One-Click Overclocking Profiles for Ryzen 7000


At AMD’s “together we move_PCs” event, the company unveiled its latest Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processors to the world, along with its AM5 platforms, including X670E, X670, B650E, and B650. AMD also announced what it calls AMD EXPO, a new DDR5 memory overclocking technology. Along with this announcement, AMD has partnered with memory manufacturers including ADATA, Corsair, G.Skill, GeIL, and Kingston Technology to release optimized AMD Ryzen 7000 DDR5 memory kits, 15 (or more) of which are configured for will be available on launch day September 27.

AMD EXPO stands for EXtended Profiles for Overclocking and is designed to provide users with high-end memory overclocking when used in conjunction with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series processors. Similar to Intel’s pre-existing XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) technology found on most consumer memory kits designed for desktop Intel platforms, AMD’s EXPO technology aims to do the same, but as an open standard with an emphasis on providing the best settings for AMD platforms. .

AMD EXPO technology: Like XMP, but optimized for Ryzen 7000

The premise of AMD EXPO is that it will be a one-click DDR5 overclock feature for AM5 motherboards, and AMD claims that EXPO overclocked memory kits will deliver up to 11% gaming performance higher than 1080p, although he didn’t quantify how he came to that figure. AMD, however, said it expects (at least) 15 DDR5 memory kits with AMD EXPO at launch on September 27, with rates up to DDR5-6400.

AMD EXPO, on the face of it, is basically an XMP profile specifically designed for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4) processors. Although AMD didn’t give any further details on how it differs from XMP, beyond the fact that it will be royalty and license fee free.

G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo DDR5 memory with AMD EXPO certification

It should be noted that DDR5 memory with XMP profiles will be supported on Ryzen 7000 platforms. Still, AMD EXPO adds an extra layer of “compatibility” with AMD systems, as EXPO DIMMs will be optimized for use on AMD platforms (as opposed to XMP kits primarily optimized for Intel platforms).

AMD EXPO has a caveat associated with it; AMD EXPO is classified as overclocking in AMD’s own eyes, and according to its footnotes, it voids the warranty.

The footnote on the AMD EXPO home page states the following:

Overclocking and/or undervoltage of AMD processors and memory, including but not limited to altering clock rates/multipliers or memory timing/voltage, to operate outside specifications published by AMD will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when activated through AMD hardware and/or software. . It may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risk and liability that may arise from overclocking and/or underpowering AMD processors, including but not limited to hardware failure or damage, reduced system performance and/or loss, corruption or vulnerability of data. GD-106

Similar to how Intel works with XMP profiles applied, using AMD EXPO will technically void the warranty, which seems odd given that this is AMD’s technology designed to offer Ryzen users 7000 and AM5 a further performance improvement through certification. When overclocking, this is always done at the user’s own risk. Still, with a certification such as that offered by AMD EXPO, it seems a little odd that AMD would recommend memory optimized for its platform, but also void the processor’s warranty.

AMD EXPO: 15 different DDR5 kits available at launch

As we mentioned earlier, AMD says there should be 15 DDR5 kits with AMD EXPO support ready to launch when Ryzen 7000 is released on September 27th. Some of these kits include ADATA Caster RGB and Lancer RGB models, along with GeiL EVO V models and Kingston Technology Fury Beast and RGB models.

G.Skill Flare X5 memory in black with AMD EXPO certification

Corsair and G.Skill sent us info on what it’s launching alongside Ryzen 7000 on September 27th. Starting with G.Skill, it announced three new DDR5 kits for Ryzen 7000, including its Trident Z5 Neo RGB, the regular Trident Z5 Neo, and the Flare X5 series. Its AMD EXPO memory flagship is the Trident Z Neo, with four different varieties of DDR5-6000 ready to launch, each with different latencies and capacities, as shown in the table below.

G.Skill AMD EXPO DDR5 memory (as of 08/30)
Memory Frequency CL synchronization Ability
Trident Z5 Neo + RGB Neo DDR5-6000 30-38-38-96 2 x 16 GB
30-40-40-96 2 x 32 GB
32-38-38-96 2 x 16 / 2 x 32 GB
36-36-36-96 2 x 16 GB
Rocket X5 DDR5-5600 28-34-34-89 2 x 16 / 2 x 32 GB

The Trident Z5 Neo and RGB Neo share the same specs, but the RGB version includes a customizable LED lightbar. G.Skill’s best SKU with AMD EXPO at launch will be the DDR5-6000 CL30-38-38-96 kit, which comes in 2 x 16GB (32GB) capacities. The Flare X5 replaces the older Flare X series for DDR4 and features a low profile heatsink just 33mm high; this makes it more compatible for users with space restrictions of large tower coolers that restrict larger, more aggressive heatsink designs such as the Trident Z5 Neo.

New Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5 for AMD Ryzen 7000

Focusing on what Corsair announced for its AMD EXPO certified memory, it offers two new varieties of DDR5 memory. This includes the new Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5, Vengeance DDR5, and non-RGB-enabled Vengeance DDR5, all designed specifically for AMD and Ryzen 7000. Corsair’s best SKU is the 32GB (2 x 16GB) Dominator Platinum RGB Kit with speeds of DDR5-6000 and latencies of CL30-36-36-76. Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5 memory for AMD EXPO will also be available in 64GB (2 x 32GB) kits, with speeds of the DDR5-5600 CL36 and DDR5-5200 CL40 varieties.

The Corsair Vengeance RGB with AMD EXPO profiles will reach up to DDR5-6000 CL30 but will also be available in DDR5-5600 CL36 and DDR5-5200 CL40. At the time of writing, the non-RGB-capable Vengeance for AM5 will max out at DDR5-5600 CL36, with options also available in DDR5-5200 CL40 in 2 x 16GB (32GB) and 2 x 32GB (64GB) kits.

AMD EXPO DDR5 memory kits will launch alongside AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop processors and AMD X670E and X670 motherboards: September 27. None of the memory vendors have provided us with pricing at the time of writing.

Source: AMD, Corsair and G.Skill


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