AMD Enthusiasts Rejoice! No More Suffering from Incompatible Sockets
AMD recently unveiled its fourth generation GCN architecture, called Polaris, at CES 2016. While the company is still readying for the Zen-based CPU architecture, signals have already started coming in the form of a new standard socket for its desktop processors.
Bringing with it DDR4 memory and USB type-C support, the AM4, as we know it, actually combines the company’s CPU and APU families under one roof. Which means PC builders will now be able to drop in both Summit Ridge (AMD’s upcoming Zen based CPU platform) processors and the flagship Bristol Ridge APUs into the new standard.
Moving everything to a single socket eliminates the major multi-socket madness that AMD enthusiasts have been suffering from for a while. Moreover, the AM4 socket will be found on every type of computing device, irrespective of what type of PC you’re trying to build.
When and which CPUs will be the first to integrate this new standard is not known at the moment, but I guess it shouldn’t take them more than a few months to hit the market.
In addition to the AM4 socket, AMD also debuted a new APU called the A10-7890K, though it is made to fit in the traditional AM3+ and FM2+ motherboards. The chip features a max turbo speed of 4.3GHz, and supports AMD FreeSync monitors as well as USB 3.1 Type-C and M.2 SATA SSD connectors.
The US-based firm has also introduced a new boxed CPU fan called the Wraith Cooler that represents a significant improvement over its past stock heatsink solution. The Wraith Cooler features metal blades and a constant-speed fan. The new cooler is far quieter than its predecessor at just 39 dBA, but still manages to move 35% more air.
AMD Zen architecture is built on a 14 nanometer process and utilizes Simultaneous Multi-threading (SMT) technology that allows the CPU to process two threads at once. That will bring a 40% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) over AMD’s previous generation. The first Zen chips are expected to launch sometime in the Q4 of 2016.