AMD Ryzen memory optimisation - The effect of tRC timings

Performance testing and methodology

AMD Ryzen memory optimisation trick

Performance testing and methodology

With our R7 1700X and several different DDR4 memory kits, we found that we were able to reduce our memory's tRC timings without causing system instability. This means that Ryzen users have the potential to gain free performance by overclocking their memory beyond the capabilities that are available at DCOP/Auto settings. 

To test the performance impact of this we will use a dual channel kit of G.Skill 3200MHz memory and run it at 2666MHz and 3200MHz using "stock" and "enhanced" timings. 

At both memory speeds, we will be using 14-14-14-34 memory timings and we will test each speed's stock tRC timings and our adjusted tRC timings of 48 (14+34).  

When running our memory at 3200MHz moving from a tRC timing of 75 to 48 we see a 36% reduction. When running memory at 2666MHz, moving from the tRC stock value of 63 to 48 will represent a 24% reduction. 

Will this minor change have a notable performance impact? Let's find out!

 

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18-07-2017, 13:59:45

Chrazey
I like it how the test rig specs in the box say "1080 Founders Edition", although the picture of the PC under it shows and ASUS Strix card Quote

18-07-2017, 14:02:05

WYP
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
I like it how the test rig specs in the box say "1080 Founders Edition", although the picture of the PC under it shows and ASUS Strix card
That is the thing with test beds, hardware changes all the time. I can't take pics with every hardware configuration.Quote

18-07-2017, 14:08:58

Chrazey
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
That is the thing with test beds, hardware changes all the time. I can't take pics with every hardware configuration.
No no, I understand dude. I was just pointing it out, not to put it in your face or anything though.Quote

18-07-2017, 16:49:54

harrison
For whatever it's worth, my memory/motherboard does not seem to exhibit this issue. My XMP 2.0 values populated and booted without any fussing, and the tCR value is accurate.

MB: ASRock AB350M Pro4, BIOS v2.5 (AGESA 1.0.0.6)
Ram: Corsair LPX 2x8GB 3200MHz C16 (CMK16GX4M2C3200C16S)
Timings: 16-18-18-36-54-1 (tCAS-tRC-tRP-tRAS-tCS-tCR)
https://valid.x86.fr/te3x7z

A new update was just released today for AGESA 1.0.0.6a, so I'll need to see how that impacts things, but in this one case at least, things appear to not wonky.Quote

18-07-2017, 17:12:14

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by harrison View Post
For whatever it's worth, my memory/motherboard does not seem to exhibit this issue. My XMP 2.0 values populated and booted without any fussing, and the tCR value is accurate.

MB: ASRock AB350M Pro4, BIOS v2.5 (AGESA 1.0.0.6)
Ram: Corsair LPX 2x8GB 3200MHz C16 (CMK16GX4M2C3200C16S)
Timings: 16-18-18-36-54-1 (tCAS-tRC-tRP-tRAS-tCS-tCR)
https://valid.x86.fr/te3x7z

A new update was just released today for AGESA 1.0.0.6a, so I'll need to see how that impacts things, but in this one case at least, things appear to not wonky.
Well that is certainly a positive thing to hear, one of the main points for this is to raise awareness and get a potential fix in future BIOS' if possible. I do remember the Taichi having the issue at launch, so this is likely a recent development.

Hopefully other manufacturers will soon follow suit. It is memory performance that is simply sitting on the table.Quote
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