AMD Set to Release Ryzen BIOS Update, Gaming Tweaks
In a recent blog post, AMD talked a little about how they’re working on optimizing their new Ryzen CPU. Currently, the company is focused on optimizing their new processor for gaming, while also ironing out some issues with the BIOS on Ryzen-enabled motherboards. Ryzen chips rely on what the company calls AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA) during the boot up sequence, a process which required a few tweaks after some users encountered some problems.
The bugs encountered included one where the system would hang after encountering an error in the FMA3 code sequence. Less serious, though no less annoying, were bugs that caused the Ryzen to report the incorrect CPU frequency after sleep as well as an issue with HPET. AMD has fixed all these issues and will be distributing these Ryzen BIOS updates to motherboard partners soon. Besides fixes, the new update will also reduce DRAM latency, resulting in higher performance for some applications.
Gamers will likely be happy to hear about this last improvement, as it’s often games that are latency sensitive. Though it will be a while yet before the BIOS updates will be available to all and sundry, the AGESA update should result in smoother gaming. On top of that, AMD has been working hard with several developers to optimize the Ryzen for games, resulting in better frame rates across the board when tested on games like Ashes of the Singularity and DOTA 2.
As anyone that’s quick to adapt to new technology will tell you, being the first to use something like a new CPU can be a nerve-wracking experience. AMD, however, seems to be taking their responsibility to their customers very seriously and is seemingly enjoying every minute of getting ready for the next big thing. Between the gaming tweaks and the Ryzen BIOS update, AMD customers seem to have had it right so far.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.