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Asus announces 500 Series MB BIOS updates for AMD Zen 3 CPUs

by Mark Tyson on 9 October 2020, 13:21

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Last month we reported upon Asus readying an updated range of AMD B450 motherboards for release later in October. Now Asus has emailed HEXUS with details of a BIOS update coming to its large portfolio of 500-Series motherboards in order to offer full support for AMD's latest and greatest Zen 3 processors, AKA the Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs.

Below you can find a table of all the existing 500 Series motherboards from Asus which will be getting the Zen 3 optimised BIOS updates - this is all of the models which it has sold.

AMD X570 chipset

B550 chipset

A520 chipset

ROG CROSSHAIRVIIIFORMULA

ROG STRIXB550-XEGAMINGWIFI

TUFGAMING A520M-PLUS

ROG CROSSHAIRVIIIHERO(WIFI)

ROG STRIXB550-EGAMING

PRIME A520M-A

ROG CROSSHAIRVIIIDARKHERO

ROG STRIXB550-FGAMING(WIFI)

PRIME A520M-A/CSM

ROG CROSSHAIRVIIIHERO

ROG STRIXB550-FGAMING

PRIME A520M-E

ROG CROSSHAIRVIII IMPACT

ROG STRIXB550-AGAMING

PRIME A520M-E/CSM

ROG STRIX X570-EGAMING

ROG STRIXB550-IGAMING

PRIME A520M-K

ROG STRIX X570-FGAMING

TUFGAMING B550-PLUS(WIFI)

PRIME A520M-K/CSM

ROG STRIX X570-IGAMING

TUFGAMING B550-PLUS

Pro A520M-C/CSM

TUFGAMING X570 PRO (WIFI)

TUFGAMING B550M-PLUS (WIFI)

 

TUFGAMING X570-PLUS(WIFI)

TUFGAMING B550M-PLUS

 

TUFGAMING X570-PLUS

PRIME B550-PLUS

 

ProWSX570-ACE

PRIME B550M-A(WIFI)

 

PRIMEX570-PRO

PRIME B550M-A

 

PRIMEX570-PRO/CSM

PRIME B550M-K

 

PRIMEX570-P/CSM

PRIME B550M-AAC

 

 

PRIME B550M-A(WIFI)/CSM

 

 

PRIME B550M-A/CSM

 

 

PRIME B550M-K/CSM

 

 

New 500 Series motherboards from Asus

The ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero AMD X570 motherboard is the first in the stable to implement a completely passive cooling design. TO dissipate any heat from the chipset it features featuring a sizeable heatsink that extends from the chipset zone to the space between the PCIe slots. Additionally the board's onboard power delivery has also been enhanced with a VRM featuring 16 TI (90 amp) power stages arranged in a teamed topology.

This X570 board's two primary PCIe 4.0 x16 slots are reinforced with SafeSlot. Nearby are two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots for fast SSD storage. On the topic of expansion, the backpanel has a good spread of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (seven Type-A, one USB Type-C) are available for high-speed peripherals, while the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter, 2.5G and gigabit Ethernet provide perky network connectivity. A SupremeFX S1220 codec, paired with an ESS ES9023 DAC for the front-panel outputs is on board for sound, and there is a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 header for modern chassis.

Read more about the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero AMD X570 motherboard on the ROG blog. Specs are tabulated at the bottom of this article.

Asus's TUF Gaming X570-Pro (Wi-Fi) has been launched too. Standout features are its 12 + 2 DrMOS power stages, a six-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, military-grade TUF components and the Digi+ VRM. Its enhanced cooling design ensures there are dedicated heatsinks for the chipset, VRM and M.2 slot, along with hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4 software.

Connectivity aplenty is available inside and out with the TUF. Inside are dual PCI Express 4.0 M.2 slots with headers for USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (1 x rear, 1 x front) and Type-A ports. For networking this board sports onboard Intel 2.5G Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, plus TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology. Audio is catered for by the Realtek S1200A codec with embedded AI Noise-Cancelling Microphone too.

The ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming Wi-Fi becomes Asus' s new flagship B550 motherboard. Again the power section is upgraded with 16 integrated TI 90 amp power stages. Asus uses active cooling for the VRM heatsinks with a connecting heat pipe and an integrated aluminium I/O cover, plus high-quality thermal pads. On the topic of cooling, this board's dual M.2 slots come with dedicated heatsinks and a bundled Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 card with a full-cover heatsink and embedded fan. The bundled M.2 card means this foundation will provide six M.2 slots in your PC system.

