AMD has previously hinted that the AM5 platform and Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be based on the DDR5 memory standard. More lately, AMD representatives stated that Raphael, the codename for Ryzen 7000 CPUs predicated on Zen 4 core architecture, will be their first DDR5 gaming platform during the Meet The Experts webinar. As a result, users who are now using DDR4 memory will have to wave farewell when upgrading to the new platform.
According to the same Tomshardware article that mentioned the X670 chipset being a dual-chiplet architecture; AMD’s X670 and B650 chipset-powered motherboards will be DDR5-Only. While there is some anticipation that a lower-tier A620 chipset may support DDR4; this is not the case, as the leaked AM5 feature compatibility list reveals that the socket will only support DDR5 memory; there is no reference of DDR4 memory.
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It might be good news for people
However, with AMD switching to DDR5 in the second half of 2022; it’s good news for anyone wishing to upgrade as DDR5 costs continue to fall. Plus, the availability is much better than it was at Intel’s 12th Gen launch a few months ago.
The blue team, on the other hand, gives their users the ability to chose between DDR5 and DDR4 memory. AMD may find themselves in a bad situation because they will not have a higher-end choice with DDR4 memory compatibility, forcing users to spend considerably higher rates to adopt the new standard.
Apart from the DDR5-Only strategy, AMD’s AM5 platform for Ryzen 7000 CPUs is likely to have a slew of additional features. Videocardz has detailed one of these technologies. This new feature, known as EXPO (Extended Profiles For Overclocking), will allow AM5 boards to retain two memory overclocking profiles, including:
- A high-bandwidth optimised profile
- A low-latency profile that has been optimised
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