Intel Requests Motherboard Makers To Implement “Default Settings” Profile As BIOS Defaults By 31st May To Fix 14th & 13th Gen Stability Issues

Intel Requests Motherboard Makers To Implement “Default Settings” Profile As BIOS Defaults By 31st May To Fix 14th & 13th Gen Stability Issues

Intel has started requesting motherboard manufacturers to implement their “default settings” as BIOS defaults for 14th and 13th Gen CPUs.

Intel motherboards and system partners address stability issues with 14th and 13th Gen CPUs by reverting to “Intel Default Settings”.

So while Intel 14th and 13th Gen CPUs continue to have stability issues., motherboard makers took the first step in addressing or fixing these by implementing new BIOS profiles that set CPUs to Intel's recommended default “baseline” settings. Now, Intel itself has asked motherboard manufacturers and system vendors responsible for building PCs to implement new “Intel Default Settings” profiles as default BIOS options that mean your motherboard CPU will not expand beyond its baseline configuration.

Previously, motherboard manufacturers tuned their products for 13th and 14th Gen CPUs with an “Extreme” profile that pushed the power limit beyond the baseline profile. This resulted in a lot of instability on these chips which in turn caused crashes in games, applications and even PCs. In Intel's own review guide, the chips were set to the “Extreme” configuration and showed significantly better performance, but with these limits set to the default “Baseline” profile, The performance degradation is substantial as described here..

Intel requests the system and before the end of the month. Motherboard manufacturers provide end users with a default BIOS profile that matches Intel's recommended settings.

  • The recommended profile name is “Intel Default Settings”.
  • Intel requests users to implement the “Intel Default Settings” profile as the BIOS default profile by May 31, 2024.

Intel strongly recommends that the customer's default BIOS settings ensure operation within Intel's recommended settings.

By Intel

Intel itself recommends using the “Extreme” configuration for best performance, which is to set the chips at 253W(PL1/PL2) but with the “Baseline” profile, you can run these chips at 125/188W (PL1/PL2 ) will be set to ) which will limit performance. This also means that the high-end Z790 and Z690 motherboards will be useless because what's the point of paying more for a motherboard that you can't fully use without running into stability issues.

So what exactly is the baseline profile? Well, Intel has a total of three preconfigured profiles for its 14th Gen and 13th Gen CPUs. These include “Baseline”, “Performance” and “Extreme” presets. The baseline profile sets PL1/PL2/PL4 to 125/188/293W and Iccmax to 249A. Then we have the “Performance” profile which sets them to 125/253/380W and 307A respectively. Finally, there is the “Extreme” profile which sets them to 253/253/380W and 400A respectively.

Bench life The following table provides a useful comparison of the three profiles:

Baseline performance extremely
Processor base power 125W 125W 125W
Iccmax 249A 307A 400A
Iccmax.app 200A 245A 320A
PL1 125W 125W 253W
PL2 188W 253W 253W
PL4 293W 380W 380W
iPL2 160A 200A 200A

So it looks like Intel is going with a more strict approach when it comes to enforcing its “baseline” profiles as BIOS defaults on motherboards and prebuilt systems. These partners are said to implement these changes by May 31st (2024) and we are also expecting Intel to issue an official statement on the matter on May 15th. One thing's for sure, motherboard makers will be taking as much heat for this whole situation as Intel's blue team has gotten them.

In talking to a few motherboard vendors, we've been told that they'll be doing more rigorous testing on a larger batch of CPUs to determine the optimal power profiles and frequencies, and to make sure that whatever's going on May it never happen again.

News Sources: Bench life, Igor's lab, HXL

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