AMD had a busy day at Computex 2022 today where the chipmaker released its new Ryzen 7000 processor range, using the Zen 4 architecture. Furthermore, a new Socket AM5 chipset platforms was debuted. That’s not all as AMD revealed its new SmartAccess Storage service, a new technology that is part of AMD Smart alongside SmartShift and Smart Access Memory (SAM).

As you might guess, SmartAccess Storage is a feature that boosts storage on chipsets. Following previous leaks, reports pointed to the feature being based on Microsoft’s DirectStorage API.

During the announcement for SmartAccess Storage, AMD confirmed that this is the case. However, the company has combined DirectStorage API with its own Smart Access Memory. This results in major improvements for game load times through GPU asset decompression.

“AMD SmartAccess Storage

SmartAccess Storage gets you out of the load screen and into your gameplay

Traditional game loading takes a significant amount of compute power to decompress the game’s data, requiring the CPU to do the decompression and data transfer, which introduces latency and takes up considerable system resources

To help bypass these bottlenecks, AMD has created SmartAccess Storage, a suite of technologies supporting Microsoft DirectStorage that utilizes Smart Access Memory™8 with new AMD platform technologies along with Radeon GPU asset decompression to improve both game load times and texture streaming.”

DirectStorage API

In March, Microsoft brought the Xbox DirectStorage API SDK to Windows 11. Part of the company’s Xbox Velocity Architecture, the API provides specific features to enhance gaming. It is worth noting Microsoft originally said Windows 10 is also getting the API, but Windows 11 is now getting it exclusively.

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