AMD’s GPU drivers are overclocking some Ryzen processors without asking

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Back in September , AMD added support for simple CPU overclocking to its graphics drivers. If you had a Ryzen 5000-series CPU and wanted to benefit from a bit of extra performance, this auto-overclocking function could save you from needing to download the more complex Ryzen Master utility , and the overclock would be conservative enough that it probably wouldn’t cause system instability or other issues.

The problem for some users is that this auto-overclocking feature has become too automated—that is, it’s changing systems’ overclocking settings whether users want it in order to or not.

An AMD representative told Tom’s Hardware that “an issue in the particular AMD software suite” caused typically the feature to begin “adjusting certain ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES processor settings for some users. ” Because the CPU overclocking feature is actually changing configurations in your system’s BIOS, that will means it can change overclocking options that users have changed themselves and apply an overclock where there was no overclock before. That second bit could be especially problematic since overclocking processors generally voids AMD’s CPU warranty, even when you’re using AMD-provided tools like Ryzen Master or using AMD-advertised features like Precision Boost Overdrive (though, anecdotally , this policy isn’t consistently enforced).

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