Question Can I use a B450M motherboard with a Ryzen 5 3600?

BakedEoin

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Hi all,
My Intel 6700k died yesterday so I guess its time to upgrade. My case only supports micro atx boards so I was going to buy the ASRock AMD B450M Pro4 motherboard because all of the X570M boards are very expensive.

Will I be able to use this without having another CPU to update the bios or am I screwed?
 
Hi all,
My Intel 6700k died yesterday so I guess its time to upgrade. My case only supports micro atx boards so I was going to buy the ASRock AMD B450M Pro4 motherboard because all of the X570M boards are very expensive.

Will I be able to use this without having another CPU to update the bios or am I screwed?
That motherboard does support the Ryzen 3000 series, but first it will need a BIOS update. AFAIK there isn't a way to update the BIOS on that before putting the CPU in. Instead you can use the B450M/AC which comes with builtin support for the Ryzen 3000 series. https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450Mac/index.asp
 
Another great option is the Max range from MSI. The Max means it comes 3000 series ready out of the box. I’ve got the B450 Tomahawk Max with a 3700x and it works perfectly for me. This board even has better VRM’s than some cheap X570’s.
 
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Mrgr74

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Hi all,
My Intel 6700k died yesterday so I guess its time to upgrade. My case only supports micro atx boards so I was going to buy the ASRock AMD B450M Pro4 motherboard because all of the X570M boards are very expensive.

Will I be able to use this without having another CPU to update the bios or am I screwed?
Hi @BakedEoin

Yes, that mobo will support an R5 3600. However, you'll want to check the Bios version that's been installed before buying as the 3600 requires Bios Ver.# 3.30. You can check this by looking at the sticker on the mobo (if open box) &/or it may be listed on the outer box itself if the mobo was recently manufactured.. If you verify the Bios is an older version, you can contact AMD for a free loaner CPU to flash the Bios with or if you have a friend with a 1k or 2k series Ryzen CPU you could borrow. I know you don't wanna have to do that but its still an option.

Whats the price? The MSI Tomahawk Max is an excellent mobo and it's 3k series ready right out of the box.
 
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Hi @BakedEoin

Yes, that mobo will support an R5 3600. However, you'll want to check the Bios version that's been installed before buying as the 3600 requires Bios Ver.# 3.30. You can check this by looking at the sticker on the mobo (if open box) &/or it may be listed on the outer box itself if the mobo was recently manufactured.. If you verify the Bios is an older version, you can contact AMD for a free loaner CPU to flash the Bios with or if you have a friend with a 1k or 2k series Ryzen CPU you could borrow. I know you don't wanna have to do that but its still an option.

Whats the price? The MSI Tomahawk Max is an excellent mobo and it's 3k series ready right out of the box.
The Tomahawk won't work for @BakedEoin due to the case being mATX and there aren't any mATX MSI Tomahawk motherboards. Could use the Mortar MAX though as that has a mATX version.
 
Asrock B450m AC has far worse VRMs than B450Ms from MSI. I would go for the Mortar or if you want to save money, go for the Gaming Plus and use the BIOS flashing feature.

And as for the 6700K dying, is that serious? I've never heard CPUs "die" without an extremely dumb treatment from the user (and even with that happening, CPUs can still survive). I'm pretty sure it's not the CPU.
 

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