Previously, it was reported that Ryzen 7000 series processors burn themselves “to death” under certain conditions. Gigabyte now claims it’s in the glove.
Motherboard manufacturers issue BIOS updates to prevent damage to Ryzen 7000 series CPUs related to excessive SoC voltage. Gigabyte assures that it complies with AMD’s recommended limit of 1.3 volts. They recommend using the HWiNFO software to monitor the CPU’s internal SOC voltage. Gigabyte has detected that the voltage on the AM5 motherboard remains below 1.3 volts.
Gigabyte posted YouTube videos showing critical HWINFO SVI3 readings that consistently stay below 1.3 volts. Instead, voltage sensor readings show spikes of up to 1.35 volts, which is well over AMD’s safe limit.
This means that Gigabyte’s motherboard readings do not reflect the actual SoC voltage being supplied to the CPU. The PWM output voltage is higher than the CPU’s internal SOC voltage due to several physical factors.
This is surprising, as voltage readings are generally considered more accurate than software readings. However, in this case the reading point does not show the correct value.
Discrepancies in voltage measurements may explain reports that claim some Asus motherboards are applying more than 1.3 volts to the SoC, even with an updated BIOS installed and limits enabled.
We will have to wait and see if the reports of damaged CPUs come down. Not everyone updates their motherboard’s BIOS and adjusts the voltage manually.
We recommend updating your BIOS if you’re using an AM5 motherboard, especially if you’re using the Ryzen 7000 Series X3D chip. If you don’t upgrade, at least manually set the SoC voltage below 1.3 volts just to be safe.