AMD Ryzen Master
AMD Ryzen Master is a free program from AMD, it is useful for users with AMD Ryzen processors. This tool allows you to track a number of system parameters in the present time, adjust the processor performance (including overclocking the integrated Radeon Vega graphics), and also provides users with a number of overclocking tools, including managing the CPU and memory supply voltage, adjusting the chipset voltage, managing memory timings, and much more.
Key features of the app:
- the ability to save up to four user profiles of clock speed and voltage settings for both the Ryzen CPU and DDR4 memory;
managing core allocation and configuring temporary memory modes;
- the presence of the Dynamic Local Mode function, which automatically improves performance in individual applications and games;
- Radeon Vega integrated graphics overclocking;
- the ability to roll back to the default settings at any time;
real-time system monitoring;
- a histogram of the clock frequency and temperature for each core, including their average and peak values.
The program window can be divided into four parts:
- The top panel — it has a Reset button, it is designed to reset the settings to the default state, Settings — to open the settings and Help-to open the help. Information about the program is also available here. There will also be buttons for applying the settings. In the upper-left corner there is an Expand button that allows you to view a graph of changes in the temperature and frequency of the processor.
- Information Panel — Under the top panel, there is another panel with information about the current temperature, core frequency, and power consumption.
- Workspace — here you will find the main switches and settings with which you will overclock the processor. The first profile is read only so nothing can be changed yet;
- Bottom panel — allows you to select a profile with settings. There are four profiles available: Game mode, Creator mode, Profile 1 and Profile 2. There are also buttons for saving the profile and exporting it.
Current processor status
First of all, you need to evaluate the current state of the processor. To do this, take a look at the information panel. Here are the following parameters:
- Temperature — the current temperature of the processor;
- Peak Speed — the maximum processor frequency for the last time;
- PPT or Total Socket Power — the total power consumption of the CPU socket, displayed as a percentage of the maximum capacity of the motherboard;
- TDC or Thermal Design Current — expressed as a percentage of the maximum capability of the motherboard. It is an indicator of the current current strength in relation to the current strength that will lead to increased heat generation;
- EDC or Electrical Design Current — represents the maximum current value in a short period of time. It is also expressed as a percentage in relation to the capabilities of the motherboard.
- PTC or Proccessor Thermal Control — shows the temperature at which the processor clock speed will be reduced to protect against overheating (trottling).
Using these parameters, you can already determine whether you have the ability to overclock the processor. If the CPU temperature is already too high (80 C is already a lot), then you should first think about the best cooling system. And if the PPT power consumption indicator reaches peak values, then it may be worth using a motherboard with a stronger power supply. It is also advisable to run some CPU stress test, and see how these parameters change. You can view changes in temperature and frequency using the Expand button:
Selecting a profile
Let’s say you are convinced that everything is fine and the processor can be tried to overclock. The current profile cannot be edited. Let’s choose profile 1, just click on it in the lower panel.:
As you can see, many items have become active and you can change them.
The first thing we can do is turn the cores on and off. The line where the frequency of each core was displayed became active. Here, the cores are divided into two blocks, CX1 and CSS 2. The gold asterisk indicates the fastest core. Silver-the second fastest. And the silver dots indicate the next fastest cores within a single block.
To disable the kernel, simply click on the green button of the desired kernel. Ryzen Master will tell you that the kernel is disabled.
You can enable it in the same way. Please note that the settings are not applied immediately. To apply them, you need to save and apply the profile.
Setting the CPU frequency
To be able to change the processor frequency, select Manual in the Control Mode section.
Now you can set the frequency and voltage for each core separately or for all at once. To do this, simply click on the core or click the All Cores button. To change the frequency, use the up and down arrow buttons.
For example, I set a frequency of 4.2 GHz and a voltage of 1.40625 volts. I took these values from the current Turbo Boost profile. In fact, I increased the frequency by 50 MHz, and left the voltage as it was. Overclocking the Ryzen Master or any other way is about finding the perfect balance between frequency and voltage. AMD recommends using their processors with a voltage of 1.35 volts, an increase in voltage to 1.4 volts is acceptable, and an increase to 1.5 and higher leads to a reduction in the life of the processor and its failure.
When overclocking, you need to increase the frequency in increments of 25-50 MHz and save and test the processor operation. If everything is fine, increase the frequency further, and if not, increase the voltage with a minimum step. There is no point in giving any standard values in the article, since each processor has its own values, and if you use my parameters, you risk breaking your hardware.
Applying the profile
To apply the newly created profile, first save it. To do this, click the Save Profile button on the bottom panel:
Then, click the Apply button on the top panel. After clicking this button, the settings are immediately applied. You can see the result in hwinfo64:
You can also click the Apply and test button so that the program immediately performs a stress test of the new configuration.
The built-in stress test utility does not always find problems, so it is better to use a third-party program, such as Intel inBurn Test. Then, as I said above, if everything is good, you can accelerate further. If the computer freezes, restarts, or the program reports an error, then you need to increase the voltage. If there is no place to raise it, then it is impossible to disperse it further.
But it is important to note that Ryzen Master does not save your settings after a reboot. This program exists so that you can check the configuration here and now. Once you are done and everything is in order, you will either need to apply the desired profile each time after the system restarts, or set the selected values in the BIOS. So overclocking via Ryzen Master is a convenient thing, but you still have to save the settings somewhere else.