AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

Conclusion

AMD AGESA update 1.0.0.6 - Do BIOS updates matter?

Conclusion

In the past BIOS updates were not recommended very often, especially if your system was already fully functional. Updating a BIOS used to be a very risky process but today it is now much simpler thanks to utilities like ASUS' EZ Flash that are built into most modern UEFIs.  

With Ryzen, we have already seen that BIOS updates can have a noteworthy impact, with AGESA 1.0.0.4 decreasing memory latency and AGESA 1.0.0.6 giving some minor speed boosts across a wide range of applications. While with AGESA version 1.0.0.6 these performance changes are minor, it must be remembered that these boosts are achieved with no hardware changes or software changes outside of ASUS' UEFI.

In 3DMARK and in Gears of War 4 we can see a noteworthy increase in benchmark scores, which while all less than 5% is still faster than what we were dealing with before the update. Ryzen has not changed here and neither has Windows or any of the benchmarks or games that we have tested, making the small boosts almost seem like magic. 

AMD's optimisations in their AGESA code are having a positive impact on system performance, which combined with feature improvements like improved DDR4 compatibility and new memory timing/sub-timing options are making Ryzen more attractive platform with each and every update. 

On the memory side, AGESA 1.0.0.6 offers users improved DDR4 compatibility, with our test system now booting with DIMMs that previously only greeted us with a black screen and a reboot cycle. That being said memory support is still not perfect but it is true that a lot more DDR4 kits are working now than previously. Those who are looking to build a Ryzen-based system should check their chosen motherboard's QVL list for compatible memory before making any purchases.

AGESA 1.0.0.6 may be seen as a minor update by many, but it certainly is more than enough to fill us with excitement. We have already seen performance boosts with no physical hardware changes on our Crosshair VI Hero motherboard and this is only scratching the surface of what AGESA 1.0.0.6 allows us to do. 

The biggest change with this new update is the inclusion of new memory multipliers and sub-timing options in the BIOS, which opens up several more avenues that could give Ryzen users an additional speed boost. Will 3466MHz or 3600+MHz memory allow for even higher levels of system performance in games and productivity tasks? 

To make a long story short, ASUS' latest BIOS, when combined with AMD's AGESA 1.0.0.6 code, offers end users a noteworthy increase in system performance which while minor is certainly worth taking advantage of. Will AMD continue to give Ryzen users a boost with future AGESA updates? I guess we will have to wait and see. 

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's AGESA 1.0.0.6 update and ASUS' 9945 Beta BIOS for the Crosshair VI Hero on the OC3D Forums

 

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27-05-2017, 14:50:58

stealth80
Shame you didn't run those gaming benches with faster ram. The main selling point of Agesa 1006 is access to faster than 3200mhz ram speeds and as we all know - that has a massive effect on the latency across the infinity fabric, especially in gaming.

Any chance of running those 3 games @ 1080P again with maybe 3400, 3600 and 4000mhz ram? Of course that is if the board/CPU are actually able to run the ram at those speeds.Quote

27-05-2017, 15:04:30

WYP
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Originally Posted by stealth80 View Post
Shame you didn't run those gaming benches with faster ram. The main selling point of Agesa 1006 is access to faster than 3200mhz ram speeds and as we all know - that has a massive effect on the latency across the infinity fabric, especially in gaming.

Any chance of running those 3 games @ 1080P again with maybe 3400, 3600 and 4000mhz ram? Of course that is if the board/CPU are actually able to run the ram at those speeds.
This is something that we are looking into. Sadly right now we do not have faster DDR4 to test with, but we are working on acquiring some.

To put it simply this testing is to see if there are any performance benefits from this new update without any hardware changes. From here we will be looking deeper into this new BIOS options and conduct further testing to see where we can gain additional performance.

This testing will act as a platform from which more in-depth testing can be done, hopefully allowing everyone to learn a little more about Ryzen in the process.Quote

27-05-2017, 15:10:44

stealth80
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
This is something that we are looking into. Sadly right now we do not have faster DDR4 to test with, but we are working on acquiring some.

To put it simply this testing is to see if there are any performance benefits from this new update without any hardware changes. From here we will be looking deeper into this new BIOS options and conduct further testing to see where we can gain additional performance.

This testing will act as a platform from which more in-depth testing can be done, hopefully allowing everyone to learn a little more about Ryzen in the process.

Nice, thanks!

In the meantime, I will just sit here and wait for Agesa 1006 to release for the Gigabyte Gaming 5, contrary to some articles online, the current beta bios for gaming 5 is based on Agesa 1005 Quote

27-05-2017, 16:46:45

AngryGoldfish
3000-3200Mhz memory is still likely to be the sweet spot though. That's what I predict anyway. And even if performance scales well past 3200Mhz, the price increase, the low availability, and the high timings for high speed memory might put people off.Quote

27-05-2017, 21:35:20

Celt
I'm running 3466 MHz stable, 3600 Mhz stable for all but stress tests.

Oh and by the way, unless those Corsair sticks are Hynix chips, you should probably not be using 9945, which is really for 4 sticks or some HYnix cases. The recommended version for two sticks of Samsung would be 9943, which should result in better results.Quote
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