AMD Zen 4 processors can benefit your overclocked DDR5 gaming PC

The first wave of DDR5 RAM doesn’t seem to offer much of a performance boost for your gaming PC over DDR4, but AMD Zen 4 processors might change that when they hit shelves later this year. AMD memory enabler Joseph Tao says the company’s first DDR5-enabled rig, dubbed Raphael, should “make a splash with overclocking” when it hits shelves later. This year.

Tao didn’t go into much detail about AMD Zen4 processors during the Meeting of Experts online seminar, simply teasing that “speeds you may have thought were impossible may be possible with this overclocking spec.” Whether these improved speeds will have any effect on your games is anyone’s guess since memory frequencies don’t have as much of an influence as capacity, but it will involve diving into your motherboard’s BIOS to tinker with the timings.

AMD is a little behind, given that Intel Alder Lake ushered in DDR5 RAM support in late 2021, but more time in the oven could be just what the platform needs to leapfrog. his rival.

The main issue with overclocking DDR5 RAM on Alder Lake is that it often comes with higher latencies that aren’t worth it for gaming. Combine that with a prohibitive price tag compared to DDR4, and you might as well stick with whatever gaming RAM you have.

If Zen 4 changes that, Ryzen 7000 processors should be a substantial upgrade for your gaming PC. You’ll have to shell out for a new gaming motherboard as AMD moves to the next-gen AM5 platform, but Whispers suggest we’ll see support for PCIe 5.0, a 25% increase in IPC (instructions per cycle), more cores than you can shake a stick at, and AMD’s 3D V-Cache.

Robert P. Miller