AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

 
Ever since the launch of AMD's Ryzen series CPUs, improvements have always been promised in the form of AMD AGESA microcode updates as well as improved BIOS iterations from manufacturers like ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ASROCK.  
 
We have already seen with AGESA update 1.0.0.4 that performance gains are possible with AMD's code updates, so today we will be having a look at whether or not AGESA version 1.0.0.6 will have a similar impact. 
 
It is already well known that AGESA 1.0.0.6 can do a lot to improve memory performance, opening up higher memory multipliers to enable memory speeds of up to 4000MHz, as well as unlock a large range of memory timings that can help end users achieve more performance and greater levels of stability. You can read further details about AGESA update 1.0.0.6 here. 


Today we will be looking at the performance benefits of AGESA 1.0.0.6 when used on ASUS' Crosshair VI Hero, which is available in beta form in the board's unofficial 9945 BIOS release. Here we will see if these updates do more than just add some extra RAM compatibility options in the BIOS and see if this update has a real-world impact on performance.  

 

AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?   

Test Hardware

We will be testing this new BIOS update on ASUS' Crosshair VI Hero motherboard alongside AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X CPU. Here we will be using Corsair's Vengeance LED 3200MHz DDR4 memory on this test bed and use the same timings of 16-18-18-36 on both ASUS' current and Beta BIOS releases.  

In time we hope to conduct further Ryzen memory testing on this platform, including the effects of memory speed and latency on the platform, especially in CPU-limited gaming scenarios.  

 

AMD Ryzen Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 4.0GHz
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair RMi650
Corsair H115i GTX
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

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27-05-2017, 14:50:58

stealth80
Shame you didn't run those gaming benches with faster ram. The main selling point of Agesa 1006 is access to faster than 3200mhz ram speeds and as we all know - that has a massive effect on the latency across the infinity fabric, especially in gaming.

Any chance of running those 3 games @ 1080P again with maybe 3400, 3600 and 4000mhz ram? Of course that is if the board/CPU are actually able to run the ram at those speeds.Quote

27-05-2017, 15:04:30

WYP
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Originally Posted by stealth80 View Post
Shame you didn't run those gaming benches with faster ram. The main selling point of Agesa 1006 is access to faster than 3200mhz ram speeds and as we all know - that has a massive effect on the latency across the infinity fabric, especially in gaming.

Any chance of running those 3 games @ 1080P again with maybe 3400, 3600 and 4000mhz ram? Of course that is if the board/CPU are actually able to run the ram at those speeds.
This is something that we are looking into. Sadly right now we do not have faster DDR4 to test with, but we are working on acquiring some.

To put it simply this testing is to see if there are any performance benefits from this new update without any hardware changes. From here we will be looking deeper into this new BIOS options and conduct further testing to see where we can gain additional performance.

This testing will act as a platform from which more in-depth testing can be done, hopefully allowing everyone to learn a little more about Ryzen in the process.Quote

27-05-2017, 15:10:44

stealth80
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
This is something that we are looking into. Sadly right now we do not have faster DDR4 to test with, but we are working on acquiring some.

To put it simply this testing is to see if there are any performance benefits from this new update without any hardware changes. From here we will be looking deeper into this new BIOS options and conduct further testing to see where we can gain additional performance.

This testing will act as a platform from which more in-depth testing can be done, hopefully allowing everyone to learn a little more about Ryzen in the process.

Nice, thanks!

In the meantime, I will just sit here and wait for Agesa 1006 to release for the Gigabyte Gaming 5, contrary to some articles online, the current beta bios for gaming 5 is based on Agesa 1005 Quote

27-05-2017, 16:46:45

AngryGoldfish
3000-3200Mhz memory is still likely to be the sweet spot though. That's what I predict anyway. And even if performance scales well past 3200Mhz, the price increase, the low availability, and the high timings for high speed memory might put people off.Quote

27-05-2017, 21:35:20

Celt
I'm running 3466 MHz stable, 3600 Mhz stable for all but stress tests.

Oh and by the way, unless those Corsair sticks are Hynix chips, you should probably not be using 9945, which is really for 4 sticks or some HYnix cases. The recommended version for two sticks of Samsung would be 9943, which should result in better results.Quote
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