AMD Ryzen CPUs Support 3600MHz DDR4 Memory

Feb 21, 2017

We’ve just got confirmation that AMD Ryzen CPUs do in fact support DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3600MHz. We know this thanks to BIOSTAR’s memory compatibility list via VCZ which has just been published.

We haven’t heard much talk from AMD about the capabilities of Ryzen’s DDR4 memory controller, specifically regarding the maximum frequencies it can manage. Pretty much the only thing that has been discussed on the record at this year’s Hot Chips Symposium where the Zen architecture was detailed, is that Ryzen features a dual channel DDR4 memory controller. While Naples, the 32 core enterprise Opteron chip features up to 8 DDR4 memory channels. The officially stated maximum supported DDR4 frequency is 2400MHz.

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AMD Ryzen CPU Cores/Threads L3 TDP Base Turbo XFR Price
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.6GHz 4.0GHz 4.0GHz+ $489
AMD Ryzen 7 1800 Pro 8/16 16MB 65W TBA TBA N/A TBA
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 8/16 16MB 95W 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 3.8GHz+ $389
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8/16 16MB 65W 3.0GHz 3.7GHz N/A $319
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6/12 16MB 95W 3.3GHz 3.7GHz 3.7GHz+ $259
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6/12 16MB 65W TBA TBA N/A TBA
AMD Ryzen 5 1500 6/12 16MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz N/A $229
AMD Ryzen 5 1400X 4/8 8MB 65W 3.5GHz 3.9GHz 3.9GHz+ $199
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4/8 8MB 65W TBA TBA N/A TBA
AMD Ryzen 5 1300 4/8 8MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz N/A $175
AMD Ryzen 3 1200X 4/4 8MB 65W TBA 3.4GHz 3.8GHz $149
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 4/4 8MB 65W TBA TBA N/A TBA
AMD Ryzen 3 1100 4/4 8MB 65W 3.2GHz 3.5GHz N/A $129

AMD Ryzen Support For DDR4 Memory Speeds Of Up To 3600MHz Confirmed

Interestingly, that’s identical to Intel’s high-end desktop Broadwell-E parts. Which officially support DDR4 memories with speeds of up to 2400MHz. However, thanks to memory overclocking standards like Intel’s Extreme Memory Profile or XMP for short we’ve seen Broadwell-E successfully paired with much faster DDR4 memory. AMD has a similar technology called AMP, or AMD Memory Profile. Much like XMP it enables AMD CPUs to support much faster memory modules than the officially quoted 2400MHz figure.

It’s not clear whether Ryzen CPUs will in fact support even faster DDR4 memories than 3600MHz. What we do know is that at least one G.Skill DDR4 16GB memory kit (4GBx4) rated at 3600MHz will be supported right out of the box by BIOSTAR.

Biostar X370 Racing GT7 Memory Support      
Brand Model Size Type
A DATA AX4U2400W4G16-QRZ 4G DDR4 2400
A DATA AX4U2400W8G16-QRZ 8G DDR4 2400
APACER 78.C1GM3.AF10B 8G DDR4 2133
APACER 78.C1GMS.4010B 8G DDR4 2400
APACER 78.B1GM3.AF00B 4G DDR4 2133
GEIL GPR416GB3000C16QC 4G DDR4 2400
INFINEON WJDLDC2G12808HI-1333 2G DDR4 2133
KINGSTON HX430C15PB2K4/16 8G DDR4 2400
KINGSTON HX428C14PB2K4/16 2G DDR4 2667
UMAX 84G48G93HY-21MHYWKGF15T 8G DDR4 2133
TRANSCEND C59410-0133 4G DDR4 2133
PATRIOT PX432G280C6QK 8G DDR4 2800
G.SKILL F4-3400C16Q-16GRBD 4G DDR4 3400
G.SKILL F4-3600C17D-8GVK 4G DDR4 3600
G.SKILL F4-2400C15Q-32GRB 8G DDR4 2400
G.SKILL F4-3200C16Q-16GRKD 4G DDR4 3200
APOTOP U4A4G93-24G6NMCF01 4G DDR4 2400
APOTOP U4A8G93-24G6NMCF01 8G DDR4 2400
Vcolor TD8G16C17-UH 8G DDR4 2400
Crucial MTA8ATF51264AZ-2G1A1 4G DDR4 2133
Crucial BLS4G4D240FSA.8FADG 4G DDR4 2400
Crucial CT16G4DFD8213.16FA1 16G DDR4 2133
Panram PUD42400C154GNJW 4G DDR4 2400

It’s worth noting that while BIOSTAR isn’t often thought of as a player in the high-end motherboard space, the company has been pushing hard in recent years to compete in the higher end of the market. Generally speaking, motherboard makers have consistently competed with each other to claim CPU and memory overclocking records. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see other board makers come out with support for even faster DDR4 memory right out of the gate with their upcoming AM4 Ryzen motherboards.

AMD has made a really big deal out of overclocking on its new AM4 desktop platform. Previously announcing that all Ryzen chips will be unlocked and that all mid-range motherboards and up will support overclocking. In addition to all the new technologies the company introduced to make overclocking more user friendly.

We’ve even heard whispers about a brand new overclocking utility made by the company specifically for Ryzen. Suffice to say AMD is completely embracing this popular DIY phenomena of pushing hardware beyond its limits. After all the Athlon range were well known and beloved among overclockers and the company is looking to make just as strong of a comeback as it did back in the early 2000s.

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Everything We Know About Ryzen :

All 17 Ryzen SKUs, specs & prices.
MSI & ASRock X370 and B350 AM4 Ryzen motherboards.
ASUS, GIGABYTE & BIOSTAR X370 and B350 AMD Ryzen motherboards.
– Ryzen 5 1600X benchmarks.
Ryzen 7 1700X benchmarks.
Ryzen 7 1800X benchmarks.
 Ryzen 7 1700X, 5 1600X & 3 1300 3DMark benchmarks.
New Ryzen CPU coolers.
ASUS Crosshair VI Hero X370 Motherboard Unboxing.
Entire ASUS AM4 motherboard lineup & prices.
AMD Ryzen Architecture deep-dive.

AMD Ryzen AM4 Motherboards & Chipsets

Wccftech X370 B350 A320 X300
PCIe 3 Lanes 24 24 TBA TBA
CrossfireX/SLI Tri-Fire/2-Way SLI TBC N/A N/A
PCIe 2 Lanes 8 6 TBA TBA
USB 3.1 Gen2 2 2 TBA TBA
USB 3.1 Gen1 8 4 TBA TBA
SATA 6Gb/s 8 6 TBA 8
DDR4 DIMMs 4 4 TBA 2
Yes Yes No Yes
Form Factor ATX ATX, M-ATX M-ATX, Mini-ITX Mini-ITX
Price Range
~$129+ ~$99-$59 ~$129+