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AMD releases Ryzen power plan with chipset driver update

AMD releases Ryzen power plan with chipset driver update

AMD has officially released its Ryzen Balanced Power Plan for Windows 10 as part of a chipset driver bundle, improving the power-efficient performance of its Zen architecture on Windows 10.

AMD has completed testing of its 'Ryzen Balanced Power Plan' for Windows 10, and is making it available as a standard option for all as part of its latest chipset driver update.

AMD's Zen microarchitecture, as implemented in its latest Ryzen processors, is a distinct departure from the chips the company has been churning out for the past decade. A major feature of the architecture is SenseMI, unveiled back in December last year: a mass of sensors linked to five core technologies designed to improve performance and keep power draw to a minimum. A lack of support for these chip-borne smarts has been blamed for everything from odd performance glitches to higher-than-expected power draw, and earlier this month AMD announced a Ryzen-specific power plan for Windows 10 which it claimed could fix those problems.

Replacing the default 'Balanced' power plan - and thus having no impact when Windows 10 is set to its highest-performance mode - the new plan was claimed to boost responsiveness to a point where performance can equal that of the 'High Performance' power plan yet still downshift quickly to save power once you've stopped running CPU-intensive tasks. At the time, AMD offered the plan for manual installation and solicited feedback on its efficacy; now, the company believes it is ready for prime-time use and has accordingly made it a standard feature of the AMD Chipset Drivers 17.10 package.

Compatible with Ryzen chips running on the A320, B350, and X370, the new power plan is automatically installed upon upgrading the chipset drivers. The bundle is available to download now from AMD's official website.

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maverik-sg1 28th April 2017, 11:06 Quote
It's great to see this development work ongoing, we all waited a long time for Ryzen and it's not disappointed (in the whole).

Not everyone needs (or benefits from) more than 4 cores. I hope Ryzen 2 brings more efficiency to allow for overclocks to bring single threaded performance versus Intel Quad cores (even if it's just for 4c/8t units)
leexgx 1st May 2017, 23:37 Quote
It's very close to Intel performance (say 4th gen i7 at single threaded performance) within 10% of a 6-7th gen

Strongly considering the ryzen as that many cores is useful to me, but single threaded is also important (less so) for some Games that I have that are still limited by single core speeds
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