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Gigabyte's “Baseline” Gaming Stability BIOS Option Turns Intel 14th & 13th Gen Core i9 CPUs Into Core i7, -30% Multi-Thread & -10% Gaming Performance

Gigabyte's “Baseline” Gaming Stability BIOS Option Turns Intel 14th & 13th Gen Core i9 CPUs Into Core i7, -30% Multi-Thread & -10% Gaming Performance

Gigabyte has. Continued for its “Intel Baseline” BIOS option Intel 14th and 13th Gen CPUs to improve gaming stability But this leads to severe performance degradation.

Gigabyte also offers an “Intel Baseline” BIOS option on its motherboards that improves gaming stability on Intel 14th and 13th Gen CPUs but causes severe performance degradation.

Gigabyte has announced that its Z790 and B760 chipset motherboards now support a new Turbo Power Limit option that sets the CPU to Intel's recommended “baseline” profile. Instead of users manually tuning their chips to achieve optimal gaming and overall CPU stability, this option can be enabled to set all values ​​to their default targets, as opposed to those overspec defaults. which motherboards are using for Intel's 13th and 14th gen CPUs.

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The “Intel Baseline” BIOS option can be found in the Tweaker menu under the “Advanced CPU Settings” tab on Gigabyte's Z790 and B760 motherboards. To select this option you need to go to the “Turbo Power Limits” tab.

In addition to the Intel Baseline option, Gigabyte motherboards also offer a “Perf Drive” option for better performance, but enabling the Baseline option will gray out this option and allow users to access the other option. Will have to be disabled, meaning sacrificing CPU stability for better performance if users want.

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However, enabling the Intel “BaseLine” BIOS option comes at a cost for Intel 14th and 13th Gen CPUs, especially the Core i9 series (Intel Core i9-14900KS, 14900KF, 14900K, 13900KF, 13900KF, 14900KS 13900K).

In a test conducted by Unico's hardware, Gigabyte seems to be taking a very aggressive approach when following Intel's official baseline spec for the Core i9 series. Power limits are reduced to 125W (long duration), 188W (short duration), 249A (1.7m Ohm ADDC load line). So the difference is (long/short/ICC Max):

  • Gigabyte Auto Profile: 4096W/4096W/Unlimited
  • Intel Extreme Config (150W): 320W320W/400A
  • Intel Extreme Config (125W): 253W/253W/400A
  • Intel Standard Config (150W): 253W/253W/307A
  • Intel Standard Config (125W): 125W/253W/307A
  • Gigabyte Baseline Profile: 125W/188W/249A

So what is the performance impact when running “Intel Baseline” default BIOS settings on 14th and 13th Gen CPUs? Well it's pretty heavy, in a multi-threaded workload, the Intel Core i9-13900KF was tested and saw a drop of about -30% from “Auto” settings to “BaseLine” settings:

  • Core i9-13900KF (Gigabyte Auto): 40,021 (100%)
  • Core i9-13900KF (Gigabyte Base): 28811 (71.9%)
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This performance degradation turns an Intel Core i9 CPU into a Core i7 chip. The Core i7-13700K offers slightly better performance when running in default mode so you can see how far Intel and its partners have to push the 14th and 13th Gen CPUs to get the desired CPU performance that they have with AMD Ryzen offerings. Makes it competitive. The same losses can also be seen in gaming benchmarks with a drop of up to -10%.

Intel Core i9-13900KF “Baseline vs. Auto” CPU performance in Cyberpunk 2077 (Image Source: Unico's Hardware):

Core i9-13900KF “Baseline vs. Auto” CPU performance in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image Source: Unico's Hardware):

Core i9-13900KF “Baseline vs Auto” CPU Performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Image Source: Unico's Hardware):

Now the tech outlet recommends manually tuning the chip to ensure better stability, however, the games tested here didn't suffer from “out of video memory” issues so we're sure Can't say for certain if it will eliminate other power limitations. Issue. ASUS also saw a -15% performance drop with its Intel BaseLine default BIOS option. which is designed to offer better gaming stability while MSI maintains a guide to their motherboards.Telling users how to manually tweak the settings to get the same results.

As of now, the problems with Intel's 14th and 13th Gen CPUs are increasing day by day with serious stability issues outside of gaming. Users running these chips experience random BSODs, sometimes failing to enter their operating system and sometimes simply failing to open non-gaming apps.

Intel has yet to officially release a statement beyond “we're looking into this issue,” but board vendors such as ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are offering solutions to mitigate the issues until a fix is ​​released. In the absence of adequate discovery, which we suspect will occur. Silicon is already pushed too hard and the only way to keep it in check is to lower the power limit which will lead to performance losses and further lose its performance crown against Intel AMD's Ryzen offerings. can

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