The AMD Ryzen series is new in the market and so is the AMD AM4 platform. It is possible that some things that you know do not apply to this new platform and in order to get everything up and running properly, we have made a guide to help you make an AMD Ryzen gaming PC.
You will also find tips that you can follow to get the most out of your system.
Update To The Latest Firmware
Hardware is nothing without software. It is important that you are running the latest version of firmware on your system. The updated ROMs will support Windows 10 tickless kernel. These will also improve the reliability and stability of your AMD Ryzen gaming PC.
AMD Ryzen chips like fast system memory which means that you will be able to take advantage of higher frequency RAM. One thing to keep in mind is that the AMD Ryzen CPUs do not have memory dividers for DDR4-3000 or DDR4-3400. If you are looking for faster RAM then you should check out 3200 or 3500 MT/s option that is available.
Each motherboard has different specs and has different capabilities, in order to take advantage of these added features be sure to check out the BIOS settings. The following RAM is known to work well with AMD Ryzen:
- Geil EVO X – GEX416GB3200C16DC [16-16-16-36 @ 1.35v]
- G.Skill Trident Z – F4-3200C16D-16GTZR [16-18-18-36 @ 1.35v]
- Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 VERSION 5.39 [16-18-18-36 @ 1.35v]
Power Plan Usage
You should use the high performance power plan for your AMD Ryzen gaming PC this will make the idle cores available for scheduling and make your experience smoother as compared to the balanced preset.
Zen architecture is made such that it can alter the frequency of cores. If you are gaming on the balanced preset then it could take a while for the frequencies to change automatically. These are a few reasons why the high performance preset is recommended for gaming.
You should not have CPU temperature monitoring software of other performance monitoring tools running in the background while gaming. Not having these running in the background will have a positive result on gaming and other programs.
Putting These Methods To The Test
What kind of performance can you expect when using all the mentioned methods and tips? Let’s answer that question for you here and now. The following hardware has been used for the benchmark:
- AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (8C16T/3.6-4.0GHz)
- 16GB G.Skill (2×8) DDR4-3200
- Clocked to 2133MT/s: 15-15-15-35-1t
- Clocked to 2933MT/s: 14-14-14-30-1t
- ASUS Crosshair VI Hero (5704 BIOS)
- 1x AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The following is the performance that you can get with the above-mentioned hardware and all the tips that we have told you to get the most out of your AMD Ryzen gaming PC.
These tips will help you get the most out of your AMD Ryzen gaming PC. Hope these prove to be of help to you in your future and current builds.