MSI offers BIOS updates with AGESA COMBO PI V2 Beta

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 09 2021 @ 14:52 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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MSI announces the availability of a new BIOS update for its AMD 500-series based motherboards. The update features AGESA COMBO PI V2 Beta, a new microcode update from AMD that extends Resizable BAR support to the Ryzen 3000 series processors.

Additionally, the update also features an L3 cache bandwidth improvement, but this only applies to the AIDA64 benchmark. The L3 cache test of AIDA64 showed a performance regression versus the previous Ryzen generation and this is now fixed. There are no expected real-world performance gains -- it merely solves an issue with this benchmark.
MSI, a world-leading motherboard manufacturer, announces the release of AGESA COMBO PI V2 beta BIOS for its AMD 500 series motherboards to add SMART ACCESS MEMORY support to AMD RYZEN 3000 desktop processors. Now both RYZEN 5000 and RYZEN 3000 desktop processors support SMART ACCESS MEMORY. AGESA COMBO PI V2 BIOS also improves L3 Cache bandwidth in AIDA64 for RYZEN 5000 desktop processors.

SMART ACCESS MEMORY is an innovative feature that allows the system to access the full capacity of the VRAM on the graphics card. Compare to the current solution which has a 256MB access limitation, this feature will provide the users a better gaming experience.

This feature requires pairing the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card with AMD RYZEN 5000/3000* series desktop processors. Also, don’t forget to update the graphics card driver to the latest version. After taking these steps, this feature will be online and ready to boost your gaming performance.

AGESA COMBO PI V2 also fixes the RYZEN 5000 series processor L3 Cache bandwidth issue in AIDA64. With the new AGESA, the L3 Cache bandwidth has a dramatic improvement.
The following motherboards can get a BIOS update via the MSI support website:

MSI BIOS versions with AGESA 1201

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