AMD Ryzen 5000 series gets new undervolting features

Posted on Friday, November 06 2020 @ 11:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday was the launch day of AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 desktop processor series. As expected, the new models give Intel a severe beating. All four Ryzen 5000 processors are basically faster than Intel's current flagship the Core i9-10900K. Thanks to the 19 percent IPC gain versus Zen 2, AMD is now the best in both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance.

A new motherboard isn't required if you want to upgrade and already have a 500-series motherboard. Owners of 400-series motherboards will also be able to upgrade but will need to wait a bit longer for BIOS versions, these aren't expected until early 2021.

Perhaps the biggest negative is that AMD is no longer the budget king. The company's renewed strength allows it to pick higher price points for its products, which means you'll have to get used to somewhat higher prices.

VideoCardz has an overview article that covers some statements made by AMD Director of Technical Marketing, Robert Hallock. On social media, Hallock answered a bunch of questions about the lack of power plans, DDR4 memory configurations, overclocking, and undervolting. Hallock stated a new undervolting functionality is coming via an upcoming AGESA update:
But Robert, where is undervolting? Answer: IT’S GONE. j/k. Temporarily gone for 5000 series. It’ll be back in an upcoming AGESA with new functionality. It’s gonna be HYPE. Y’aint never seen undervolting quite like this.

“CAN YOU TELL ME MORE?” No. ¯_(?)_/¯

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