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

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In SeptemberAMD has added support for basic CPU overclocking to its graphics drivers. If you had a Ryzen 5000-series CPU and wanted to take advantage of the extra performance, this automatic overclocking feature could save you the download 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 said Tom’s Hardware that “an issue in AMD’s software suite” caused the feature to begin “adjusting certain AMD processor settings for some users.” Because the CPU overclocking feature actually changes settings in your system’s BIOS, this means 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-supplied tools like Ryzen master or using features advertised by AMD such as Precision Boost Overdrive (although, anecdotalthis policy is not consistently enforced).

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

Accordingly Tests by Igor’s Lab and from Users on the AMD subreddit, the error seems to be thrown 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 an update or reverting to a previous driver version may prevent or resolve the issue.

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