Back when AMD announced the Radeon RX 6900, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 At the end of 2020, the company detailed an intriguing feature called Smart Access Memory. By authorizing his last Ryzen 5000 series processors To leverage fast VRAM on these GPUs, the company said it could improve performance by up to 16% in some games. With today’s announcement of the RX 6700 XT, AMD is extending support for this feature to include its highly popular Ryzen 3000 series processors.
You will need a motherboard with a B550 or X570 chipset, and 3400G and 3200G processors are off the table. This means that this expansion does not benefit most current Ryzen 3000 owners, many of whom have built their systems using B450 and X470 cards. Instead, it is aimed at people who are planning to build an AMD system now and in the future.
Unlike AMD’s Zen 3 processors, you can find a stock of its previous generation processors, including popular models like the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3700X. The single-core performance of these processors may not be as good as that of the latest AMD, but they are still capable and Smart Access Memory could help close some of the performance gap. Of course, the processor and the motherboard are only two parts of the equation in this case; you will still need a Radeon 6000 series GPU. So far these have been almost impossible to buy.