AMD is working on a firmware (AGESA) update for its newly launched Ryzen 5000 CPUs aimed at improving the L3 cache bandwidth and latency by as much as 25%. The AGESA version 22.214.171.124 will roll out with this patch, following 126.96.36.199 which quashed multiple bugs and improved the overclocking stability, including higher clock speeds for the Infinity Fabric.
As you can see in the above picture (click here to enlarge), for a Ryzen 9 5950X with PBO enabled, the L3 cache bandwidth is roughly 1,200GB/s for reads and 800-850GB/s for writes and copy. Upon overclocking the CPU to 4.5GHz, the same increases to 1,319GB/s and around 1,100GB/s, respectively. That’s an increase of nearly 30% for the L3 write and copy speed, with the read speed improving by ~10%.
With the AGESA version, 188.8.131.52, the same speed can be achieved by simply turning on PBO and increasing the EDC (VRM current peak). With a boost like that, cache-sensitive workloads should see a rather sizable performance boost across the board. The impact, however, will be more noticeable with the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X, both of which feature two CCDs and a large L3 cache.