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Latest AMD AGESA 1.0.0.4 update improves all-core boost and boot times for Ryzen 3000 processors

AMD Ryzen 3000 processors seem to be getting better with each microcode update. (Source: AECMag)
AMD Ryzen 3000 processors seem to be getting better with each microcode update. (Source: AECMag)
The latest AGESA 1.0.0.4 microcode update for AMD Ryzen 3000 processors seems to enhance all-core boost clocks and improve boot times, according to preliminary test results. This update is in beta and will soon be seeded for all compatible Ryzen motherboards, but it does not yet contain all the improvements that are touted to be available in this microcode release.

MSI recently spoke about a new AGESA microcode update in the works that is slated to bring 100+ improvements to AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs. The AGESA 1.0.0.4 update is set to be released in November by all motherboard manufacturers for eligible AMD chipsets with some of them already offering beta versions of the update for testing. Going by preliminary reports, it looks like the new update will bring in some much needed all-core boosts along with reduced boot times.

The effect of AGESA 1.0.0.4 on all-core boost clocks was tested by ComputerBase on the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X CPU running on an ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 motherboard with PBO disabled and 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM using timings CL 14-14-14-34. While the earlier 1.0.0.3ABBA microcode could allow the Ryzen 7 3800X to run up to 4,245 MHz on all cores, the new 1.0.0.4 version allowed a further 1.9% higher boost up to 4,325 MHz. Single-core boost remained the same at 4,550 MHz. 

The AGESA 1.0.0.4 update also seems to have helped with faster boot timings. MSI recently claimed that the new microcode improves boot times by up to 20% when tested on hardware comprised of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, MSI MEG X570 Godlike motherboard, and dual 8 GB DDR4 memory. This claim was independently verified by HKEPC as well. Since booting into Windows can be affected by many variables, the boot time was measured as the time it takes to get into the motherboard's BIOS. 

If you are rocking an MSI X570 motherboard, you can flash it with the latest beta version of AGESA 1.0.0.4. However, we would suggest waiting a bit as the new microcode does not yet include the latest System Management Unit (SMU) firmware 46.54.xx or above. We also do not know what the so-called 100+ new improvements are and whether they will be restricted only to the X570 boards or not. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-10-26 (Update: 2019-10-26)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.