AMD BIOS Updates Arrive To Fix Ryzen TPM Stuttering Issue On Windows

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Have you or someone you know built an AMD Ryzen machine only to be frustrated with weird stuttering issues? These issues have always existed on some Ryzen systems, but it wasn’t until the release of Windows 11 that the issue came to the fore, as Windows 11 mandates the use of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

If you don’t have a physical TPM device, you can enable emulation of the feature through your system’s firmware, called “fTPM”. Ryzen machines support fTPM, but on some systems enabling it causes weird, periodic stutters that cause the whole machine to briefly hang up. These stutters not only interrupt the game, but all activity on the machine, including videos, music or just moving the mouse.

It was a wicked problem, but people narrowed it down to fTPM very early this year. You can solve the problem by installing a discrete physical TPM, but these may be in short supply after the scalpers bought remaining inventory due to the imminent launch of Windows 11 last year. You can also fix the problem by simply disabling fTPM support, which is probably what the majority of Ryzen users should do since they’re probably still using Windows 10. (Note that disabling fTPM support will make your machine unbootable if you use Bitlocker drive encryption!)
A discrete physical TPM. You’ve never seen one, have you?

AMD has announced that it believes it has found the root cause of the problem early March, but said firmware updates won’t be ready until early May. Indeed, some publishers have released updates that are supposed to fix the problem. Well now AMD has come out and said they have shipped fixed firmware with AGESA 1.2.0.7 version to motherboard manufacturers. Essentially, it’s in their hands now.

With that in mind, if you’re having this stuttering or just want to upgrade to Windows 11 and don’t want to suffer from stuttering, go to your motherboard manufacturer’s website and check for the latest update. BIOS update. Not all vendors have updated all cards, including this author’s ASRock X570 Taichi, which has yet to receive an update, but it seems that the majority of ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI cards using the X570 and B550 chipsets have been updated. Hopefully the rest can fix the new firmware soon.

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