AMD responds to motherboard power cheats

Posted on Friday, Jun 12 2020 @ 15:57 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Earlier this week, HWiNFO spread word that some motherboard makers are secretly overclocking Ryzen chips to achieve higher performance. This caused some controversy and now there's an official response from AMD regarding the potential impact on CPU lifespan. Some motherboards underreport certain power telemetry data which can make the Ryzen chip draw more power. This results in more performance but also make the chip run hotter. AMD says it's looking into the matter but reassures customers that there's unlikely to be an impact on the longevity or safety of the CPU:
"We are aware of the reports claiming that select motherboards may be under-reporting certain power telemetry data that could alter the performance and/or behavior of AMD Ryzen processors under certain conditions. We are looking into the accuracy of these reports.

"We want to be clear with our customers: AMD Ryzen processors contain a diverse array of internal safeguards that operate independently of external data sources. These safeguards enforce the safety and reliability of the processor during stock operation. Based on our initial assessment, we do not believe that altering external telemetry in the manner described by those public reports would have a material impact on the longevity or safety of a user's processor."
Via: Tom's Hardware

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