AMD Adds Smart Access Memory Feature to Older Graphics Cards

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AMD has added support for Smart Access Memory feature, otherwise known as Resizebale BAR in the BIOS, to its older RX 5000 graphics cards, which will work with any Ryzen 3000 or 5000 CPU with the latest drivers. The latest driver update for AMD’s Radeon Adrenaline software, version 21.9.1, also adds support for easy automatic overclocking on AMD GPUs in Windows 11, which will release later next month.

Smart Access Memory (SAM) was a feature introduced in the Radeon RX 6000 graphics card lineup last year which AMD CPUs access data in the GPU without any bottlenecks in the system. Until now, SAM was only available to be used with AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 GPUs, when paired with Ryzen 3000 or 5000 CPUs. The new update will let owners of the almost two-year-old RX 5000 graphics card lineup get some extra performance out of them. It needs to be noted however that SAM does not drastically improve performance in too many games as of now, but it is a nice feature to have with new games targeting next-gen console hardware in the future.

AMD has also continued to gain support on its FidelityFX Super Resolution feature, with the recently released Deathloop and the upcoming World War Z: Aftermath, JX3, F1 2021 and No Man’s Sky also including support despite not being an AMD sponsored title.

As of now, cross-gen games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have shown a decent 20% increase in performance with the feature turned on. When the feature is supported, SAM can help in improving frame rates at resolutions under 4K, which can be helpful for the lower end GPUs such as the Radeon RX 5500 and 5600 XT, which target 1080p. It’s nice to see AMD porting new features to its older GPUs, especially when the competition is starting to heat up from both Nvidia and Intel.

AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 GPUs are out now in India, although the current pricing for the cards is abnormally high and not worth the investment for new DIY PC builds, who will be much better served with getting pre-built systems.


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