As it turned out, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series processors have a hidden fuse that burns out during overclocking, which allows service centers to find out whether the processor has been overclocked. But this does not seem to automatically void the warranty, writes Tom’s Hardware.

“Threadripper 7000 Series processors do contain a fuse that is blown when overclocking is enabled. To be clear, blowing this fuse does not void your warranty. Statements that enabling an overclocking/overvolting feature will “void” the processor warranty are not correct. Per AMD’s standard Terms of Sale, the warranty excludes any damage that results from overclocking/overvolting the processor. However, other unrelated issues could still qualify for warranty repair/replacement,” an AMD representative commented on the situation.

Again. If the processor was damaged as a result of overclocking, the warranty is still valid. But if the processor was damaged, but this damage is not related to overclocking, then no. That is, AMD is not against overclocking and even advertises it, but if you damage the processor in the process, then this is your problem.

The situation with the warranty for overclocked processors was discussed after X/Twitter user David Huang posted a post with a BIOS screenshot with the warning “Overclocking mode will now be permanently enabled for this processor, which will void the warranty as stated earlier.” However, as it turned out, this is not a notification from AMD, but an interpretation by BIOS/motherboard manufacturers, and AMD is working to ensure that the wording is consistent with the company’s official position on overclocking.

The presence of secret fuses is nothing new for AMD processors. Such fuses were already present in some Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series (Chagall) processors.