AMD Raphael is a next-gen desktop platform for high-speed DDR5 memory
During the latest Meet The Experts webinar, AMD memory expert confirmed that the next-gen gaming platform will feature optimizations for memory overclocking.
Since the introduction of Intel 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake” series, it became clear that we are still a long way from DDR5 sweet spot reaching consumers. This is mainly because DDR5 is a new technology, and it takes time for production lines to catch up to the point where it is no longer a problem. What is also important are the platforms that can utilize this type of memory.
The next-gen DDR5 platforms are already in the works: 13th Gen Core Raptor Lake series and Zen4 “Raphael”, both expected by the end of this year. But it’s worth reminding that both companies already have DDR5 capable platforms: Intel Alder Lake for desktop and mobile and AMD Rembrandt for laptops. Intel made a good decision by supporting DDR5 and DDR4 spec with Alder Lake, but it’s about time DDR5 takes over.
During the Meet The Experts webinar, Joseph Tao who is a Memory Enabling Manager at AMD, has said that the company will make ‘a big splash’ with DDR5 overclocking. Speeds that ‘couldn’t be possible may be possible’. This clearly suggest that we might finally see fast DDR5 memory driving both platforms to a new level.
Our first DDR5 platform for gaming is our Raphael platform and one of the awesome things about Raphael is that we are really gonna try to make a big splash with overclocking and I’ll just kinda leave it there but speeds that you maybe thought couldn’t be possible, may be possible with this overclocking spec.
— Joseph Tao, Memory Enabling Manager at AMD
Memory manufacturers already offer speeds such as DDR5-6400, but anything faster is really hard to find. These companies are now focused on delivering 7000 MT/s speeds in masses, which is often mentioned in press release for future products. Speeds above 8000 MT/s are still a domain of extreme overclocking with liquid nitrogen. In their forward looking statements, some brands confirm their plans to deliver 12600 MT/s speeds at some point in the future though.
Earlier this year, we learned about AMD plans for RAMP, which s AMD’s successor to A-XMP for DDR4 memory. This abbreviation stands for Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile, and it is basically a competing technology for Intel XMP 3.0 for DDR5. Those profiles will store overclocking settings for AMD systems.
|AMD Mainstream Desktop CPU Series|
|Launch Date||July 2019||November 2020||April 2022||2H 2022||2023|
|AMD Ryzen Series||Ryzen 3000||Ryzen 5000||Ryzen 5000X3D||Ryzen 7000||Ryzen 8000|
|Core µArch||7nm Zen2||7nm Zen3||7nm Zen3D||5nm Zen4||Zen5|
|Max Core Count||16||16||16||16||TBC|
|PCIe Gen||PCIe Gen4||PCIe Gen4||PCIe Gen4||PCIe Gen5||PCIe Gen5|
|Motherboard Chipset||AMD 400||AMD 500||AMD 500||AMD 600||TBC|