AMD Ryzen 3000 DDR4 Scaling – Part II – Samsung B-Die vs Micron E-Die vs Hynix CJR – English version
Ok, ok, I know … too many numbers and charts. Believe me I know … now imagine how it is to test all these kits in order to get all these numbers and charts. Well, at least I think that we managed to find the answers to a number of important questions. First of all, I think it is already clear that the maximum performance can be reached when we run synchronously (fClk: uClk: mClk 1: 1) at the highest frequency that the memory controller allows us, in our case DDR4 3800, using a set of timings as tight as possible.
In this situation, a good quality (high-bin) Samsung B-Die kit will get the best results, followed closely by a Micron E-Die kit. Those who want more RAM in the system can opt for a 2 x 16GB dual-rank B-Die kit, which has very good performance, well above the 4 x 8GB configuration. The Hynix CJR kit also gets pretty close, and this is when we analyze AIDA Cache & Memory Benchmark, which is the test that really highlights the smallest differences between configurations.
In daily-use, the differences we encountered in today’s tests are significantly smaller, as we saw in the first part of our scaling study, where we ran our entire suite of apps and games. As a result, I think things are quite clear at the moment, and the situation has changed dramatically from what we could see in the case of the first two generations of AMD Ryzen processors.
In absolute terms, good quality Samsung B-Die kit has the potential to offer the best performance, but the Micron E-Die kits can offer similar performances, for a fraction of the price. Hynix CJR kits can offer good performance, also for a lower price than the expensive B-Die kits.
Thus, if Samsung B-Die was the only viable option in order to get the best performance when the first Ryzen generation was launched, this time things have changed, Ryzen fans having a wide array of RAM kits to choose from, some of them with amazing price/performance value. Ultimately, the decision belongs to each and everyone of you, and we can only hope the two parts of our scaling study will help you when you have to choose the memory kit that is best for you.
Obviously, we still weren’t able to test all possible configurations (for instance 4 x 8GB Hynix CJR or Micron E-Die, 2 x 16GB Hynix CJR or Micron E-Die), but we simply did not have such kits available for testing. However, for other questions that might have remained unanswered, such as the behavior of DDR4 on affordable platforms … well… call me crazy, but there might just be a third part …
Thank you all for reading!