AMD Promisses a Fix For Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs Boost Clocks Inconsistency
Yesterday we talked about AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs boost clocks inconsistency descovered from a recent research made by Der8auer. Der8auer descovered that less than 6% of Ryzen 9 3900X CPUs can reach the advertised boost clocks (you can read the full story here).
AMD took this analysis seriously and they issued an official statement. The company claims that the maximum frequency that can be reached as standard by a processor depends on a large number of factors, such as cooling, loading, motherboard design and others. However, a deficiency in the firmware used at the moment has been identified. This firmware error is responsible for the low boost clocks.
As a result, the company will work on a BIOS update designed to solve this problem. More details about this update will be announced only on September 10th, taking some time to discuss the issue with the various motherboard manufacturers.
If you haven't watched der8auer's report, there are tens of thousands of discrepancies, and in some cases even hundreds of MHz versus what a single Ryzen core can reach. This is valid before the PBO comes into effect, which slightly improves the situation.
Here is the official AMD statement regarding this issue:
AMD is pleased with the strong momentum of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors in the PC enthusiast and gaming communities. We closely monitor community feedback on our products and understand that some 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen users are reporting boost clock speeds below the expected processor boost frequency.
While processor boost frequency is dependent on many variables including workload, system design, and cooling solution, we have closely reviewed the feedback from our customers and have identified an issue in our firmware that reduces boost frequency in some situations.
We are in the process of preparing a BIOS update for our motherboard partners that addresses that issue and includes additional boost performance optimizations.
We will provide an update on September 10 to the community regarding the availability of the BIOS.
We are very happy to see that AMD actually listens to the community, and is taking measures to fix the boost clocks issues. We can only hope that Intel learns something from AMD's reactions and they will interact more with the community when issues arrise.