AMD updates 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs to fix power state, Destiny 2 launch issues

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A new chipset update for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs (opens in new tab) is now available.
  • The update adjusts the AMD Balanced power plan to address "anomalous behavior" exhibited by some "low CPU load" applications that make requests for the highest performance and power state from the processor.
  • This update also includes a beta workaround for application launch issues with Destiny 2.

In a community update post released today, AMD announced a new chipset driver is available for its 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, which just hit stores this month. The updated driver is meant to address "anomalous behavior" seen in some performance monitoring utilities when a low CPU load application would request more power and performance from the processor.

From AMD:

Our analysis indicates that certain pieces of popular software, which are widely considered to be "low CPU load" applications, frequently make indirect requests for the highest performance and power state from the processor.Third Gen Ryzen is designed to be extremely responsive to requests for higher performance, and this has led to some of the anomalous behavior observed with high voltages and clockspeeds in monitoring utilities. Our solution is to adjust the AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan to address these cases under light loads, without changing the processor's ability to respond to sustained workloads like games and content creation.

The new chipset driver comes in at version number 1.07.29, and is available for download now. Along with the new driver, AMD has updated its Ryzen Master utility with "new voltage and temperature reporting methodologies that more realistically demonstrate CPU behavior."

If you've been experiencing issues launching Destiny 2 with AMD's latest chips, the new chipset driver also contains a workaround for that. The workaround is considered to be "beta" right now, so there may still be issues, however.

The chipset driver and Ryzen Master updates are available for download at the AMD community site now, along with a more comprehensive look at the issues and how AMD addressed them.

AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen processors are also now available to buy starting at $200 (opens in new tab). For more, check out our review of the top-end Ryzen 9 3900X as well.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl