AMD responds to Ryzen boost clock controversy - BIOS updates are coming

Expect to hear more on September 10th.

AMD responds to Ryzen boost clock controversy - BIOS updates are coming

AMD responds to Ryzen boost clock controversy - BIOS updates are coming

AMD has heard the complaints surrounding the boost frequencies of their new Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and has released the following response to the press. 

The response below states that lower than expected boost frequencies for some of AMD's Ryzen 3rd Generation processors are caused by an issue within AMD's firmware. This suggests that the issue is fixable through BIOS updates and that AMD's AGESA code is at fault. 

Right now, fixed BIOS files are not available, though AMD's PR representative has stated that we can expect to hear more about new BIOS availability on September 10th. 

With AMD's new BIOS files promising increased boost clock speeds in some cases, we can expect these new BIOS updates to also cause a small boost in performance for their Ryzen 3rd Generation product lineup. AMD is likely to discuss this and other factors on September 10th.  

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.   

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Most Recent Comments

03-09-2019, 12:04:33

Does anyone else find it strange that they didn't make sure their CPUs boosted properly before launch? I know there's always teething problems, but this seems critical.Quote

03-09-2019, 12:18:31

I don't see it as a problem tbh. It's a max clock speed you'll see on a single core. Not many people only use one core anymore.

Most people are just upset they aren't getting 50-100mhz more clock speed that honestly won't improve performance much especially since most people who would care are gamers.Quote

03-09-2019, 12:43:10

Single core boost is pretty crucial in gaming, actually.Quote

03-09-2019, 12:47:33

Few games now would only load a single core, which is what the max boost refers to, so it probably wouldn't apply to many games post DX11/~2010. Though we're talking about ~25Mhz difference, this is a marketing move, they only defined what the Max Boost actually was about a week ago.Quote

03-09-2019, 13:24:56

I've seen my 3700X hit 4375MHz & 4392MHz after prolonged period of gaming, but only on 1 or 2 cores. My 6700k when left long enough used to always hit 4.2GHz on all cores. I guess people have gotten used to how Intel does things, and expect AMD to be the same.

Der8auer is kind of right to call it out and draw attention to it just to force a statement from AMD.

Personally though, I don't care about an extra 25MHz, the performance is there for me and that's what matters.Quote

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