AMD is working on a fix to address intermittent fTPM performance issues

Internet users have been frustrated with intermittent stuttering issues, including random freezes, sudden performance drops, and latency spikes. Problems like this seem to affect AMD systems and are difficult to reproduce due to their randomness. Luckily, it looks like AMD has isolated issues with the firmware TPM.

AMD solved the problem on your website (via TechPowerUp) that “AMD has determined that certain AMD Ryzen™ system configurations may intermittently perform extended memory transactions associated with TPM on the SPI flash memory (“SPIROM”) located on the motherboard, which may result in temporary pauses in interactivity or reaction of the system as long as the transaction is concluded.


AMD states that it expects BIOS updates to begin in May 2022. Until this whole two months! In the meantime, you can get around this problem by purchasing a hardware TPM. They’re widely available, but before you do, check to see if your motherboard supports a hardware TPM, which, if it’s enabled, means you shouldn’t have any problems anyway.

A Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, is a security measure that protects a computer with a cryptographic key. Its goal is to increase the platform’s security by encrypting sensitive data so that intruders and malware cannot access it. Well, it’s not easy anyway! Any computer connected to the Internet, running applications, or in front of a person can be 100% protected.


TPM has been around in one form or another for many years, especially in the corporate world. Still, many desktop users and gamers first encountered it when Microsoft announced it would become a requirement for Windows 11. The amount of malware, including ransomware attacks, is growing. And due to market saturation, many of these attacks are being carried out on Windows computers.

It’s all a little confusing. Microsoft PC health check-ups can check for a TPM in the system. Add to that the demands of a modern processor, the confusing terminology, and occasional performance issues. And we wonder if TPM is worth the hassle. Suppose you don’t want this. There is always a workaround to bypass the requirement when upgrading Windows 10.


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