We wrote earlier this week about overclocker Der8auer’s findings of low boost-clock speeds on AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 chips. Now, AMD has issued a statement about the boost clock speeds on its chips and is promising a BIOS update soon.
AMD’s statement says that it’s pleased with the momentum of the third generation of Ryzen processors, but also that it closely monitors the community for feedback.
“We understand that some 3rd gen AMD Ryzen users are reporting boost-clock speeds below the expected processor boost frequency,” the statement continues. “While processor boost frequency is dependent on many variables… we have closely reviewed feedback from our customers and have identified an issue in our firmware that reduces boost frequency in some situations.”
AMD has a BIOS update in the works
The company is prepping an update for AMD motherboards that will go out to motherboard manufacturers first. We can look forward to more information about the availability of the update on September 10. AMD’s statement is as conservative as expected from a large corporation; Der8auer’s findings showed as few as 5.6% of users reaching boost clocks, which is a far cry from “some users.” Even if those findings are way off, that still means a huge majority of users are seeing sub-optimal boost speeds.
While Der8auer’s report was certainly damning, his wasn’t the only one. Sites like Tom’s Hardware experienced difficulties with the chips as well. For example, AMD says only a single core on its Ryzen 3000 CPUs will hit the promised boost clock speed at a time.
Squeezing the full potential out of AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs does have a few other requirements, too. Along with having the latest BIOS and drivers, you also need to be using the latest version of Windows 10 to use the Ryzen scheduler if you want to hit those top boost-clock speeds.
Those of us who spent a pretty penny on AMD’s top-of-the-line CPUs should see the update helping us get the most out of our chips soon. And then it’ll be up to all the eagle-eyed enthusiasts out there to push the chip to its limits and see if the update does the trick or not.