Unfortunately just like a chip company selling new chips, mobo makers rely on selling newer boards to survive. Thats the only issue. I am happy AMD is at least supporting the 400 series, whereas if it was intel, you know what would have happened.So,
An MSI B350 mobo, a ZEN 3 5600x, and nerd walk into a bar. Unfortunately there are only 3 bar stools in the pub and currently sitting there is a 1600x, 2600x, and 3600x.
The BIOS bar tender says to the nerd: : "We ain't got enough room! Take that fancy ZEN 3 chip to the new bar 450/550!
The nerd politely asks: What if we completely wipe out the BIOS on the B350, er throw the existing customers out? Then having downloaded a fresh AGESA COMBO PI V2 22.214.171.124 bios update, then we just make one big stool for our zen 3 chip to sit on? It is after all, the same socketed stool.
Would this work?
If there is not enough space to accommodate 4 generations of zen, what about just the one you be using?
Sorry for the analogy
I can't blame millionaires for continuing to do millionaire things either.Hardware unboxed mentioned in his review that PCIe 4 can be activated on 450 series motherboard and ASUS or MSI had actually done this as PCIe4 is a CPU feature and not a chipset feature to access the directly connected components like GPU etc. However AMD might have stepped in and disabled it. This shows how tech companies will step in to stop supporting a older system even though they are compatible. My sound blaster audigy soundcard puchased over 16 years ago works perfectly fine using Daniel K drivers. However creative stopped supporting it over 10 years ago and the newer pcie audigy is just the same old card with a pci to pcie bridge chip built in has full driver support from creative because its a newer card.
To be frank I cant blame them. They need to pay their employees, rents, bills, keep the R&D going and keep the shareholders happy. Not possible if they keep supporting the older hardware forever