AMD is aiming for AM5 to have a lifespan similar to that of AM4, of at least 5 years

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The Socket AM5, from AMD, was one of the novelties that the company presented at CES 2022. Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, this week confirmed that the new socket will have a long life just like its predecessor, the AM4. When asked about the matter, he said that the company was satisfied with the evolution of AM4 and, despite not stipulating a shelf life, said that AM5 should follow in the footsteps of the previous version.

Released alongside the company’s first Ryzen processors, socket AM4 debuted in 2017. It has been present on several generations of motherboards since then and is still expected to make an appearance this year, with the Ryzen 5000X3D processors.

“Well, we are very happy with the evolution of AM4… we said we would keep it going for a long time and we did. We continue to believe that it’s been good for the community and, frankly, it’s been good for us as well.” ” said Dr. Lisa Su.

“It was time to transition from socket to support new technology, and I think in terms of strategy it should be similar. I don’t have an exact number of years, but I would say that AM5 will be a durable platform like AM4. I believe that AM4 will remain in the market for a few more years”, concluded the doctor.

The new AMD sockets will bring important differences with the previous generation. AM5 will come with support for DDR5 memory as well as PCIe Gen 5. The socket will be a step up from AM4 which was designed for dual-channel DDR4 and up to 28 PCIe Gen 3 lanes, which was later upgraded to Gen 4 with the X570 motherboard.

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The new socket will be similar to that of Intel’s Core generation. The AM5 will come with 1718 pins and the ability to continue using the previous generation’s cooling system.

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