6% of new processors don't work at all

6% of new processors don’t work at all


The last few months have disappointed many people who want to upgrade their PCs: this is the shortage of new components, and the activity of resellers, and additional taxes, and the demand from the side of crypto-agitators. Are there any other reasons for concern? PowerGPU, an American custom PC builder, claims AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processor defect rates are unusually high.

We are talking about processors based on AMD Zen 3 architecture and the problem of processors that are not working out of the box (in the company’s terminology – “dead on arrival”, DOA). According to PowerGPU statistics, for 50 AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processors they received, there were 8 non-working copies, for 50 Ryzen 9 5900X – 4, for a hundred Ryzen 7 5800X – 4 and for one hundred twenty Ryzen 5 5600X – 3 defective processors. The company also claims that it has had only one such case with an Intel processor during its entire activity – it was about the Core i7-9700K.

In other words, we are talking about 19 inoperative Ryzen 5000 out of 320 processors – almost 6% of defects, and this percentage is much higher for more complex models. When asked how many systems on Intel and AMD processors the company assembles now, PowerGPU answered: “Before the release of the series Ryzen 5000 we collected 80% of systems with Intel processors and 20% – with AMD processors, and at the same time over the past two years we have encountered only one dead Intel processor“.

According to PowerGPU, the problem of high rejection rates is not only observed with the latest AMD chips, but also with motherboards based on AMD 500 series chipsets. According to the company, they faced a high failure rate of boards based on both the B550 and X570. – every week there are from three to five. What’s more, PowerGPU claims that in addition to not working out of the box, the latest AMD processors can sometimes start showing various issues and oddities shortly after assembly.

Renowned developer Yuri Bubliy (1usmus), creator of the popular ClockTuner for Ryzen (CTR) utility, addedthat the numbers published by PowerGPU do not include fully working Ryzen 5000 processors, but with poor FCLK overclocking capabilities or incorrect CPPC labels regarding FIT and temperature.

The situation has also attracted the attention of the well-known informant @ harukaze5719, who claims that PowerGPU is not the only company that faced problems with Zen 3 – in recent months, there have been frequent reports of complaints about motherboards with B550 and X570 chipsets. But at the same time, citing a Korean PC-to-order company, he declaredthat the defect rate named by PowerGPU is simply “ridiculous”, and the sample of several hundred processors is too small to draw any conclusions.

Let’s see how this story will develop, as well as whether it has any really serious grounds under it.

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