Earlier this week, reports began surfacing over how some vendors and their AMD X570 motherboard were allegedly “misreporting” crucial telemetry and performance data to the accompanying Ryzen CPU. In light of this, AMD has released its official statement in regards to the matter.
In a letter to Tom’s Hardware, the CPU maker says that it was aware of the claims that were initially brought to light via an update in the monitoring tool, HWinfo. And that it was looking into the “accuracy of these reports”.
For the unversed, HWinfo recently launched an updated version of its monitoring tool that reportedly “exposes” how some X570 motherboard vendors were knowingly and secretly sending crucial system performance to AMD Ryzen CPUs, that in turn caused them to boost their performance. In essence, it’s a move similar to overclocking, but in this case, it’s being done both within the system’s stock settings and without the user’s knowledge.
Just like overclocking as well, forcing the Ryzen CPU to continuously run at a higher-than-average numbers causes the processor to draw more power, generate heat, and as a result, reduce the lifespan of the Ryzen CPU. As previously reported by one HWinfo forum member, the offending motherboard could effectively make the processor consumer twice the power of its set limits. Even while running at stock.
In any case, AMD has assured its users of its Ryzen CPUs and accompanying X570 motherboards that despite these reports, the internal safeguards it has put into place should prevent the misreported telemetry data from impacting the hardware.