AMD RAMP for DDR5 memory to succeed A-XMP for DDR4
DDR5 memory to get a performance boost thanks to AMD RAMP.
With Intel taking the lead by announcing the first DDR5-compatible desktop platform, memory makers have adopted Intel’s new XMP 3.0 overclocking profile standard. Meanwhile, AMD is working around the clock to launch its DDR5-compatible 600-series motherboards featuring a new AM5 socket for Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” CPUs.
The support for AMD’s first Ryzen LGA-based CPUs is not the only major upgrade for the AMD desktop platform, now officially arriving in the second half of this year. The new LGA1718 based motherboards will also be AMD’s first to support DDR5 memory as well as PCIe Gen5 standard. Both features require compatible hardware that is yet hard to come by: there is no PCIe Gen5 GPUs/storage available, while DDR5 memory is seeing a major shortage of PMICs (power management integrated circuits), and as a result, increased pricing.
AMD is seemingly not worried about DDR5 shortages yet, although the company did launch its new Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt APUs for laptops, using exclusively DDR5 and LPDDR5 memory. However, those laptops are to launch in February, so we are not yet sure how affected they are by memory shortages.
For its desktop series, AMD will be releasing a new technology called RAMP, which was first listed by HWiNFO developers, to whom ComputerBase editors have reached out for a comment.
As explained, for the AM5 platform AMD will be adding a new technology called RAMP (Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile), which is a response to Intel XMP 3.0 profile. Those are predefined overclocking profiles added to each high-end memory module. AMD RAMP will likely be compatible with XMP, but will also allow memory makers to adopt their technology exclusively, just as it happened with G.Skill’s Ryzen certified A-XMP memory kits.