AMD has released support for their 5000 series on the X370 chipset. However, the motherboard manufacturer has to make sure that the BIOS is stable, and we need to make sure that our specific motherboard has support. Thus, confirming compatibility on the manufacturers website is crucial.
The Ryzen 9 5950X has 3.4GHz and 16 cores (32 threads). This will be a significant improvement to my older Ryzen 5 1600 with 3.3GHz and 6 cores (12 threads). Both single core and multicore work will be multiple times faster.
You can get your motherboard info with
sudo dmidecode -t 2 and you can check your BIOS version
sudo dmidecode -s bios-version.
First we download the BIOS 6042 update from Asus
This is a
.zip file with two files in it:
X370PRO.CAP. However, I skipped this
step and used the original name of the
.CAP file. I would guess that if you want the motherboard
to automatically recognize the USB drive, without you having to point the current BIOS GUI to the
file it might be necessary to rename the file. In the manual it also says what to rename the file
to, if you want to do that manually on Linux.
My initial idea was to use the “internet update function” of the Ez flash utility available for the Asus Prime X370-Pro. However, I did not get internet access. The reason might be that I’m using a WiFi card in on my desktop.
In order to flash a USB drive to fat32 and copy the
.CAP file to the drive,
sudo umount /dev/sde1 sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sde1 sudo fsck /dev/sde1 sudo mount /dev/sde1 /media/usb/ cd /media/usb/ sudo cp ~/Downloads/asus/PRIME-X370-PRO-ASUS-6042.CAP .
Have the USB drive plugged in, reboot, press
del, navigate to Ez flashing, select the file in the
USB drive and flash. When the system reboots the screen will be black for a while and then it says
“BIOS is updating”. Running
sudo dmidecode -s bios-version now yields
I’ve read reports saying that they’ve had problems with HDMI or booting or similar after flashing the BIOS. Perhaps these reports were from the beta version of the BIOS update. I’ve had no problems at all. After the upgrade it was simply plug and play.
Update 2022-07-20: Others have experienced random reboots with the 5950X CPU. I had one overnight reboot when running a job. Manually overclocking the CPU at 1.1750 V and 44.50 on each CCX seems to solve the issue.
I had some trouble removing the old CPU cooler from the CPU. Recommendation are to run an CPU intensive job to warm the CPU or use a hairdryer so that the thermal paste gets warm. This did not help, and I ended up removing the cooler with the CPU on. Normally, the CPU should stay in the motherboard socket. Although, everything seems to be working and no pins were bent on the old CPU.
Placing the new CPU in the socket,
Adding thermal paste and placing the cooler,
I have a Fractal Design Meshify C case and everything fit in the case. The only minor adjustment was that I had to place the fan slightly off such that the memory sticks could fit.
Lastly, we’ll have to end with a classic
neofetch to show off the setup,
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