AMD to make “a big splash” with Zen4 Raphael memory overclocking

Published: Apr 13th 2022, 07:30 GMT   Comments

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.

KLEVV CRAS XR RGB DDR5-6400 memory, Source: KLEVV

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.

DDR5-12600 Memory, Source: Adata

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
VideoCardz.comMatisseVermeerVermeer-X3DRaphaelGranite Ridge
Launch DateJuly 2019November 2020April 20222H 20222023
AMD Ryzen SeriesRyzen 3000Ryzen 5000Ryzen 5000X3DRyzen 7000Ryzen 8000
Core µArch7nm Zen27nm Zen37nm Zen3D5nm Zen4Zen5
Graphics4CUs RDNA2TBC
Max Core Count16161616TBC
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR5DDR5
Max TDP105W105W105W170WTBC
PCIe GenPCIe Gen4PCIe Gen4PCIe Gen4PCIe Gen5PCIe Gen5
Motherboard ChipsetAMD 400AMD 500AMD 500AMD 600TBC

Source: AMD Meet The Experts via Wccftech

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