The release of AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series CPU lineup is just over a week away now, due to hit shelves on the 5th of November and promising what AMD class as “Intel beating” performance. Whilst we’ll be waiting to perform our own benchmarking comparisons between Ryzen and Intel 10th Gen, the early signs are extremely encouraging for AMD fans.
AMD have also kept their word in terms of compatibility and chipsets, making the Zen 3 processor family fully compatible with 400/500 series AM4 motherboards.
That being said, you will need to perform a BIOS update in order for both 400/500 series motherboards to work with the new processor family. Luckily, the process isn’t that difficult.
In the following article, we’ll be walking you through how to update your BIOS for Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. We’ll be looking at the hardware you’ll need, what is and isn’t compatible, and everything else that might be of note for the new Zen 3 Ryzen launch.
So, with lots of to get through, let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it!
The BIOS is your PC’s basic input/output system. It resides in a small chip on your motherboard and deals with managing the most basic instructions that allow your computer to boot into the operating system. It also protects your PC and ensures everything is running in an efficient manner.
During startup, the BIOS also helps initialize the other components in your computer. The CPU, GPU, and motherboard all rely on the BIOS to start properly. Despite motherboard manufacturers actually replacing the BIOS with a more intuitive interface known as a UEFI, most people still refer to it as the BIOS.
One of the big questions we get asked when referencing a motherboard’s BIOS is, why should I keep it updated? Whilst the answer isn’t that technical, below are the main reasons why.
The first, and potentially most common reason to update your BIOS, is to ensure compatibility with newer hardware releases. Like this article, updating your BIOS can make an outdated motherboard become compatible with a newer CPU by simply updating the BIOS. Whilst this won’t work for every CPU/motherboard pairing, it will future proof some motherboards for a few years to come.
Fixes Bugs And Errors
Another common reason why many people update their BIOS is to fix reported bugs. All kinds of bugs can crop up with new hardware, reducing the efficiency in which they run. That said, motherboard manufacturers regularly provide consumers with BIOS updates that will resolve these issues.
Before we get started, it’s probably worth quickly going over some of the fundamental items you’ll need for updating your BIOS.
The following items will be absolutely essential in order to perform a clean, stress-free BIOS update:
- Internet Connection: The first thing you’ll need is an internet connection. Whilst this probably seems obvious, it’s still worth pointing out for some beginners. Before starting the update, you’ll have to physically download the BIOS update from the motherboard manufacturer website.
- USB Flash Drive: Once you have completed downloading the BIOS, you’ll have to save it to a flash drive.
- 400/500 series compatible Motherboard: You’ll need to use a compatible 400/500 series motherboard to get the BIOS updated. If you try slotting a new 5000 series CPU into an old board, the system won’t post.
So, now we’ve got a better understanding of what the BIOS is and how it affects your system, it’s time to go over the method of actually updating the BIOS.
Remember, always have a secondary, fully compatible CPU at hand in case an unexpected problem occurs during the update process.
With that, let’s jump into the process.
Find and download the Latest BIOS Version
The first thing you need to do is find the latest version of your motherboard’s BIOS. This is a fairly simple process, requiring you to access the manufacturer website, finding your motherboard, and then searching for the BIOS section – usually found under SUPPORT.
Inside support, you should see a section that clearly displays the latest BIOS version for that particular motherboard. Download it.
Unzip and copy the BIOS to a Flash Drive
Once you have downloaded the latest BIOS version, the next step is to unzip the file and copy it to your flash drive. To do this, simply find the file in your downloads/desktop folder, right-click and select unzip. When prompted, select the flash drive as the location for the unzipped files.
Reboot your PC and enter the BIOS
Once you have copied the BIOS update file to your flash drive, simply restart your PC and enter the BIOS. Before you do so, don’t forget to insert the flash drive into the recommended slot. This is usually at the rear of the motherboard.
You can do this by pressing ‘DEL’ on startup. Alternatively, if this doesn’t work, press the ‘F2’ or look up the BIOS button in your motherboard manual.
Launch the BIOS Firmware Update Tool/ Flashing Tool
Find the BIOS firmware/flashing tool in the BIOS menu. For our particular board, we had to enter the advanced tools section by pressing F7. Inside advanced, you’ll find an option to launch a flash update. On ASUS boards, this section is called the ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utility.
Select the Flash drive to launch update
Inside the flashing tool is, for all intents and purposes, the start of the BIOS update process (within the BIOS menu). In here, you must first select what drive the BIOS will update from – in this case, it’s the flash drive/ storage drive. Once you’ve selected the correct drive, simply select the BIOS update file by double-clicking it. You will be asked whether or not you want to load this file – simply select yes to start the update.
So, there you have it, our easy-to-follow guide on how to update your BIOS for Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. At the time of writing this, not many of the motherboard manufacturers will have released the latest 5000 series BIOS update. That being said, with the Zen 3 release date being just around the corner, those updates should become available in the coming days.
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