AMD has confirmed that it is looking into those recent and worrying reports of AM5 motherboards and Ryzen 7000X3D Series processors burning up and suffering from permanent damage. In a statement received by AnandTech, AMD said that it is actively investigating the situation, and while the company didn’t go so far as to confirm what the root cause is and who is to blame, it did encourage those who have been impacted by the issue to contact customer support. GIGABYTE and BIOSTAR are apparently aware of the situation, both having released new BIOS updates today that include voltage limiters, or, as the former might describe it, a “more secure range of SOC voltage settings.”
“We are aware of a limited number of reports online claiming that excess voltage while overclocking may have damaged the motherboard socket and pin pads,” reads AMD’s statement. “We are actively investigating the situation and are working with our ODM partners to ensure voltages applied to Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs via motherboard BIOS settings are within product specifications. Anyone whose CPU may have been impacted by this issue should contact AMD customer support.”
From a GIGABYTE press release:
Since the highly-expected AMD Ryzen 7000X3D-series CPUs launched by AMD, GIGABYTE has provided the best quality AM5 motherboards to unleash the performance of these best gaming processors. GIGABYTE always work closely with AMD to ensure our motherboard design within AMD’s guidelines and provide supreme performance with reliability from all aspect. To consistently deliver the most remarkable and solid platform, GIGABYTE release the new beta BIOS regarding to the recent concerns of potential motherboard damaged issues with Ryzen 7000X3D-series CPUs.
The latest beta BIOS provides a more secure range of SOC voltage settings to reduce the risk of CPU damage due to over-voltage settings. Meanwhile, through the GIGABYTE exclusive Performance Bung in the BIOS option, users can easily optimize the tuning process of CPU voltage setting, while obtain the optimal CPU voltage by AMD PBO2 option, which both help to unleash the foremost performance of Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs.
The latest beta BIOS is available now, please visit the GIGABYTE website to download for the optimal performance.
From a BIOSTAR press release:
BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, has released a new BIOS update for its X670E VALKYRIE, RACING B650EGTQ, and B650M-SILVER motherboards. This update aims to limit the voltages of AMD Ryzen 7000X3D processors, ensuring improved CPU security.
Recent reports suggest that AMD Ryzen 7000X3D processors are prone to physical damage when overclocked with voltage assistance. This has prompted motherboard vendors to rush BIOS updates with voltage limiters, and BIOSTAR is no exception.
The new BIOS update from BIOSTAR restricts direct voltage to CPU Vcore Voltage, CPU SOC Voltage, and CPU MISC Voltage, preventing over-voltage and reducing the risk of damage to the 7000X3D series CPUs. Additionally, BIOSTAR also has PBO (Precision Boot Overdrive, Default: Auto) function to provide the best performance for 7000X3D series CPUs even under Voltage restrictions.
Supported models and BIOS list below: