New AMD Update Reportedly Fixes Ryzen 7000X3D Burnouts


Earlier this month, reports of AMD Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs burning holes in motherboards swept the internet. Now, AMD says that it’s issued a new BIOS update to its partners that fixes the problem.

In a statement provided to The Verge, AMD spokesperson Matthew Hurtwitz said the following: “We have root caused the issue and have already distributed a new [AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture] that puts measures in place on certain power rails on AM5 motherboards to prevent the CPU from operating beyond its specification limits, including a cap on SOC voltage at 1.3V.”

Though the actual cause of the issue hasn’t been confirmed publicly, it seems to be related to running these CPUs at a higher voltage, which is a part of manual overclocking. Ryzen X3D chips are supposed to have a hard-coded voltage limit, and exceeding that limit would cause instability and other issues.

If you have an AM5 socket motherboard, keep an eye out for the latest BIOS update to drop, and definitely install it. If you’re suffering from the issue, AMD says that its customer support service will prioritize such cases. In other processor news, AMD recently announced new processors for handheld gaming, which will support devices like the upcoming Asus ROG Ally.