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AMD Patents Automatic Memory Overclocking Tool

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AMD has filed a patent for a program that performs automatic memory overclocking to simplify enthusiasts' lives. The app can automatically test overclocked memory modules for stability and locally store memory overclocking profiles unique to a particular system.  

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) overclocking has existed for decades. At first, companies like Corsair cherry-picked memory ICs that could safely work at high frequencies and/or with low latencies. It then built modules that were guaranteed to work at specific frequencies, timings and voltages but required those settings to be entered manually into BIOS. To simplify things, Intel introduced its eXtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) — settings stored in a module's serial presence detect (SPD) chip and can be activated on supporting platforms — in 2007, and virtually all enthusiast-grade memory currently comes with XMP profiles.  

But guaranteed/recommended settings and XMP profile settings tend to be relatively conservative to maximize compatibility with a broad array of systems. Meanwhile, each PC is unique, so diehard enthusiasts tend to determine maximum data transfer rates and the lowest latencies their machines are capable of themselves. However, this is time-consuming and requires knowledge, experience, and skills.  

AMD's automatic memory overclocking technology attempts to give average performance enthusiasts the ability to tune their memory modules and CPUs for maximum performance like a pro, but without extensive manual testing. In addition, AMD's automatic memory overclocking should also allow owners of inexpensive memory modules with JEDEC standard settings in SPDs to overclock them to their limits. Performance-minded enthusiasts who tend to use the best RAM modules featuring XMP 3.0 profiles will also be able to maximize their performance to levels that their builds can handle without doing loads of manual work. 

"Settings for memory modules can be configured according to vendor profiles or user input specifications," AMD's patent US20220155982 reads. "These profiles are often generated and tested using system configurations differing from a user system. Additionally, user input specifications may be restricted using margins determined and tested using these differing system configurations." 

AMD's automatic memory overclocking technology entails determining an overclocked memory frequency setting, passing the memory stability test, determining the most aggressive timing settings for passing the said test, and generating a profile that includes the overclocked memory frequency and latency settings. The resulting profile will eventually be loaded by the program. Interestingly, the patent does not touch upon memory voltages, which means that modules must maintain SPD voltages (i.e., voltages from SPD profiles), or voltages must be set manually in the UEFI BIOS or using a third-party app. 

The patent was published on May 19, 2022, so we can only guess as to when AMD's program will come to fruition. However, we could safely speculate that AMD will make it available once it launches the next-generation Ryzen 7000-Series processors. 

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • Makaveli
    Is this is like an official ryzen dram calc from AMD I'm 100% for this.
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  • hotaru.hino
    I'm curious if this is an OS based tool or something you have to boot into, if only because once the OS loads, it pretty much makes tweaking system memory a problem.
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  • tennis2
    Makaveli said:
    Is this is like an official ryzen dram calc from AMD I'm 100% for this.
    Certainly seems very similar.
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  • thisisaname
    Should this even be patentable, nothing in this idea is new?
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  • hotaru.hino
    thisisaname said:
    Should this even be patentable, nothing in this idea is new?
    It depends on how it's doing it.
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  • deesider
    thisisaname said:
    Should this even be patentable, nothing in this idea is new?
    So far it is only a patent application that hasn't been examined yet. The latest set of patent claims that define the invention to me appear to be nothing more than an automated process that does exactly what anyone would do manually. That generally is not patentable. There may be more technical details that haven't been added to the claims yet, but I can't be bothered reading the specification to find out.

    The examination process will take a few more years, so if a patent is eventually granted, by then we will have all forgotten about it.
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  • Giroro
    Makaveli said:
    Is this is like an official ryzen dram calc from AMD I'm 100% for this.

    Isn't the Ryzen Dram calc basically just looking up values from a list of 'known good' settings for Zen 2?
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  • poodie13
    The point is "if" upon review it is judged non-patent-able then some jack-a** will have trouble suing them after they have added it to everyone's cmos or driver bundle ...
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  • spentshells
    sync with that fabric for free, sure why not
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