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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.


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 started­nd97v

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