UPDATE: AMD Ryzen Overclocking Scare, Everything is Fixed
UPDATE 2: AMD just updated their FAQ page to state the following. This is on the same link originally posted at the bottom of this article. Whew! Overclocking for the masses is back in a way, and if you want to get a feel for my emotional roller coaster, check out the original post below.
UPDATE: When I first found this information, I didn’t bother about taking the source seriously. I went straight into searching the information on AMD’s site and found the FAQ page. Since then, it seems like this is a page that is in need of update, but is still active like it’s the current policy. At this point, I’m 99% sure that this policy was never being enforced and will be reworded for aftermarket coolers, but we’ll wait to update again after an official statement.
I was worried that I wasn’t done with this roller coaster ride, and it looks like I’m going to end at a low point instead of a high. Ryzen 2nd gen has a ton of great things going for it, and even overclocking was looking good, but it turns out that AMD has completely killed overclocking for the masses. If you use a CPU cooler that isn’t the one provided with your Ryzen processor, the warranty is completely null and void.
This is incredibly disappointing to hear about. It looked like boosted performance was going to be available to anyone who purchased a better CPU cooler. Unfortunately, many users feel like overclocking isn’t worth the risk because of voiding a warranty. Not only does this hinder builders having the potential for extra performance, but it kills the choice of any builder wanting a different CPU cooler for any reason. Want a nice RGB liquid cooler? Void your warranty! Want a super silent air cooler? Void your warranty! This is actually an outrage on the levels of practices that Nvidia is pulling with GPP. AMD is completely negating consumer choice in a very hypocritical move, especially after the way they criticized their GPU competitor. We have no choice for our own CPU coolers on Ryzen CPUs and the amount of digging I had to do to find this information is anything but transparent.For everything I don’t like about certain Intel processes, they allow builders to overclock. If you purchase an 8700K, you can add an extra $50 for a protection plan that will let you change frequencies with coverage. Intel will give you one replacement if you damage the processor due to overclocking. (not delidding) The protection costs vary from CPU to CPU, but this is at least a reasonable option, and you can actual use different CPU coolers and keep your warranty! AMD failed epically with their decision and this reviewer is thinking it’s time to switch back to Intel, regardless of the quirks I have to work through.