It seems obvious but it’s far more important with brand new tech, something that isn’t working right today can typically be fixed tomorrow.
Update your BIOS
It is the beauty of the internet even things like Bios updates are suggested with new architectures and sockets. Definitely remember the importance of following your motherboard instructions on updating the Bios though. Never mobo’s offer some really great tools that make the process easier.
RAMming speed and frequency relations of the CCX
It’s a simple fact that Ryzen really likes RAM, it seems it mostly comes down to the speed of it’s Infinity blanket separating the 24 CCX modules but either way it helps. Believe it or not it really seems to help in things like gaming that require movement of cache more heavily going back to the CCX modules. You can only overclock certain motherboards to 3200 mhz but it seems feature updates are coming that may see that extended as high as 3400 mhz or more. But it depends on the motherboard manufacturers that how high frequency they support.
It is good to know AMD does state that overclocking RAM does void any AMD warranties and depending on the manufacturer other components as well. Either way it is great news that AMD is heavily working on increase Ram support until the update from AMD coming in April.
Mind Your Power Plan
They suggest using the Windows 10 high performance power plan. This is because idle CPU cores are available much quicker instead of waiting for it to switch over in the balance plan. Also the voltages and the frequencies change much faster in the high performance plan.
To do this on Windows 10 simply hold down your Windows key down and click X and click on Power options in the menu that comes up. This will bring up the option to change up your Power plan. Just note that it will use more power than balance but hey what’s money to FPS right? Now as power efficient as modern computers are today, it shouldn’t be much of a difference at all.
AMD suggests turning off any tools that monitor CPU temperature while working on heavy loads. Ryzen adds a 20 degree offset on the 1700x and 1800x models to help with their cooling profile. But this can end up throttling your processor before it’s actually necessary resulting in lower clocks. Until monitoring tools can take this into account you may want to turns the one that throttling the CPU off while working on hard processes. Just make sure to at least check that your PC isn’t subsequently running too hot.
Overclocking can greatly help performance of your CPU. Your ability to to overclock is completely dependent on your PC’s ability to dissipate heat. So keep in mind the cheaper the fan or radiator is typically the lower overclocking capabilities that will give. Eventually you do get to point where the return on investment isn’t worth it. With that said there are better solutions than others.