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Asrock X670E motherboard takes up to 6 minutes on first boot

Asrock X670E motherboard takes up to 6 minutes on first boot

of Maximilian Hohm
AMD X670E motherboards could take up to almost seven minutes for the first boot process if the PCs are equipped with four memory modules. Even with more sensitive memory expansions, the first boot should take a long time due to memory training. Read more about this below.

Since fast boot features have been implemented in operating systems and motherboards, boot processes in combination with fast SSDs have also become shorter and shorter. With that in mind, it might seem strange how long it takes to boot up a new Asrock X670E motherboard for the first time, but there is a simple technical explanation for it. Hardware leaker HXL has shared an image of a new Asrock X670E motherboard showing a warning on the memory slots.

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This indicates that the first boot process with four 32 GiB memory modules can take around 400 seconds or almost seven minutes. With two such modules, on the other hand, it should be 200 seconds, while with two 16 GiB modules it should only be 100 seconds. During this time, the motherboard must train memory and perform internal tests to find compatible and stable subtimes. Since a normal memory configuration of 32 GiB on two modules is usually already a dual-rank module, this manufacturer’s approach is understandable and only serves to optimize in the interest of the user.

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However, the difference in boot time doesn’t seem to have anything to do with actual memory speed, just memory size. AMD has now stated that the optimal memory rig for the Ryzen 7000 is DDR5-6,000 and optimizations need to be made to make this understandable. However, once the hardware configuration is optimized, the boot processes should run much faster, since the process only takes place once. One can only hope that all manufacturers communicate this accordingly, to spare inexperienced and enthusiastic users who are building a new system a lot of headaches as to why their new PC doesn’t work.

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