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Ryzen 1600 Asrock AB350m beginner overclock

I posted in the BIOS subforum asking if I should update my BIOS to the latest version from the Asrock website. They said "No, only update BIOS if you have a problem". All the overclock tutorial vids I've watched start with "Update your BIOS to the latest version from the manufacturers website". So... should I update it first? And if I should, do I need to update in order? Or just update straight to the latest version?
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  1. If it is working I would say don't do something that might break it. The new Ryzen setups are very finicky with the bios. However If you insist on updating the bios do the latest one. You do not have to do it in order.

    AsRock allows you to do it online. I highly advise against this. Down load the bios and put it on a usb drive formatted to fat32.
    Do not use live update since the connection can get interrupted and corrupt the bios. Use instant Flash.

    Only do this if you have some real need to update the bios. If the computer is running fine LEAVE IT THE HECK ALONE.
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  2. urbancamper said:
    If it is working I would say don't do something that might break it. The new Ryzen setups are very finicky with the bios. However If you insist on updating the bios do the latest one. You do not have to do it in order.

    AsRock allows you to do it online. I highly advise against this. Down load the bios and put it on a usb drive formatted to fat32.
    Do not use live update since the connection can get interrupted and corrupt the bios. Use instant Flash.

    Only do this if you have some real need to update the bios. If the computer is running fine LEAVE IT THE HECK ALONE.


    I updated from 1.5 to 2.5 via USB and no problems. I've since increased voltage to 1.4 and CPU to 3.8 and running AIDA64. It seems to be sitting at around 85 degrees. Where do I go from here? Should I try increasing the speed again and see what happens? What's the max temperature I should let it reach in the AIDA64 stress test?
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    First, yes, its always a good idea to jump to the newest BIOS when you're building a brand new machine, especially if you're overclocking and/or using overclocked memory. Down the road however, I never recommend messing with the BIOS unless there's a problem that warrants doing so.

    Ryzen setups are not "finicky" in general... I've built a few and they've been solid. The only thing that's not consistent across Ryzen machines is the ability to actually clock RAM to their stock speeds past 2400. It can be a bit of a crapshoot. Outside of that everything is fine. I'm actually using an OC'd Ryzen system as we speak for work with a slew of IT administrative tools & utilities and its been rock solid, and performing great.

    85c under full load with Aida is a little toasty but its "ok." You can try backing your voltage down a small step and then run Aida for a couple hours to see if its stable and temps come down. Drop your voltage to 3.9 & see. If its still stable back it down to 3.8 and repeat, until you hit a voltage that causes instability, then bump back up to the last voltage that was stable.

    Setting your SOC voltage to 1.2 can help stabilize a lot of machines; just a heads up. Its kind of how input voltage needs increase in Intel machines.

    Also set your LLC to level 2 or 3.

    ALLLLLL that said, with a lot of Ryzen systems you don't even need to touch voltage for a mild OC. You might be able to get away with simply setting your clock to 3800 and let the BIOS try to auto-drive your voltage and everything else. I've heard of systems working just fine and temps being OK. If not, tweak away.
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