During AMD’s ‘Together We Advance_PC’ event, the company introduced the world to its latest Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processors, as well as its AM5 platforms, including the X670E, X670, B650E, and B650. AMD also announced what it calls AMD EXPO, a new technology for overclocking DDR5 memory. In conjunction with this announcement, AMD has partnered with memory manufacturers including ADATA, Corsair, G.Skill, GeIL, and Kingston Technology to bring optimized AMD Ryzen 7000 DDR5 memory kits to market, with 15 (or more) of these configured to will be available on launch day on 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 in most consumer-grade memory kits designed for Intel desktop platforms, AMD’s EXPO technology aims to do the same, but as an open standard with an emphasis on providing the best configuration 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 overclocking feature for AM5 motherboards, and AMD claims that EXPO overclocked memory kits will deliver up to 11% more gaming performance at 1080p, though it hasn’t quantified how it arrived. to this figure. However, AMD stated that 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 surface, is essentially an XMP profile designed specifically for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4) processors. Though AMD hasn’t gone into finer details about how it differs from XMP, beyond the fact that it will be royalty-free and license-free.
AMD EXPO Certified G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo DDR5 Memory
It’s worth noting 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. (unlike XMP kits which are mostly optimized for Intel platforms).
AMD EXPO has a warning associated with it; AMD EXPO is classified as overclocking in AMD’s own eyes, and according to their footnotes, it voids the warranty.
The footnote on the AMD EXPO landing page reads as follows:
Overclocking and/or undervolting AMD processors and memory, including but not limited to altering clock frequencies/multipliers or memory timing/voltage, to operate outside of AMD’s published specifications , will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when enabled through AMD hardware and/or software. . This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risk and liability that may arise from overclocking and/or undervolting AMD processors, including, but not limited to, hardware failure or damage, reduced system performance, and/or data loss, corruption, or vulnerability. GD-106
Just as Intel operates with XMP profiles applied, using AMD EXPO will technically void your warranty, which seems odd given that this is AMD technology designed to give Ryzen 7000 and AM5 users an extra boost in performance at through certification. When overclocking, doing so is always at the user’s risk. Still, with a certification like the one offered by AMD EXPO, it seems a bit strange that AMD recommends optimized memory for its platform, but also voids the processor 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 the Ryzen 7000 launches on September 27. Some of these kits include ADATA Caster RGB and Lancer RGB models, with GeiL EVO V models and Kingston Technology Fury Beast and RGB models enabled.
AMD EXPO Certified G.Skill Flare X5 Memory in Black
Corsair and G.Skill sent us information about what will be released alongside the Ryzen 7000 on September 27. Starting with G.Skill, he announced three new DDR5 kits for the Ryzen 7000, including the Trident Z5 Neo RGB, regular Trident Z5 Neo, and the Flare X5 series. Its AMD EXPO memory flagship is Trident Z Neo, with four different varieties of DDR5-6000 set to launch, each with different latencies and capacities, as outlined in the table below.
|AMD EXPO DDR5 G.Skill Memory (as of 08/30)|
|Trident Z5 Neo + RGB Neo||DDR5-6000||30-38-38-96||2 of 16GB|
|30-40-40-96||2 of 32GB|
|32-38-38-96||2 x 16 / 2 x 32GB|
|36-36-36-96||2 of 16GB|
|Flare X5||DDR5-5600||28-34-34-89||2 x 16 / 2 x 32GB|
Trident Z5 Neo and RGB Neo share the same specs, but the RGB version includes a customizable LED light bar. G.Skill’s primary SKU with AMD EXPO at launch will be the DDR5-6000 CL30-38-38-96 kit, which is available in 2 x 16GB (32GB) capacities. The Flare X5 replaces the older Flare X series for DDR4 and features a lower profile heatsink at just 33mm in height; this makes it more compatible for users with large tower cooler space constraints that restrict larger, more aggressive heatsink designs like the Trident Z5 Neo.
New Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5 for AMD Ryzen 7000
Focusing on what Corsair has announced for its AMD EXPO certified memory, it has two new varieties of DDR5 memory. This includes the new premium Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5, Vengeance DDR5, and Vengeance DDR5 non-RGB, all designed specifically for AMD and Ryzen 7000. Corsair’s top SKU is the 32GB (2x16GB) Dominator Platinum RGB Kit with DDR5-6000 and CL30-36-36-76 latencies. 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 go up to DDR5-6000 CL30 but will also be available in DDR5-5600 CL36 and DDR5-5200 CL40. At the time of writing, the Vengeance for AM5 non-RGB compatible 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). UK) teams.
AMD EXPO DDR5 Memory Kits will launch at the same time as AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop Processors and AMD X670E and X670 Motherboards – on September 27. None of the memory vendors have provided us with any pricing at the time of writing.
Source: AMD, Corsair and G.Skill