AM4 300-series chipset owners if Ryzen 5000 support, especially of something new like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, comes to their motherboards.

Source: Tom's Hardware

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