AMD’s next-generation AM5 platform will enjoy long-term support

One of the key aspects of AMD’s offering in the consumer office space is the longevity of its socket and platform. Over the years, AMD has used a single socket for several generations, giving users the option of keeping the same motherboard year after year, while the competition changes the socket for the best every two generations. To keep that mantra, AMD has stated that its next-gen platform coming later this year, AM5, will also be a multi-generational platform.

Going back in AMD’s history, we can see how long different platforms lasted, from the first processor launch to the last processor launch:

  • Taken 939 from 2004 to 2006
  • AM2 / 2 + socket from 2006 to 2009
  • AM3 / 3 + socket from 2009 to 2013
  • FM2 / 2 + socket from 2012 to 2015
  • AM4 socket from 2016 to 2021
  • Socket AM5 from 2021 to …

During this period, chipset updates were made to allow better I / O, but the socket change usually happened due to DDR version, interconnect, and PCIe changes. In this case, the move from AM4 to AM5 comes with a change from DDR4 to DDR5 and from PCIe 4.0 to PCIe 5.0.

During a panel discussion with Dr Lisa Su, the question was asked how long AM5 would be available – now that AMD again has a lasting position on desktops and, in many ways, a position leader, would AMD continue its tradition of desktop platforms. Dr Su said that AM4 ‘has been good for the community and … it has been good for us too‘. She confirmed that a change was needed with the new standards, but on the strategy it was put that ‘I don’t have an exact number of years but I would say you must expect AM5 to be a long-lasting platform like AM4 has been.‘. Dr Su also said that even with the introduction of the AM5, the company expects the AM4 to remain in the market for a few years, with the two overlapping depending on the market.

For users wondering how far AM5 can go before needing to switch again, it’s worth checking out the roadmaps for the two common things that cause socket updates: memory and PCIe. We’re only in the transition to DDR5, and DDR6 is a long way off – in a recent presentation from Samsung, for example, it listed DDR6 as a 2028 technology. Similarly with PCIe 5.0, the same presentation places PCIe 6.0 as 2026 technology and PCIe 7.0 as 2029 technology. So, unless AMD wants to increase the number of pins on processors for more memory channels or more PCIe lanes, the PCIe 5.0 + DDR5 combination seems defined up to in at least 2026.

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