Other niceties of this B550 motherboard worth highlighting are its 2.5G Intel Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, BIOS FlashBack, and Aura Sync RGB lighting.

Model

ROG Crosshair VIIIDark Hero

TUF Gaming X570 Pro(Wi-Fi)

ROG STRIX B550-XEGAMING WIFI

Chipset

AMD X570

AMD X570

AMD B550

Form factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

Teamed powerarchitecture

14+2

12+2

14+2

Memory

4 xDIMM,Max. 128 GB

5100 MHz

OptiMemIII

4 xDIMM,Max. 128 GB

5100 MHz

OptiMem

4 xDIMM,Max. 128 GB

5100 MHz

OptiMemII

Graphics output

Nil

HDMI 1.4b

DisplayPort 1.2

HDMI 2.1 (4K @ 60Hz)

DisplayPort 1.2

Multi-GPU support

3-wayCFX/ 2-waySLI

2-wayCFX

3-wayCFX/ 2-waySLI

Expansion slots

2 xPCIe®4.0 x16SafeSlot

(@ x16 orx8/x8)1 xPCIe®4.0 x16(max. @x4)

1 xPCIe®4.0 x1

1 xPCIe®4.0 x16 (@x16)

1xPCIe®4.0 x16 (max.

@ x4)

2xPCIe®4.0 x1

2 xPCIe®4.0 x16SafeSlot

(@ x16 orx8/x8)

 

1xPCIe®3.0 x16(max. @x4)

 

2xPCIe®3.0 x1

Thunderbolt 3 support

Nil

Nil

1 xheader

Storage andconnectivity

8 xSATA 6 Gb/s

 

1 xM.2 2280

(PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)

 

1 xM.2 22110

(PCIe 4.0 x4& SATA)

 

1 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®on front panel

 

9 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (7 x

Type-A and 1 xType-C®at therear,1 xType-C®on front panel)

 

6 xUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (4at the rear, 2on front panel)

 

4 xUSB 2.0 (front panel)

8 xSATA 6 Gb/s

 

2 x22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4 &SATA)

 

1 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C on front panel

 

3 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 x

Type-A and 1 xType-C®at therear)

 

6 xUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (4on rear panel,two at thefront)

 

4 xUSB 2.0 (front panel)

6xSATA 6 Gb/s

 

1 xM.2 22110

(PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)

 

1 xM.2 22110

(PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)2

 

1 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®on front panel

 

4 xUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 x

Type-A and 1 xType-C®at therear,1 xType-C® on front panel)

 

2 xUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (frontpanel)

 

9 xUSB 2.0 (5 at therear, 4on front panel)

Wireless

Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200

Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200

Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200

Networking

1 xRealtekRTL8125-CG 2.5Gb

1 xIntel®I211-AT1GbLANGuard

Intel®I225-V 2.5GbLANGuard

Intel®I225-V 2.5GbLANGuard

Audio

SupremeFXS1220ImpedancesenseAudioamplifierAudiocover

Japan-madecapacitorsSonicStudio III and SonicStudio Virtual Mixer

SonicRadarIII

DTS®Sound Unbound

Realtek®S1200AImpedancesenseAudiocover

Japan-madecapacitorsDTS Customforgamingheadsets

SupremeFXS1220AImpedancesenseAudio amplifierAudiocover

Japan-madecapacitorsSonicStudio III and SonicStudio Virtual Mixer

SonicRadarIII

DTS®Sound UnboundAI Noise-CancellingMicrophone

Cooling

8 xonboard fan headers2 xM.2 heatsink

6 xonboard fan headers1 xM.2 heatsink

6 xonboard fan headers2 xonboard M.2 heatsink

AI Networking(GameFirst VI)

Available

Available

Available

Aura Sync

Available

Available

Available

RGB headers

2 xAddressable RGB2 xRGB

1 xAddressable RGB2 xRGB

2 xAddressable RGB2 xRGB

CPUpower connector

8-pin+ 4-pin

8-pin+ 4-pin

8-pin+ 4-pin

ProCool

ProCool II

ProCool

ProCool

COM

Nil

Available

Nil

SPI/TPM

Available

Available

Nil

 

 



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