It appears that AMD's upcoming AGESA 184.108.40.206 micrcode (think of a microcode as being like CPU firmware) not only improves the all-core boost clock speed (opens in new tab) for AMD Ryzen 3000-series (opens in new tab) chips, but also delivers shorter boot times.
MSI has deployed new firmwares with the AGESA 220.127.116.11 Patch B microcode for its X570 motherboards (opens in new tab). The company is touting improvement in boot times by up to 20%. MSI's test system used the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (opens in new tab) CPU, MSI's MEG X570 Godlike motherboard and a pair of 8GB DDR4 memory (opens in new tab) modules (brand not specified).
Hong Kong media HKEPC (opens in new tab) 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 18.104.22.168 Patch B||AGESA 22.214.171.124 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 (opens in new tab) is dependent on a number of factors, MSI and HKEPC measured the time it takes to get inside the motherboard's BIOS (opens in new tab) instead.
On the AGESA 126.96.36.199 ABBA microcode, HKEPC registered a boot time of 22 seconds. When HKEPC switched over to the AGESA 188.8.131.52 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 184.108.40.206 ABBA microcode, the MEG X570 Godlike motherboard took 34 seconds to boot up. The boot time decreased to 26 seconds on the AGESA 220.127.116.11 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.