This is why I love AMD so much … AM4 will last quite a few more years, while the upcoming AM5 socket is surely going to be a “Long-lived Platform” 😀
Taken from TPU … AMD is designing its upcoming Socket AM5 platform to be a “long-lived platform,” not unlike AM4. CEO Dr Lisa Su, responding to a question on the longevity of AM5, by Paul Alcorn from Tom’s Hardware, said that she’s very happy with AM4 being the company’s long-lived desktop socket; and while she doesn’t have an exact number of years to share, one could expect AM5 to be a “long-lived platform” of a similar kind.
AMD Socket AM4 was debuted alongside the company’s very first Ryzen processors, in March 2017. It has remained AMD’s mainstream desktop socket for close to five years; and AMD continues to launch new products for the socket. Even in 2022, the company is expected to give the socket its swansong, with the Ryzen 5000X3D processors. AM4 was designed keeping in mind dual-channel DDR4 and up to 28 lanes of PCIe Gen 3 (later Gen 4) in mind. The change to Socket AM5 is driven by next-generation I/O, namely DDR5 memory (four 40-bit channels), and PCIe Gen 5.
“AMD committed to the AM4 platform, the AM4 socket for quite a long time. Can you guys give us any idea of how long you will stick with AM5?,” asked Paul Alcorn, to which Dr Su responded: “Well, we’ve been extremely pleased with how AM4 has evolved….we said we would keep that socket for a long time and we have. We continue to believe that it has been good for the community and frankly, it’s been good for us as well. As we bring things along, it was time to do a socket transition for the new I/O in the new technology, but I think strategy-wise, it should be similar. I don’t have an exact number of years but I would say that you should expect that AM5 will be a long-lived platform as AM4 has been. I think we’re expecting AM4 to stay in the marketplace for quite some years and it will be sort of an overlapping type of thing.”