Cyberpunk 2077 and AMD Ryzen CPUs haven’t had the best relationship, but it’s been a rocky road with CD Projekt Red’s sci-fi RPG and lots of gaming PC hardware, to be honest. Unfortunately, the most recent Cyberpunk 2077 patch aimed at improving AMD processors still leaves some performance on the table with 8, 12, and 16-core CPUs. Luckily, there’s a community fix that actually solves the problem.
Last week, we reported that a Cyberpunk 2077 update finally fixes stuttering bug on AMD CPUs. Well, that issue may have been solved, but it turns out there’s a longstanding issue with AMD Ryzen processors that’s stopping gamers from getting the most out of their hardware. Way back on December 19, 2020, CD Projekt Red issued a hotfix to sort out SMT thread utilization. However, it only targeted 4-core and 6-core processors, with “8-core, 12-core and 16-core processors… behaving as intended.”
Well, according to research by PC Games Hardware, higher core CPUs are very much not working as intended. The problem with SMT threads apparently persists in 8-core and above processors, but can be remedied “by making a small modification to the game’s executable file.” And this change can boost your fps by up to 40%.
Image credits: PC Games Hardware
PC Games Hardware claim: “The image on the left shows the current state of the game, version 1.63. The image on the right was created with the Ryzen Fix. To do this, the game’s executable file was modified using the HEX editor. Only then are the SMT threads properly addressed. Note how the clock frequency drops slightly, the package power increases and we already have 11 fps more from the start.”
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