AMD motherboard BIOS update enables support for new CPUs

In a recent development reported on the Asus ROG and HardwareLuxx forums, Asus has officially introduced a series of beta BIOS updates to support AMD’s latest AGESA ComboAM5 microcode update 1.1.0.1. Although no formal confirmation has been provided regarding the specifics of this microcode update, it is apparent that it facilitates compatibility with AMD’s forthcoming Ryzen 8000G series desktop APUs, expected to be unveiled next year.

These beta BIOS updates are applicable to several AM5 ROG, TUF Gaming, and ProArt motherboards, including the ROG Crosshair X670E series, ROG Strix X670E-A Gaming WiFi series, ROG Strix B650E-E Gaming WiFi series, TUF Gaming X670E Plus series, and ProArt X670E Creator WiFi series, among others. The update encompasses various models, such as Hero, Gene, Extreme, and various gaming WiFi editions.

The BIOS updates, accessible via Google Drive links on the Asus website, come with a disclaimer: they are in beta and may encounter bugs or stability issues. Users are advised to exercise caution before installation.

The Ryzen 8000 series, based on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, is poised to introduce advanced features to desktop systems. Leaks and rumors suggest that these APUs will incorporate Phoenix and Phoenix 2 silicon from AMD’s mobile CPUs, featuring a high-performance RDNA 3 GPU and a dedicated XDNA/XDNA2 Neural Processing Unit (NPU) designed to enhance hardware-level acceleration for artificial intelligence applications.

AMD Ryzen 8000G Specifications

ModelSiliconx86 Core ConfigGPUGPU ConfigTDP
Ryzen 7 8700GPhoenix8C/16T | 8x Zen 4Radeon 780M12 CU | 768 SPs65W
Ryzen 5 8600GPhoenix6C/12T | 6x Zen 4Radeon 760M8 CU | 512 SPs65W
Ryzen 5 8500GPhoenix 26C/12T | 2x Zen 4 + 4x Zen 4cRadeon 740M3 CU | 256 SPs65W
Ryzen 3 8300GPhoenix 24C/8T | 1x Zen 4 + 3x Zen 4cRadeon 740M4 CU | 256 SPs65W

The anticipated Ryzen 8000G lineup comprises four SKUs: Ryzen 7 8700G, Ryzen 5 8600G, Ryzen 5 8500G, and Ryzen 3 8300G. The flagship Ryzen 7 8700G is rumored to boast eight Zen 4 cores and a Radeon 780M iGPU with 12 CUs, while the Ryzen 5 8600G is expected to feature six Zen 4 cores and a 760M iGPU with 8 CUs. The latter two SKUs are likely to incorporate AMD’s more intricate Phoenix 2 silicon, featuring a hybrid core design comprising Zen 4 and Zen 4c cores.

CES 2024 is anticipated to be the platform for the official unveiling of these Ryzen 8000 series APUs, with the event scheduled to take place from January 9th to January 12th. As enthusiasts eagerly await further details, these beta BIOS updates from Asus signal preparations for the upcoming wave of AMD’s desktop computing innovation.

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