Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the performance analysis of the new AGESA BIOS from AMD. We will be using the latest version (AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 126.96.36.199 + SMU 46.61) which is designed for the ASRock B550 Taichi motherboard, and can be downloaded from their website.
With the new firmware, AMD has added virtualization-related features, as well as new memory-related parameters. The latter, allows for more memory speed options (including higher XMP profiles), better memory compatibility, and improved memory overclocking capabilities. It’s also improved on the power saving functionality, as well as fixing some vulnerabilities too.
What is AMD AGESA?
AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA), is a procedure library developed by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), used to perform the Platform Initialization (PI) on mainboards using their AMD64 architecture. As part of the BIOS of such mainboards, AGESA is responsible for the initialization of the processor cores, memory, and the HyperTransport controller.
It will be interesting to see how the new BIOS will perform against the original default first release. I’m expecting better compatibility in terms of XMP profiles, as well as an improvement in the overall performance of the motherboard.
For our tests, we used a test rig which includes the ASRock B550 Taichi Motherboard, along with an AMD Ryzen 7 – 3700X at default clock speed of 3.6GHz (turbo boost 4.4GHz), as well as 16GB of XPG Spectrix D60G (DDR4-3600) ram in dual channel mode.
All tests were conducted at turbo clock speeds at a resolution of 1920×1080. High or Ultra settings enabled.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 – 3700X (Matisse) @ 3.6GHz / Boost @ 4.4GHz|
|Cooling||Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 AIO|
|Motherboard||ASRock B550 Taichi|
|Ram||16GB of XPG Spectrix D60G (DDR4-3600)|
|SSD/HDD||Adata XPG Gammix S50 – 1TB SSD (PCIE Gen4x4)|
|PSU||Thermaltake ToughPower 750W|
|VGA card||Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core 8GB GDDR6|
|Nvidia Drivers||Latest GeForce Drivers – WHQL|
|BIOS||AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 188.8.131.52 + SMU 46.61|
BIOS: AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 184.108.40.206 + SMU 46.61
We tested the motherboard with two BIOSes … the first release default BIOS (AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 220.127.116.11) and the latest Beta BIOS (AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 18.104.22.168 + SMU 46.61). You can download the latest BIOS here.
ASRock Beta version BIOS are designed for the users who are seeking to achieve the best performance out of their PCs such as gamers, overclocking lovers and PC enthusiasts. However, we don’t recommend users to update BIOS while the system is running well. For any damages caused by improper operation of downloading or updating BIOS, ASRock assumes no responsibility.
Visit ASRock’s website for more information.
There will be two columns shown in our benchmarks. The first column will show the scores using the original first release default BIOS (AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 22.214.171.124) and the second column will show the results using the latest Beta BIOS (AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 126.96.36.199 + SMU 46.61).
You’ll notice that the new BIOS offers a slightly better overall performance. More importantly ASRock claims that the new BIOS offer better support and compatibility with a wider range of DDR4 memory, as well as higher XMP profiles. We recommend you update the motherboard with the latest BIOS. I’ll let the numbers do all the talking …
The BIOS allows us to select the highest XMP profile available. In our tests, we used a pair of XPG Spectrix D60G (DDR4-3600) 8GB memory modules, give us a total of 16GB.
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