AMD EXPO Rides Again
The new Ryzen chips have moved on from the previously preferred DDR4-3600 to DDR5-6000 and that is exactly the frequency of the G.SKILL Flare X5 DIMMs up for review at TechPowerUp. The timings are decently tight 32-38-38-96 when set up using EXPO, and that is good considering there is only the one profile.
The kit does lose out to similarly clocked DIMMs which didn’t focus purely on CAS latency, as that 96 tRAS really impacts bandwidth in synthetic benchmarks. You will be glad to hear it has essentially no impact on gaming performance however, only the benchmarks really see a difference.
There ae challenges overclocking DDR5 on the new platform, but if you are interested in trying then you should be able to tighten the timings, like TPU managed in their review.
G.SKILL brings forward the Flare X line to the DDR5 market. In today's review we will be using the new EXPO 6000 MT/s profile that's optimized for Zen 4 using modest primary timings of 32-38-38-96. This kit is designed and marketed for AMD and targets the "sweet spot" that is getting all the attention. Follow along as we test this memory and see how it stacks up the competition!