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Gigabyte steps in to solve Intel 13th & 14th gen CPU instability, but it comes at a cost

Intel may have pushed the high-end too far
Last Updated on April 26, 2024
Gigabyte steps in to solve Intel 13th & 14th gen CPU instability, but it comes at a cost
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If you’re the kind of person to tinker around with your BIOS settings to optimize performance, then you may want to know about the ‘Intel Baseline’ option, available on some Gigabyte motherboards. This setting is designed to bring stability to your system, combatting high power consumption settings on Intel 13th and 14th gen processors.

However, looks like Gigabyte has taken an aggressive approach to optimization, as Intel Core i9 CPUs are reportedly degraded to Intel Core i7 performance. In a blog post from April 26th, they boast ‘Superior Stability’, but this clearly comes at a cost that you may not be happy with.

Gigabyte baseline BIOS option reduces multi-thread & gaming performance

In the past few months, there have been reports of users experiencing crashes while using higher-end 13th and 14th gen CPUs such as the 13700K, 13900K, 14700K, and 14900K. The blame was placed on performance core speed and underclocking was the recommended course of action. Now Gigabyte has released the new ‘Intel Baseline’ BIOS setting to tackle the problem directly via their Z790 and B760 series motherboards. This is accessible in the latest BIOS beta version by going to the Tweaker tab > Turbo Power Limits (under Advanced CPU Settings).

Screenshot of a computer bios settings interface from Gigabyte highlighting advanced Intel CPU options with various performance parameters like core ratios, temperature, and memory frequency displayed.
Intel BaseLine setting in Gigabyte BIOS (source: Gigabyte)

While this sounds like a great idea to keep your system running smoothly, particularly for gaming, it does have an impact on your CPU’s performance. Testing done by Uniko’s Hardware shows around -30% multi-thread performance and -10% gaming performance with the BaseLine settings enabled compared to the usual Auto setting. Cinebench benchmarks reveal the following multi-core performance scores:

  • Core i9-13900KF (Auto): 40,021 points (100%)
  • Core i9-13900KF (BaseLine): 28,811 points (71.9%)

Having to resort to limiting the power of your CPU is less than ideal and only gives you less reason to buy one of these high-end SKUs. Ultimately, the problem lies with Intel, and while they are reportedly working on the issue, nothing has been done just yet. For now, motherboard manufacturers are having to step in and mitigate CPU-related crashes, at the cost of performance.

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