In the second half of the year, new AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop processors with Zen 4 cores made by the 5nm process will hit the market. They will bring higher performance, support for new technologies and also a new AM5 socket. AMD has been counting on that for a long time, said Lisa Su, the company’s boss.
The existing AM4 platform has been with us for an unusually long time. The life cycle is usually about three years, but AM4 will soon start the sixth season. AMD introduced it in September 2016 together with Athlon X4 “Bristol Ridge” processors and three-hundred-way chipsets A320, B350 and X370, it was on sale from February 2017.
Subsequently, two more generations of chipsets were introduced, the advent of PCIe 4.0 and the arrival of four generations of Ryzen or Athlon processors with Zen, Zen +, Zen 2 and Zen 3 cores.
AM5 (LGA1718) will bring a new design of processors and sockets. AMD removed the pins from the processors and replaced them with contact pads, such as those on Threadrippers or rival Intels. In addition to 5nm processors starting on the AM5, we can find fives elsewhere. The new processors will support PCIe 5.0 and faster DDR5 memory.
It is their performance potential that will be the reason why the AM5 can remain on the market for another five years. Although there are already PCIe 6.0 specifications with double throughput, they are a much more complex, voracious and also more expensive design. Graphics cards can’t even make good use of PCIe 4.0, so SSDs hit the limits. But will storage at speeds around 32 GB / s be needed on regular desktops?
Of course, it is possible that AMD has already proposed AM5 that PCIe 6.0 support could come to boards and processors during its lifetime, but if that does not happen, few will be angry. DDR6 memories are so far only on paper, so in reality several years away. Both hexadecimal interfaces can come in style with the future AM6 platform.
But what will the longevity of the AM5 mean for users? Easy upgrade to the future. Anyone who buys a new Ryzen 7000 in the fall may install the Ryzen 9000 on the same board one day.
Anyone who has bought a quality board with an Athlon X4 940 in the past can upgrade to a Ryzen 9 5950X with about ten times more multi-threaded performance.