AMD Ryzen is a relatively new platform and as is the case with new hardware, the platform is not perfect and needs some improvements down the line. AMD’s James Prior might have just blamed AMD motherboard partners for the RAM discrepancies that the platform is facing. But one can argue that RAM issues aside, there is not much wrong with AMD Ryzen.
AMD Ryzen has some discrepancies when it comes to faster memory and AMD has said that this is due to motherboard designs and this comes down to the manufacturer of that motherboard. According to Prior this issue is seen in the B350 chipset and that the motherboards that feature this chipset can handle memory up to 2,933 MHz.
In some cases, the chipsets can also handle 3,200 MHz. Prior stated in an interview that it all depends on the time that has been invested in making the motherboard and some are saying that this is unfair of AMD to say. The issue with the motherboards is that they struggle to work with memory higher than 2,667 MHz. This can be a make or break feature for many people.
It’s really only the B350 chipset motherboards that we’re seeing this hit and miss memory support. This is down to the design of the board and how much time the manufacturer has invested into that board in maintaining support for high memory speeds.
Even though prior says that this is only an issue with the B350 chipset, it seems that this is not the cases. Sources indicate that the X370 motherboards also face similar issues as well.
We are finding most B350 boards can hit 2,933MHz without any issues and some can do 3,200MHz. It’s that last little bit of special magic sauce – the number of layers in the board and how much trace copper they put into it and the time they invest in the BIOS.
This might not be a big issue for most people but I do not think that the AMD motherboard partners can be blamed for this. Let us know what you think, can the AMD motherboard partners be blamed for this?