CPU THE PINNACLE OF SOLDERING
Intel has copped some flak recently for using less effective thermal paste under the integrated heater spreaders (IHS) on its high-end processors. Removing the IHS (“delidding”) to put better performing paste under the IHS has come into fashion of late with superenthusiasts, due to this, resulting in temperatures some 20°C cooler.
Using solder to directly connect the IHS to the CPU die is the muchpreferred attachment method when it’s done at the factory, and it turns out that Pinnacle Ridge, aka Ryzen 2, processors will get this treatment.
Being produced on a newer 12nm node (compared to the current 14nm) AMD should be looking to push Ryzen 2 clock speeds as hard as possible to close the gap to Intel’s superior single thread performance numbers.
Having 10°C to 20°C of extra headroom to play with will go a long way to achieving that goal.
AMD SENDING OUT FREE CPUS?
What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old question, but weirdly it’s the situation AMD currently finds itself in. Its current AM4 socket, as with most of AMD’s recent sockets, is designed to be forwards compatible. Most AM4 motherboards in circulation at the moment have unusable VGA/ HDMI/DVI etc outputs on them ready to accept future Ryzen processors with integrated graphics, like the recently launched Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. The problem is that the motherboards these processors slot into will have BIOSs in them older than the 2000 series processors and thus won’t boot up unless they get a BIOS update.
So how do you update the BIOS on a motherboard when you can’t boot it up with your new Ryzen 2200G/2400G?
Aside from the ideal USB port auto flashing usually found on high end Asus and Gigabyte boards, AMD recommends contacting the retailer you bought the motherboard from and ask them if they can update the BIOS for you. Alternatively, you can contact the motherboard manufacturer and submit an RMA request asking for an exchange for one with an updated BIOS.
Realising this will be a widespread issue in this transition period, AMD has moved to have all new motherboards that ship with a 2000 series compatible BIOS to have a “AMD Ryzen desktop 2000 ready” sticker placed on the box.
AMD is also offering a third DIY option. Dubbed a “boot kit” AMD will send out to you an old A6-9500 CPU (dual core 3.5GHz) compatible with all early BIOS versions that you can use to boot the system and update the BIOS to be compatible with your new 2000 series Ryzen.
Reports say AMD want the CPU sent back when you’re done (but oddly not the heatsink). If you find yourself in this catch twenty-two situation, visit this webpage to get started tinyurl.com/y8snd97v