One of the most important problems that the Ryzen 7000 series has suffered has been, without a doubt, the long boot times on any PC, even those using high-performance SSD drives. This has an explanation, and it is the entire checking and loading process that the BIOS must carry out when we turn on the computer.
Luckily AMD has finally decided to take action on the matter, and has released a new update that introduces the AGESA 1006 microcode, and that is capable of nearly halve startup times from a PC based on the AM5 platform and equipped with a Ryzen 7000 processor. The first performance tests confirm this enormous improvement, and leave us very interesting values.
A PC with an ASUS ROG X670E HERO motherboard and BIOS 0805 (AGESA 1003) could take almost a minute to complete the boot process, and that same equipment updated to BIOS 1004 (AGESA 1006) performs the boot process in only 30 seconds. This means, as I told you before, that he has started twice as fast.
This new BIOS is also important because it is the one that introduces full support for the new AMD Ryzen 7000X3D, and therefore we must have it installed if we want our motherboard to properly recognize these processors. The main manufacturers of motherboards They already offer the corresponding update on their websitesand this one brings other important improvements that make it important and recommendable.
For example, in the case of the GIGABYTE X670E AORUS Master motherboard, a model that we had the opportunity to test just with the launch of the Ryzen 7000, BIOS F10a is the one that introduces the AGESA 1006 microcode, and it also comes with other important improvements, such as support for DDR5 memory modules with capacities of 24 and 48 GB, and fixes vulnerabilities at the TPM 2.0 level.
Updating the BIOS is something that still gives users a certain fear, but the truth is that It is a much simpler and safer process than a few years ago. Motherboards have evolved a lot in this regard, and certain BIOSes introduce such interesting changes that it is certainly worth taking a few minutes to update them. The case of the AGESA 1006 update would be a good example.
It is not necessary to constantly update the BIOS, that must also be made clear, in fact a PC can work without problems throughout its useful life even if the BIOS is never updated, but if we maintain that attitude we will end up missing important improvements that can improve the performance, support and security of our PC.