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So... MSI's Ryzen AGESA update accidentally unlocked the Athlon 200GE

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Of course, we’re more interested in IOMMU improvements, but this is a nice “bug” introduced by the AGESA on MSI motherboards.


#2

I wonder if this is something other BIOSs can be modified to include, could they reverse engineer the MSi one?


#3

Sounds like a job for @wendell.


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cliffnotes for people not wanting to stream/watch video at work?


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Article:


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The Athlon 200GE is a $55 2c/4t CPU with Vega graphics as it’s integrated graphics. It is supposed to be a locked CPU (no overclocking allowed), and for Asus, Gigabyte, and AsRock this is true. However, the MSI B350 Tomahawk board is able to overclock this CPU. This presents a unique position for this CPU as a possible replacement for where the Intel Pentium G4560/G5600 was at as an extremely budget constrain gaming PC. If you’re looking for a dirt cheap CPU for gaming that will be paired with a dedicated GPU, then this is a decent choice over the more expensive G5600 as it is significantly cheaper. Since the G5600 is around $100 at current, you’d be better off with a Ryzen 1200 and dedicated GPU, or possibly a Ryzen 2200G depending on the games played.