MSI has released new beta firmware for its MEG X570 Unify motherboard that allows AMD users who have it paired with AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor to tweak the CPU, something that red team previously suggested wouldn’t be possible, having blocked off select adjustments that include frequency and core voltage. Svet, an administrator on the MSI forums, has confirmed that MSI’s new E7C35AMS firmware for the MEG X570 Unify unlocks the Vcore offset, Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO), and Curve Optimizer options. MSI has reportedly recommended enthusiasts not to overclock their Ryzen 7 5800X3D, but Svet shared some Cinebench R23 screenshots that indicate some level of gain, including 4.7% higher multi-core performance. Single-core performance increases had a margin of less than 1%, however.
Before the Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s launch, AMD had confirmed that overclocking was off the table. The chipmaker blocked all frequency and core voltage adjustment options from the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, so that owners won’t see any of those options inside the motherboard’s BIOS. Unfortunately, that also leaves out the opportunity to undervolt the processor. Nonetheless, some AMD motherboards on the market come with an external clock generator that reportedly allows you to overclock the BCLK on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.