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PCIe 4.0 May Come To ALL Socket AM4 Boards (at least one slot),38401.html

At its CES keynote, AMD reiterated its guarantee of support for the Socket AM4 motherboards until 2020, so the new Ryzen processors will be backward compatible with the existing motherboards, but with a caveat: AMD says you will lose support for PCIe 4.0 on its older platforms.

But after speaking with several motherboard vendors here at CES 2019, we've learned that many of them have successfully tested PCIe 4.0 on 300- and 400-series AMD motherboards, meaning that the feature could be enabled with a simple BIOS update, at least partially.

Our sources tell us that after unlocking the feature via a BIOS update, the older motherboards supply a PCIe 4.0 x16 connection to the first slot on the motherboard, but the remainder of the slots revert to PCIe 3.0 signaling rates. That's because any trace routing on the motherboard that exceeds six inches requires newer redrivers and retimers that support PCIe 4.0's faster signaling rates. That means the PCIe slot nearest to the CPU will easily support PCIe 4.0, while the other slots, including M.2 ports, will run at a PCIe 3.0 signaling rate.

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Looks like Gigabyte has taken the first step: PCIe 4.0 is enabled, on at least one slot, for their X470, B450 motherboards. A Ryzen 3000 CPU will still be required.,39377.html


look the GPU and the M/2 NVMe SSD are directly attached to the CPU so installing a new CPU on any AM4 board will improve the SSD and the video card

the southbridge will continue to use PCI Express 3.0 until a new chipset is acquired.


The best kind of support, "Let's see if it works!?"


And if it doesn't...

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