Everything You Need To Know About AMD's Raven Ridge

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KidHorn

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So, for those of us who don't have an older AM4 processor, how are we supposed to put together a system? The motherboards don't work OOB with the new processors and require a BIOS update.
 

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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/amd-sending-out-free-processors-to-solve-firmware-flashing-catch-22/
 

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Buy one already updated, if you already bought one contact the company. They do updates for you in some cases and worst case AMD will send you a boot kit which is an older cpu and heatsink to update your bios with and then you just send the cpu back when done.
 

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Everything You Need To Know About AMD's Raven Ridge: It's the gosh dang flipping shiz, and the kind of balanced all-in-one that Intel would give their left nut to have (and our currently doing just that, having dumped truckloads of $ to steal Raja Koduri from AMD, and continuing to dump truckloads at his efforts to make it happen).
 

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One approach would be to do your build using one of these new Raven R chips (or a low end AMD CPU like an R 1300X), with the intention of upgrading to a better CPU and/or dedicated graphics later when they become available. I'm doing something similar with my AM4 build using a high end MB and a low end processor. Crypto has put a crimp in conventional build approaches.
 

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One approach would be to do your build using one of these new Raven R chips (or a low end AMD CPU like an R 1300X), with the intention of upgrading to a better CPU and/or dedicated graphics later when they become available. I'm doing something similar with my AM4 build using a high end MB and a low end processor. Crypto has put a crimp in conventional build approaches.
 

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It was 2 articles down on toms, AMD will send you a boot kit, which you'll have to send back: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-raven-ridge-boot-kit,36552.html

But, you could also buy your motherboard from a local store like Microcenter, boxes with updated bios's will have stickers on them which tell you it's ready for Raven Ridge. Microcenters prices are generally close to the internet.

 

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There's a micro center reasonably close to me, but I think I'll wait a few months. Prices will come down and I won't have to deal with a BIOS upgrade.
 
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