June 1, 2023

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AMD has solved the overclocking problem for Ryzen 7000 X3D processors – AMD

AMD today announced that it has resolved voltage issues that were causing random overclocking in its new 7000X3D Series processors.

The company distributed a new BIOS firmware update to its partners that places voltage limits on the AM5 Socket motherboards that these processors are compatible with. The new update should prevent affected CPUs from working outside their intended limits.

According to AMD spokesperson Matthew Hurwitz, the company has identified the problem and has already distributed AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture. This puts measures in place on some of the power rails on AM5 motherboards to prevent the CPU from operating outside the limits of its specifications. This includes an upper limit for the SOC voltage at 1.3V.

At the beginning of the week they started appearing on social media References From 7950X3D and 7800X3D owners who experienced severe CPU damage from overclocking, with it crashing completely after a few seconds in many cases. AMD acknowledged the reports in an official statement and confirmed that it is investigating the issue. The company hasn’t actually confirmed why the processors are overclocking, although a fix has been released, but it’s suspected to be related to manual overclocking.

AMD expects its various partners to release a new BIOS update for their AM5 Socket motherboards within the next few days. The company recommends that customers running any of the affected CPUs check their motherboard manufacturer’s website to ensure that their system is running the latest software for their processor.

Both MSI and ASUS have already released BIOS updates that limit CPU voltage options to safe limits. Regardless of the upcoming fix, AMD still encourages all affected users to contact its customer support team, clearly prioritizing these cases.

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Overclocking is already disabled on the Ryzen X3D chips, because they use a 3D cache, which requires a hard-coded voltage limit. Running them at a higher voltage or frequency provides little performance benefit and makes processors unstable and sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Therefore, it is better not to try to circumvent this limitation. However, it appears that this fix will not prevent users from overclocking the memory using EXPO or XMP profiles. Additionally, it should not prevent users from using AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) technology to increase performance.

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