MSI assures AMD Ryzen 3rd gen CPU compatibility with B350/X370, releases compatible MB list

Earlier, TechPowerUp! posted an article highlighting an email from MSI Tech support claiming they are providing UEFI updates for Ryzen 3000 series on the B450 and x470 platforms. It started with an X370 XPOWER Gaming Titanium customer asking MSI Germany about the UEFI updates for its B350 and X370 motherboards. The upcoming Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs are expected to run the older and the current AM4 chipset platforms along with the upcoming X570 chipset which will sport the PCIe 4.0 bandwidth.

Lost in translation?

While MSI has rolled out UEFI for its current-gen AM4 motherboards, there’s no information about its previous generation. Naturally, someone would ask for a response and therefore the following email communication:

The words on the email are important because it doesn’t it say it ‘only’ support these platforms while ignoring the B350 and X370 AM4 motherboards. At best, it only implies the roll out updates were on the currently available platform. After getting a good enough translation from a European native, I assumed MSI would be rolling out a response. So it made sense to be on standby for a while.

And they did!

MSI’s official response

MSI assured that the new UEFI updates for the upcoming 7nm Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs will be out on May. They have confirmed to release a list of compatible AM4 motherboards. In regards to the tech support’s response, MSI says the following:

It has come to our attention that MSI Customer Support has regrettably misinformed an MSI customer with regards to potential support for next-gen AMD CPUs on the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard. Through this statement we want clarify the current situation.

At this point, we are still performing extensive testing on our existing lineup of 300- and 400-series AM4 motherboards to verify potential compatibility for the next-gen AMD Ryzen CPUs. To be clear: Our intention is to offer maximum compatibility for as many MSI products as possible. Towards the launch of the next-gen AMD CPUs, we will release a compatibility list of MSI AM4 motherboards. Below is a full list of upcoming BIOS versions which include compatibility for the next-gen AMD APUs for our 300-Series and 400-Series AM4 motherboards based on the latest AMD Combo PI version 1.0.0.0. These BIOS versions are expected to be released in May this year.

Motherboard compatibility list

X470 Gaming M7 ACB450M Bazooka/Bazooka V2X370 XPower Gaming TitaniumB350 Tomahawk
X470 Gaming Pro CarbonB450 M Pro-VDH/VDH V2X370 Gaming Pro CarbonB350 PC Mate
X470 Gaming Pro Carbon ACB450M Pro-VDH PlusX370 Gaming Pro Carbon ACB350 Tomahawk Arctic
X470 Gaming PlusB450I Gaming Plus ACX370 Gaming PlusB350 Gaming Plus
X470 Gaming ProB450M Pro-M2/ M2 V2X370 Gaming ProB350M Mortar
B450M ThunderX370 Krait GamingB350M Mortar Arctic
B450 Gaming Pro Carbon ACX370 SLI PlusB350M Bazooka
B450 Gaming PlusX370 Gaming M7 ACKB350M Pro-VDH
B450-A ProB350M Gaming Pro
B450M Gaming PlusB350I Pro AC
B450M MortarB350 Gaming Pro Carbon
B450M TitaniumB350M Pro-VH Plus
B450M Bazooka Plus/ Plus V2B350 Krait Gaming
B450M TomahawkB350 Tomahawk Plus
B350M Pro-VD Plus

While many X370 and B350 chipsets will have the E7a31AMS.1M1 UEFI support, it leaves an argument of incompatibility with some or a handful of these motherboards. There’s still time for the AMD Ryzen 3rd generation launch, and therefore plenty of time to roll out updates for any remaining motherboards.

Personal Take…

To be fair, MSI tech never said they misinformed the user. He only said the available updates are on the B450 and X470 platform. It will be misinformation when he says the UEFI is exclusive with these platforms. MSI could have rolled out an update for its tech support to respond about such inquiries.

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  1. who the fuck was in charge of the text color on the motherboard compatibility list? white on white and white on light grey? are you fucking kidding?

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