RAM Maker Reveals Ryzen 7000 Will Support DDR5-5200

Memory maker Apacer has revealed on its website that AMD intends to support memory faster than the JEDEC specification by default. Slide on Apacer’s website lists current supported memory standards for Intel and AMD platforms, including the unreleased “Raphael” Ryzen 7000 chips which should be released later this year.

What’s surprising here is that while Intel follows the JEDEC recommendation of DDR5-4800 for its Alder Lake platform, AMD is planning to improve (well 400MT/s better) with its Zen 4 chips, supporting DDR-5200. This slide also seems to confirm the rumor that AMD’s switch to the AM5 platform nix DDR4 supportas it is also not listed in the table.

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One of the possible reasons for AMD dropping support for DDR4 is that it can focus on DDR5 performance and, along with its EXPO initiative that supports memory overclocking profiles, it looks like this might actually be the case. This also suggests that memory performance will be key for AMD’s new chips, just as it was for the Zen 2 and Zen 3.

There’s still a premium for DDR5 RAM compared to DDR4 (it usually costs at least twice as much), and it’s fair to say that the difference it makes to games can be minimal, at least on current platforms. However, if AMD manages to get more performance, things could get very interesting, particularly in the ongoing battle with Intel to claim the title of best gaming CPU.

AMD has officially revealed that the Zen 4 will support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 and use the AM5 platform, but there has been no mention of speed so far. AMD traditionally doesn’t comment on unreleased hardware, but I reached out to them here as the Apacer document is there for all to see.

AMD’s Zen 4 chips are expected to officially launch in the second half of the year, with the expectation being towards the end of the third quarter or the beginning of the fourth quarter.

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