AMD Smart Access Memory increases the performance of a Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT or 6900 XT according to the manufacturer by up to 11 percent when combined with a Zen 3 CPU of the Ryzen 9 5950X, 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X or Ryzen 5 5600X type becomes. AMD now shows the advantages of direct memory access using five selected games.
Radeon RX 6000 benefits from Ryzen 5000
The three graphics cards of the Radeon RX 6000 series based on the Navi 21 GPU and RDNA 2 architecture, which will be launched on November 18 and December 8, respectively, are to be combined with a Zen 3 processor from the On November 5th, the Ryzen 5000 series will render up to 11 percent more frames per second, according to AMD.
In five titles specially selected by the manufacturer, including the popular open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4 (test), Gears 5 (test), which impresses with its reference graphics, and the first-person shooter Wolfenstein: Young Blood (test) as well as Borderlands 3 and Hitman 2, a Radeon RX 6800 XT together with a Ryzen 9 5900X with activated AMD Smart Access Memory achieves an average of 5 to 11 percent higher frame rates.
During the presentation of the Radeon RX 6000 series, Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions and Marketing at AMD, said that conventional systems only allow the CPU to access the memory of the graphics card to a limited extent, up to a maximum of 256 MB was the talk. With Smart Access Memory, this limitation should now disappear and the CPU can access the entire memory of the GPU, provided a Ryzen 5000 and a mainboard with a PCH of the type X570 or B550 (test) are in the system.
In conventional Windows-based PC systems, processors can only access a fraction of graphics memory (VRAM) at once, limiting system performance. With AMD Smart Access Memory, the data channel gets expanded to harness the full potential of GPU memory – removing the bottleneck to increase performance.AMD
AMD can thus use the feature set of its CPUs and GPUs to sell more Zen 3 processors and RDNA 2 graphics cards. First independent tests will have to show how great the advantages of Smart Access Memory really are.