AMD’s GPU drivers overclock some Ryzen processors without being asked

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In September, AMD added support for basic CPU overclocking to its graphics drivers. If you have a Ryzen 5000-series CPU and want to take advantage of the extra performance, this automatic overclocking feature could save you downloading the more complex Ryzen Master utility. The overclock would also be conservative enough that it probably wouldn’t cause system instability or other issues.

The problem for some users is that this automatic overclocking feature has become to automated – that is, it changes the system’s overclocking settings whether users want it or not.

An AMD representative told Tom’s Hardware that “an issue in AMD’s software suite” caused the feature to start “adjusting certain AMD processor settings for some users.” Since the CPU overclocking feature actually changes settings in your system’s BIOS, this means that it can change overclock settings that users have changed themselves and apply an overclock where there was no overclock before. This second part could be particularly problematic since overclocking processors generally voids AMD’s CPU warranty, even if you use AMD-provided tools like Ryzen Master or AMD-promoted features like Precision Boost Overdrive (although anecdotally, that policy isn’t consistent is). enforced).

PCs using AMD GPUs with Intel CPUs are not affected by this error as AMD’s software does not overclock Intel’s processors.

According to testing by Igor’s Lab and by users on the AMD subreddit, the error appears to be triggered when loading a GPU overclocking profile created with older versions of the software. These profiles were created before CPU overclocking was added to the software, but the software is unaware of this and tries to change the CPU settings anyway.

AMD says it is “investigating” the software issue causing the issue and that the company will “share more information as soon as we are able.” The issue appears to have been introduced in version 22.3.1 of AMD’s Adrenalin driver pack, so holding off an update or reverting to a previous driver version may prevent or resolve the issue.


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