There was quite a rumble earlier this week when TechPowerUp reported that MSI had betrayed its AMD Socket AM4 longevity promise. It should come as no surprise that MSI intends to support AMD’s upcoming 3rd Gen Ryzen processors with its existing AM4 socket motherboards. Backward compatibility for AM4 socket motherboards until 2020 is a big selling point for AMD, but recent reports surfaced claiming that the motherboard vendor won’t support the new Ryzen chips by AMD. MSI responded by issuing a press release clarifying that it intends to support the pending Ryzen 3000 models on as many previous-gen AM4 platforms as possible.
This misunderstanding arised from a comment made by an MSI representative to a customer in regards to support for the chips with MSI X370 Xpower Gaming Titanium motherboard, which was then shared to reddit. Several media outlets picked the news up in short order, but MSI says the service representative misinformed the customer.
On MSI’s news blog, MSI wrote about the confusion that had been caused and sought to address it with a full set of motherboard tables with BIOS upgrade file references expected to be delivered from May onwards. “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”
MSI also said that “At this point, we are still performing extensive testing on our existing lineup of 300- and 400-series AM4 socket motherboards to verify potential compatibility for the next-gen AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen 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 Ryzen CPUs, we will release a full compatibility list of MSI AM4 socket motherboards.”
AMD has also released a list of upcoming BIOS versions that will support AMD’s next-gen APUs, all based on Combo Pi version 126.96.36.199. MSI’s list of 46 motherboards, which you can see below, doesn’t encompass the company’s entire range of 300- and 400-series AM4 socket motherboards, but that is due to ongoing compatibility testing.
Though unconfirmed, AMD is widely expected to release Ryzen 3rd Gen processors with up to 16 cores that will drop into AM4 socket motherboards (largely due to comments from AMD CEO Lisa Su that higher core count models are possible). Those chips could present some power delivery problems for lower-end AM4 motherboards, but we’ll have to wait for more details from AMD and motherboard vendors when (and if) those chips come to market.