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AMD Ryzen memory troubles to be eased with new motherboard beta BIOS updates

AMD Ryzen new microcode

A post on Gigabyte’s own US forums claims a new update will fix the current flaky memory compatibility blighting some AM4 boards and some Ryzen CPUs. When? Well, it should appear in the next round of beta BIOS updates.

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Currently it can be a bit of a lottery as to which boards play nicely with which memory, and the same can be said for the processors themselves. When I was testing the Ryzen 5 1600X against the R5 1500X the excellent hex-core chip easily managed to operate with its DDR4 memory running at 3,000MHz while the quad-core chip could only reach 2,667MHz with the same Crucial DIMM kit. Yeah, awkward.

The post by one of Gigabyte’s US technical marketeers though claims the AGESA microcode update will beef up Ryzen’s memory compatibility with over twenty new memory kits registered with automatic support out-of-the-box. There are other fixes in the upcoming code, but at least for us the memory compatibility is the most interesting.

Just to recap these are the other issues reportedly also being worked on:

*For those looking for IOMMU fixes we are hopefully going to have an option to force boot off a specific PCIe slot. Its not the grouping fix, but a work around for now.
*Disable LAN (Per request)
Disable Audio (Per request)
"ROM Image update" (Being worked on with AMI, no ETA)
Cold boot / Wont boot. Have to re-flash BIOS. (people have referred to this as "soft brick")
*AGESA 1006 -  improve memory (Got high hopes for this one. Going to enable 20+ memory register)
(Edit) P-State overclocking / downclocking while overclocked.

* Should be included in next round of BETA BIOS - but no promises, just the latest I heard from our BIOS guys.

The latest microcode update from April was the AGESA release, so if the post is accurate then this update is what the engineers are working on for the release after next (which I would expect to be Quite when the next round of beta BIOS releases is going to be though is still up for debate, so we may be waiting a while for to surface.

Thanks Hardware.Info

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10 Months ago

When it comes to memory compatibility, testing on the same motherboard with different chips should result in the memory working the same. If it doesn't work on some chips, checking the memory voltage, as well as the SOC voltage may be the reason. Using a SOC voltage of 1.15 volts and setting that value instead of "Auto" may help with these issues. Making sure the voltage is set to 1.35 volts for the memory is also useful.

Mind you, the AGESA update SHOULD fix most of these issues once it comes out and is incorporated in BIOS updates, but for the moment, knowing how to manually adjust voltages, and what numbers are good can REALLY come in handy.

I will note that is the AGESA version that most of us have been waiting on when it comes to memory support, especially those with Hynix based RAM. It has been scheduled for a "May" release for a while now.