RAMP an abbreviation of Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile is a technology standard that will offer automated memory overclocking specifically for AMD Ryzen processors. It allows for higher memory speeds than standard utilizing customized RAM setting profiles on future AMD Zen architectures such as Ryzen 7000 processors using the AM5 socket. Basically, RAMP is AMD’s version of Intel’s XMP 3.0.
As for why exactly did Team Red come up with this particular update now (as opposed to earlier) and how this would change the use of memory modules on AMD systems in the future are topics explained in further detail below.
How RAMP Works
While we don’t have retail availability just yet on AM5 motherboards, we can assume that the mechanics of its applications would be very much the same as A-XMP profiles built for AM4 platforms. The user would probably also just choose an appropriate RAMP setting in the BIOS, and the motherboard will automatically boost the memory module to the pre-configured overclocked value.
Why Does RAMP Exist?
The first thing that comes to mind is feature competition. But, more than just having a convenient memory OC profile to go up against XMP 3.0, RAMP provides a way to finally optimize memory configurations for future Zen architectures without having to match it with competing Intel systems.
Because Ryzen chips, after all, are far more dependent on memory frequency and CAS latency changes than Intel chips. Initial Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) users may have noticed, for example, that the 1:1 ratio of Infinity Fabric and memory clock became even tighter, resulting in a hard OC ceiling of 3800Mhz (more specifically 3733Mhz) prior to more updated modules and better BIOS versions being released. With RAMP, these first release issues can potentially be eliminated altogether.
What to Expect from RAMP
As you might expect, this type of implementation will have a few notable caveats:
A-XMP is Phased Out After DDR5
Because RAMP will be the default RAM overclocking profile standard for new DDR5 modules, it is also highly likely that AMD-only A-XMP profiles would most likely see the last of their days as soon as DDR4 support becomes completely abolished.
Manufacturer-exclusive OC Profiles Phased Out as Well?
Direct OverClock Profile (DOCP) and Extended OverClock Profile (EOCP) by Asus and Gigabyte respectively were exclusive memory overclocking features that were developed as a result of the two companies not wanting to pay Intel royalties to implement XMP. These features have since then been used less and less in favor of the more industry-standard XMP, but are still used on older systems in some limited capacity. Again, as we move towards making DDR5 the default standard, the final nail in the coffin for these would most likely be RAMP.
It’s (Most Likely) Not Exclusive
AMD has long since been known to hinge on the more open implementation of technologies due to market share restraints. For example, Radeon Freesync and FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). As such, it is most likely that RAMP would be cross-compatible with XMP. If the memory module does not have significant system compatibility restrictions, one technology could simply be swapped for another when used on either AMD or Intel.
When Will RAMP Be Released?
No official dates have been set yet, but as of the latest update for the HWinFO64 monitoring software (which added preliminary support for RAMP), it’s going to be very soon. Expect the first batch of RAMP-capable memory kits to arrive just before Ryzen 7000 CPUs and AM5 motherboards hit the tech store shelves. That time would be around the second half of 2022 if AMD doesn’t decide on a discreet extension before then.
In the olden days of DDR3 and before, manufacturers would usually release AMD exclusive modules, just to compensate for the vast difference in memory config implementations compared to Intel. And while XMP eventually became incorporated into future Zen platforms, memory compatibility issues continue to become an intermittent issue even as the technology reached its parity peak with Intel during the release of Zen+ and Zen 2.
With RAMP, AMD is not only preparing an industry competitor for XMP 3.0, but it is also a pre-emptive move to immediately curtail the potential problems Zen 4 will have to face as it embraces DDR5 technology. Though hopefully by then, DDR5 prices have lowered to the point of universal adoption.