Question "Ryzen Burnout? AMD Board Power Cheats May Shorten CPU Lifespan" - Tom's

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May 4, 2000
Unbeknownst to you, your motherboard may be silently killing your Ryzen processor faster than expected. HWinfo introduced a new feature today that the vendor says exposes that some X570 motherboard vendors are clandestinely misreporting key measurements to AMD's Ryzen processors, thus boosting performance. Unfortunately, this tactic is similar to overclocking. It results in higher power draw and more heat production, thus potentially killing Ryzen chips sooner than expected – but all without the user's knowledge.
"I'd like to stress that despite this exploit is essentially made possible by something AMD has included in the specification, the use of this exploit is not something AMD condones with, let alone promotes. Instead they have rather actively put pressure on the motherboard manufacturers, who have been caught using this exploit," The Stilt added.

At least there is a free HWinfo tool (linked to at the end of the article) that lets people see if their motherboard behaves this way.
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Feb 19, 2017
I've just sidegraded to AM4 platform and bought MSI MEG X570 Unify together with R5 3600 in anticipation of Zen3 launch.
In stock configuration with memory profile set to XMP 3600MHz CL16 I get a reading of 101% on average during CB R20 run.

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Hayabusa Rider

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Jan 26, 2000
I took everyone's advice including resetting when running tests but I was getting averages in the 170's with r20 alone.

So I ran the R20 and the blender cpu benchmark concurrently and reset HWiNFO64' during the run.

Average is 143.4% and the minimum is 128.8%, again with both cpu benchmarks running at the same time.

Edit- While it may not matter, more system info- 32 gig ram, 860 ssds for mains and all 8 satas running, six with hard drives. The RD20 score was 868 down from about 4900 so it's definitely loaded
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Hayabusa Rider

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Jan 26, 2000
@Hayabusa Rider

That's really weird. 100% is the most you should ever see.

I don't get it either but just in case I reran the tests again in this order,

HWiNFO64 opened and ready

Blender CPU test open and running for 30 seconds

RD20 open and running for half a minute

Reset clock

I got very similar results. Maybe the motherboard has some weird issue? I can't figure out what that could be.