Asus have lately launched a slew of BIOS updates to their AM4 motherboards which ship an improve to the AGESA 1071 customary particularly “for new upcoming processors.” AMD haven’t formally introduced any new desktop chips, so may this modification be for the AMD Raven Ridge APUs or for subsequent yr’s 12nm Ryzen replace, Pinnacle Ridge?
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Tom’s Hardware noticed the updates final evening although, as they level out, AGESA microcode modifications aren’t in of themselves surprising. But what’s unusual is that Asus are explicitly stating that that is purely so their boards can help the brand new processors. The AGESA procotcol is the little bit of code constructed into the BIOS which will get the processors operating with all their cores, threads, and that pretty, pretty reminiscence.
The massive query although is, what are these new processors? The sensible cash could be on the brand new AGESA replace being required to get the brand new Raven Ridge APUs working fortunately on the desktop AM4 platform. Because they’re a hitherto unused desktop mixture of Vega and Zen cores they’re positively going to wish some contemporary microcode to get them operational on the present AM4 chipsets.
They’re additionally extra prone to be prepared ahead of the 12nm Pinnacle Ridge replace to the Ryzen processor vary. Raven Ridge has already hit the cabinets, underneath the guise of Ryzen Mobile, in a small number of laptops and so it could make sense for the discrete APUs to be on their manner quickly.
But there have been rumours of Pinnacle Ridge arriving in our motherboards as early as February 2018, so possibly Asus are simply laying some very early groundwork.