AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted During Shipping – Full DDR4 Memory Support
Rumors of AMD’s next generation AM4 platform being in late stages of development and launching around March 2016 have just been strengthened as some AMD AM4 motherboards were spotted during shipping thereby confirming the imminent arrival of DDR4 memory support as well as AM4 CPU and APUs.
The spotted products seem to be part of AMD’s Bristol Ridge family. The shipping details confirm that these new CPUs will have a max TDP of 65w which is a pretty huge drop in consumption when compared to current generation Kaveri based chips.
AMD’s Bristol Ridge series of CPUs will include both CPUs and GPUs, replacing AMD’s Kaveri APUs and their newer Athlon 860K CPU, giving this segment of the market products from AMD that will feature more modern CPU and graphics architectures and much lower TDPs, which is something that is great to see from AMD.
The products will be coming to AMD’s AM4 platform, which is the same platform that will be supporting AMD’s upcoming Zen Architecture and will be the platform for both AMD’s high and low end of desktop products.
AMD’s Bristol Ridge may not be using the Zen architecture, but it is still an impressive looking product from AMD, sporting lower TDPs and higher GPU clock speeds than its current day equivalent and supporting DDR4 memory and H.265 4K decoding.
The jump to DDR4 memory will hopefully finally bring AMD to an equal footing as Intel which is currently using the latest memory type with its Skylake Z170 and Haswell-E X99 platforms.