At the beginning of August, AMD has released a new microcode (BIOS) for their motherboards it was AGESA 1.0.07Cthank you today M: YES we know its performance improvements. For context, this motherboard firmware is patched problem with booting with certain RAM memory from many manufacturers. This was also a fix for the previous version, where AGESA 184.108.40.206B fixed other memory compatibility issues.
We now know that on MSI motherboards, after installing this BIOS, the new memory mode “High efficiency“. In short, it would be like forcing compatibility with the most popular memory kits on the market. To do this preconfigured memory profiles available taking into account these modules, which ultimately leads to increased throughput and lower latency due to the instruction set. In other words, productivity increase.
The “High Efficiency” mode in MSI BIOS uses RAM to improve performance.
Thanks to AMD’s progress in the microcode, motherboards have already been found that can support DDR5 RAM modules. up to 9000 MHz. Now, with the help of these optimizations, the aim is to really squeeze out the real potential of these memories. To do this, the optimization is mainly related to DDR5 DRAM timings. Four “memory time presets” are available for this. This Tightest, tightest, balance and relaxation
With these pre-configured profiles, the user can choose one by one until you find the most stable for your configuration. For example, we have a simple MSI MAG B650M Mortar WIFI motherboard next to an MSI GeForce RTX 4090 SUPRIM X motherboard. With the old BIOS tied to AMD AGESA 220.127.116.11a microcode, AM5 motherboards could only handle DDR5 memory. up to 6000 and 6200 MHz in 1:1 mode.
Now with the latest AGESA 18.104.22.168c firmware, motherboards can already work with memory DDR5 at 6400 MHz (1:1) and above DDR5 at 8000 MHz in 2:1 mode (MCLK/UCLK). All configurations run at 1.3V SoC voltage, which is the safe limit set by AMD. Maybe it sounds like a problem when this voltage was not well limited and ended up burning a few CPUs.
Up to 11.6% performance improvement with this new mode.
Wccftech ran several tests to demonstrate the performance gains from these AMD BIOS enhancements. Four games were selected and played on resolution Full HD. These were Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs Legion, Shadow of The Tomb Raider and Cyberpunk 2077. To sum up, with the exception of Far Cry 6, the rest of the games experienced more than 10% performance improvement. In the most extreme case, the improvement was 11.6%. All games have been tested to the highest possible quality.
With this data, it’s more than clear that AMD has been rowing against the tide since the release of its AMD Ryzen 7000 processors when it comes to to optimize your platform with DDR5 memory.
|FPS performance||DDR5-7600 (2:1 NM)||DDR5-6400 (1:1 NM)||DDR5-7600 (2:1)||DDR5-6400 (1:1)||DDR5-6000 (1:1)||7600 HEM VS 7600 NEM||6400 HEM VS 6000 NEM|
|Legion of watchdogs||178||177||163||165||159||+9.4%||+11.6%|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||250||250||233||236||226||+7.2%||+10.6%|