It looks like AMD is working on a new standard for memory overclocking for the upcoming AM5 platform. The company recently registered the trademark ‘AMD EXPO’ and a reliable source reveals that this technology could be the new competitor to Intel’s XMP 3.0.
If it turns out to be true, the technology will make it much easier for AMD Ryzen 7000 users to optimize their DDR5 RAM including frequency, voltage and timing.
Previously, the new technology was thought to be called “AMD RAMP”, which stands for Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile. However, VideoCardz has obtained new information from a known leaker implying that the name will in fact be AMD EXPO. Contrary to what one might think when reading “expo”, this isn’t the name of an event – it stands for “EXtended Profiles for Overclocking”, and it looks like AMD EXPO does exactly what it says on the tin.
AMD trademarked AMD EXPO in February 2022, and the description of the trademark implies that Disclosuzen (the source of VideoCardz) is not wrong to announce that the technology is closely related to memory. According to Disclosuzen, EXPO can store up to two memory overclocking profiles.
This only seems to apply to DDR5 RAM, but it works with all types of RAM, including RDIMM, SO-DIMM, and UDIMM, meaning EXPO will be available in future AMD laptops someday. The technology essentially appears to be the AMD version of Intel XMP 3.0 profiles.
The first overclocking profile is optimized for high bandwidth and the second for low latency. However, the second profile is rumored to be optional, so it won’t be found in every single model.
AMD recently teased that Ryzen 7000 CPUs will “make a big splash with overclocking”. It’s possible Joseph Tao, memory management manager at AMD, was talking about AMD EXPO when he revealed the platform’s alleged overclocking capabilities.
It makes sense that AMD would try to focus on and optimize DDR5 memory, especially given the recent rumors that the AM5 platform may not support DDR4 RAM at all. If the company is really moving away from DDR4 that quickly, the addition of AMD EXPO is a much-needed way to entice prospective customers to spend big on DDR5 RAM when the new Ryzen 7000 processors come out later this year.