In preparation for AMD's Ryzen 7000 series processors, which will launch on September 27th, ASRock has announced that it has developed a new BIOS for its AM5 motherboards. ASRock states that its new firmware has been built to decrease booting times on its motherboards.

With every new platform, chipset, and processor launch, firmware is one of the focal points surrounding motherboards. Over the last couple of years, leading vendors such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI have kept their firmware consistent, regardless of whether the board is designed for AMD or Intel. ASRock has announced that it has developed a new BIOS specifically for its AM5 motherboards, which are designed to support the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7000 series Zen 4 processors based on TSMC's 5 nm process node.


ASRock X570S PG Riptide motherboard firmware

ASRock claims that their new BIOS for AM5 will provide better compatibility, although it doesn't expressly state what, as well as quicker booting or POST times into Windows. As it stands, ASRock has announced five X670E models currently, including the X670E Taichi and Taichi Carrara models, the X670E Steel Legend, the X670E Pro RS, and the X670E PG Lightning. ASRock also hasn't stated whether or not the layout or core GUI has changed compared with previous generations such as X570 or B550.

Another thing ASRock has announced is that all of its X670E and X670 models will support BIOS Flashback, with users able to update their motherboard to the latest firmware with just a USB flash drive and 24-pin power connected to the power supply. 

ASRock's new firmware for its X670E and X670 motherboards will be available to download from the appropriate product pages on the ASRock website after September 27th. At the time of writing, it hasn't confirmed any information regarding the pricing of its new AM5 motherboards.

Source: ASRock

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  • nandnandnand - Friday, September 9, 2022 - link

    "ASRock states that its new firmware has been built to decrease booting times on its motherboards."

    It's booting too fast aaaaaaaaaahhh

    "Another thing ASRock has announced is that all of its X670E and X670 models will support BIOS Flashback (a feature now native to the AM5 platform)"

    I've done that on an MSI AM4 mobo. What does being "native to AM5" change about it? Isn't it still the choice of the manufacturer to support it or not on a particular motherboard?
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  • ET - Sunday, September 11, 2022 - link

    I see that the article has been fixed. Pity, making flashback native to AM5 would have been nice. That would have implied that all AM5 boards come with some ARM CPU and RAM to get this functionality working, and that AMD has mandated that this functionality is available. Having flashback for all boards (even low end ones) would be great. Reply
  • tamalero - Sunday, September 11, 2022 - link

    I think the bios flashback required a chip in the mobo to activate the feature and not all motherboard supported that. Native means perhaps that is embedded in the chipset already? Reply
  • Samus - Monday, September 12, 2022 - link

    The best bios recovery technique isn’t to have a PXE for the BIOS using a separate SoC as some implementations have, but simply to have a dual bios, something that has existed for decades. Using an ARM CPU, RAM and NAND or external USB flash drive to boot a PXE bios recovery is a solution looking for a problem, and traditionally delegated to the server space for management reasons (remote recovery) which isn’t being implemented in consumer boards making the SoC approach moot and overly complex for what should be a simple implementation. Reply
  • RobATiOyP - Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - link

    The feature allows BIOS updates to support a new CPU, something dual BIOS cannot help with. It also should recover boards bricked by failed BIOS update. Reply
  • Threska - Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - link

    Considering the RMA process at some companies, one less avenue of failure is good. Reply
  • HardwareDufus - Friday, September 9, 2022 - link

    I'm curious to see their B670E mITX boards. I'm hoping for 2 x pcie5 x4 nvme m.2 slots for storage, 1 pcie5 x16 slot for a discrete video card and decent built-in audio, ethernet and wifi. Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Friday, September 9, 2022 - link

    So when they say, "Faster" do they mean they disabled some of the controllers like for ethernet, or that they've actually optimized something, like by doing multi-threading? Reply
  • Khanan - Saturday, September 10, 2022 - link

    Faster in this case means optimized bios rom so it can initialize Agesa or itself faster. Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, September 12, 2022 - link

    That did not really answer the question. Reply

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