Owning a Ryzen 5000 CPU has become more affordable. ASUS and Gigabyte have released BIOSes supporting the Zen 3 lineup for their A320 boards. Officially, AMD and its board partners are only releasing firmware for the 400 and 500 series chipsets, limiting the options of users with a B350, X370, or A320 board.
Initially, we had seen plenty of “custom” BIOSes for the A320 lineup supporting the Zen 3 offerings, including the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X. However, many of these suffer from the risk of being a rogue BIOS, certain I/O features not working, and general system instabilities.
The wide range of chipset support for the Ryzen 5000 family is one of the reasons why AMD’s processors are still selling more than Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S parts. With the former, you can buy a sub-$100 board and cheap DDR4 memory kits and slap on the CPU just like that. The latter requires the user to buy an expensive Z690 board, plus (also expensive) DDR5 memory, in addition to the processor. This is also why AMD’s Zen 3D or Ryzen 5000 XT chips have a very good chance of unseating the Alder Lake SKUs, at least near the top end.