Smart Memory Access reveals the All-AMD Advantage on Gaming Desktops
AMD has the unique opportunity to control entire gaming systems
Published: 28th October 2020 | Source: AMD |
Radeon's Smart Memory Access reveals the All-AMD Advantage on Gaming Desktops
Radeon's RX 6000 series graphics cards support a feature called "AMD Smart Access Memory", a feature which is exclusive to users to AMD's Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors, and 500-series AMD motherboards.
When designing their Ryzen 5000 series processors and Radeon 6000 series graphics cards, AMD intended to create the "ultimate gaming platform", taking advantage of benefits that only they have access to. As such, AMD users can unlock additional performance through the use of All-AMD systems. With AMD, the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.
What is Smart Access Memory?
Before now, CPUs had access to 256MB of GPU memory, an allocation size which made a lot of sense in the early 2000s. Since then, GPU memory sizes have exploded, with AMD's Radeon high-end RX 6000 series of graphics cards featuring a whopping 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
With AMD's Smart Memory Access technology, AMD is granting their CPUs access to the entirety of the RX 6000 series' frame buffer. Thanks to this access, AMD users can benefit from increased game performance within existing titles, and developers can exploit this access for further gains with future game releases.
This technology will allow CPUs and graphics cards to benefit from the bandwidth offered through PCIe 4.0, as increased GPU memory access will undoubtedly result in increased bandwidth utilisation.
In many of today's games, AMD's Smart Access Memory can already generate significant performance boosts in upcoming Ryzen/Radeon systems, with the games below showcasing a 5-11% performance increase.
The performance benefits of this technology will change on a game-by-game basis, especially as developers start to make explicit use of this increased memory access on Ryzen-based systems.
AMD doesn't just want you to buy a Radeon graphics card or a Ryzen-based processor. AMD want's you to buy both. With technologies like Smart Access memory, AMD is giving gamers a reason to go all-AMD, and you can be sure that AMD's developers are working hard to uncover new ways for all-AMD systems to benefit from AMD's unique position as a provider of end-to-end gaming platforms.
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