According to AMD, the next generation of processors, called the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael,” will allow for unprecedented levels of overclocking.
Although Zen 4 chips will already reach very high boost hours, it appears the company has big plans for those who might want to push those numbers higher.
The humor comes from the latest AMD Meet The Experts webinar. It seems that the main focus has been the introduction of DDR5 DRAM. As of now, AMD still does not support DDR5 memory, but that will change later this year in both EPYC Genoa next-generation CPUs for servers and data centers and in the consumer-grade AMD Ryzen 7000.
Despite the focus on memory, the webinar still revealed a bewildering piece of information that is sure to be of interest to overclocking enthusiasts. Joseph Tao, Director of Memory Enablement at AMD, stated that the next generation of Zen 4 CPUs should excel at overclocking in particular.
“The first DDR5 gaming platform is our Raphael. One of the great things about Raphael is that we’re going to really try to make a big boost with overclocking, and I’ll kind of let it go, but speeds that I probably thought weren’t possible, might be possible with this,” Tao said. In the webinar.
This is an exciting, if not informative, teaser. Given that some Ryzen 7000 chips will reach clock speeds at (or above) 5.0 GHz, the idea of bringing that number even higher is something current generation processors will struggle for. However, with the updates brought by the next generation and the shift to the 5nm process, it is likely that reaching frequencies above 5GHz will be the norm one day soon.
As Wccftech points out, AMD is supposed to add a new Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile (RAMP) profile to the upcoming AM5 platform, possibly along with a Ryzen Master software update. The combination of these two things and the power of the next generation Ryzen 7000 can lead to an overclocking unlike anything we’ve seen before. This is a difference from the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor, which arrives with a strong lock-up when overclocking – although it has already been bypassed by a savvy user.
Aside from overclocking, there was a lot of fun ground to cover in terms of EPYC Genoa CPUs, with amplifiers from both AMD and Samsung. The companies have teamed up to upgrade the platform to DDR5 memory with DIMM capacities of up to 512GB. As we recently saw in an early teaser, motherboards designed for Genoa may support up to 12TB of memory.
Switching to the new AM5 consumer CPU platform would be a big step for AMD. Ryzen 7000 processors will open the door to DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0. However, perhaps the biggest change of all stems from the performance these chips are rumored to offer. Since it’s due to launch later this year, we can expect to learn more about its exact specifications in the next couple of months.