Originally Posted by The Stilt
IMO its great news, if true.
The backward compability taken to extremes has been a huge burden to the motherboard manufacturers, to a point where it started inflating the cost of the new products and reduce the motivation to
invest in products for this platform altogether. Not to mention it definitely affected the support of the "prime time" (i.e. current gen) product support as well, since some of the resources had to be spent on products of the past generations).
I don't think I could disagree with you more. I don't see why they wouldn't inflate the costs more now that you have
to update your mobo to get the new chips. The Intel boards seemed to have crept up in price too.
Aside from the Bios ROM size limitations, which seemed like manufacturers being cheap more than anything, I don't really see how having to support more CPUs limited X470 in any way (or how X570 was really any better than X470 assuming that X570 did in fact not support Zen 1; I saw reviews of the 3950X on a cheap B350 board and it didn't perform much worse [if at all]). I could understand if they changed the pin-out, but it really seems odd that a high-end X470 board is that much worse than a B550 board that it can't support Zen 3 (or that the CPU would care that much about PCIe 3 vs 4 as that seems to be the main difference).
Now obviously you know WAY more than I do, but from my perspective, this was the one nice thing AMD had over Intel (okay, maybe not the only thing, but I liked
thinking that I'd get more CPU support). It gets cumbersome having to switch everything out/possibly reinstall windows+other programs every time I upgrade CPUs (which isn't even that often compared to some of yall!). At least, I usually update every other Gen (I didn't get Ivy or DC for my P67 or Z87 boards). Got my 2700X for ~<$100 open box with BL3 or I'd still be using my 1800x.
Again, I don't mind upgrading the board that much, but it bothers me that the chip is likely going to fit in my board, but won't work. Hopefully AMD can give us a reason (not that they owe that to us). I'll be sticking with AMD regardless, I'm just a bit disappointed about this (was hoping to skip Ryzen 3K).