AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 processors feature an advanced mechanism to detect overclocking on a hardware level. As reported by David Huang the other day, the Storm Peak chips display a unique earning claiming that overclocking mode, once enabled, can’t be disabled, effectively voiding the warranty. This may sound like the usual warning message displayed when you overclock a CPU, but there’s more to it.
In a statement to TomsHardware, AMD confirmed the following:
Threadripper 7000 Series processors do contain a fuse that is blown when overclocking is enabled. To be clear, blowing this fuse does not void your warranty. Statements that enabling an overclocking/overvolting feature will “void” the processor warranty are not correct. Per AMD’s standard Terms of Sale, the warranty excludes any damage that results from overclocking/overvolting the processor. However, other unrelated issues could still qualify for warranty repair/replacement.
In a nutshell, AMD will know if you overclock a Ryzen Threadripper 7000 CPU, even if you don’t tell them. While this may not void the warranty, RMA coverage doesn’t extend to damages directly resulting from overclocking. Ergo, if you fry your pricey Threadripper during overclocking, you won’t be eligible for a replacement. A fuse is blown the first time you overclock these processors, a clear sign for AMD to deny RMAs for overclocking-related damage.