AMD's Ryzen Balanced power plan is offering an answer for early performance woes with the new CPU. The power profile tweaks how Windows 10 handles power states of the individual CPU cores and can bump performance from 3 percent all the way to 21 percent in many popular games, AMD said in a blog post on Thursday.
AMD said the power plan, which will soon be rolled into a chipset driver package, tweaks Windows 10's treatment of virtual cores and physical cores. When Ryzen first arrived, many theorized that Windows 10 scheduler—or how an OS doles out work to individual cores—was to blame for the gaming performance gap because Windows 7 was often faster. In the end, AMD absolved Windows 10 scheduler of any blame, but that doesn't mean Microsoft's top OS is free and clear.