It appears that AMD's upcoming AGESA 188.8.131.52 micrcode (think of a microcode as being like CPU firmware) not only improves the all-core boost clock speed for AMD Ryzen 3000-series chips, but also delivers shorter boot times.
MSI has deployed new firmwares with the AGESA 184.108.40.206 Patch B microcode for its X570 motherboards. The company is touting improvement in boot times by up to 20%. MSI's test system used the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, MSI's MEG X570 Godlike motherboard and a pair of 8GB DDR4 memory modules (brand not specified).
Hong Kong media HKEPC tested MSI's latest firmware on the over-engineered MEG X570 Godlike motherboard, and the reported results were in line with MSI's figures.
|Header Cell - Column 0||AGESA 220.127.116.11 Patch B||AGESA 18.104.22.168 ABBA||Improvement|
|Boot up system after CLEAR CMOS||25 seconds||33 seconds||24.2%|
|Save and exit (F10)||16 seconds (Boot up to BIOS)||23 seconds (Boot up to BIOS)||30.4%|
|Normally boot up system||16 seconds (Boot up to BIOS)||23 seconds (Boot up to BIOS)||30.4%|
Since the time your PC takes to boot into Windows is dependent on a number of factors, MSI and HKEPC measured the time it takes to get inside the motherboard's BIOS instead.
On the AGESA 22.214.171.124 ABBA microcode, HKEPC registered a boot time of 22 seconds. When HKEPC switched over to the AGESA 126.96.36.199 microcode, the boot time went down to 17 seconds, a 22.7% improvement.
The publication also measured the boot times after clearing the motherboard's CMOS. With the current AGESA 188.8.131.52 ABBA microcode, the MEG X570 Godlike motherboard took 34 seconds to boot up. The boot time decreased to 26 seconds on the AGESA 184.108.40.206 microcode, a 23.5% reduction.
The new firmware is available as of today for MSI X570 motherboards. MSI 400-series Max motherboard owners will get theirs in the middle of November, while MSI 400-and 300-series motherboard users have to wait until the end of November.
Oh wait, it has been almost 4 months since ryzens launch and yet msi still hasnt released an alpha bios with ryzen 3000 support.Apparently they literally dont care about people with older boards.
So i dont expect any more bioses.
I'd already be surfing the 2nd website by then...!
Seriously, is it REALLY that big of a deal that your system can POST in 16 seconds instead of 20? Four seconds of your life, really? How many hours of human resources went into producing that? Geezis, there's got to be some other performance related aspect of the system that would benefit in a far more frequent and noticeable way that they could put their time into, rather than this.
People sit and stare at nothing, on random sites, or spend hours searching for something actually interesting in a sea of stupidity, but they lose their marbles if the system takes 20 seconds to boot.
It's just like when I ask WHY did you buy that NVME drive? So I could shave off two seconds from my boot times. Seriously? You spent 100-140 bucks so you could save TWO SECONDS on the rare occasion you have to restart or shut down? Ridiculous.
So this is really good news. A fast boot up time makes all the difference between "just a sec. let me check something on the computer real quick" vs. "ahh forget it, lets go. I don't want to wait for that stupid thing to boot".
Or the more common scenario: Your game hard crashes, and you need to power cycle and get back into the game immediately. Every second matters.