It’s perhaps safe to say that Microsoft hasn’t had the smoothest of launches after making Windows 11 available for the general public. In case you missed it, while it was unavoidable for Windows 11 to have a number of bugs here and there, one major concern was that it seemingly significantly held back AMD processors, even though they were previously labelled as Windows 11-compatible.
Funnily enough, the last Windows 11 update actually made those issues worse, but thankfully there’s now some new updates from both Microsoft as well as Team Red to address the problems. For a start, AMD has released a new chipset driver which should remedy Windows 11 not assigning CPU cores correctly. Previously, the operating system was not scheduling threads to the fastest cores available, leading to worse performance. This problem was also more common in AMD CPUs with over 8 cores and a TDP over 65W.
To get this update, you can click here to head over to AMD’s support page for the AMD Ryzen Chipset Driver version 3.10.08.506. There, simply follow the instructions on how to install them on a Windows machine, and once that’s done you can check if it’s been properly installed by going to the Apps & Features interface in Windows 11. If correctly updates, it should report that the AMD Chipset Software is running version 3.10.08.506 or newer.
Meanwhile, another issue AMD CPUs were having with Windows 11 involved the CPU’s measured and functional L3 cache latency increasing for certain applications. This led to worse performance in memory-sensitive programs, as well as up to a 15% performance hit in some games. The new Windows 11 update that went out yesterday though looks set to patch out the problem. You’ll want to download the update with the number KB5006746.
Assuming it all goes right this time, AMD users that are already on Windows 11 should expect a much smoother time when on their PC. Meanwhile, those who have been waiting on AMD and Microsoft to rectify issues can now safely make the jump to Windows 11.
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