Tech ARP Eco-Mode Guide 3.0 for 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors!

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Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Ryzen Eco-Mode for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors!

Find out when, how and why you should enable or disable the Ryzen Eco-Mode!

New Eco-Mode For 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors Explained!

Updated @ 2019-11-17 : Added a guide on enabling PBO in the BIOS, and updated the article in general.

Updated @ 2019-11-09 : Added Robert Hallock’s video on Ryzen Eco-Mode, and a compatibility list.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07


The New 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Eco-Mode

AMD Ryzen Master 2.0 comes with a new Eco-Mode for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, but NOT the Ryzen 3000-series APUs.

AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Robert Hallock, gives us a quick primer in this video.

What Eco-Mode does is lower the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor’s TDP by one step :

  • 105 W and 95 W processors will be limited to 65 W
  • 65 W processors will be limited to 45 W

The 3rd Gen Ryzen processor will manage core voltage and frequency automatically to keep to the new reduced power level.

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Eco-Mode in action

Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO), Automatic Overclocking (AOC) and manual overclocking will be disabled when Eco-Mode is enabled.


Impact Of Ryzen Eco-Mode

Enabling Eco-Mode naturally impacts the processor’s performance, but greatly reduces its power consumption with a significant drop in CPU temperature.

AMD shared this chart with us, comparing the performance of the new Ryzen 9 3950X, with and without Eco-Mode turned on.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

With a 38% lower TDP, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X used 44% less power and ran 7°C cooler. On the downside, it was 23% slower.

However, it offers those on a limited TDP budget the option of using a CPU with more cores than would normally be possible.


Ryzen Eco-Mode Use Case

According to AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager, Don Woligroski, Eco-Mode is best used by those who want to run high-end 3rd Gen Ryzen processors in Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs, NAS, Plex boxes, etc.

It will allow them to enjoy the performance of 12 or 16 cores, without worrying about overloading the SFF power supply, or excessive heat accumulating in the small chassis.

It can also be used to trade off Ryzen processor power for more graphics card power, if there is limited power at the system level.

Since it can be applied on-the-fly, you can also use it to greatly reduce power consumption and thermal output when you are not using your high-performance Ryzen system for strenuous work.

And when you need processing power, you can instantly turn it into a high-performance gaming or content creation system with a simple switch!


How To Enable / Disable Ryzen Eco-Mode

Ryzen Eco-Mode will NOT appear until PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) is enabled in the BIOS, so before you begin, check and make sure PBO has been enabled in the BIOS.

  1. Download and install AMD Ryzen Master 2.0, or newer.
  2. Select one of the four profiles to edit and use.
  3. Under Control Mode, select ECO-Mode.

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Eco-Mode setting

  1. Click the Apply button at the bottom to activate Eco-Mode immediately.
  2. The processor will immediately manage its core voltages and frequencies to achieve the lower power target.
  3. To disable Eco-Mode, just select one of the four other control modes – Default, Precision Boost Overdrive, Auto Overclocking or Manual.

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Eco-Mode disable

  1. Click the Apply button to disable Eco-Mode, and activate the selected control mode.


There Is No Eco-Mode Option In Ryzen Master!

If you do not see the Eco-Mode option in Ryzen Master, that’s because PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) is disabled in the BIOS.

  1. Reboot your computer, and go into BIOS setup
  2. Look for the PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) option, which may be hidden under overclocking options
  3. It will generally be set to Auto by default.
  4. Switch that to Enabled.
  5. Save the change, and reboot your computer.

After doing this, Eco-Mode will appear in Ryzen Master.


Ryzen Eco-Mode Compatibility

For your convenience, here is a table to show you what processors will support Ryzen Eco-Mode :

Processor Family Models Ryzen Eco-Mode
Threadripper 3000-Series CPU Threadripper 3970X
Threadripper 3960X
Ryzen 3000-Series CPU Ryzen 9 3950X
Ryzen 9 3900X
Ryzen 7 3800X
Ryzen 7 3700X
Ryzen 7 3700
Ryzen 5 3600X
Ryzen 5 3600
Ryzen 5 3500X
Ryzen 3000-Series APU Ryzen 7 3780U
Ryzen 7 3750H
Ryzen 7 3700U
Ryzen 5 3580U
Ryzen 5 3550H
Ryzen 5 3500U
Ryzen 5 3400G
Ryzen 5 3400GE
Ryzen 3 3300U
Ryzen 3 3200G
Ryzen 3 3200GE
Ryzen 3 3200U
Athlon 3000-Series APU Athlon 3000G No
Athlon 300-Series APU Athlon 300G
Athlon 300U
Threadripper 2000-Series CPU Threadripper 2990WX
Threadripper 2970WX
Threadripper 2950X
Threadripper 2920X
Ryzen 2000-Series CPU Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen 7 2700
Ryzen 7 2700E
Ryzen 5 2600X
Ryzen 5 2600
Ryzen 5 2600E
Ryzen 5 2500X
Ryzen 3 2300X
Ryzen 2000-Series APU Ryzen 7 2800H
Ryzen 7 2700U
Ryzen 5 2600H
Ryzen 5 2500U
Ryzen 5 2400G
Ryzen 5 2400GE
Ryzen 3 2200G
Ryzen 3 2300U
Athlon 200-Series APU Athlon 240GE
Athlon 220GE
Athlon 200GE
Threadripper 1000-Series CPU Threadripper 1950X
Threadripper 1920X
Threadripper 1900X
Ryzen 1000-Series CPU Ryzen 7 1800X
Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 1700
Ryzen 5 1600X
Ryzen 5 1600
Ryzen 5 1500X
Ryzen 5 1400
Ryzen 3 1300X
Ryzen 3 1200


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