With AMD’s announcement of their latest Ryzen 3000 CPUs and X570 Chipset, many are very excited to upgrade to the latest CPU and platform. It’s ideal that if you are planning to buy the latest AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs, especially the flagship Ryzen 9 3900X, it’s better to pair it with the latest X570 motherboard. Although a good X470 motherboard would work as well, provided latest BIOS update to support the 3000 CPUs has been installed. But how about those who just want to upgrade to the latest X570 motherboard, and don’t want to buy a new Ryzen 3000 series CPU? In this article let’s find out what AMD CPUs are compatible with the latest X570 motherboards, and what AMD motherboards are compatible with the latest Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.
AMD Processors Compatible with X570 Motherboard Chipset
AMD released a table showing which AMD Ryzen processor is compatible with the latest X570 motherboard. As you can see from the table above, 1st gen AMD Ryzen CPUs including the ones with Radeon Graphics are not compatible with X570 motherboards. Meaning, you can’t use a Ryzen 7 1700X (for example) on any of the X570 motherboards. The X570 motherboard only supports 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs.
This may be an odd case since if you are planning to upgrade to the latest X570 platform, most users will eventually pair it with the latest Ryzen 3000 CPU as well. I’m not entirely sure why you would want to upgrade the motherboard only. Perhaps because of the faster PCIe 4.0 interface, faster connectivity, better looking or better X570 design? Either way, you’ll have to upgrade to 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU or better yet get the latest 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU.
AMD Ryzen 3000 Processors Compatibility with Previous Gen Motherboard
On the other hand, many people who owns an AMD motherboard may want to upgrade the CPU only. In this case if you own an X470 motherboard or B450, it’s compatible with 3rd Gen Ryzen processor. But you may need to update the BIOS that will support the latest CPUs.
However, for those who own an X370 and B350 motherboard, it may or may not support the latest 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs. A BIOS update is definitely needed to support the latest CPU, and you may be out of luck or forced to buy a new motherboard if the manufacturer of your motherboard didn’t release a BIOS update. Never mind A320 motherboards as it is simply not compatible with the latest 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs.
AMD also said that when you buy a motherboard, be sure to look for the badge saying that the motherboard is “AMD Ryzen Desktop 3000 Ready”. This would indicate that the motherboard has already a BIOS update that would support the latest Ryzen CPUs.