Which bios should I update to?

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I have "standard" 2017y build - msi x370 gaming pro carbon + ryzen 1700 + corsair lpx 3000. All these 5 years I was too lazy and scary to update bios - it is still v1.20.

It is both good and bad. CPU sits at 3.65GHz @ Auto 1.176v, setting voltage manually disables its idle drop. Memory is either 2667@1.28v or 2800@1.37v, cant go higher. NB voltage is below 1.0v. USB plugging in back port causes high System Interupts usage, even on clean OS, but no trouble after reboot.

Now, due to EOL of some sort, I feel adventurous. I want first to update bios to cut off cons I have, then, in the end of the year, either buy cheap Ryzen 5xxx or turn tail to Intel 13gen.

So, which bios should I pick now? I know that in some moment Ryzen 1 was dropped in bios to save firmware space, but in bios descriptions there is no note about it. Also I know that bios update cant be reverted to v1.20, so at least nothing should go worse

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To be honest, i'd recommend you to upgrade your motherboard to cheap b550 series to avoid tons of potential problem.
But if you plan to go all the way to ryzen 5000, your best bet is the latest BIOS on website (AGEAPI2 1.2.0.7)
By the way, the VRM might not fully support Ryzen 5000 (hardware limitation, the board was designed based on Ryzen 1000 CPU anyway) and really you should expect the least support in term of BIOS function :bonk:
 

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Thanks, but if I will buy new mobo it will be either for Intel 13-14gen or Ryzen 7000-8000 :D

And what would be best bet to stay on 1700 for this half of year? Not v***NY, right?
 

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I saw posts multiple guys run 1700 on 1L and this is latest non-beta. Is it a best choice?
 

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Pulled the trigger with 1.9. Ram is 2933 now, with single xmp switch. But voltages are higher - 1.21v for cpu and 1.13v for NB. Damn, everything comes with price. 2933 is with 16-17-17-35-2T
 
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:what?:Tried to set voltage on previous value. It does not have effect and clock is 2.7 Ghz
 

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I'll be honest.....AMD hasn't been good with BIOS's for Ryzen. I had an old X370 Gaming Plus, and never upgraded it because it ran GREAT using the initial bios, and all I was seeing is how things got worse and worse as time went on.
Same with the X470 Gaming Plus MAX that I have. It's running fantastic with a 2700X, and I've not bothered to upgrade it at all now in over 2 years. Why try to break something that just works fine?
 

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It wasnt quite fine. Now I have 2933, no usb problem, post is faster. In exchange of one new problem, "stock voltage" is 1.225v instead of 1.185v in 1.20
 

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you don't have that in BIOS? but honestly speaking, 1.225v is not that high if you don't experience any thermal problem.
 

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May actually get a bit more performance and stability with a slight higher Voltage is not like 1.225v is much to start with
 
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