How Ryzen and Radeon work together to make the ultimate gaming PC

Whether you’re a competitive player looking for huge FPS numbers or you’re all about pushing visual fidelity to the max, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors and Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs make the perfect team for god-tier performance PCs.

Both AMD’s Ryzen chips and its Radeon graphics cards leveled up lately. The new Ryzen 5000 series CPU’s built on groundbreaking Zen 3 architecture can handle 19% more instructions per cycle, or IPC, than Zen 2, and as a result they’re the world’ best gaming processors. 

Radeon 6000 series cards are constructed around the next-gen RDNA 2 architecture, feature huge amount of GDDR6 memory, are energy efficient, and offer 1.65x the performance of the previous architecture. It’s a huge step forward for PC graphics processing. 

But when you combine the two technologies of Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs, you get way more than just the sum of two high performance parts. AMD’s the only company who designs both gaming processors and graphics cards, and that allows a unique advantage - by designing the two to work together perfectly and writing software that elevates those performance gains even further, they’ve created a platform with unique advantages.

What does that actually mean for your gaming frame rates? Well, take something like Smart Access Memory. This tech lets your Ryzen 5000 series CPU access all of your Radeon RX 6000 series card’s memory - in the case of the Radeon RX 6800 XT, that’s all 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. 

Previously, CPUs only got 256MB of GPU memory, and while that might have been enough to prevent bottlenecking in games a decade or more ago, times have changed. Texture resolutions, lighting and environmental effects have skyrocketed in fidelity, and that all requires more data. Smart Access Memory means your Ryzen 5000 series CPU calls on your system memory less, using the lightning quick GGDR6 memory instead - and that means higher frame rates. On average, you can expect a 5-10% frame rate boost in games from this technology alone, and all you need is a Ryzen 5000 series CPU and a Radeon RX 6000 series card.

AMD has a history of developing solutions to input lag - that tangible delay you notice between making an input with a mouse, keyboard or controller and seeing that action registered in-game. Its two latest technologies slash input lag to imperceptible levels - Radeon Anti-Lag and Radeon Boost. 

Radeon Anti-Lag introduces smart task prioritization that reorders CPU work ahead of GPU work in both DirectX9 and DirectX 11 games, reducing lag by up to 85%. Radeon Boost goes even further, using dynamic resolution change in sync with your mouse and keyboard inputs to raise frame rates and minimise lag to next to nothing. So when you make a round-winning flick-aim, you can be sure your game’s registered it perfectly to get the W. 

Developers also have the power of GPUOpen to call upon. Here they’ll find a suite of game dev and content creation tools and techs, all designed to make the development workflow easier. Open really does mean open - since its creation in 2016, this software collection’s been a key tenet of AMD’s open source strategy. 

Even on a physical design level, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs work together better than any other parts can, because they’re coming from the same company and draw from the same philosophy. Their dimensions and shape maximise airflow and cooling, and the Radeon 6000 series cards are built to the standard 10.5-inch board size that means it’ll fit in the case you already have. You don’t need to start a system build from scratch just to accommodate all your parts. At design, software and hardware level, that’s the difference between AMD machines and the rest.