ASRock adds CAM (Clever Access Memory) to Intel Z490 motherboard

Published: Dec 4th 2020, 14:56 GMT   Comments

ASRock adds Clever Access Memory to Intel Z490 motherboard, a response to AMD’s Smart Access Memory

ASRock today released a new Beta BIOS for the Z490 Taichi motherboard which adds support for a technology that enabled the processor to access the graphics card’s full video memory. The technology called Clever Access Memory appears to be ASRock’s marketing name for the same technology that was introduced by AMD for its 500-series motherboards – Smart Access Memory.

The technology is only available to AMD graphics cards, as only those can currently take advantage of a wider Base Address Registry (BAR) through DirectX and GPU drivers. NVIDIA is expected to introduce support for Resizable BAR in the future. ASRock released a 1.72 BETA Bios for its Z490 Taichi motherboard, which was used for further analysis:

ASRock Clever Access Memory, Source: ASRock

According to the test data published by Wccftech, the Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards appears to gain 3.3% performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and 11.5% in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The system features Intel Core i7-10700K processors with two sticks of DDR4-2666 memory:

ASRock Clever Access Memory testing platform, Source: Wccftech

ASRock Clever Access Memory in action, Source: Wccftech

ASRock Clever Access Memory in Shadows of the Tomb Raider (left – ON, right – OFF), Source: Wccftech

ASRock Clever Access Memory in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (left – ON, right – OFF), Source: Wccftech

How to enable Clever Access Memory on ASRock Z490 Taichi:

Source: Wccftech, ASRock

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