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Smart Access Memory available on AMD 400 series cards

Smart Access Memory available on AMD 400 series cards

Until now, the essential requirement for Smart Access Memory technology was to combine a GPU from the Radeon RX 6800 series , a Ryzen 5000 series and a motherboard with an AMD 500 series chipset.Smart-Access-Memory

Smart Access Memory on B450 and X470

However, the AGESA v2 1.1.0.0 firmware which is already in circulation would activate this functionality on the B450 and X470 motherboards. It is only a matter of time before the motherboard manufacturers integrate the firmware with an update of the BIOS for the cards concerned. MSI seems to be the first on the subject since it has published a BIOS Beta capable of activating this technology on its cards as well as the Curve Optimizer ( aka Precision Boost Overdrive activatable with AGESA 1.1.8.0 ). ASrock has done the same with cards featuring the B450 chipset. As a reminder, the use of Smart Access Memory technology brings an interesting gain in performance as you can see below. A few % (often between 2 and 5%) which should not be neglected especially when they cost nothing 😉 Smart Access Memory perfs

If this technology is not “revolutionary” and uses the bandwidth gain provided by PCIe 4.0, it would be ridiculous to do without it if a simple update of its BIOS brings a “free” gain in performance. AMD Smart Access Memory

It will therefore be a few more days before most brands release BIOS with this feature. However, we can only appreciate that the AMD 400 platforms can also continue their life and take advantage of the latest advances in the red camp…a gesture to be welcomed.

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