A brief introduction to the new AM5 platform

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AMD has released details on the capabilities of its new socket AM5 platform, which we will cover some of the highlights of their press releases. First of all, it’s not the end of AM4, which will continue to be supported and some vendors might still have new products in the pipeline. As this is a new socket, you won’t be able to plug in your current Ryzen processor, but AM4 cooling solutions are compatible, so you may not need a new heatsink.

The scariest change is the power delivery, with AM5 capable of handling up to 170W. While it’s good to be able to squeeze in so much power, it hints at the TDP to expect from some of the next generation Ryzen chips. As you’d expect, AM5 introduces PCIe 5.0 with 24 lanes provided by the CPU socket to provide your storage with a huge amount of bandwidth once you can get your hands on a PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD. Grabbing DDR5 will be much easier, even inexpensive.

AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors are already certified as USB 5 compatible and this should be true on the 7000 series as well. Your processor will be able to provide up to 24 USB ports, including 20Gbps Superspeed USB Type-C . There will also be models that support Thunderbolt 4, but not natively like USB. Some models will also offer Wi-Fi 6E support onboard, although you might prefer to reserve those PCIe lanes for other things.

As is tradition, there will be three flavors of AM5 motherboards. The X670 Extreme rigs will offer two PCIe 5.0 slots and a single PCIe 5.0 NVMe slot, although there’s plenty of legacy PCIe 4.0 support as well. They will also be the most competent when it comes to overclocking. Older X670 cards will still be decent overclockers, but will likely be limited to supporting PCIe 4.0 GPUs; However, you will still get PCIe 5.0 storage options. The B670 families will be similar, with PCIe 5.0 only for storage.

As most motherboard manufacturers currently only introduce their X670 Extreme platforms, there may be X670s and B670s with more capabilities than those mentioned above. Keep your eyes peeled for updates as we get more information from AMD and other vendors.

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