AMD’s Random Performance Issues Pinned to fTPM with a Fix in Another Two Months


AMD users have been frustrated with intermittent stuttering issues, including gaming nightmares such as random freezing, sudden performance drops, and latency spikes. These types of issues seem to only affect AMD systems. and are difficult to replicate due to their randomness. Luckily, it looks like AMD was able to isolate the issues to its TPM firmware.

AMD fixed the problem on its website (via TechPowerUp) stating that “AMD has determined that certain AMD Ryzen system configurations may intermittently perform fTPM-related large memory transactions in SPI flash memory (“SPIROM”) located on the motherboard, which may cause temporary pauses in interactivity or responsiveness of the system until the transaction is concluded.”

AMD goes on to say that it expects BIOS updates to begin in May 2022, which is two full months away. In the meantime, you can work around the problem by purchasing a hardware TPM module. These are widely available, but before that, check if your motherboard supports hardware TPM, which if enabled means you shouldn’t have any problems anyway.

Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, is a security measure that secures a computer with a cryptographic key. Its goal is to improve platform security by encrypting sensitive data so attackers and malware can’t access it. Well, not easily anyway! Any PC connected to the Internet, running applications or actually having a human in front of it can be 100% secure.

TPM has been around in one form or another for many years, especially in the corporate world, but many desktop users and gamers would have first encountered it when Microsoft announced it would be a requirement for Windows 11. His reasoning is that firmware attacks and malware, including ransomware attacks, are on the rise, and due to market saturation, many of these attacks are on Windows machines.

Everything is a bit confusing. Microsoft’s PC Health Check app can be used to check if the system has TPM. Add to that the requirement for a modern CPU, confusing BOM, and now random performance issues, and we wonder if TPM is really worth it.

If you don’t want that, there is always this workaround that allows you to bypass the requirement while upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

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