How to prepare your motherboard for AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors

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AMD announced alongside the Ryzen 5000 series of processors that A520, B550, and X570 motherboards will support the new CPUs. Some may require a BIOS update, but we’ve rounded up all the best motherboards that are confirmed to work with the new processors. Here’s how to check if you have the right motherboard and how to update the BIOS.

Products used in this guide

Check your motherboard supports AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs

We compiled a list of motherboards that support AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and what BIOS version is the minimum you’ll need to be running to unlock support. It’s likely possible to use a 400 series motherboard, but support has yet to be released. To be safe, simply update your motherboard BIOS to the latest version available.

If your motherboard is on the lists above, you may be required to update the BIOS to enable support of the new 4th-gen AMD Ryzen 5000 processors. There’s an easy way to check what BIOS version you’re on, but if you’re building a brand new system, you may need to check the BIOS update is pre-installed, or else you may require a Ryzen 3000 CPU to perform the upgrade.

Updating the BIOS automatically (recommended)

Please note that this process may differ between motherboard manufacturers, but our steps below should still be relevant. It’s best if you have your PC connected to your router using a cable for this automatic method. If it’s using a Wi-Fi dongle, you may encounter issues with the motherboard not connecting to the internet directly. If so, follow our manual update method instead.

  1. Install and run CPU-Z.
  2. Check the BIOS version it reports against the version you need in the tables above.
  3. If you need to update, reboot your PC.
  4. Keep tapping the “Del” or “F2” key once you see the manufacturer’s splash screen.
  5. Navigate to the BIOS update utility.
  6. Follow the wizard, choosing DHCP as the connectivity method.
  7. Allow the software to check for updates (it may require a reboot. If it does require a reboot, follow steps 2 – 4 again).
  8. Install the latest BIOS update.
  9. Follow step 2 again.
  10. Confirm the BIOS version reflects at least the version you need in CPU-Z.

You’ll now be able to turn off the system and insert an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor.

Updating the BIOS manually

  1. Install and run CPU-Z.
  2. Check the BIOS version it reports against the version you need in the tables above.
  3. If you need to update, visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website:
  4. Download the corresponding BIOS update for your motherboard.
  5. Unzip the file and copy the downloaded BIOS update to a flash drive.
  6. Reboot your PC.
  7. Keep tapping the “Del” or “F2” key once you see the manufacturer’s splash screen.
  8. Navigate to the BIOS update utility.
  9. Choose to update BIOS using a flash drive.
  10. Follow the wizard (it may require a reboot. If it does require a reboot, follow steps 2 – 4 again).
  11. Confirm the BIOS version reflects at least the version you need in CPU-Z.

You’ll now be able to turn off the system and insert an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor.

You’ll need a 4th-gen Ryzen CPU

To take advantage of all the improvements AMD added to the 5000 series of Ryzen CPUs, you’ll need to buy one.

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