Ryzen 3600 and up uses Zen 2. The APUs are still on Zen+ and run 1 year behind the stand-alone CPUs in terms of architecture.
Hi! Yes I paid $20 extra on my motherboard so that the retailer would update the BIOS for me. At some point the motherboards in stores will have a "Ryzen 3000 Ready" sticker that shows their BIOS is updated & ready to go, but for now I believe it's still an additional cost to factor into the build.
Yes you're absolutely right – the top comment on this build points out that I could have used cable extensions to remedy this problem, which I now know about. I'm planning on doing a check-up and minor upgrade on this build this upcoming weekend – I'll replace the 3-pin case fan that came with the H200 case with a Noctua 4-pin case fan, and I have purchased extensions for the PSU cables that I will use to fix the routing that is currently in place.
Ahh yeah that could explain it. You should be able to take it to the retailer you bought it from / a local store if you don’t have an older CPU on hand to update the BIOS.
So I’m looking into cable extensions now, and I’m very unsure as to how to tell if an extension is good quality. I’ve read in multiple places that you want to always use the cables that came with your PSU, so it seems risky to buy extensions? Maybe I’m misinformed on this.
I paid an extra $25 for my MOBO (included in the price I put in) so that the retailer would update the BIOS for me.