AMD offers a power plan in its third Ryzen Community Update


— 5:13 PM on April 6, 2017

It's a happy day for Ryzen-equipped gerbils. AMD has put out its third Ryzen Community Update, and today's blog post is all about power. The company created its own Ryzen Balanced power plan for Windows 10, and it's now asking gamers with Ryzen CPUs to try it out.

In case you don't remember, AMD previously recommended that users looking for every possible slice of performance use Windows' High Performance power plan. That move is meant to curb the OS' aggressive core parking, which can result in slightly reduced performance in some games. However, keeping a system on this plan disables quite a lot of Windows' power-saving mojo and can lead to higher system power consumption, so AMD felt it needed some sort of compromise. Enter the AMD Ryzen Balanced plan, downloadable here. Gerbils can install it with a double-click after decompressing the archive, and they'll be greeted with a new plan under Windows' power options.

AMD says that gaming performance with the Ryzen Balanced plan should be pretty close to that of the High Performance setting. To illustrate that fact, the company made a graph comparing the performance of its new plan against High Performance, using the stock Balanced setting as a baseline. According to AMD's data, the difference between Ryzen Balanced and High Performance should be borderline negligible, barely ever reaching a 1% delta.

The company said that it intends to make this power plan part of its chipset drivers for Ryzen CPUs. AMD also notes that while the change in power plans doesn't work out to a performance improvement in many titles, it believes that "there are enough [affected] games to warrant a change." Those looking for the skinny on what exactly the plan does and why can dig into the P-state and C-state talk in the community update.

That's not the only news today. Total War: Warhammer should now be a little faster on Ryzen CPUs after the recent "Bretonnia" patch, at least at 1920x1080 and Ultra settings. The Ryzen Master monitoring and overclocking utility also got a small version bump to 1.0.1. The utility now reports junction temperature instead of tCTL (more details here), and no longer requires High Precision Event Timer (HPET) to be enabled on machines with an AGESA 1.0.0.4-based BIOS.

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