119a ECS First Motherboard Vendor to Support AMP

ECS announced that it's the first motherboard vendor to support the AMP (AMD Memory Profile) standard. Think of AMP as the company's equivalent to Intel XMP. It's certainly not the first time AMD toyed with custom SPD standards.

ECS announced that it's the first motherboard vendor to support the AMP (AMD Memory Profile) standard. Think of AMP as the company's equivalent to Intel XMP. It's certainly not the first time AMD toyed with custom SPD standards.

119a ECS First Motherboard Vendor to Support AMP

ECS' current (by means of a BIOS update) and upcoming motherboards will feature support for AMP, a SPD custom-profile standard along the lines of Intel XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile). The standard allows memory vendors to ship their modules with tiny bits of firmware that tell the system BIOS what specifications the module is capable of, which exceed JEDEC-governed specifications. These include high DRAM clock speeds, the right DRAM timings to support it, and just the right DRAM voltages to support the two. Memory with high advertised DRAM speeds don't run at them out of the box, and require manual overclocking, which can be avoided by features such as XMP and the new AMP.

119b ECS First Motherboard Vendor to Support AMP

Settings related to AMP are found in similar BIOS configuration pages as Intel XMP, the M.I.B. III (system overclocking) section. AMP-certified modules will typically ship with multiple SPD profiles, some JEDEC-certified, and one or more AMP certified; again much like Intel XMP certified modules.

119c ECS First Motherboard Vendor to Support AMP

An interesting trivia here is that AMP isn't AMD's first attempt at custom SPD profiles. The company has had a standard known as AMD Black Edition Memory, which works in a similar way to AMP, except that you need to enable the advertised speed profile using AMD's Overdrive software. An example of such memory modules is pictured above. Interestingly, Patriot Memory is an OEM for AMD Radeon-branded memory, which is resold by tertiary partners such as VisionTek. 

119d ECS First Motherboard Vendor to Support AMP

AMD AMP could gain relevance in the coming months, when the company's second-generation desktop APUs, codenamed "Trinity" launch, with a contingent of socket compatible FM2 motherboards. Also planned for later this year is AMD's new core-logic for socket AM3+ "Vishera" second-generation FX processors. Opportinities aplenty for the likes of ECS.