Many people were frustrated to discover that processors Ryzen 3000 do not reach the maximum frequency specified by OMG. The problem is not serious, but it was enough to leave an impression of “false advertising” in the air. The reaction was quick, however: AMD announced a BIOS update that promises to adjust the boost of the affected chips.
The problem came to light after Der8auer, a youtuber specializing in overclocking, made a survey with computer owners equipped with Ryzen 3000 chips (third generation) to see if their respective units were reaching the maximum clock established by AMD.
The results showed that not in most cases. Just to give you an idea, only 5.6% of AMD Ryzen 9 3900X chip owners reported reaching the maximum frequency for this model (4.6 GHz).
Apparently, Der8auer’s work was well conducted: two days after the publication of the video on the subject, AMD promised a solution for September 10.
– AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) September 3, 2019
Promise kept: AMD announced on its blog a BIOS update that corrects the boost.
It does not seem to be a complex problem. Basically, what AMD says is that the algorithm that enables the clock increase had a flaw that caused the maximum frequency to be, on average, 25 to 50 MHz below expectations. With the update, the clock originally set for the boost is reached.
AMD denied that it intentionally set the maximum clock down. There was speculation that this decision would have been taken to avoid shortening the life of processors, but the company vehemently refuted this suspicion.
If you own a third generation Ryzen chip computer, you need a little patience: the update (the AGESA 1003ABBA firmware) has already been sent to motherboard manufacturers, but it may take two weeks or more for these companies to release the BIOS update with the fix.